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This week’s NYC Scene Report features the funky, retro R&B of Starchild & The New Romantic, a dynamic alt-pop song from VÉRITÉ, indie rockers Prawn having a dog party, and a piano-pop gem from Jukebox The Ghost.
* I first wrote about Starchild & The New Romantic back in 2016, when I initially discovered the project of the incredibly soulful, and funky, Bryndon Cook. Since then, the Brooklyn-based artist has done pretty well for himself.
Cook has toured, and collaborated, with Solange, and on February 23rd he’ll be releasing his full-length debut, Language, the title track off of which is a retro R&B jam that will have you thinking the ‘90s are alive and well.
If you missed out on Starchild & The New Romantic the first time around, or have simply been waiting for new music from him, click play on “Language,” and groove to the soulful, funky, vibe.
* You already know NYC-based alt-pop artist VÉRITÉ has been absolutely killin’ it over the past few years, and it looks as though she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. The songstress just released a video for her latest single, “Saint,” and it’s a wild, must-see, clip.
In a statement, VÉRITÉ said of the video, "I wanted to make something simple, striking, and odd, with a hint of femme fatale serial killer."
“Saint” is off of VÉRITÉ's 2017 album, Somewhere in Between, and you’ll be able to see her perform it live this spring, as she’ll be touring with Irish singer-songwriter EDEN from February 26th through April 14th.
While you anticipate seeing her live in a city near you, you can check out the video for “Saint” right here.
* Oh Prawn, you had me at “dog party.”
That’s the theme of the New Jersey-based indie rock band’s video for their latest single, “Rooftops,” which is off of their current album, Run.
Drummer Jamie Houghton says of the clip, ”The main theme we wanted to portray was finding nature more appealing than an urban setting. We pictured a close relationship of a dog and its owner to show that sometimes a natural environment is all that’s essential. Also, who doesn’t love a dog party?"
Prawn is currently partying sans dogs, as they’re on tour with fellow indie rockers Caravela through February 11th. Catch them if they hit your town, and enjoy their canine filled clip for “Rooftops” right here.
* Looking for some indie pop perfection? Then look no further than Brooklyn-based piano-pop trio Jukebox the Ghost, whose latest, “Everybody’s Lonely,” will hook you from the very first note.
The boisterous single is off of the band’s upcoming album, Off To The Races, which is due out March 30th, and follows sold out shows in both New York, and LA, where they previewed tracks from the release.
Jukebox The Ghost plans on hitting the road in support of Off To The Races, and fans can also look forward to the band’s annual HalloQueen tradition, where the trio performs a full set of Queen covers, in full costume, each October.
While we all wait for the album, and the tour, give “Everybody’s Lonely” a spin, or three. You’ll be happy you did.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.