Here are some of our favorite new releases that you may have missed! Check them out.
Desilusion (EP) - Nico Play
Desilusion marks Nic Perea's first full release as Nico Play. Musically, Nico Play keeps the EP simple with just his voice and acoustic guitar. That simplicity highlights Nic's songwriting as well as the sincerity in his voice.
"I wrote these songs as a way to process my mom’s passing and the subsequent grief that followed. I wanted to make an EP of acoustic songs that were bare, honest, and could stand on their own. I did two recording sessions - one in Chicago at Palisade Studios and one in Richmond at Montrose Recording. The process was the same for both, I just played the songs live and picked the best take. It’s very human - imperfect, but it’s real and I’m proud of how it turned out."
Listen To Desilusion Here
again, there (EP) - h.pruz
Oh man, this is one of those albums that I just happened to stumble upon because someone shared it on social media and I immediately fell in love with it.
again, there is the debut EP of Brooklyn based h.pruz (Hannah Pruzinksy). The quiet, yet powerful record immediately draws the listener in with it's soft melodies and cutting lyrics.
“Each time you come back to certain themes or repetitions, you’re there again, but there’s some sort of really beautiful growth and change and renewing that happens each time,” she says. “These songs have been a practice in letting go and observing — something that is very hard for me to do,” continues Pruzinsky. “And now, it’s time to move forward and tear myself away from this repetitive cycle. Instead of just wandering now, I feel like I’m more at a crossroads, and it’s time to choose what side to take and where to go next.”
Listen to again, there Here
Hopscotch (Single) - The Greeting Committee
We first got to know The Greeting Committee way back in 2017 when they released their debut album, Meeting People Is Hard. The band has been hard at work ever since releasing 2 more albums and touring all over the country. The Greeting Committee is back with Hopscotch, their first single since the release of their critically acclaimed deluxe album Dandelion earlier this year.
Lead singer Addie Sartino said, “I feel optimistic in a way I haven’t felt since I was in high school, but better yet I feel like we know ourselves now in a way that provides true freedom which I’m thankful for as we take this step as independent artists. Pierce and I complement each other in a way that’s both challenging and safe. I hope listeners are able to hear our excitement in these new tracks and in the new live show this upcoming tour.”
Listen To Hopscotch Here
Watch The Music Video For Hopscotch Here
grow your hair long if you're wanting to see something that you can change (Album) - Field Medic
Field Medic, has been one of our favorite artists her at BL Mag ever since his 2017 album Songs From The Sunroom. The Los Angeles-based musician Kevin Patrick Sullivan recently released his new album, titled grow your hair long if you're wanting to see something that you can change.
With these new songs that would eventually become grow your hair long, Sullivan needed a change. “I didn’t want to write the same song again,” says Sullivan. “I have songs about being on tour, I have songs about drinking too much, and falling in love. I needed a different approach to feel inspired to create.”
Shinju (Single) - Mei Semones
Brooklyn, NY based artist Mei Semones is one of our favorite artists here at BL Mag.
Mei draws from her background in jazz guitar and her Japanese heritage to craft her unique sound. You can't listen to a Mei Semones song without being completely captivated by her her ability to seamlessly combine influences across different cultures, genres, and languages.
Also, this isn't really about her new single, but Mei's music is my go to music for working out. I benched pressed 285 lbs and ran a 4 minute mile. I don't know the science behind it, but it works!
I Prayed (Single) - Spirit Ghost
Spirit Ghost (the music moniker of Alex Whitelaw) follows up No Future with his latest single, I Prayed. The track is the perfect combination of 50's crooners with modern pop elements.
"I Prayed is about someone who is at the end of their rope. It is about someone who has exhausted themself and all other options, so they turn to something they don’t believe in for help. I’m not a religious person at all. Though I was brought up Catholic against my will. I’ve just always been fascinated by the imagery and morals of it and I’m fascinated by people who aren’t religious who turn to it as a last resort. I think it says a lot about what we put people through as a society and the fear we all feel about our own futures."
Watch The Music Video For I Prayed Here
Over & Over (Album) - Jackie Hayes
Last but not least we have Over & Over by Jackie Hayes. Fun fact, Jackie has been the artist we've interviewed the most number of times!
We first met Jackie Hayes back in 2018, and it's been so cool seeing Jackie grow exponentially from release to release. As a faithful listener, it seems to me like Hayes has grown more confident/comfortable in crafting her sound. With Over & Over Hayes has created something that is completely and distinctly a "Jackie Hayes" album.
"This album is a diary of how i felt of my last year or so, a stream of consciousness, internal monologue, scattered thoughts piecing them together to make full songs, a lot of it can be open to interpretation, a lot of times i don’t know what i’ve written about until i’m done."
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