Cindy Sterling released her debut album “Roxbury Romance” on December 13th. The album is named after the popular Beverly Hills street, Roxbury Drive, which is located in the neighborhood where the artist resided during the conception of the album. “Roxbury Romance” is a reflection of Sterling’s emotions in different stages of romantic relationships growing up in Beverly Hills.
Based on Sterling’s journey of learning the true emotions of her inner self while drawing on the pertinent memories of past lovers, “Roxbury Romance” spans Cindy Sterling’s longest relationship of her life which lasted about five years. They traveled the world together, got a home together, and built a business and life together while she was still learning about herself and coming into her own and her life’s purpose. Sterling uncovers how beautiful those memories were and how they impacted her life and character, and helped her conclude as to what she was longing for and desiring while continuing to evolve as a person. In the album, Cindy Sterling eludes to the topics of heartache, fantasy, desire, despair, separation, sadness, and guilt, then even admits to her part in maybe even loving some of the toxicity and taking ownership of her part in any mistakes made along the way.
The title song ‘Roxbury Romance’ was written in Sterling’s Beverly Hills home and she re-visited it in her West Hollywood home as she continued to learn more about herself and piece together the album. The artist used melancholy walks with her dog nestled between Roxbury and Benedict Canyon and songwriting as outlets to process her emotions on her past relationships. She reflects that “while on these walks and with writing, I discovered the way I actually felt about deeper things I needed to heal. My music was a subconscious reflection of things I felt but never knew how to put into words until I put it into music.”
“Roxbury Romance” was written as Sterling started to better understand her feelings before, during, and after the longest relationship of her life, to which the couple almost got engaged, and while she loved the person, felt she still needed to grow. The common theme underlying the songs in the album is relatable to those with a goal so big they feel like they are ignoring in passing while knowing what they still need to accomplish in life, which causes the person to unknowingly become the runner in relationships, as they move forward in the direction of chasing their dreams.
Cindy Sterling’s music is a love letter to those chasing their dreams, those who are heartbroken and healing, and those still learning about who they are, actively searching for the answers.
Sterling describes the indie-pop album as:
“almost like a love letter, a break-up letter, and a letter to myself understanding how to love my life, cherish memories, look forward to the what if of the future, and learn to embrace the unknown and move on, and most importantly look out for my mental health and love myself. This album is my first ever and extremely important to me as it was an era of learning how to put my feelings for myself first & leave a very privileged situation, to which I did not grow up with, to become the best, most authentic version of myself.”
Born and Raised in Los Angeles, CA, to divorced parents, Cindy Sterling found comfort in listening to music and discovering new artists as a way to cope with feelings she did not know how to speak about. Through this comfort, she began songwriting, playing guitar, piano, and singing. While Cindy Sterling also grew up acting, her biggest passion has always been to create & distribute music. With influence from artists such as Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Nessa Barrett, Clairo, Girl in Red, Dominic Fike, Blackbear, and Halsey.
Sterling is creating an indie pop sound for herself like nothing ever heard before. Emerging from this chapter of her life which encompasses so much heartache, she is set to release her next single “Shut My Eyes” following the album, which dives into a different genre of Dance Pop, DarkPop, and Synthwave, which the energy of her music shifts as she breaks out of an era of deep confusion and despair and reclaims her power and herself back, emerging with a new energy of sound.
“Shut My Eyes” was exclusively premiered at Cindy Sterling’s first performance in Houston, Texas – hosted by New York record label United Masters and Bulliet Whiskey.
Craft Recordings Thrilled to Announce Titles for Record Store Day 2024
Craft Recordings announces their titles for Record Store Day 2024 available at participating independent music retailers on April 20th.
Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce its titles for Record Store Day 2024. This year’s lineup—available at participating independent music retailers on April 20—includes eight exclusive releases that span a variety of genres—from chilling cult-classic soundtracks and long-sought-after alt-rock reissues to jazz, new age, and beyond.
Among the offerings is a 25th anniversary pressing of Collective Soul’s Platinum-selling fourth album, Dosage (featuring the mega-hit “Heavy”), At The Drive-In’s electrifying sophomore album, in/CASINO/OUT, and the first-ever vinyl pressing of Filter’s The Very Best Things collection. Also making its debut on wax is the chart-topping Inner World album from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama—a first-of-its-kind release from the Tibetan spiritual leader, which blends his spoken-word meditations with music from a renowned collective of artists, including Anoushka Shankar.
Other highlights include a sought-after mono edition of Everybody Digs Bill Evans on 180-gram vinyl, while film buffs will delight over the return of two cult-classic soundtracks, 1972’s Black Girl and 1977’s Orca. Finally, the acclaimed Jazz Dispensary Series returns with The Freedom Sound! The People Arise—an empowering setlist of deep cuts by Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, and Azar Lawrence, among others.
A full list of participating Record Store Day retailers and more information can be found here.
#1 At The Drive-In – in/CASINO/OUT (1-LP, Purple & Green Smoke Vinyl)
#2 Bill Evans Trio – Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1-LP, Mono, 180-gram Vinyl)
#3 Collective Soul – Dosage (1-LP, Translucent Lemonade Vinyl)
#4 Dalai Lama – Inner World (1-LP, Gold Vinyl)
#5 Filter – The Very Best Things: 1995-2008 (2-LP, Mercury Swirl Vinyl)
#6 Various Artists – Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise (1-LP, Freedom Blue Swirl Vinyl)
#7 Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise
#8 Various Artists – Black Girl – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Reel Cut Series] (1-LP, 180-Gram Clear Black Swirl Vinyl)
Cosmic Ninja Evolve Their Genre Bending Style on New EP ‘Filth’
Bristol rock ravers Cosmic Ninja evolve their genre-bending sound on their brand new EP ‘Filth,’ released earlier this month.
Cosmic Ninja has been taking the UK by storm over the last few years with their eclectic sound and raucous live show. The band has just released their most accomplished and exciting work in their new EP, Filth.
Their energetic appeal, disregard for genre conventions, and punk ethos have made the band stand out in a deeply creative scene. Filth is packed full of tracks that feel distinctive and
packed full of unique character while embedded with Cosmic Ninja DNA.
Recorded with John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Architects) at Outhouse Studios in Reading, the EP bursts with energy and intensity throughout, melding impassioned political lyrics with dizzying electronics and huge riffs. From the angst-filled raps to the soaring, memorable choruses, the diversity and guile shown on the new EP are staggering, and with their sights set on themes like the political status quo, injustice, equality, and mental health, their message feels clearer and more important than ever.
A track that exemplifies the feel of the EP is “Stone Cold,” a track as dynamic and unpredictable as anything you’ll hear this year. Euphoric synths compliment a sound that skitters from groovy to melodic to spiky before reaching its apex with a colossal metal breakdown. Everything about the track feels laser-focused and precise, embodying everything that Cosmic Ninja is.
Filth is blessed with an abundance of similar highlights and moments of awe-inspiring creativity throughout. The powerful, socially conscious messaging that adorns these tracks feels vital and relevant, and the conviction in the dual vocals makes for a release that feels as authentic and pure as it does all-encompassing.
Plutocracy Planet Announces Debut LP for Summer 2024
Born of the pandemic shutdown, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by Scott Morrow.
Born of the pandemic shutdown and mobilized by the world’s societal ills, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by former Alarm Magazine editor and musical vagrant Scott Morrow.
Fusing post-hardcore sensibilities with electronics, polyrhythms, atypical time signatures, and a far-reaching instrumental palette including strings, saxophone, piano, harp, marimba, acoustic guitar, and more. The ambitious collaborative project utilizes the talents of more than two dozen venerable vocalists and instrumentalists across hardcore, hip-hop, emo, avant-garde composition, pop, and more.
Greed, inequality, and the endless influence of money in politics serve as the project’s thematic focal points. But between a broad-minded approach and a coalition of lyrical voices, the collective’s forthcoming debut LP also touches on the cult of personality, fear-mongering media, police brutality, toxic masculinity, religious zealotry, factory farming, the billionaire space race, and the singularity.
Lead single “This Very Severity,” whose music video premiered at BrooklynVegan and is out now on DSPs, features emo legend Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film) playing a slowly unravelling news anchor, relaying stories of our current fractured reality and an increasingly dystopian future.
“I was overjoyed to be asked to contribute to the record as I usually don’t dabble in this genre or subject matter too much, and now I think I should way more often. Being able to collaborate on cool, important projects is something that brings me great joy, so being a part of this record was a tremendous pleasure. Please disregard my lack of dress pants in the video.”
Joining Nanna on “This Very Severity” are a pair of instrumental phenoms, guitarist Jason Schimmel (Red Fiction, Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (The Sound of Animals Fighting, Le Butcherettes, Hella, Anywhere).
“It’s unbelievable to me that I get to work with the people on this album. I’ve been a fan—in many cases a super fan—of many of them for 20 to 25 years. It’s a mind-blowing honor that they said yes, and I still don’t really know how the hell I convinced them .”
Plutocracy Planet Track Listing:
2. This Very Severity (f. Bob Nanna)
3. But You Said (f. onelinedrawing)
4. A Simple Refrain (f. Matt Pryor & Swamburger)
5. Commence Mutation (f. Carson Pace)
6. Slaughterhouse Soliloquy (f. Swamburger & Drumcorps)
7. War? (f. Rody Walker)
8. True Crime (f. Angela Mullenhour)
9. Hours and Hours (Work Harder, Not Smarter) (f. Mark Rose)
10. Dance of the Downtrodden (f. Carla Kihlstedt, Nils Frykdahl & Jørgen Munkeby)
11. Remain Silent (f. Emily Jane White, Blueprint & Bruce Lamont)
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