Features | November 2022 (4)

MINT

MINT
Photo credit: Dan McClanahan

Des Moines-based MINT is an alt-rock pop band that mixes indie pop with soft rock. They recently reunited after a six-year break due to lead singer and guitarist Bradford getting treatment for his drug addiction after a decade of touring.

On October 15th, MINT released their newest single following their hiatus, Devil. The song is the suicide note of the demon that gave Bradford complete control of his life for a decade because of self-hatred and bitterness.

Bradford’s journey inspires me, and I had the pleasure of talking to him about this single a little bit. I can confirm he is as kind of a man as I expected him to be. I will cover more of this band’s music, which I’m happy to say because this video and the production are unique and well done.

If you are a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and any modern rock bands, you will dig this single. If you like what you hear, please leave a like and follow below.

Sano Hill

Sano Hill
Photo credit: EL Putnam

Sano Hill is a Galway singer-songwriter who mixes anthemic soft rock with rhythm and blues. His songs are inspired by life, love, and loss. He has played to audiences in the USA and Ireland with his critically acclaimed albums and is currently finalizing his newest album for release in March 2023.

Today, Sano released his newest single from his upcoming album, Feel Love. The song is a profound expression of the power of love within us all to overcome. He is connecting with the aspect of ourselves and realizing the interconnection of everyone and the world among us.

Love is hard to find in this divided world we live in, well, except for this song. I like the old feel of this song, and it is a well-produced video. I want the vocals to be more profound, but for this single, it is perfect for the feeling it gives off.

If you’re a fan of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, then you would like this modern-day version of these musicians. If you like what you hear, please leave a like and follow below.


Freya Alley

London-based Freya Alley is an alternative pop singer-songwriter who mixes alternative pop with soft rock and rock pop. She is a free spirit who bases her sound on a unique combination of ambient pop music, indie pop, and hauntingly beautiful melodies.

On October 18th, Freya released her newest single, Your Love. The song is inspired by Lana Del Ray’s song The Sadness and the haunting melodies of Ry X. The track is a beautiful ode to a never-ending love that’s all-encompassing and all-embracing.

I love the guitar riff in this song, and it reminds me of Simon Alexander. He would appreciate this song just as much as I do, it’s got a beat that catches your attention, and I like this product in general. I would like to hear more from Freya.

You would like this single if you’re a fan of Simon Alexander and other modern singer-songwriters. If you like what you hear, please leave a like and follow below.

Rooms

Rooms
Photo credit: B. Caron

Vancouver-based Rooms is an indie rock and indie folk singer-songwriter that is a musical project for Beshele Caron. Caron started the side project for extra songs for other music projects, but then picked up and eventually became Caron’s Amin songwriting focus.

On June 21st, Rooms came out with her newest single, Get Out of my Room. This new single is a part of her 3rd full-length album, Don’t Be Yourself. The album will focus on love, lullaby, grief/loss, home/work, Solitude, and the spirals of motherhood.

This is an excellent song to chill out to and relax on the front porch. I also like the guitar in this song; it is the only instrumental drive to it. I would like to see Rooms use more instruments in future releases.

If you like Rouge Wave, Sarabean, and other similar musicians, you will also enjoy this song. If you like what you hear, please leave a like and follow below.

xivra

Basel-based xivra is a deep house, and EDM DJ mixes commercial pop with euphoric pop. He started his journey in music by playing piano and organ at age 12. He later found his passion in music production and songwriting and began collaborating with many upcoming musicians in the industry.

On August 25th, he collaborated with Valen Eslava to release his newest single, LALIMU. Big dance tracks of the 80s influenced the deep house track.

My only problem with this single is that I reviewed it without knowing anything about it. Besides that, the single is good, it’s got an excellent beat to it, and her vocals are beautiful. If I were to hear more, I would like more substance to the song.

If you are a light EDM house music fan, then you’d like this song. If you like what you hear, then please like and follow the links below.

Hana Lili

Sully-based Hana Lili is a singer-songwriter who mixes folk pop with alternative pop. Hana gravitates towards writing about personal experiences, hardships, relationships, and friendships through storytelling. Her tracks are similar to a diary, honest and candidly authentic.

On November 11th, Hana released her newest single, Solitude. The song is about finding comfort in being lonely, confiding in the feeling of isolation, and learning to make friends with her mind. The song follows a chronological lyrical journey to discovering happiness in solitary.

I love this haunting single, and it’s got a lot of exciting vibes in it. I love this song and would love to see a music video. I like how she uses the entire band and her haunting vocals to tell an exciting piece about coming to terms with isolation.

If you enjoy listening to Miranda Joan and Lord Huron, you would also like this single. If you like what you hear, please leave a like and follow below.

Ljug Aldrig

Ljug Aldrig
Photo credit: Absalon

Stockholm-based Ljug Aldrig is a singer-songwriter who mixes relaxing acoustic folk-pop with indie folk music. Musicians like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Iceage, and Roy Orbison inspire Ljug.

On December 30th, Ljug will release their newest single, Seashells (featuring Elliphant), on all platforms. Written in 2007, the song is an explanation from one young person to another about the need to create, which seems more robust than duality.

This song is something to look forward to and relax when listening to. Readers and listeners should look forward to sitting by the fire before the new year and being thankful for all the creativity that the year has brought.

You will enjoy this single if you enjoy listening to Of Monsters and Men and other folk artists. If you like what you hear, please leave a like and follow below.

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