ConversationsWhat happens when a singer-songwriter makes a psychedelic vibe their own?
Morning SunAn atmospheric meditation on the rising sun.
Will He Ride (My Bike)After reuniting with his estranged father, the brutally honest lyrics betray the fear and uncertainty of what happens next.
Get AwayAn energetic, bright facade hiding a deep and complex message.
Feel AlrightA funky little way to dance out of despair and into a brighter day.
Pretty In Between
ClearA funky fusion of jazzy beats and indie sensibilities exploring the unity of opposites.
Closer Than It SeemsAn acoustic mantra to stay hopeful and keep pressing on.
Hold A SpaceTender and plaintive with an explosive moment conveying the process of accepting loss outside our control.
LAGOONWhen music is more than music, it’s art.
I Can Hardly SeeWith silent moments and an tone-shifting breakdown, dive into surprising moments of love’s fickle nature.
StrangeSci-fi, Spaghetti Westerns, and more float above sturdy drums and around vulnerable vocals.
In This BodyAn honest and scared story that ends with caustic guitars, rapid drums, and angry lyrics.
Wings of Desire
Chance of a LifetimeA musical statement of intent that the moment you’re yearning for can be made real.
Beautiful BoyA bouncing, uplifting jazzy reminder to be kind to yourself.
Fear No FightA scary, empowering take on PTSD with a clarion drum marching through the madness.
Darkest HourA high-energy pop rock punch that pumps up any dark hour.
BotheredComplexity from simplicity, rich harmonies and triadic vocal runs cascade into an atmosphere of desire.
BirkinA fun take on being fake. Aggressive drums leading to open sequences paint a high energy picture of a wannabe socialite.
Cool GirlVulnerable and empowering lyrics dance together inside a harmony filled with hope.
Idle HandsBell-like notes ring out, blurring the world of a remembered drunken text.
Harmony of HeartacheA melancholic reflection on depression with a positive message.
FoldsAgitated energy swirls through bitter self-help mantras and spikey guitar riffs.
You’re The StarA shattered slow burn revealing fear and fortitude.
MargaretAtmospheric guitars and vocals build into a bittersweet harmonic meditation.
I Can’t LieWarm, vulnerable vocals bleed emotion with rich lyricism and storytelling.
Sons of Leaves
Mother.Quiet, yet packed with energy to break the stationary inertia.
She Knows She’s TroubleA growling guitar and catchy licks bring this alt-rock song of lust and love to life.
Don’t HesitateTender verses and driving choruses switch between introspection and action.
Wide AwakeThe sparse harmonic space of bass and drums teeters unbalanced until pierced by a siren voice crying for love in a shattered world.
LightA deep and rich tour through a beautiful and painful personal moment.
Son of My FatherWarm bossa nova flow and thoughtful lyrics breathe unconditional love.
Intergalactic LoveGet lost in a bright and upbeat love story of universal proportions.
No One Left To KnowLost and found friendships build into comforting chaos.
Fever DreamA quasi-autobiographic musical statement of nostalgia and losing time.
Brendan Scott Friels
All InSwirling ambiance and warm vocals lull you to adventure.
Oak & Ash
Keep the Light OnA plea, a prayer, and a rocking hope.
Don’t You KnowPositive energy and good vibrations around living with love.
101A lazy, hazy look at bliss with groovy guitar and upbeat whistling.
Rules of VerseA folk heart and a pop sensibility blend African-inspired rhythms, an airy guitar, and Whitmanian lyrics.
The Sewing Club
TryingA laid-back, yet energetic dive into the struggles of moving and becoming your own person.
Love Is ChaosFrom a simple opening to a sonic non-sequitur ending, let the chaos flow.
MelodyA dreamy, harmonically rich musical embrace that’s easy to listen to over and over.
WastedFly through a sonic dreamscape rife with romantic nostalgia and reclaimed agency.
The New Twentys
You Got Me GoodA bright and bittersweet realization of love.
First LightA psychedelic and refreshingly optimistic statement of positivity and rejuvenation.
MarbleSwirling vocals that rasp and lull embody the tension in young love.
At Home In The DarkHopeful, yet grounded, the supportive lyrics and thoughtful guitar lines offer space to process mental issues.
Day PlanLoneliness and heartache resonate with a pandemic-themed song about isolation.
Over My HeadBouncy chords and groovy basslines dance together.
About YouSharp and authentic longing for a distant love with added gravitas from 2020.
InvisibleA chill, up-tempo song bristling with the difficulties of finding real love.
Gap YearTaking a year to figure things out set to nostalgic ’90s vibes with an ethereal falsetto.
How Come?Interlocking guitars, brooding vocals, and a synth flute floating throughout explore the otherness in a relationship.
Not the OneA bright, honest take on realizing your lover doesn’t think you’re the one.
Wanna BeLike a light piercing the darkness, uplifting melodies and atmospheric synths support encouraging lyrics.
Alec Mora x French W
sidelineA lonely lo-fi harmonic loop provides a melancholic base for brass, indie melodies, and chill hip-hop lyrics.
Chasing CirclesFind your way back home with feel good pop rock vibes.
London GuardClear vocals and swelling orchestration stave off an emotional shattering.
SecretOne 12-string guitar wearing its heart on its sleeve.
HeavyweightJazzy swing meets bouncing vocals for an upbeat song with serious lyrics.
Davy x Lorelei
Push Me FurtherPoetic lyrics float on a chill sonic texture rich with ear candy.
Cold Street ShadeA bluesy ramble through a city nightscape driven by booming bass.
DisasterLove and loss play out in rapid-fire lyrics and anthemic guitars.
BellsHis bending, gliding guitar chords open to the sonic equivalent of a rippling TV screen sending viewers back in time.
Pits Planet Earth
Fanny PackThey are high energy, uplifting, and gifted lyricists.
Maybe Next TimeCinematic soundscapes traverse the winding veins of inner contemplation.
Give Me A KissTwo minutes of “what if the ’80s embraced consent and that love is love.”
Chasing HeavenFrom the melancholy opening to the surging gentle ending, graceful power floats in every chord.
Chasing HeavenThe high and the fall from the same alluring attraction.
How Old Is My SoulLike a faraway reverie with uptempo beats and nostalgic guitar licks.
Maybe TonightA bright and hopeful love song bursting with excited hesitation.
Sea Glass, Misty Boyce, Dripping Honey
Deep CutWhat makes you feel brand new? Let love and desire forge you anew with this bright and bouncy jam.
Charlotte Rose Benjamin
Deep CutA window into a love that can’t be understood from the outside.
Paradise Is MineWhile the song’s about wasting your talent, KarmaTax definitely isn’t with this high-energy offering.
Justice is ClosureA big, bold banger frenetically trawling the uncertainty of closure.
The Long War
Robot HeartA fun twist on the frustration of repeating mistakes.
BadlandsGrounded and aggressive guitars, vocals, and righteous anger.
Into You Into ThisLike a ‘90s rom-com, fall blissfully in love with this happy, feel-good, high-energy song.
Midnight MuseA dreamscape of longing and lost love filled with tight vocal harmonies and languid drums.
SoapLike sifting through thoughts in a haze of emphatic guitar and vulnerable vocals.
School BoyBright, nostalgic guitars and disillusionment take a rhythmic journey of discovery.
Art Thief and Aubrey Haddard
Behold a QueenFunky bass bumbles along, bee-like, in a neo-soul art song.
Break My HeartA fun, sad, and quirky plea to get dumped, complete with a bonkers music video.
The Shop Window
Out of ReachJam out with bright guitars and energetic vocals as the world outside rumbles along.
Stand With MeSouthern rock notes with some Yankee sentiment paints a patriotic plea for peace.
Snap! (The End)A peculiar take on future nostalgia with an acoustic groove and slippery slide guitar.
Soon I’ll Be Moving OnA story of disintegrating love told like a funky rock musical.
Gregory“Is it her or the music I love?” every quiet, bristling note seems to ask.
Blood in the WaterRetro beats and rock guitars offer an eerie premonition of 2020.
Someone That Knows“Someone That Knows” gently floats with diffuse synths and quiet vocals.
Hunter S. ThompsonA jazzy rock tribute to one of journalism’s greatest filled with licks layered with meaning.
Weight of the WorldThe band’s softer side touching on a hard subject.
When You GoA bold new sound with fiery spirit meets desperate pleading.
Visions (Live)A crushing, emotional exploration with bittersweet vocals and atmospheric harmonies.
These MomentsMellow morning atmosphere wraps around a groovy bassline.
LimelightChillwave vibes settle over the artifice of a Vegas night.
Northward BoundTogether with The Gambling Ambers, Brendan Lewes blends folk, rock, and blues with raw indie power.
Archetype XFrom a tranquil opening to a cacophonous conclusion, layers of genre-bending sonic explorations probe the cathartic pain of introspection.
Boosting the next generation of musicians by writing about their latest works can be fun. Couldn’t ask for a better assignment than blending my passion for music and my love of writing.
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Contributing Editor: Ben McCoy