#MusicMondayis the hashtag I've been using for quite a while to share music recommendations from up-and-coming artists. Always fresh, and always different, trying to look for trends before they become one. You can checkApril's reviewfor more music.
Uplifting songs populate most of this month's selection. From a wide array of music genres, and locations, let's have a listen, with a word from the artists themselves. 🎧
KASED - Túnel
Ya todo puede ser mejor
Ahora veo todo inspirador
Este lugar me transformo
Hoy ya recuerdo mi razón
Y es más profunda que mi intuición
De este lugar voy a escapar
Starting point: Guadalajara, Mexico. Even though the track begins calmly to set up the mood, it quickly picks up to become a full fledged Rock song:
"We were determined that we wanted to express that feeling of not moving forward in our life, because we did not find our purpose, and feeling locked in a tunnel is the perfect analogy, since progress is not obvious either.
Sonically we wanted to be contrasting, and that it did not feel a depressing song, rather relatively happy."
So much to envisage So much to understand If it’s too complicated If it didn’t go to plan
Let it flow away Let it turn around and flourish Let it slip away ‘Till it can grow a little more
Talking about moving forward, this track from Manchester, UK. artist Caoilfhionn Rose (pronounced Keelin) keeps it going with its cryptic folky vibe:
"It started out as a very different and quiet acoustic guitar song. I wrote it a while ago now, it’s hard to remember what specifically inspired the song but it’s about feeling hopeful and letting things just unfold."
From Cucuta, Colombia, inspiring music comes in pure Latin Pop style:
"Así es mi gente was created from my will to build a better inner world, from the recognition of the importance of walking to the best version of what I am as a human, from breathing freedom, from explore my senses and elevate my heart, from being able to fill the shadows of light. Alchemy to transform darkness into light."
From London, England, another inspiring song with a dreamy atmosphere, benefiting from the use of strings to highlight the vocals:
"It was inspired by Leonard Cohen and his journey as a monk; I imagine what it must have been like for him to come down the mountain and join the “world” again after 10 years of meditating on Mt Boldy. What did he think? What mattered most?"
They’re strewn across My things in the yard She’s a summer girl Coke and 151
I’m tangled up I don’t want to be a part of it We need to talk Can we meet up and get ahead of this
Crossing the ocean, from Boston, MA, this Pop Punk influenced track brings the uplifting mood to reflect on past relationships:
"151 is definitely an ode to all of the girlfriends we have all individually had in the past that just were not a good fit! The story collects a couple of different anecdotes from all of us actually! We think we everyone has been in that relationship that has just been bad news! However we do look fondly back on our summer girls!
The track came to be musically actually really fast. I (Kevin) had just gotten home from a deployment with the army and we had a week of rehearsals locked up to write and figure out some current projects as a group. A day before the rehearsal I wrote the main hook and sent it to the guys and they loved it! We got to work right away and actually finished writing the track and then tracked the whole thing all in about two days! We recorded all the drums and guitars in my spare bedroom in my house!"
Sydney, Australia is the home of this Indie Rock track about not letting go, even if you need to:
"Staying Sane came about after a relationship of Sams fell apart. It’s about still caring for that person despite no longer being together, and identifying that you actually just need to put yourself first."