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INsiders Guide: Tae & The Wave, Kuri, Bee Taylor, Cloe Wilder, CIVILIANA, Lily Frost and Pleasure Craft

Alt-pop artist, Tae & The Wave, reminisce on the early aughts on new single, “2002″. Celebrating 10 years in Los Angeles with the release of his fifth single, Tae & The Wave has been hard at work defining himself as an artist unafraid to experiment with pop norms. Over the past ten years, he’s developed a dedicated following playing at classic LA venues like The Hotel Cafe and music festivals including two of Ohio’s largest festivals, Numbers Music Fest and Breakaway Music Festival. Tae & The Wave has performed alongside major artists like Halsey and Khalid, seamlessly blending in with the best of pop music via his chill-inducing electro beats and hooky melodies.

Tae & The Wave immerses listeners in a melody perfectly crafted for summertime on new single, “2002.” An ode to the idyllic days of pop music, when lyrics were simple and melodies were a carefree adventure immersed in positivity, the track exudes a sense of celebration and hopefulness. Self-produced by Tae & The Wave, who consulted with Jerry Depizzo of OAR, it’s a synthy dip into the shimmery waters of the ocean on a crisp summer day. A look back at being young and free, the track captures the essence of youth with it’s effortless instrumentation. A fluid groove billows under the joyful charisma of Tae & The Wave’s vocals, creating that feel-good atmosphere every great pop song should possess. Be sure to check out Tae & The Wave’s new single, “2002” out now.

Creativity relies on vision in a figurative and literal sense. Though he may be a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Kuri chiefly describes himself as “an observer. His keen insight and sonic curiosity thread together an intriguing framework of carefully constructed and composed alternative on 2019’s debut album No Village [Nevado Music]. The foundation remains rooted in organic performances, classically infused orchestration, jazzy freeform spirit, cinematic ambition, and ultimately inspired observation. “I like to watch, analyze, and create systems in my brain,” he affirms. “As a solo artist, I enjoy the freedom to express exactly what I want by drawing on what I see.”

Born and raised Scott Currie in the city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, he found himself constantly looking outward. The small Mennonite community he grew up in incited “a sense of questioning everything to figure out why we do what we do.” As the youngest of four brothers, mom bought him a drum set to jam with his guitarist siblings. Soon, he transitioned from behind-the-kit to an old piano in the house by the age of twelve.

Scott began writing under the name Kuri in 2017. Galvanized by influences ranging from Robert Glasper and Radiohead to Africa’s Tinariwen and composer John Cage, he arranged an expansive sonic palette informing his signature sound. It’s comprised of an ever-growing arsenal of instruments, including piano, drums, congas, strings, horns, bass, guitar, and more. “Every instrument has its own language,” he goes on. “I try to hone the language of each one. It helps articulate the overall goal.” After entering the CBC Searchlight competition, his songs caught the attention of Nevado Music, and Kuri signed to the label during 2018. Now, No Village strains emotionality through his analytical approach.

“…dazzling as it is bewildering… a lyrically ingenious, musically mystifying cinematic folk masterpiece.” Writes Atwood Magazine on the first single from No Village, titled Sort Sol in a piece titled titled “THE BREATHTAKING GENIUS OF KURI’S AVANT-FOLK MASTERPIECE”. Kuri’s latest album No Village is out now.

Originally from Texas, Bee Taylor knew from a young age that music was her destiny after hearing the sounds of Hank Williams and Kitty Wells. At thirteen, Bee started playing guitar her mother borrowed from a neighbor and began performing in the hay fields singing to the cows. As her playing and audience progressed, Bee began cutting her teeth on the stages of the Texas Opry Circut. Later on, she would hustle her way to the heart sol of music, Nashville. After gaining a reputation within the cracks and crevices of Nashvilleʼs underground scene, Bee Taylor gathered her band together one member at a time and they have found themselves on Nashvilleʼs favorite stages such as Exit-In3rd and LindsleyBluebird Cafe, etc. and all while traveling the U.S. playing her original music.

She has continued her excitement for fans with the release of her new single “Who He’s Going Home With”. Fierce lyricism combined with bluesy musical arrangement, this new single is perfect for Summer.

Dark/Pop’s newest powerhouse, Cloe Wilder, is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with incredibly powerful songwriting skills, in addition to a voice beyond her years, 13-year-old songstress Cloe crafts melancholic, yet fiercely relatable songs that touch the deepest parts of the human psyche. Championing the concept of accepting one’s mental health issues and embracing imperfection, she is light years beyond the typical young musician, set to become a revolution in her time, starting with her flawless debut single, “Overthinking”. In discussing her debut single, Cloe states: “I’m glad that this is my first single, because it’s a pretty accurate representation of me”.

(Photo Credit: Lindsay Elliott)

Canadian alternative rock band CIVILIANA is pleased to announce the release of the new single “Void” to all digital platforms – including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Music. “Void” – co-produced by Matt Di Pomponio and Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Said The Whale, Sophia Danai) – marks the second single release for four-piece band after their debut Canadian radio single, “Carry a Light” in March. CIVILIANA’s lead vocalist and drummer Calen Trentini explains “Void” like this: “This song reflects on a time where I found myself vehemently seeking a relationship – partly to address my loneliness but also to handle the intense pressure to conform with those around me who had found partners quickly and effortlessly. After rushing into a new relationship, I lost my identity and direction because I hadn’t taken time to find my own meaning and purpose.”

The brooding and intense lyricism of “Void” is brought to the surface by Trentini, co-vocalist Adam Wilson, and bandmates Spencer Daley and Daniel Ponich with a deliberately heavy production style from Di Pomponio and Worsley that allows each guitar riff and drum hit to reverberate and resonate with listeners as they absorb the emotional impact of the song. “When we first formed in 2015, we loved to create and perform songs that were powerful and heavy. ‘Void’ captures the essence of those heavier rock roots and fuses it with the deliberate
emotional touches, the high energy and the electronic elements that define our current sound,” says Trentini.

“Void” continues a compelling three-song narrative originated in the group’s previous single, “Carry a Light” about the aftermath of a failed relationship, the search for a new identity, and ultimately the decision to explore new emotional and physical connections. “I think that ‘Void’ will connect with anyone who has lost their direction and had to look within themselves to find meaning,” says Trentini. The group’s next single, “Melt”, will complete this three-act journey in August.

Lily Frost is thrilled with Retro Moderne, her latest album that is officially out now. She worked with producer Gus Van Go and his team, and everything just fell into place. The results speak for themselves.

“Work It Out” is the new track from rising artist Pleasure Craft. It was written very quickly as an expression of anxiety which was associated with emotional suppression. On the song Pleasure Craft stated “I’ve always felt pressure to avoid sincerity and vulnerability. I think a lot of people feel this, but everything gets expressed somehow – I’ve often used alcohol and other drugs to facilitate that. “Work It Out” is loud and cathartic. If I couldn’t create music like this, I think it would eventually manifest in negative forms of aggression. When I finished the demo, I felt alright about the song. It had some cool sounds and the vocal was fun to perform, but I assumed I would get tired of it and let it hang out on my harddrive forever. I sent it to my friend Mingjia – an absolutely incredible composer and vocalist – as an afterthought, but she liked it! One hour later, she sent me all 15 of her vocal stems. Mingjia’s arrangement added so much energy and life to “Work It Out.” After recording and mixing the final version, it was pretty obvious that it had to be my latest single”.

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Written by Neill Frazer

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