Lauran Hibberd – “Hunny is this What Adults Do?”
Hibberd is the type of songwriter who hooks you from the very first note. Her songwriting, mixed with her sweet and sardonic vocals continue to make listeners by the dozen swoon. The ability to mix pop hooks with folk structure and earnestness make the singer a dangerous combo that you need to hear immediately. We have been covering her for a while now and have yet to hear a bad track from the UK songstress. With her new single, she hits on the all too present fear of growing up. “The track is coming of age, I think it’s the conversation everyone has to themselves one day, the question ‘am I an adult yet’? This song explores youth, and not wanting to leave it. But realising you don’t have to. It’s fun, brutally honest, and full of teenage fears,” she explains. If you dig catchy and brilliant songwriting, then look no further.
V Torres – “Real Life Love”
This California songwriter is stop you in your tracks good. We mean real good. She bounces between an outlaw country vibe and a pop melody build, while offering her biting view of the world and love. The end result is absolutely captivating. With already three albums under her belt (Real Life Love released recently), the artist has found a way to craft her own groove similar to a darker Nikki Lane. V Torres attended Loyola Marymount University before moonlighting as a corporate finance accountant, while never giving up on her true passion, and what we believe is her calling. Her strengths are found in her guitar tone, soulful lyrics, and vocal range.
Kayls – “Porcelain”
We cannot begin to understand what it is like to work as a multi-talented woman of substance in a music industry with all too many ego driven men. Yet, we do imagine it would unfortunately be as Kayls describes it in her Sia esque track “Porcelain”. “‘Porcelain’ is an ode to the men in the music industry who have treated me like nothing more than a commodity. The men who have made me feel instantly uncomfortable after walking into a studio session. And the men who didn’t listen to what I, the artist, wanted. Now it’s my turn to tell them to sit down and listen, it feels pretty liberating, “ she explains. We totally get behind the message here and are refreshed at an artist willing to take a stand instead of playing into the “pop princess” narrative. Her talent and ability to craft metaphor and irony is on point here. You can find this track on her soon to be released EP Modern Savages due out in early 2018.