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Arlo Indigo's blue pop goes Bowie on new "Heroes" cover

It was 1977 when David Bowie, drawing inspiration from the sight of his producer embracing his lover by the Berlin Wall, released “Heroes,” ostensibly one of his best singles (and probably one of the greatest rock tracks of all time). While the politics of the period undoubtedly underscore the song’s lyrics, the track’s core theme is distance, the varying uncontrollable factors that keep us from the people we long most to see. Though this is may be an ahistorical reading of Ziggy Stardust’s intentions, it’s hard not to listen to Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Brunnhoetzl’s (d.b.a. Arlo Indigo) cover without considering the context of our contemporary malaise-ridden daydream — in the age of social distancing, it’s likely many of us find ourselves fantasizing about how things would be, how great things could be, if the odds could be overcome, albeit briefly. Thankfully, Brunnhoetzl’s “blue pop” instrumentation, his pulsing synth-driven, 80s-tinged approach to Bowie’s work, masterfully captures the original’s dispirited energy with a contemporary spin. Give it a listen below.

   

Alt-pop songstress WENS releases debut EP "Lemoncholy"

Although she has a lengthy independent career behind her, tastemaker and alt-pop songstress WENS has released her major label debut EP Lemoncholy on R&R/Warner Records. Written about the years between 18 and 21 years of age, the songs on Lemoncholy cover confusion, contradiction, love, loss, and fear while coming of age. In these uncertain times, songs about uncertainty seem fitting, especially when set to WENS's catchy pop arrangements. WENS has released several music videos for tracks from Lemoncholy, but a brand new one for "Tongue Tied" is available for you to watch now. - Will Sisskind

   

Panic Priest "Nighthunter"

Panic Priest has released the first single, "Nighthunter", from his forthcoming album, Second Seduction. These are the Dark Wave sounds of Jack Armondo (of My Gold Mask) and this is the first new music from him since his 2018 self-titled solo debut.

Panic Priest is currently scheduled to perform at Sleeping Village on May 1st with Wingtips and None of Your Concern.

Photo by David Gall

   

Paul Michael reveals the escape door in new record "Pain & Love"

Connecticut never stops surprising with its immense pool of talent, musicians of all genres, ever-growing. Paul Michael is swimming in that pool, and boy does he set himself apart with a delicious brand of EDM that is mint-modern and scented with touches of the French invasion of DJs that included David Guetta and Bob Sinclar. In his record Pain & Love, Michael showcases tracks like “Real Fantasy,” which are sensuous, silky, and powered by heartbeat-like rhythms to close your eyes to and surrender. Tributes are alive and well in songs like “Keep” whose synths peacock the pseudo-futurism of the ‘80s. “Some Things You Cannot Hide” has hints of pop, sticky-good, and very 2020. The record is an escape route that beckons; stream “Let Go of Me” below for a taste of something uplifting. - Rene Cobar

   

Seaxes to Donate EP Sales

Noise Rock duo Seaxes have released their self-titled debut EP, and have dedicated to donate all proceeds to local businesses impacted by the effects of Covid-19.

This is work of Cameron Daigle and Cooper Glodoski who have been performing together for several years, but never attempted to capture the raw energy of their live performance until now.