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Voyce Memos – “Catching Me in Stride”

Voyce Memos an indie group from Houston, Texas released their album Catching Me In Stride on April 19, 2019. With music similar to Tame Impala, Daft Punk, Phoenix, Radiohead and Death Cab For Cutie. The group is compromised of three people, Richard Borger, lead producer/audio engineer originally from Florida and currently working out of his own home studio (Meraki Recordings) in Houston, TX, began working shortly as a solo artist before meeting drummer, Stephen Mokulis, and multi-instrumentalist/producer, Akash Gupta. The group dedicated time primarily after their full-time work days and on weekends, turning casual jam sessions into a basis for songs and eventually recordings what would later become their first album.

Voyce Memos music captures the ideas of human changes and the decisions we make, especially in relationships, love, and self-understanding. Driving funky bass lines and guitar riffs, on top of ethereal vocals and mixed electronic/live drumming, meld into something to which everyone can relate and groove.

“This album, and musical endeavor in general stems from much introspection and self (and non-self) awareness. Sometimes a moment or series of events comes along in life that changes a lot of what you thought to be “true”, like the way things are supposed to be, or how you’re supposed to love, or where you’re supposed to work and live, etc. Opening a music studio, learning how to produce, and deciding to create an album was the result of that moment, and the album title “Catching Me in Stride” was the attempt at catching that type of emotion, especially when it came to relationships. The most exciting thing about it was that there was never a point where we decided to say “let’s stick to this type of music or sound or vocal.” We decided to let whatever came to mind and sound be exactly how it felt, and that lent itself to quite a variety of sounds on the album, while still being very much connected in theme. Us three, having various styles and influences growing up, ended up creating something we feel is quite it’s own. We know where we feel the influence when we hear it, but the end product always sounds unique and fresh. There are moments scattered throughout the album that bring out strong emotions, whether that belonging, confusion, sadness, anger, or understanding, and we believe it finally arrives at acceptance with the crescendo at the very end of the album on “Argentine.” This album has something for everyone in both musical taste and emotional connection and we hope you all enjoy it.”

The track list on the album includes:

1. Division
2. Quixotic
3. Hard Knot
4. Better Island
5. Benova
6. Indifferent
7. Whelmed (Interlude)
8. Catching Me in Stride
9. Lazy Radio
10. Reboot
11. Conversation
12. Wake With Me
13. Argentine

Watch the official Divisions music video here
Check out Voyce Memos website here.
Listen to Voyce Memos on Spotify here.

Top Performances of 2019’s Coachella Weekend 2

By Michelle Pisnoy

Stimulating music, giant art installations, over-the-top outfits, gourmet food, and more. These are all the things that make up the Coachella Music Festival. Coachella has a reputation for hosting a vast number of influencers and celebs, as well as music lovers that come from all over to enjoy the magic the festival has to offer. Here are our top 5 performances of 2019’s Coachella Weekend 2:

At number 1, we have Billie Eilish. At just 17 years old, Eilish has risen to the top of the charts, winning the hearts of the young and old. She moved the crowd with her eerie electronic beats and dark visuals. Her set opened with the popular song “Bad Guy”, which had fans screaming every lyric while jumping to the beat. Billie encouraged everyone to be in the moment while she performed and then took a moment to admire her adoring fans.

Next, was Tame Impala’s hypnotizing set. The stage was packed with fans waiting to hear the melodic charm and relaxing music Tame Impala had to offer. The visuals on the screen were psychedelic and took a trip through Tame Impala’s consciousness. As the crowd was vibing and swaying to every song, surprise guest A$AP Rocky jumped on stage to perform his song “LSD” and “Sundress”. The set did not end until their most famous song “The Less I Know the Better” re-energized the crowd.

From his now-trademarked dance moves to his incredible vocals, Childish Gambino’s headlining spot was clearly deserved. Gambino moved through the crowd, and even took a selfie with one lucky fan. He encouraged fans to get off of their phones and enjoy the experience, but didn’t make seem to make an effect on the crowd of cellphones recording his every move. Although Gambino didn’t bring out any surprise guests, Chance the Rapper made a quick cameo on stage.

Coachella should be renamed Arichella after Ariana hit the stage Sunday. The crowd for Grande stretched throughout the whole polo field. Some fans were waiting the entire day for the Queen of Pop to arrive. Although Grande returned to weekend 2 with significantly fewer surprise guests, she brought out a guest that would top all of the weekend 1 surprises. After a two-year break from performing on stage, Justin Bieber surprised fans with hit song “Sorry”. The energy of the festival completely changed. The crowd was dancing and singing, a few with tears in their eyes.

Lastly, Kanye brought his infamous Sunday Service to Coachella for Easter. The festival set up a completely new stage on the campgrounds, including a man-made mountain for his 9 am service. Fans showed up to the hillside as early as 6 am in the hopes of seeing Kanye. A powerful choir uplifted the festival goers as Kanye stood on a pedestal for all to see. Also spotted were the Kardashians and Jenners dancing along to his service. Special guests such as Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper and Teyana Taylor all took part in the glorious moment.

Some might say that Weekend 1 was far better than Weekend 2, but what I say back is, did you see Justin Bieber and Kanye West? All in all, Coachella is a magical experience no matter what weekend you attend.

Olivia O’Brien “Just a Boy”

 

OLIVIA O’BRIEN surpasses 1.5 billion global streams & releases new track “Just a Boy” from highly anticipated debut album out next Friday, April 26

 

“JUST A BOY” FEATURED ON COSMOPOLITAN’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT HERE

“deep, soulful vocals” – Billboard

“her truest test of artistry is in her music, which she writes herself.” – V Magazine

“she’s proving to be a name on the rise” – Complex

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.

Their actions also had her asking if any of those relationships were even real.  On the flip side, you can believe her words, and that’s why she made a major dent in pop music. The purple-haired songstress put up legit numbers, racking up more than a billion streams by 2019.  She arrived as the rare talent who can share a song with everyone from G-Eazy and Drew Love of THEY. to gnash and received early support from the likes of Paper, The Coveteur, NYLON, V Magazine, and Idolator.

Now, Olivia takes everything back by way of her first record. “Obsessed with guitar,” she nodded to influences as diverse as Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Amy Winehouse, and Fleetwood Mac.  The introductory single “Love Myself” serves as the album’s finale, but it also earmarks the beginning. Hinging on dreamy clean guitar, she turns her voice inward as she confesses in a booming chorus, “I don’t need to know who I am yet. I don’t need to have a solid plan yet. I don’t need to be the same as everyone else. I just need to motherfucking love myself.”

“I should love myself, but I don’t,” she goes on. “I should treat myself better, but I don’t. It doesn’t have the same unattainable note that a lot of happier, confident songs have. So much other shit is like, ‘I already love myself. I’m confident. I’m great’. This is more attainable. It starts with being easier on yourself. So many kids are depressed. I wanted to end on a high note.

 

WAS IT EVEN REAL? Tracklisting:
1.  purpleworld
2.  I Don’t Exist
3.  Inhibition (omw)
4.  Just Friends
5.  We Lied To Each Other
6.  UDK
7.  Care Less More
8.  Just A Boy
9.  Call Me!!!
10. Love Myself
FIND OLIVIA O’BRIEN:
CURRENTLY ON THE WAS IT EVEN REAL HEADLINING TOUR WRAPPING UP ON APRIL 26 IN SAN FRANCISCO! 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
April 19 – Houston, Texas – House of Blues/ Bronze Peacock
April 20  – Dallas , Texas – Club Dada 
April 23  – Phoenix, Arizona- Crescent Ballroom
April 24 – Los Angeles, California – El Rey Theatre
April 25 – Oakland, California – The New Parish
April 26 – San Francisco, California –  The Great American Music Hall

Gwen Stefani’s Cool gets a synth cover by Strath

STRATH COVERS GWEN STEFANI’S COOL

Most use the California poppies for pretty instagrams.

Fewer use them to film music videos.

Strath falls into the latter.

The 24-year-old Australian artist took full advantage of the super bloom in his debut music video for his latest release “Cool”. The track is a cover of the 2004 Gwen Stefani smash hit. 15 years later, Strath adds new color to the track’s pop virtues, letting his listeners stew in a sea of sweeping 80s synthesizers that smell a lot like Tame Impala.

A real highlight is the brief musical interlude in the song’s middle, where a new guitar/synth melody soars over the tight groove of spank-y drums and walking bass line. A credit to his talents as a producer, the way Strath balances many unique elements in the mix ensure that this track is a real head-bopper.

The nostalgic, slightly haunting feel of the song’s outro leaves it feeling more sombre than the original. But the playful tone of the music video — where Strath sings next to a couple that must have been making out for several hours during production — perhaps suggests otherwise.

Strath affirms in the YouTube video’s description that the video was shot with “care” in the poppy fields. Whilst we hope that was the case, we can confirm with confidence that this track is a real banger.

COOL (Stream/Download):

Spotify | Apple Music

Watch the music video on youtube.

ABOUT STRATH

Strath spent his first 18 years in Melbourne, Australia, writing songs during the day while playing in different jazz and rock bands at night. He moved halfway across the world to go to Harvard, where he spent the next 4 years making movies and even more tracks. After graduation, he relocated to LA, where he’s released a number of singles including “Loops,” “I Know You Too Well” and a cover of the 2004 Gwen Stefani smash hit, “Cool.” He plans on releasing lots of new music in 2019.

COOL (Stream/Download)

Spotify | Apple Music

Watch the music video on youtube.

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