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Atwood Journal’s Weekly Roundup: July 7, 2023

Atwood Journal’s Weekly Roundup: July 7, 2023


Each Friday, Atwood Journal’s workers share what they’ve been listening to that week – a music, an album, an artist – no matter’s been having an influence on them, within the second.
This week’s weekly roundup options music by Arlo Parks, OTNES, Dominic Fike, Katelyn Tarver, simple life, Kim Petras, The Final Dinner Celebration, Caroline Romano, Delilah Holliday, Fran Roz, Sarah Yagki, & Present Joys!
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:: My Mushy Machine – Arlo Parks ::

Dimitra Gurduiala, Italy

Tright here had been many expectations after her debut album Collapsed Sunbeams, however Arlo Parks didn’t disappoint in any respect. Her second document My Mushy Machine is a private document wherein the singer’s heat, candy voice is splendidly accompanied by the pop and soul sounds which were characterizing her by now.

The ambiance of the album is dreamy, it flows naturally and makes you need to fall in love and dedicate each single music to your particular somebody. From the indie-rockish “Devotion” to the harmonious “Pegasus” (enhanced by the collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers), My Mushy Machine is an album that must be found and stored in your coronary heart, like essentially the most valuable and intimate of treasures.

:: “BLU3” – OTNES ::

Mitch Mosk, New York

OTNES’ third single is an intimate, achingly cathartic, and emotionally-charged fever dream – and it simply could also be her most essential music up to now. “I’m prepared… to dive in… to an incredible… huge… pool… of water,” the artist previously often called Emily Blue sings softly, slowly – taking care to articulate and broaden each syllable, as if by doing so she will glean additional that means from her phrases. In these opening moments, her voice – accompanied by layers of effected vocal harmonies – is already a beacon of intense vulnerability, uncooked ardour, and internal energy. OTNES is aware of she’s looming on the precipice of one thing nice – one thing even she herself even might not but totally comprehend – and with each monumentous life change comes an assortment of pleasure and exhilaration, worry and terror, rigidity, uncertainty, and wonderment.

However she’s not lingering on the place she got here from or who she’s been. “BLU3,” launched at this time, sees OTNES able to dive headfirst into tomorrow; able to transition out of her former pores and skin and into a brand new one, providing a bittersweet farewell to her Emily Blue moniker – a reputation that served her nicely for the higher a part of a decade as she established herself first in Champaign, Illinois, the place she attended faculty, after which afterward in Chicago. The artist not too long ago made a recent begin in Nashville and reintroduced herself as OTNES on the tail finish of final 12 months.

And I’ll belief gravity
And I’ll belief me
Even after I attain the underside

We will recognize “BLU3” as a requiem – an elegy of kinds for Emily Blue.

“‘BLU3’ is a kind of songs that simply got here to me – I really wrote it in a automobile,” OTNES, born Emily Otnes, tells Atwood Journal. “I write a whole lot of songs in my automobile. I used to be enthusiastic about all of the transitions I used to be going by. I had simply moved to Nashville, gotten out of a relationship, and knew I used to be altering my identify from Emily Blue to OTNES which felt so scary on the time. I wrote this music as an official goodbye to the venture, and an invite to myself to really uncover who I’m. Within the music, the pool of water represents my unconscious, and diving into the tougher elements of myself. Making an attempt to know them.”

“It’s an empowering and courageous music, however there’s additionally a layer of grief and acceptance there. So many individuals have come out and in of my life and I wished to honor that ache and development. The video is impressed by a few of my favorites like James Bond, previous spy motion pictures, movie noir– as a director, it was a enjoyable problem as a result of I wished to see if I might pull off this aesthetic in a restricted format (all vertical). The water that I dove into was freezing chilly and Luke (co-director) and I virtually acquired hypothermia taking pictures this. His digicam protecting case began filling with water within the pool and we stopped simply after we acquired sufficient footage. I’m really so excited for individuals to see it.”

Possibly I’ll discover you
Possibly I’ll maintain you
Possibly I’ll save us each from drowning
Even when I can’t,
Not less than I’ve tried
And I’ll know what’s ready for me

A music of what has been and what’s to return, of previous, current, and future, of self-reflection and self-actualization, “BLU3” is understandably visceral and risky. Taking cues from artists like Bon Iver (this observe can’t assist however remind us of 2016’s masterpiece 22, A Million), OTNES transforms a young and tranquil ballad right into a sonically beautiful tempest – a fever dream of the very best echelon.

How higher to place the previous to relaxation, than by cathartic cacophony?

::  Sunburn – Dominic Fike ::

Rachel Leong, France

Dominic Fike has returned along with his sophomore album, Sunburn, rounding up the newest chapter of his life and telling us that he’s all of the issues of his previous and a lot extra.

Fragments of his youth, the tales on Sunburn inform tales of discovery as he displays on nature and nurture. A love letter to his hometown in Florida, the sonic world of Sunburn captures what it feels wish to be at house – as advised by his eyes. It’s an intimacy that he shares with us by this venture, but its playfulness by no means waivers. Bursting with alt-rock guitar rolls and different hip-hop, his defining vocal tones draw listeners in seamlessly.

In an trade the place most musicians try genre-bending sensibilities, Fike persistently succeeds at this with ease. He blends experiences of the previous in his lyricism with sonic introspection of the current to make an album that’s really private, endearing and uplifting unexpectedly. Sunburn closes a chapter and opens up the chasm for his subsequent one, and he embraces this uncertainty with optimism and belief.

In his latest interview with Zane Lowe, he alludes to intending his music to be obtained as what it’s, with out inserting pressures of deeper that means as artists typically do. But to me, these tales of clumsy first loves, teen angst and careless youth pose a symbolic reckoning along with his roots, one which has formed him to be how we all know him at this time – musician, trade trailblazer turned Euphoria-star, and one to look at.

:: “Cinematic” – Katelyn Tarver ::

Kelly McCafferty Dorogy, New Orleans

With “What Makes A Life Good?”, “Beginning to Scare Me” and now “Cinematic,” Katelyn Tarver has slowly been releasing music after music with lyrics so susceptible that they’re unimaginable to not join with.

“Cinematic” is for these of us who romanticize our lives. It’s for individuals who seek for nostalgia anyplace we will discover it. Often we’re the those that get made enjoyable of by the realists round us, however what’s life for for those who can’t have a good time all the moments – huge and small. “Cinematic” provides the hopeless romantics’ a music that makes us really feel proud to be the way in which that we’re, as a result of what’s the choice? Not discovering magnificence within the mundane?

I get so sentimental over small issues
You say I’m obsessive about nostalgia however I believe
What’s the purpose of all this livin’ for those who can’t return and seize it?
Make it cinematic
Show you actually had it

:: “palmtreedays_1644.wav” – simple life ::

Mitch Mosk, New York

Casually, and with barely any warning, simple life at this time launched what might very nicely change into my music of the summer time. Rising from a relaxed, dreamy groove right into a radiant, blissed-out celebration, the sun-soaked “palmtreedays_1644.wav” is an ode to hotter climate and the great instances that include it. It’s an ideal, passion-fueled soundtrack to summer time, bringing these coastal beachy vibes to life whether or not you’re down by the water or caught in a cubicle.

All I see is spaceships as my toes tread the pavement
My abdomen’s aching
My head is filled with razor blades
It’s alright, it’s alright
However I see these pretend puppets collapse
Like a limousine crash
And their terracotta cracks
Seeping water by the gaps
And it’s not alright, it’s not alright
As a result of our eyes are all the time glued to the screens
I haven’t seen the solar because the ’90s
Fragile just like the ice upon which we stroll
Sixty channels and nothing on TV
And I move with the auras and energies
Millennial goals suffocated in greed
I don’t еxpect nothin’ totally free from the powers that bе

In accordance with the band, this observe is about six years previous – relationship again to the period of their debut launch, the creature habits mixtape. “We wrote this ages in the past however it didn’t see the sunshine of day,” simple life’s Murray Matravers writes on social media. “We predict it deserves a second. Hope you prefer it as a lot as we do. It’s enjoyable going again by the archive and discovering these little hidden gems, run it up and revel in.”

We might take a cue from Matravers and the straightforward life workforce; “palmtreedays_1644.wav” is all about these fleeting moments of reverie, the place life is sweet, and nobody and nothing can take that away from us. As they sing in a feel-good refrain:

And I really like these palm tree days
Solely 5 minutes late
And I’ve acquired my favorite seat on the bus
And I really like these palm tree days
If this temper’s maintained
Then all the things we’ve acquired is sufficient

Take a beat from the grind, pull your head out of the sand, discover no matter makes you content, and dive in headfirst. Life is way too quick.

:: “Revelations” – Kim Petras ::

Julia Dzurillay, New Jersey

Okim Petras’ “debut” album is regrettably underwhelming for followers of her early discography. Nonetheless, there are some hidden gems within the assortment — particularly “Revelations” from the scrapped full-length launch Problématique.

The observe options Petras’ excessive vocals and a bridge that we’re already dreaming up choreography for. This artist isn’t particularly recognized for profound lyrics, however that’s a part of the fantastic thing about Feed the Beast and songs like “Coconuts” and “Slut Pop.” She doesn’t take herself too significantly. It’s empowering and simply plain enjoyable. (“Minute” from Feed the Beast is one other completely curated pop music from the discharge.)

I’m not on the lookout for salvation,” Petras sings within the “Revelations” refrain. “You make me imagine in heaven / Contact me, give me revelations / Give me revelations.”

:: “Sinner” – The Final Dinner Celebration ::

Kendall Graham, Nantucket, MA

Five-piece Brixton group The Final Dinner Celebration not too long ago launched their second single, “Sinner,” on June 30. The music has a baroque edge and incorporates a piano-driven, indie rock/chamber pop hybrid sound, with harmonies paying homage to ethereal choir preparations.

The music advantages lyrically from its ambiguity and ambivalence, illustrating one thing that has been perverted that was as soon as innocuous, and highlighting a tear between the potential for discovery of newer, grander issues, and the lingering contact of one thing that after was acquainted however has misplaced its edge inside a churning nostalgia. The erupting refrain replete with dramatic guitars helps the music’s lyrical themes. Maybe no matter has been corrupted can as soon as once more change into righteous if the narrator reunites along with her lover (or possibly, merely, herself.)

The music video helps the baroque, period-esque really feel of the music by way of the band’s outfits and the placement of an empty banquet corridor because the setting for the stay efficiency of the music. Regardless of having solely two songs of their arsenal (together with “Nothing Issues” launched again within the spring), The Final Dinner Celebration, all U.Ok. natives, made their debut Glastonbury efficiency a mere few weeks in the past, and will probably be supporting each First Help Equipment and Hozier on their respective excursions this summer time and fall.

:: “Guts” – Caroline Romano ::

Mitch Mosk, New York

Who doesn’t like a little bit churn with their attraction? The lead single off her forthcoming EP sees 21-year-old Caroline Romano spilling her “Guts” with a feverish, fiery ardour. It’s a tempestuous reintroduction to the Nashville-based singer/songwriter, and one which sees her speeding to the fore in a searing, emotion-fueled sonic rampage. Heavy guitars and driving drums create a way of unabating friction because the artist’s voice takes heart stage, burning vibrant as she goes by a collection of introspective acrobatics and upheavals.

Guess there’s dying in introductions
Possibly I’ve to say one thing
Trigger I would like you to assume I’m cool
and fairly and stuff like that
Fill my cup and hope its contents
Will possibly sluggish my stream of acutely aware
Trigger I are inclined to reply questions nobody requested

“I’ve all the time had this factor in social settings the place I really feel like individuals can see proper by me,” Romano shares. “Once I’m at a home celebration or a bar, or anyplace with fairly strangers, I simply really feel fully clear. I find yourself questioning if this boy I simply met can see all my insecurities, and roundabout methods, and if he can inform that I believe he’s lovely in no matter poorly lit room we’re in.”

“So, in some horrible try at compensation, I say an excessive amount of, or I drink an excessive amount of, or I am going too far down a narrative I by no means ought to’ve began. I spill my guts to those individuals as a type of free remedy or self-sabotage, I’m unsure which it’s. After which I watch them watch me dig myself additional, with my guts on the ground in entrance of them. That’s how I finish issues earlier than they’ve even began, and that’s what ‘Guts’ is about. It’s frantic and keen and annoyed all on the identical time.”

Romano’s lyrics are about as spot-on as she will get, given the context:

When i get nervous i are inclined to overshare
And now I’m nauseous and also you don’t care
However I’m standing within the kitchen
My guts are on the ground
And the ears above that gold chain
They’re not listening anymore
I’m throwing up my story
Whereas he’s wanting on the door
And I hate the odor of Clorox
However my guts are on the ground
So I assume I’ll clear em up

Romano has adopted “Guts” with the tracks “Mississippi Air” and “This Home,” and her EP A Temporary Epic is because of launch July twenty eighth. A cinematic alt-pop eruption in six seductive tracks, A Temporary Epic guarantees to additional catapult Romano into the indie highlight, all however making certain she turns into a staple of dialog for these fortunate sufficient to find her new music.

As for “Guts,” nicely… this one’s a spirited, hovering anthem for these of us who unashamedly and unapologetically put on our souls on our sleeves.

::  Invaluable Vol. 1 – Delilah Holliday ::

Dimitra Gurduiala, Italy

You might know Delilah Holliday as a member of the band Skinny Woman Eating regimen, however I need to introduce her to you as a solo artist, particularly at this time. In actual fact, her EP Invaluable Vol. 1 has simply been launched. It’s a document that was born out of euphoria and a want to imagine in the potential for a greater world. It explores Holliday’s numerous souls, exhibiting on one hand her clubby and ravey facet as in “Burn Cash” and “Silent Streets,” and on the opposite her extra intimate and nostalgic soul, as in “Every part I Ever Wished” and “Heavens Ready Room.” It undoubtedly places one within the temper for extra, and to search out out what Vol. 2 will provide us. Hypnotic.

:: “Summer season Sunshine” – Fran Roz ::

Lauren Hicks, Mesa, Arizona

Tright here’s a way of power that comes with the summer time, and Fran Roz brings that in his newest single “Summer season Sunshine.” With an upbeat opening, Roz provides a vibrant beat with catchy lyrics that attract listeners.

Roz comes with a fervor and fervour for his music. Rising up within the LA music scene there was inspiration throughout. “Summer season Sunshine” showcases Roz’s versatility in distinction to songs he’s launched earlier than. Dipping his toes into grunge, hip-hop, and different rock–Roz is ready to defy style stereotypes and current a showcase of expertise.

There’s freedom in selection – and Roz illustrates that freedom in his music and inventive imaginative and prescient. Whether or not it’s to the likes of the choice scene or pop punk – Roz has the power to liven up every music and retains the listeners wanting extra.

:: “Simply Like Me” – Sarah Yagki ::

Mitch Mosk, New York

set off warning: suicidal ideation and reducing

Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Yagki has a means of capturing the magic of intimate moments, and supersizing them for all to see, hear, and really feel the uncooked depth of her emotion. She’s finished that all through the previous 4 years, and her newest EP I Love You, I Lied (launched March 3) homes numerous examples of these skills in motion – however maybe nowhere is her breathtaking expertise extra pronounced than on her newest single. Launched at this time, “Simply Like Me“is an achingly intense, visceral music of internal and outer ache. It’s a music of connection; of life turned sideways; of what it actually means to be human, and to really feel a world of emotions unexpectedly.

Tried to see the sweetness, painful however consuming
I believed that you simply knew me, and I used to be improper
Couldn’t enable you to, to assist me
Couldn’t prevent simply to lose me
Tore my coronary heart out, to fill your wants
I wasn’t sturdy

“‘Simply Like Me’ is about watching somebody you’re keen on, damage themselves of their lowest factors of their very own psychological well being battles,” Yagki shares. “The music is in regards to the results on the particular person watching somebody undergo that downfall and attempting to not lose your self within the strategy of serving to them. It’s a particularly private music to me, and the inspiration behind the lyrics are fully auto biographical.”

“The music is about how final August I acquired a name at 11 AM from somebody I cared about, who sounded closely intoxicated, so I went over to their place to check out them. As I walked in, they had been standing in entrance of me with their arm minimize up and as I entered, they slowly walked to their lavatory. I used to be 22, and the opposite particular person was 32. I went to the lavatory, the place they had been within the bathtub persevering with to harm themselves. I sat with them within the bathtub, attempting to cease their arm bleeding, and your entire lavatory was lined in blood. For the rest of the day, I used to be between telephone calls, attempting to cease them hurting themselves, and attempting to get an ambulance over. Finally I used to be capable of however had spent hours attending to that time.”

Flashbacks to you, holding your arms
Blood on the ground, however your breaths is heat
And your eyes they’ve seen all of it, that love is gone
Every part we had been isn’t true
The life I wished wasn’t meant for you
Your eyes they’re beginning to frighten me,
your eyes they’re beginning to deceive me

“The heavy change within the music with lyrics, “You’ll by no means, actually go away. We’ll burn, can’t you see” are after I realised that the state of affairs I used to be in, was going to stick with me, and I used to be holding onto my very own psychological energy to not be carried down with it.”

“I’ve lived with CPTSD my total life, born right into a deprived household the place I spent a very long time in public housing, a single unemployed mother or father, and was surrounded by conditions of home violence, suicide, and watching adults round me be impacted by untreated psychological well being points. Scripting this music was extraordinarily essential for me to not simply symbolize the state of affairs I went by on the day I watched that occur, but additionally to symbolize this in music. With out writing music, I lose a whole lot of my reminiscence and music is my means of remembering these moments which have made me human.”

(Are you there?) Couldn’t enable you to, to assist me
(I noticed you there, are you there?) Couldn’t prevent simply to lose me
(Are you there?) Tore my coronary heart out, to fill your wants
I wasn’t sturdy
You’re simply, like me, you’ll by no means, actually go away
We’ll burn, can’t you see, I take advantage of you, you utilize me
You’re simply, like me, you’ll by no means, actually go away
We’ll burn, can’t you see I take advantage of you, such as you use me

“Simply Like Me” is all-consuming; Yagki holds nothing again in delivering a uncooked accounting of her expertise, and in doing so, she creates a jarring, but oddly soothing and deeply cathartic music we’ll certainly come again to again and again within the months and years forward.

Couldn’t enable you to, to assist me
Couldn’t prevent simply to lose me
Tore my coronary heart out, to fill your wants
I wasn’t sturdy
Tried to see the sweetness, painful however consuming
I believed that you simply knew me, and I’m improper

:: “My Shadow Life” – Present Joys ft. Oddbody ::

Mitch Mosk, New York

A comforting, glitchy 97-second reverie, Present Joys’ newest launch is a dreamy enchantment. Launched at this time, “My Shadow Life” (ft. Oddbody) is right here and gone in a flash, spreading an ethereal glow by the air earlier than it gently dissipates into the ether from whence it got here:

Please Don’t
Depart me on a chilly darkish evening
Let me stay my shadow life
Let me cry my shadow tears
Come on child present me worry
Give your self Away
Give your self Away

“My Shadow Life” is  the sophomore single off Present Joys’ upcoming album LOVE + POP, out August 4th by way of Secretly Canadian. Nick Rattigan cites the late Lil Peep as a reference level, and this affect can definitely be heard within the new observe’s blissed-out manufacturing. As for the lyrics, Rattigan creates a way of unabating, relentless longing and craving – a form of bittersweet, ethereal nostalgia that by no means totally fades from view:

Depart me within the chilly darkish evening
Let me stay my shadow life
Let me shed my shadow tears
I want that your shadows right here

Depart me within the chilly darkish evening
Let me stay my shadow life
Let me shed my shadow tears
Come on child give me worry

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