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Hannah Hausman debuts with sweet indie-pop single "will i ever feel like this again?"

Hannah Hausman steps into 2021 with a bit more spark than others: her debut single “will i ever feel like this again?” is an indie-pop bliss composition led by a distinctive vocal delivery, both soft and assertive. Both bouncy, a bit dreamy, and even sugary, “will i ever feel like this again?” is a track for many moods and a promise that Hausman won’t fit into just any mold, a versatile artist debuting honestly. From its lush production and layering to the emotion embedded in the song’s theme of love singular, it is pop for a new decade just underway; stream “will i ever feel like this again?” below to start your weekend right. - René Cobar

   

Egg Drop Soup: "Eat Snacks and Bleed"

Band Name: Egg Drop Soup

Vital stats: EDS is an inyourface, unapologetic, all-womxn alt-punk trio...preparing for the end of the patriarchy (source: official bio)

Latest release: Five-track “Eat Snacks and Bleed” EP released on Christmas Day, no doubt sending Hallmark movies everywhere scuttling into the shadows and hiding for the rest of the winter

One sentence EP review: EDS have taken their scrappy punk tunes into new territory with injections of doom metal, power pop, and psych rock which should provide listeners with years of immunity to all things lame and oppressive


Two songs & music videos that a generation ago would be all over college radio and 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation and probably would have the band opening for L7 by now: “Hard To Hold On” and the non-EP single “Subdivision”

 

First track of the new EP described in real time in one long run-on sentence: The opening minute of “Rank Heavy Metal Parking Lot” certainly lives up to its name, or maybe it’s more like the sound of rifling through an older brother’s or cool uncle’s record collection: starting with some lighter-waving Eddie-esque Eruptions and soon switching over to some Paranoidish head-banging power chords before settling into a more typical mid-tempo Sabbath stomp, but then when the vocals enter the song goes a little bit sideways into spacey psych-rocklandia with lyrics about hands and eyes and heads and beds shuffled into unlikely configurations ending with a repeated refrain about “waiting a lifetime” and seriously this song is starting to remind me of the Breeders’ “Safari” with its righteous riffage and brief bout of shreddage (Tanya D!) and hypnotic reverb-laden Deal sister harmonizing (a song whose music video is an homage to Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” hmm...) and then finally we’re back to the faster second riff and it’s all done in less than three minutes—all of which reminds me of the brace-faced redhead with the red cup in the actual movie “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” (go out and track down a bootleg copy on VHS if you haven’t seen it already) who says she wants to jump Rob Halford’s bones—purr purr sweetly deluded and extremely wasted feathered redheaded girl—and really when you think about it this song seems like it should be her soundtrack what with its frenzied hormonal drive and addled thoughts and unfulfilled longings, with our hero bravely making her way in the boyzone of the rank heavy metal hesher parking lot on her own terms and with unrestrained agency; I’ll bet that the red cup girl turned out just fine even if it took a lifetime. (Jason Lee)

   

Alex Shera declares love will win out in new single "Fire"

Alex Shera places a soft touch on the hurt: his new single “Fire” is cool and soothing, reminding us that self-love is the first step towards loving others. With emotional vocals that sway to a background of immersive introductory clean guitar chords, a futuristic beat, and sizzling effects that add an edge to a love piece, it all is easy to take in. Shera may be playing with modern pop elements, but it is his emotion that carries his music above the fray and allows a connection with the listener that is the mark of a great upcoming artist. “Fire” is a declaration of love no matter the circumstances, always on its way to triumph; stream “Fire” below. -   René Cobar

   

The Dumes invite us to rock on in new single "Ok"

You would not say that there is much of 2020 one should bring into the new year, but few exceptions exist, among them is the year-end single by L.A.’s The Dumes titled “Ok.” The new track is power rock at its best: reverb-soaked guitar solos, a trashing drum beat, and distorted bass-powered breakdowns led somewhere heavenly by the confident-elegant vocal delivery of front-woman Elodie Tomlinson. The title expresses something simple, but upon examination, and in the context of the year behind and the work ahead, lyrics like “Can you try to find your hand in mine/And you’ll be ok when you find a match in the dark” there is a depth so relatable. As we move forward, The Dumes invite us to rock on, with a head held high, shaking to a quaking beat. - René Cobar, photo by Emma Cole

   

BRIDGE closes out the year in good company with new single "It’s Ok"

Los Angeles’ BRIDGE is closing out the year with a slick single titled “It’s Ok” that kicks off with a rebellious electric guitar screeching to the night as a seductive R&B rhythm guides the track’s movement forward. Beyond BRIDGE’s alluring timbre, there is expert instrumentation from the likes of Grammy-winner C.L. Baxter (organ, synths) and Lee Barbour (guitar), closing out the year in good company. The song’s black and white video adds a touch of elegance and mystery to the song: even as it dares drift into the unreality of dreams. “It’s Ok” is more than ok: it is a bold way to close out the year and promises even more great music to come from this L.A. rising artist. - René Cobar