Behind the Song: ‘Too Good’ by Baelondra

How this rising R&B star wrote a summer anthem about knowing your worth…

Baelondra is an R&B artist from Broward County, Florida. Her sleek and sultry sound is inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Tinashe, Mac Miller and Anderson Paak.

Here’s the story of how she penned her latest single, the feel-good summer hit “Too Good.”

When I first heard the beat for “Too Good,” I knew I had to make a song to it.

The beat is catchy, danceable, and overall has a feel-good vibe to it. I thought it would be a great fit for the upcoming summer, so I jumped straight into it.

Writing to it came pretty easily. Usually, when I write to beats I’ll hum out or vocalize the melody or some harmonies and then from there, I’ll start writing lyrics based on the flow of the song I create.

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Behind the EP: Medicine by Bel

How Bel overcame her biggest fears while crafting her intimate indie rock debut EP.

Bel is the project of Philadelphia singer-songwriter Isabel Furman.

Her debut EP Medicine showcases her intimate, lo-fi guitar pop, heavily influenced by the rock and folk of Lucy Dacus, Joni Mitchell, Haley Heynderickx, Snail Mail, and more. This is the story of how she wrote it.

I never thought my songs would leave my bedroom.

I take comfort in bedrooms; most of my songs deal with dynamics of intimacy, so I use these rooms as access points for that vulnerability.

Bel, by Julia Leiby

I wrote my first song as a tween, huddled in my twin bed, pen in teeth, one early Saturday morning. That’s how I’ve written most songs since.

My bedrooms have changed shape and space over the years, from bigger beds to dorm rooms to my first apartment in Philadelphia. But they remain sacred places of creativity for me, where I feel like my real artist and human self is housed. 

My first EP, Medicine, was released in January 2020. It too is an ode to bedrooms. I recorded it as a senior in college on the floor of a close friend’s dorm, sitting amongst his sneakers with my back against the mattress.

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Behind the Song: ‘Marley’ by Gouda

A tune about anxiety, depression, and a very special feline friend…

Joey Heins is a music industry student from Philadelphia and solo artist under the name ‘gouda’. His debut single “Marley’ is the story of his friendship with his cat of the same name.

Marley is my cat. My only friend. The only living being that I don’t get any form of anxiousness being around; well, at least anymore.

When I first got Marley, she hid from me and didn’t eat any food, as cats do.

The cat in question.

Going through a breakup and being the anxious person I am, I went crazy, thinking I would end up hurting this beautiful living being that had blessed me with its presence.

This went on for three seemingly-endless days. 

That’s where the song’s instrumental came from. I tend to do that- take control of an anxious moment through writing.

Creating and combining sounds, phrases, and tones allows me to see the moment through a different lens. It feels like another world.

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Playlist Time: Sweet Touch 💞

A poppy mix dedicated to the little touches we often take for granted…

When I think about connection, it’s all about the mind, body and spirit.

During the pandemic, I have been reminded of the many small things I once took for granted.

Because what was once a typical “Miami greeting” (a simple kiss on the cheek) is now a potentially life-threatening gesture. And it’s not even okay to hug family members you haven’t seen in a long time anymore

Hugs and cuddles relieve stress and nurture feelings of safety, trust and bonding by release of “happy” hormones like dopamine and oxytocin. These make us crave them like we would our favorite ice cream.

But now, all forms of physical intimacy between people suddenly carry more risks than ever before.

In honor of the era of social distancing, here’s a list of songs that capture one of life’s simplest pleasures: touch

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Stillblue Embrace Melancholy as a Young Miami Band

And are making their debut with a flowery and sweet tune…

When you’re looking for some heartfelt indie pop… where do you go?

Miami, apparently.

The growing indie scene in the Magic City is making way for all kinds of acts, and one particular band wants to make a name for itself with its sweet and tender tunes.

Their name is stillblue, and here’s why you need to check our their latest single “Bluets.”

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In Conversation With: Nautics

How the NYC indie rockers are giving back to the city that gave them their sound…

Question: How does an NYC indie rock band put their music out there in a year as frustrating and confusing as 2020?

Answer: Simple – by jamming from home.

NYC band Nautics are making the most of lockdown with their latest single “Thoughts on the Ceiling.”

The song’s retro music video was recorded from each member’s home and highlights the new normal for many bands: making music long-distance.

As soon as you hear the synth-driven tune, you’ll pick up a thing or two about their sound.

Nautics are flaunting their musical lineage on this song, paying tribute to the impressive lineup of NYC indie bands that made the 2000s such an exciting time to be a rock ‘n roll fan.

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Inside the Colorful Mind of a Music-Loving Illustrator

Lia Sued on her plenty of heartfelt, music-inspired projects…

Lia Sued C. is. a Dominican illustrator based in New York City.

Her art – touching in its familiarity – reflects her optimistic, youthful spirit and her sweet longing for the best things in life: music, video games, cartoons, food, and family.

When asked how long she’s been drawing for, she answers “I don’t even know, really.”

“I’ve just always done it,” says Sued.

And it’s proof of how engrossed she is within her work. For Sued, art is more than just a vocation, it’s part of her everyday life.

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The Marvelous Music of Paquita Salas

The top musical moments from the beloved Spanish comedy…

Quarantine is… not going well.

Corporations keep airing commercials thanking essential workers while barely paying them a living wage. Record numbers of people are unemployed. Our President is an idiot willing to let thousands of people die.

Everyone is tired. I’m tired.

The only thing keeping me sane is consuming media, including the nearly infinite amount of streaming television available.

And if you’re like me, I don’t have the emotional energy to sit through anything heavy and long like “The Irishman”.

Out of the more lighthearted options, Paquita Salas stands out amongst the rest, a true underdog with moxie. And the show’s soundtrack is exceptional and bubbly.

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In Conversation With: Adult Programming

A chat with the Miami band making ‘post-punk with a sense of humor’…

Post-punk is alive and thriving in Miami. ⭐️

Meet Adult Programming – the shimmering project of singer-songwriter AJ Ruiz. With their punchy tunes and dramatic aesthetic, AP is captivating the local scene and promising lots of thrills at their gigs.

Their glittery punk sound and image are odes to the romanticism, melancholy, and camp of vintage pop – everything from the moody goth of the Sisters of Mercy to the absurdist synthpop of DEVO.

And it’s a delight to witness.

We got the pleasure to chat with Ruiz to on his creative process and eclectic sound, as well as the Miami music scene and his colorful debut singles.

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