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This week’s NYC Scene Report features the summery “surf noir” of Fruit & Flowers, a whirlwind romance inspired song from pop artist Julietta, an electro-pop tune from Blonder, and the triumphant return of Young Ejecta.
* Looking for a warm, summery, indie rock song for your beach playlist? Look no further than Brooklyn “surf noir” rockers Fruit & Flowers, whose debut EP, Drug Tax was released last month via Little Dickman Records.
The band is currently on their third tour of 2017, and they recently released a video for their single “Out Of Touch.”
“Out Of Touch” is summertime in a jar … except summertime doesn’t come in jars, unless one of those candle companies has something named “Summertime,” but I digress, Fruit & Flowers has provided listeners with a perfect song to add to this summer’s soundtrack. Click play, and enjoy.
* If you were to attempt to list all of the pop songs that were inspired by love and romance it would probably take you the rest of your life. That said, very few of those songs have the wild backstory of NYC-based pop artist Julietta’s “Runaway.”
She explains the inspiration behind the song, saying, “Several months ago a guy I met at a party asked me out on a date. The thing is, he lives in Italy and I live in New York. I told him that was a bit far for a Saturday night plan. After playing around with the fantasy of our date, he sent me tickets with my name on it.”
Julietta continued, adding, “After that dreamy weekend I sat at the airport waiting for my flight with the Sunday blues and wrote the song. It was the most natural writing formula, at the end of the track you can hear the voice note I took on my iPhone of me boarding the plane.”
Click play, and “Runaway” with Julietta.
* Blonder is the performance alias of NYC-based pop artist Constantine Anastasakis, and he has quite the awesome definition of music.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he said in a statement, “and because it's art it can be more special than an ordinary day, or an ordinary moment.”
Blonder is looking to make every moment special with his debut EP, $5.
Check out the song “Talk To Me.” It’s a jam that will get you moving in your seat, and perhaps even standing up and dancing wherever you may be, whether you’re at work, at home, or on the train. Bonus points for if you can get other people dancing with you on the train.
* Wondering where Young Ejecta has been since she released her 2015 EP The Planet? Me, too, which is why I was stoked to find a new song of hers in my inbox.
The song is titled “Build A Fire,” and while the synthy gem is available as digitally as a single, it will also be Side A for a new 12” – along with remixes by Ellie Herring and Napolian – with Side B being The Planet EP, available on vinyl for the first time.
“Build A Fire” was born after some collaborative musical explorations with producer Joel Ford (Autre Ne Veut, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin). Here’s hoping they continue their working relationship.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.