Singer-songwriter Louis Schefano released his EP “Wish” featuring three tracks “Wish Something Would Happen,” “Tell Her Everything” and “Watchtower.” Check out the video for the single here:
Schefano is an ex-Remy Zero founder and veteran musician who would join several bands, including Little Red Rocket (featuring Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), Verbena (A.A. Bondy), and eventually releasing his own debut album, “The Art of Navigation,” under the moniker Regia. Earlier this year, he debuted “The Opposite Side of the World” as his first solo release and it left a lasting impression on the indie-rock world.
For “Wish,” Schefano teamed up with Rob Schneider, producer of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” In addition to the steady catalog of material, Louis has performed with various artists over the last two decades including Bright Eyes, The Ladybug Transistor, Maria Taylor, and Sarah Mclaughlin.
London-based Nina has released her latest EP “One of Us” on Aug. 11 and it’s a synthpop and synthwave love affair. Check out the title track here:
The opening synthesizers in “One of Us” evoke outer-space emotions with Nina’s voice adding narrative to the worldly experience. When the beat drops, the song sounds straight ripped from a classic 80s film but still fresh, new and invigorating at the same time. The new wave roots wrapped in modern sensibilities clearly show the German-native’s early influences of Depeche Mode.
The second track, “Counting Stars,” also begins quite ominous in a synth-laden landscape. The darker and slower-tempo track offers the chance to get lost in the music and allows the listener to feel the nighttime stars surrounding them. The production on both of these songs are top-notch, thanks to producer Oscillian and mixing work by Grammy-Award winner Liam Nolan.
The rest of the EP remixes the two songs wonderfully. SJBRAVO’s remix of “One of Us” is a groovy disco style song made to get people on the dancefloor. It’s an interesting take and is different enough to feel like a new song entirely. Johnny Royal’s remix has faster-sounding beats with an underlying synth melody that adds a futuristic feel. Angger Dimas’ remix is full of suspense with dub-steps influences that completely take the song in a new direction. It is easily and by the far the most experimental track on the album. Lastly, Douglas Holmquist’s remix of “Counting Stars” is a soothing version that perfectly closes the EP as it relaxes you to the end. Overall, the songs and remixes on this album are great for anyone looking to relive the sounds of synthpop and synthwave from a new talent.
Native Sons will be releasing their upcoming EP “Super American” this Friday, Aug. 4. Check out the single “Lay Your Lover Down” below. The song’s got an addicting beat with dark wave influences and spacey keyboard experimentation.
Thomas Fine and Justin Altamura of Native Sons released the album’s synth-heavy debut single “Lay Your Lover Down” and found the sound they were looking for with the help of producer Chris Garcia, who has worked with Lana Del Rey and Adele. The 7-song EP is a mix of pop, dance, electronic and rock, and covers the themes of past relationships and the past musical history together.
Thomas and Justin have played with headliners Black Keys and Kings of Leon in their rock and Blues band The Iron Heart at the 2013 Bottle Rock Music & Arts Festival. Since then, they wanted to take their sound in a new direction and then in 2016, the two brothers in music decided to change the direction of their music trajectory. The duo called on friends and industry contacts to put together a roster of producers.
Boston-native Dang Clēts have released their debut self-titled four-track EP Dang Clēts in June. Check out the fun tunes here:
The EP starts off with “Lines,” a song that is a smooth synth-based inspired track with guitar-jangled pop. The entire EP was made to be the soundtrack of a summer outing, encompassing the light-hearted joys and splendors of an outing in the sun. The production puts the vocals up front that carry each song through interesting melodies and upbeat riffs.
The band consists of James Forward, Jake Mills, and Connor Cunningham, who met for the first time as college freshmen in Boston. In the beginning, they formed their first band Waldo and worked their way up (winning Battle of the Bands at Tufts University), eventually opening for The New Pornographers and Childish Gambino. Now under the moniker Dang Clēts, the trio is continuing to make new music in their Somerville home. For a casual, easy listening experience, be sure to check out Dang Clēts self-titled EP.
Four-piece Tucson-natives Rival Shapes recently released its new moody EP “Pull.” Check out the tranquil opening track “Evaporate” here:
This year’s “Pull” EP is a follow up to their last year’s debut EP “Push.” It features slower songs full of introspection that explore the darkest depths of human emotions. The band stated the EP is about “seeking, attainment, preservation, and loss of love” perfect for rainy days or getting through a tough breakup. Although the songs are sad in nature, they do provide the warmth needed to cope with difficult situations in life. The singing and instrumentation compliment Rival Shapes’ ability to craft songs that allow listeners to love themselves with uplifting lyrics for dark times. This is the EP to pick up to get into the band while the flames flicker in the background.
The band formed in late 2014 when singer-songwriter Fred Baker met guitarist-songwriter Frank Dillon in a local watering hole in Tucson, AZ. They began writing in 2015 and after coming up with a bunch of songs, they enlisted drummer Ryan Janac who learned the songs and laid the foundation in early 2016. They added bassist Brock Lange and together they have created an unmistakable haunting and shadowy sound straight from the heart of Tucson.