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Today, global superstar Doja Cat unveils the first taste of Planet Her. “Kiss Me More” ft. SZA, the highly anticipated first single off her much buzzed about new album was written by Doja Cat, SZA, Yeti Beats, Rogét Chahayed, tizhimself and Carter Lang and produced by Yeti Beats. It arrives with an epic music video, directed by Warren Fu (The Weeknd, Kehlani), which offers the first glimpse into the brand new world Doja is creating.

Doja Cat Ft SZA: Kiss Me More Artwork

Doja’s domination continues with the news that her 3rd album, Planet Her is coming summer 2021 via Kemosabe/RCA Records.

Just last month, 3-time GRAMMY nominee Doja Cat, took to the Grammy Stage for a show stopping performance of her smash hit “Say So” which was highly celebrated. She also graced the cover of V Magazine and released the music video for her runaway viral smash “Streets” which was directed by Christian Breslauer and starred actor/model Kofi Siroboe.




Polo G has released his new song “RAPSTAR.” The long awaited track was produced by Synco with longtime collaborator Einer Bankz on the ukulele, LISTEN HERE. Polo reflects on life and fame in the Arrad directed accompanying visual, featuring cameos with his friends DDG, Trench Baby, and Scorey, and a special moment with his son Tremani.

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Polo G: Rapstar artwork

The multi-platinum chart topper continues his Billboard Hot 100 chart run over the past few months with his latest release “GNF (OKOKOK)” along with his recent features with Rod Wave on “Richer” and Lil Tjay & Fivio Foreign on “Headshot”. Since its release in May 2020, his critically acclaimed album THE GOAT has accrued over 4 Billion streams, 7 Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, has been a mainstay on the charts and landed in multiple year-end best albums lists. The album is certified Platinum by the RIAA along with his debut album, Die A Legend. Polo G was named one of XXL’s Freshman Class in 2020, an annual roundup of hip-hop’s brightest new stars. He also secured a spot on the coveted Forbes 2021 30 Under 30 list and was named a FUSE TV Future Black History Honoree for February 2021.

Polo is currently in the studio working on his forthcoming album Hall of Fame to be released this year.



Los Angeles-bred rapper, producer, director, designer, activist, and all-around visionary David Sabastian releases the incendiary anthem “America on Fire” today via Believe In Yourself Records/BPG Music/Warner Records.

America On Fire Artwork

America on Fire” opens with an angelic choir, but quickly descends into a barrage of chants, militaristic drum rolls, and claps. Through this score, Sabastian articulates anxieties in the Black community and the fears of living through a pandemic, his booming voice cutting through every second. He balances political messages with spiritual and philosophical concerns, preaching the power of love, positivity, and togetherness while still indicting the wealthy. “It’s all a game and the rich is watching us die for entertainment,” he raps. “N***a, this shit is crazy, we living in The Matrix.” On the hook, he tempers all profundity by gleefully chanting, “Bounce that ass!”

David Sebastian: America On Fire Official Music Video

The Sabastian-directed music video is as captivating, insightful, and irreverent as the song itself. As American and Confederate flags are set aflame, Sabastian raps in front of a backdrop of the White House while surrounded by twerking women. Later, he’s spitting from the top of a truck emblazoned the words, “We Are God,” as it winds through the streets of Skid Row. Visually critiquing iconic American images and events (like the Fourth of July), the visual also finds Sabastian calling for justice for murdered Black people like the late Breonna Taylor.

Coming on the heels of his February single “Revolutionary,” “America on Fire” is another exciting step in Sabastian’s new musical journey. He has already left an indelible imprint on the culture as a designer sought out by everyone from OVO to HBO; as an artist with murals coast-to-coast and at ComplexCon; and as an activist with headline-making events such as “The Gucci Bonfire DTLA” and “Last Train to Nowhere.” He also launched his own brand, Skid Row Fashion Week, with a philanthropic mission to house the homeless. His custom pieces have notably been sported by Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Alicia Keys, and many more. Forbes, Flaunt, and more have extensively chronicled his work. Now, Sabastian continues to commit this dangerously dynamic vision to wax with “America On Fire” and the rest of the music on his forthcoming debut album.


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Acclaimed singer/producer duo Majid Jordan (Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman) have returned with a gleaming new track and stunning audio/visual release titled “Waves of Blue” on OVO Sound. With “Waves of Blue,” the duo unlock a brilliant, creative extension of their sonic universe where pop, r&b, and dance music collide. With anticipation mounting since their last track “Caught Up” ft. Khaled in 2019, and as the Toronto natives have been hard at work recording, 2021 is shaping up to be a spirited new beginning for Majid Jordan and their fans in more ways than one. The group explains about “Waves of Blue”:


Waves of Blue is like staring at the ocean. You’re not in the water, but you’re still getting carried away by its currents. It’s the story of someone’s desire to love and be lost in that love. Waves of Blue was made at the very beginning of this album, and it only makes sense that we begin our next chapter with this song.

It represents the onset of a bold, mature transformation in sound and scope. In the visual, Majid is front-and-center, and Jordan sits at an elegant white piano as vibrant colors and cosmos orbit the duo in an augmented-reality dreamscape. It’s the perfect re-introduction to their captivating world. Stay tuned.

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Louisville’s “Delightfully menacing” (Baeble MusicChief Ghoul shares his new single I’ll Be There” today, as the latest taste of his forthcoming sixth album, These Lycanthropic Blues, due out June 4, 2021. Describing the new song, Lee Miles says, “‘I’ll Be There” is a sort of love song. Imagery and vibes in my head are those of classic gothic literature like Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe. Lyrically, I wanted to compare and contrast mundane issues with apocalyptic events.”

Chief Ghoul I ll Be There album These Lycanthropic Blues

The new album’s first single, aptly named first single, “Let’s Go,” is now streaming everywhere and kicks off the journey of the upcoming LP. With its upbeat tempo and darkly poetic lyrics, it’s clear that Miles is returning to the spirit that previously landed him on the cover of Performer Magazine, where he was quoted saying, “When you get discouraged, use it and don’t let it defeat you. Don’t let it overwhelm you to the point where you don’t do anything at all.” Pain is one hell of a motivator and Miles haunts with purpose and raw power, using elements of alt-country, folk, rock and blues to craft a sound that is “a truly special sound,” according to Performer Magazine.

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Music as therapy has always been an underlying theme of Miles’ songwriting, and the autonomy of self-producing has made the sound of the record even more personal, vulnerable and true to his old-soul. Guitar-playing has been an impulse and necessity when times are tough, and it’s obvious that his guitar playing up levels with every release — hinting that life doesn’t get easier, but the therapy is working. A gut instinct to connect to the deeper parts of his subconscious come through the strings and the wildness of the sound, and the new single is just a starting point for where the album is leading. A deeper, darker path lays ahead, but the catharsis builds along with the blackness. The intimacy of getting to know what plagues Miles deepens to the bond, and although he always says he makes this music for himself — it’s hard not to feel connected and relate.

With that raw energy, “Let’s Go” opens the path forward and leads toward These Lycanthropic Blues’ release and “I’ll Be There” reminds us that sometimes everything isn’t as extreme in reality as it feels in our hearts — everything except love dies.





Johnny Orlando, DVBBS – I Don’t (Music Video)

Singer-songwriter and international pop star Johnny Orlando reveals the official video for his latest single “I Don’t (with DVBBS)” via Island Records. Featuring DVBBS and Ellie Zeiler, the video for “I Don’t (with DVBBS)” was shot in Los Angeles by director Sam Cahill (Machine Gun Kelly).

On the video, Johnny commented: “Shooting the “I Don’t” music video was such a fun experience. It was the first time I’ve been back on a music video set since last fall, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. We shot the music video outside of LA with my amazing director and friend Sam Cahill on this crazy film set out in the desert. The shoot day was the first time I met Chris and Alex from DVBBS in person, as well as my co-star Ellie Zeiler. It was such a fun day, and I’m super happy with the video that we created.”

The official “I Don’t (with DVBBS)” video was shared with fans this morning on Orlando’s YouTube channel alongside a livestream with video co-star Ellie Zeiler. Shortly after the livestream, the official video made its global broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU and across MTV’s global network of channels, as well as on the ViacomCBS Times Square billboard in New York City. For the video premiere, the first 1,000 fans that joined were offered an exclusive NFT collectible, showing that they were among the first to stream the music video.

Since its release, “I Don’t (with DVBBS)” has been a stand-out track for Johnny Orlando, quickly becoming his best performing track (within the first week of release) of all-time, outpacing both his previous single “Everybody Wants You” and the viral hit “What If”.

Stay tuned for much more to come from Johnny Orlando in 2021. For more info on “I Don’t (with DVBBS)” and Johnny Orlando, click here.



Keeping a longstanding tradition alive as an official sponsor of  RECORD STORE DAY (RSD)Warner Records proudly announces not one, but two RSD Drops of exclusive vinyl set for June 12 and July 17, 2021. This year, the label presents seven very limited-edition titles for Drop 1 and another six for Drop 2. These include music by everyone from Tom Petty, Linkin Park, Gorillaz, Deftones, Mastodon, Randy Newman, PARTYNEXTDOOR, The Flaming Lips, DVSN, Majid Jordan, Conor Oberst, and many more.

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Warner Records store day

Click here for complete details of where to shop in your area. Stay tuned for more news very soon this summer from Warner Records.  


Record Store Day exclusives for summer 2021 are as follows:
Saturday June 12th – Drop #1: Conor Oberst – Ruminations (Expanded Edition): 2LP set, Black vinyl. Limited to 9,500 copies worldwide.A double-LP expanded remastered edition of Conor Oberst’s critically acclaimed 2016 solo album, Ruminations. Featuring five bonus tracks, four of which are previously unreleased as well as an exclusive etching on side D. This release will be first available on RSD June 12th on black 140gram vinyl via Nonesuch Records. 

Deftones – Digital Bath (Telefon Tel Aviv Version) / Feiticeira (Arca Remix): 12″ Picture Disc. Limited to 14,000 copies worldwide.Deftones’ White Pony 20th Anniversary reissue aka Black Stallion included a full disc of remixes of the original album. Continuing the spirit of Black Stallion, two exclusive, previously unreleased remixes by Telefon Tel Aviv(“Digital Bath”) and Arca (“Feiticeira”) will be featured as a RSD limited-edition 12” single picture disc.

DVSN – SEPT 5th: 2 LP set, Solid Purple vinyl. Limited to 4,500 copies worldwide.This special 5th year anniversary release of SEPT 5th is pressed on solid purple vinyl, paying homage to original colors of their first ever album cover. The vinyl includes “Too Deep”, “With Me” and “Hallucinations,” which garnered critical acclaim for DVSN. Content has been available since 2016. CD and LP were originally released in 2016.
Linkin ParkMeteora: 2 LP set, Blue vinyl disc. Limited to 20,500 copies worldwide. Meteora, first released in 2003, was the follow-up album to Linkin Park‘s phenomenal diamond-selling debut album, Hybrid Theory. This limited RSD exclusive version of the Meteora double-LP is pressed on blue vinyl.

Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan: 2 LP set, Transparent Blue vinyl. Limited to 4,000 copies worldwide.This transparent blue vinyl celebrates 5 years since their self-titled album, Majid Jordanhas been released. It features the critically acclaimed songs “My Love (Feat. Drake” and “Something About You.” Content has been available since 2016. CD and LP were originally released in 2016.
The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin Companion: 2 LP set, Silver vinyl. Limited 16,000 copies worldwide. 1999’s The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips signaled a groundbreaking artistic statement for the band and remains among their most beloved and critically lauded. The Soft Bulletin

Companion disc was originally available as a promo only CD, hand made by The Lips’ management, and given to press, radio, family & friends around its original release. The compilation includes unreleased songs from the era, plus outtakes and early mixes, B-sides, international bonus tracks and stereo versions of Zaireeka tracks. Among them, “The Captain,” remains a fan favorite true rarity. Finally, available on vinyl for the first time ever pressed on double silver vinyl.

Tom Petty – Angel Dream (Songs and Music from the Motion Picture She’s the One): Cobalt Blue vinyl. Limited to 22,000 copies worldwide. Angel Dream is a special reimagining of the album She’s The One to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its original release. This also concludes the audio releases celebrating Tom Petty’s masterpiece Wildflowers, as most of the songs on this album were recorded during the same time period. She’s The One included some songs that were left off the original Wildflowers album, which were recently included in the Wildflowers & All The Rest reissue. In place of those songs, four previously unreleased songs have been added–two Petty originals (“105 Degrees” “One of Life’

s Little Mysteries”), a cover of JJ Cale’s “Thirteen Days,” and the instrumental “French Disconnection.” An extended version of “Supernatural Radio” is also included. The album has been remixed and remastered with brand new cover art commissioned to emphasize that this is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album, rather than a soundtrack album. This special version for RSD is pressed on cobalt blue vinyl.

Side 1:
1.     Angel Dream (#2)
2.     Grew Up Fast
3.     Change The Locks
4.     Zero From Outer Space
5.     Asshole
6.     One of Life’s Little Mysteries (unreleased song)

Side 2:
1.     Walls
2.     13 Days (unreleased JJ Cale cover version)
3.     105 Degrees (unreleased song)
4.     Climb That Hill
5.     Supernatural Radio (Extended Version) [unreleased version]
6.     French Disconnection (unreleased instrumental)

Saturday July 17th – Drop #2:Tribute To Curtis Mayfield – A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield: Light Blue and Grey Mixed vinyl. Limited to 4,950 copies worldwide17 distinguished artists come together in tribute to one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music now on vinyl for the first time. This 2LP RSD exclusive is pressed on custom Light Blue and Grey Mixed vinyl. It waspreviously on CD only in 1994. 

A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield TRACKLISTING
Side A
1.     “Choice of Colors” – Gladys Knight
2.     “It’s All Right!” – Steve Winwood
3.     “Let’s Do It Again” – Repercussions and Curtis Mayfield
4.     “Billy Jack” – Lenny Kravitz
5.     “Look Into Your Heart” – Whitney Houston 
6.     “Gypsy Woman” – Bruce Springsteen
7.     “You Must Believe Me” – Eric Clapton 
8.     “I’m So Proud” – The Isley Brothers
9.     “Fool for You” – Branford Marsalis and The Impressions 

Side B:
1.     “Keep On Pushin'” – Tevin Campbell 
2.     “The Makings of You” – Aretha Franklin 
3.     “Woman’s Got Soul” – B.B. King 
4.     “People Get Ready” – Rod Stewart 
5.     “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go” – Narada Michael Walden
6.     “I’ve Been Trying” – Phil Collins 
7.     “I’m the One Who Loves You” – Stevie Wonder 
8.     “Amen” – Elton John and Sounds of Blackness 

PVRIS – Use Me (Deluxe EP): Coke Bottle Clear vinyl. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide. PVRIS marked a new era with the release of Use Me in 2020, as frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Lynn Gunn confidently stepped forward as PVRIS’ leader and sole architect. The deluxe edition of the acclaimed third studio album – which was brought to life by producer JT Daly [K. Flay] – featured five additional tracks, including remixes by Nicole Moudaber (“Dead Weight”),Mija(“Use Me” feat. 070 Shake) and Lynn herself (“Loveless”), plus “Thank You” (Feat. RAYE) and “Things Are Better” (Alt Version). For the first time ever, these 5 tracks are now available on Coke Bottle Clear vinyl, exclusively for RSD.

PARTYNEXTDOOR – PARTYNEXTDOOR Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set: Black Vinyl box set – all 4 studio albums. 4 albums – 6 LPs. Limited to 2,500 copies worldwide.This special vinyl box set contains all four studio releases by PARTYNEXTDOOR, including his first self-titled mixtape, which has never before available on LP. PARTYNEXTDOORPARTYNEXTDOOR TWOPARTYNEXTDOOR 3 and PARTYMOBILEshowcase the talent and breadth of his work, including hit singles from each project; “Break From Toronto,” “Recognize (Featt. Drake),”“Come and See Me (Feat. Drake),” and “Believe it (Feat. Rihanna).”  All content is available digitally. The first album was available on CD in 2013. PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO was available on CD and LP in 2014. P3 was available on CD in 2016 and LP in 2017. PARTYMOBILE was available on DOD in 2020 and on LP in August 2020.

Randy Newman – Roll with the Punches: The Studio Albums (1979- 2017): 8-LP box set. Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.Exclusive to RSD, Randy Newman’s Roll with the Punches: The Studio Albums (1979-2017) is an 8-LP set comprising Newman’s seven most recent studio albums—Born AgainTrouble in ParadiseLand of DreamsFaustBad Love (available on LP for the first time)Harps and Angels, and Dark Matter—on 140gram vinyl featuring original album jackets, lyric/credit sheets, and Faust demos. This exclusive RSD collection will be available on July 17th, 2021 via Nonesuch Records.

 – Fallen Torches: Die-cut Picture Disc. Limited to 11,500 copies worldwide. “Fallen Torches”, the acclaimed track from Mastodon’s 2020 Medium Rarities compilation, is released exclusively for RSD as a limited-edition shaped picture disc. The B-side features the previously unreleased instrumental version of the track. This release is certain to become a sought-after collectible by all Mastodon fans. 

Gorillaz – G Gollection: Black vinyl box set containing their six studio albums from 2001 – 2020. 6 albums, 10 LPs. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide. This vinyl box set contains six Gorillaz studio albums from 2001 – 2020, including their current release Song Machine, Season 1. This Black vinyl box set will first be available for RSD on June 12th. All six studio albums have been previously released:  Gorillaz, Demon Days, Plastic Beach, HumanzThe Now Now and Song Machine Season 1.



Italian technical death metal band HIDEOUS DIVINITY release new track, “Acheron, Stream of Woe”, today via Century Media Records. The song is the debut track off their forthcoming EP LV-426 out on April 23rd.

’Acheron, Stream of Woe’ marks another step in our sound progression. Just like James Horner’s original score, we searched for all the dramatic and dissonant elements our music could achieve. It has been a great time, both the songwriting and the studio time. We felt good, we felt at home”

Oh, and this time is about Aliens. Not a coincidence, for sure. A year has passed from the beginning of… all this. A year during which we all had to face our monsters. Very real ones. Enjoy,” states HIDEOUS DIVINITY about the track.

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Italian based technical Death Metal diehards Hideous Divinity deliver their staggering conceptual EP LV-426. The concept of the EP is a sub-narrative of the second Alien movie, directed by James Cameron.

The Hideous Divinity adds, “We chose to concentrate on the story of Rebeca ‘Newt’ Jorden, the 6-year old girl rescued on the alien infested planetoid LV-426 by Ellen Ripley. We live the story from her point of view, a mixture of childhood’s happy life and memories cut off by the alien attack.”

The EP includes two brand-new Hideous Divinity tracks, “Acheron, Stream of Woe” & “Chestburst” and a smashing Tech-Death cover version of Coheed and Cambria’s “Delirium Trigger”. Like its predecessor, Simulacrum, the EP has been produced by Stefan Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio, who refined the bands signature sound consisting of bone-crushing riffs, superb drumming, and frightful vocals. Also, the EP features a stunning Alien-themed artwork by Colin Estrada.

LV-426 will be available as Ltd. CD Edition (Pocket Pack) and on all digital platforms.

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LV-426 Tracklisting:
1. Acheron, Stream of Woe
2.     Chestburst
3.     Delirium Trigger


Enrico “H.” Di Lorenzo (vocals)
Enrico Schettino (guitars)
Stefano Franceschini (bass)
Giulio Galati (drums)
Riccardo Benedini (guitars).

Bush’s® partners with singer, songwriter Josh Groban to give beans their rightful musical due with ‘Bean Song’


KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ –Today, Bush’s ushers in a new era as That Beautiful Bean Co.™—starting with a much-needed replacement of the notorious bean song (“beans, beans the musical fruit…”) created in partnership with fellow bean-lover Josh Groban. “Bean Song” honors the humble, delicious and nutritious bean in a way only Bush’s can. The song drops at the same time that Bush’s brand evolution, complete with a new look and feel, rolls out nationwide.

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Bush’s® and Josh Groban collaborated to create “The Beautiful Bean Song” and accompanying music video.

Groban wrote the original song and stars in the accompanying music video, which flashes back to his childhood and progresses to a celebration of the mighty legume—and even features a cameo from his own dad on the grill.

“When Bush’s approached me with the idea to do something fun and musical, my first thought was how wonderfully weird it was. But I like the unexpected. And I love beans,” said Groban. “I had an absolute blast writing and singing this over-the-top song. Eat your beans, kids.”

In tandem with the launch of That Beautiful Bean Co. and “Bean Song,” Bush’s has unveiled a new look, website and logo. The tagline, That Beautiful Bean Co., pays homage to the brand’s “Roll That Beautiful Bean Footage” oft-memed catchphrase but contemporizes the concept for a new generation of bean lovers. The celebration of the bean continues this spring with the introduction of Sidekicks—a line of easy meal enhancers that can be used as a best supporting side, flavorful topper or mix-in.

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Bush’s Beans presents Bean Song from Josh Groban

“The next phase of Bush’s evolution will focus on elevating the company as a contemporary, fun-loving and playful brand while, of course, maintaining our core value of providing high-quality products— whether it’s our beloved Baked Beans or our newest product, Sidekicks,” said Stephen Palacios, senior vice president of marketing and innovation at Bush Brothers & Co. “At Bush’s, we believe the bean is beautiful and are inspired by the goodness it provides.”

In honor of releasing this bean ballad, Bush’s is also donating 250,000 cans of Bush’s Beans to Feeding America® to help spread even more bean goodness. This donation is an extension of Bush’s long-standing partnership with Feeding America, helping to feed people in need.


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World-renowned electronic music producer deadmau5 has announced his latest technical product OSC/PAR is available now.  OSC/PAR is an AU/VST3 plugin for macOS and Windows that broadcasts your real-time musical events from your favorite DAW into any OSC-capable client over the network. The plugin sends out your transport information, MIDI notes played, automation events and even your song list as they happen during live playback. Those events are converted to OSC messages that can be received in a VJ app or other musical devices for a very interactive live session using WIFI or a local network connection.

“OSC/PAR was originally developed as an essential need for a stage to FOH networking solution,” shares deadmau5. “I’m actually pretty stoked to be sharing this with everyone as a handy little tool for all your DAW to OSC needs.”

For a full overview regarding connection, OSC address space, macros, MIDI, transport and song list XML, log on to: OSC/PAR DOCS | OSC/PILOT

The OSC/PAR plugin retails for $19.99 and can be purchased at

 OSC/PAR accompanies OSC/PILOT–a bi-directional control surface application originally built as a performance tool for digital artists and musicians which was used for years by deadmau5 on tour as his control surface for shows. As the overlap between audio and visual application space continues to grow, there is a need for a simple way to control these applications in a desktop application. Interoperability between the applications at the artist’s disposal (AbletonLive, TouchDesigner, MaxMSP, Processing, Bitwig etc.) allows digital audio and visual artists to control the content of any space with data from any other space. OSC/PILOT aims to provide an easy way to build UIs for this control. In addition, the huge amounts of display options gives the artists both their choice of canvas, as well as their choice of how to drive the content to that canvas. OSC/PILOT is a robust and simple tool to harness the interoperability and enable this kind of control.



Photo Credit: Emily Beaver

“A respected member of Nashville’s indie pop and rock scene, Tristen is both artful and exacting about her craft. She knows what it takes to transform straightforward gestures into something deeper.” – NPR

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Tristen shares the second song from her soon-to-be-released new album, AQUATIC FLOWERS, which arrives via Mama Bird Recording Co. on Friday, June 4. Pre-orders are available now. Co-written with Lera Lynn, “Athena” finds the Nashville-based Tristen empathizing with the goddess of wisdom and strength who is too often a marginalized female character. It is a deeply felt concept that one can also dance to, thanks to the song’s jangly major chord garage-pop groove. An official music video is streaming now.

“What messages lie within these myths for women? For how long have female characters been sculpted by the hands of men?” asks Tristen. “In ‘Athena,’ co-written by Lera Lynn, I pounded out a major chord grunge song dedicated to the powerful Greek goddess of war, strategy, and men’s domains. I wanted to write a song for the girls–the Athenas–out there who are so often misunderstood. We worship Aphrodite over and over again–woman as sexual being, judged for her beauty, maneuvering with her seduction–but we rarely worship women who are powerful through their logic, wisdom and courage. These women are utilized but underrepresented. You know, nobody likes a bossy baby. Yet this archetype has been with us forever, and Athenas roam the Earth as mothers, friends and lovers, saving us time and time again.”

AQUATIC FLOWERS was heralded last month with the release of the album’s first single, “Complex.” The song was accompanied by Tristen’s self-directed and edited official music video, guest-starring Vanessa Carlton, Stefanie Drootin, Kristy Benjamin, Alise Grysen, and Alyssa Milano.

Tristen’s first new release in more than three years and fourth studio album overall, AQUATIC FLOWERS brims with incisive pop-folk tracks ruminating on the ways we attempt to feel in control in a chaotic world, the past that informs us, and how to let go in order to grow. Produced and recorded with her husband, bandmate, and occasional writing partner, Buddy Hughen, at their Nashville home studio, Tight Squeeze, songs like “Hothouse Flower” and the brightly optimistic “Story of Love” sees Tristen’s exacting pop melodicism and perceptive, poetic lyrics shining through even as shine even when they reach into the darker depths of the human psyche.

“When you have a child, you begin to think about, ‘What do I want to tell him? What’s important to pass on?’” Tristen says. “Stories of love. That’s ultimately where art holds its lasting influence and lives on through generations, despite the corruption and violence surrounding it. All we can do is create a message worthy of our ancestors, heroically honest while working on ourselves enough to break the cycle. At the end of the day, we have to look inward.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of Tennessee’s best exports,” Tristen has affirmed herself as an ambitious, prolific singer-songwriter and musician, widely acclaimed for her transcendent lyricism and ever-evolving popcraft. Her third and most recent LP, 2017’s SNEAKER WAVES, drew international applause for its homespun melodic power, with No Depression praising it as “a slice of sweet pop perfection. Named after a forceful wave in the midst of calmer ones, SNEAKER WAVES is captivating and imaginative, and at times so beautiful it’s hypnotic.” “From girl-group harmonies and Countrypolitan strings to left-field, Nilsson-worthy power balladry, SNEAKER WAVES ebbs and flows,” declared Rolling Stone, “showing the full range of Tristen’s strength as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and co-producer.” “Vintage keyboards or retro-modern guitar parts enhance Tristen’s sometimes fantastical, often hilarious, always perceptive vignettes about complicated relationships, artistic ambition and the ever-present shadow of mortality,” wrote NPR’s Ann Powers. “With her flutelike voice and sense of high style, Tristen could be an ace formalist; instead, throughout SNEAKER WAVES, she explores the fissures in memory, the communication breakdowns and the cracks in the mirror that make up a normal, messy life, even for the shiniest, happiest people.”

Along with her own solo output, Tristen has been an active member of the Nashville musical community, collaborating with diverse artists like Jenny Lewis, Wanda Jackson, Steelism, and All Them Witches while also sharing stages with such luminaries as Robyn Hitchcock, Television, and Vanessa Carlton, with whom she co-wrote last year’s critically acclaimed LOVE IS AN ART.

(Mama Bird Recording Co.)
Release Date: Friday, June 4, 2021


Track List:
Die 4 Love
I Need Your Love
Wrong With You
Hothouse Flower
Story of Love
Some Things Must Die
Say Goodnight