Looking for new artists to add to your Spotify playlists? We’ve got you covered! In this Artist Spotlight roundup, we feature a few up-and-coming independent musicians in Americana, bluesy pop-rock, and electropop that you’ll be hearing more from this year and beyond. Meet RIVVRS, Veronica Bianqui, and Halo Circus.
RIP Penny Lane (2008-2014).
My iPod Classic Penny Lane had a fatal heart attack (or a hard drive failure, in tech terms) last Wednesday. Truthfully, I was really choked when she croaked. I got her back in April 2008 and we were inseparable for six solid years. Penny Lane was with me through it all – good days and bad days, happy times and sad times, the highest highs and the lowest lows, along with every milestone, celebration, trip, and tragedy along the way. She was an essential piece to the formative years of my early twenties, helping me to create the soundtrack to my life with the music that would shape my world. Though the songs still live on, having to say goodbye to her was a hard thing to do. As I move into this new era with Sir Duke (my new iPod Classic), I look forward to making more music memories while still treasuring the past. Thank you, Penny Lane. You’re forever in my ears and in my eyes.
In tribute to my late friend, here’s a handful of new tunes I’ve been listening to lately…
Allison Iraheta has arrived (again), and this time around, she’s the lead singer of a band, Halo Circus!
After her run on American Idol Season 8 as the resident teen rocker and a year as a pop artist under the now defunct Jive Records, Allison took a break from the music scene. Back in January, she emerged from her hiatus to announce the formation of Halo Circus, who have recently signed with indie label Manimal Vinyl/Badland Recordings.
Their debut single, “Gone” is a dark and moody rock ballad, based on the struggles Allison faced after the end of the first era of her journey in the music industry. With great honesty, she writes about how she was lied to, used, taken for granted, and eventually, left for empty, and how, during the aftermath, she had lost sight of who she was. It took some time to realize that she wasn’t in the wrong, and once she accepted that, she came roaring back with a stronger sense of her identity, as well as a fire in her that cannot be extinguished. “Gone” is a raw and relateable song about toxic relationships with people who don’t have your best interests in mind. Its film noir-esque music video, which features the band during a jam session, gives spotlight to Allison’s passionate and vulnerable vocal delivery.
Halo Circus’ “Gone” EP is now available, and features four different versions of their debut song, including the original single, a Spanish version (“Yo Me Voy”), and two acoustic versions (the Nothing Left Versions).
That’s why I’m gone, don’t turn me on
There’s nothing left in me, lost what’s underneath
Finally done, over run, yeah, I’m gone
It was you that was wrong, and from now on
There’s no part of me that I can’t see
I’m honestly done, over run, yeah, I’m gone
Download Halo Circus’ “Gone” EP on iTunes!