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.

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Josh Jacobson’s Debut EP “First Light” Coming Out in September

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Josh Jacobson’s debut EP “First Light” is coming out in September. Check out the single “Tethered” from the EP here:

“Tethered” showcases Jacobson’s soulful vocals and dreamy tones developed by bells, trumpet, violin, and synths. The EP acts as a gateway into the inner workings of Josh during an emotionally impactful time in his life–relating to his fans in an organic way without having to reveal details beyond the emotion of each song.

“’Tethered’ is at its core a song about coming to terms with the fact that even the most meaningful connections can be temporary… but on a deeper level it’s about the whole concept of learning to live in a state of constant flux,” Josh said.

Josh has toured at SXSW and headlined for big-name festivals such as Miami Music Week and a Northside Festival showcase at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Throughout his touring, he has proven to be a sensation on stage that goes beyond what you hear on record. Josh will be playing a few select shows in October. Check out the dates and venues below:

Oct. 5 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL

Oct. 7 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY

Oct. 14 – The Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA

To stay up to date with Josh Jacobson, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud, InstagramiTunes, and his official site.

Gestures & Sounds – Album Release Show @ Hotel Cafe 9/15

Gestures & Sounds will be performing at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood this Friday, September 15 for their eight-track “Bill Nye Thinks We’re a Band” album release show. Tickets are available here.

Check out the song below to get acquainted with the new record sound:

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Enter the Venture covered the LA-based folk-pop foursome’s performance at The Mint in June and it was a memorable show. There’s no doubt they’ll bring the same energy to the Hotel Cafe.

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Images via Gestures & Sounds

The band is known for incorporating visuals into their music with original videos. Talented filmmakers as well as musicians, G&S create all of their own music videos from start to finish. They’re in a venture all their own and offering an experience to anyone who appreciates a cut to the beat. Here’s the fully animated “To: Rivers, From: Chomp” below:

To get tickets to their album release show, click here.

Opâru – New Video Release

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Opâru has released a new video for “The Deep End,” which focuses on the beautiful aspects of nature and blending them with an urban landscape. Check out the video below:

Opāru is the moniker of Los Angeles-based songwriter-singer and actress Dianna St. Hilaire, who is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is creating haunting electro music with dark undertones, and “The Deep End” shows off her influences that can be found throughout the record, including the likes of Mt. Eden, Lindsey Stirling, director David Lynch, American Horror Story, and Zola Jesus.

The new single is a love song to her beloved and admires the strengths and the flaws in a relationship, but most importantly it focuses on the depth of what most humans attempt to attain in their lifetime. The video features time-lapsed visuals of nature and the hustle and bustle of a city at night and highlights the importance of finding compassion for living things and being mindful of your inner animal.

“The music represents pure animalistic human emotion,” St. Hilaire said. “It epitomizes what it is like to be human by transcending the human experience with self-discovery and acceptance of who we are on an emotional level.”

Hilaire started to write and perform music at a very young age in choir and musicals. Her first instrument was the piano and she taught herself the craft of reading and writing music. In her late teens, she began performing with punk bands and for producers as a back-up/studio vocalist in New Mexico where she took on her first musical alias with the group Versailles. Partnering with the infamous Kim Fowley (The Runaways, Kiss, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper), she has toured the US extensively, been featured on the official Grammy ballots, as well as charting on Billboard. In 2015, St. Hilaire decided to reinvent herself with the new project Opāru that focuses on experimental electronica, 80s synth pop and alternative rock.

“’The Deep End’ is about a unique equality between two people on an emotional and physical level,” Opāru said. “Our survivability paired with our own hopes and dreams and how we can make them a reality for each other by helping one another to change the world.”

To stay up to date with Opāru, check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, and her official site.

Polartropica – New Video Release

Whimsical space pop psych artist Polartropica has recently released a new video for “Olympia.” The theme behind her new music is to make a magical make-believe world. See the video below:

The J-Pop song features dreamlike vocals with an upbeat message that will soon be a memorable electro-pop anthem for the masses. The video is thematically influenced by the movements for rights and equality during the presidential elections as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics trailer.

Polartropica is the music endeavor of Los Angeles based Ihui (eeway) Cherise Wu. Born in Taiwan yet raised in California, Wu combines pop melodies, futuristic synths and classical string arrangements, creating a genre of bubblegum psychedelia that is fit for intergalactic space travels. Wu created Polartropica as a place where things can exist where they don’t belong by fusing elements of complete opposites together with the outcome resulting in unique sounds that use both organic and synthetic instruments.

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Image via Polartropica

“I wanted to create a healing, inspiring and empowering space with just the right amount of disco-party!” Wu said. “I’m hoping to always make ethereal and beautiful music, the songs are generally lyrically sad and a little dark, but the music always has a sparkly sheen.”

Polartropica also pride themselves on giving back to the community, by pairing up with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Youth Justice Coalition for live shows.

To stay up to date with Polartropica, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp and YouTube.