What a single. Toronto singer and songwriter lemin’s soulful “My Body” is a revelation. The track is utterly gorgeous, and lemin’s vocals soar into a sorrowful, and yet uplifting finale that is moving and magical.
Ria Mae is one of my favorite Canadian artists, and her single “Hold On”, featuring Frank Kadillac of Neon Dreams, hits a lot of raw nerves. The single is sweet, sad, and rather raw, with Mae’s angelic vocals mixed perfectly with Kadillac to tell two sides of the same story.
Sara Phillips is one of my favorite artists ever featured on The GATE before, and for good reason. She’s a …
Golan’s “Rocket Love”, featuring Island Chain, is smooth, velvety electro pop that’s gorgeously nostalgic, with a music video that’s just as dreamy as the single.
“Radiohead meets Nick Cave meets Bach. In the middle of a panic attack.” That dichotomy of sound is what defines Alien Hand Syndrome, AKA Vienna based artist Clemens Engert, and his new single and music video, “Entwined,” is personal, transportive, and moody leap into his world, and state of mind.
Sweet and sultry, Haley Reinhart’s “Last Kiss Goodbye” sounds like a jazz hit from a different era. Reinhart’s smooth, gorgeous vocals flow like waves on the beach, and the lyrics are beautifully catchy. The track sounds like it could have come from a movie soundtrack, or on the patio of a fancy Italian restaurant.
The Eiffels’ “Body Like That” is what summer sounds like. The Los Angeles indie-pop band captures the fun, feel-good vibes of rolling down the windows and singing along with the volume cranked, and it doesn’t hurt that the track channels some of the fun of acts like Walk The Moon, with classic, old school pop attitude.
“We traveled 1,618 miles to write a song about coming back home,” Kansas City alt-rockers Yes You Are said. “This song was inspired, in a dark LA studio, by the idea of someone that’s worth waiting for, and became a plea for the wait to be over soon.”
London native Alex Hepburn belts out soulful, modern, and powerful R&B in her first UK single, “I Believe”, arriving ahead of her debut album that’s coming out later this year.
Sophie Simmons makes her musical premiere with “Black Mirror”, a brooding pop song with a beating heart that’s plaintive and fierce, with a rock sensibility that drives the track to higher ground.