Priest – “Lost Lions”
Described as “Passion Pit diving for old shoegazer-era albums in a treasure chest filled with glitter,” the electro pop stylings of Camille Priest is every bit that description. Here at Ear to the Ground, we don’t typically cover a lot of music within this genre, but this one had our attention immediately. A rare breath of nostalgia and killer bass lines, this one is special in every sense of the word. There is also an optimism that is subtle but refreshing throughout the track. Her artistry is spot on here and we think you will agree.
Jon Moodie – “Get What You Want”
“The rich keep getting richer just like they planned it,” croons the soulful songwriter. Classified as “garage soul”, the artist has a classic sound that is as woke as it is catchy. Blending hip-hop, soul, and plain old garage rock, Moodie is a rare talent we are completely enamored with. We wait with high expectations for the next single that he will release, in rotating 6-8 week periods until the rest of the year. There are few tracks that completely grab us immediately like this one does. Don’t sleep on his style.
Layto – “The Way”
This Massachusetts songwriter has an endearing backstory. Previously working for a supermarket, while cleaning trash he had a life altering experience. After almost getting stuck by a discarded needle, he decided to fully devote his life to his art. On “The Way”, we see that this decision was not in vane. The pop sensibilities are sharp on the catchy anthem. His ability to blend different styles and genres is spot on and we could easily mistake this track for a popular radio hit. We totally dig this one.
Mark Lang – “Ride On”
We fully support rock and roll, now and forever. This track is highly infectious and proof that rock is not only alive, but also thriving. Listeners are sure to make Black Rebel Motorcycle Club comparisons, and they are well deserved. After being detained by a state trooper who quoted the track’s title, the artist was inspired and we love the end result. We think you will too.
Malin Andersson – “A Million Faces”
This one has hit a soft spot in our cynical souls. The classic folk haunting is incredible and melts our hearts from the first transcendent note. The Scandinavian songwriter has a delicate and minimal sound that knows exactly when to bend, and when to break. Her debut album, Follow, is worth more than one distracted listen. It is the perfect contemplative soundtrack for this all too busy life.
Ghost of Belle Starr – “Girl, We’re Gonna Die”
Despite its dreary title, the quintessential indie rock track is strangely positive in its delivery. Catchy and upbeat, the band has stumbled upon a near perfectly constructed indie anthem that would make Peter, Bjorn, and John blush. It is three and a half minutes of rock fun that is worthy of your listening pleasure. Their debut album, Forgiveness Flows is sure to be a fun distraction from the dreary world we currently dwell.