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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

   

Waltzer "Lantern"

Waltzer has released the latest single, "Lantern", from their forthcoming debut album, Time Traveler, which is due out on January 29th via Side Hustle Records. The single is accompanied by the Kelton Sears animated video below.

This is musical side of the multi-talented Sophie Sputnik who not only began releasing singles from this project in 2020, but also launched Waltzer TV, a monthly variety show that streamed online in partnership with music venues around the US and featured talent local to each venue. The next episode of Waltzer TV will be airing on January 28th via BabyTV in partnership Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right. This episode will be the starting point of a massive kickstarter campaign to grow the Waltzer TV series.

   

Daniel Knox "Look At Me"

Daniel Knox has released the third single, "Look At Me", from his forthcoming LP, Won't You Take Me With You, which is due out on January 15th. The track is an epic journey featuring inventive guitar playing from Joshua Fitzgerald Klocek to accompanied Knox on Synths and haunting, mediative vocals.

The single is accompanied by the self-directed video below.