Winona Forever – Gazing (EASY-GOING)
Whether you’re dancing around the house while doing some spring cleaning or just caught a case of the happy feet, Winona Forever’s “Gazing” is their great new single to dance to all alone! This upbeat, groovy tune will surely impress those who enjoy a nice smooth chord progression. Needless to say, if you’re into colorful rhythms, dreamy melodies and cool harmonies, this band is the one for you. You can hang loose to “Gazing” and more of Winona Forever’s easy-going sound on their upcoming album, Feelgood, available June 7.
By Xcaret Nunez
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – I Hate Chicago (ROCK)
Punk-rocker Laura Jane Grace has released a Wayne’s World inspired visual to accompany her teardown of the Windy City. “I Hate Chicago” is a track off her first solo album recorded with The Devouring Mothers, Bought to Rot. Despite being a vicious attack on many aspects of Chicago, she admits through the lyrics that this is her way of coping with a breakup so don’t take it too personally, Chicagoans.
By Theo Bloom
Valee – You & Me Both (HYPNOTIZE)
St. Louis and Chicago collide yet again for a new collaboration, “You & Me Both.” After several months of teasing fans (myself included), Chicago artist and recent G.O.O.D. Music signee Valee has released his collaboration with St. Louis producer CHASETHEMONEY. These two have a long history as they have collaborated several times on Valee’s past projects. The drop comes just as Valee begins to tease his long-awaited debut album. As CHASETHEMONEY constructs the hypnotizing beat that loops repetitively during the first half of the song, Valee runs down the list of possessions that he has purchased and plans to, as though they are to be used as serenades. During the second half, CHASETHEMONEY switches it up into a kick-heavy, open-ended beat, with just enough room for Valee to let off more validated bars commemorating his well off lifestyle.
By Isiah Sneed
SadGirl – Chlorine (BITTERSWEET)
SadGirl’s new single, “Chlorine,” is their first released single in anticipation of their upcoming album, Water. The song’s intro immediately recalls Otis Redding’s “Cigarettes and Coffee,” while the rest of “Chlorine” plays out into a bittersweet ballad about loving something or someone that you shouldn’t, but that you keep coming back to anyway. Sonically, “Chlorine” is a bit of a departure from their beach rock sound in earlier work. If you want to feel like a melancholy femme fatale raising h*ll out on the Arizona desert, give “Chlorine” a listen and make sure to watch the music video.
By Emma Knopik