New Music Friday: April 19 2019

emilytreadgold #1, New 9 Tracks

I've said it over and over again but I've never met a Carly Rae Jepsen song that I don't like.

We’ve already gotten a bunch of songs: “Party For One,” “No Drug Like Me,” and “Now That I Found You,” and now, she’s shared the album opener “Julien."

The song is super-important. She said on Instagram, "Julien is the song that taught me the heart and direction of this album. Couldn’t keep him for myself any longer."

NOW LETS GET THIS ALBUM OKAY? Sorry, just a little excited. Get tickets for the tour here.

LA’s Forever X2 - the moniker of accomplished songwriter & musician Peter Verdell - has released a new single called “Forever Times Two.” The track will be featured on his debut self-titled EP, out on May 17th. Forever X2 is in the midst of its April residency at The Satellite in Los Angeles, presented by KROQ Locals Only. The residency features other rising bands (Mermaed, Trapdoor Social), guest DJs (Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands LA, Nate Lotz of Halsey), as well as special guests including Lauren Ruth Ward and Gabby Bianco, and others who are currently unannounced. Full lineups & show info can be found HERE.

“I read the book 11.22.63 by Stephen King and fell hard in love with the main characters, Jake and Sadie,” Verdell explains. “I cried throughout reading the last chapter—it was too good! So I wrote “Forever Times Two” for them…2 imaginary characters that I’d fallen in love with over the course of 2 months (the book is like 900 pages long…). It’s most romantic Forever X2 song so far.”

Rising R&B-flavored Singer/Songwriter IYVES is making her return to music today with the release of “Gold,” out everywhere now. This single is the perfect testament to her homecoming, showcasing her celestial and sensual vocals over an equally as enthralling beat. 

Gold” fuses a multitude of genres - R&B, soul, electronic, and pop - to craft something authentic and robust. IYVES explains that the track is about “finding someone that treats you better than you’ve ever experienced,” a feeling that you didn’t know was physically possible to feel. The song begins with skepticism in her voice and in the lyrics, but progresses to an understanding of how rare and special this circumstance of love is. IYVES was “caught up in the silver” but now is feeling GOLD. 

As a queer artist that sings from her soul, Montreal-based KAYTA debuts her new single and video “KARMA." The Chilean and Slovakian songstress effortlessly blends hip-hop grit, R&B groove, and pop euphoria in undeniable fashion. Over a sparse and shuddering beat, she slides from quick cadences into an entrancing and ethereal refrain, “Eye to eye. We go outside. We try to hide. And start again.” As with everything she does, the tune proves immediately thought provoking and open to interpretation.

“There isn’t just one meaning, and that’s because I wrote it over a long period of time,” KAYTA says. “It talks about embarking on a new adventure, being proud of who you are and your cultural differences, and facing your fears and surpassing judgments.”


We've been day one Olivia O'Brien fans, now the purple-haired pop songstress is gearing up for her debut album release and each song gets better and better.

Olivia O’Brien could go on and on rattling off “lame excuses from guys” that you screenshot and forward to your friends for commiseration, sympathy, a laugh, or often response advice...

You don’t need to ask what to say anymore though because the 19-year-old critically acclaimed Los Angeles based singer and songwriter presents the answers on her 2019 full-length debut due this spring via Island Records.  “I wrote this in a really dark place” she says, “and I hope I can help other people who may be in that same spot. My idea was for you to listen to the album when you’re feeling sad and by the end, you’ll feel better without even realizing it.


TELYKast and featured vocalist Aly Ryan have teamed up to bring us a shimmering electro-pop song "Better."

They said: "We want this song to spark a movement of self-love, self-esteem, and self-care for people who have gone through this... We hope that everyone enjoys it and can find something positive that they can take from it and use in there own life to better themselves. We invite everyone to share a story of struggle they’ve had in a relationship and how they got better. Whether it be abuse, mental health, or any kind of trauma, we want people to be able to be open about it and share their story in the hopes that they will themselves be better."