SONGS WE LOVED! 13-19 May 2024

A curated collection of our favorite song releases!

Featuring Keeley Forsyth, The Peawees, Blackwater Railroad Company, Karen Jonas, Xan DuBose, Vaquero, The Gleeman, Kramies, Boulder Fields, Bobby West & The Outsiders, Molecular Steve and Mayflower Madame

By Chris RoditisMusicngear Lead Editor

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Keeley Forsyth - The Hollow 

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Keeley Forsyth's The Hollow is an utterly immersive storytelling masterclass that will make every cell in your body explode with intense emotions. Her vocals, eerie and otherworldly, blend magnificence with darkness in a profoundly haunting way, with the instrumentals taking you to the shadowy corners of your mind, creating an atmosphere that's both mesmerizing and unsettling.

Inspired by a poignant story of a woman's experience with severe postnatal psychosis and its tragic outcome, Forsyth brings this story to life through her powerful and evocative vocals with such authenticity and intensity that it feels like a direct channel into the profound despair and haunting beauty of the woman's experience.

This is brutally beautiful and you should ABSOLUTELY listen to the full album (here).

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The Peawees - Plastic Bullets

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Plastic Bullets from Italian garage-rockers The Peawees is an exhilarating blast from their upcoming album One Ride. The song is pure punk rock bliss, featuring a euphoric melody, enthralling tempo, and fervent vocals that transport you straight back to the spirited vibes of the late Seventies.

With its singalong-worthy lyrics and an underlying message about staying true to yourself, The Peawees offer us an exhilarated sonic ride that'll undeniably lift your spirits. A two-minute burst of pure awesomeness!

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Blackwater Railroad Company - Clarity

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Clarity, from Alaska-based folk-rockers Blackwater Railroad Company's upcoming album A Lovely Place to Die (out on July 12), is a heartwarming and joyous folk-rock gem that overflows from radiant vocals over a backdrop of a delectable blend of vibrant piano lines, soulful saxophone, and lively fiddle.

Lead vocalist Tyson T. Davis's rich vocals perfectly convey the story behind the song—realizing he wanted to marry his wife during a simple, playful moment in a grocery store, Clarity is all about those epiphanies that make you appreciate the simple joys.

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Karen Jonas - Rich Man's Valley

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Rich Man's Valley, the lead single from Karen Jonas's upcoming album The Rise and Fall of American Kitsch (out on August 9), is a musical triumph showcasing country music's spirit. With a narrative that celebrates the Carter family's rise from Poor Valley, Virginia, to country music legends, the song bursts with life and optimism.

Jonas brings the song's optimistic spirit to life through her stunning vocal performance, complemented by twangy guitar riffs, lively barroom piano, and a delightful yodel chorus, crafting a musical masterpiece that's nothing short of invigorating.

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Xan DuBose - Vice

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Xan DuBose's new single Vice is a genre-bending masterpiece that puts her out-of-this-world vocals front and center firmly establishing DuBose as an artist to watch. The song blends pop-country-western vibes with hints of jazz and soul, creating a sound that's uniquely her own.

The instrumentals add a distinctive flair that perfectly complements DuBose's incredible vocal strength.

Vice is all about embracing one's own indulgences, and DuBose delivers the lyrics with such strength and emotion that you can't help but feel empowered and ready to conquer the day.

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Vaquero - Stranger

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Vaquero, the creative project of Travis Presley, delivers a powerhouse performance with the new single Stranger. The song is an electrifying mix of alternative rock, metalcore, and alternative metal, featuring a lethal cocktail of thunderous guitar riffs, frenetic drums, and a hauntingly melodic undertone all set against an unbridled, soaring vocal performance. 

Accompanied by striking visuals that perfectly depict the song’s thematic depth, Stranger recounts Presley's battle with his inner demons, reflecting the Jungian concept of confronting one's shadow self, adding a profound psychological layer to its already intense sound.

This is essential listening since it resonates with so many of us.

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The Gleeman - Better Day

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Singer-songwriter The Gleeman's latest single Better Day is a blissful and vibrant anthem that celebrates springtime and the joy of spending quality time with family. Taken from his upcoming album 'Something To Say' (pre-order here), Better Day is a shining example of the album's diverse themes, offering a moment of pure positivity amidst a collection of thought-provoking tracks.

In a world full of chaos and uncertainty, we all need a little dose of Better Day. It's a reminder that even when things seem bleak, there's always a reason to hope for brighter tomorrows.

So turn up the volume, embrace the positivity, and let Better Day brighten your day!

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Kramies - Social Light

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Kramies returns to his mystical world with his latest single, Social Light. The alt-folk singer-songwriter has a knack for weaving dark fairytales and ethereal melodies into his music, and Social Light is no exception.

Over a backdrop of sublime harmonies and enchanting vocals, darkness and light dance in perfect harmony, transporting you to a world where fairytales and folklore collide with modern sensibilities.

Social Light is just a taste of what's to come from Kramies, and if this single is any indication, we can't wait for what's to come in his upcoming EP in autumn 2024.

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Boulder Fields - Wipe Out the Stars

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Boulder Fields, the Edinburgh-based Americana/folk project of Scottish singer-songwriter Cam Fraser, delivers a dreamy guitar-driven single with Wipe Out the Stars.

Taken from his upcoming debut album With All The Other Ghosts set to drop on June 14, Fraser beautifully showcases his love for his hometown, Edinburgh, through his gentle vocals, evocative lyrics and soothing instrumentation.

Keep an eye out for the full album, as Wipe Out the Stars sets the stage for what promises to be an impressive debut album.

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Bobby West & The Outsiders - Loverboy

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Bobby West & The Outsiders hit it out of the park with Loverboy. Taken from their stunning self-titled debut album produced by the legendary Bill Ryder-Jones, this grandiose ballad is pure nostalgia, with West's baritone vocals and soulful instrumentation taking you straight back to the good old times. 

The whole album is so undeniably good that you'll find yourself soaking in those timeless vibes! 

Do yourself a favor and dive into it—it's an absolute treat for anyone who loves classic, heartfelt music.

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Molecular Steve - Heavens to Betsy

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Molecular Steve's Heavens to Betsy is an irresistible earworm that kicks off their self-titled album with undeniable energy.

What started as a father-son project blossomed into a nine-member collaborative powerhouse, and their chemistry shines through on this track.

The song is all about the risk-takers and rule-breakers in our lives who pull us into their chaotic adventures. With hooks that lodge themselves in your mind and atypical harmonies and rhythms that celebrate life's scars and unfiltered joy, Heavens to Betsy is the perfect introduction to Molecular Steve's upcoming debut album, set to drop on July 19.

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Mayflower Madame - A Foretold Ecstasy

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Mayflower Madame's A Foretold Ecstasy is the first high delicious taste from their forthcoming third album set to drop this autumn.

The Norwegian post-punk band showcases their refined blend of post-punk, shoegaze, and psychedelia, crafting a dark soundscape that's both dreamlike and intense. With eerie vocals melting over ethereal synths and reverb-drenched guitars, the band crafted a sonic landscape that is nothing short of bewitching.

Lead singer and songwriter Trond Fagernes explains about the song:  "It's about constantly chasing some elation or intoxicating sensation to relieve one’s inner turmoil, while still being aware that it's just a passing state followed by an inevitable downfall"

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About Chris Roditis

Chris Roditis has been an active musician since 1995 in various bands and projects across a variety of genres ranging from acoustic, electronic to nu metal, british rock and trip hop. He has extensive experience as a mixing engineer and producer and has built recording studios for most of the projects he has been involved with. His passion for music steered his entrepreneurial skills into founding MusicNGear in 2012.

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