Francesca Louise

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London-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Francesca Louise reveals her latest single, "Ride the Waters," from her forthcoming debut EP, Melancholic Antidote.

Francesca says of "Ride the Waters," "So many young girls feel that they need someone beside them to be able to progress and find success in their lives, but this song suggests the opposite. It is an encouraging anthem for independent and powerful young women." The song highlights Francesca's confident voice riding on an upbeat rhythm and buoyant melody.

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Faye Webster's New Song Is Emotional, but "In a Good Way"

On her first new song of the year, the Atlanta singer-songwriter is a little less lonely.

With her sublime, stripped-back folk-pop, Faye Webster has a penchant for plainspoken lyricism that cuts deep.

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On "Lost in the Country," Trace Mountains Is on the Right Track

Dave Benton's second album shows a heightened insight.

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Whether it be a move to a new town or a worldwide tragedy that's spun any sense of routine off course, the art of keeping yourself grounded and centered is difficult to master.

Dave Benton has grown well-accustomed to major life changes in the past two years. Summer of 2018 marked the end of LVL UP, the scrappy indie rock band he co-founded in 2011 while studying at SUNY Purchase. Shortly after, he moved to Kingston, a town of about 25,000 just north of New York City. Benton's new record as Trace Mountains, Lost in the Country, doesn't quite reference these transitions directly, but its ten songs point at a desire to reach inward and utilize a more authentic voice.

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Lost in the Country sees Benton expand from the lo-fi fuzz of his last record, 2018's A Partner to Lean On. His knack for writing euphonious melodies is bolstered by clearer production and an expansive backing band, giving Lost In the Country a full, uncondensed sound. "Dog Country" spotlights a lap steel guitar solo, exuding the rich warmth of Americana and indie folk heroes like Kurt Vile or Cass McCombs. Other tracks like "Cooper's Dream" feature a subtly ominous musical saw, giving Lost in the Country . These juxtapositions echo the state of mind when entering a new, unfamiliar phase of life: a sense of apprehension but a steady assurance that things, eventually, will be OK. He revels in the bittersweet roadblocks as he attempts to find himself, as if embarking on a peaceful, picturesque hike only to be interrupted by the ring of his smartphone.

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For Benton, creating songs seems to be his only constant. On opener "Rock & Roll," he cites music as his North Star—"It's all I got going / Don't know what else I'd do"—although the lyrics spiral into a poem about how, even with such guidance, he sometimes feels lost as an artist. The brief "I Am Leaving You" depicts the severance of a relationship for the better: "If you'd open up your eyes / You'd see how everything's all wrong / And you'd get to moving on," Benton declares. On the album's title track, he depicts a moment on tour when the singer of another band found him crying outside the venue and feeling directionless and insignificant. But the story ends on a more uplifting note: "The soul in my heart is always hungry," Benton sings, as if sighing with the relief of waking up each day with the freedom to do what fulfills him.

Quietly confident, Lost in the Country isn't so much about wandering off-track as it is about finding the drive to move forward. The destination might remain unknown, but the journey is headed in the right direction.

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Raynes Releases “Come My Way”

Harmonic complexity and grand choruses.


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Following the release of their debut single "Lemon Drop," folk-pop trio Raynes are back with "Come My Way."

Referring to their sound as "expensive folk," the band describes the song: "There's something of an 'us against the world' quality to it, naive and young and probably foolish, but motivated by nothing but love." Pounding drums and flying strings carry the song along as it transports listeners to somewhere far away.

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The Mowgli’s Drop Music Video for "Fighting with Yourself"

Go with the flow and get out of your own way.

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SoCal alt-rock outfit The Mowgli's recently released the music video for "Fighting with Yourself," featuring Katie Jayne Earl on lead vocals.

"Fighting with Yourself" resonates with '90s pop-punk savors, riding a tight surging rhythm gilded with shimmering guitars and Earl's evocative voice. The Mowgli's garnered immediate success with their first major-label LP, Waiting for the Dawn, leading to performances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Bottlerock, and other festivals, as well as appearances on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Conan.

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Following 2015's Kids in Love and 2016's Where'd Your Weekend Go?, the band split with their label and released a pair of EPs, I Was Starting to Wonder and American Feelings. The Mowgli's comprise Joshua Hogan (vocals, guitar), Katie Jayne Earl (vocals), Matthew Di Panni (bass), David Appelbaum (keyboards), and Andy Warren (drums).

Right now, The Mowgli's are preparing to take-off on a nationwide tour with Plain White T's and New Politics. Catch The Mowgli's on tour.

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Johnnyswim Shines Bright on New Album "Moonlight"

The duo perfects and reinvents their signature sound on their third studio album

The husband-and-wife duo, Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudaro, better known as their collective moniker, Johnnyswim, just released their third studio album Moonlight, and it is spellbinding.

The 12-song album is a result of writing and recording sessions that spanned much of 2018. Alongside Grammy Award-winning producer-songwriter, Malay (renowned for his work with Sam Smith and Frank Ocean), Johnnyswim provides a smooth and timeless blend of pop, indie, and folk, with subtle hints of R&B on this project. Moonlight marks the group's first release under Britannia Row Recordings/BMG, and longtime fans of the duo will hear just enough of the Johnnyswim they are familiar with while also discovering exciting new dimensions to their evolving sound.

In some ways, Moonlight sounds like the album that Johnnyswim has been aiming for since their 2014 full-length debut, Diamonds. A seamless blend of pulsating, upbeat pop-rock fun and dreamy, heart-on-sleeve ballads are exactly what fans have come to love and expect from the band. Moonlight revels in this characteristically cohesive juxtaposition of sounds but it also takes this sound a few steps further, branching out into some more sonically daring and complex territories than ever before. Part of this is almost certainly due to Malay's production and influence, which is audible on many of the songs. But another factor is that Ramirez and Sudaro have clearly matured as songwriters, providing a more nuanced, layered, and eclectically-influenced musicality to Moonlight that sets it apart from the rest of their discography.

If you've never heard Johnnyswim before, Moonlight will be the perfect introduction to the band. This album proves that careful, brave, and honest songwriting (along with some pristine production) is a surefire recipe for musical achievement.


Dustin DiPaulo is a writer and musician from Rochester, New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University and can most likely be found at a local concert, dive bar, or comedy club (if he's not getting lost somewhere in the woods).

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