[TGIF] – Crushes and Ricochets

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

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.

Caoilfhionn Rose – Fall Into Place

Caoilfhionn Rose unveils her latest single, “Fall Into Place” a hopeful anthem with lyrics that speak of embracing life’s journey and finding solace in togetherness. The track exudes a gentle yet dynamic aura, accompanied by a soothing melody. The chorus, enriched by the harmonious backing vocals of Rich Williams, Janileigh Cohen, and Chloe Foy, fosters a sense of unity and upliftment. Noteworthy contributions from saxophonist Jordan Smart (Mammal Hands) and pianist John Ellis (The Cinematic Orchestra) add depth and richness to the composition. As the song progresses, Ellis’s piano captivates with its emotive melody, culminating in a stirring crescendo that encapsulates the essence of the track. Hailing from Manchester, Caoilfhionn Rose brings forth her signature blend of folkedelia infused with jazzy undertones and pastoral vibes.

dye-dye – worked up

dye-dye presents a poignant new release titled “worked up”, encapsulating themes of longing and unrequited love. The track delves into the complexities of yearning for someone who doesn’t reciprocate those feelings. Evoking a sense of nostalgia and introspection, dye-dye draws inspiration from personal experiences, naming the project after a cherished childhood blanket. The idea germinated during a college discussion on objects associated with love and loss, highlighting the enduring pattern of moving on from cherished things as we mature. With “worked up”, dye-dye invites listeners on a journey through emotional landscapes, resonating with universal themes of love and longing.

From//October – My Friend

Embark on a journey through the ethereal realms of nostalgia with From//October‘s latest release, titled “My Friend”. Delving into themes of bidding farewell to old companions, this track resonates with the bittersweet reality of evolving relationships. As we traverse the passage of time, people enter and exit our lives, leaving behind traces of memories and emotions. With captivating lo-fi indie vibes, From//October, the brainchild of Dutch songwriter and producer Dion Tiktak, invites listeners into a world adorned with dreamy soundscapes and heartfelt melodies. Influenced by the likes of Snow Patrol, Beach Fossils, and The Radio Dept., From//October masterfully crafts a sonic tapestry reminiscent of cherished moments from the early 2000s and 2010s. Through “My Friend,” Dion Tiktak encapsulates the essence of friendship and the transient nature of human connections, urging listeners to embrace the ever-changing landscape of companionship with grace and introspection.

Ivery – You Let Me Down

Ivery emerges from the vibrant Viennese music scene with her latest single, “You Let Me Down“. Departing from the realm of synthetic sounds, Ivery embraces a refreshingly old-school approach to pop music, prioritizing intricate songwriting and genuine emotion. In this track, she channels personal frustrations into an anthem of empowerment, urging listeners to confront injustice and advocate for equality. With a nod to artists like Feist, Fleetwood Mac, and Phoebe Bridgers, Ivery’s music resonates with those who appreciate authenticity and substance in their pop experience. As she sets sail on a journey through themes of loss, despair, and resilience, her debut EP promises a compelling narrative woven with heartfelt melodies and profound insights. Armed with her trusty keytar and a wealth of storytelling prowess, Ivery invites audiences to join her on a captivating musical voyage, where hope shines brightly on the horizon.

Jason Ivy – Crush

Hailed as “Chicago’s Future Superstar” by Nick Cannon, Jason Ivy is a multifaceted artist, acclaimed singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker. Garnering recognition for his contributions to Chicago’s cultural landscape, Ivy‘s dynamic career spans stages shared with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Kanye West, alongside accolades such as winning the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and chart-topping releases. Ivy crafts a unique blend of vintage soul and contemporary R&B, earning praise for his ethereal yet powerful musical persona.
During the last week, Jason Ivy released “Crush“, his second single following the success of “Divided” from his debut album with the same name. Representing his debut with AWAL, “Crush” features soaring falsettos akin to Sadé, live saxophone reminiscent of Thundercat, and Psychedelic Rock vibes, accompanied by a striking animated music video. Overall, this is a track that pushes the boundaries of Alt-RnB, tapping into a range of real emotions experienced by Ivy himself.

Ketu – 2020

Nigerian-born multidisciplinary artist and singer/songwriter Anthony Ketuojor Ikediuba, also known as Ketu, embarked on his creative journey in Texas after immigrating in 2001, later refining his skills in Los Angeles, California. Known for his dynamic designs and motion graphics, Ketu has collaborated with renowned musicians like Khalid, Lil Nas X, and Symphani Soto, among others. Easily inspiring, Ketu‘s music is imbued with honesty and vulnerability, reflecting his authentic connections and experiences.
On his latest release “2020“, part of the EP “Ano-Ele Acoustic“, Ketu reflects on transformation and unity as the new year unfolds. Out today, the song captures the anticipation and hope of a fresh start, urging listeners to leave the past behind and embrace the future together. With its atmospheric sound and introspective lyrics, “2020” serves as a timely anthem for navigating uncertainty with optimism and connection.

Luka James – Ricochet

Luka James, influenced by the vibrant sounds of New York, delivers soul-stirring melodies guided by the mentorship of Bobby McFerrin, crafting heartfelt songs that provide a cathartic escape from intricate internal dialogues. Drawing inspiration from a range of vocalists including James Blake and Steve Winwood, Luka‘s music, described by Wonderland Magazine as transporting listeners to a state of elation, features emotive vocal layers gracefully intertwining with meticulously crafted compositions.
In “Ricochet“, a fusion of ‘Bond’ song aesthetics with R&B flair, listeners are treated to a romantic detective narrative. With the funk-infused bass lines courtesy of Matthew ‘Hush Pup’ Lee and an array of percussive samples, the track establishes an infectious groove that beckons the audience to dance. “Ricochet” seamlessly merges elements of mystery and romance into a captivating sonic experience that showcases the artist’s versatility and storytelling prowess.

Suzanimal – Games

Suzanimal unveils their latest sonic adventure with the electrifying release of “Games.” Delving into the realm of playful psychedelia, this track is a vibrant ode to the world of gaming, crafted both for enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Led by the visionary talent of Suzanne Galal, the creative force behind Suzanimal, this San Francisco Bay Area-based project seamlessly blends elements of pop, rock, and experimentation. Drawing inspiration from iconic acts like Talking Heads and Tune-Yards, Galal’s journey from scientist and pharmacy professor to prolific musician fuels the track’s dynamic energy. With mesmerizing vocals and groove-centered instrumentation, Suzanimal delivers an immersive sonic experience that transcends boundaries. From its infectious rhythms to thought-provoking lyrics, “Games” is an exhilarating escape into the unknown.

YORINA – MEMORY FLOOD

YORINA unveils her latest enchanting creation with the release of “Memory Flood.” Radiating with a luminous voice delicately intertwined with harmonic discoveries, Yorina effortlessly bridges classical elegance with modern allure. Formerly a seamstress, she stumbled into the world of music by serendipity, crafting her songs at the piano and infusing them with poignant emotion. Drawing inspiration from a multicultural background, her music transcends boundaries, reflecting influences ranging from revered artists like Bill Withers to contemporary icons like Post Malone. After a four-year hiatus, marked by personal tribulations and industry shifts, Yorina returns with her upcoming EP, “Bloodrush” promising a mesmerizing journey through indie, electro, and synth-pop landscapes. With “Memory Flood” YORINA invites listeners into her dreamlike realm, where vibrant fragility and essential surrender intertwine, promising a captivating musical experience.