Alt Pop

Sam DeRosa highlights mental health in new single "Sad Faces"

Sam DeRosa calls for a wellness check in her new single “Sad Faces,” and she could not be more timely: the month of October has been a long one already. Laced in the slapping/bap-bap beat that rides across a pop atmosphere is DeRosa’s call for universal cheerfulness, perseverance, and hope for a better tomorrow. The conversational, on-beat verses that segway into beautiful choruses show off DeRosa’s vocals, polished and sweetened with honesty. “Sad Faces” layers each sound so neatly without feeling overproduced: it’s intricate pop in production, simple and approachable in sound—the way it ought to be. Stream the bright music video for “Sad Faces” below for a reason to be cheerful. - René Cobar 

   

Lake Ruth/Listening Center warn of "Law & Disorder"

From its opening moments this collabiration between Lake Ruth and Listening Center--released over the summer with proceeds benefitting the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund--immerses the listener in a gauzily seductive yet apprehensive vortex of sound: "Don't sit and wait / there's no hiding here / unsubtle acts / rule the landscape that you know." Here is a song that acknowledges Law and Order are not the synonyms they’re often assumed to be (Allison Brice’s lyrics are clever enough to apply either to relationships or to politics even if the latter is to the fore). In the familiar music-crit parlance of “If You Like X, Why Not Try Y,” fans of Weyes Blood will likely respond to the layers of chiming guitars, wavering synths, and Grimms’ Fairy Tales vocals. But Lake Ruth conjure up a dark cloud of psych-pop perfection all their own. (Jason Lee)

 

   

Dylan Chambers lets loose in new single "Ya Feelin’ Good?"

With a cascading euphoria channeled via luscious falsettos and slippery guitar licks, Dylan Chambers escapes 2020 in his new single “Ya Feelin’ Good?” and does it with hot flair. Funky and free, with a bap-bap lightning beat, “Ya Feelin’ Good?” has an aim to get you dancing, and Dylan Chambers takes command with an energetic attitude that is felt both in the cream-smooth pre-choruses and in the song’s tail-end electric guitar shred. Dylan Chambers, a Los Angeles resident since 2011, allows himself a moment of celebration, during a career that keeps on blossoming through hard work, and invites you to join in: stream “Ya Feelin’ Good?” for your ticket to the party. - René Cobar

   

A Deli Premiere: "Nasty Woman" by Chel

In such a contentious election year, with so many voices drowned in the mix, few are heard, others cut fiercely, defiantly through the noise, and that is the case with Chel’s new single “Nasty Woman.” The singer-songwriter debuts a single and accompanying video that highlights the ardent fight for women’s equality in all fields, in all spheres. With vocals that display force and grace, Chel rides a quaking beat that leads to instrumental swells and ascents that you can’t help but feel profoundly within. In the small bridges of the track, Chel’s voice floats elegantly towards a fabulous beat drop. The song title, a reference to words infamously uttered by President Donald Trump, reminds us that many women have awaited this coming election perhaps most fervently than many, ready to exact change. In “Nasty Woman,” Chel offers a slick and soulful pop single that rattles with hot emotion and frigid, piercing intent. In a year full of statements, some have a bit more bite to them; stream the music video for “Nasty Woman” premiering below. - René Cobar    

   

Mei shows his heart in new single "Frankenstein"

L.A.’s Mei switches up the tempo in his new single “Frankenstein,” via simple acoustic guitar strums, vocal ascents, and a charged-up passion. Where Mei’s indie-pop summer single “Rudimental” displayed his vocal versatility with switches from passionate croons to confident and sharper rides of the beat that led to full choruses powered by synth ambiances, “Frankenstein” keeps it bare, yet just as daring. Melancholic, and ultimately hopeful, “Frankenstein” has an obvious heart, a red mood to sink to, completely; stream “Frankenstein” below for a warm transition from warm days to cooler evenings. - René Cobar