6 Projects Released in October You Should Be Listening To

October was a bit of a roller-coaster. And while last month I wholly embraced letting my moods and general environment control the music I listened to, October was a month that left me more willing to seek subtle escapism through various artistic mediums. As a result, I saw Avatar in theaters, finally got into Renaissance (better late than never), and momentarily pulled out all investments in the sad girl music economy — the exception being those Alex G tickets I bought. To my surprise, a lot of

This Is Steve Lacy’s World and We’re Just Living in It

The first time Steve Lacy performed “Mercury” it was in front of an unsuspecting and adoring Coachella crowd. While it might not have been outlined in the set-list, the singer felt particularly grateful for his fans, sharing “It’s crazy, I feel like I got off the Internet and you guys just spread my shit like wildfire.” Both inclined to play the track and also nervous to see their reactions, he gave it a go, and well, the rest was history. Looking back, this moment felt like the beginning of som

Illusion Hills Cycle Through Growth and Change With New EP, ‘come outside when the lights dim’ [EP Review]

With about one thousand songs coming out every hour across all streaming platforms, musical red-herrings aren’t completely unheard of. This saturation makes it difficult for not only deserving artists to break through the noise, but also music lovers to find their perfect match. While their name loosely alludes to the phenomenon, over the last few months, Illusion Hills has proven that their talent is anything but a mirage. Single after single, they’ve smoothly prompted listeners to push their a

LAUNDRY DAY Share Their Outstanding Single, “Moved On”

As any person irrationally devoted to musicians would know, there is usually a period of inactivity that follows a new album and its consequential tour. Depending on the artist's process and the success of said album, this lull could go on for years at a time — Frank Ocean is a great, and unfortunate, example of this fact. Luckily for LAUNDRY DAY fans, the five-piece always seems to have something new and exciting up their sleeve. Just this year they've released a debut album, which was followed

4 Albums Released in September You Should Be Listening To

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m finally getting in the swing of things. Routines are finally carved out, schedules set in stone, and the only thing getting me through it all are album releases. So, in an attempt to center ourselves and recap the last month in order to properly move into this one, here are four projects released in September you should be listening to.

Recommended tracks: “Something You Know” and “Relax and Run”

Unexpected, but warmly welcomed, Devonte Hynes shared

Osé Shares Her Enthralling R&B Jam “Perfect Timing”

Having sung in her church since the age of four, it’s fair to assume — and I can gladly confirm — that Osé has the voice of an angel. Inspired by the likes of H.E.R, Brandy, and Summer Walker, Osé's music mirrors the mesmerizing nature of her influences. Back with another single to lure us into the warmth of her musical orbit, the Canadian songstress offers “Perfect Timing.”

Dimly lit and atmospheric, “Perfect Timing” is an impeccably layered and lush track sure to draw you in on your first lis

Susannah Joffe Looks Back on Toxic Patterns With Her Latest Single, “Good Sex”

We all have an idea of what romance is supposed to feel like; a whirlwind of passion, desire, and butterflies. However, one of the more ambiguous aspects of the phenomenon are the actions that should (or shouldn’t) elicit those feelings. How does one decipher the green, red, and sometimes, yellow flags? And more importantly, how do you get out of the habit of seeking the bad apples? While Susannah Joffe might not have the answers to your romantic queries, her latest single, “Good Sex,” emphatica

3 Music Documentaries You Should Check Out

I am a big believer in the power of musical deep-dives. Artists repurposing forgotten references, watching — and rewatching — live performances, obsessively following up on an interest by watching multiple documentaries just to get the full picture; you get the gist. Diving head first into the contextual aspect of anything allows you to appreciate the little things as well as harness more love than you thought you had to begin with. In the spirit of exploring musical rabbit-holes, here are some

Top 5 Best Dressed Musicians

When you’re a fan of a particular musician, it becomes more than just about the music. Their quirks, personality, style and interest also become of importance to you. This is where parasocial attachments come in. While I would love to delve into that tangled mess, I’d like to rank something more pleasant; fashion. Just like their art, a musician's lifestyle and fashion sense can become a source of inspiration for their fans, and can even go as far as to shift a culture altogether. Below I'll dis

Annika Bennett Shares Heart-Wrenching and Nostalgic EP, 'ROOM (DEMOS)' [EP Review]

Zoë Kravitz’s Rob (High Fidelity) describes picking songs for her “road trip” as an art. An art that entails using another person's poetry to express your feelings. This concept isn’t completely lost on the artistic trade that occurs between artists and listeners. The artist pours their heart and soul into highly personal and vulnerable verses for us (the listeners) to seamlessly absorb according to our poetic and sentimental needs. Say what you will, but this sense of emotional understanding is

flipturn Share Enchanting Debut Album, ‘Shadowglow’ [Album Review]

Our lives are filled with contrasting elements. And while we can’t do much about the different extremes we are subjected to, the best we can do is find, and maintain a balance. In sustaining and balancing these elements adequately — something that can only be learned with time and practice — we can find control and beauty within the madness. This is something indie-rock band flipturn manages to do masterfully on their debut album Shadowglow.

Prior to this release, flipturn grew most of their fo

Get To Know NUFFER [Interview]

Starting out in a new career can be nerve-racking. New schedules, etiquettes, and general lifestyle changes are hard to navigate when you first step into an environment. Luckily for NUFFER (Jake Nuffer) most of his life has been a form of preparation for his recent solo endeavor. A week before the release of his debut EP, A-OK, I got a chance to speak to the San Diego native over Zoom. We got talking about everything from his musical background, to his up-coming EP — and even got some solid reco

Susannah Joffe Shares Heartfelt Ode to Friendships and Coming of Age on “In Your Room”

When I think of the best sayings about female friendships, my mind immediately goes to Eve Babitz’ essay “Sirocco” from her novel Slow Days, Fast Company. While explaining her chosen alternative to finding the one, she mentions how grateful she is for her girlfriends who always “fascinated” her by their “wit, bravery and resourcefulness.” Those few words, and the sentiment behind each one of them, feel especially resonant in bouts of gratitude. And by the sound of Susannah Joffe's new single, th

Get To Know BEL [Interview]

Following a string of singles and the one year anniversary of her debut EP Muscle Memory, BEL finally unveils her sophomore EP Jet lag. Compelling and earnest, this EP is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on. A day prior to the release, I got to sit-down – virtually – with BEL and discuss her music, growth, and Gilmore Girls.

Before we get into any questions about the EP, I believe it was your birthday sometime last weekend, so happy belated birthday. How were the festivities?

Good. We

Richie Quake Offers Front Row Seats to His Mind on His Debut Album, ‘I Want Some!’ [Album Review]

There is something especially rewarding about keeping up with an artist's album rollout. Each song serves as a faithful reminder of the big project to come. And, although you’re technically experiencing the aftermath, you still feel at one with the journey, which grants you the privilege of claiming seats as a number one supporter who's been here “since the beginning.” Regardless of technicalities, it still feels nice to be right about these things. Especially when we’re talking about Richie Qua

The Night Dijon Defied Space and Time [Concert Review]

Time is of the essence. This is the motto that describes how I felt the moment Dijon announced his most recent tour back in November. The same words crossed my mind as I anxiously wandered the streets of Montreal; trying to make it on time to the show. And again when the ticket collector told me my ticket was invalid, as I watched my friends disappear into the venue.

It’s almost too easy to give into anticipation and completely miss the magic of the present. At least that’s what a fellow attend

5 Albums Turning 10 This Year

Time goes by when you’re having fun, or busy balancing the various versions of what we like to call a “new normal.” Deadlines come and go, birthdays fly by, and suddenly you find yourself 10 years into the future marveling at the concept and validity of time. This is how I feel every time I listen to an album and check its release date, only to realize that it’s been almost a decade since it came out. So, to avoid any hiccups, and existential crises, here is a list of 5 albums that have been aro

Five Musical Collectives You Should Be Listening To

Every now and then some 5-piece band from God knows where takes over the world, making their name known to everybody and their mother – think Beatles, One Direction, etc. But as the days go by, it has become eerily clear that not only do we live in a post-One Direction world, but we are about to enter a post-BROCKHAMPTON timeline. While it is tempting to claim that the world needs a new boy band, social media has made it so that there’s an overwhelming abundance of bands waiting to be chosen as

Quarters of Change Release Exhilarating Single, “T Love”

Following the release of “Jaded” and the updated version of “Kiwi” earlier this year, Quarters of Change is back with “T Love,” and, well, I’m in love. Combining all of their best musical attributes into a gut-punching track, this single is the cathartic and slightly overwhelming release you’ve been waiting for.

It’s all about the build-up. Starting with a simple four-count of anticipation, the track opens up with a striking gated reverb and a brightly toned electric guitar, instantly catching

5 Artists Who Have Experienced a Musical Reinvention

Once in a while, everybody needs a change of pace. Whether it’s to try something new without commitment, or to get closer to the person you believe to be deep down, sometimes reinventions are just the natural step forward. This not only applies to everyday life, but also to music.

I’d say there are two common categories of reinventions. The first would be the soulful kind, where an artist seems to be shedding their old skin to reveal a musical style they genuinely enjoy and believe they were me
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