‘Somewhere in the Crowd’ With Sandra Bullet

Sandra Bullet is a Portuguese Alternative Rock singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist. She joined her first band at 18 years old and describes that as a formative experience within her music career. She learned how to play guitar, recording, and mix and mastering techniques. In 2017, equipped with her home studio, she decided to dedicate herself to her music career full-time. At 30 years old she released her debut EP, Lounge. She has collaborated with man other artists and also is a streamer. She performs online concerts weekly on Twitch and YouTube. Like many other artists Sandra is not with a label, which shows how musicians can make a name for themselves on their own. Sandra enjoys streaming and doing song covers but has recently decided her main goal is focusing on her original music.

Sandra’s new album “Somewhere in the Crown” is a collection of the last 15 years of her work. With themes of wanting to be good enough, being misunderstood, and seeking purpose, this album is something anyone can relate to. Sandra has an amazing voice and her sound is reminiscent of 90’s angsty women in rock, but with her own twist. Her music is often compared to P!nk and Alanis Morrissette which is a perfect mix. There are raw lyrics and a rock sound, but still has a fun enough sound to play on a night out.

Sandra’s excited is for this album is super evident. She said “It’s like a dream come true to finally release this album. Some of these songs waited 15 years to see the light of day. They were always on my mind though, like an unfinished project; I always felt they deserved to be shared with the world. I always say music brings people together, and the making of this album surely brought me and my former band mates closer again. I hope this album inspires people to do the same; finish that old project and/or reconnect with old friends. There’s always time, if we choose to make it happen!”

Overall, this was a really fun album to listen to. I had never heard of Sandra before and I feel I have been missing out. Her sound has me really nostalgic for 90’s and early 00’s music but made in a way I can relate to in 2021. I also think it’s important to note how the industry tries to age women really fast and even though she’s still young she’s breaking that “norm.” She emphasizes the fact that it’s never too late to go after your dreams. This is a great way to look at life and really drew me to her as an artist. I am so excited to see where her career goes from here.

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“All I Know” About The Ghost Club

The Ghost Club is an up incoming alt-pop act created by singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Domenic Dunegan. His music is unique and refreshing for the alternative music scene because of his contagious anthems and intriguing lyrics. Domenic was inspired by how impactful music can be after attending a Bruce Springsteen concert in 2016. At the time he was a film student and started to write and record his own music and The Ghost Club was born. His debut was in 2018 with “This Bird Has Flown,” which was produced by multi-platinum producer Matt Squire [Panic! At The Disco, Ariana Grande], who he met off FaceBook. The Ghost Club has independently gained over 10 million streams across platforms.

The single “All I Know” was produced by Eric Palmquist. The Ghost Club has a unique sound, a mix of eighties and twenty-twenties. The music is composed on fun synths that I could easily see getting people excited at a festival or concert in the summer and lyrics any apathetic twenty-something can relate to.

Watch the video for “All I Know” below

The official music video is completely animated. It’s very different from any music video I’ve seen lately. The graphics and color scheme are really cool. The main character is exploring a city when aliens beam him up and start experimenting. Eventually there is an “error” and the character gets thrown back to earth as a half-human half-alien. The scene replays over and over kind of giving a “Groundhog Day” vibe.

The repeating scenes for the music video was interesting because of the song meaning. “Wishin’ all the yеars of my life/Burnin’ down what’s left of my time/Trapped inside this feelin’ I fight/Follows every step of the way/I just wanna be fine, find/Pack yo bags and bust outta this town.” The song talks about the desperation of wanting to change your situation. It touches on the growing pains of becoming an adult. It’s about wanted to start over and shed who you were before.

Overall I really enjoyed this song and music video. I’m really excited for where The Ghost Club goes, and I can picture this song playing all over alternative radio stations this summer. It’s fun, relatable, and perfect for summer car rides.

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I M U R Is An Official Member Of The “Sad Girls Club”

Vancouver based genre-bending music trio I M U R recently released their single “Sad Girls Club.” Their genre is hard to describe, which is absolutely a good thing. The song has moody lyrics and trippy breakdowns wrapped up in catchy dreamy beat that keeps you hooked. The group is described as a mix of pop, electro-pop and R&B with their own twist. Their third album My Molecules is coming out June 25th. I think it’ll be the perfect anthem for the summer, especially with adjusting to the changes we’ve gone through with COVID-19. The accompanying music video is aesthetically pleasing filled with red neon lights, skate parks, arcades, and the lead singer ironing her own head all presented in a dream-like state.

I M U R’s singer and songwriter, Jenny Lea, describes the single, saying, “Sad Girls Club is about the trickery our subconscious mind plays on us when we’re feeling low. It’s about Self-deprecation, unworthiness, and being burdensome.” Producer and multi-instrumentalist Amine Bouzaher adds, “Ironically, a lot of negative thoughts combined to create an epic, dark banger, and we were able to pour all of those feelings into the production of the track. It’s always amazing to see what incredible art and positivity can come from channeling negative thoughts and feelings.” Producer/guitarist Mikey J Blige encapsulates the overall vibe and says, “It’s ok at any age to feel like an emo kid that loves pop music AND trap music.”

Watch the official music video for “Sad Girls Club”

“Sad Girls Club” was inspired by the first month of quarantine. Like many of us, Jenny found it difficult to distract herself with everyday life and her inner demons began to surface. She said “Sad Girls Club was my break-through from the block, but also by expressing my fears in a tangible way, it helped to pull me out of the mud.” Many creatives found it difficult to be inspired during COVID, and you can really get a feel for her frustration in the song.

Just by listening to the first few seconds of the song, I was instantly hooked. It’s a song I could see myself listening to after I finally get to have a night out with my friends (hopefully) this summer. It’s fun definitely has an emotional undertone, it fits well between the fun of going out to the club and the low you get once you’re home all alone. The music video was one of the best I’ve seen recently. The visuals were all so different but flowed well together. I’m going to have this song on repeat for awhile, and I can’t wait for the rest of the album to drop.

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Ellise Wants to Talk “Over Breakfast”

Dark pop star, Ellise shares dreamy new single “Over Breakfast.” It is the third single from her debut album CHAOTIC which is out May 14th. The Bay Area-born artist rose to fame in 2016 after she competed in the iHeartRadio Rising Star competition to open the annual music festival. The singer also appeared on the X Factor at 14 years old. Her love for music started at an early age. When she graduated high school early she and her family quickly made the move to LA to really focus on her career.

The accompanying video is the perfect visual for the song. It has a bright hazy hue and shows the singer walking around an empty field visible upset and holding a bloody heart. The contrast of the fairy-tale like vibe, the flower sundress, and the creepy aspect is really cool. I felt it went really well with the song. It’s a sweet, soft, pop melody that tells a story of an inevitable heartbreak, but the singer is making one last attempt to get inside the other person’s head.

Watch the video for “Over Breakfast” below

“I wrote this song while lying in my bed crying just after getting dumped,” says Ellise. “I knew the breakup was coming a few days before it did and that’s what the song is about. I didn’t want it to happen but knew it was, and ‘Over Breakfast’ encapsulates exactly how I felt in the moments after the reality of it all hit.”

“Tell me over breakfast. I already know that you want to. Tell me its a dead end. You already got your flight booked. Tell me over breakfast. Cause its clear you don’t care bout me how you used to. Just give me a second. Just save it for breakfast.” These lyrics really show how much pain is in the song and brings up a lot of emotions many can relate to. You just can’t quite grasp the reality of something ending and but also don’t want anything sugar coated.

This song is great for transitioning from Spring to Summer, I’m super excited for the album release. It kind of gives the same vibe of a new beginning as the season changing does. Her other singles are a little more upbeat which is definitely a fun mix.

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Babygirl And “Losers, Weepers”

Babygirl is “the best pop rock band in the world” as described on their Instagram and haul from Toronto, Canada. Their music is a dreamy pop rock with catchy choruses and visual lyrics. Their new EP Losers Weepers is six tracks long and each song tells a different story but is uniquely tied together through it’s themes of heart break, growing pains, and the fun that comes along all packaged into “pop songs with sad guitar.”

The EP feels like the soundtrack to a coming-of-age early movie. I could easily visualize so many of the lyrics. Some of my favorites were from “You Were in My Dream Last Night.”

“You picked me up on Friday night/It was late October/Our faces lit by traffic lights/We were red all over”

The song is dreamy and almost makes you forget the sadness that the lyrics hold. The accompanying music video goes really well with the vibe of the song, there’s soft 70’s inspired visuals with an interesting UFO/Alien plot which I felt could symbolize how the lyrics can give you a nostalgic feeling – maybe for something that was bittersweet.

Another song that had a lot of lyrics that really stuck out to me was “Nevermind.” It starts with “You tried to kiss me, while parked in the street/Went and leaned, across the console that you never cleaned, in between/You knocked your coffee, all over my jeans/And it seemed so funny at the time.” I love how they romanticize everyday occurrences and give them a deeper meaning. It’s fun relating it to my own experiences and makes the EP even more enjoyable to listen to.

The EP ends with “A Little Bit Closer.” It was the best ending because it feels like a last call to someone asking for one more try. “Stay with me/Let’s try to make the, try to make the night last/Before you leave” feels like when a moment is coming to end and you know it’s going to be a memory soon. The song ends with a slow fade out, which really wraps up all the emotions.

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Getting “One More Night” With Andrew McCament

Andrew McCament is a Dallas-based singer/songwriter who has had an interest in music since he was a kid but recently started creating his own original music with lyrics voicing his personal experience. He started singing in choir and then A Capella groups in high school and college. Andrew then started playing guitar and started his YouTube channel where he posts covers of popular songs. He eventually decided to learn piano, which has greatly impacted his growth as a musician and kick-started him into writing his own songs.

Andrew’s new song “One More Night” is a song most can relate to. It talks about the internal turmoil one might have with making a mistaking and wanting to redeem themselves. It also touches on losing someone and not knowing how to repair the relationship. As the song moves on you can hear the sadness started to fade. It then turns into strength and acceptance over what happened.

“I was inspired by Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo when I wrote this song, wanting to be very specific about moments in the relationship that stick with me and how it’s not always as simple as “it’s been x number of months, now I should be totally okay.” stated Andrew on his YouTube channel. “I end the song with some form of acceptance that these things I’m asking for would never happen, and the realization that they’re band aid fixes anyway and they aren’t the solution to true healing.”

Andrew anticipates on releasing his debut album in 2021 which will be filled with original pop/folk/indie songs that capture moments in his life that he believes others can relate to. He really emphasizes wanting to create music others can use as the soundtrack of their lives through writing about the human experience in a vibrant way.

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Adult Books ‘Grecian Urn’

Adult Books is a post-punk band from Southern California started by writer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Winfrey. After writing a few songs that were softer than the other punk bands Winfrey was in, he decided to start a new project with childhood friends Sina Salessi (drums) and Alex Galindo (guitar/synth). The band’s sound is inspired by late 70’s early 80’s British punk bands. This is very apparent through their dark-pop sound and dreamy lyrics that personify universal growing pains.  

Grecian Urn is the band’s sophomore album. When I heard the album title I thought of the poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats which describes how perfect art is when comparted with natural things that change and grow old. When first listening to the album it reminded me of the feeling you get when you’re having a great day and realize that it’s coming to an end. The lyrics can get you to romanticize little parts of your life that seemed small before.

“Innocence” is the first single off the new album. It’s super catchy and at first, I thought of it as a fun summer song but if you pay attention to the lyrics it seems to hold a whole different meaning. “Every day of the week she tempts me, makes her bed in my mind.” These dejected lyrics are disguised in a flowy slow pop sound that leaves you wondering why you’re so nostalgic.

The closing song is “Sparrows on the Razor Wire.” It was the perfect ending as the song has a slow build up and a soft crash at the end. The lyrics sound like a very reluctant good-bye but thankfully, you can just listen to the album over again. 

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