Solid Muse is taking a break throughout March. We won't be posting a song a day as we normally do, but below is a playlist of 31 songs in advance to cover you until we return in April (playlist also available on our YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music)!
Why? Well lately, Solid Muse has mostly been run by just one guy, and that guy is the luckiest guy in the world. He's getting married! So... I (Matt) will be taking a break for that and to honeymoon in Japan with my wife! 楽しみ! But when we get back to Perth, Solid Muse will back in business and posting daily again!
Thank you all for being a part of Solid Muse and supporting independent music! <3
Moscow-born, Nha Trang-based DJ/producer Max Fishler has released a new house banger called "Holding Back". The track has a grooving house beat and fantastic evolving atmosphere making use of pitch-bent sounds and deep, pitched down vocals. The track is sure to get the dance floor moving, and if this is him holding back, we'd love to see him at full throttle!
Scandinavian indie band Sail By Summer have released a new, more rock-leaning single called "Casual Drive". The track opens with overdriven bass, almost spaghetti-western style and reverb-laden lead guitar, and fantastic soft rock vocals from lead singer William Hut. It has a modern indie rock yet 90s feel to it, and marks their third release since their debut in September. With quality like this, they're set to go far!
Electronic producers INRVISN and NOTOK have teamed up for their new track "What It's Worth" with beautiful vocals from Alina Renae about coping with the loss of a loved one. The track opens with Renae's vocals and a marching build into a big melodic bass drop, maintaining a strong yet emotional feel throughout. INRVISN wrote on Facebook: "The biggest song release of my life (so far) came out today on Artist Intelligence Agency. We worked on this track for about a year. Very excited to finally get to share "What It's Worth", made with NOTOK and Alina Renae".
Kaivon burst onto the scene in 2016 with his debut single "Reborn", showing off his melodic electronic style, and has followed the theme of rebirth since. He says: "I want to make music that inspires people to be the true versions of themselves. That makes people feel feelings they have never felt before. To make people live in the present moment for just a second because those moments when we are all hand in hand and time stops... are the most beautiful sights I have ever seen."
His latest track "Anything" has a particularly powerful and emotive sound combining the vocals: "You and me together, we could be anything" with massive dramatic synths and orchestral elements. The track ends with a gothic angelic choir giving it an epic, otherworldly quality.
LA-based artist Elli Moore has released her debut electronic pop single "Gateway" working with her best friend and production/writing partner Alina Smith (the two making up the writing/production duo LYRE). Her vocals dance flirtatiously over the music, talking of being wary of not opening the "gateway" to resurfacing feelings for an ex partner. The chorus has a catchy pitch-bending vocal hook and an offbeat timing giving it a unique and cool rhythm. Check out the video clip for the track below featuring cameos from artists that LYRE have previously worked with.
Canadian folk rock band Ace of Wands, inspired by the tarot card of the same name, have just released their debut LP "Lioness". The album flows like a night wind with a nature-oriented and spiritual feel to it while connecting on a very human level. Speaking on the album release, lead singer/songwriter Lee Rose wrote: "I use the music as a vessel for my own healing, and I feel the power in the shared connection we can make with those who listen."
The opening and titular track kicks off the album with an empowering and fantastic, vibrant energy led by uptempo, driving guitars and roaring vocals. Rose said of the track: "The song came from a place of self-destruction while I simultaneously searched for strength and the ability to persevere. The Lioness - a powerful, fierce, nurturing and self-reliant creature - embodied all of the qualities I was searching for in myself at the time."
The album is out now on all major platforms, including Bandcamp.
San Francisco-based producer Kelypso takes us "Somewhere" beautiful on his latest future bass track. Let your mind's eye fill with blue skies and endless possibilities as you drink in the soundscape that Kelypso builds with ethereal vocals floating over slowly building melodic production. In announcing the release on Facebook, he put up a cool video DJ'ing a preview of the track which you can check out here. With support from Future Bass Records and Trap Nation (including his track "Home" recently hitting the #1 spot on Trap Nation Radio's weekly Top 5 Countdown for Episode 047 - ADE Special), he's set to rise in 2019.
With a wild, rock electronic hybrid sound, Egzod (which means "mass departure of people" phonetically in French) and Leo the Kind certainly bring the energy on their new single "Reserve", released on Trap Nation. The track effortlessly morphs from eastern sounds and distorted electric guitar, to bass driven verses with almost a hip hop feel, to a high-energy electronic drop. It's the perfect song for a workout; it challenges you to see how far you can go and gives you energy - your reserve - when you feel at your limit.
LA-based artist Raja Kumari embraces her Indian culture deeply and portrays a strong female character with her look and hip hop-infused musical style. Her vocals on "Karma" are particularly strong, rapped and sung like a boss over a booming rap beat. As the lyrics say, "Make room for the Queen of Hindustan, stand up for the daughter of the King!"
The song features on her new album "Bloodline" which is out this Friday. Raja Kumari wrote: "BLOODLINE asks the question, 'Who are you?' It's not just about your family line or your heritage. WHO ARE YOU? What runs through your veins and what are you willing to fight for? This collection of songs was inspired by my time in India. I found strength in the Motherland, and these battle anthems are my story, my bloodline."