Phangs – “Always Been U”: Phangs, one of Nashville’s rising pop personalities, may have just teased one of the longest build ups to a single I’ve seen. I think it will pay off though, judging from how “Always Been U” delivers on both the “it gives me the feels” and “whoa nelly that’s a banger” fronts. Phangs has slowly been inviting us into his nostalgia soaked pop world, and it seems to be getting more and more promising. Fellow rising star R.LUM.R. guests on the track, lending some balance to a bright track that otherwise is the most angst-ridden expression of Phangs thus far.
Chimney – “Walk Don’t Run”: I was intrigued by this video essentially becaause I saw that this artist is signed to Dine Alone Records, a label who I first got truly exposed to at SXSW this year. I never thought that a folky track could sound shoegaze-ish, but here we are. The song’s video matches it’s feeling – shrouded in darkness, but quirky and oddly familiar.
Houses Of Heaven – “Almost Hidden”: That drum machine is unrelenting. The title is kind of ironic for how loud this track is. Paradoxically, it is hard to make out the message of the song though a part of me is screaming “but it’s right there!” I have to say that in spite of the track’s repetition I found it to be hypnotic. Anywah, the Bay Area trio will release their EP on May 19th.