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* Lily Williams * Eva B. Ross * Holly Bernt Band *

Lily Williams “Maybe”

Lily Williams just released one of sweetest songs we’ve ever heard. “Maybe” is a sentimental and moving tune, featuring a delicate vocal and piano performance. It is a sad, yet optimistic production. The refrain, “Spring time will come again,” pulls at the heartstrings of any listener. Lily Williams is UK born, currently studying at the prestigious Berklee School of Music. With songs like “Maybe,” Williams is destined for a promising career as a songwriter and artist.

 
 

Eva B. Ross “Nick’s House”

Eva B. Ross will get heads shaking along to her second single, “Nick’s House.” Ross’s vocals are cool and breezy, delivered with confidence and an unmistakable swagger. The arrangement is just as slick, with a hypnotic production that swims around the speakers. This is music to smooch to, and it makes you tougher just by listening. If you dig “Nick’s House,” you will appreciate her first single, “Messy.” Eva B. Ross is top-shelf talent all around.

 
 

Holly Bernt Band “Good Gone Or Dead”

The Holly Bernt Band has us grooving to the smooth sounds of their latest release,“Good Gone Dead.” With a confident vocal performance, tasty guitar licks, and a thumping rhythm section, “Good Gone and Dead” has a timeless quality. The production is just as impressive — organic and mixed to perfection. Arrangement-wise, this tune has all the qualities of a song that deserves major playlist spins and attention.We are super digging the Holly Bernt Band.

 
 

* The Exbats * Margo * The Harmaleighs *

The Exbats “2027”

Bop til you drop to the sounds of The Exbats and “2027.” This is the kind of tune that makes you want to cut your hair into shaggy bangs. It sonically screams denim and leather. In other words, this is a Ramones style tune that you can move to. “2027” is the perfect punk production. “More troublegum than bubblegum”…you have to dig that. A father/daughter duo releasing music on Burger Records. Awesome. Their catalog is ferocious. Check it out…now.

 
 

Margø “In Between”

Margø crushes the speakers with her latest tune, “In Between.” Fuzzed out 808s and doo-wop heartbreak grab your ears right away. The Canadian born artist has a lovely screech to her voice, which fits perfectly ahead of a distorted wall of sound. The production is dynamic and dangerous. We love it. It is pop music with a nice gritty bite. Lyrically, it is about taking back power in a “toxic situation,” and delivered as a saturated gem. Well done, Margø.

 
 

The Harmaleighs “Sorry, I’m Busy”

The Harmaleighs offer a catchy apology with their new tune, “Sorry, I’m Busy.” It is a groovy beat, with a driving indie garage rock rhythm. The vocals dip and dive, before erupting into a manic melody. Fans of Angel Olsen will dig this, as will retro pop rockers. Production wise, there is a fun amount of grit, distortion, and wild emotion. The Harmaleighs are a Nashville duo set to release a rattling record She Won’t Make Sense on August 2, so stay tuned!

 
 

* Baby FuzZ * Lyrah * Division 7 *

Baby FuzZ “Mr. Blu”

Baby FuzZ is a songwriting and producing dynamo. His songs are other-worldly gems — each and every one of them. He has the mark of an artist that leads the pack in originality, talent, and fearless determination to be different. “Mr Blu” is a mid-century trip, with modern stunners thrown into the arrangement. It is a sonic wonderland, and Baby FuzZ deserves to be playing Super Bowls, shaking ear drums around the world to the sound of “Mr Blu.” If anyone can bring The Fleetwoods into the twenty first century, it is surely Baby FuzZ.

 
 

Lyrah “When We’re High”

Lyrah makes us want to sway in the candlelight to her new single, “When We’re High.” The song has a hypnotic element that is hard not to surrender to. The production is wide, and the vocals fill the speakers with the message of “falling for someone but being too guarded to show it.” The beat is solid, and the panning is wicked clever. The arrangement has a lot going on, pulsing and driving the listener through a dynamic performance that we dig…big time.

 
 

Division 7 “Jag säger vad jag vill”

Strap in and enjoy the ride with Division 7 and “Jag säger vad jag vill.” The song is supercharged pop, punk, rock and roll. The fuzzed-out guitars wail — always staying slightly off the rails — and the vocal harmonies glide over bass and drums that pound all the way though. This is a group I would love to see live. There’s also something nice about not knowing what they are saying, too…it lets the music do the talking, and it is awesome.

 
 

* Sean Alan and The True Love Band * The Wivez * I & I *

Sean Alan and The True Love Band “Monday Morning Blues”

Sean Alan and The True Love Band keep it cool and groovy with their new tune, “Monday Morning Blues.” It is a song worth swaying to, with a vintage garage rock swagger and a touch of modern charm. The tune is laid back with a catchy lamentation of getting up and going to work. Produced and mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Fiona Apple), the record is due out April 2019. It has a shot at paying the bills for Sean Alan and The True Love Band.

 
 

The Wivez “Let’s Get Serious”

The Wivez give us malt shoppe indie rock with their new tune, “Serious.” It has a fun doo-wop vibe, and the double tracked vocals beg you to listen: “Let's get drunk on your front lawn, let's get high on the beach - Let's get serious!" With lyrics like that, why wouldn’t you get serious? The play on words is wicked cool. At under two minutes, the tune also has a retro pop mystique. This is the kind of song Jimmy must have wrote when he left The Wonders. Nice.

 
 

I&I “Sometimes”

I&I just put out a jangling tune, “Sometimes,” and we dig it. The guitars are bright, with a shimmery strum, and the vocals are Kinks-esque with harmonies that keep you singing along. Recorded with members of Thulsa Doom and Brut Boogaloo, this is the debut release from I&I. The Norwegian pop trio pulls influence from the sixties, seventies, and even nineties. We are enjoying everything about this tune. It sounds timeless and totally worthy of spinning.