Fresh Brewed Playlist #11

Hardcastle’s new single “Me from the Past” is out now!

Hardcastle writes about the uncertainty of self on his newest single “Me from the Past” which details a point of life we’ve all unfortunately experienced in feeling as if we’ve lost ourselves. “Now it’s all falling apart, I know it’s just a moment but that don’t make it any less hard. It’s like someone else is walking around in my skin, it’s getting harder to know who I am, I don’t know how long it’ll last, but I’m missing the me from the past,” he sings on the final chorus. Hardcastle, aka Graham Laderman is currently LA based and his songwriting has this raw quality to it that makes you want to bop your head and sob at the same time. Or is that just me??

Me from the Past” by Hardcastle

“Demon” by Blake Rose is another standout track from the Australian singer who seemingly never misses with each subsequent release since releasing his hit single “Lost” back in 2019. This latest track is written and produced by Rose himself and embraces more of an alternative/rock sound of pop which fits his powerful voice so perfectly. “Oh god, it makes me nauseous that I even know your name, Wish I never said hello and I just walked away,” he sings above a pulsating beat as the music swells in the chorus. If “Demon” and his other recent release “Confidence” are a sign of what Rose’s next release will be, 2022 might just be his finest year yet.

“Demon” by Blake Rose

I couldn’t possibly conclude this catch up of new music without mentioning “This Love (Taylor’s Version)”, could I? Taylor Swift continues to defy the odds, somehow taking yet another song that was already perfect and making it even better. The production feels richer, and her matured vocals are hauntingly gorgeous on this re-recording- just as they were on “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”. But I couldn’t talk Taylor without addressing her lyrics, especially on that damn bridge. “Your kiss, my cheek, I watched you leave, your smile, my ghost, I fell to my knees. When you’re young, you just run, but you come back to what you need,” she sings of a love that she’s found again after letting it go- shattering all of our hearts in the process. It’s been such an honor to listen to every re-recording as Swift slowly regains ownership of her incredible catalogue and gives us finely improved versions in the process. Cheers to the next, but for now “This Love” has come back to us as well.

“This Love (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Check out the rest of the songs featured on Fresh Brewed #11 below!

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Review- Lizzy McAlpine’s “Five Seconds Flat”

‘five seconds flat’ by Lizzy McAlpine is out now!

I don’t think there’s any other way to start this review than to simply say that Lizzy McAlpine’s newest album five seconds flat has shaken me to my innermost core. In fact, since its release, I’ve struggled to listen to anything other- it’s just that damn good.

five seconds flat brings its listeners on a journey through love and heartbreak- with a story arc crafted so beautifully by McAlpine which makes the entire project feel visceral in both its happiest and saddest moments. Her pen is magical- full of metaphors and simple details that prime her listeners to hang on every single word she sings.

hate to be lame” feat Finneas- Directed by Gus Black

I’ve seen listeners comparing her to her peers like Phoebe Bridgers and Olivia Rodrigo, and while I definitely understand the comparison- it doesn’t ring true for me. I found myself reminded of watching Sara Bareilles live- her voice so clear cutting and theatrical in the exact right times and each song filled with the most poignant of details which bring a cinematic quality to the project.

Every song swell’s as they go on, never leaving us in the same place we started. This unpredictability in the production keeps every single moment exciting- specifically in cases like “firearm” and “hate to be lame”. Producers Philip Etherington and Ehren Ebbage have done exquisite work here, elevating McAlpine’s poetic lyrics to heights that other artists can merely dream of.

five seconds flat- Directed by Gus Black

The album was preceded by singles “doomsday”, “erase me” featuring Jacob Collier, “all my ghosts” and “reckless driving” featuring Ben Kessler which are all featured in her new short film five seconds flat which was directed by Gus Black and accompanies the release of the album. The film brings all of Lizzy’s imagery to life, telling a story of having one’s heart broken, attempting the so called “hoe phase”, trying to date again and finding a love worth your while. It’s perfect, and only makes me more ecstatic to see what she has planned next. Perhaps following in Bareilles’ footsteps and writing a musical? We can only hope- but for now we have this beautiful first entry in the MCU (aka the McAlpine Cinematic Universe).

Despite the album being near skipless (I’m looking at you “weird”), there are quite a few that I’ve continued to gravitate towards more than the others- and you DEFINITELY know I’m about to tell you which. “ceilings” is dreamlike and perfect for the rainy-day blues. McAlpine daydreams of a relationship that is now over, going over the details in her head and missing the feeling- not so much the person. “But it’s not real, and you don’t exist, and I can’t recall the last time I was kissed. It hits me in the car and it feels like the end of a movie I’ve seen before,” she sings on the outro, recognizing how despite missing the feeling, she knows how the story ends and doesn’t wish to repeat it.

“ceilings” by Lizzy McAlpine

“called you again” is another heartbreaking track which describes the unhealthy cycle of a relationship that she is stuck in. She knows that she should end it, she knows that it would be best for her and her partner and yet she recognizes that even as the final few notes of the song end, they’ll call each other again. “I think that I was lonely and I missed having friends, now we don’t really talk anymore and it’s good for us both, cause I know you love me the most,” the second verse reads quite tragically and is absolutely, not at all relatable to me in anyway *sigh*.

called you again” by Lizzy McAlpine

Other album standouts include “what a shame”, “orange show speedway” and the extremely vulnerable penultimate track “chemtrails” about Lizzy’s late father. It’s nearly impossible to narrow the album down to just a few favorites so my greatest piece of advice is merely to go sit down somewhere, perhaps go for a drive and feel everything that this album has to offer.

Lizzy McAlpine is an absolute star, somehow creating a musical universe so inviting and personal that I can’t remember what it felt like to not have these songs in my life. And that’s what music is all about, right? An artist making something out of their hurt or happiness and giving it to the world, so that we as listeners take it with us on our own adventures of bad first dates and nights spent crying into our pillows.

With Lizzy McAlpine here, at least we know we will never be alone.

five seconds flat is out now on all streaming platforms, and you can catch Lizzy out on tour this summer on the five seconds flat tour!

Oceanic Talk Debut Album and New Single “Alone”

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Nathan Wyatt from the East Coast based indie pop band Oceanic about their newest single “Alone”, their upcoming debut album and some East Coast tour dates. Check out what he had to say below!

Brew Music Friday: Congratulations on the release of “Alone”! For any new listeners, how would you guys describe your sound?

That’s definitely the hardest question in the world. We’re somewhere between WALK THE MOON, The 1975, and Coldplay. Probably. I could be wrong about that. I’d call us indie pop for people who also like U2. 

BMF: Who are some of your musical influences?

Coldplay, The Killers, The 1975, Harry Styles, Caroline Polachek, Dua Lipa, Brian Eno, Oneohtrix Point Never, just to name a few. Obviously we’re products of the Streaming Age, so it’s hard to condense!

BMF: How long have you all been playing together? 

Me (Nathan) and Jacob have been playing together for about six years as Oceanic, and Sam has been in the band for about five years. Joseph actually just joined last year! Though we’ve been playing shows on and off with him for around 3 years. 

BMF: You said your debut album “No, Human” will be released sometime soon. When can fans expect to hear the full project?

Our debut album is set to release in early January 2023!

BMF: You’ve said before that you hope to make listeners look inward when listening to your music. What do you hope they take out of “Alone”?

I think I’d love for them to consider the way we all act toward other people, and how that can have a deep, lasting effect. The warm or cold way we interact with people can make them feel seen and loved, or shunned and alone.

I’d love for people to consider that the way we treat other people should be constantly on the front of our minds as one of the most important things in the whole universe. I hope to get better and better at that.

And I hope they hear some sounds they like. 🙂

BMF: You all just played Charlotte Shout a few weeks back. What was that experience like?

Charlotte Shout was so great! It had high production value, an enormous stage, and a crew that worked very hard to make it happen. We’re very grateful to have played a festival that is so special to Charlotte. Can’t wait for next year! 

BMF: Can fans look forward to a tour?

We’ve got a ton of dates coming up all up and down the east coast! If folks keep up with our social media we’ll be posting about everything that’s coming together. We’re playing more shows this year than we ever have before, and we couldn’t be more excited. 

BMF: What sets “No, Human” apart from your previous EP “Angel”?

“No, Human” has larger breadth sonically and thematically. It’s all new songs, and obviously it’s longer than the “Angel” EP, so we are able to be way more creative with it. Essentially it captures what Oceanic is more fully—which is terribly exciting to us. Essentially, it’s got more bangers, more breadth of emotion, more wide varieties of sounds. Honestly, we just can’t wait for it to be out. The next single off of it will be called “Walt,” and it’ll be coming in May.

Make sure you follow Oceanic on their Instagram and other socials to stay up to date on upcoming releases and more tour dates to come! Up next you can check them out at Sonic Movement Festival in Charlotte, NC on May 14th!

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