Comment: Caroline Romano is back with a new single, “girl in a china shop”, and it’s, as they say in the UK, a ‘banger.’ Having written about her twice before, it’s clear that Romano is not just a passing phase, but a force to be reckoned with in the alt-pop scene.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has once again demonstrated her knack for capturing the essence of young adulthood in her music. “girl in a china shop” is an emotional rollercoaster, with an explosive chorus that contrasts beautifully with its reflective verses. In the lyrics, Caroline admits to feeling like she breaks everything she touches, and this song is her way of acknowledging that feeling.
With millions of streams already under her belt, and more music on the way, it’s clear that Caroline Romano is an artist whose star will only continue to rise. We can’t wait to see what she does next.
Comment: Homes at Night, a duo consisting of Hank Compton and Aksel Coe, have just released their latest single, “Texaco,” and it showcases the pair’s ability to craft catchy yet meaningful tracks that speak to the heart and soul. It is a perceptive single that centers on life’s transitional moments and the need to let go of toxic habits in order to grow. Hank’s personal experiences with addiction inspired the song’s lyrics.
The Homes at Night’s sound is a fusion of alternative pop/rock that is both nostalgic and modern, layered with organic instruments, synth-driven soundscapes, cinematic hooks, and a percussive pulse. The duo is currently on tour with Saint Motel, and they’ll be joining Arts Fishing Club for dates in May and June. With a growing streaming presence, they’re rapidly gaining recognition for their explosive sound, and rightfully so.
One example of that explosive sound is the chorus in “Texaco”, which is enhanced by its contrast with the song’s verses. All in all, this is a really good song that you can check out below.
Comment: Gracie is the daughter of successful movie director J.J. Abrams, and she’s currently supporting Taylor Swift on her ERAS tour; so she’s not the kind of artist who would need any help promoting her music. However, she’s so genuinely talented and got such a beautiful voice, that I had to feature Gracie on this humble website. If you like folksy indie music, you are going to love “Amelie”, which is part of Gracie’s debut LP “Good Riddance”.
The track is stripped down to its bare essentials, featuring only an acoustic guitar and an occasional piano melody playing delicately in the background. However, what sets it apart is Gracie’s vulnerable vocals, which convey the emotional depth of the lyrics. “Amelie” centers around the familiar subject of falling for someone you’ve just met, and Gracie’s delivery captures the intensity of that experience. The gorgeous track, which was co-written and produced by Aaron Dessner from The National, is a true gem that should not be missed.
Comment: Betcha is a Nashville-based alt-rock band that got its start in a college dorm room. The band consists of Ben on lead guitar, Taylor on bass/keys, Charlie on vocals/guitar, and Chase on drums. Betcha, a combinations of their initials, released their debut EP, “Falling,” to critical acclaim in 2019, receiving significant support on Spotify playlists. The band has also toured across the States alongside acts likeNEEDTOBREATHE, and Judah & the Lion, building a loyal fan base along the way.
“I Wish You Would” is the band’s second to last single and is a great introduction to their music. It is a captivating and introspective track that showcases the band’s ability to blend rock, alternative, and pop elements seamlessly. The lyrics are relatable and speak to the universal struggle of feeling lost and uncertain about the future. Charlie’s vulnerability shines through in lines like “I wish you would, I wish you wouldn’t, take this pain away,” and the chorus’s catchy melody is sure to stick in listeners’ heads long after the song ends.
Last but no least, I really really loved the song’s outro. It deserves a chef’s kiss.
Comment: There’s an American band called Crusoe that has a song I quite like, called “Standing on Lightning”. However, I’m not referring to them today. Instead, I’m talking about an electronic music act that goes by the same name. The Apple Music algorithm recommended them to me, assuming they were the same band, but that was not the case. Unfortunately, there’s not much information about this electronic art: it has no bio on Spotify, no official website, and Google cannot help much due to a certain literary character that shares the same name.
Crusoe got an instagram account and, based on information in the video below on YouTube, the artist’s real name appears to be Laurens Boeve. However, that’s about all the information available. What I can tell you, though, is that Crusoe is a special talent. Just listen to ‘Goodmorning,’ the last track on their ‘A Revived Love For Life’ EP. Do you hear the whale vocalizations in the background? It certainly sounds like them, and I find it really cool. Just check it out and let me know.
Comment: Muti-instrumentalist OrangeG is back with a new EP called The Void Bereft, which contains a few tracks that will be part of his upcoming album. Out of those, the first single is the introspective “Burn Both Ends“, a song about finding balance in life, especially when you are trying to do multiple things in parallel. As this talented artist put it: ““The song came together in the studio with gang vocals, rootsy percussion, and a singable melody that I hope alleviates those competing pressures, at least for a little while”. It truly is a fine indie track.
Comment: There’s no much I can tell you about A Tree On A Hill. I don’t even know the artist’s real name. What I can tell you, though, is that this Swiss artist feels a deep connection with nature, which inspires him to compose moving pieces such as Blue Dahlia. The track represents the lifecycle of that beautiful flower, from the moment it is planted to the moment it gives way to a new cycle. In a way, listening to Blue Dhalia makes this interconnected world feel alive.
Comment: Hopefully, you remember New York-based singer: Cade Hoppe, who was featured here in January with his catchy single: Hurts. This time around, he’s back with a new song called Faded Love, about the risks and rewards of getting back together with an ex. Musically, it has most of the same elements that made Hurts such an attractive single, including Cade’s trademark baritone vocals. Indie pop at its best!
Comment: I used to live next to a small cemetery. It was one of those green areas that happened to have some old graves in them. You would think it was a creepy experience, but, actually, taking walks there was extremely peaceful and serene, no matter what your mood was. I felt something similar when I listened to Cemetery Walk, the second track in The Aquaerials’ hauntingly beautiful new EP: After the Apocalypse. If you’ve been paying attention, you may remember then that The Aquaerials is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Mark Swanson. who keeps composing gorgeous neoclassical melodies, just as the five tracks that make this record.
With all that is happening in the world nowadays, from the war in Ukraine to Twitter’s implosion, it comes in handy to have the soundtrack for what comes after the end of times.
Comment: 17-year-old Sky Katz started as a contestant on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, as a freestyle rapper (when she was just 11), and she continued on the hip-hop lane when she launched her recording career. After landing a series of roles on TV, including the lead on Netflix series: Surviving Summer, she decided to cross genres to melodic pop-punk under the tutelage of Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. Why Did You Call is one of a series of singles Sky has released this year that showcase how talented she is as a #singersongwriter.
As if being able to write catchy melodies and infectious hooks wasn’t enough, Sky also directed the music video, which is essentially a short film starring Sky and her co-star from Surviving Summer, Savannah LaRain. The artist wanted to represent how normal and healthy a same-sex relationship can be, specially for young couples. I think both song and video are outstanding pieces of art that set the bar really high for Sky Katz‘ future releases.