Songwriters

Disco Shrine provides summer pop bliss with "Future Memories"

There's no real song of the summer this year, given the limitations upon any sort of activities where someone might blast said song of the summer from a car radio or a boombox or a beachfront DJ setup. But that's not going to stop musicians of all kinds from trying to make one. Disco Shrine, aka Persian Barbie, has a new track out called "Future Memories", and it's a crunchy track that mixes dream pop with headbanging rock to create a tasty summer cocktail of a song. The accompanying music video gets its vintage look from being filmed on a Nineties-era camcorder in locked-down LA. For anyone looking for a fresh addition to their summer playlist, even if that playlist won't leave the confines of their own home, "Future Memories" is one to pick. It'll appear on Disco Shrine's upcoming debut EP xoxo, disco later this summer. Take a look at the video for "Future Memories" below. - Will Sisskind

Max Subar

Max Subar has released a self-titled EP today, July 31st, via bandcamp. For the month of August he will be donating all earnings from bandcamp sales to Sista Afya, a local nonprofit organization with the mission of sustaining the mental wellness of Black women.

This is Max's third album and was recorded last year with the help of Jason Gordon Ashworth (electric, fretless and upright bass), Chet Zenor (electric guitar), Sam Subar (drums and percussion), Jacob Slocum (sax and flutes), Ben Phillips (trumpet), and others.

Evelyn Cormier continues to blossom in new single "Little White Rabbit"

As if inside a cavern of delightful sounds and shimmering lights, Evelyn Cormier’s latest single “Little White Rabbit” is meant for exploration and admiration. The delicate acoustic guitar riffs of the song dance to resounding chords and piano notes that trickle towards the commanding vocals of Cormier, gentle and assertive all at once. The story “Little White Rabbit” tells is of separation and its accompanying heartache but also of the bravery that brews beneath the surface of that, the courage to let to go, the resolve to begin again. Cormier, the New Hampshire artist, delivers a brand of indie-folk that is immediately recognizable, and that continues to blossom; stream her latest single “Little White Rabbit” below. - Rene Cobar

Multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa shares new single "Losing My Grip", plus video

At the beginning of the month, multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa celebrated his 21st birthday with the release of two singles, "Losing My Grip" and "Creep". Junior broke out in the scene with his 2019 EP Peace, and was set to play SXSW and hit the road with fellow LA band Inner Wave this past spring. Though the performances never happened, the musical output remains steady; Junior's two new singles show two different emotions that have bubbled up during the past few months. "Losing My Grip" gets into a groove that fights off the quarantine blues, and the video shows Junior and his housemates jamming out together to keep up their spirits. "Creep", on the other hand, locks into a melancholic beat and has Junior singing about lost love. We've featured the video for "Losing My Grip" below; take a look. - Will Sisskind

The Icebergs' ear for eclectic expands on new LP "Add Vice"

The sauntering, somewhat singsong nature of the Icebergs is a terrifyingly brilliant thing to behold, one that through experimental, frequently cello-centric instrumentation upends expectations at every turn. Their new record Add Vice condenses the songwriting of poet and songwriter Jane LeCroy into winding scenes of weird Americana, propelled by tactile instrumentation and a strong bent towards jazz. LeCroy’s cynical tone and weaving vocal performance make Vice perfect listening for fans of Fiona Apple and Tom Waits — give it a long, ruminiative listen below.

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