Isaac Dunbar Hopes for a Brighter Future with “miss america”

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 30, 2020

We’ve been obsessed with Isaac Dunbar for quite some time, and for good reason. This 17-year-old is easily one of the most experimental alternative pop talents we’ve come across, and his latest release proves exactly that. As a way to cope with the current state of the country, Dunbar is leaving us stunned with his eye-opening new single, “miss america.”

On “miss america,” Isaac Dunbar reflected,

“In my 17 years, I’ve never felt this much tension and witnessed such division amongst a country that is supposed to be “united.” I will miss America, but in order for there to be peace, we need to go through this ugly phase.” 

As hopeful as it is jaw-dropping, “miss america” features swirly electronics and meaningful lyricism that’ll make you believe in a brighter future. With Dunbar reflecting on the troubling times we’re currently facing, “miss america” directly calls out the lack of leadership we’re all aware of. The accompanying visual is entirely dedicated to the United States of America–with a special emphasis on the insufficient funding reserved for the U.S. Postal Service.

“While writing ‘miss america,’ I wanted to look at the current state of the country and try to put into words how it makes me feel. This song helps me cope with the current climate in my own way, understanding the struggle of America while trying not to be critical. We are entering a new phase of this country and I hope there is positive change around the corner.”

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Peach Luffe Leaves His Worries Behind with “Golden Parachutes”

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 30, 2020

All of you indie lovers out there are certainly in for a treat from Peach Luffe. The South Korea-born, Toronto-based artist encapsulates the purest aspects of the indie genre with an avant-garde approach and ruffled guitars. Hot off the heels of his recent EP, Shimmer, Peach Luffe continues to spoil us with an enchanting new single, “Golden Parachutes.”

Utterly luscious guitar riffs and stunning flute arrangements are just two reasons why we’re obsessed with “Golden Parachutes.” When you toss in the subtle bass lines and Peach Luffe’s organic vocals, there’s no way you can’t love this wholesome track. As he croons about leaving all of his worries behind, “Golden Parachutes” makes us want to book a one-way trip to somewhere magnificent. 

On “Golden Parachutes,” Peach Luffe explained,

“‘Golden Parachutes’ is about wanting to disappear for a while. Just get on a plane then jump with a parachute and stay off grid wherever we land.” 

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nodisco.’s “Fond” Is a Modern Day Love Song

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 29, 2020

With only a few singles to his name, nodisco. isn’t exactly the most seasoned artist–but his captivating discography will convince you otherwise. nodisco. produces the most earwormy indie pop tunes that’ll be stuck in your minds for the foreseeable future. To prove it to you, we invite you to stream his magnetizing new single, “Fond.”

No stranger to professing his most vulnerable feelings through music, nodisco. does exactly this in “Fond.” A modern day love song, “Fond” has nodisco. simply expressing how much he loves this special someone. For those of you gazing at your crushes from across the room, “Fond” is the perfect track for you. 

On “Fond,” nodisco. shared,

“‘Fond’ was one of the hardest songs for me to ever write. I’ve never been so upset while sitting at my piano. Yeah, it’s about me, but it’s also about you. They’re all about you.”

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“Baby” Brings Back Special Memories for Brandon

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 29, 2020

About 60 miles east of Los Angeles lives your new favorite R&B obsession: Brandon. After his family immigrated from Trindad years ago, the Riverside artist is now showcasing his musical talents for the entire world to indulge in. For all you introverts out there, Brandon will resonate with you in ways you didn’t know were possible with his lovely new single, “Baby.”

On “Baby,” Brandon shared,

“I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what I want to write for hours, but I can’t seem to find the words. For once, I guess I don’t really have much to say. I think I’m just grateful that I’m in a place where I am able to share music again.” 

With an organic fanbase, Brandon is easily one of the most natural-born talents we’ve discovered yet, and “Baby” fully reinforces that. Between the comforting guitars and Brandon’s soulful crooning, “Baby” is an utterly gorgeous track we certainly don’t deserve. Along with this single release comes a visual tribute to his hometown–featuring Riverside’s recognizable citrus groves and must-visit hiking spots. 

“I’ve been very eager to share this next tune for a while now. It brings back a lot of memories. Most of which I’m fond of, but some I’d like to leave in the past. It’s a special one, but what follows will be even better–to say the least. I hope you’re as ready as I am.”

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Sarah Kang Learns to Love Unconditionally with “Make You Mine”

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 28, 2020

Trust us when we say Sarah Kang is the Korean-American breaking boundaries with every jaw-dropping release. Her gorgeous fusion of soul and R&B sets itself apart from anything we’ve heard before, and Kang is most definitely on her way to the top charts. Even if you don’t vibe with R&B, we highly suggest you give Kang a chance with her luscious new single, “Make you Mine.”

On “Make You Mine,” Sarah Kang reflected,

“‘Make You Mine’ is out now! It’s about the moments I’ve felt at odds with someone I love, and a reminder that compromise and reconciliation are possible and worthy endeavors. It’s about the intentional effort and hard work it takes to make someone yours.” 

With funky bass lines and stirring beats, “Make You Mine” incorporates soundscapes fit for the gods. Not to mention, Kang’s vocals are so irresistibly stunning we can’t believe she’s not already playing nonstop on radio stations worldwide. After one listen of “Make You Mine,” it’s safe to say Kang is destined to be a successful musician, and we’re so glad we get to join her on this uphill journey.

“We think of day and night as opposites, but for those rare moments during dawn and dusk when the moon and sun meet, they coexist and make something beautiful. I admit I fail often, and I’m still learning to listen, understand, and bridge the gap. It seems all the more important in our ever divided present moment. Hope you enjoy this one.”

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Saint Blonde Reignites Our Love of Pop Rock with “Morningside”

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 28, 2020

It’s been quite some time since we’ve featured a pop rock band, but trust us when we say Saint Blonde is here to reignite our love of this timeless genre. The Texas four-piece has only been around for two years, but their irresistible pop-influenced rock has gotten considerable worldwide attention. If you’re feeling at all sluggish, we invite you to start your week off right with Saint Blonde’s charming new single, “Morningside.” 

With amped music intended for massive crowds, Saint Blonde will most certainly be your next favorite pop rock act. Doused in rich melodies and impressive guitar work, “Morningside” is dedicated to those who deviate from the norm because they know better. The accompanying visual offers an inclusive live performance of “Morningside” that’s just as energetic as the fantastic track itself.

On “Morningside,” Saint Blonde explained,

“The song itself is sort of an ode to the people who refuse to let time dictate what they want to be, or who they want to be. The late starters, the pivoters, folks who got tired of being afraid of what their idea of love or career looked like. As we get older, it seems like more and more peers feel the pressure of traditional lifestyles or careers.”

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DYLYN Dominates Our Dark Souls with Spunky “Let You”

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 25, 2020

As far as we know, there’s only one rising alternative pop artist with an edge like no other, and that’s DYLYN. The spunky Toronto native underwent a musical rebirth that led to her current rock ‘n’ roll-inspired sound that listeners are instantly drawn to. For those of you on the hunt for an exhilarating talent to add to your radar, let DYLYN impress you with her hypnotic new single, “Let You.”

On “Let You,” DYLYN shared, 

“When you first feel that glimmer of falling for someone, it can feel strong, wild, emotional, dark, lovely — all in one millisecond. You can see yourself with that person; you look to the future, and you cherish the moments spent with them.”

Written about new romances, “Let You” has DYLYN grabbing us by our hearts and taking us on a rollercoaster of inky emotions. With no escape in sight, “Let You” will completely dominate your soul for three otherworldly minutes. Just in time for Halloween, the “Let You” visual is filled with bloody faces and dark hues of red that’ll have you sprinting in fear. 

“[This song] captures the ride of those first few months. The discovery of a new love is the best part of it all. [And the video] encapsulates the wild ride of love and bending the journey with danger, darkness, and falling off the deep end.”

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ford. and Verzache Offer Stellar Indie Righteousness with “In My Eyes”

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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 25, 2020

Quite a few up-and-coming artists have been able to make us shed tears, but there’s one particular indie electronic mastermind that’s going above and beyond to revive the life in us: ford. He may only be 20 years old, but he’s already gotten some major achievements under his belt, like a GRAMMY nomination for his remix of Mild Minds’ “SWIM.” Before he unveils his highly anticipated sophomore album, The Color of Nothing, ford. presents an eloquent new single, “In My Eyes.”

On “In My Eyes,” ford. reflected,

I began writing this track back in February of 2019. A year later, I finally had a flushed-out demo. Quarantine had gone into full effect and one of the things keeping me grounded was Facetiming my friends. I would check in with Zach (Verzache) and we would have these long conversations about mental health, missing touring, and how quarantine was affecting our writing processes, etc. I remember sending him this demo on one of our calls and he sent back a full finished verse the next day. The lyrics and melodies channelled a lot of the themes we had been talking about and it immediately resonated with me. Immensely grateful for dudes like Zach and every opportunity I get to make music with close friends; nothing quite like it.”

Featuring Verzache, “In My Eyes” is truly one of the most alluring tracks we’ve heard as of late. With an impeccable blend of minimal synths and effervescent beats, “In My Eyes” is a stellar offering on behalf of ford. and Verzache. Directed by Mitch Pond, the accompanying visual offers animated versions of ford. and Verzache in a fantasy world of hallucinations and rich colors.

On the “In My Eyes” video, Mitch Pond shared,

“Seeing the wonderful cover art done by Rooovie made me want to create a video that stepped into and explored that world. The imagery of a figure approaching and being submerged in a lotus filled lake brought to my mind the concept of creativity as a sort of diving expedition into the self, searching in the dark for something to bring to the surface and share with people. Coordinating a shoot from different locations was the biggest challenge, and I am grateful that Luc was willing to go out in a public place and do things like spin around in circles or pretend to swim so that we could get the footage of some of the trickier effects.”

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j.pastel’s “Senegal” Is the Ultimate Bedroom Pop Dream

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 25, 2020

All the bedroom pop duos better make way for j.pastel because they’re undoubtedly one of the most anticipated acts today. With the most charming synths and bouncy guitars, j.pastel really creates an out-of-body experience for the listener. Ahead of their forthcoming EP, j.pastel is blessing us with a vibrant new single, “Senegal.”

Comprised of Chase Durrett and Casey Bruce, j.pastel incorporates 80s-inspired pop and modern production into “Senegal.” Between the refreshing instrumentals and j.ember’s wholesome lyricism, “Senegal” will easily become a fan favorite. As j.ember discusses going the distance for the people we love, “Senegal” reminds us to cherish those around us while we can. 

On “Senegal,” j.pastel explained,

“‘Senegal’ is a song about going to the ends of the Earth to be with the person you love. It could be anywhere, but as long as you’re together it doesn’t matter.”

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[PREMIERE + Q&A] Kersty Ryan Reminisces on Childhood Friends with “Lose It Like I Lost You”

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 24, 2020

Texas seems to be home to plenty of remarkable rising acts, but none of them are exactly like Kersty Ryan. This Austin-based talent lets us into the most emotional experiences she’s been through and comforts us in the vulnerable process. Ready to share her love of 80’s music, Ryan is leaving us stunned with yet another fantastic new single, “Lose It Like I Lost You.”

As Ryan divulges the falling out with her childhood best friend, “Lose It Like I Lost You” certainly resonates with most of us. Whether it’s the sun-soaked synths or Ryan’s enrapturing vocals, “Lose It Like I Lost You” sets the stage for an incredible three minutes of 80’s inspired righteousness. For those of you who are going through loss, let Ryan comfort you with “Lose It Like I Lost You.”

On “Lose It Like I Lost You,” Kersty Ryan exclusively shared with us,

“I wrote ‘Lose It Like I Lost You’ at a time when I had a falling out with a friend that I thought I would have forever. Sometimes friendship breakups hurt more than the real ones, because you go from being totally inseparable to complete strangers. In my case, it sucked because there was no real closure, and you hear all these things about them through other people. With this song I wanted to say that it’s okay to be torn up about losing a friend, especially when you feel like you’re missing out on so much.”

The Hidden Hits has your first listen of “Lose It Like I Lost You” below:

To celebrate the release of her new music, we recently chatted with Kersty Ryan about friendships, Mothica, and of course, “Lose It Like I Lost You.” 

HH: What has life been like since we last spoke to you in June?! 

KR: So amazing! Making my debut with “Anybody Else” was so fun, especially with it being my very first release. My friends threw me a small release party, and it was the most special time of my life that I will never forget. Other than that, I released my second single “Cut You Loose,” I’ve been in a lot of co-writing sessions with incredible songwriters, working on my next project, and hanging out a ton with my friends!

HH: How does the release of “Lose It Like I Lost You” compare to your debut single release for “Anybody Else?”

KR: This release is exciting because it’s the last one before my EP comes out! More planning is going into this one since it’s almost like I’m announcing two things at once. The songs are similar in style, but “Lose It Like I Lost You” is actually my favorite on the whole project. It’s fun and melancholic at the same time; I totally love it!

HH: “Lose It Like I Lost You” is about lost friendships, which is a huge part of life we’ve all experienced. What advice do you have for people who are going through the same thing? 

KR: Some people will grow with you, and some will grow apart from you. This is a part of life that totally sucks, and sometimes you won’t get the closure you would want when it happens like that. But trust me when I say that you will find the people who will stick with you! They’ll grow with you, and those are the people that you want to have around forever. You can still want the best for your ex-friend, even if you’re letting them ago, and even if it hurts a lot.

HH: What qualities do you look for in a good friend? 

KR: I look for someone who will build me up, and never tear me down or make me feel less-than. I look for someone who is encouraging, always pushing me to be better, and who will always tell me the honest truth out of love, not just saying things that I want to hear. I think that’s being a real friend.

HH: Who in the music industry do you think would be an amazing friend to you? 

KR: Right now I am totally on the Mothica train. I recently discovered her on Tik Tok, and I’m obsessed with her personality and music. I actually had a dream recently that we were best friends so hopefully I’m manifesting something that will come true lol.

HH: Just like in “Anybody Else,” your timeless pop soundscape in “Lose It Like I Lost You” takes us back to better days. What about other decades of music do you find so captivating?  

KR: I often take a lot of inspiration from the 80’s, because the music always feels so fun and timeless. It’s just all-around feel-good sounds, and that’s exactly what I wanted for these two songs especially!

HH: Why should listeners be excited about your forthcoming debut EP, SAD GRL? Do you have a release date yet? 

KR: SAD GRL is exciting because it’s an inside look into my past few years. All of the songs are inspired by real feelings and experiences straight from my own brain and life. All of the songs are so different from each other, and I think there’s something for everybody. It means so much to me! The release date is a secret for now, but I’m announcing it super soon!

HH: What are your three hidden hits?

KR: “If I Saw You Today” by Abigail Barlow
“Strawberry Milkshakes” by Ali Henderson
“Feel” by Lindsey Lomis

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