Okay Embrace’s ‘Drought’ Is Strong, Meaningful Indie Rock From a Talented Composer

Okay Embrace’s ‘Drought (Song of California)’ is patient, well-composed indie rock with a potent, pointed message. This “is the new project of Los Angeles-based songwriter and guitarist David Schaefer,” who “has been a part of the DIY music scene in Los Angeles since his early teens,” he says, “collaborating with other artists such as Phoebe Bridgers and Girlpool and previously releasing music under the name French Negative.” Continue reading Okay Embrace’s ‘Drought’ Is Strong, Meaningful Indie Rock From a Talented Composer

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ is an angsty, poppy take on nu metal out of Stockholm. The band describes itself as fusing, “an ambient sound with progressive undertones and catchy melodies. Kerbera is too hard for the soft and too soft for the hard, too dark for the bright and too bright for the dark,” they say. Continue reading Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

Hussy’s ‘Playtime’ Straightforward Rock-Oriented Pop with a Bedroom Vibe

Hussy’s ‘Playtime’ is straightforward dream pop with a clean, ringing tone out of London. Sophie Nicole Ellison “plays, records and layers all instrumentation herself as home-recorded collages before polishing the recordings into fully-produced versions in her home studio,” she says. Continue reading Hussy’s ‘Playtime’ Straightforward Rock-Oriented Pop with a Bedroom Vibe

The Bare Minimum’s ‘Safe Bet’ Is Brief, Buzzing Punk Rock with a Solid Video

The Bare Minimum’s ‘Safe Bet’ is short, intensely melodic punk rock with an irreverent, traditionalist take. This, they say, is “the first track from our upcoming EP Where the Buses Don’t Come,” which will be out on November 2nd. Continue reading The Bare Minimum’s ‘Safe Bet’ Is Brief, Buzzing Punk Rock with a Solid Video

‘Out of My Head’ by Ponte Pilas Is Old School Hard Rock Out of Berlin

‘Out of My Head’ by Ponte Pilas is four-on-the-floor old school hard rock with a garage-influenced sensibility. The band describes this tune as, “a tribute to the powerful sensation of altered states of mind in a turbulent three-minute-forty-second journey.” Continue reading ‘Out of My Head’ by Ponte Pilas Is Old School Hard Rock Out of Berlin