Lindsey Bitson – Wash

Lindsey Bitson

Wash


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 09, 2021

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Alice Phoebe Lou,
Faye Webster,
Big Thief

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female vocalist
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indie rock
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Alice Phoebe Lou

Why do we like this?

As the second single off of Lindsey Bitson’s first EP, Bathing in Yesterday’s Fires, “Wash” is a vocally sultry and instrumentally psychedelic exploration of sound and of the human experience.

Written as a reflection on the nature of addiction, it still feels relatable to all: looking to be safe and to feel happy. It’s interesting: we all seek happiness, each and every one of us, in everything that we do. Some of us find routes towards that sought-after contentment fraught with thorns and obstacles, and others somehow strike luck and hop on a fluffy cloud upon which to float there.

Those that land there covered in thorns have thick skin, those on the clouds are a little more precious, but either way, that we arrive and can be together, in happiness, is beautiful and special.

Wherever you are on your journey to happiness, I hope you’re on your way, I hope you get there soon, and I hope that adding “Wash” to your soundtrack along the way makes it that much more bearable. With its gorgeous composition and faultless performance, I have no doubt it will.

With love,
Jami & Lindsey Bitson ♡




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Alice Phoebe Lou – Lovesick

Alice Phoebe Lou

Lovesick


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Stacy Klein

Published:
Mar 31, 2021

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Tash Sultana,
Billie Marten,
Big Thief

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female vocalist
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folk
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indie folk

Why do we like this?

“Lovesick” is a vulnerable, introspective track in which Alice Phoebe Lou explores her emotions around loving someone who no longer loves her back. This is a hard space for anyone to be in, especially when the relationship has ended and those feelings of love and longing rear their heads at random moments, making you wonder where the ghosts have been hiding the whole time. But Lou explores these feelings with a purity and innocence that reminds us exactly why she is a tiny force to be reckoned with. Her vocals are ethereal and melodic, breezy, feminine and clean, and provide a contained groundedness to her heartfelt lyrics:

“I can’t help thinking about

All of the perks of loving you

Even if I have to hold this love alone

Until it passes through”

Last year, Lou got in touch with the deepest, darkest parts of herself as she spent time alone in lockdown; she shaved her head, had a self-described ego-death, fell in love, and subsequently mended a broken heart. It was these experiences that culminated in her third studio album, Glow, and on it, Lou sings about love in a way that is mature, insightful, indulgent, honest, and brave. Talking about the origin of the album in a statement, Lou explains:

“I used to feel quite self-conscious about writing love songs, but now I like the idea that your music can be a friend to someone, and make them feel as though they’re being related to. This album simply poured out of my heart and my subconscious, and there was no stopping the lovestruck nature of them. Sometimes love, love lost and the ways in which these matters of the heart affect us, are the most relatable feelings in the world.”

Glow was released on March 19th, 2021.




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Tōth – Turnaround

Tōth

Turnaround


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Author:

Mikky Noire

Published:
Feb 23, 2021

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Jose Gonzales,
Sufjan Stevens,
Faye Webster,
Big Thief

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indie pop
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indie folk
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sufjan stevens

Why do we like this?

A Sparrow’s Bender Regret

I only recently discovered Tōth and The first thing that came to mind when I listened to their music was the birdlike aesthetic of his movements, vocals, and general music video/stage persona.

Turnaround takes this young chirping artist’s sound — his floating vocals, breezy storytelling, light acoustic orchestrations — and tilts them just a little off-kilter. The narrative of a regretful bender weaves in and out of vignettes in lyrics as the character comprehends the events of their time on an illicit substance.

It’s a soft pop vocal track with melancholic orchestration, and migrational narrative delivers making for an enticing bop that won’t be leaving my playlist anytime soon.




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Alice Phoebe Lou – Dirty Mouth

Alice Phoebe Lou

Dirty Mouth


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Stacy Klein

Published:
Feb 28, 2021

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Faye Webster,
Julia Jacklin,
Big Thief

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female vocalist
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indie rock
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indie pop

Why do we like this?

Nothing like a little bit of local flavor to get me smiling on a Sunday morning. Hailing from Kommetjie, South Africa (which is also where the home-made music video for “Dirty Mouth” was shot,) Alice Phoebe Lou is a tiny force to be reckoned with.

Her lighthearted, feminine vocals are unmistakably self-assured and confident while maintaining a joyful sense of pureness, innocence, and almost child-like sincerity. “Dirty Mouth” is a free and joyful number, and carries the feeling of liberation and upliftment in every note. But, rather than coming from a place of happiness, this is a freedom that comes from letting go of inhibitions, of toughening up, of righteous indignation at having been mistreated. Alice won’t hold her tongue any longer, and the raw umbrage in the lyrics makes that clear.

Speaking to Broadway World, Alice describes “Dirty Mouth” as:

“…begging you to dance around your room naked and scream out what you really feel. The words are written from an uninhibited, no bulls, part of myself that I often hide with manners, pleasantries & politeness. It’s a big smiling middle finger to the men that have pulled me down, used me & hurt me in ways that took me years to heal. Asking for what I want. Saying how I feel. Not holding back.”

Words to live by, my friends.

Alice Phoebe Lou’s third album, Glow, is due out March 19th, 2021. It’s visceral, personal, and untamed. It’s full of blissful melodies, upbeat grooves, and emotive piano compositions, and is delivered by an artist who refuses to let anyone stop her from speaking her mind.




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Duff Thompson – Sleight Of Hand

Duff Thompson

Sleight Of Hand


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Tobias Handke

Published:
Dec 14, 2020

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Father John Misty,
Lord Huron,
Big Thief

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male vocalist
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folk
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singer-songwriter

Why do we like this?

Surrounded by the melting pot that is the spectacular music scene of New Orleans, singer-songwriter Duff Thompson has emerged with his incredible debut album, Haywire.

Instilled with the spirit of 60s folk troubadours, Thompson possesses a distinct croak that sounds like it belongs to a man who’s seen more than his fair share of heartache and pain.

Recorded using vintage-style microphones, acoustic guitars, the upright bass, and an array of strung instruments, Haywire is an old-timey collection of tunes steeped in Americana that reveals Thompson’s introspective lyrics.

One of my favorite tracks from the album is the opener, “Sleight Of Hand.” There’s something in the simplicity of the instrumentation when paired with Thompson’s inviting croon that transports me to America’s hard-working mid-West. It’s familiar without being overly nostalgic, and like many of the songs on Haywire, it lights a spark in the dark corners of your soul. Speaking about the track Thompson remarked it’s about “trying to make something work that you know won’t, and flip-flopping in a willy-nilly state of utter confusion.”

Haywire is available to listen now via all good streaming services.




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