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RISING STAR | Soft People Drop 'The Absolute Boy'

Cathartic indie-pop from San Luis Obispo, California.

Photo Credit: Shannon Odenthal

Indie-pop duo Soft People will officially release "The Absolute Boy" November 13. Popdust offers you a first-listen today.

Based in San Luis Obispo, California, Soft People is made up of Caleb Nichols and John Metz, a married couple. The two met when Nichols recruited Metz to play the drums in his Oakland-based band Grand Lake. Soft People, formed in 2017, started out as a bedroom recording project in Atlanta, Georgia, and later relocated to San Luis Obispo.

"The Absolute Boy" is a highly subjective song, inspired by Nichols' battle with PTSD, the result of years of abuse as a child. The track is Nichols' attempt to wrap his head around generational domestic violence, and addresses his own abuse as well as the abuse his abuser suffered in his own childhood.

Opening with a pop-lite bop feel, "The Absolute Boy" rides shimmering guitars atop a tight and crisp groove. The flow of the tune, bright and buoyant, belies the dark subject matter. A throbbing bass line drives the tune along, as the drums establish an upbeat cadence. Strident synth accents infuse the music with taut colors, adding sonic pressure, as well as stark passionate energy.

Nichols' high tenor presents tones of utter emotional desolation, as he reveals the sense of psychological tarnish meted out by his abuser. On the chorus, Nichols exposes not only his vulnerability but his attempt at emotional catharsis.

"Before you hit me / Before you clipped my wings / I was the absolute boy / I was him absolutely."

"The Absolute Boy" is absolutely heartrending in its remembrance and elucidation of anguish.

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RISING STAR | DAYVID Unveils 'Sure Of Me'

You can be sure this song will captivate you.

DAYVID just took the wraps off his new single "Sure Of Me."

"Sure Of Me" is the first single off DAYVID's forthcoming album, No Signal, slated to drop in 2019. The song is about a yearning desire for self-assurance, on "Sure Of Me" DAYVID reveals his vulnerability through intimate lyricism: "Two steps back, unraveling, twisted roads and tragedies; I'm just out here dying to find me."

A native of SoCal, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter began writing music at the age of 14. Eventually relocating to Los Angeles, where he worked with Fedde Le Grand and Navarra, DAYVID's inimitable sound blends elements of country, R&B, pop, and EDM into musical treasures.

Explaining his creative process, DAYVID says, "I co-write all my songs, and I am deeply involved in the whole process including production, mixing/mastering, and creation of visuals. I don't imitate anyone, but try to create music that speaks for me."

"Sure Of Me" opens with a potent, infectious R&B-flavored rhythm flowing into a tight, muscular pop tune with tints of dance savors. Exuding beau coup harmonic energy, the tune rides concentrated sonic pulses and glossy dark textures. I love the smoldering passion, susceptibility, and raw sensuality of this tune.

DAYVID's voice, mesmerizing and suffused with rich mellow timbres, conveys luxurious emotional commitment. It's one of those plush voices tailor-made for pop, chock-full of soul and flavored with cool velvety tones, alluring with a gravitational magnetism.

With "Sure Of Me," DAYVID confirms his massive talent. This track is first-rate.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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Marisa Maino Evokes the 80s in "Ever Young"

The young singer adds a nostalgic twist to pop music in her new single.

Marisa Maino seems like she tried a little bit of everything before she moved in to pop music.

From ballet to acting to jazz music, Maino has constantly fought against industries' conventions in order to act on her own creativity. Now she creates work that speaks to her own experiences, reflects her quirky personality, and generally wins over crowds pretty quickly. Previous singles " Hot" and "Boy Toy" have balanced odd yet compelling lyrics with a throwback musical aesthetic. Her latest single "Ever Young" continues her signature style with a retro-lab 80s Miami feel.

The song begins with a plucked, ethereal electric guitar that gives way to a synth beat. Musically. it's straightforward and uncluttered, as if saying, "You now this sound, and you know what to do with it." The reverb is drawn out, and the driving beat feels like streetlights going past a car window. Maino's voice is a simultaneous plea for youth and the ability to transcend it, even as she knows that it can't be done.

Maino is showing off all her good sides here. You listen to this, and it has all the familiarity you want from a pop-song with its own edge. Its lyrical content has more depth and complexity than a typical dance floor track, toying with philosophical issues that transcend pop song clichés. Vocally, she's on point, evoking a tribute to 80s neon divas while her own unique sound remains palpable throughout.

In short, "Ever Young" is a track that can drive you to the dance floor when it's not pumping up your time in the gym. We've covered Marisa Maino before and look forward to her next nostalgic twist on pop music.

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Thomas Burns Scully is a Popdust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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