If 2018 Albums Were My MySpace Top 8

*click album title to open the spotify link*

Narrated for You – Alec Benjamin
The voice of an angel and songs that tell ethereal, and often, devastatingly beautiful stories. I’ve been lucky enough to — literally — bump into Alec on Hollywood Blvd. I had just interviewed him a few months prior and recognized him on on the street. I approached him and we walked a bit, chatting. He’s a grounded guy with an old soul. I’ve been waiting for him to drop a full-length album for years and it did not disappoint. It includes a good number of songs he’s released over the years and some newer ones that are equally as powerful. Like I mentioned before, each of his songs tells a different account, and as a good story should, they pull you in both lyrically and melodically.

Kids in the Night – Weathers
There’s nothing I’ve been so smitten with as songs that take me back to cities I’ve loved. This album does just that. It has me dreaming of sitting in the passenger’s seat of a newly refurbished 1960 Porsche convertible touring the Southern California coast. In my opinion, every single track is a work of alt-rock art; atmospheric 80s nostalgia at its finest (see the appropriately titled “1983”). It’s frustrating to me that it was slept on by both radios and critics.

Pray for the Wicked – Panic! at the Disco
These past few years have been the Panic renaissance. As much as I love the older stuff, ever since 2013’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, things have been, albeit a bit more mainstream, absolutely fantastic. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every song on every album. Not only has Brendon’s voice improved immensely over the years, but I’d also go as far as to say he’s one of the best vocalists of our generation.

I fell in love with The Struts, what seems like, many moons ago. They had just released their debut single “Could Have Been Me” and were working on their first album. I pre-ordered the signed copy from their website and spun it on repeat for weeks. They dropped their sophomore album back in October, and it undeniably lives up to its predecessor. Clearly influenced by the likes of Queen and Def Leppard; vocalist Luke Spiller’s range allows for infinite possibilities song-wise. Unfortunately, the band remains vastly underrated despite being endorsed by rock big shots like Metallica, Foo Fighters, and Guns ‘n’ Roses.

Voicenotes – Charlie Puth
I’m an absolute sucker for Charlie Puth’s voice. I could listen to him for hours upon hours. His debut album, Nine Track Mind, was one of my top played albums of 2016, and dare I say it, this one is even better. Even though he’s considered to be incredibly mainstream and his lyrics can be generic, his songwriting skills are still undeniable. Plus, he absolutely knows his shit. He’s one of my favourite Top 40 artists and I’m really excited to see what he creates in the future.

Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
By far the best album 5SOS has ever produced. The titular track may have been overplayed in shopping malls since its release, but it’s one of those songs that when you hear it again in a few months you’ll love it just the same as the first time. Not only has their sound evolved over the last few albums, but it’s evident they’ve grown as songwriters. Moving on from sappy and generic (and catchy!) love songs that could have pigeonholed them in the boy band category; they’ve created an edgier pop-rock sound with more mature lyrics. I love finding new wave infused gems on these kinds of albums, and “Talk Fast” is no exception; it could have just as easily been recorded by The Bangles or Pet Shop Boys.

Blue Madonna – Børns
Following up his last album was a major feat, but somehow he made the new one even better. Børns is one of my go-to artists for writing inspiration, especially if I’m working on something within the realms of horror and fantasy. His voice gives me chills, and a perfect example of that is “I Don’t Want U Back” which is equally as haunting as it is heartbreaking. I was lucky enough to catch him on tour promoting this album and it was almost like a religious experience; seeing this somewhat androgynous man up on stage swaying back and forth while serenading an audience full of admirers.

Make Your Bed – King Princess
There aren’t many albums — or in this case, EPs — where you can feel the artist’s confidence through their lyrics without it coming off as arrogant. Her song “Upper West Side” gives me visions of being dressed as Holly Golightly and decorating my very own brownstone in New York City. The dream. But that’s not even the best on the album. In fact, out of 5, it doesn’t even crack my top 3. My favourite song is “Holy”, which is the epitome of the confidence I referred to earlier. It’s both haunting and divine. Plus, she’s adored by Harry Styles, and I trust Harry Styles with my life.

By Emily, on December 13th, 2018, under Bands, Personal, Singers // Comments Off on If 2018 Albums Were My MySpace Top 8

6 MINUTES WITH: G Matthews

Click the photo above to read the interview

When G Matthews calls herself an independent artist, she means a whole lot more than how her music gets released. You can hear her strength, individuality and unfettered spirit in every song.

The Southern California native brings together alternative rock with street-smart pop and irresistible rhythms, creating an unshakable foundation for her heartfelt lyrics. It’s a sound that could only have grown from the Golden State while being uniquely G.

G always knew she was going to be a performer. It’s funny now to remember how badly she bombed her first audition, but that flop was what made her realize that raw talent needed to be honed by training and practice. By age 19, G thought dance would fill her need for creativity, so she shifted her attentions and became a backup dancer. She was on stage performing, but she was not following her dream, so after a few years G put away her Capezios and explored other avenues of expression.

As she pondered the void she felt in her life, G’s thoughts kept returning to singing. She found herself mentally replaying one particular evening, the night she saw No Doubt perform live and watched a woman take charge of a band that wholeheartedly rocked out. And when that front woman, Gwen Stefani, sang “Trapped in a Box,” G felt like those lyrics were describing her own life.

G knew these thoughts meant she had to seize the moment and focus on the dream she’d had from the very beginning. She returned to using her voice, but this time with a maturity that required her to practice, learn, study, and practice some more. Soon she was getting gigs as a back-up vocalist and exercising her powers by interpreting other people’s songs.

G recently made the leap to creating her own original music, so now fans can hear her journey for themselves in songs like “Backtrack,” “Chasing Happy” and “Judge Me Not” from her debut LP, Chasing Happy. You can also catch her in action around Los Angeles while she brings her inimitable live experience to venues including the world famous Whisky a Go Go, The Viper Room, and The Mint.

By Emily, on February 10th, 2017, under 6 Minutes With, G Matthews, Singers // Comments Off on 6 MINUTES WITH: G Matthews

PROMO: Alec Benjamin releases “The Water Fountain”

Hellllllooooooooooo world!!

I have a lot of things to tell you but I can’t talk about any of them yet, so I’m distracting myself with new tunes. A few months back I did an email interview with Alec Benjamin (which I’m linking here) and it was great because I feel like even though we weren’t actually talking to each other, we somehow bonded over the fact that Jar Jar Binks is worthy of love. Unless he was joking. Then I guess I’m back to square one. Regardless, while my friend Blake and I were in LA, we randomly ran into to Alec and his manager (Titus — how frickin’ rad of a name is that?!) on Hollywood Blvd one afternoon. They’re some very friendly folk, even after we told them we were going to a cemetery.

I don’t think he remembered me from the interview but that’s okay. I have one of those faces.

That’s not reason for this post though.

The reason for this post is to get you to listen to Alec’s new song, “The Water Fountain”. As you know, if you frequent my blog at all, I usually post new songs, videos, etc. for bands and singers that I enjoy. So click the photo above to go on a musical journey. 10/10 would recommend. It will give you clearer skin and add 50 years to your life span.

By Emily, on April 21st, 2016, under Promo, Singers // Comments Off on PROMO: Alec Benjamin releases “The Water Fountain”

MUSIC VIDEO: Kaylee Johnston – Getting Over You

My pop princess has done it again!!!! My absolutely wonderful friend, Kaylee Johnston, has released a new video for her single “Getting Over You” and it’s pure empowering pop bliss. I hope you like it! Make sure you follow Kaylee on Twitter and pick up her song on iTunes.

By Emily, on April 19th, 2016, under Kaylee Johnston, Promo // Comments Off on MUSIC VIDEO: Kaylee Johnston – Getting Over You

6 MINUTES WITH: Loren Smith

Loren Smith is an advocate for anti-bullying, his new single “Always Remember” is dedicated to the cause. His other single “Beautiful Smile”, the video is packed with dancing and positivity.

Click the photo above to read our short and sweet interview with him!

By Emily, on December 5th, 2015, under 6 Minutes With, Interviews, Loren Smith // Comments Off on 6 MINUTES WITH: Loren Smith