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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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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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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Oh how I love you, George

To the man who taught me the beauty of stillness and simplicity, on his birthday…

In this post, I will refer to Harrison on a first name basis, simply because he feels like my friend or my surrogate grandfather from another life.

Today is February 25th – the late George Harrison’s birthday.

It’s the only day in February I actively try to remember but always fail to, falling right in the one month I’d rather not think about because its short existence makes me question time itself.

Which, fitting enough, is what I feel George Harrison was all about. Not feeling any dominance over this world, over our illusion of time, and over whatever it is we think we know about either.

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In Conversation With: Womanhouse

A deep dive into the young Miami band’s journey so far…

In a city as flamboyant as Miami, a band like Womanhouse are a dark, but much-welcome surprise.

Made up of singer Emily Afre, bassist Carlo Barbacci, drummer Björn Roland, and guitarists Andrés Nuñez and Steve Montoya, the young band of friends, which formed last year, has been making a name for themselves in the local music scene, playing everywhere from open mic nights to bars and house shows.

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Artists to Love: Rage Against the Machine

A band willing to point fingers at any cracks in the narrative…

I couldn’t imagine living in 1992.

It was the year Bill Clinton took office, Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami, and Aladdin was released. It was also a time when Nirvana, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Vanilla Ice, and Rage Against the Machine existed in the same musical sphere.

Kinda weird, right? Franz Ferdinand also got assassinated that year — Feel old yet? #90skids.

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Remembering Scott Walker

The pop visionary passed away today at the age of 76…

See the dwarfs and see the giants —
Which one would you choose to be?

Scott Walker, "30 Century Man"

It’s been a tough month. I haven’t had the headspace to finish any of the drafts I have been working on for this site but today I had to share a few words.

Just two months ago, I wrote a piece here in admiration of Scott Walker for his birthday. Today, I awoke to the news of his passing and I’m still processing that he’s really gone.

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