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INsiders Guide: Rob Kovacs, MICKELSON, Sylo, Puma June, SUN ROOM, ALEX MELTON, JELEEL!, Matilda Mann, HANNAH ROSE PLATT, THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS, Warner Music Group…

Acclaimed composer, pianist, and singer-songwriter, Rob Kovacs, has joined forces with Dr. Bloc on the revolutionary virtual reality game, STRAYLIGHT. After initially writing the title track, a slow-developing and ungrounded synthwave track that is reflective of the unique experience of the game, Kovacs was tapped to score the entire game and all sound effects.

It was a natural progression for Kovacs, who also releases music under the moniker 88bit, reimagining classic video game themes for piano, and performing at events like PAX West, GDC Online, The Game Audio Network Guild Awards and MAGFest. He credits his study and knowledge of early video game music for inspiring his approach to composing new soundtracks for video games today.

“Studying these early video game soundtracks really influenced my writing for STRAYLIGHT,” he explains. “I got the sense that these early composers were breaking new ground, working with new technology, and creating music for a brand-new medium. They took a lot of risks. I’ve taken that same approach with this soundtrack. VR is like the Wild West of video games right now. It’s brand new territory.”

US alternative folk/rock artist – MICKELSON – is back with the brand new single: “Only Grey Matter Boiling In My Head” and news of a fresh run of UK Dates.

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Kicking-off the new year with a choice collaboration, the new single sees the San Francisco songwriter teaming-up with XTC legend Colin Moulding, who provides the track with its wandering bassline and production nous.

Hallmarked with the humour, wit and ambition you might expect from a meeting of Mickelson and Moulding’s minds, “Only Grey Matter Boiling In My Head” offers a comical take on those moments of completely losing your cool…. As Mickelson explains: 

““Only Grey Matter Boiling In My Head” is a humorous song dealing with anger management issues. This theme of self depreciation shows up in my lyrics from time to time. I am also extremely honoured that Colin Moulding played bass. We had several chats about the song and he also offered some great production ideas.” 

frontrunner of the alt-R&B renaissance Sylo releases his latest EP blanket. Built up of intimate ballads and slow-burning grooves, the Korean-Canadian artist meticulously puts together a 7-track portrait of his latest era of life. Taking some time to himself in 2022 to place the utmost intentionality behind his work, the end product is something that feels like a personal serenade – Listen.

Bringing together fan favorites and new releases alike, blanket kicks off with “Millions” setting the tone of the project with sultry vocals and delicate production. Moving into singles “AIR” and “Drop A Pin,” listeners are reacquainted with Sylo’s late 2022 offerings. Following a brief interlude, his most beloved track “Ginny” makes its way into the mix; almost like a capstone on this era of artistry. Rounding out with new releases “October” and “What’s Left,” Sylo satiates listeners just enough, but also leave them craving more. 

On his EP release, Sylo said, “’blanket’ is synonymous with the divine feminine. Unconditional love to be cradled in, where all is forgiven. This project taught me to just sit and surrender.”

Puma June, a moniker for multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Shanti Abbott, is a Canadian artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Evoking a hopeful sadness through her introspective song writing, June has a dreamy, rich, experimental chamber-pop style, sprinkled with R&B. With influences from Feist to Frank Ocean to Stevie Wonder, there is no way to really place Puma June’s sound – perhaps somewhere between Lana Del Rey and Charlotte Day Wilson, unhinged.

 June, a self-taught vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and Suzuki-trained violinist, spent her formative years song writing and getting involved in musical projects in her hometown of Barrie, Ontario. Most notably, June created a folk duo with her twin sister, initially known as “Shanti and Vale”, and later, “Concordia”.  The two recorded a live album in 2012 and a single, “Love Is Blind”, in 2019, both released on Bandcamp. Though Concordia played Southern Ontario for many years, they never expanded past the small-town scene and after the release of their 2019 single, decided to shift focus onto their solo projects. June was a part of various other orchestras and indie-rock/folk bands through her formative years, including backing vocalist and violinist for Barrie-based indie-rock band “House Art”, Toronto-based folk-rock group, “Hungry Lake”, and a violinist in the Huronia Symphony Orchestra. Finally, in 2020, “Puma June” was officially born – a project mixing all the genres of June’s youth and finally giving June the platform to find her own, singular, voice. 

Bringing garage rock to the largest stage it has been on since the aughts, Sun Room today releases their single “Cadillac” and announces the upcoming EP Outta Their MindsMolded by the skate and surf culture of Southern California that they grew up in, “Cadillac” features brash vocal tones, renders listeners unable to hold still with 60s inspired guitars, and absolutely decimates the rule book on how polished indie rock has come to be – Stream.

Holding onto the authenticity of their DIY roots despite their fast rise over the last two years, Sun Room taps into the unbridled energy of four young guys ready to fully throw themselves into the craft. Their EP Outta Their Minds will be released in Spring 2023.

“’Cadillac’ is a rambunctious garage rock jam about being too broke for a girl,” says lead vocalist Luke Asgian on today’s single. “It’s short and sweet with unhinged vocals and guitars, reminiscent of early 60s British Invasion bands. The song is exciting, fast, and intentionally unpolished- especially the unruly outro that seems to go about 200 miles per hour.”

The Florence, SC-based multi-instrumentalist Alex Melton, known for his renditions of Punk Songs as country influenced songs, has released new song and video, a cover of The Amity Affliction’s ‘Soak Me In Bleach.’ The single is taken off Alex’s new album Southern Charm’ which is out 23rd January 2023, is Alex’s debut album on label Pure Noise Records.

 breakout rapper JELEEL! announces his debut album REAL RAW! arriving this spring and releases a new single “RIDE THE WAVE!” Get it HERE via 10K Projects.

The accompanying visual, directed by Olu The Wave, brings viewers into the heart of Nigeria as JELEEL! – who is of Nigerian descent – runs around with thirty mini-JELEELs bringing ‘real raw’ energy to the heart of Lagos’ streets. Watch it HERE

“I’m grateful to finally release ‘RIDE THE WAVE!’ as the unveiling of my debut album REAL RAW!,” says JELEEL! “It shows the feel-good punk/pop energy I love and will be highlighting on this project. The video means the world to me too because I shot it in my homeland of Nigeria and I’m so proud of my heritage. From the moment the beat came together in the studio to when we were shooting in Nigeria, everything just felt so right and I hope fans can feel that in this record.”

Recent Ivor Novello Award nominee Matilda Mann and spill tab enter 2023 in spectacular form, teaming up together on their brilliant new cut ‘Borderline Insane.’ It’s indie-rock at its most energetic and playful best, all in tow of two special voices and superb production by top producer Oscar Scheller

Get ready to love Borderline Insane, out via Arista, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Z5GFX3ysM

Other streaming  options here –  matildamann.lnk.to/BorderlineInsane 

Written about those moments most have related to, Matilda explains “‘Borderline Insane’ is about those times when you have no idea what to wear for a date and everything keeps going wrong and you look crazy cause you’re slightly going crazy! And while I’ve overthought every tiny detail, my date sat there looking perfect without even trying.”  

Speaking about working with Matilda Mann & Oscar Scheller, spill tab said “I’m so excited that I got to work with Matilda and Oscar on this one, they’re two incredibly talented people.”  In a love that’s mutual Matilda added  “I’ve been such a fan of spill tab for so long and it’s a dream to have her angel-like verse on the track. We wanted ‘Borderline Insane’ to be the upbeat, fun, crazy song that you put on while getting ready for the day. We can all be insane together.”

Acclaimed singer-songwriter, guitarist and storyteller – HANNAH ROSE PLATT – has announced her signing to independent label Xtra Mile Recordings.

A compelling and ethereal artist whose sound deftly merges the sinister authorial prowess of Nick Cave and Tom Waits with the gilded Americana of Bobbie Gentry and Emmylou Harris, Hannah Rose Platt focuses on lush lyrical storytelling with arresting personal narratives.

Speaking of her signing to Xtra Mile, Hannah says: “It’s every artist’s dream to land at a label with a lot of heart, drive and passion, and Xtra Mile are just that. They have cultivated a community of outstanding and exciting artists; I’m absolutely thrilled to become part of the family.”

Xtra Mile director Charlie Caplowe adds:

“Everyone at XMR was blown away when we discovered HRP.  We couldn’t wait to sign her up and get working with such a great talent in 2023 and beyond.”

HANNAH ROSE PLATT UK LIVE SHOWS 2023
17 JANUARY The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (w/ Frank Turner)
25 FEBRUARY Nottingham Rescue Rooms, (w/ Frank Turner)

HANNAH ROSE PLATT ANNOUNCES SIGNING TO XTRA MILE RECORDINGS
NEW MUSIC + ALBUM DETAILS COMING SOON

Brighton (UK) punks THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS have announced their brand new album ‘Above The Static’ which is out the 31st March via Pure Noise Records. Pre-order is available now – HERE. The band have also release the first single and video of the new album ‘All Turned Blue’. Stream – HERE.

Interval Presents, Warner Music Group’s (WMG) in-house podcast network, today announced the award-winning hip-hop podcast series “Drink Champs” will join its network via a new distribution partnership. Through the collaboration, Interval Presents gained the exclusive licensing rights to the audio version of the podcast on all major podcast platforms. The next episode of the weekly podcast series, and the first episode under the Interval Presents partnership, will premiere on January 27.

“Drink Champs” is joining Interval Presents’ impressive programming slate of culture-driven audio content at the intersection of music, pop culture, and social impact alongside “Rap Radar” hosted by renowned music journalists Brian “B. Dot” Miller and Elliott Wilson, “Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams,” “The Last Resort” hosted by indigenous artist and activist Xiuhtezcatl, as well as previously announced upcoming projects with Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and pop star Jason Derulo. 

“‘Drink Champs’ has been at the forefront of cultural conversations for nearly a decade and has created some of the most iconic moments at the intersection of culture and music. They’ve built an incredible platform that we’ve admired from afar, and now we’re incredibly excited to welcome them to Interval Presents,” said Allan Coye, General Manager of Interval Presents and WMG’s Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy & Business Development. “Our collaboration will focus on further amplifying N.O.R.E. and EFN’s unique and unfiltered approach to storytelling and bringing the show to new podcast listeners.”

A long-form podcast with a conversational art for exploring ideas, friendship and the most interesting anecdotes from the hip-hop community, “Drink Champs” is a leader in unconventional, cultural storytelling, making it a natural partner for Interval Presents as the company expands its network. 

“I’m feeling good about partnering with Interval Presents and joining the all-star team they’ve got. We’re ready to take things to the next level for us and the culture at large! Let’s go!!” said N.O.R.E., rap artist and co-host of the podcast. 

“We were impressed with the network’s dedication to the culture and the support we’ve received to expand our show to reach new heights allowing us to further pioneer and break barriers in the space!” said DJ EFN, co-host of the “Drink Champs” podcast.

“Drink Champs” launched in 2015. Each episode features co-hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN enjoying free-flowing conversations over drinks with special guests and celebrities including Dave Chappelle, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle and more. The groups discuss the highs and lows of the hip-hop world from the past to the present, while reminiscing about their careers and events that brought them to today. The podcast recently won Best Hip-Hop Platform at the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards and was nominated for Best Music Podcast for the 2023 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. “Drink Champs” is represented by UTA, which brokered the distribution deal with Interval Presents.

Listen to “Drink Champs” on Apple Podcasts or any major podcast platform, with new episodes released weekly on Fridays beginning January 27. For more information about Interval Presents and future updates, follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

Casey Moon is a genre-defying multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and half of the production duo Zookids. Having handled production for artists such as Young Thug, Gunna and A Boogie with the Hoodie, writing for independent artists in the indie-pop world, and having played in a slough of rock bands over the years his style has absorbed an eclectic array of influences.

Over the course of 2022, Casey plans to release his trilogy of EPs: Fountains, Mirrors and Ashes. Each project Varies in genre and draws thematic influence from a different film or TV series. Listened to sequentially, the projects tell a story about growing up, love and loss.

Boasting a strong voice with an ear for pop melody, modern production and a dazzling live show, Casey is a truly singular act.

Vancouver country pop musician Dana Schindel is pleased to announce the release of her debut single ‘Keep Moving Forward’ out now on all digital streaming platforms. Listen here.

‘Keep Moving Forward’ is an inspiring track that tells the story of some great advice Dana received from her beloved dad. Personal and deeply fitting for these times, this storytelling country song starts simply and builds to an uplifting anthem fitting for anyone who’s found themselves in need of some heartfelt encouragement.   

“I wrote this song about a real conversation I had with my dad at a time when I was feeling really stuck in my life,” says Dana. “I was on the road presenting at college nights across British Columbia and I was tired. I knew I wanted to be doing something else and was sad I wasn’t. I just wanted to go home. Some of the best lessons my dad ever taught me were on that phone call: Even if I’m not feeling my best, I can still help another person. That the lessons I am learning now will become the building blocks of my life, even if I can’t see it yet. And the power of hope—knowing that things won’t always be like this and you can keep moving forward.” 

Sullivan King Charges Into the New Year With Title Single “Thrones Of Blood” Off Anticipated Album Arriving March 17th on Monstercat

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January 12th, 2023 — Following a career-defining year, metal guitarist, vocalist, and electronic producer Sullivan King today released the title single from his forthcoming album, ‘Thrones Of Blood.’ Due out March 17th on Monstercat, the potent track gives fans an early taste of what’s to come on the awaited full-length. Rife with Sullivan King’s guttural screams, the menacing guitar shredding is met with soul-piercing bass and head-banging hooks, yielding the perfect blend of his relentless stylings. 

Sullivan King shares, “‘Thrones of Blood’ is the title track to my third album. It just felt like it encompassed the energy that I wanted to achieve with this record overall, while standing out from every other song as well as carrying on the tonal direction of ‘LOUD’, which came out last year. Insanely proud of this track and can’t wait to play this one all tour long!!

Boasting a catalogue filled with greats such as FEVER 333, Underoath, Ice Nine Kills, Excision, and Subtronics, Sullivan King is no doubt at the top of his game. Accompanying the album in March, he’ll hit the road on a 30+ date ‘Thrones Of Blood’ tour headlining iconic venues including LA’s Hollywood Palladium (x2), Emo’s in Austin, DC’s Echostage, the Majestic Theater in Detroit, and more. Featuring added support from Kai Waichi, YOOKiE, Level Up, Benda, and Vastive, tickets are on sale now, here.

Sister-duo, SkyeChristy, is made up of Georgia Christy Edwards and Sophie Skye Edwards. Raised in Los Angeles, they have been writing songs and singing since they were 14 and 15. They have sung in choir together throughout their high school years, allowing them the honor to perform at Carnegie Hall with their school ensemble choir. With Sophie Skye playing guitar – together their blood harmonies have a unique sound which was honed during the pandemic.

CeCe is a creative enigma that cannot be contained to three verses and a bridge. Once you hear her work, you’ll think the same. Frey also isn’t just contained to one part of the entertainment industry, working as a director, designer, and so much more. On her Instagram is a beautiful red dress she made from scratch. Her music and creativity are garnering lots of attention including a forthcoming collaboration with influencer Taylor Watson.

“Problems” is set for release this Friday, January 13th, and is an instant relatable song guaranteed to have you driving around town with your windows down, taking your power back from anyone who has ever done you wrong. With verses filled with experiences that everyone can relate to, the song makes you feel heard.

Constantly putting in the work with songwriting, creative strategy, and so much more, to produce the best music possible, her single “Problems” will be an anthem for young adults alike, to be unapologetically themselves.

Look for “Problems” on all major streaming platforms. More music will be dropped leading to an exciting new sounding EP this year and shows.

multi-platinum R&B artist Jacquees, releases his official music video “When You Bad Like That” featuring Diamond-certified GRAMMY Award-winning artist Future from Jacquees’ latest studio project, Sincerely For You. Watch HERE

When You Bad Like That” finds the Decatur, GA native vibrantly displaying his knack for romance as he glides effortlessly over the smooth track deemed a fan-favorite from, Sincerely For You. Future brings a flare of flavor in his own right, creating sharp chemistry with Jacquees that is also brought to life on Sincerely For You, in its entirety, as Future serves as executive producer for the project. 

The build-up for today’s release was headlined by a week full of celebrations for Jacquees and his newest music video offering. The video was premiered earlier today online via SHERRISHOWTV.com along with a broadcast premiere via BET SoulBET JamsMTVUMTV LiveYo! MTV. Next week January 20, Jacquees will be performing the sultry single on SHERRI in front of a studio audience.Today, Jacquees dropped by the Rolling Stone studios for a live performance of several tracks off his new album, Sincerely For You,including “When You Bad Like That.”

boundary-pushing, multimedia artist Groupthinkshares “Miss Carolina” Get it HERE via 10K Projects.

Groupthink is starting 2023 strong with his new track “Miss Carolina” featuring L.A. Based singer/songwriter, Carlie HansonThe new track is blending genres and shaking up the pop sphere by combining garage rock motifs with sweet, sultry R&B structures and melodies. Last month, Groupthink joined his collaborator, Kennyhoopla, on his “Home For The Holidays” tour, a series of 4 intimate Midwest shows between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Between hosting an underground Los Angeles rave with The Hellp, opening for Carlie Hanson, and releasing his last single “Groupie”, Groupthink is the epitome of cool, preparing for an unforgettable 2023.

With the arrival of his debut album now just weeks away – George Hennessey – teases the upcoming release with a brand new single: “Memory Lane”. 

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Fusing skyscraping chorus hooks with cascading arrangements guaranteed to blow away the January blues, the latest cut from Hennessey’s much anticipated new LP ‘If You Can’t Find What You’re Looking For Please Ask’ (out 3 February) proves his pedigree as a modern day torchbearer of the Brit-Pop flame. 

Nodding to the unabashed, audience-unifying pop/rock masterclasses of the 90s, “Memory Lane” is both compulsively anthemic and artfully nostalgic. Seemingly custom-made to be bellowed out by teeming crowds in the packed spaces, the song in fact dates back to those solitary days of the second lockdown.

A song about hedonistic escapism and hope for the future, George explains of the track: 

“I wrote “Memory Lane” during the second lockdown whilst on an LSD trip. As things got quite intense I picked up my guitar to distract myself and outcome this song within minutes. It’s about feeling a sense of optimism and finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel in regards to covid.”

American multi-instrumentalist HIBOU has unveiled “Already Forgotten”, the final song to be taken from his new EP ‘Arc’ (out 13 January 2023). 

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Finding a sublime equilibrium between the malevolent and the majestic, “Already Forgotten” flits from sunny to spooky in a beat. With ‘90s-tinted driving guitars pinned against buzzing drum beats and euphoric instrumentals, the track is an electric example of Hibou’s knack for conjuring sharp and surrealist images through his songs.

A glistening and gauzy track that finds the artist reflecting on the sands of time slipping between our fingers, Hibou explains of the song:

“”Already Forgotten” is a song about the pressure of what we do with the time that is given to us, and how easy it can be to slip into paths of indulgence. I wanted the drum machine and synth bass to drive this song while throwing a glittery and maniacal veil on top of it all. I worked with a British voice actor to record the Disney-esque samples, and aimed for a stark dichotomy between the sinister verses and uplifting choruses.” 

German-based artist M. Byrd expands moments of stark intimacy to widescreen proportions boosted by shoegaze scope, alternative boldness, and pop palatability. Today, he announces his new album The Seed will be released June 16th via Nettwerk, and shares the album’s title track. 

The forthcoming album was created in an old military squash court turned studio and came about during the start of the war in Ukraine and the overwhelming feeling of helplessness that surrounded him.
“We realized then that nothing will ever be, no matter how far away you feel from something that’s happening in the world, independent from the suffering out there. It was a hard realization but we needed to figure out a way to deal with it. Listening to the whole album reminded me of holding a seed in my hands. It felt like the start of something and symbolized birth in times of chaos. The song and the album, we decided, had to be called nothing more and nothing less – The Seed,” states M. Byrd about the creation of The Seed.

About M. Byrd:

German singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer M. Byrd unearths universality from intensely personal songwriting. In 2020, he turned heads with the single “Mountain”, followed by “Morning Sun”, gaining millions of streams and praise from Ones To Watch, Earmilk, Atwood, etc. At the end of 2020, he holed up in Detmold, Germany in a WWII-era British Corps squash hall rechristened as a studio with producer Eugen Koop to create The Seed. Leaving his mark on each level of the music, M. Byrd personally plays guitar, synthesizers and bass on the record. After generating 10 million-plus streams and acclaim from outlets worldwide, he continues to perfect his vision on his 2023 debut LP, The Seed [Nettwerk].

M. Byrd Tour Date:

January 18 – Groningen, Netherlands – Eurosonic Festival

IST IST launch into 2023 with the exhilarating new single: “Something Has To Give”.

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A song that’s all about making fresh starts, taking risks, and writing new chapters; this timely release opens the new year with a tantalising glimpse into the Manchester band’s next studio album, ‘Protagonists’, which arrives on 31 March (via Kind Violence Records).

Pulling a handbrake turn on the serene electronica of previous single “Mary In The Black And White Room”, Ist Ist’s follow-up act kicks things up another gear altogether. Driven by piston-like percussives and veering guitar lines that accelerate headlong into oblivion, “Something Has To Give” is a shot of pure adrenaline that rushes and dissipates all too soon.

Offering a cryptic synopsis of the new single, frontman Adam Houghton says:

“”Something Has To Give” is all about new beginnings. It’s a sort of stick or twist situation. Do you settle or go for it?”

Few instrumentalists carry more respect than Adam Deitch & Borahm Lee

who together form renown live-electronic act, Break Science. 

On January 13th, the duo will release their first single of 2023, “Mecha Flora,” a dreamy amalgam of funk fusion with dancing keys, warping synths and irresistible rhythm. The single marks the duo’s first since 2020’s, “Mettawave,” and previews an extended EP forthcoming in 2023.

On February 2nd, the hybrid producer/instrumentalist duo will officially mark their return with a brand new EP, Mecha Flora. Mecha Flora, a lockdown-era project, is a showcase for the vitality of live instrument-infused electronic music and its meditative, cathartic effect on listeners. The 6-track EP also marks the duo’s first extended release since 2018’s album, Grid of Souls

Deitch & Borahm were quarantined like the rest of the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but benefitted by living only 7-minutes walking distance apart from each other in their current homes of Denver, CO. These isolated recording sessions often featured Lee’s living room piano and drum set, an organic approach that empowered the producers through a dark time and invigorated the Break Science project in the process. As per their patented style, Mecha Flora is Break Science showing without telling listeners just how empowering and meditative this style of music can be.

Mecha is the digital, Flora is the natural – this EP represents the ebb and flow via master interpreters of music.

HUNTER DAILY
“Die in LA” (Canyon Sessions)

• Hunter Daily released her live performance video for “Die in LA.” This is the first of three live performance videos from her Canyon Session series.

• “This ‘Die in LA’ live performance video was so fun to shoot! We were looking for the perfect LA location for this, and when I spotted a lookout at the top of Mulholland Drive, I knew it was the perfect place. I loved getting to do a more raw, stripped down version of the song.” – Hunter Daily

• “Die in LA” was Hunter Daily’s first single, released in Fall 2022, made alongside executive producer Jenna Andrews.

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the pop project of LA-based singer, songwriter and producer Maddy Boyd — releases her new single, “Misbehave.” 

With the release of “Misbehave,” YOUR ANGEL invites us into her lush and ethereal world. “I wrote ‘Misbehave’ when I met my now boyfriend of 2 years,” she says. “It’s about wanting to throw all of my boundaries out of the window and move super fast with him because I felt like I had known him for my whole life.” After writing and producing the song alone, Maddy tapped her friends Nick Noneman and Stephanie D’Arcy to add their unique touches to the track.

Originally hailing from Sante Fe, New Mexico and now based in Los Angeles, Maddy got her start touring in indie-rock bands like Current Joys and Surf Curse. After playing over 150 sold out shows, she left the bands in 2019 to pursue her own artist project. With her solo project, YOUR ANGEL has released one album, her 2019 debut Pipe Dream, as well as numerous hit singles, growing her loyal following with each new release. 

I’m a huge Beatles fan and Across The Universe is one of my favourite movies.

I think there is such an art to interpreting songs in a different way and that movie did that so well.

I love their rendition of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” but have only found it with a female voice, so decided to release my own.

I decided to take an approach to this song which focuses on the lead vocal, creating a feeling of recognition and nostalgia but also a bit of mystery. I sang this version of the song with a certain type of coyness which lends itself to the lyrics’ intimacy.

❤️ Check out my stripped back, vocal-forward cover of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand

via your favourite platform ❤️

It’s such a feeling that my love I can’t hide.

I am not a fan of sappy lyrics at all, but this one just sits with me.

Sometimes something so simple can seem profound.

I love that they didn’t try to overcomplicate the song lyrically,

it’s just a sweet love letter.

It doesn’t need to be flushed out with metaphors or poetic prowess, it can be as straightforward as “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”

Thank you for your time!

Theo Tams

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