Northern England has launched yet another pristine pop act, a three-piece called TV ME. Led by Thomas McConnell, the band returned to their Liverpool home this past weekent, at the end of a regional tour, just in time to celebrate the release of their four-song EP, A Broadcast From TV ME. At turns breezy and jarring, the EP mixes synthesized and organic instruments in a Harry Nilsson-meets-Brian Wilson-meets-Jon Brion Optigan blur, infused with some extra-modern electronic grooves. Dig it.
Boston-to-L.A. transplants Aloud have released a fantastic new single, “Falling Out Of Love.” It’s a classic soul style ballad, propelled by a tumbling horn arrangement and of course Jen De La Osa‘s belting, plaintive lead vocal. And I would be remiss not to commend unto you the single’s B-side, “Empty House.” Singer Henry Beguiristain takes the lead on this one, and while the style diverges a bit from “Falling Out Of Love,” the vintage feel remains, with powerhouse drums plowing through guitar reverb and a coiling Farfisa organ line (shouts out to drummer Charles Murphy and producer Benny Grotto). Fall out of love this Valentine’s Day, won’t you? Vinyl 45 and digital versions available here.
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Massachusetts indie/folk/other quartet Darlingside have released the new video for the first single from their upcoming LP Extralife. The video, animated by Mara Fradella and directed by Keith Boynton, finds the present meeting the past in multiple attempts to create a greater future, reflecting the song’s refrain, “It’s not ever too late.”
Extralife is out February 23rd, and Darlingside will be on tour this spring.
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
Out of Poughkeepsie NY comes Dontáe, who at the end of 2017 made the Top 20 of our pop Best of the Best chart, and today drops his debut LP The Mood Album, with 14 tracks featuring appearances by Rockie Fresh, Phil Ade, Anakin Arts, Cal, and Kane. We’ve got the official video below for the first single, “Signals,” a muted but surprisingly melodic slow jam. You can get the full album here.
The great singer and songwriter Jes Hudak (moonlighting as her alter-ego, Ponymane) has released a new single from the latest of her fascinating side projects, Neon Void. “Numb To Love” is a grand, dramatic track featuring the flourishes of Hudak’s arpeggiated piano under both her own vocal hook as well as the rapid fire verses of Neon Void’s other half, rapper Know One (aka Roan Smith). “Numb To Love” is available on iTunes now.