Song: “Ask You”
Clear-eyed and straight-shooting alternative with a bright dash of indie airiness, “Ask You” is a buzzing tune from Toronto’s KNIFEY. Cohesive instrumentation focusing on splashy cymbals, channeled guitars, and crystalline vocals propel the invigorating single.
Song: “Don’t Let It Go Out”
Album/EP: Out In The World
Acidic and sinuous rock with an obvious sunny psychedelic influence, “Don’t Let It Go Out” is a poppy daylight tune. Warbling synths feature amongst gaseous melodies and expansive choruses that gradually bleach away over GUM’s deceptively snappy runtime.
Song: “Lovers Like We Used To Be”
Sombre alt rock with a bluesy serenity throughout, “Lovers Like We Used To Be” plays the jilted lover role well. Reserved crooning vocals and enigmatic riff appearances swell into a sizzling and sumptuous back half of this dark single.
Artist: Ben Kweller
Glitzy and polished pop rock with a massive hook in its syllabic chorus, “Starz” presents a thoughtful and attention-grabbing offering in a high-production package. Lofty synth stings dance amongst stadium rock drums and persistent guitars, with Kweller’s ranging vocals slotted audaciously amongst the searing instrumentals.
Breathy yet assertive vocals confidently proclaim atop energetic and mobile keys in this synth pop anthem from Nashville-based Essy. Emancipating lyrical content pair well with liberating instrumentals – a medley of synthesizer wave forms and samples bubble and roll over one another in an even-footed surf of lush modern sound.