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: 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: One of the downsides to having a blog such as this one is that you end up listening to so many song submissions each day that, after a while, it becomes harder and harder to get impressed by a song. It still happens from time to time though, and that was definitely the case with Burnout, a song from up-and-coming artist Christian Fulp, aka C.S. Fulp, who wrote it in an attempt to explore the sound of early 2000s rock and the transitory nature of life.
Burnout is the third single released by C.S. Fulp this year ahead of his debut EP. If the other songs are half as catchy as this single, that debut record will be quite a treat.
Comment: The eponymous track of The Wombat‘s next EP, Is This What It Feels Like To Feel Like This, might not reach the heights of their mega hit Cheetah Tongue, but that does not mean it isn’t a superb track anyway. In fact, I’ve been listening to it on repeat for the past month or so. If you hadn’t heard of it until now, check it out. It has the potential to become your next #musicalcrush.
Comment: To say that Me Because of You is catchy does not make this jam justice. With an incredibly infectious rhythm and lead singerJosh Raven’s flawless falsetto vocals, this synthpop tune will hook you up from the moment it starts playing. It is part of Talk Talk, the Australian four-piece band’s brand new album, but it is also the first song the band has ever self-produced. It’s safe to say that they did a remarkable job at it.
The Faim achieved international recognition with their debut album State of Mind. Talk Talk will probably make them stars.
Comment: Indie darlings flor (remember them?) are back with a new track that sounds really really good. In fact, I’d dare to say it is my favorite song of theirs, not just because of the playful melody but also the childhood-reminding lyrics. All in all, it is a great tune.
Nathan Mac is a cinematic pop artist from Ireland who is in the midst of releasing his debut album, Start of Something Blue, one song at a time. With a background in circus performance and stagecraft, and getting inspiration from sources such as Pixar,Studio Ghibli, and Kingdom Hearts (a videogame series), it isn’t surprising that one of his latest releases, The Boy Who Learned To Fly, feels like a song straight out of a movie from them. It is a beautiful and delicate tune about a child who sees his father cry for the first time. Based on Nathan’s relationship with his own father, the track tell us that it is OK to show vulnerability even when we are grown ups.
Without a doubt, Nathan Mac is a creative force that we won’t want to keep out of sight. We won’t wan to miss what he comes up with.
Sober Spaceman is the second single from Australian synth-pop duo FancyNormal. It sounds like the 96th single from a seasoned altpop veteran. The tune is catchy as hell, the production is top-notch and the vocals are simply perfect for this kind of music. In fact, the intro reminded me a bit of “Already Gone” from Kelly Clarkson (co-written by Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic). Lyrically, the song is about conquering fear and living your life to its fullest. I’m telling you, I can’t find a fault on this song.
Influenced by Carly Rae Japsen and MGMT, the duo started during the pandemic and is formed by Noni, the lead singer and who is originally from Indonesia, and Jules, who plays most instruments and is in charge of the smooth production. Together, they are trying to create colorful music at a time when the world really needs it. If you give FancyNormal a chance, it will be easy for you to see they are succeeding at that. This is picture perfect indie pop music.
If you watched the second season of Cobra Kai, you may have noticed that during a party scene towards the end of the season, a cool song played for a few seconds. It caught my attention then and after a little research, I found that the song was Hold Steady by Justin Forrest. Now, he does have Instagram and Twitter accounts, but other than that, it is not much what you can find about him. He’s from Nashville and got three singles on the major streaming platforms, with Hold Steady being the most recent one. Nevertheless, Justin obviously got a knack for writing extremely catchy pop-rock songs and we should definitely keep him on our radar.
Hold Steady is definitely a #musicalcrush with an explosive chorus. Check it out below.
In terms of acting, Cait Fairbanks got a successful career with Daytime Emmy-nominated roles and stints in Broadway. In 2018, she launched her music career under the moniker Ginesse, but it wasn’t until last November when she released her debut EP, Somewhere To Die. This EP consists of five tracks of hazy, melancholic indie pop that aim to transmit emotional pictures to the listener. Its lead single, LA Isn’t Somewhere To Die, is a testament to that.
Cait wrote this lead single as an ode to her friends who supported her after a tough breakup. The track got a haunting cinematic vibe that is also reflected by its music video (see below). Like any good movie, LA Isn’t Somewhere To Die does not lose its luster after you play it on repeat. I have no idea of whether Ginesse enjoys acting more than making music, but I seriously hope she doesn’t stop doing the latter as she got real talent for it.