“Shapes” New Release by Fjord

I discovered this new release by ambient dream-pop duo Fjord in Soundcloud’s “recommended for you” section, and I am so happy I had the time to browse today.

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The opening melodic line of “Shapes” is not unlike the heartwrenching ballad “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors. Mixed with R&B and ambient production elements, this lyrically simple song truly soars straight to the heart with its naked choruses and raw emotions that are stirred therein.

The duo from Quebec, made of Thomas Casault and Louis-Étienne Santais, were recently featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist, showcasing “Shapes” as one of the new highlights of the week.

Keeping on with a tradition of ethereal musicality and hauntingly beautiful vocal lines, perfectly executed, Fjord hits a home run with this track. We look forward to hearing more dreamlike tunes from this alternative duo.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

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“1000 Degrees of Separation” Single Release by Brandyn Burnette

You all remember Brandyn Burnette, pop darling of the West Coast, and my first interview at A2D.

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Well, we’ve been keeping up to date on BB, as in the last few months he’s branched off on a new DIY adventure which has reaped fantastic results. He blew us all away with his first self-produced single “I Wanna Be (Free)”, introducing a new song and epic music video to match.

But this new track, “1000 Degrees of Separation” is everything I have been asking for from indie artists trying to break into the mainstream. Under a genre Brandyn titles “progressive soul”, this track offers a new, distinctly “Brandyn” flavor, filled with technical sounds, scorching lyrics, and catchy pop melodies. It is a wonderful blend of the psychedelic, powerful, and popular.

Staying true to this new DIY sound, Brandyn’s vocal lines and effects nod to those in his most recent tracks, but also follow the lyrical hypnosis that brings a connectivity to Brandyn’s music that is instrumental in reaching a young and hungry audience.

Thanks to Brandyn for bringing us an exciting new sound, and allowing us to follow your journey as an indie artist in Los Angeles.

Be sure to check out Brandyn Burnette and singer/songwriter girlfriend Molly Moore as they play joint shows  in favorite venues around Los Angeles this summer.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

Angela Mukul and Trishes LIVE at Lost Property Bar

As I walked into Lost Property Bar off Hollywood and Vine last night, I was hit with three pleasant “firsts”: my first time at the trendy new whiskey bar in Hollywood, and my first time hearing both Angela Mukul and Trishes live.

The showcase, trending on social media under the hashtag #HwoodSongwriters, was put on by Los Angeles marketing company Alternative Ent, who specializes in indie branding. Tonight, Alternative Ent brought together singer/songwriters Angela Mukul and Trishes for their special showcase.

 angela mukulUp first, Angela Mukul stepped behind her guitar and up to the plate, wearing a favorite wide brimmed hat and an even wider smile. The singer/songwriter from Orange County first gained attention with her thick voice and energetic melodies as a contestant on The CW’s “The Next” vocal competition. From there, she has released her debut EP “Free” and a single “I’d Rather Be Single”.

Last night, however, the audience was treated with several new songs from Mukul. Her soulful, yet hometown country vibes, soared over the simple acoustic accompaniment from chorus to chorus. Despite the loud room and difficult acoustics, Mukul didn’t sacrifice a single emotional dynamic, allowing her songs to ebb and flow as they were meant to. The songwriter further showcased her comfortable stage presence as she made an effort to connect with every member of the audience, drawing them in one by one. Saving her best song for last, “Bomb” left the audience in a rapture of cheers, and the gentleman next to me whistled the melody until Trishes took the stage.

trishesTrish Hosein performs under stage name Trishes, an allusion to her use of loops during her performances. As the artist settled in behind her keyboard in her signature facial war paint, it was clear we were in for a show. The Berklee grad started her set with a quick beatbox into the microphone, threw a loop on it, and continued to layer her first song before adding her full and practiced vocals. Between the layers, melodic choices, and fresh lyrics, Trishes transformed the bar into a one woman theater, showcasing her skills as a musical storyteller.

While the comparison to Imogen Heap could be made, Trishes moves away from the pop world and comes into her own in a theatrical element that is a unique and uncharted territory. From creating a song out of the year and month she was born to covering Sia’s “Elastic Heart”, bringing a new meaning and light to the already powerful lyrics, this young artist is primed for takeover.

Having already gained attention from around the world, I anticipate only great and innovative things from these two Los Angeles singer-songwriters.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.