Five for Friday: 14th Sept 2018
Charlotte Lawrence - Stole Your Car
"I just stole your car and now you're going crazy / That just broke your heart and now you're gonna chase me". Guess he's gotta find a new car to chase her in. The dark-edged LA-based pop singer says: "'Stole Your Car' is about rebelling against the one person who you crave love and attention from that doesn't give it back". She's got attitude and isn't afraid to speak her mind through her lyrics - her song "Sleep Talking" was written about an ex that revealed his cheating ways in his sleep, and he knows the song is about him!
Charlotte released her debut EP "Young" in June and is already working on her next project "Reckless" from which "Stole Your Car" is the first release. Her voice takes center stage on the track, dancing effortlessly around the minimal ethereal production, particularly as the track enters the bridge which strips away to just her voice and harmony. The track then builds to the titular punchline and a dancey pop bass chorus.
Ekali - Leaving ft. Yuna
Nathan Shaw a.k.a. Canadian DJ/producer Ekali's new song "Leaving" has a beautiful soundscape with tender vocals from Malaysian singer Yuna that shimmers like the light reflecting off the waterfall in the track's artwork. Ekali is currently on tour throughout the U.S. with 1788-L and SLUMBERJACK in support of his upcoming EP "Crystal Eyes". This will be the first actual tour for mystery artist 1788-L who made his live debut in July at 1720 in L.A. We're excited to hear the full EP which includes some great collaborations:
1. Ekali & mossy. - Stay Hollow
2. Forgot How To Dream feat. K.Flay
3. Ekali & SLUMBERJACK - Helios
4. Ekali & Medasin - Forever feat. Elohim
5. Leaving feat. Yuna
6. Crystal Eyes
Well, my EP comes out in a couple weeks... but tonight I started working on my full length album <3 pic.twitter.com/b0a8MP0ESN— EKALI (@EkaliMusic) September 14, 2018
Matt Maeson - Tribulation feat. VÉRITÉ
Tribulation originally came out early last year on Matt Maeson's debut EP "Who Killed Matt Maeson", but he's teamed up with Vérité to re-release it in celebration of his label Neon Gold Records' 10-year anniversary. NGR are hosting a party on Sept 29th at NYC's 3,500-capacity Knockdown Center with live performances from Marina and BROODS, The Knocks' only live performance of 2018, Matt Maeson, LPX, Alex Winston, Your Smith, a special acoustic performance from St. Lucia, and DJ sets from Captain Cuts, Noah Breakfast and Friendly Greg. Tickets are selling out fast.
Tribulation is an emotive acoustic-driven pop ballad that starts off intimately and builds into a triumphant finale with a duet between the two talented singers. Matt's lovely warm vocals start the track off and Vérité responds in the second section with her beautiful vocals giving the track an added depth from the original. Lyrically, Matt says: "Tribulation is a song about self doubt. Feeling inferior because you don't understand something enough. In this case, that something is love... It's easy to convince yourself that there's no point in trying to find it anymore because you don't know how to handle it but the truth is, it's love and no one understands love." As for the new version, "VÉRITÉ came in and really gave 'Tribulation' a breath of fresh air. I think having her be a part of it reveals a different side of the emotion behind it. Rather than it just being a conversation with myself, it's a conversation with somebody else."
Kelsy Karter - God Knows I've Tried
Kelsy Karter perfectly nails the bluesy rock'n'roll vibe and brings it into 2018 with her latest track "God Knows I've Tried". She's got heart, soul and a voice that'll knock your socks off. "I've spent my whole life being rebellious and doing what people told me not to do," explains Kelsy, "And when you have that kind of spirit, somebody always gets hurt. I guess 'God Knows I've Tried' is just my apology letter in the form of a rock&roll ballad." She further wrote on social media: "this song is for all the kids that aren't perfect, the ones that go left when everyone else goes 'right'. the ones that are only truly themselves when face to face with trouble. we are the kids with a deep desire to be bold and ridiculous most all of the time, and whether authority wants to believe it or not, we are the ones that make up all of your heroes. i have tried to meet the standards of what others call 'good' or even 'normal', but i can't keep up and i'm done pretending that i can. evidence shows that maybe it's just not my path. i've broken most rules and paid dearly for it, but doing bad things doesn't make you a bad person. it makes you an interesting one."
Kelsy grew up with theatre, acting and in a family of jazz musicians. Her father was a big influence on her musically, and eventually she found that music was something she wanted to pursue and she found her voice. Now established in L.A. and working on her debut record, she's set to go far. She's got attitude and style, and we need more female rock stars like her.
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez - Falcon
New York-based artist Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez's rich, soulful vocals soar over laidback jazz in her latest, catchy release titled "Falcon". Raina burst onto the scene in March with her debut single "Unarmed". Both releases incorporate creative production that cleverly make them subtly stand out: Unarmed makes use of reversed sounds and Falcon features birds chirping in the background. Falcon sees Zach Berns on drums, Luke McCrosson on bass, production by Jake Sokolov Gonzalez and mixing/mastering by Jon Rosenberg. If you're lucky enough to be in New York and free tomorrow night Sept 15th, Raina will be launching her new single Falcon/Images at the Rockwood Music Hall.