Producers Serion and Dritic have teamed up for their melancholic new single "Suffocating". Letting out the pain of not being with one's love, Dritic's vocals sharpen and focus the emotional edge of the track. The soundscape swells and ebbs in intensity and is layered with sounds like the footsteps of someone walking away and birdsong like a bittersweet memory. They've done a fantastic job putting so much feeling into the track and we hope to hear more collaborations from them!
Musician and previous member of indie pop band The Middle Coast, Liam Duncan has ventured out on his own and released two beautiful singles on his solo project in the lead up to his upcoming debut album. He's crafted a special, intimate sound, with his fantastic vocals and acoustic guitar dancing over twinkling atmosphere. Breaking down his latest single, Duncan wrote: "'Shaking' is an honest retelling of a breakup. Breaking up isn't easy. Whether you're being broken up with, or breaking up with someone else, it's hard to tell someone that you don't want to be with them. It's not always that you don't love them. It's not that you want someone else. Sometimes, it's just a deep seated feeling that you cannot shake."
"One day, after beating yourself up about it for days, weeks, years, you just do it. You leave the person you've loved for years standing on the stairs. And it sucks. Writing 'Shaking' was a way to get my brain to stop replaying that night over and over again. Releasing this song is a mixed bag of feelings. It's a vulnerable and honest song and I'm nervous to show it to everyone."
Eman8's third single "IOU" featuring Kid Quill has a wonderful sunkissed, relaxed pop hip hop vibe with upbeat, grateful lyrics. Previously known as Brandyn Burnette, the St. Louis-based artist started the new project last year to reflect the evolution of his sound, with the name based on his Jamaican middle name "Emanate" which means to "come forth". He's putting out some great tracks so far, keep an ear out for him!
Canadian band KOZEN's style is a unique fusion of rock, metal, jazz, funk and R&B which they've crafted to perfection on their new single "To The Wind". From the heavy riff-based intro to the verses and beyond, the track has a great dynamic, with well-crafted melodies and rhythms, and fantastic vocals from frontman Maxwell Aka. Aka wrote of the track: "It's a song about the willingness to knock down one's own misconceptions and assumptions in pursuit of the truth, and enjoying the process of learning. It's about the fear of living a lie, and the wide-eyed wonder of a genuinely open mind." The track will feature on their upcoming LP "A Fearful Wonder", available worldwide June 7, 2019.
Melancholic electronic producer Fytch has released a fantastic new single called "Burned" with beautiful vocals from Pauline Herr and production that is simultaneously smooth and serrated. Explaining the theme, Fytch wrote: "Burned is about how a relationship can quickly go from a day in the sun to a sunburn. But through the pain we can grow and learn to prepare for what comes." Fytch is currently on tour in the U.S. with Droeloe, finishing up at Terminal West in Atlanta on April 26th.
Illenium's powerful new single "Pray" opens with moody guitar and vocals from Kameron Alexander that morph into beautiful emotional cries over soaring melodic dubstep. The theme of brokenness is enhanced by glitchy sound design, particularly in the second drop and outro. The single was debuted at Illenium's recent performance at Believe Music Hall in Atlanta and will feature on his upcoming album later this year. Lucky fans in Europe will get to hear it live soon as he's set to tour there starting in Spain on April 10th.
Musician and game developer Martin Englert's creative latest single "We Just Need New Stars" is the first in a series on the apocalypse and humanity finding new worlds to live in. Despite the intense topic, the track is upbeat, with catchy, well-crafted pop vocal hooks and a hopeful tone that humanity can find a way to survive.
Englert wrote: "Regarding to this song I wanted to create a song with a message that tells about the fate of the inhabitants of the earth who faced the approaching extinction from space. About humanity, who must finally unite to find a new home and survive. The inspiration for me were not only recent reports related to Apophis or Bennu. I think that as people, sooner or later, we will have to face many other threats that can come from the depths of the cosmos. And we can definitely afford to find out more about them in time. I believe that our next generation will be able to do it and find new stars along with the planets on which it will be possible to settle! And hence only a step to create your own worlds, which topics I will cover in my next song."
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