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On "Bess's Dance," Itasca goes on a creative retreat

It'd been three years since Kayla Cohen (a.k.a Itasca) released 2016's Open to Chance, a sublime offering where the singer-songwriter sought to connect with the nature, and beings, that surrounds her with finger-picked acoustic melodies and lilting country ballads. There was a good reason for her absence—wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of L.A., Cohen went on a six-month creative retreat to rural New Mexico in hopes of finding something new and meaningful. One of her findings is documented on her new single, "Bess's Dance," a gentle jazz-folk fusion that conjures images of her days living in an old adobe house. 

"Bess's Dance" is the first reveal off Itasca's fourth LP, Spring, which is due out on November 1 via Paradise of Bachelors. Juan Rodríguez

   

Wyatt Blair's "Cherry Rose" is pure, gleeful power-pop

It may seem as if Wyatt Blair unlocked his hook-filled guitar pop from a time vault. But upon first listen, the tireless singer-songwriter's latest single, "Cherry Rose," sounds very much akin to this city's late-seventies power-pop roots—its crunchy guitars and compressed drum sound could be easily mistaken as a Bomp/Elektra Records long-lost gem. On his forthcoming EP, For the First Time, Blair promises to dig into some personal themes, but "Cherry Rose" serves as a distraction before things get bleak. From beginning to its gradual fade-out, the escapist anthem is pure, gleeful fun.

For the First Time follows Blair's pair of two full-lengths, Inspirational Strawberries and Smoke & Mirrors. It is out on December 8 via Lolipop Records. Juan Rodríguez

   

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Coby Brown
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Hotel Cafe
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Begin your day with Hana Vu's "At the Party"

A roundhouse kick to the face would be an appropriate approach to how Hana Vu’s newest single, “At The Party,” hits. This 19-year-old powerhouse from L.A. has been a self-proclaimed singer songwriter from the age of 13, and luckily for us (and for her), was given a record deal last year. Saturated with strong bass and synth notes, it will make any short drive, walk to the market, and quick coffee shop stop before the night begins memorable. “At The Party” creates a fun, disco pop vibe to your end of summer playlist, pairing a dark and twisted visual representation of uncertainty with stimulating lyrics and cadence to elevate any mood.

On October, Hana Vu will bring a double EP she named Nicole Kidman / Anne Hathaway. She begins her tour in Vancouver in September, but you can catch her at the Lodge Room in L.A. on October 2nd. - Kayla Hay

   

On "Sinner," singer/songwriter Leslie Stevens sets a new tone for the country music scene

A light flickers and goes out. The room goes dark, a single match is sparked once, then again, lighting the room long enough for the record to play another song. “Sinner” by Leslie Stevens begins to play as her soft, comforting voice fills the room. And that is exactly how I pictured the start of the next independent film I watch. Stevens beautifully recaptures an early Dolly Parton blended with Janis Joplin, seducing her audience and guiding us down an old town road. “There is bad in the best of us” is a lyric that we all need to hear, read and then hear again, a true lyricist that will rip your heart open and mend it back before the end of the song—and “Sinner” does exactly that. Leslie Stevens is resurrecting a lost art. Keep an eye out for her come August 23rd, when she releases her newest LP. - Kayla Hay