Izzy Thomas steps out guns blazing on her debut single "Trouble (Pull That Trigger)". The track is an anthem of self-worth and self-respect, narrating the frustrations that so many female artists face in the music industry. Thomas wrote: "This track is a message now as an experienced artist, saying whatever doesn't kill me, better run! Although it came from that particular place for me, I would say it is an anthem for anyone with a message to sing". With gritty synths and guitars, powerful rock vocals and explosive energy, the fantastic new single shows Thomas is a force to be reckoned with.
Japan was so much fun, there were so many amazing places, people, and snowboarding in Niseko was incredible! Solid Muse is now back in action though and our first track back for you comes from LA-based rapper and Solid Muse regular MVTTHIAS! His new single "Come Close" has a wavy, relaxed sound with MVTTHIAS taking up the first verse before guest rapper Dave B takes over for the second.
MVTTHIAS has been through a lot having started rapping at parties at 17, to falling into drug addiction, to picking himself up again, graduating from Musician's Institute in Hollywood and returning to the music scene as MVTTHIAS in his mid-twenties. And he's been on a roll since, consistently releasing quality hip hop singles. Come Close marks another step on his way up this year.
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.