Though the phrase “Italian pop” may only remind Westerners of European soda, for twenty-two-year-old Lake Garda singer Giulia Fontana it means something much different. Fontana premiered her dark synth-pop project HÅN in 2017 with her breathtaking EP, The Children, corralling Fontana’s flawless vocals and knack for electronic production together into an eight-track that’s just as spacey and ethereal as it is pulsating and driving.
Be on the lookout for HÅN’s sophomore EP, due out in a few months, and enjoy the enigmatic, sleek, beat-heavy single released today, “gymnasion”!
At the malleable age of twenty-one, ambitions are pretty dang high for Atlanta singer Faye Webster.
It’s only been a couple of years since her self-titled debut but Webster’s already gained a steady following thanks to her airy vocals, complex emotional lyrics, and genre-fluent songwriting. Webster’s sound is a hybrid of Americana, indie, folk, R&B and hip-hop, equally inspired by vulnerability as it is confidence, and she’s set to bring that Georgia humidity to your stereo just in time for Summer. Webster’s new album Atlanta Millionaires Club comes out tomorrow and to tide you over here’s some affectionate aural aftershave from Faye Webster, “Right Side of My Neck”!
For the dozen years she’s been on the road and in the studio, Welsh singer-guitarist Cate Le Bon has shared the stage with Velvet Underground’s John Cale, produced for Deerhunter, toured alongside Perfume Genius and St. Vincent, and earned praise from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. These merits don’t come undeserved either, since Le Bon’s talents on acoustic and electric guitar, piano and vocals make for a captivating concoction of pop, rock and folk.
Le Bon sought a period of solitude for her fifth full-length, Reward, and that extensive, isolated writing process has shed more light on her private thoughts than any record so far. Reward is out on Friday, Le Bon is already up to her ankles in a multi-month international tour, and today you can illuminate what makes this songwriter phenomenal with the album’s third single, “The Light”!
Photo: Ivana Kličković
Taking its name from the first ever world atlas, Austin group Atlas Maior covers a globe of diverse music ranging from Latin America, the Middle East and right here in the United States. The band initially got their start a decade ago, inspired by everyone from Egyptian composers, Lebanese string players, Israeli bassists, North American jazz artists and more. Their manifold musicality has earned them an international tour in Turkey and the Austin City Council proclamation of Atlas Maior Day on March 27th.
Atlas Maior’s latest endeavor is the recently released fifth album, Riptide, and they’ll be joining us in Studio 1A This Thursday before the free release show 10pm this Friday at Stay Gold! Get caught up in the maelstrom of Riptide with one of eleven new tunes from Atlas Maior, “Cumbia Raposa”!
Photo: Alicia Michelle
As the daughter of a Hollywood actress and an L.A. film composer, Jess Clinton was exposed to the studio life earlier than most. Clinton’s undying love of creative expression led her to an affection for guitar, voice lessons, an art obsession, and bouts of secret songwriting. When she moved to NYU, Clinton’s fascination for folk, rock, musical narratives, theatrical vocals and Celtic music all collided and she’s set to bear it all on her upcoming album, Real Glass Heart.
This immensely intimate record gives off vibes similar to Lucius or PJ Harvey and while Real Glass Heart isn’t out until July, you can get a clear view of the Brooklyn songwriter’s energy with the LP’s penultimate track, “The Runaway“!