Noname - Yesterday
A crush put this on a playlist for me a couple years ago. It throws me into a very specific time and place. I love the lyrics and the tape warble. Put this on, walk down a rainy street, and try not to feel like the main character. — Phoebe Bridgers
Although Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher is a solo album, it contains contributions from many other well-established artists, including but not limited to Christian Lee Hutson, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, Blake Mills, and all three permanent members of Bright Eyes.— Eric Weiner on July 3, 2020
Khamari - Jealous
Khamari sings "Jealous" from a place of happy-go-lucky pining for better days. "Jealous," written by Diederik Van Elsas, Khamari, and Parrish Washington is one of those sun-soaked, slower pop numbers that won't have trouble finding a home on a beach or anywhere warm. The song gives a voice to the one friend in the friend group who always feels a little guilty about having a good old fashioned good time... and that's ok.
you just missed the heart.
he just missed the heart.
she just missed the heart.
that’s all.— Mustafa Abubaker on July 3, 2020
Los Retros - New Humanity
Just shy of twenty, Oxnard-based musician Mauri Tapia is crafting a new kind of meditative indie experience. “New Humanity,” the lead single from Everlasting, the latest LP by Los Retros, is a heavily synth-based tune that sounds a lot like falling asleep in the sun. With lyrics reminiscent of George Harrison in All Things Must Pass, Tapia seems much wiser than his chronological age. But it’s not just Tapia’s words—by mixing Latin American soft-rock inspiration and jazz notes with the intimate feel of a bedroom pop record, Tapia creates a unique sound that exemplifies his search for a higher truth. His voice bleeds into the synths as he sings, “Reach out to find / Seek to unwind / The answer itself is life.” Photo: Ross Harris— Elizabeth Shaffer on July 3, 2020