Fulton Lee – “Baby Blue”
We have been wanting to share this one for awhile. This is a rare gem of a track that has you from the first soulful note. Fulton Lee is a blast from the past 20 year old artist from Nashville who knows how to croon and craft a throwback jam that gets everyone on the dance floor. Blending Motown with retro soul and a little rock and roll for good measure, he brings to mind the likes of Little Richard and contemporaries like Leon Bridges. His EP just dropped and no matter what your musical preferences are, you will absolutely love it.
Palm Ghosts – “Love in Winter”
This is the perfect winter track. The cold but bright sound harkens a brisk winter morning while the melancholy vocals refresh the soul like the perfectly placed holiday. The five piece indie-alt act from Nashville will remind many of The National, while mixing in a more ‘80’s based aesthetic on their latest single. The result is something special and one hell of a love song. As they prep a full album, which this will be a part of, we hold our collective breath for more tunes like this.
Avi Jacob – “Pickup Truck”
“I’m trying to connect people to the reality of their emotions, if they understand them then they can understand and have empathy for others,” states the contemplative songwriter Avi Jacob. His tracks are incredibly introspective and vulnerable. His mission in connecting people is well achieved in “Pickup Truck”. Blending folk with shades of soul and Vance Joy style confessionals, Jacob has crafted something beautiful with the track that we can only hope to hear more of from his Surrender EP due for release later this month.
Ali Brustofski – “Oh No!”
If you have not heard of Ali Brustofski yet, you will. The confident pop artist has accrued over 110 million total views on her Youtube channel alone and even garnered a two-page feature in Billboard. With “Oh No!” there is no wonder why. Her lyrics break past simple pop restraints while her instrumentation shows more grit than a radio rock hit. The Brooklyn based singer is due for a continued breakout in 2018 as she only further cements her place in the musical conversation. With this single, she puts herself firmly in the company of ZZ Ward and Elle King.
The Magic Gang – “Getting Along”
Many call this “slacker pop” but everything this band does is intentional and close to brilliant. Recalling acts like Weezer, Mac DeMarco, and The Strokes, the British band are catchy, fun, and distinct. Their video is a nice blend of performance, which we love when discovering acts, but also fun narrative. It would not surprise us to hear more from this act on a much larger scale. Their blend of guitars and drums are something needed in the current atmosphere of music.
Stevie Wolf – “Low”
This track is so good. I know you expect some long written expression of sound and genre, but it all boils down to how it makes us feel. The artist gives us all the feels on his electro soul blend style. Lyrically, he is able to connect lines and chorus in a dynamic way, while the sound nicely shifts and changes throughout. It is perfect for a millennial who cannot pay attention. “Low” is already gaining exposure by many outlets, and it will only continue with the singles he plans to release on the steady this year.
Leah Daniels – “1st”
Sometimes you are in desperate need of a female empowering country pop jam. If that is you, Leah Daniels has you covered. Her blend of new country is something that reminds you of all the best in the genre currently. For her new EP, the artist has worked with Sam Ellis (Thomas Rhett / Martina McBride) as well as Brian Howes (Hedley / Nickleback) and you can tell their influence on her sound. The Canadian singer songwriter will continue to gain traction with her spot on sound throughout the year to come. This is a can’t miss single.