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Monday, April 1, 2024

New music picks: AWOLNation, Shayla McDaniel, Church of Trees, Local Natives, The Forever Now

AWOLNation: Panoramic View

We're not sure why this single is credited to "AWOLNATION & Aaron Bruno," since he's the guy behind the band name. He says he wrote the song at the beginning of the pandemic. "I wrote it to my scared little kid that I didn’t even have yet. I have twin boys now but we weren’t pregnant yet when I wrote it. Basically, I’m saying I’ll protect you, everything’s gonna be okay."

Shayla McDaniel: Falling

We continue to follow this prolific indie singer-songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. Her latest single speaks of trying to help someone who's caught in a downward spiral. "You’re falling / I can’t stop your motion / Though I'm trying to break your fall."

Church of Trees: That's All

This self-described synth-pop band from Ottawa debuted in 2017, but we're just catching up with them as they release their sixth studio album, Transience. Spill Magazine calls it "a dark album, musically and lyrically ... produced and arranged to perfection." The group consists of Bernard Frazer (vocals, synths, programming), Stella Panacci (vocals), Heather Brazeau (vocals), and Bob Prendergast (guitar), while Kellii Scott drums on this track.

Local Natives: April

Photo by Elizabeth Miiranda
The Los Angeles band is following up last year's Time Will Wait For No One with But I'll Wait For You - “Maybe not an answer to a question but an exhale to an inhale," says the band. "There is so little that’s in our control but among all this chaos, we can choose to be there for each other.” This is the first track from the album, which is set for release in (whaddyaknow) April.

The Forever Now ft. Raene: Grounded Satellites

Here's some more synthy music, from the project headed by Monty de Luna, a Canadian-Filipino writer and musician now based in Copenhagen. Its sound has drawn comparisons to M83, MGMT and Chvrches. De Luna is joined here by London singer Raene.

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