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Trey Hill's "Fearless" is a downright beautiful performance

 Umm, I need a second. Trey Hill's voice just washed over me like warm milk and honey, and that's not an easy feeling to recover from. The arrangement on "Fearless", mixing and all the performances on this song are downright breathtaking. Let's take a second to appreciate that beautifully, fearlessly-played (no pun intended) drum part, the vocal harmonies, and the plucked guitar licks. Bravo to the instrumentalists and to Hill- a stunning piece of musicianship. -Geena Kloeppel

 





Empowering electro-pop to soothe your soul: MOLLĒ's "11:59"

 The intro of "11:59" instantly reminded me of something Adele, something Florence + the Machine. But alas, it is MOLLĒ, a woman with a voice full of strength, grit, and a side of sweetness. The arrangement is delightfully built- synth-y, but also heavily reliant on a guitar-like riff and layers of vocals. MOLLĒ is an artist shrouded by mystery and intrigue- I scoured her various social media pages for a first name and couldn't find one. But what I can tell you is that "11:59" has a strange and unexpected depth to it. Whomever MOLLĒ is, we're here to listen. -Geena Kloeppel

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"Souvenirs" is a gorgeous, wistful pop/rock song

 Robinson has got the whole hook-thing down. Their new song "Souvenirs" has hooks galore- vocal hooks, guitar hooks, their verses are catchy, their choruses are even catchier... And on top of that, the song is tastefully produced, helped along by a lovely rhythm section and some ethereal, washed-out guitars. Be sure to check out the rest of their latest album, Another Life, which offers up more of the same easy-going, silky pop/rock. I'll be humming "Souvenirs" all week, and that's more than okay. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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A country tune to make you cackle: "The Left Lane Is for Passing" by Ellen Angelico

 Ellen Angelico's voice is an eyebrow raiser- it's incredibly blunt, a little sarcastic, but mostly, Angelico is so self-assured that she'll make you smile. "The Left Lane Is for Passing" is not only a country bop, but also features a choir, a jazzy upright bass line and this sly lyric: "The left lane's for passing / the right lane is for asses like you." The whole song is really just a burn disguised as a country tune, and I'm here for it. Angelico's full record Haven't Changed Much is out tomorrow, 6/25. -Geena Kloeppel

 

 

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Welles plays the Basement 6/28

 Welles is from a very small town in Arkansas called Ozark, which gives context for the nostalgia at the forefront of his song "Seventeen." It starts small, with Welles' voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar, but builds into a gritty, anything-goes rock chorus that feels like it represents the emotional conundrum of being a teenager. "I can see past your short hair / tellin' me that you don't care / he ain't here but he's somewhere / I'm all fucked up so I don't care" are some of my favorite lines in song to date. A little honesty goes a long way. Catch Welles live at the Basement 6/28. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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