SEM. is the moniker of Popi Semerlioglou, an Athens, Greece-based singer/songwriter and pianist. In 2016 she released"Natural", her debut EP. It is an instrumental creation, comprised of five original contemporary classic pieces played on the piano. Since then, SEM. made a bold turn of her sound towards indie and pop territories, while using her distinctive voice for the first time. The first single from her upcoming full-length was released in July 2018.
Following the release of her contemporary classic "Natural" EP in 2016, containing hauntingly beautiful piano compositions inspired by naturalistic imagery and impressionistic feelings, Greek singer-songwriter SEM. (a.k.a. Popi Sem.) is exploring new territories. After several appearances in renowned Athenian venues, her newly-built sound contains her distinctive vocals and thrives in an art pop simplicity, subtly inspired by the spirit of musicians such as Sufjan Stevens, Sóley and Joanna Newsom.
Her new songs, already introduced live, are deeply influenced by her personal experiences and are presented in a loosely semi-autobiographical way. "T.I.M." is the first single of her upcoming album which is in the making, recorded with the help and invaluable input of Sergios Voudris (The Voyage Limpid Sound, Montero etc). Rather than a plea for forgiveness, it is a reflection of regret for the people we hurt and thrives on the cruelty of understanding and embracing this fact.
Nothinbox is a solo project formed by guitarist and songwriter Alexandre Spezzotti in 2018. Currently based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, his debut EP “Natureza Morta”, the first chapter from his anticipated upcoming album uses reverb-drenched atmospheres to create a captivating aura filled with whispers of distant memories and echoes of his own past and reflections. The dreamy guitars of the EP's title track behaves as a gesture to evoke a spiral of boundless thoughts and dilemmas, which are constantly astir. Yet they remain still, as objects of remembrance. This is further complimented with the extra bonus track, "Xícara", setting the tone for what is soon to arise and reveal the full extent of what this emerging artist is about to unleash.
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Don't miss the brand new track “Bad Dream” by TEEN RAVINE. Their self-titled, debut LP drops on August 31st.
“Bad Dream” is about seeking comfort and pleasure in sadness. The familiar warmth of our obsessions. Momentarily inviting your depression to creep into your consciousness for a quick visit, and then getting frustrated when it overstays its welcome and eats all your leftovers. Going against your better judgement and picking at a scab instead of letting it heal. Not being able to turn your brain off at night, letting memories distort and consume you.
We want to get close but not too close – a sentiment that may as well be the hallmark of our generation’s struggle with the desire for and fear of intimacy. Our collaborations were born out of our apartment studios in Toronto in the spring of 2016. We explored themes of emotional alienation through the obsessive intimacy of bedroom recordings, all while aspiring to the west-coast pop/R&B vibe of the late 1970s and early 1980s. "
Baby Jey was founded by two singer-songwriters Jeremy Witten and Dean Kheroufi. For their forthcoming new record, Someday Cowboy, they added Montreal producer Mitch Holtby into the mix. His multi-genre background spans a hip-hop career that saw him open for acts like Big Boi, Cadence Weapon, Buck 65 and Chali 2na. This unique match between singer-songwriters and a hip-hop producer may partially explain the album’s unique blend of shimmery synths and pulsing rhythms with lap steel guitar and jangling mandolins.
"When we wrote these songs, we were listening to all kinds of different stuff. Lots of country music from the 80s like Tanya Tucker, Keith Whitley and Johnny Lee, lots of soft rock like America and Carole King, lots of Prince. I guess our first single – “Someday My Space Cowboy Will Come” – is a play on “Someday My Prince Will Come.” It’s a fun little tune about having a mirage in the desert."
Someday Cowboy was recorded in two days in my childhood home – we wanted a cozy and intimate setting to record and we were too broke to rent a studio. There’s a certain feeling of nostalgia to a lot of the album’s lyrics – we reminisce about tobogganing as kids and dreaming about cowboys, so it’s fitting that I was able to play the same piano that I first learned on. Since Someday Cowboy was recorded live off the floor in a living room, the piano had to be covered in blankets to prevent the sound from leaking to other mics.
The release of Someday Cowboy on September 14th (on NYC label Maintenance Records) will mark an important transition for both Dean and myself as we move to New York City. I’ve been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to complete an M.A. in History at The New School, while Dean is set to begin working full-time in the city. We plan to continue performing and will begin recording a new album in late 2018."
"Go With You” is a song about change and vectoring forward into the unknown without regret. I love the synth lines and the hi-hat drums. It’s a departure for me, both sonically and rhythmically, and I’m very into it."
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.