Lora's newest single of her album is "Good Men Don't Hurt You". This single reflects friendly advice in love. As a victim of sexual trauma, Lora is vocal about her support towards other women, as well as the #MeToo campaign. Her work as an artist is to reach out to those who feel alone and those who have been victims themselves. This inspired her to be vocal about her own experience and also led to the single. The song is a playful and poignant ditty with a nod to the current cultural landscape of the #MeToo movement. It tracks the story of a young girl and her dialogue with the song's narrator in what seems like a playful manner, but still revealing honest truths.
Lora Kelley released her new album, self-titled "Lora Kelley", on June 16th exclusively with CD Baby. The album showcases her songwriting ability, with each track being more personal than ever. Lora continually pulls from her life experiences, blending the memories with a rock/country flare. Currently residing in Charlottesville, VA, Lora grew up on the wide open plains of Texas, and was raised on 10,000 Maniacs, Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, and more contemporary influences - Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Secret Sisters & John Paul White. As a wife and a mother of two small children, she enters the music scene with a gently produced record reflecting her southern roots and experiences as a woman. It deals, playfully and somberly, with both grit and grief and how we synthesize our corporate human experience.
Dario is a naturalized US Citizen from California. However, his parents were foreigners. He took music lessons in the 80’s, but eventually decided that what he loved most was songwriting, which he learned from carefully studying the structure of songs by Chic and Brass Construction (70’s funk band). In 1990 he recorded some demos inspired by vocal deep house music by Fingers inc (Larry Heard). He then had to attend college and work and left music behind. In 2008 he participated as a liner notes writer on a pair of CD’s released by NowAgain / Stones Throw Records, due to him having a specialized website on rare 45rpms. This inspired him to get back into music and in 2011 having relocated to Europe he released his first single. He has had minor success in Italy where he was featured in a campaign by clothing firm Sisley (Benetton) and in an article on Vice magazine, as well as on a radio program on Italy’s main radio and TV network RAI. His recordings all feature amazing session guitar players, including Hugh Williams from Florida and Philip Ockelford from near Cambridge (U.K). In 2013 Dario started studying Buddhist meditation and decided that his songs would be based on the well-being concepts that he is learning. By creating songs from them, he is sure not to forget some essential lessons.
"When Your Brain Lies To You" is a song with futuristic electronic arpeggios, Moog synthesizers, and Lynn drum programming. It has a speed of 118 BPM and is danceable. The song has a strong clear memorable chorus. Analog polysynths were used, such as Korg Polysix and Juno 60. Arturia Minimoog was used for some parts.
The lyrics of the song have self-improvement themes. The lyrics motivate the listener to question negative thoughts. When we have negative emotions, they may not represent reality. We can stay neutral and see that some of our demons are our brain's creation.
Andrew La Tona is a songwriter / producer / multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Canada. Active since 2001, Andrew has been a part of many different projects and genres, and is currently expressing himself as an alternative / experimental artist.
Released earlier this month, "Human" is Andrew's second full-length album in four years. Centered around the distaste for politicians and elite of today, this album boldly says what we've all felt grumbling inside us for a while now. The themes of fear, resentment, resistance and lack-of-fulfillment run strong through these eight tracks.
The lead single, "Power and Prowess" is sort of a story of distaste, sung loud and passionately overtop of an incredibly driving and powerful rock track with lots of danceability. It's about being fed up with the arrogance of the ruling class and their influence on our every day lives and the desire to be free from it.
"Human" is an album for everyone. It may be classified as an Alternative record, but the pop sensibility runs deep, world and latin rhythmic and melodic influences make numerous showcases, and Andrew's depth of musical influences shape this fresh independent release of the summer.
"I began writing Human in 2016 while I was in Costume Party with Andy Wiseman before I decided to leave the band and focus on writing more material on my own. I wanted to write and record anything that came naturally to me, and after a while, I realized I had a political album on my hands. Prior to this, I had written songs like "Want" (2014) and "I'll Bring You Down" (2015) which were of similar nature, but it was never really a full-time topic of mine. This time around I set out with a purpose."
"In the depths of my confusion, I would compare myself to the boys around me. Was I really nobler? or was I just another lame kid wasting my youth, skipping parties to play guitar in my basement? it was a struggle between reserve or over-indulgence. “youth” illustrates this struggle using the symbol of a cigarette – the idea of indulgence, regardless of who it hurts or what it does.
By the time I was finishing high school, a profound anger was building deep inside of me. I couldn’t go to the parties because, when I did, I felt overwhelmed with anxiety from the mistreatment and predation that thrived in those environments. “youth” is me finally letting that anger out, and reaching my conclusion on how wrong it all is. “youth” is me confronting them for wasting so much time. “youth” is me standing up for the girls that have to put up with that bullshit. “youth” is a message to those guys – I haven’t forgotten the things the things you’ve done."
"first or last, somewhere you’ve ashed, the cigarette, that’s going to take you down. "
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.