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Lielack Chats About Breaking Down “Walls” in New Single

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Worcester’s Lielack is simply put: a band to watch. With a soft blend of pop, emo and punk in their latest release, “Walls” defines Lielack’s Nu-Punk sound. The single features singer-songwriter Kelaska and highlights the uncertainty of letting your guard down as you fall in love. In their latest music video, lead singer of Lielack, Jason Pascucci and Kelaska evoke these “walls” of separation and the frustration of trying to move through the obstacles of your significant other. 

I had the opportunity to catch up with Jason Pascucci about the new single below! 

How did Lielack come together?

We started as a completely different sounding band with a different singer and we played mad/sad music. We decided to part ways and as a result, now we’re making happy music.

 

What is the Worcester music scene like?

It’s always been more hardcore/metal based…there actually isn’t much of a scene for our genre in Worcester yet…we’re hoping to change that.

 

Could you explain more about your “nu-punk” sound? 

I’d call it a punk-kissed pop. I wouldn’t call myself a great singer at all…but punk has always been more about the attitude anyway…

 

How did you and Kelaska meet?

Mackenzie Christensen (Black Door Sound) is a producer we’ve worked with a lot in the past, and have been working with him for vocal production for Lielack…I love his work and always ask him to give me a sneak peek on what else he’s currently working on, and he showed me a song he was working on with Kelly (Kelaska) and I was immediately blown away…even more so when she said yes to working with us.

 

 

How was it like to collab with a pop artist for a more punk-influenced track? Have you ever done collaborations before in your previous bands?

Collabs are something we’ve never done before but always wanted to do. Guess we had to wait until Lielack really got started…but I think we made something unique here blending the two genres/voices together. It honestly was just so exciting to work on this with her…

 

How long did it take to film the music video, and do you have a favorite memory from the shoot?

It only took a couple hours…but that is because Ian Urqhart is so damn professional… when we first walked into Seed to Stem I saw this ceramic snake and I said out loud..”man I love this snake..i would buy this if they were open”…a couple hours later there was an accident..we saw one of the lights fall near a table and heard a loud SMASH! We thought for sure the whole table of expensive cool glass stuff had broken but all that broke was that SNAKE! The owners were so cool that not only did they brush it off…they gave me a replacement snake! (we forcefully paid them for the broken one) but now I have like 1 and a half cool ceramic snakes!

 

What are some bands/artists you’ve been listening to lately that you think the world should know about?

Kid Brrunswick is doing some great things, also, Kelaska’s new solo stuff is absolutely killer! She’s just like….so talented it hurts.

 

Is there more to expect from Lielack soon?

We are just getting started and we have no plans on stopping…but as far as near term…I think people can expect something to knock them outta their Thanksgiving coma. 😉

Stream the new single “Walls” on Spotify and more! 

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Barret Turner Releases New Music Video For “Wait”

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Barret Turner is a singer-songwriter and producer from Dallas, Texas. For Barret, it all started when he was just a kid and picked up a guitar. He hasn’t been able to stop making music since, but he also never shared the music he created. Now Barret decided it was finally time to let his songs go out past the four walls of his room, so he has been releasing a single a month for the past 10 months. Written and produced by Barret, featuring an undisclosed singer, “Wait” is the last of the 10 singles to be released. To continue celebrating the single release, Barret Turner released a new music video for “Wait.”

“Do you ever focus on a decision in your life.. and it consumes you… where nothing else matters,” says Barret about the story behind “Wait.”

Barret has been diligently working on his craft to get these singles out to the world. On top of that, he has been creating music videos to help share the story behind each song on a deeper level. Just like the music video for “Wait” each one has a story to tell. In one way or another, it relates to something that has happened in his life. “Wait” has such a transparent story that we can all relate to.

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Pop Artist Viana Releases Retro Visual to Money-Hungry Track “About the Money”

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In a time of uncertainty for musicians everywhere, pop artist Viana chose to dive straight into her work in the midst of the pandemic. Her latest single, “About the Money,” is available to stream across DSPs today, with a celebratory music video available to watch on Viana’s official YouTube channel.

Despite being recorded and written in the dead and isolating New England winter, “About the Money,” sonically, is a vacation getaway, with an underlayer of rich retro soul production. The music video, directed by Chris Cole, perfectly encapsulates the aura of “About the Money,” and the desire to stay afloat in a money-hungry world. 

 

Viana centered the track around what it felt like to be a working musician during a time where there seemed to be no hope for live music. 

 

I wrote this during the pandemic when it seemed like there was really no hope in sight for working musicians. I was living with my producer at the time and was just worrying about being able to survive financially. I don’t even care about money or material things, I just wanted to not have to worry and to be able to do what I love. But as the song says, someone has to get paid. I wanted the song to feel like I was driving down the Southern Cali coast line in a classic car, even though I’m singing about being broke and how messy things were feeling. We wrote and recorded ‘About the Money’ at my house in the woods during the Winter and it turned into a total listen to it when it’s sunny out type of song. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”Viana

Viana represents what it means to be 100% yourself, embracing both your strengths and flaws. She pushes her listeners to quit trying to fit into a certain mold and to create what feels right. After years of fronting rock bands, Viana decided to venture off and start writing her own music about whatever she personally needs to digest. With a style influenced by a combination of being a sucker for a catchy melody, yet still bringing a natural edge brought on by years of being a front woman of her band, this Gemini’s sound has a few different sides. Viana’s mission through music is to connect with people and remember that self expression should be about going with your gut and listening to your own instincts. Viana’s fierce independence has led to the shedding of her past and the incubation of this unapologetically Viana project: new, honest, and always true to who she is. 

Viana’s newest single “About The Money” is available to stream on all DSPs today. 

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LA Rock Band Wavy Trees Release New Music Video, “Hypocrite”

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LA-based garage punk band Wavy Trees are sending their love to the brokenhearted in their latest single Hypocrite.” The song’s anthemic melodies and grunge undertones make for a perfect heartbreak sing-along.

What started as an “accident” during one of the band’s jam sessions, “Hypocrite” is an honest and pure testament to the frustrations of losing a relationship. The outlandish video takes the band through door-to-door “The Wavy Way” enlightenment recruitment in the San Fernando Valley. With doors constantly shut in the band’s faces, the four-piece ultimately decide to take their frustration out in the community with vandalism and more. 

Zack Smith, the lead vocalist of Wavy Trees, shares the inspiration behind the track and video:

“‘Hypocrite’ is an anthem for those who were left behind by a lover. It’s about being sick of wasting your love on someone! When you love someone so much that even when they leave you, you still want them to take you with them when they go. It’s also the acceptance of losing someone. At the end of the day we all have that hypocritical side of us that wants things that aren’t the best for us.

The concept for the ‘Hypocrite’ music video came to us while driving around Los Angeles. Jason (our guitarist) noticed some missionaries going door-to-door and thought it would be hilarious is we dressed like they did. So, we decided to create our own make believe cult called “The Wavy Way” and use that concept to convey a satirical outlook on life in general. In the end, you will see that we were all hypocrites after all.”

If Wayne’s World and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure collided in an alternate reality House party, Los Angeles based Wavy Trees would be the band playing in the backyard.  The cosmic bartender at this gathering would be mixing swaggering hard rock riffs with the attitude and energy of garage-punk, dumping it into a shaker and pouring out a potent cocktail of we-could-give-a-f-ck fun.

Wavy Trees is made up of Zack “Moondog” Smith on lead vox/guitar/piano, Jason Espirito on guitar, Brian Duke on bass/guitar, and Jack Gallner on drums. The band is produced by the legendary Jay Baumgardner (Seether, Bush, Papa Roach, Lacuna Coil, Otherwise). 

Check out Wavy TreesHypocriteon Spotify today. 

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The Technicolors Announce New Album Cinema Sublimina and Drop Psychedelic Rock Track, “Nightvisions”

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Arizona alt-rock band The Technicolors have returned with the release of their latest single “Nightvisions.” The track is a psychedelic blend of retro rock and pop melding together to form a sultry, energetic groove that nods to 80’s new wave and dance-funk. Along with unveiling “Nightvisions,” the band has announced the release details for their forthcoming LP, Cinema Sublimina, which will be released on October 22, 2021. “Nightvisions” will be accompanied on the album by the band’s leading singles “Howl” and “Dress Up For You,” which they released earlier this year. Check out the visualizer, directed by Eric Halvorsen, for “Nightvisions” here. 

 

When discussing the concept behind “Nightvisions,” vocalist and guitarist Brennan Smiley shares:

We had just returned from being on tour in Brazil, where Austin [Scates] and I had extended our trip after the shows to stay on a farm with some friends. We all ended up back in the studio two days after returning to Arizona, in hopes of capturing some of that dynamic shift between a place so vibrant and unfamiliar and the desert, where we all grew up and that sensation of being on your toes is often hard to come by.

The song is sort of a cacophony of synthetic city lights and moonlit escapism and it definitely tells more of a story than originally intended, which seems to be a common theme. Wrote that one from scratch in the studio in a day after a sort of panic-failure of two different songs not working and all of us feeling pretty ‘stuck’. Sean had the riff – as soon as he started playing Scates sat down at the drums, started hitting this metal stool next to the kit as a part of the groove, Nico came in with his part, Bob rolled tape and it all went from there. It’s too bad we hadn’t been fighting before it all happened because the whole thing felt like a terrible outtake from ‘That Thing You Do’ or something.” – Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors 

Since introducing themselves in 2012, Arizona’s The Technicolors have woven a luminous sonic tapestry of fuzz-fueled riffs existing somewhere between the gloomy echoes of 90’s Britpop and the snake-charmed stars of the Sonoran desert. The band’s vast and diverse catalog is highlighted by a slew of critically-praised singles, including: “Space Cadet,” “Tonight You Are Mine,” “Neon Roses,” and “Songbird.”

The band has been fortunate to share the stage with an impressive roster of genre-spanning artists including Matt Maeson, The Maine, Turnover, The Wrecks and Psychedelic Furs.

Be sure to check out the official visualizer for “Nightvisions,” and stream the new single on DSPs everywhere. The forthcoming album, Cinema Sublimina, will be available worldwide on October 22nd of this year. 

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Prinze George Releases 90s Inspired House Track “Purple Sunset”

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Alt-pop group Prinze George just released their newest single, a rejuvenating 90s inspired house track titled “Purple Sunset.” The track comes following the release of their “Together” EDM based collaboration with Platinum selling DJ, Shaun Frank.

An invigorating and uplifting electro pop production, “Purple Sunset” was created out of Prinze George’s first days living in LA right before the pandemic, exploring what the city had to offer. Lead vocalist Naomi Almquist used the time in isolation to take notice of the nature in LA and chose to look into the good she had, rather than focusing on the loss of being away from family during such an uncertain time. It’s a song about finding your center and being grateful for the world around you in its purest form. Vocalist Naomi Almquist explains:

 

We started working on purple sunset a couple of days after Easter 2020. We had just moved to LA from MD a month before lockdown after a pretty brutal year and we were trying to be productive and survive and make sense of the isolation and loss we were all feeling. We were hiking a lot during the pandemic and as east coasters we were so grateful for this new access to all of the natural beauty LA has to offer. 

 

I started exploring this concept of using nature as a reference point instead of people, like I always have. We were far away from our families and oldest friends. We had our roommates and each other and the mountains and the sky and I wanted to focus on that; on what we had at our fingertips…instead of what we lost.” – Naomi Almquist, Prinze George

 

While producing the track, the duo took their time finding the perfect chorus, and connected with a piece of gospel that just felt right. Almquist elaborated, 

 

We want to make sure that people know that we are not trying to dictate any religious ideology to anyone…frankly, we don’t care what you believe. As long as you aren’t hurting anyone and are leading with love, we don’t care how you get there. Whether you worship God or Buddha or the mountains, just make sure you remember to look outside of yourself and your own life for balance occasionally. Safety, peace, strength and healing can be achieved when we stop centering ourselves so much” – Naomi Almquist, Prinze George

 

Inspired by their hometown roots of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Prinze George is an American Alternative Pop band formed by life-long partners Kenny Grimm (Producer) and Naomi Almquist (Vocalist) in 2013. Soon after, the two recruited then-student Isabelle De Leon (Drummer) while at college. Influenced by a wide array of genres – from folk to electronica to R&B – Prinze George’s music takes the listener on an emotional, introspective journey. With strong harmonics rooted in live instrumentation, danceable grooves in the outer layer of their discography, and themes of love, friendship, loss and perseverance – Prinze George is emerging and transcending across radars, giving a fresh perspective to the pop genre lyrically and sonically.

 

Following the release of their self-titled EP Prinze George, the band went on tour with Albert Hammond Jr as direct support in 2015. Bolstering their growing reputation, they dropped their debut album, Illiterate Synth Pop, in 2016 and joined Lewis Del Mar on his North American Tour. After impressing fans at festivals like Austin City Limits, Eaux Claires, and Firefly with their nostalgic, synth-soaked sound, innovative and distinctive lyrics, and mesmerizing, gripping performances, the band released their last EP, Airborne in 2018. Around the same time, Naomi and Kenny were given the opportunity to write songs for actor/director Til Schweiger’s film “Head Full of Honey” in Europe. They continued to expand their loyal following and break genre barriers thanks to a string of collaborations in 2019 with some of the industry’s top artists like Carnage, Diplo, G-Eazy & Wiz Khalifa (“Slot Machine,” “Letting People Go” & “Wait For Me”). Their latest EP effort, Happy Garden, dropped March 26th of this year, featuring singles “Garden in the Sky,” “Taller,” and “Centuries.” 

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RISING R&B ARTIST SANI KNIGHT RELEASES NEW SINGLE “TOO DEEP”

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August 18, 2021 – Today, R&B artist Sani Knight released his emotional new single “Too Deep.” It is the second single of five that make up Heaven Seems So Far Away, slated for release later this year. The first track, “Dark Place,” caught the attention of Sparky, Mundane Magazine, Cliche Magazine, and more. 

“Creates a futuristic vibe that could be found aboard a spaceship as easily as in a club basement . . . with a cloud of angst and gloom” – Sparky

Sani Knight is an 18 year old Los Angeles-native, whose sound is the product of his environment and experiences. He fell in love with music at age 10 after discovering The Weekend and Eminem, and combined that with Middle Eastern and electronic influences. His latest single is about “realizing you’re in an unhealthy relationship once you’re too deep to let go.”

He’s a self taught pianist hoping to bring Middle Eastern representation to popular music. With an organic approach to his writing, all songs are honest, dark sentiments brought to life with those he works with – producer Bosquet (1/2 of Pixel Terror) and creative director Nikoli Party (Wallows, Foster the People).

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Ridi Releases Debut Single and Video “Top Guy”

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Today we want to introduce Ridi, a new music artist who is not only talented but has an extraordinary background coupled with an amazing story that we want to share with everyone. At the age of only 17, Ridi has experienced many challenges but has proven to be strong willed, driven and inspiring to people all around the world.

Ridi, of European and Indian decent, has been compared to the likes of Lorde, Fiona Apple, and Billie Eilish — in other words, she’s on a mission to show the music industry that she is wise beyond her years both artistically and creatively.

In her new single, “Top Guy,” the European singer utilizes her voice to tackle themes of inclusivity and shed light on how lives can be devastated by those with narrow-minded and spiteful intentions. These are the same issues she’s had firsthand experience with for far too long in her young life. 

About TOP GUY:

Ridi“Top Guy is an extremely personal song to me and I’m glad that it’s my debut single. I went through a difficult time when I was kicked out of the school where I’d spent my past 6 years — all because I stood up for myself and spoke out against the harassment I was facing. I guess the fact that I felt so much oppression and injustice pushed me to vent my feelings in this song. Being young, sometimes it feels like everyone around you has a say in your life and has a right to judge you (even if they’re not always correct) — and to make life-changing judgements about your life simply because they can. I hope that people who listen to Top Guy can feel that I stand with them through my music, and that the best thing you can do is not give a shit about what other people say. In the end, it’s still you who has full control! Just keep doing and being your best and shout back even louder!”

Written and composed by Ridi, the single’s Paris-based video, directed by Sylvain Bressollette (Indila: Dernière Danse), unveils a sobering view of the all-too prevalent prejudices occurring in the world — a powerful look at a teenager’s worst nightmare from the perspective of a young student that was served hard injustice for being herself.

“I always enjoyed playing around with melodies, and when I had feelings to vent I would write them down in a diary (like most teens). I suppose the recent injustices I felt pushed me into using all my musical training to finally express them in my own lyrics for my debut single ’Top Guy.’ I don’t think I could ever sing anyone else’s lyrics now, as that would be like singing somebody else’s heart.”

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In an effort to help millions of others around the world in similar situations embrace their own individuality and heal from the hate, Ridi and her sister, Vasudhara Oswal, co-founded the non-profit “Stop the B” in October 2020. As co-founder, Ridi shines a spotlight on the fact that it doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is, anyone can face oppression. Through Stop the B, she has promoted awareness around harassment, encouraging people to identify social and emotional bullying behaviors and to become “active bystanders” in order to assist in combating the problem. She’s also encouraged survivors to share their stories and come out of the negative stigma attached to talking about feeling victimized, or of being afraid to be different. Her campaign has earned her the endorsements of footballer Ronaldinho, world renowned independent academics, and an invitation to speak at a UNESCO world anti-bullying forum in Sweden this November (Ridi being the youngest ever of the speakers and peers).

What’s Next:

“We have a lot planned for later on in the year. I plan on releasing an EP by this October and can’t wait to show everyone more of my music. I would love to finish the EP before school term starts since, let’s not forget, ultimately I’m still a student and university applications are just around the corner!”

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Oompa Serves Up Euphoric Summertime Love on “GO” ft. Dan DeCristofaro

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July 9th, 2021 – Buzzing Boston rapper, spoken word poet Oompa has returned with her new single and video “GO” featuring Dan DeCristofaro. Produced by Dephrase, “GO ” was written with carefree Summer vibes in mind, or as Oompa affectionately explains “real Gemini season energy”. It’s the perfect soundtrack to those fun-filled, warm Summer days and euphoric new love feels. With an undeniable reference to Chaka Khan and the classic, West Coast G-funk sound, “GO ” is an upbeat, bop with a “catch you on the first listen” hook: “We go, and go, and go” .

Sharing the sentiment behind the track, Oompa says “This is the love where you slap red tinted glasses on, and all red flags look like surrender. We know it will end in flames, or with us having to return to the reality of our lives and our city-girl hustle, but for now, we go. We get lost and hope reality doesn’t find us”

In the accompanying visual, we find Oompa and a romantic interest, played by friend and frequent collaborator, Therlande Louissant aka Tloui channeling a Queen and Slim-style love story, cruising in their retro Ford Mustang without a care in the world. Inspired by the cinematic feel of the cult-classic film Drive, the visual features stunning shots of an endless highway interspersed with mood-setting closeups of the exuberant duo. “GO” collaborator Dan DeCristofaro makes an amusing cameo as the getaway driver as the couple roll up at an undisclosed location, ready for the next step on their insouciant adventure. The official “GO” video forms part of 10 highly thematic accompanying visuals that will be released in the lead up to Oompa’s upcoming EP, Unbothered

With a cadence and energy akin to the legendary Missy Elliott and the poetic finesse of Noname, Oompa arrived on the scene in 2016 with a sound and message that instantly demanded attention. In addition to being praised by NPR, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and NBC, Oompa has shared stages with the likes of DVSN, Charli XCX, 24KGoldn, Tinashe, UMI, and Rico Nasty. Stay tuned for more from Oompa as she gears up to release more new music over the Summer.

About OOMPA:

OompaOOMPA is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids n’ them. She was named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists to Watch and her engaging, interactive performing style won her the Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year in 2019, following her 2018 Unsigned Artist of the Year victory among an unprecedented 12 total nominations. In a 2019 feature, WBUR’s the Artery describes the lyric-focused rapper as having a “natural tenderness with language” and calls her verses “funny…incisive and memorable.” Oompa showed this poetic prowess as the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a finalist in the 2016 National Poetry Slam. With the release of her newest album, Cleo, Oompa has sold out the Sinclair and a number of other Boston venues. 

In November 2020, Oompa dropped her most recent single entitled “Closer” along with a striking visual component. The song showcases a new sonic direction for her music and the lyrics convey a refusal to falter or be reactionary in the face of multiple global crises; the pandemic and an intense awakening about what it means to be Black in the world. This song isn’t a promise to be a cure to the world’s ills, but something that aims to counter the effects of the poison. Her next project, “Unbothered” is set to release in Fall 2021.

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EMM COMPLETES THE EVOLUTION IN FINAL ACT OF HER VIDEO TRILOGY AND RELEASES HER MIXTAPE, SAPPHIRE

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EMM has released the final installment of the 3-part in-depth musical and visual experience. In this video, we get the full backstory of the series and watch EMM transform into her final form, SAPPHIRE, which is the title of her mixtape also released today.

“This video is extremely vulnerable and ties the whole story together. I’m excited to see people put the pieces together.”

 – EMM

In this trilogy, we will see a female hero recycle her trauma and use her darkest moments as catalysts for her superpowers. Each video represents a “level” of challenge, and as the hero surpasses each “level” of challenge, she gains a gem and transforms into the next level of consciousness. The first level followed EMERALD as she goes through her trials of the loss of innocence, sexual corruption, and in the end, re-claiming of power over herself. ACT 1: ADDERALL was released in March 2021 and has over half a million views, and it landed EMM in Rolling Stone India’s Global Artist’s Spotlight. ACT 2: VICE, the second level, follows RUBY exploring her new freedom but is forced to realize that fighting the demons of her past sometimes takes multiple battles, and none are easily won. ACT 3: END, the final part of the journey, the viewer sees SAPPHIRE’s backstory up to this point as she fights to finally become DIAMOND. This is where the viewer sees the whole story come together, and sees EMM release her past to step into her future.

About EMM:

Based in Los Angeles, EMM is an anti-pop pop star. She steps into the scene to disturb the current system. She comes to disrupt, to stand out, and to make an industry that is much too comfortable with submissive female artists very uncomfortable. She writes, produces, plays multiple instruments, and speaks her mind. She destroys boxes. She speaks truth to power. She comes to dismantle the notion that young women in music will keep their mouths shut and do what they are told. EMM is bold in every decision — from fashion to performance, to the presentation, to music. Through her superhero aesthetic, her courage, story, and music, she reminds THE EMMPIRE how powerful they are. Something we like to call: EMMPOWERMENT.

EMM has built a reputation for creating music that showcases a woman’s power in a world that constantly tries to diminish it. As a classically trained musical prodigy from a conservative town, she wasn’t expected to create such a unique sound with a bold personality. She emerged from the ringer of the music industry strengthened rather than defeated, empowering her fans across the world. She has been featured in numerous Spotify Editorial Playlists and other media such as Rolling Stone India, USA Today, HollywoodLife, and many more.

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Premiere: Nathan Harrington Touches On The Hardships Of Relationships In Groovy Pop Rock Tune “Sleeping On Your Side”

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Following the release of his chill single “Hold On Me,” emerging reggae pop rock artist Nathan Harrington returns with upbeat and captivating track, “Sleeping On Your Side.” Written by Harrington and produced by Jim Kaufman, “Sleeping on Your Side” tells the story of a toxic relationship where one often makes excuses for their partner without realizing the negative impact it is having on their own wellbeing. Despite the hardships that relationships and breakups come with, Harrington is able to let go of the past and learn how to move on with a sense of new understanding. The video, directed by Cory Ingram, follows Harrington through a struggling relationship before finally walking away and is available to watch here. 

“This has been a song concept in my head for years. And finally everything connected and the song was finished. We’ve all had those toxic relationships where you make excuses for your other, not realizing the drain and fatigue it puts on your mind, body and spirit until it’s too late. ‘SOYS’ is a song that takes you through one of these relationships, the highs and lows of a break up. But ends with clarity being restored. It’s never easy going through a breakup, especially when there was so much love. But you can’t hang on to a feeling that has faded.” – Nathan Harrington

With a sound that is uniquely his own, Nathan Harrington combines elements of Roots and Reggae to bring a bold and captivating sound to life. Deeply influenced by artists like Black Uruhu, Steel Pulse, Bob Marley, and Toots & the Maytals, his musical inspiration helps to hone his tone while contemporary influences like Rebelution and Slightly Stoopid point him towards the next generation of CaliRoots artists. “The music I make is meant to heal people. Reggae holds a high vibration, and I believe it can pull people away from the darkness,” shares Harrington.

 

Creating a new wave of sound, when it comes to songwriting, living is Nathan’s biggest intrigue. Whether it’s exploring nature on a hike, surfing the sea, or channeling meditation, it’s what truly inspires home to open and his eyes and see, and his ears to hear. Aside from singing, Nathan plays instruments such as guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and percussion. He’s shared the bill with artists such as Jacob Collier, 2 Chains, Shawn Mendes, Sabrina Carpenter and Jed’s A Millionaire to name a few. Nathan has also been in numerous modeling campaigns and was cast in Jordan Peele’s movie “US”.

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Prinze George’s Naomi Almquist Bares An Emotive Performance In “Off My Ass” Video

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Alt-pop group Prinze George has released the official music video for their latest track, Off My Ass,” after premiering the single on American Songwriter’s Bringin’ it Backwards podcast. Directed by Winter Coleman, the black-and-white music video features lead singer Naomi Almquist sharing an emotive, drunken performance in the comfort of her bathtub. 

 

 

Off My Assis the interpersonal journey of Naomi Almiquist, navigating her life amidst sudden loss, moving to Los Angeles, and the unfulfilled lows of the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by the words of a friend and an art installation about the San Andreas Fault – Naomi was fueled with inspiration to pen her personal struggles in song.

 

“When my roommate said ‘if you’re not alone in here, you’re not alone’ – I realized how easy it is to discredit ourselves in moments of weakness. Part of the quote displayed at a Palm Springs art exhibition about the San Andreas fault reads ‘the earth shouldn’t move you; you should move with it.’ In the video, I wanted to display that intimate chaos that occurs when you’re going through something that has knocked you off your game.

Off My Ass is really the first hug I have ever given myself through my work. I am a deep feeling person and become very angry/explosive when I am hurting. I make mistakes. I don’t know how to lie about how I feel. No matter how awful I’ve been to other people in moments of weakness, I have always been, without a shadow of a doubt, the absolute hardest on myself.”

 – Naomi Almquist of Prinze George

Inspired by their hometown roots of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Prinze George is an American Alternative Pop band formed by life-long partners Kenny Grimm (Producer) and Naomi Almquist (Vocalist) in 2013. Soon after, the two recruited then-student Isabelle De Leon (Drummer) while at college. Influenced by a wide array of genres – from folk to electronica to R&B – Prinze George’s music takes the listener on an emotional, introspective journey. With strong harmonics rooted in live instrumentation, danceable grooves in the outer layer of their discography, and themes of love, friendship, loss and perseverance – Prinze George is emerging and transcending across radars, giving a fresh perspective to the pop genre lyrically and sonically.

 

Following the release of their self-titled EP Prinze George, the band went on tour with Albert Hammond Jr as direct support in 2015. Bolstering their growing reputation, they dropped their debut album, Illiterate Synth Pop, in 2016 and joined Lewis Del Mar on his North American Tour. After impressing fans at festivals like Austin City Limits, Eaux Claires, and Firefly with their nostalgic, synth-soaked sound, innovative and distinctive lyrics, and mesmerizing, gripping performances, the band released their last EP, Airborne in 2018. Around the same time, Naomi and Kenny were given the opportunity to write songs for actor/director Til Schweiger’s film “Head Full of Honey” in Europe. They continued to expand their loyal following and break genre barriers thanks to a string of collaborations in 2019 with some of the industry’s top artists like Carnage, Diplo, G-Eazy & Wiz Khalifa (“Slot Machine,” “Letting People Go” & “Wait For Me”). Their latest EP effort, Happy Garden, dropped March 26th of this year, featuring singles “Garden in the Sky,” “Tenderly,” and “Centuries.” Catch the music video for Prinze George’sOff My Ass on the band’s official YouTube, and stream “Off My Ass” on all DSPs.

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