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Front Row Seats – “On My Mind” [Song Review]

Ireland’s Front Row Seats recently released their anticipated track “On My Mind,” bringing fresh air to the fall season with their calming yet charming production and vocals.

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Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, the band Front Row Seats recently released their anticipated track “On My Mind,” bringing fresh air to the fall season with their calming yet charming production and vocals.

Starting with a jazzy guitar chord progression on top of a steady drum beat, the song appears to have a lo-fi atmosphere—that is lighthearted but still attractive enough to hold the listener’s ear. With an entrancing intro, Waldeck’s warm vocals welcome the audience to the lyric with an interesting set mood:

“Take my time to enjoy the view / You know it always looks better with you.”

Throughout the whole track, Waldeck’s vocal performance is a powerful storytelling tool. Relaxing and soulful, he brings the listener through a vibrant palette of moods, where each part of the song comes with a new feeling. The guitar, on the other hand, drives the music to a climax with an exhilarating guide, perfectly the song’s sonic atmosphere.

“On My Mind” is the second single from Chris Comhaill’s shapeshifting neo-soul project, Front Row Seats, following the first release, “Golden Ticket.” In this song, the band has captured and integrated the sense of human intimacy into music, where the connection between musicians and listeners is carefully embraced. Here, everybody can stay in this exciting comfort zone after a busy day when turning the music on.

“I wanted to have a project where I could collaborate with great musicians and vocalists to bring what I hear in my head to life and to realize my compositions,” explains Comhaill. “For me, music is about community and connection – with other musicians and with the audience.”

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Run Time: 6:51
Release Date: September 26, 2022
Record Label: Resonant Records

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Track-by-Track: Jillian Lake’s Take on Her Album ‘Younger Then’

Vancouver folk artist Jillian Lake joins us for a track-by-track breakdown of her latest album, ‘YoungerThen,’ via imPRESSED.

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After our recent conversation with Jillian Lake about her latest album, Younger Then, we were curious to hear how she interpreted the record as the creator behind it. Full of velvety sounds and big feelings, Younger Then instantly draws the listener into the stories of Lake’s growth through the years as she not only forgives herself for the past but celebrates how far she’s come. Read below to get her track-by-track take on each of the songs and what they meant to her as she was writing them!

An idea of the overall vibe, Jillian states:

“I didn’t bother pretending, I just exposed all of myself and told the stories of my hurt. I want people to let themselves feel every feeling instead of pushing it away, burying, or hiding it. Use those feelings to learn and grow and change and listen. When I listen now, I feel like I was so naive, and juvenile, and I give myself forgiveness and grace for that, and celebrate all the ways I’ve grown.”

1 “Falling”

“The album intro relating all the things we go through to a drop of water in the cycle, constantly renewing and getting chances to start over. A beautiful cycle of learning.”

2. “Walk All Over You”

“A fun, sassy one that I wrote about a big fight with a friend after going through a phase of watching too many nature documentaries.”

3. “Going South”

“I always liked this little song – achey but light.”

4. “Oliver”

“The first song we recorded out of all the album – this song will always be a special one to me.”

5. “Bleed Baby Bleed”

“A soft one about indulging in reckless behaviour just to feel something.”

6. “Olympia”

“The song that almost didn’t make the record – a bop I wrote about driving and leaving everything behind.”

7. “XVII”

“A song about grief and growth.”

Cover artwork for ‘Younger Then’ by Jillian Lake

8. “Hideaway”

“One of my favourite build-ups and bridges.”

9. “What Do We Know?”

“One of my favourites to play live.”

10. “If You’re Sick, I’m Sick”

“An old song, almost even made my first EP.”

11. “Don’t Scuff Your Shoes”

“Just your classic break-up song you can scream to at the end.”

12. “Steady Hands”

“A song I wrote about fighting for someone who’s already given up on you.”

13. “Younger Then”

“The album closer and storyteller.”

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KellyMarie Discusses Her The Office-Inspired Concept Record ‘It Is My Album’

Having recently performed at Dunder Con, the first-ever The Office convention, we were interested in chatting with KellyMarie to learn more about what inspired this unique concept album.

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Recently debuting her first full-length album, KellyMarie brings light, love, and laughter to her fans with the release of It Is My Album – a concept album of 11 love songs inspired by relationships in the hit TV show The Office. Reflecting KellyMarie’s upbeat and quirky nature and talent for interpretive storytelling, It Is My Album has a smooth sound, perfectly complementing her soulful voice.

Having recently performed at Dunder Con, the first-ever The Office convention, we were interested in chatting with KellyMarie to learn more about what inspired this unique concept album. Read more below to see what she had to say!

Hey KellyMarie! Tell us about your new album – It Is My Album. What inspired it?

KellyMarie: “During lockdown, I was wanting to get back into writing but struggling to find inspiration. That night I was watching The Office as I do most nights, and inspiration struck me when Pam said, ‘We never got the timing right.’ I knew in that moment I was going to write an album about The Office, and the first song I wrote was ‘Timing Right.’”

So, it’s safe to say you love The Office. What makes you enjoy the show?

“The show is hilarious and heartwarming. Every time I watch it, I crack up like it’s the first time, and it really helps me relax at the end of stressful days. I enjoy how there’s not too much drama in it either, and you can really tell they all love each other. As soon as I hear that intro song, I know I have an escape – even if just for 22 minutes where I can unplug and laugh stress free.”

The entire album is comprised of love songs…. is this inspired by your own love life or the love stories from the show?

“Each song is about a relationship from the show. There is no direct crossover to my own love life. I did my best to stay true to the emotions and feelings that were behind the characters at the various times of their relationships in the show, but I am sure there are some aspects that were influenced on how I process and interpret relationships.”

What was the first song you wrote for this album?

“‘Timing Right.’”

Cover art for “Timing Right” by KellyMarie

What gave you the idea to create an entire album based on The Office love stories?

“I knew I wanted to write songs about The Office, but after finishing the first song, I took some time to step back and decide which direction I wanted to take the album. I had some funny ideas early on but settled on an album of love songs to lean into the emotional aspects not highlighted in the show.”

What’s your favorite song from the album? What’s the story behind it?

“‘Beach Day.’ It was very important to me that I get this moment right. I knew I wanted a song about Pam’s speech from the ‘Beach Games’ episode that captured her personal growth as well as her feelings for Jim, but the initial idea came easier than the lyrics themselves. Over the 8 months it took me to write, the song took on many forms. However, none of these set well with me until that day I remember finally exhaling when I knew the song was complete. I’m so thankful for sticking it out because I am now most proud of this song. I saw the journey the song went on and the different shapes and moods it went through until it finally became ‘Pam.’”

Favorite lyrical line on the album? Why?

“From ‘Beach Day’ – ‘Yeah, my feet hurt and the embers still burn.’ Every time I sing it, it kind of chokes me up. In the physical sense, Pam’s feet hurt after doing the coal walk, but in a deeper sense, she’s tired. Just as the embers glow behind her, they also burn in her heart for Jim, a love she thought she lost.”

Cover art for ‘It Is My Album’ by KellyMarie

You recently performed at DunderCon – can you tell us more about that? What was it like to share your music with fellow Office Fans?

“Dunder Con was amazing! I was a little nervous to perform in front of such Office fanatics, but everyone was so affirming, and there has been so much support since the event. I was delighted to meet so many fans of the show, and it was a joy to see people excited for my music. It was an honor to perform at the event.”

Would you draw any similarities between The Office and your personal life?

“I can relate to Pam for being in relationships too long and thinking I should settle for less than I deserve. Also, I relate to her passion for art. Much of my childhood was dreamt of being a singer, but just like Pam, I kept playing things safe instead of taking the chance to pursue my dream…until now.”

What can fans expect next?

“People can be on the lookout for lots of shows! I’m excited to perform this album and will be jumping on any opportunity to meet new fans and share my music. I’m also planning on recording a stripped-down version of the album next year.”

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20 Hot Indie Summer Releases You Can’t Miss!

Whether on your feet or resting and relaxing, here are 20 hot summer releases from indie artists to keep your summer sizzling.

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It’s no secret that summer is a favourite time of year for many people…. sunshine, warm weather, time off from work/school, and spending time in the outdoors are some of the key things that make summer great. What can you not have a fun summer without? Great music! Whether you are in the mood to be on your feet and dancing or prefer to spend your time resting and relaxing, here are 20 hot summer releases from indie artists to keep your summer sizzling.

1. Bursting with energy and euphonious enthusiasm, Private Island’s new EP showcases the very best of their musical experimentation.

Their newest Valleyheart EP gives a sense of that playful spirit, reverberating with boisterous percussion, energetic guitar riffs and hazy vocals that listeners have come to adore. Showcasing the band’s true vision and identity, the release covers a wide spectrum of emotions and experimentation, with the end sound evolving into something unexpected.

2. Our Violet Room Details the Heartbreaking End of a Relationship on “Loss (and I)”

The fifth single off Our Violet Room’s upcoming album, “Loss (and I),” delivers a heart-wrenching look into a relationship at the beginning of its end. Birch skillfully tugs at the listener’s heartstrings by expressing the simple sentiment that although there’s still love, it isn’t right to continue to be together. Keep an eye out for this artist as he is slated to release his first full-length album, Not Where I Thought I’d Be, this fall.

3. Maddie Carpenter’s “You” is a Keen Reflection on Love Lost

This track is a devastating bedroom-pop song which seeks to unravel the complicated emotions which rise to the surface when a longstanding romantic relationship comes to an end.

4. “How Do I Cry?” is an alt-pop summer banger that reconnects you with the feelings you’ve been too afraid to feel…and a remix just came along.

With Glitch Gum on the remix of Fake Dad‘s single “How Do I Cry?,” the struggle at the core of the song is simple and relatable to anyone who has found themselves numbed by the shell shock of the 20s: I’m so burnt out by my feelings that I can’t even feel them anymore.

5. Rubygld Smoke Empowers Listeners to Live with “No Filter” on their Confidence-Boosting New Album

Chock-full of groove and catchy beats, the pop-soul duo invites listeners to be the best version of themselves on No Filter. This whole album is a summer vibe as singers Dani Jo and T.L. Williams find inventive ways to infuse earworm-worthy hooks and infectious melodies wherever they can.

6. Anou Debuts “Strange Goodbyes”

Lebanese-American artist Anou releases his debut track “Strange Goodbyes” and ruminates on the realities of oppressed nations. With “Strange Goodbyes,” Bizri inaugurates his musical alter-ego Anou and provides the first taste of his forthcoming debut album, Radius, the culmination of years of musical reflection and discovery…. another upcoming album you’re going to want to mark on your calendars!

7. Dream-pop artist Jenny Kern’s Heartbreak Anthem “I Should Lose You”

Heavily inspired by the likes of The 1975, Chelsea Cutler, and Maggie Rogers, her latest single, “I Should Lose You,” narrates falling out of love with someone and eventually realizing that you need to let them go. In Kern’s words, “The relationship was failing and it became so one-sided. It’s easy to realize that you no longer have feelings for someone, but it’s the intrinsic difficulty of hurting them that makes it so hard.”

8. Modern Temple is an “Unstoppable” Force on their Motivational Cross-Genre Single

Modern Temple’s “Unstoppable” is an uplifting, mood-boosting, genre-bending track on the beauty of dreaming big. The husband and wife duo takes listeners on a journey of sonic styles and inspiration and has several other releases in store for the remainder of the year to keep your playlists popping.

9. Allison Jordan Conjures Up the Feel of a Warm Summer Night on “Circles”

With mellow production elements that feel like a summer vibe and relatable vocals, Jordan draws listeners in with her soothing vocals and open-ended lyrics, inviting listeners to paint their own pictures and attribute their own memories to “Circles.”

10. Casii Stephan’s “Trust Fall” is a downtempo moody pop rock single

“When you know how badly it can hurt to have your heart broken, and you still open yourself up to love and trust someone, it can be one of the bravest things you can do. That’s what this song is all about— learning to love again when it’s easier to keep your walls up.” – Casii Stephan.

11. Ashton York Expresses Poignant Regret on “Awful Time”

Towards the end of a long bout of alcohol and drug addiction brought on by the sudden death of his father, Ashton York has written his most vulnerable record yet – a distinctly wistful track, “Awful Time,” that expresses deep sorrow both lyrically and sonically as he documents the consequences of a selfish lifestyle filled with self-harm, co-dependent relationships, and tremendous grief and sadness.

12. “Around the Sun” is GALASO’s Perfect Summer Anthem

GALASO’s (moniker of Jacob Galasso) newest release, “Around the Sun”, effortlessly captures the essence of that carefree energy so emblematic of summer. Encapsulating the exhilarating feeling of new possibilities, GALASO explains that the track was “inspired by the feelings of young love, summer fun and not wanting to grow old.” He also has an album releasing later this month!

13. Ganz’s latest release showcases his time spent playing with a multitude of genres and ambient soundscapes, creating something that is truly unique.

In collaboration with Canadian duo Beach Season, comprised of Sam Avant and Simon Blitzer, GANZ unveils “Damage.” The main root of the song centers around catharsis – a release that Sam and Simon felt even as they composed the lyrics. We have all experienced the need to be self-destructive in order to move past trauma or feel emotion.”

14. Three At Home Asserts The Value Of Self-Worth In Empowering Anthem “Athena”

“Athena” is an energetic folk-rock track encouraging listeners to be resilient and true to themselves through epic verses relating to some of the most prominent female figures and goddesses throughout history and mythology.

15. Analisa Carter Evokes Fiery Passion on “Loved By You”

In a song as captivating and powerful as the artist herself, country singer Analisa Carter details the moment in certain relationships when love turns to hate and channels all her emotions into the empowering new track.

16. Patchwork Guilt Captures Quirky Confidence in “Dance Class”

Patchwork Guilt’s danceable alt-pop track serves to liberate the singer from the struggles of social anxiety in a positive, bubbly and relatable way.

17. DARK Delivers Muted Brilliance on dark_2

The anonymous artist DARK’s newest contemplative album is an innovative exposition of the “perfect dark.” “reflections_” adopts a mysterious essence as it “envisions one being lost and alone within hidden hallways, rooms and chambers.” There is “no desire to escape,” but rather a desire to “get lost deeper into its infinite space.” In this way, there’s no pressure on the wanderings of the mind; DARK is just allowing space for listeners to cultivate meaning in the dark abstraction.

18. With a curious upright bass and an exalting violin, “Mireya” can shake off anyone’s heartbreak.

Bay Area-based independent artist, Ande Estrella, embarks on an exploration of romantic storytelling in her upcoming single titled “Mireya” out now.

19. Cherry Lena’s music is rich and timeless, resulting in a sound which effortlessly displays the musician’s undeniable talent and passionate delivery.

Her latest single, “Sad Boy,” narrates being purely infatuated with a certain person but eventually realizing that you probably spent too much time fantasizing about them rather than getting to know them in the real world. Lena confides, “It’s about a Sad boy I met last fall. He fascinated me. I think in great part because I simply didn’t understand him. At the time, I didn’t realize how greatly I had romanticized the idea of him.”

20. Omri Ash shares personal stories of travel, war, success, and healing

With his new EP, Testifying Desire, Omri Ash tells deep stories of his life with a genre-melding sound that spans from ’80s rhythms and synths to modern trap drums and anthem rock. Arguably the most emotional song on the EP is “Wall Guard” – a real story of war at sea from his time in the Israeli Navy.

BONUS LISTEN: Marco DeLiso’s musical experimentation leads his album Ambassador of Good Intentions to span genre and topic matters with brilliant ease.

Marco DeLiso first caught our attention with his 2019 release, “And We Fall,”… and his newest album expands on even more of his eclectic style. Including everything from saxophone (“BBGAW”), violin (“Up To Here”), rapping (“Fly”), a cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Snow”) to a sample of his friends on a bachelor trip (“Love My Bros”), anything is fair game for DeLiso.

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