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Mondo Cozmo shares vibrant new single & video

Mondo Cozmo shares vibrant new single & video

Mondo Cozmo shares his latest song and hybrid live action and stop-motion video for “Meant For Livin’.” This is the latest single from the west coast-based rock & roll songsmith. His forthcoming album is due out later this year.

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Keys N Krates drop Original Classic video

Keys N Krates drop Original Classic video
Following the release of their album Original Classic in November, Toronto trio Keys N Krates shares a new Bird Peterson-animated video for the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl-featuring "Original Classic."
The thirteen-track project was named one of the Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2021 by Thissongissick and one of the Best Dance Albums of 2021 by Billboard who described the project saying, "The Canadian trio’s sophomore LP is a good time from start to finish, blending influences to please your pop-obsessed friend, your house head homie, your hip-hop dance crew and everyone in between."
Speaking about the new video, Keys N Krates shares:
"We knew that we wanted to bring out the fun aspect of this song and accentuate how everyone involved is a character in their own right. We linked up with Bird Peterson, who's an incredible animator. On the first call with Bird we thought the process was going to be really collaborative and that we were going to have all these great ideas to feed him to do his thing with. Instead, he basically said, "this is the treatment" and proceeded to describe this whole 60's style cereal commercial world he had created in his head that involved Juicy J leading children (us) into mischief. After dying of laughter, we all just said "ya go do that," and this is what came out. We're very happy to have found Bird and his insane talents."

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Maia Friedman announces debut album

Maia Friedman announces debut album

Brooklyn’s Maia Friedman is delighted to announce her debut solo album, Under The New Light, out on Last Gang Records, 11th March 2022. After the critical acclaim of the first single Where The Rocks Are Maia has just released the second single “First To Love,” a mellifluous tune about the emotional wonders of being human. Maia explains: 

It is a humbling privilege to love someone in all their humanness and imperfection, to not only support but celebrate them through their journey of growth and exploration, to be by their side as they evolve into new versions of themselves. “Peel away / Keeping me up through the night // Escape / Be whatever you like” translates to: I will love even the deepest layers of who and what you are. A question I pose to myself is, what if this person were me?

Exclusive vinyl versions of Under The New Light are available for pre-order, more info below: 

  • Sky Blue variant can be found here.
  • Rough Trade exclusive Orange Translucent variant can be found here.

As an ode to the shifting landscape of our own lives, Friedman began Under the New Light four years ago, while teaching music and performing in multiple New York bands. “Collaborating gives me the juice,” she says, laughing. In 2018 Friedman was asked to join Dirty Projectors and a heavy schedule of touring followed. She sang and co-wrote the lyrics for the first of their 5 EPs, released last year, most notably for the soothing earworm “Overlord.” Meanwhile, Friedman also formed Coco, which began as a collaborative recording project with Oliver Hill (Dustrider, Pavo Pavo) and Dan Molad (Lucius, Chimney) and they released music anonymously until the announce of their 2021 self-titled debut.

Friedman’s voice lends a unique quality of warm comfort that permeates all her collaborations, but Under the New Light presents her full intention. Her role is that of the wounded healer, one who has gained wisdom through darkness and grief. In her empathetic role, rather than share the details of any struggling, Friedman instead sought to build a cloud of safety for those who might have pain of their own. It’s an antidote to suffering rather than its depiction. The closest she comes to stark personal detail is on standout “Sunny Room”: “To be in a place that knows your mold / The tighter your hand the less you hold / You’re looking for a way to ease your mind / So you won’t make a mess of your good time.”

As with her other projects, Friedman collaborated closely on Under The New Light as a trio with Tom Deis (Pineapple Room Studio) and Peter Lalish, with Dan Molad in a production role. They worked on the album sporadically across the country, in Omaha, New York, and Los Angeles. Friedman had melodies but left it open, with the trio co-writing the swirling harmonies together. The arrangements are less sparse than they feel and even when Friedman’s voice is accompanied by a single guitar, there are swirls of ambience and synthesized sound design building around her.

The album plays like a fulfilled journey, and though Friedman is still somewhere in the middle of her own, on Under the New Light her vision is fully formed. On the bright closer “A Sleep in the Garden,” she nods, for better or worse, toward the future: “I won’t look away / when you show me more.”

Track List

  1. Where The Rocks Are
  2. First To Love
  3. Happiness
  4. Under The New Light
  5. Elevate Us
  6. Sunny Room
  7. Raintime For Yohei
  8. All We Are (How To Last)
  9. Interlude
  10. A Sleep In The Garden

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Mother Mother releases new video for "Hayloft"

Mother Mother releases new video for "Hayloft"
“’Hayloft’ is a song that took on a life of its own, thanks to our fans, both old and new. We felt that the song, and the characters within it, deserved a more thorough telling of their story; a modern visual for a song that that has been pivotal in helping us to connect with new people all over the world.”

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Anand Wilder Shares New Single + Announce Debut Solo Album

Anand Wilder Shares New Single + Announce Debut Solo Album
Anand Wilder shares “I Don’t Want Our Love To Become Routine,” the latest single from his upcoming solo debut LP. The former Yeasayer songwriter will release his debut solo album I Don’t Know My Words on March 25th, 2022.

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Keys N Krates release new album

Keys N Krates release new album
"This album was about us finding our place in dance music, which probably sounds weird coming from a band probably classified as a dance act. Rather than 'jump up and down festival music,' we wanted something more for the dark club."

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DEAR BOY SHARES NEW SINGLE "SAY WHEN" + VIDEO

DEAR BOY SHARES NEW SINGLE "SAY WHEN" + VIDEO

Dear Boy shares new single "Say When" and official new video. This is the latest single from their debut full-length album out next year on Last Gang Records.

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Maia Friedman signs to Last Gang + shares “Where The Rocks Are”

Maia Friedman signs to Last Gang + shares “Where The Rocks Are”
Maia Friedman is confirmed to support The Staves across 25+ North American dates in Feb/March 2022; details can be found here. Her debut album is due in 2022 on Last Gang Records.

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