VanWyck’s New Single “An Average Woman” is Brave and Bold

Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck releases her new single “An Average Woman,” the title track off her upcoming moody, indie-folk album due out on January 19 on Maiden Name Records. Check out the song here:

Hauntingly atmospheric and melodious, the songs on “An Average Woman” unravel in a spiral of smoky soulful vocals aching with lyrical precision of stories untold. The album is about women who are visible and hidden, sacrificing and selfish, ordinary and magical, obligated and free. It’s about the mysteries lurking in the everyday and creating your own universe and your own sense of belonging, while stumbling along the way.

The lead single is about being braver, bolder, and sometimes selfish. Written in the past tense, it’s almost like a funeral song, burying the average woman in order for the creative woman to emerge. Accompanied by the award-winning bass player and arranger Reyer Zwart, lyrics and instrumentation intertwine to become a conversational narrative in a gentle dance of ebb and flow.

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“Both my grandmothers were strong women (a nurse and a teacher) who came from very humble backgrounds and had to work hard and take care of children,” VanWyck said. “Being creative was a luxury that was often not allowed to them. Being in the foreground was also not something they were allowed to aspire to. One of my grandmothers was very inspirational in making me reach higher and to put all my talents to work. I keep her picture as a young girl on my desktop to remind me of the chances she never had and the way she pushed me to reach higher.”

To stay up to date with all things VanWyck, check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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The Sounds of Ghosts’ New Single “Train to Nowhere” is a Fiddle-Romping Hoot

Americana roots band The Sound of Ghosts released a new single titled “Train To Nowhere” that exemplifies the bands signature style of fiddle-fueled melodies, soaring harmonies and story-telling lyricism from their upcoming release “Delivery and Departure.” Check out the song below:

The Sound of Ghosts are an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The five-piece collective of musicians have crafted a musical experience with unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock ’n’ roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music. Comprised of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele), Ernesto Rivas (lead guitar), Phoebe Silva (fiddle) and Jon Sarna (drums), they have united to push the boundaries of typical Americana and created an evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds. Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between.

The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from Leukaemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band Brown Bird with his wife that was named NPR’s folk group of the year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him. James Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band The Sound of Ghosts, which was the title of Brown Bird’s first album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be constant reminder of his love for music.

The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience and is filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. Lead single “Train to Nowhere” is an upbeat folky song with driving guitars and catchy hooks that showcase the band’s signature sound. Accompanied by a powerful trumpet solo, it is assured to get listeners up and dancing. The narrative was built around the ideology of escapism and the importance of adventure. The song symbolizes the journey of self-discovery and introspection.

The Sound of Ghosts have opened for artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia. The Sound of Ghosts also won ‘best live performance’ at The Roswell Film Festival. With their growing California following and authentic sound, The Sound of Ghosts are ready for their next musical endeavor with the release of “Delivery and Departure” due fall 2017.

To stay up to date with the Sounds of Ghosts, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their official site.

Broke Royals release new single “As Long As I Can See”

Broke Royals have released the new pop friendly and inspirational track “As Long As I Can See” from their self-titled album coming out Nov. 17. Check out the music video here:

The band pulls from a wide range of sounds across indie, electronic, and pop to marry raw, organic characteristics with crisp, detailed digital elements and production. The video relies on striking visuals and incorporates sign language in each scene in an effort to raise deaf awareness during Deaf Awareness Month in September. The International Week of the Deaf begins on the 18th and the video serves as a way to show how music can be enjoyed and felt without words. The band will be donating the profit from the first week of sales and streaming to the Nyle DiMarco Foundation; a non-profit who works to improve the lives of deaf people.

Broke Royal members Philip Basnight and Colin Cross were inspired by the unspoken emotional response to seeing a loved one after a long day and the importance of reconnecting. Basnight said the album’s name represents a confidence and assurance for the band’s future.

“When we started recording music we didn’t know that there would be such a stirring creative chemistry, but by the time we made the album we had found our sound,” Basnight said.

Be sure to check out the self-titled album when it drops on November 17.

Rural Alberta Advantage – New Single Release

Rural Alberta Advantage released their new single “Brother” in anticipation on their upcoming album “The Wild” coming out Oct. 13. Check out the video below:

The three-piece band consists of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch, known for delivering folk songs that stem from humble places and touch the heart. They went on the road to try out new material last year and using the experiences from their live set into the studio. In addition to “Brother” the band has also released singles “White Lights” and “Beacon Hill” that will surely intrigue fans old and new to their new 10-track album. When making any record, Edenloff said he does not follow a theme or plan but rather letting the music dictate where it should naturally go and “The Wild” is no different.

The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song “Stamp”), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014. They have previously released three albums on Saddle Creek: “Hometowns” (2009), “Departing” (2011) and “Mended With Gold” (2014).

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Stay up to date with the Rural Alberta Advantage at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their official site. See them in person on their upcoming tour at these following dates:

TOUR DATES
Oct .20 – St John’s, NL, Club One
Oct .21 – Halifax, NS, Halifax Pop/MultiPurpose Centre
Oct .24 – Ottawa, ON, Bronson Centre
Oct .26 – Waterloo, ON, Maxwells
Nov. 2 – Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
Nov. 3 – Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade
Nov. 4 – New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
Nov. 6 – Washington, DC, Rock n Roll Hotel
Nov. 7 – Ashville, NC, Mothlight
Nov. 8 – Atlanta, GA, The Earl
Nov. 10 – Nashville, TN, The High Watt
Nov. 11 – Memphis, TN, Hi Tone
Nov. 12 – Dallas, TX, Dada
Nov. 13 – Austin, TX, Barracuda
Nov. 16 – Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar
Nov. 17 – Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
Nov. 18 – San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
Nov. 20 – Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
Nov. 21 – Seattle, WA, Neumos
Nov. 24 – Vancouver, BC, Commodore
Nov. 25 – Kelowna, BC, Kelowna Community Theatre
Nov. 27 – Red Deer, AB, Red Deer Memorial Centre
Nov. 30 – Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
Dec. 1 – Saskatoon, SK, O’Brians
Dec. 2 – Winnipeg, MB, Pyramid
Dec. 3 – Minneapolis, MN, First Ave
Dec. 6 – Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall

Bryan Stave – New Single Release

Bryan Stave has released a new track titled “Chasing Platinum.” Check out the song here:

Bryan grew up in Greenfield, Wisconsin, where he played all kinds of sports from football to basketball. He would go on to coach high school basketball and at different universities where he would spend summers on the road, a place where he realized his passion for music. He found himself playing guitar and singing in his assigned dorm room between camp sessions. He began writing and performing pop songs around his college town of Madison, Wisconsin, which drew comparisons to the likes of Jason Mraz and Hunter Hayes.

Bryan began working on his first EP, which was completed in the summer of 2015.  He then settled on Nashville, Tennessee as his new home, and shortly thereafter, connected with producer Christian Davis of Sony Records.

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The new single “Chasing Platinum” is a song about an artist who is successful with his music but struggling with the demands of the job and the unavailability of spending time with his girl. Bryan said he is looking into his own future and how he’ll have to balance his musical life with his personal relationships.

Stay up to date with Bryan Stave at Facebook, Twitter, and his official site.