Pale Waves release new single “My Obsession”

The single is the latest in a stream of releases from the dark synth-pop group.

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Discover: H.E.R.

H.E.R.’s identity is unknown to the public. The artist says that the mysterious persona she’s developed represents the closed-off state she was in when recording her debut album. And while “H.E.R.” doesn’t lack emotion, it does inspire in the listener a desire to shut out the rest of the world for a bit. H.E.R.’s music is so intimate that it feels almost sacrilegious to share it with anyone else. Relationships are the primary subject matter for the album, and H.E.R. mines her own experience masterfully, her slow-burning R&B ballads gliding through periods of bliss, despondent reflections, and aching wistfulness with equal ease. H.E.R.’s music is always understated, and elegantly so. Sumptuous production and leisurely rhythms back the artist’s soft croons, which are capable of conveying hope, indignation, or dejection with scarcely a change in tone. “H.E.R.” is best enjoyed alone, without any distractions, so that the intimate nature of the album can be fully appreciated and admired.

Favorites: “Avenue,” “2,” “Focus”

Similar to: dvsn, Kelela, Frank Ocean

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Weekly Roundup 12/4 – 12/10

Favorite Single: “Drowned In Gold” – Boston Manor

Favorite Music Video: “New Year’s Eve” – Pale Waves

Favorite Cover: “All I Want For Christmas” – Jule Vera (originally by Mariah Carey)

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Favorite EP: “Acoustic” – INHEAVEN

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Favorite Album: “Wolves” – Story Of The Year

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Favorite Artwork: “Love Stories” – Staircase Spirits


Favorite Artist: Moose Blood

With the release of “Talk In Your Sleep” and the announcement of their new album, Moose Blood are coming out of the gate strong beginning this new chapter in their career.


Discover: Bad Suns

Bad Suns are masters at synthesizing 80s post-punk and modern indie rock. Their off-kilter synth-pop recalls 80s greats like The Cure, and Bad Suns’ lyrics evidently take cues from that brand of sentimental, introspective writing. The band’s spacious new wave is tempered with more substantial indie rock hooks, bestowing a subtle urgency on the meandering tracks and helping to make them even more anthemic. With their most recent album “Disappear Here,” Bad Suns are catchier than ever before, without drifting away from their signature ambient post-punk and indie rock sound. Bouts of frantic guitars segue into floating, untethered sections of desperate contemplation in a satisfying balancing act. The album feels its way through, each track posing questions and working through ideas, the build-up to urgent percussion or sudden cut-back to isolated vocals appearing as just another part of the thought process. Everything about Bad Suns’ music feels natural, even the catchiest bits ringing with honesty and the softer moments daringly soul-baring.

Favorites: “Daft Pretty Boys,” “Heartbreaker,” “Cardiac Arrest”

Similar to: COIN, Grizfolk, Pale Waves

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Good Charlotte, High Tyde, Staircase Spirits, and Artificial Pleasure release new music

Good Charlotte released a three-track Christmas EP, with their original song “Christmas by the Phone” as well as two new covers.

Staircase Spirits released their third EP of the year, “Love Stories,” featuring the single “California Winter.” Listen here, and read our interview with Staircase Spirits on the EP here.

UK rockers Artificial Pleasure released their new three-track EP “Wound Up Tight.” Listen here.

High Tyde released their most recent single “In Your Head,” closely following the release of “Young Offenders.”