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New Music Friday Chapter 9

Apr 24, 2020

By Bella Carles

Following last month’s much-acclaimed return from a nine-year hiatus, Bright Eyes have released a second song from their eagerly awaited new album. The band, who revealed they’d re-grouped in February and released a single – “Persona Non Grata – in March, have now released a second song: “Forced Convalescence”.

It’s just two months since the much beloved band revealed their return with news of their signing to a new label, veritable indie Dead Oceans, and a slew of live shows which quickly sold out. Those are now, unfortunately, being reassessed while COVID-19 safety measures are in place. While 2020 touring plans are being rearranged, the music continues.

“Forced Convalescence” finds Conor Oberst at his world-weary best, picking apart the human condition and struggling to reconcile the past with whatever the future holds. All from the comfort of his bed. The slick, near-joyous sounding fever dream grows into a rich and languid swirl with help from a gospel choir. This may be as close to a Rat Pack-era lounge singer as Oberst has ever come. Albeit one with a head full of prose and existential angst.

Stream “Forced Convalescence”  Here

Sometimes it feels like you hear a Bright Eyes song with your whole body. From Conor Oberst’s early recordings in an Omaha basement in 1995 all the way up to 2020, Bright Eyes’ music tries to unravel the impossible tangles of dissent: personal and political, external and internal. It’s a study of the beauty in unsteadiness in all its forms – in a voice, beliefs, love, identity, and what fills up the spaces in-between. And in so many ways, it’s just about searching for a way through.

The year 2020 is full of significant anniversaries for Bright Eyes. Fevers and Mirrors was released 20 years ago this May, while Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning both turned 15 in January. The latter, a singer-songwriter tour-de-force released amidst the Bush presidency and Iraq war, wades through incisive anti-war rhetoric and micro, intimate calamities. On the title track and throughout the record, Oberst sings about body counts in the newspaper, televised wars, the bottomless pit of American greed, struggling to understand the world alongside one’s own turmoil. In its own way, I’m Wide Awake It’s Morningcarved out its place in the canon of great anti-war albums by being both present and prophetic, its urgency enduring 15 years later.

Photo By: Shawn Brackbill

In 2011 the release of The People’s Key, Bright Eyes’ ninth and most recent album, ushered in an unofficial hiatus for the beloved project. In the time since, the work of the band’s core members – Oberst, multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis, and multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Walcott – has remained omnipresent, through both the members’ original work and collaboration.

And while 2020 is a year of milestones for the band, it’s also the year Bright Eyes returns, newly signed to indie label Dead Oceans. Amidst the current overwhelming uncertainty and upheaval of global and personal worlds, Oberst, Mogis, and Walcott reunited under the moniker as both an escape from, and a confrontation of, trying times. Getting the band back together felt right, and necessary, and the friendship at the core of the band has been a longtime pillar of Bright Eyes’ output. For Bright Eyes, this long-awaited re-emergence feels like coming home.

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Today marks the debut single from brand new British artist, Childe. “‘Bad Ideas’ is about being an attention seeker. Attention through affection. But then not wanting it once you’ve got it,” says Childe. The music video was directed by Polish visual artist Lukasz Pytlik.

Raised in a bucolic rural town in England, Childe had anything but a fairytale upbringing. His father was a wildcard and entered and exited his life with some regularity. “When I was 14 I went on holiday with my dad,” he said. “He was supposed to be sober and we agreed that he could drink and I could smoke cigarettes. We cycled along a canal and slept in a tent outside different pubs. On the first night, we went to the pub and then he got me stoned for the first time and I lost my shit. At 2am I woke up and threw up all over the tent and him and he had to clean it up. The exact same happened the next night.” The “Bad ideas” cover art is a photo from that trip.

He began writing music as a teenager, deeply inspired by great storytellers like Tracey Chapman and Bright Eyes. He picked up piano and guitar and eventually was enrolled in the legendary performing arts high school – the BRIT school in London. Notable BRIT school alumni include Adele, FKA Twigs, Amy Winehouse, Rex Orange County and King Krule among others. It was there that he was able to escape from the instability of his childhood and find community and collaboration with other artists. He went on to open dates for King Princess and hone the sound you hear in Childe.

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SUSU releases new single “Let’s Get High” on 4/20

The curtain pulled back, the onion peeled, peace interrupted…From German haus to Paris maison, NYC walkup to LA bungalow –  the word on the street is

we’re all on the same trip. Trust US, we’ve been there. Let’s all be here now!

Stream “Let’s Get High” Here

“A month ago we found ourselves on the other side of the world trying to figure out how the hell we were gonna get home. Standing at the crossroad between fight or flight, we decided to write “Let’s Get High”. There’s something about not knowing what’s going on that makes you think, did we ever? The Human Condition. What we do know for sure, is that positive energy is infectious; all we have is connection. 
This one’s for you. If you feel moved to share; Do with it what you will… It belongs to you too now. 

Sending you Love and Light ‘From the ground up to the midnight sky…’ ”

Kia and Liza

Photo By: Sarah K Craig

SUSU is a “one and only” type band. The smoldering New York City duo features firebrand female lead vocalists and songwriters Liza Colby of The Liza Colby Sound and Kia Warren of Revel In Dimes. Both are rock n’ roll provocateurs of the highest order.

There is a tribal sensuality that oozes from the grooves of SUSU songs. West Indian ancestry, bold femininity, and explosive sexual energy course through a swirl of sound that spans smoldering Peter Tosh and King Tubby-inspired vamps, monster Nina Simone silky sophistication, Ted Nugent-style riffage, and Tina Turner swagger.

The embers of this rock n’ roll wildfire were first stoked three years ago when the Liza Colby Sound and Revel In Dimes merged as Revel Sound for select NYC shows including a coveted residency at legendary haunt The Rose Bar at Gramercy Hotel, a jaw dropping performance at Webster Hall, and an exclusive appearance at sought after artist enclave The Surf Lodge.

Photo By: Sarah K Craig

The name “SUSU” is a tribute to Kia’s Jamaican roots and Liza’s Caribbean heritage. SUSU is a Patois term loosely meaning to create “a chatter around something” which is indeed what the group will do with its incendiary soul-rock revue.

SUSU is centered on the creative interplay of Kia and Liza as singers, performers, songwriters, and complementary creatives. Liza affirms: “With us, everything happens in a telepathic way, it’s intuitive who takes the top and who takes the bottom harmony.” Kia and Liza sing together seamlessly, shifting positions with unplanned ease, and the interlace of the tonality of each’s voice stacks together eerily perfect as if two have become one.


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Today, 20-year-old Hope Waidley, the radiant singer/songwriter from a small town in Michigan, releases her new single duly titled, “It Rains In Michigan.” On the track, Hope delivers unique, raspy and soulful vocals, as well as her honest lyrics that are sure to resonate with listeners. “It Rains in Michigan” tells the story of Hope’s experience falling in love for the first time – in her own words. The song is raw and passionate, with a genuine nature that evokes the feelings of excitement, doubt, and surprise, all felt while falling in love. The single displays Hope’s musical rarity and serves as a fitting re-introduction to Hope as she embarks on this new era in her career.   

“This song is very, very special to me. This song was written when feelings were new and nothing was written in stone. Day by day we were filling it out, becoming more comfortable with these feelings and the opportunity we were given. I didn’t know much, but I was certain when it came to how I felt about this person — I knew I was in love, I just wasn’t prepared or ready. “It Rains In Michigan” is much of my thought process in the beginning of this beautiful, crazy experience.”
– Hope Waidley

Hope Waidley is a rare talent and an unforgettable voice. A self-taught singer, lyricist, and guitarist, Hope’s musical influences include Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Bob Marley. Hope has cultivated a bright and breezy sound that is reminiscent of her personality and is sure to make musical waves. Having released her first EP, Hope in 2017 and more recently, notable singles like “Born Again,” she has garnered over 40,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and she is just getting started.  Originally from Grass Lake, Michigan, Hope is now living outside of LA, working on music full-time.
Hope is releasing her first EP with 300 Entertainment, Wonderon May 8th and she will surely solidify herself as a musical force capable of striking an emotional chord in listeners all around the world. “It Rains in Michigan” sets the tone for what fans can expect from her forthcoming EP.

Find Hope Waidley

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