Last we heard from the extra-talented Brittany Campbell, she was reckoning with “Sexy Darth Vader” in an ambitious and extremely fun to watch video. Now the New Jersey singer, songwriter, and producer is back with a slightly more chill lyric video for her excellent song “Mean.” But this being Brittany Campbell, don’t expect some basic lyrics-scrolling-over-a-slideshow clip. “Mean” is an alluring trip, animated by the artist herself, that serves the song perhaps better than a distracting concept video might do.
This is the first single from her upcoming Stay Gold Pt. 2. You can buy the single (and check out Stay Gold Pt. 1) over on Campbell’s Bandcamp.
A frequent presence on the OurStage charts, Skypp has just released a new album, Jaffe. Named in honor of Skypp’s childhood friend, who was killed by gun violence in 2011, the album pays tribute to his friend’s positive humanity, “As a friend, brother, and son,” which Skypp projects here as the glue that should bind us all. The first single, “Horns & Halos,” dropped back in December.
Skypp’s uploaded two additional songs from the album here:
And here’s an in-studio interview about the album, featuring some behind-the-scenes footage:
One of our all-time favorite singer-songwriters on OurStage, Jesse Terry has been busy since last we checked in. First and foremost, he’s on tour right now in the UK and will hit some major markets before wrapping up in Scotland on July 17th. Then he’s back in the US, touring mostly northeast-midwest. But he’ll be back overseas again in the fall, this time including Ireland. And then, best we can tell, he will simply continue touring forever. Wow, click through below and look at all those dates. Obviously, we strongly recommend catching him when you can.
Meanwhile, Terry’s been taking advantage of the Noisetrade platform, where you can get new releases just by providing your email address. His newest release is Joyful Noise, an EP with recent touring partner Abbie Gardner of Red Molly. Listen to them singing the Roy Orbison classic “Blue Bayou” together below.
Los Angeles-based artist Edidion has been making a dent on the OurStage charts as far back as 2012, with a bunch of Top 40 and Top 10 placements, as well as several weeks on the Best of the Best rankings. He released a critically acclaimed EP last fall, and is back now with a brand new single, “Power.” Spare production lets Edidion’s voice come to the fore, riding a great hook and propulsive beat. “Power” is a great listen as-is, but I couldn’t help thinking that the open feel of the track lends itself to potential remixes, and could well become a dancefloor banger. You can listen below.
blondfire somehow gets better with each release. They’ve just released a new single, and the B side alone is addictive as hell. Definitely more indie pop than anything else, and both songs bear elements of straight rock and that elusive thing once known as alternative. In any case, you’ll hear some killer Edge-guitar-riff homage there along with shades of chilled-out Beck and you’re just gonna love it.
blondfire is mainly Erica Driscoll, working most frequently in tandem with producer Wally Gagel, and the new single is “Pleasure” (b/w “Domino”). With only 500 copies pressed, this is sure to sell out soon, so grab it while you can. You can hear both songs in advance below. Buy the vinyl here.
The great Late Cambrian continue their journey down the electroad with their mesmerizing track “Thanks For Your Time,” the third single from their forthcoming EP. Kicking off with a riff straight out of a ’70s TV cop drama, the track then fuzzes and buzzes its way on a slow roll through the following decade, picking up elements from the best of ’80s radio pop. A “Thriller” bass line here, a U2 melody there, a Human League synth punching through… and it all resolves in a distinctly Late Cambrian chorus.
On the OurStage on Amazing Radio show back in March, we played a new track from Carlos Ferragamo called “The Appetizer,” an appropriately delicious, bite-sized track. Now, we’ve got an accompanying video to enhance your first course. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s full of Ferragamo’s charisma, and like any good appetizer, only makes you want more. This track is part of the collection ULL Vol. 4, and Ferragamo’s latest EP, out now, is called Jabs.
We forgot how much we liked eclectic neo-folk band The Ragbirds when we first heard them years ago on OurStage. It was a nice surprise to see their new video debut today on AXS-TV. Directed by frontwoman Erin Zindle, the video for “Breakdown,” from their new album The Threshold & The Hearth, has a lush, international flair that matches the music perfectly. Hard to believe, but this is the band’s first ever video. Zindle discusses the album and video in a detailed interview with AXS, and you can watch the video below.
OurStage stalwarts (and 2013 Intel Superstars Rock winners) Pullman Standard were in Louisiana, with their trailer parked in a residential neighborhood, when the entire trailer was stolen. The trailer itself turned up. Of course it was damaged, and, of course, it was emptied of the at least $25,000 worth of equipment and merchandise it had contained.
The band has launched a GoFundMe just to be able to get back on their feet and able to perform again, with a modest goal of $5,000. Every dollar will help.
The Upset Victory, current fan favorites on OurStage who have racked up repeated monthly wins and chart placements, and who have been featured several times on our Amazing Radio show, recently dropped a new single. In keeping with their existing body of work, “Don’t Give Up The Night” is a slice of driving, hook-laden, modern pop rock. It’s such a piece of ear candy that it takes a couple of listens to recognize the clever and careful arrangement, which ebbs and flows, using subtle production techniques to slowly build to exploding choruses before drawing way back when you least expect it. Well done.
Here’s the official lyric video.