Ryan Nealon – Mistakes
Los Angeles based artist Ryan Nealon returns with his second single of the year, elegant indie-pop hit ‘Mistakes’. Released June 26th, the single has already gained over 10,000 streams to date. Produced by Zack Djurich (Kanye West, NAS, Teyana Taylor), ‘Mistakes’ is a gentle track highlighting a personal time in Ryan’s life. On the track, Ryan mentioned, “Mistakes” which is the second song off of my EP coming this fall, is about my personal struggle with empathy and losing friends. This song is a bit more on the personal side and was very uncomfortable to write because of how much it hit home. These are things that I don’t like telling people–I don’t like being painted as a villain let alone admitting to it regardless of my intentions. This song really helped me forgive myself for not reading into situations more and has helped me grow into the man I am today. I wrote this song with my friend Bret Paddock, and we wanted to write something very brutally honest about my past, and even though it hurts, I think there’s a real beauty in sharing a song that was never meant to be shared.”
“Mistakes” begins with a soothing arrangement illustrating a strong indie-pop meets folk lyricism before introducing a sound that’s ready for a bigger stage. A coming of age story about struggling with empathy and self-loathing, ‘Mistakes’ highlights that imperfections are what makes humans ‘human’. With a highly anticipated EP around the corner, Ryan Nealon’s exquisite songwriting continues to blossom with each release. An artist with a desirable sound, Ryan Nealon certainly hasn’t made a mistake with this latest wonder, and resumes his stunning career in the right direction. Listen to ‘Mistakes’ and be transported into the world of Ryan Nealon.
Joell Fender ft MACAQ – July
Joell Fender and MACAQ take centre stage with inspiring single ‘July’. Featuring future-soul music producer ‘MACAQ’, this is MACAQ’s debut, and my goodness, it’s kick starting their career in the right way. Described as a lockdown anthem, the need for this song in your life is up there with the greats. Feeling cut off, in need of human connection again? MACAQ delivers all the emotions into one. First introduced to each other virtually during the 2020 lockdown, the duo found a healthy working relationship and well, the rest is now history. ‘July’ is an electrifying single that will ignite the spark back in your life and the world’s tough few months. The duo stated, “Written to reflect our current world situation, ‘July’ tells of the regret of not making contact with a loved one before the lockdown and vowing to make amends and reconnect come July”.
A fitting debut with layers of confidence, ‘July’ is the type of track that will leave you speechless in the best way possible. Armed with a string of surprises in the arrangement, the experimental anthem holds onto an R&B sound while gazing towards an electronic-pop atmosphere. With fragrances of spine-tingling chord changes, ‘July’ is a warm track that will suit you feel-good playlist with ease. Delivering luscious vocals that soar with flair, chords that vibrance any dull sky and subtle changes here, there and everywhere, the fierce number is a sensational release. Coated with originality, the electro-pop world won’t know what’s hit them. Turning the negative aspects of lockdown into something singular within the electronic world, the two-piece are a force to be reckoned with, and deserve wider recognition. Make sure to add ‘July’ to your summer playlist, it will certainly get any party started.
Emily Mercer – Gallery
Manchester based singer-songwriter Emily Mercer releases exceptional new single ‘Gallery’. Following in the golden footsteps of her debut EP ‘Transparency’, the new single dives into a vulnerable arrangement while leaving space to breathe. Exploring the notion of giving up control, and seeking validation of others, Emily says, “Gallery is about the feeling that you can’t trust yourself, of feeling drawn to harmful impulses and feeling like you are not in control of your thoughts or actions. It explores the feeling we all have that everyone else knows what they are doing while we are so lost. It also expresses gratitude to those who see us when we don’t have much to give. I wrote the song at a really uncertain time, and I think that comes across, but the song is hopeful too, in the sense that it is a shared experience that I hope others could interpret and relate to.”
Showcasing a more emotive side to her songwriting, ‘Gallery’ flows with a strong folk soundscape. Nudging softly towards a pop arrangement, the simplistic approach to this song works wonders and allows Emily’s powerful sound writing take the limelight. Fuelled with playful metaphor and unexpected turns, ‘Gallery’ is exactly like walking into a gallery and not knowing what’s around the corner. Instantly, you’ll fall in love with the single, just like spotted it in a crowded room, it’s distinctive mannerisms are blended with rich chords, warm vocals and stunning imagery. Influenced by the likes of art-pop artists such as Fiona Apple and Kate Bush, Emily Mercer is illuminating her individuality onto a canvas, and she’s painting it all the colours of the rainbow. An artist you should keep an eye out for, Emily Mercer is destined for stardom
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