Songwriters

Multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa shares new single "Losing My Grip", plus video

At the beginning of the month, multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa celebrated his 21st birthday with the release of two singles, "Losing My Grip" and "Creep". Junior broke out in the scene with his 2019 EP Peace, and was set to play SXSW and hit the road with fellow LA band Inner Wave this past spring. Though the performances never happened, the musical output remains steady; Junior's two new singles show two different emotions that have bubbled up during the past few months. "Losing My Grip" gets into a groove that fights off the quarantine blues, and the video shows Junior and his housemates jamming out together to keep up their spirits. "Creep", on the other hand, locks into a melancholic beat and has Junior singing about lost love. We've featured the video for "Losing My Grip" below; take a look. - Will Sisskind

   

The Icebergs' ear for eclectic expands on new LP "Add Vice"

The sauntering, somewhat singsong nature of the Icebergs is a terrifyingly brilliant thing to behold, one that through experimental, frequently cello-centric instrumentation upends expectations at every turn. Their new record Add Vice condenses the songwriting of poet and songwriter Jane LeCroy into winding scenes of weird Americana, propelled by tactile instrumentation and a strong bent towards jazz. LeCroy’s cynical tone and weaving vocal performance make Vice perfect listening for fans of Fiona Apple and Tom Waits — give it a long, ruminiative listen below.

   

Neo-grunge DIY act The Waking Point releases new single "Bad Girl"

DIY newcomer Sadie Belica released "Bad Girl" earlier this month; it's the latest single from her project The Waking Point in 2020. Leaning into the grunge vibe, "Bad Girl" portrays an abusive relationship through Belica's intense vocals and instrumentation. During the pandemic, Belica has put out music through which she airs out her most painful experiences; you can hear the trauma in every beat of "Bad Girl", which you can listen to below. After that, take a listen to Belica's "Rose Colored Violence", her debut release this year. - Will Sisskind

   

Amo Amo releases "Canta" EP; all proceeds go to Black Lives Matter LA

Amo Amo have released their new EP Canta, a five-track collection of new psych pop, with all proceeds from Bandcamp sales going towards Black Lives Matter LA. The record includes the previously released title track and the diversity-celebrating song "Colors", along with "Missed Connection", a song about finding ways to bridge divisions between people in a world of increasing tensions. And because Amo Amo knows that lyrics alone don't make a difference, they've committed to donating all of the sales on Bandcamp for Canta to Black Lives Matter LA to help lift up black voices across the community and the globe. Take a listen to the title track "Canta" below, and consider purchasing the album to stand with Amo Amo and support Black Lives Matter LA. - Will Sisskind

   

From the Submissions: Mae Krell's "Home"

It seems like as businesses and restaurants reopen in many American cities that the last three months have been rendered a blur — just time in-between stopping and starting that’s quick to be forgotten. “Home,” the latest video by New York songwriter Mae Krell, helps render some of these post- and inter-pandemic moments visually and musically, recalling the hopelessness of March’s last weeks. “I walk the streets with nobody besides me,” Krell croons, their voice floating above somber reverting piano and minimalist beat, as lofi snapshots of city life pass lazily before our eyes. While we’re in no way out of the woods yet, “Home” acts as a contemporary time capsule reminding us of collective despair and uncertainty, simultaneously serving as a reminder of the people who may have helped us weather the storm (emotionally). Watch it below, and maybe send it along to your quarantine buddy.