New Music Monday (11.19.18)

Some of our favorite releases from this past week! 11.19!


Tyler, the Creator

Tyler blesses us with a short little EP that dropped alongside the release of the new Grinch film. Tyler had already released a couple of songs, one original and one cover of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch but now he gives us 6 original songs with original production and lyrics from Tyler. It opens with a beautifully orchestrated instrument entitled Whoville and surprisingly, sounds like it could fit into any of Tyler’s own solo albums. Tyler recruits some help from Santigold and Ryan Beatty in the following track Lights On that holds more of a Christmas-y mood over Tyler’s production. All in all, it’s really exciting to see Tyler venture into opportunities like this that get to showcase his talents in a more non-traditional form. Tyler’s EP is an eclectic and exciting mashup between the nostalgia some of us may have for The Grinch alongside the ever-evolving sound of Tyler, the Creator.

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Briston Maroney

Briston Maroney is an indie/alternative artist out of Tennessee who has come along way from his American Idol audition back in 2014. Now, don’t you think this is a review for some American idol contestant still hanging onto the limelight, because this couldn’t be farther from the opposite. I actually had no idea he was on American Idol until a few days ago when his audition popped up on YouTube. Carnival, a 5 song EP that Briston has spent the last year sitting on, is a brilliant construction of indie rock from someone who stands as a true artist that brought more value to American Idol than American Idol could ever bring to him. From the soulful intro Hard to Tell to the somber closer Rose, Briston maintains a pretty wide array of moods which is pretty difficult to accomplish in only 5 songs. His sound reminds me so much of another wonderful Tennessee indie group, Colony House. Indie music can find ways to be very superficial and aesthetic based especially in the wake of Coachella’s popularity, but what Briston shares with Colony House is a true, genuine sense of personality when you hear him both sing and play.

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Skullleleven is fresh off celebrating his 21st birthday and celebrates with all of us by releasing what may arguably be his single best track yet. The underground hip-hop artist out of Clearwater, FL has been steady making waves in the Tampa area and his latest single ComeGetYoMans is sure to continue to propel this waves he’s surfing to the top. With production from Fontasize, Skullleleven bounces on this piano-heavy beat with such ease that you can’t help but dip your shoulders up and down like you actually know how to dance.