Phantogram’s Important Return

Phantogram’s Important Return

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After a two-year hiatus, the electro-pop band is back with two new tracks. Both are in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. A cause that is close to the band’s heart as we’ve seen over the past couple years (listen to their 2016 single, “Answer”).

“Someday” is a Phantogram original. Starting out slow and steady, the song picks up traction into a beautiful homage to lead singer Sarah Barthel’s late sister. “I’m always gonna miss you, I’m always gonna feel you, In everything that I do,” she sings lovingly. A jazzy horn line makes the song poignant and sweet; a somewhat lighter sound than we usually hear from the band.

The second track is a cover of “Saturday” by the band Sparklehorse, originally released in 1995. Barthel’s dreamy vocals glide gently on this one as twinkling sounds and soft beats take over. A simple song about love, almost anyone can sway to.

Band members, Sarah and Josh were recently just recognized for their efforts raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. All proceeds from the new music will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. After releasing the two tracks, the band went to Twitter to divulge into the inspiration behind the music, saying:

“We’re really excited to share new music with you today…We started work on ‘Someday’ during the ‘Three’ sessions – it was based on a beat Josh made from samples of the Al Green songs ‘I’m Still in Love with You’ and ‘Livin’ for You’. But then Becky’s (Barthel’s sister) death derailed everything in our lives and this song became too painful for us to work on. This spring, we were able to return to the song and finish it as part of our efforts to raise awareness about suicide prevention and to destigmatize mental illness. Like so many people, we’ve been through some very dark times, but we want everyone who is suffering to know that there is help and hope in the world. Love today and every day, -Sarah & Josh”. 

 


 

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Amber Mark’s New EP

Amber Mark’s New EP

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Picture yourself in a big bed. One leg draped out of the sheets, one leg in. You look out the glass panel windows and see an ocean sunset. The palm trees wave in the warm breeze as you just start to fall asleep. That’s what Amber Mark makes you feel. MAKES you. You don’t have a choice. You’ll feel it.

“I still really really love you, love is stronger than pride” are the touching lyrics on the standout cover of Sade’s, “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.” It’s romantic and real in a way that feels so easy to comprehend. The classic backup Mark vocals lull you into a relaxed state immediately.

Conexão feels like a genre all its own. Uplifting, peaceful, and dazzling. “All the Work” starts out with a coffeehouse beat and quickly picks up pace as Amber’s vocals glide flawlessly throughout. While title track, Conexão sounds a bit jazzy and sexy.

Mark recently told DIY mag about the writing process behind this new EP. “I just started writing what I was feeling. I was kind of against that too though, because, as it turned out, it was about love. I don’t really like to talk about that! I was quite hesitant doing that. But people have really appreciated my music because of how honest I was with my feelings, so I ended up just writing about it. I tried to make it as non-cheesy as possible though!” In terms of a full-length album, the NYC native is working on it. She is currently still writing and joining forces with other producers. She says, “I’m still going to be doing stuff on my own, but it’s slowly but surely coming together and figuring it out for an album. It’s a bit intimidating but I’m slowly acclimating.” 


 

On Repeat: “Wait” – Chantel Jeffries

The 24-year-old has gone from social media star/model (check out her YouTube channel) to a SERIOUS DJ playing pool parties, runways, and other hip events. Recently signing with the new Universal Music Group sub-label called 10:22 pm, this California native is ready to pounce on the music scene any minute now.

Her first crack at a hit and she did it. “Wait” is a summer bop. It’s radio-ready with bouncy beats, hip-hop vocals, and killer features (feat. Offset and Vory). Jeffries produced and co-wrote this strong intro to our new favorite DJ.

I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us this year.


Man Crush Monday: Khalid

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The 20-year-old seems to be everywhere in the past couple months. His big smile and vintage style remind you of a cool big brother. Following the stellar 2017 release of his debut album, American Teen, the Texas native has been releasing collabs and features left and right. His easygoing voice seems to blend well with just about anybody as he hijacks every song and makes it that much better.

Singer/songwriter and mysterious pop star, Billie Eilish grabbed him for a track called “Lovely”. Eilish’s angelic voice has a certain darkness that Khalid compliments beautifully on this one.

 

Khalid recently released a new single titled “OTW” featuring 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign. This one feels more hip-hop than anything else he’s put out. Spitting some slow raps, the singer finds his groove on this one. Ty Dolla $ign’s verse brings “OTW” to a new level that I hope Khalid dives more into this year.

 

R&B upcoming sensation, Sabrina Claudio also borrowed Khalid on her new sultry single, “Don’t Let Me Down”. Khalid takes the second verse making it swoon-worthy in seconds. A swift drum beat leads while the two serenade eachother.

 

Alina Baraz is no stranger to working with Khalid and recently released her album, The Color of You. “Floating” starts out with flawless harmonies; Khalid hits all the lows while Alina hits the highs. The song sounds like it could easily be found on a Khalid album.

 


 

Ari’s Return

Ari’s Return

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The pop singer is back after a much-needed break from social media and the public eye following the tragic Manchester concert bombing last May. Grande has reportedly finished her fourth studio album which has been described as a “personal masterpiece”… of course.

Today is finally the day. We get a taste of what she’s been hanging onto for quite some time now. Grande’s new single “No Tears Left to Cry” is an obvious reference to what happened last year. Fans at a listening party in London said the song brought them to tears. A source told The Blast that people “openly wept at how she alludes to the bombing and how incredible the song is.”

At first listen, Grande’s echoing vocals immediately steal the show, singing, “right now I’m in a state of mind, I wanna be in like all the time, ain’t got no tears left to cry.” A runway-esque beat leads the song to easily mimic tracks off the singers debut album, Yours Truly. Despite popular belief, “Tears” isn’t sad at all. It’s a beautiful medley showing resilience and happiness.

Watch the video below: