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calvaire – [spill tab]

By Nick Mueller // 6 Apr 2020

Making her Lyrical Lemonade debut today, the bilingual indie-pop artist spill tab recently delivered a new visual for her most recent single titled “calvaire.” The French-Korean artist travels back and forth from Los Angeles and New York, arguably the two biggest hubs for music creation in the US. On this record, as many of her others too, spill teamed up with producer David Marinelli to create a textured track with smooth vocals and lyrics written in French. As stated at the beginning of the video, spill explains the song as a “representation of shitty circumstances that can ruin life, something overbearing, like searching for a pack of cigs but you’ve gotta hit a thousand spots ’cause every bodega is closed.” On that same thought, “you recognize just how much you’ve put up with them, the ‘love of your life’, your Calvaire.” All in all, this song and video shed a feeling of freedom and relief; making it very relatable, regardless of the language she sings in. spill delivers authenticity and passion through her music, something that seems harder and harder to find as the days go on. I’m super excited to see her growth and to hear what she’s been working on …

white ceilings – [whiterosemoxie]

By Nick Mueller // 30 Mar 2020

The young 17-year-old superstar makes yet another appearance on our pages today with the release of his latest EP titled white ceilings. Moxie is one of my favorite rising artists for many reasons, the biggest being his ability to create music that edges multiple genres and provides fans with an everlasting internal feeling. This project gives a glimpse into the last four years of Moxie’s life, showcasing the origin and foundation of all 15 songs that make up white ceilings. Moxie described the project in simple terms, saying that “my ceiling is white, undefined, and has no limits.” The young riser went on to note that his “potential is limitless, even though people have put limits on me throughout my whole life.” Lastly, the part that made me realize how genius Moxie really is, he said “each song is diverse but still connects to the story, just as everyone’s story is diverse but they all still connect in some way.” To say the least, I am beyond excited to see Moxie’s growth over the course of 2020. Be sure to stream white ceilings below and follow Moxie on Instagram and Twitter, you won’t be disappointed.

Miss Me – [Joseph Black]

By Nick Mueller // 27 Mar 2020

To start, I wouldn’t be surprised if this song becomes one of the biggest songs of 2020. Joseph Black, native to Minnesota, has been writing, producing, and releasing music since 2015. I recently heard “Miss Me” for the first time a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love. Joseph’s ability to create infectious melodies and remarkable flows became extremely apparent throughout the course of this record. The production remains somewhat simple, leaving room for Joseph to shine and leave you smashing the replay button on whatever streaming service you use. When I spoke to Joseph a few days ago, he noted that this record was created with ease, as everything came directly from experience and life altering situations. “I found the beat on YouTube”, he said, “then went straight to the booth and closed my eyes. It was simple, I free-styled the melodies and came up with the words miss me.” Joseph also explained that all of his music is authentic and that “everything I talk about is really who I am.” This was the first time the young star had fallen in love and been left heartbroken, an experience most young teens can easily relate to. From that …

Not Like – [fijitrip]

By Nick Mueller // 25 Mar 2020

Norwegian phenom fijitrip recently released his debut single titled “Not Like”, and it’s an honor to bring it to the pages of Lyrical Lemonade today. As it seems to be more common by the day, fijitrip has his hands on every aspect of the creative process, from the writing and producing to the actual recording and visuals. Specifically, one of the most striking elements about “Not Like” is the magical production that gives off a very nostalgic, warm-hearted feeling; one of those feelings that takes your mind back to some of the best moments in life. In addition to the production, fiji’s melodies are nothing short of infectious and mesmerizing. After just the first listen, I found myself singing the melodies in my head over and over again. As talent and potential run through his veins, I’m beyond excited to see what future offerings we’ll be receiving from the young star. Be sure to stream “Not Like” below and follow fijitrip on Instagram and Twitter!

Runnin’ – [19&YOU]

By Nick Mueller // 20 Mar 2020

Today, I have the privilege of debuting one of the most refreshing songs I’ve heard in a very long time. This song serves as their first official release as a band, leaving no questions as to how much potential they truly have. “Runnin” is not only one of those songs that make you feel incredible on the inside, it also makes you feel like you’re unstoppable and can accomplish whatever you desire. For some background, the band is made up of four members; Noah, Liam, Cam, and Jackson. Noah is the only one that currently lives in the US, as the others reside in Australia. When I spoke to the boys about this track and what it meant to them, they answered with the story everyone wants to know. “In January, Noah came to Sydney and stayed at our flat. We started writing a song that afternoon and found ourselves up till 4am having fun and making music that we not only loved, but really connected to.” The boys then went on to say that “the first track turned into four and before we knew it we were committed to making this our life.” This record was the first track …

white nails – [prettyboyshav]

By Nick Mueller // 19 Mar 2020

One of my favorite rising artists is finding himself back on our pages today, as he recently released a visual for his brand new single titled “white nails.” Thanks to Mike Irish and the Shifted Recording crew, the simple yet intriguing production stays cohesive with everything Shav has done up to this point. Shav first connected with Sage Baptiste to help bring the “white nails” story to life, as the two of them exhausted their emotions and feelings regarding a very relatable feeling that many of us have throughout our lives. The day before they wrote the song, Shav walked into a nail salon and had his nails painted white “after realizing my own boxes were self-imposed.” Shav noted that he “sometimes feels constrained or restricted” and that he “has to ask himself who’s really creating these restrictions?” For Shav, “fear of judgment and personal trauma” had him cooped up in, what he describes as, “a dark place for some time.” Fitting, to say the least, the music video is his first-ever and was created in a place comfortable for Shav, side-by-side with some of his closest friends. This release is by far my favorite prettyboyshav record so far and …

It’s Okay – [XAYLA]

By Nick Mueller // 5 Mar 2020

New to our pages today, LA based artist XAYLA is one that everyone needs to know about. As many young artists do nowadays, XAYLA writes, produces, and records everything herself. From just the first listen, there was something different about XAYLA and the emotions that run through each of her songs. In particular, XAYLA’s most recent release titled “It’s Okay” gives light to just how much passion and pain she was feeling during a very specific time period in her life. Over a moody, light-hearted production, the young star lays down crushing lyrics with heavy passion and a sense of denial. When I asked what the inspiration behind the song was, the answer came easy; “I traveled to see my girlfriend and when I left, my mental health was terrible. I was trying to push it away and deny it because my love for her was so strong.” XAYLA then added something that most young lovers can relate to, “I didn’t want to take a break, so I hid it.” With a few singles and an EP out for the world to hear, I’m certain that it’s only a matter of time before XAYLA covers every festival poster in the …

Breakup Tutorial – [Laraw]

By Nick Mueller // 17 Feb 2020

Making a powerful debut on our pages today, Montreal native Laraw recently released her first track of the year and you have to hear it. Titled “Breakup Tutorial”, Laraw takes her fans on an incredible journey as she expresses the many feelings felt during a breakup with your loved one. “It’s hard to describe the emotional roller coaster that you go through”, she says, and that “there’s no tutorial on how to deal with it.” Between her jaw-dropping vocals and the extremely fitting production, Laraw does just what she set out to do with this track. The chorus creates an intimate atmosphere for listeners, giving the same feeling you would feel if you were actually experiencing the same moment she’s describing here. With only a few records to her name, Laraw is definitely showing the most promising signs for massive growth this year. Stream “Breakup Tutorial” below and follow the rising star on Instagram and Twitter!

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