What: R&B, surf pop
Sounds Like: Rex Orange County with a splash of Dirty Heads
Consisting of members Colin Padalecki and Forrest Frank, Surfaces have released two albums, with the third one set to release February 28. While Surfaces are receiving more attention from "Sunday Best" being a hot commodity on the app TikTok, their other material deserves more recognition. It's been so cool seeing this group quickly become popular in the past few months and noticing the power of persuasion in the media. I had the opportunity to visit one of my local radio stations and be part of one of the station's sound studios. During this event, Surfaces played a few songs, had a Q&A with the station, and took photos with all the fans. Turns out, these two connected on Sound cloud a few years ago while in college and they never had the intention of forming a group. But one thing led to another and now they have just finished a successful first tour. They hinted that there will be a huge tour in the upcoming fall and some dates for festivals have already been announced. Another question they answered was what type of food/feeling best describes their music. Their answer of course was a smoothie. Light, colorful, and happy. So if you want a smoothie but in music form, go check them out and maybe attend a show when they're in your city this fall!
Who: Destiny Rogers
Where: Northern CA
Sounds Like: Alessia Cara with a hint of Billie Eilish
Destiny Rogers is a diamond in the rough of music nowadays with the combination of catchy beats and meaningful lyrics. With her debut EP being released March 22, Rogers has already made quite a name for herself. Knowing she wanted to pursue music growing up, she tried to make herself known in Los Angeles. She was finally signed to Beach Wave sound in 2018 and released her first single "Tomboy," February 2019. The lyrics of this song goes into depth of how she's not sticking to stereotypes of a female artist in the music industry, but rather being her own, skater girl self. She's not afraid to be herself and won't change her image for labels, which is amazing that a 19 year old has already figured that out.
Who: Paolo Nutini
For my whole life, I've always tried to beat my dad at finding artists and bands. And every single time he likes one of mine I have a mini victory that I received the golden approval. And I know for sure that if my Paolo Nutini albums randomly disappeared, they'd be tucked away in my dad's man cave, purposefully in the wrong section so I would never be able to find them again.
One thing I noticed straight away after discovering Nutini is that he's not afraid to spice it up and create an eccentric blend of soul and zest. Each and every one of his albums has something little different than the previous one, but to the point where fans are still comfortable with change. Some artists change their music and it's completely different and fans never really get used to it, but Nutini uses a lively mix of jazz, singer/songwriter, and island music to draw in more fans.
Who: Jacqui Treco
What: Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic
Sounds Like: Colbie Callait
To begin with this post, I just want to prepare everyone that this music is like nothing like I've ever written about, in the best possible way. Jacqui Treco is an amazingly talented young woman that was based in the Bahamas and now lives in the Netherlands. One word I can use to describe her music is tranquilizing. With the hypnotic guitar strums and gentle voice she carries, Jacqui's music opens up a world of peace and hope within the notes and lyrics of each track of hers. Having singer/songwriters like these are difficult to find in the music industry and finding musicians like these that sing and play effortlessly and beautifully while capturing blends of emotions all in one is found once in a blue moon. So thank you Jacqui for being my once in a blue moon because your music has touched my heart and helped me through many difficult times. Everyone give her some love and check her out!
My list was already long and then I woke up this morning with so many amazing new releases so of course I added a whole boat load. Looks like March is ending with a big bang of music!
Make sure to give Toxic a listen by my friend Laura Veras. This is her debut single and it's so dang catchy!
Pink Lemonade by James Bay
Hold my Girl by George Ezra
City Boy by Calpurnia
Found/Tonight by Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Freaky Friday by Lil Dicky and Chris Brown
Bridges Burn by NEEDTOBREATHE
Burn the House Down by AJR
Change by Charlie Puth ft. James Taylor
Toxic by Laura Veras
Say Amen (Saturday Night) by Panic! At the Disco
Lost in Japan by Shawn Mendes
I Wanna Know by NOTD ft. Bea Miller
High Drunk Love You by Casey Abrams
I Want it Like That by Dylan Gardner
Trade My Trips by Knox Hamilton
Say Love by James TW
Bitches broken hearts by Billie Eilish
Clearly by Grace Vanderwaal
Palm Dreams by Hayley Kiyoko
Sha La la by The Technicolors
Here are my favorites of February. My absolute favorite one is Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't We. Even if it's not your type of music, take a listen to it. Ed Sheeran wrote the song and his play on of words are fantastic!
Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't we
Love Somebody by FRENSHIP
10,000 Hours by PRETTYMUCH
Love Lies by Khalid ft. Normani
Growing Pains by COIN
Wild Love by James Bay
Figure This Out by The Wrecks
James Dean by The Wrecks
Way With Words by The Wrecks
White Eyes by The Wombats
Starcrossed Lovers by The Fratellis
Bringing the House Down by CLOVES
2018 has already been jam packed with new music and starting now, I'm going to be doing a monthly update of new releases in music. So here's my favorites for January and there will be individual posts for each month coming soon!
For you by Liam Payne and Rita Ora
If You Leave Me Now by Charlie Puth
My My My! By Troye Sivan
She Loves Control by Camila Cabello
Curious by Hayley Kiyoko
Supernova by Ansel Elgort
God Save Our Young Blood by BORNS and Lana Del Rey
Flowers by L. Martin
Lazy Boy by Franz Ferdinand
Who: Pale Waves
Where: Manchester, UK
What: Dream pop
Sounds Like: The 1975
I know I know, it's been too long. I'll tell you, I underestimated the workload of college, especially now that I go straight to work after classes and deal with a 10 hour day. But I'm back and feeling inspired to spice things up, so be prepared for some new things coming your way. When I realized how long there's been silence in my corner, the first band I thought to write about was Pale Waves. I found this band as my first semester of college was starting out and their music style automatically entranced me. After breaking into the music industry, the band had the opportunity to open for the 1975 and have released 5 singles since forming. Their debut album should be released mid-2018 and it's going to be well worth the wait.
Photo credit- nme.com
For all you Summer Salt fans- We've got news of new music
Read below for more info!
Imagine this- On your left is a skate contest going on, on your right is a band playing on stage and puppies being passed around and surrounding you are various food trucks. Now I know you're thinking, all of that at one place?! How can that be? 4 words: Skate Or Die Festival. This past weekend, me and my closest friend Greyson Sierp were able to volunteer to help set up this rad music festival and not only did we get to see some of our favorite bands perform, but we also had the opportunity to interview Phil Baier and Eugene Chung of Summer Salt.
Q: What is your favorite song to perform?
Phil: Give My Heart a Little Break
Eugene: There's a lot of songs we haven't released that I like performing but Give My Heart a Little break is a good one.
Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment as a band so far?
Phil: Having people come up to us after shows and selling merch.
Eugene: Having fans in different states- the internet's crazy.
Q: I know you mostly stay local in Texas, but soon you'll be performing at a festival in California. How is that?
Phil: I'm excited because I love the lineup of that festival.
Eugene: We love it because when we're on tour, that's all we want to do.
Q: What's the best venue you've performed at?
Phil: We played in Montreal once and that was international, this (Gas Monkey Live) is probably the biggest one we've performed at, and Mohawk in Austin is pretty cool.
Eugene: Every venue we play is really accommodating and everyone's nice.
Q: Would there ever be a Summer Salt and Euji collab in the future?
Eugene: I may do a remix of a Summer Salt song
We even got exclusive news about new music!
Eugene: We're going to be releasing our full length album in the next year with 12 songs
If you're looking for a new band with a surf feel to it, Summer Salt is definitely one to listen to. Watch out because before you know it, they'll be riding giant waves in the music industry.
Who: Billie Eilish
Where: Los Angeles
What: Indie/Alternative with a hint of R&B
Sounds Like: Lorde, Melanie Martinez
It's been almost two months since I posted, but lately I haven't been inspired to write. I have been stuck in such a rut finding new, smaller artists. So many bigger bands have released new material and I've been going through listening to that. One day I was scanning through my Instagram feed and saw that Megan Park posted about directing Billie's new music video of "Watch," so of course I checked it out and loved it! Even though Billie has that familiar sound, there's just something about her songs that's so different from anything else. Maybe it's because she mixes in some r&b into her songs or maybe it's because she has such a strong voice for only fifteen years old. So give it a listen and be forever grateful to me that I suggested her.