LA’s Aloud have dropped a killer rave-up in the form of their new A-side, “Son Of The Dharma.” The song, lyrically inspired by mixed feelings about Jack Kerouac, is a neo-soul blast of guitar and Hammond organ, fronted with Jen de la Osa‘s rich voice. The amped-up Stax and Motown vibe is in keeping with Aloud’s recent singles, including “Falling Out Of Love” and their take on the Rolling Stones‘ “Dead Flowers.” But look only to the new B-side, “Last Of The Evergreens,” to understand the depth of the band’s material. The track, sung this time by Henry Beguiristain, is sparsely arranged, but carefully crafted － more Marshall Crenshaw than Otis Redding. Together, the tracks offer something less and less common from new artists, which is a creative and cohesive sensibility untethered to a single defining sound. Listen to both tracks below.
UK duo KAZE are back with a very cool video for their single “Conversation.” The track itself is a nice blend of groovy ’70s AM radio melodicism and funky, fuzzy modern indie rock, taking a turn from the former to the latter at the song’s instrumental bridge. The video, directed by singer Amy Webber, reflects the lyric’s yearning for self-reflection, in contrast with bustle of constant communication around us. She walks the streets, trying to make that connection, ironically via her own mobile. Watch below:
Beecher’s Fault, pride of Astoria NY, have followed up their excellent extended player The Easiest Drug To Sell with a new single, “Never Mine.” The song sticks with the meshing of propulsive programmed grooves and warm pads with inviting melodies and vocals, a dynamic established to great effect on the last EP. “Never Mine” builds methodically, eventually exploding with guitars and real drums. Listen below.
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.
Boston-based artist Kyle Bent has a new single and video for “Position,” a self-reflexive ode to how far he’s come, creatively and commercially. He investigates what that signifies for the person he was and hopes to become, looking at the idea of success as defined by his community and peers, as he stands ready for the mainstream, having mastered his craft, or at least come very damn near it. Bent is clearly a gifted lyricist, but he takes pains to express the extent of the work he had to do to see that gift fully realized: “Thinking it was easy for me – instant like Alakazam / Initially people were never listening / Women would always snicker and critics were steady dissing me / But somewhere ‘long the lines between writing rhymes and discipline / I realized Bent could be bending-ish with his penmanship.”
Even before the departure of banjo and harp player Craig Struble, Bronze Radio Return had been shifting from barn-stomping roots music to a more modern pop aesthetic. Their new single, “Ready To Go” finds them comfortable and confident in that arena, their songwriting chops at peak form, with a radio-ready sheen that remains relatively organic, recalling some of the best of The Shins. Analog synths and tight, dry drums carry clean guitars and the band’s trademark harmonies over a great melody. Not a surprise, then, that banjo and harp might be superfluous to the production.