“Sometimes the best way to discover new music is when you have time to really listen. So come on in, close the door and enjoy the music in the listening room.”
The Listening Room is one of our newer Spotify playlist that’s growing all the time.
Updated regularly with songs of a more down-tempo vibe it contains 100 awesome songs! Find out more here.
So, what’s new in The Listening Room recently?
‘No Reason’ – teepee
Dreampop / indie-folk band teepee first appeared on the Czech independent music scene in 2015. A high school in the Bohemian city of Pilsen provided the backdrop to the spellbinding collaboration between singer-acoustic guitarist Miroslav Patočka (Mason) and singer-electric guitarist Tereza Lavičková (Teera). They immediately began to make waves, taking to stages across the Czech Republic with mesmerizing performances which quickly solidified their position as a band to watch.
Teepee’s sound is defined by intoxicating vocal harmonies, with Mason’ gentle acoustic guitar enhanced by fragile notes from Teera’s electric guitar. Subtle samples and synthetic sounds provide a bed for their melancholic, confessional English lyrics.
‘Evergreen’ – Bootstraps
Bootstraps is Jordan Beckett, an American musician, singer and songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Under the moniker Bootstraps, Beckett has released two studio albums, Bootstraps and Homage, and one EP, To Each His Own. Critics have compared Bootstraps’ music to The National, Bon Iver, Ray LaMontagne, Band of Horses, and Coldplay. Bootstraps produces and records out of Harmony Studios, in Hollywood, CA, home to notable records by Adele, Miley Cyrus, and Sia.
Beckett grew up in the fertile Portland music scene, spending his teen years going to Elliott Smith, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse shows. A friend gave him Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, which influenced his writing style, though it wasn’t until college that he became serious about music. A college baseball player, Beckett was injured, and while sidelined, he learned to play guitar. The Pacific Northwest’s rich indie landscape provided the backdrop for Beckett’s first steps into song writing and recording.
‘No Worries’ – Devin Kennedy
The Berklee College of Music graduate started creating music at a young age, teaching himself guitar, drums and piano. In 2018, he released a string of well-received singles. These days, his music is everywhere, with successful rotation on Los Angeles radio stations as well as features on the “Today At Apple Playlist” in all Apple stores nationwide, and BMI’s Music Monday. He’s partnered with ‘Steereo’ to stream his music for over 200k listening minutes in Lyfts and Uber’s across the U.S. In 2018, he was awarded “Best New Emerging Artist” by Hollywood Music in Media and sold-out his first headlining show at Los Angeles’ Peppermint Club LA. He’s performed nationwide with James Maslow (ex. Big Time Rush) at iHeartRadio festivals including Jingle Ball and was recently the opening act for Wesley of the hit band Emblem3. His newest single, “NO WORRIES” has already garnered over 100k streams across all platforms, building the anticipation for the release of “YOU & ME, THAT’S ENOUGH.”
‘Shimmer’ – Arizonian Summer
Arizonan Summer is the alter-ego of sole songwriter Chris Reiswig, the 22 year old guitarist/vocalist of the band whose music presents itself as the shot in the arm that modern rock music is largely missing.
Described before as “Progressive Indie”, Arizonan Summer draws from the best sounds of music past and present, studying from the classics and culminating in an inventive blend of genres –ranging from Art-Rock, Post-Punk, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Funk Rock, Power Pop, and more. After years of waiting, the debut album TEMPERATURES RISE is now available: it’s the 10 song album of the summer that’ll be sure to leave you reeling and rocking and coming back for more.
‘My Favourite Drug’ – Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson is a Singer, Songwriter, and Guitarist from Thousand Oaks, CA. He was first discovered after having recorded a cover of the song Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran which was retweeted by Selena Gomez. He then gained traction after completing a middle school tour throughout Southern California. He released his debut EP Hopelessly Optimistic in 2016 and followed it with the single “In the End” in 2018. He has released two singles in 2019: New York Love and My Favorite Drug, and is currently working on his first full length album.
‘Somewhere Else’ – Alice Ella
Known for her soulful voice and ambient production, Alice has come back once again with a catchy hook amidst beautiful dark tones.
‘When I was writing the song, I wanted to get across the feeling of being so immersed within the intimacy of a relationship that I would forget everything else going on in my life, even if just for a moment. I was able to escape my own body and feel like nothing else mattered. The song is about my personal journey of recovery from chronic ill health, when I longed to escape the prison my own body had become. I hope that it will connect with people going through dark times and this song is for anyone who wants to escape from themselves, escape from everyday life and feel freedom.’
The single, produced by Scott Stoddart (one half of the well known production duo ‘Dasco’) features two remixes – a ‘future house’ mix by Jeff Nang and an ‘alternative mix’ by Uncon.
Wait there’s more…
‘The Giver’ – Nathan Colberg
‘Make It Without You’ – Andrew Belle
‘Neighbours’ – Bony Macaroni
‘Flags’ – The Project
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