[TGIF] High and Pieces

Fresh tracks from up-and-coming artists. It's TGIF!

"What have I put in my tub?" photo from @elliotmossmusic (IG)
Welcome to "Thank God It's Friday" where we dive into the latest musical releases that have been setting our "earing pupils" on fire. As we bid farewell to another exciting week, we can't help but celebrate the incredible tracks that have graced our ears in recent weeks. From infectious pop hits to electronic and rock-ish stirring records, this post is dedicated to showcasing the best of the best. Get ready to discover your new favourite songs and let the music take you on a captivating ride. It's time to turn up the volume and embrace the magic of these incredible releases. Let the music speak, and let the weekend begin in style.

Elliot Moss – Magic

Elliot Moss, the talented singer, songwriter, and producer hailing from New York just released “Magic“, a song where he fearlessly opens up, presenting his most intimate and personal creation to date. This cathartic masterpiece takes listeners on a profound journey, culminating in a captivating and emotionally charged resolution, driven by the mesmerising sounds of the guitar. About “Magic“, Moss says that it “is childish. The whole thing feels as much like a tantrum as it does a big, stubborn victory lap. I made it when my dad got sick, fearing (despite the obvious) that the treatment itself could affect his hearing“.
Alongside the single’s debut, Elliot Moss presents an evocative music video, directed by the artist himself. The video cleverly incorporates a Magic 8-Ball, serving as a symbolic representation of our inability to manipulate destiny.

FloraNova – Pieces of You

FloraNova, an LA-based alternative band composed of tight-knit Hispanic family members (already featured here), brings to life their childhood dream of making music together through their track “Pieces of You.” This alt-pop gem exudes a blend of melancholy and hope, evoking warm summer nights with its nostalgic sound. With coastal roots, the band’s signature touch can be felt through the tasteful exploration of a retro 80’s synth vibe, adding a modern twist to their music. The vocals take on a unique, less organic vibe that captivates listeners, making the track both involving and evolving. Catchy and radio-ready, “Pieces of You” leaves an indelible mark, inviting multiple plays to fully immerse in FloraNova’s enchanting sound.

His Hold Chain – I Don’t Like to Leave the Farm

I Don’t Like to Leave the Farm” the latest track released by His Old Chain (also featured here and here), captivates with its remarkable pop engagement from a vocal perspective. The combination of dynamic drums and guitars creates a compelling drive that propels the song forward, while the subtle jazzy-infused variations on the drums add a delightful touch, balancing the track’s overall sound. The vocals make a perfect delivery, supported by a clever repetition in the song structure, which builds anticipation and intrigue. As the chorus draws near, the vocals become more delicate, creating a sense of anticipation that culminates in a blissful nirvana. The track’s ingenious progression and delicate vocal nuances make it a captivating and memorable musical experience.

Rare Monk – Vapor Skills

Vapor Skills” by Rare Monk delves into the realization that urban life skills do not necessarily translate to survival in the wilderness. In the digital age, where comfort and convenience abound, the track poses the question: will you be able to endure if everything goes awry? The songs comprising the “Coronation” EP were written during the uncertain times of 2019, just before the outbreak of COVID-19 and a tumultuous political climate. Revisiting these songs now adds an intriguing layer, as the uncertainty and challenges persist, even though we have become accustomed to them. The track boasts a captivating guitar-driven feel and a solid drum base that intensifies as it builds towards the chorus. The vocals, while not overpowering, possess a focused and concrete quality that emphasizes the lyrical value of the song. “Vapor Skills” masterfully merges elements of indie rock and alternative pop, with a touch of surf nuances, resulting in a well-constructed and compelling musical experience.

Ryan Gray – High On Life

I like to write songs” That’s how Ryan Gray introduces himself to the world, and his track “High on Life” perfectly embodies his craft. With a lovely and melancholic melody that remains beautiful throughout, the song showcases Ryan’s remarkable ability to deliver enchanting vocals that distil a sense of sadness, leaving listeners captivated. The track’s simplicity enhances its pop layer, creating an irresistible and captivating allure. Skilful use of repetition adds intensity, creating a gorgeous sonic journey that takes listeners into a zone where emotions intertwine. “High on Life” becomes a drug, a therapeutic experience that embraces sadness, allowing listeners to cope and find solace within its haunting beauty.

Sea Lemon – Vaporized

Natalie Lew, known by her moniker Sea Lemon, presents her latest track “Vaporized” as a standout addition to her upcoming EP, “Stop at Nothing“. This vibrant song showcases Lew’s signature bubbly dream pop sound, laced with a subtle snarl. With its springy and uptempo feel, “Vaporized” radiates the essence of summertime through jangling guitars and reverb-drenched vocals, reminiscent of acts like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Launder. Accompanied by an ominous yet campy music video filmed around Seattle, directed by Otium and Lew herself, the track exudes an infectious energy. Serving as a follow-up to her shoegaze single “Cellar“, “Vaporized” embodies the captivating allure of Sea Lemon’s musical world, setting the stage for the eagerly anticipated EP release.