Carly and The Universe capture the light and loss of summertime. “Sunset” is a refreshingly catchy trip with a delicious bassline.
Àdá Irin and Song of Sage are albums paved by Navy Blue’s ties to spirituality. Ryan Gaur explores how, through glory on one album to despair on the next, Navy’s faith defines his worldview.
Through poetry and humanity, Rouge carves a path away from his pain. “Closest Thing to God in the Flesh” is experimental in the conventional sense, with a dynamic instrumental and stream of consciousness, but also in the sense that it challenges modes of expression.
Searching for a release from reality, ¿Téo? and WILLOW get “Buzzed.” The track brings floating verses to mellow island strings.
Reconciling the maturity and pain found in isolation, Dragonfruit deliver “Loney” — yet another avant-garde electro-laden instrumental with spinning vocals both sung and spoken.
Across countries and continents, SAROS have cultivated an exciting musical movement whose core philosophy is the exploration of emotion and the appreciation of life. We got all eight members in a Zoom call to discuss the past, present and future of SAROS
Matt Nye is caught between drug-induced highs and the coldness of reality on “love and other drugs.” It’s an easy-going beat for the emcee to lay his stress to rest.
The gentle jazzy “Like a Dog” sees Otis Mensah at his most melodic. The second installment in season two of #OtisMensahExists brings Mensah questioning if changes in his personality are for better or worse. He drowns in the hurt like the howl of a dog.
In a swirling symphony of distortion, Donny Block encapsulates the feeling of hopelessness. The irony of “Fin” is that it’s just the beginning.
Over a precarious loop, Critical Mischief and Cameron Bolden look for hope through hardship on “Quicksand!” Their raps bring to mind the low points but search for beauty in the vallies.