Amy Guess Drops Cathartic "Holy Hell"

Expressive vocals and dark industrial tones.

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Las Vegas pop singer-songwriter Amy Guess releases "Holy Hell," a dark wave alt-pop song rife with wicked energy.

"Holy Hell" smolders with a smokey, compact rhythm. Guess grew up in a musical family where creativity and free expression were encouraged. Running with the freedom, Guess developed an edgy sound blending pop and alt-rock with music and tailoring it for her rich low voice.

Guess says, "This song is about how fragile you feel when it comes to love, how scary it can be letting your guard down and becoming vulnerable, but how important that is and how good it feels when you do. Love is the wildest, most terrifying, amazing, turbulent ride we can't get enough of."

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RISING STAR | Soft People Drop 'The Absolute Boy'

Cathartic indie-pop from San Luis Obispo, California.

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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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