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Disco Shrine provides summer pop bliss with "Future Memories"

There's no real song of the summer this year, given the limitations upon any sort of activities where someone might blast said song of the summer from a car radio or a boombox or a beachfront DJ setup. But that's not going to stop musicians of all kinds from trying to make one. Disco Shrine, aka Persian Barbie, has a new track out called "Future Memories", and it's a crunchy track that mixes dream pop with headbanging rock to create a tasty summer cocktail of a song. The accompanying music video gets its vintage look from being filmed on a Nineties-era camcorder in locked-down LA. For anyone looking for a fresh addition to their summer playlist, even if that playlist won't leave the confines of their own home, "Future Memories" is one to pick. It'll appear on Disco Shrine's upcoming debut EP xoxo, disco later this summer. Take a look at the video for "Future Memories" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Connect to dreams with Aalok Bala's hypnotic "Moon Juice"

Aalok Bala's sophomore single "Moon Juice" defies explanation, but Bala seeks to create music that helps people transcend any earthly reason. A blend of synths, Andean flutes, and effected percussion and vocals, Bala toys with sound to create hypnotic melodies and arrangements. The video for "Moon Juice" shows the kind of psychedelic visions Bala seeks to create with her music. Whooshing 3D environments of breathing alien landscapes, temples to unknowable deities, and windows into alternate worlds accentuate the spiritual inspiration that feeds Bala's artistic vision. "Moon Juice" follows Bala's debut single "Sueño", and will appear on her debut EP Sacred Mirror. Take a look at the video for "Moon Juice" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Listen to Atta Boy's "Shade" from upcoming long-awaited sophomore LP

After eight years since their last release, alt-Americana group Atta Boy will release their sophomore LP Big Heart Matters on September 11th. Following the surprise success of their debut Out of Sorts in 2012, Atta Boy's members pursued solo projects on both the West and East coasts, all the while coming up with ideas for a possible second record. They reconvened earlier this year to put together Big Heart Matters, and while times have made creating and releasing music difficult, Atta Boy have already put out two singles from the upcoming album. The first, "Devoted", hit streaming services in May, and the second, "Shade", came out in June. Both singles retain the folk feel of Out of Sorts, having the mood of the dog days of summer and the uncertainty of not just these past several months, but of life in general. With a big fan base behind them now, Atta Boy look forward to sharing the record with many more years of experience under their belts. Take a listen to "Shade" below, and look out for Big Heart Matters on September 11th. - Will Sisskind

   

Multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa shares new single "Losing My Grip", plus video

At the beginning of the month, multi-instrumentalist Junior Mesa celebrated his 21st birthday with the release of two singles, "Losing My Grip" and "Creep". Junior broke out in the scene with his 2019 EP Peace, and was set to play SXSW and hit the road with fellow LA band Inner Wave this past spring. Though the performances never happened, the musical output remains steady; Junior's two new singles show two different emotions that have bubbled up during the past few months. "Losing My Grip" gets into a groove that fights off the quarantine blues, and the video shows Junior and his housemates jamming out together to keep up their spirits. "Creep", on the other hand, locks into a melancholic beat and has Junior singing about lost love. We've featured the video for "Losing My Grip" below; take a look. - Will Sisskind

   

Honyock releases their "#13" EP with video for "The Quarry"

Over the past few months, Honyock have been hard at work keep their musical output fresh. Their latest EP, #13, features four new tracks including "The Quarry", a single the band released back in June along with a lyric video. But Honyock -- like plenty of other bands -- have been making music for good. At the beginning of June, Honyock gave the track "Boutonnière" to Park The Van Records' banded against racism compilation, with all proceeds going towards the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. And while they had postponed the release of "The Quarry" and #13 at the beginning of June in order to give attention to more pressing matters, both the single and album are now out, along with the video for "The Quarry". You can watch the latter below. - Will Sisskind