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This week’s NYC Scene Report features an alt-pop-rock song by Missyou that’s aimed at know-it-alls, a beautiful Americana gem from Bell The Band, a melodic synth pop tune from Parrot Dream, and an album born of an adventure from indie rock band Late Night Episode.
* Nobody likes a know-it-all, and with their latest single, aptly titled “Know It All,” NYC-based alt-pop-rock band Missyou has a message for all those folks who can’t be told anything.
“Sometimes your ego can get the best of you, and you stop listening,” Missyou frontman Blaise Beyhan said in a statement, “this leads to an inability to learn, or have healthy dialogue about the things you don't understand. If your eyes are closed the only lesson that you can accept is to fall down and start again. Don't ever believe you know everything, there is always more to learn. Stay humble.”
“Know It All” is off the Missyou’s upcoming EP, YourBody, which is due out September 7th, and you can check out the video for the song right here.
* NYC-based indie Americana act Bell The Band have been busy since the release of their self-titled debut EP last year, racking up over over half a million plays on Spotify, and touring the country with fellow NYC band Misterwives.
Rather than slow down, because slowing down is for suckers, they’ve followed up all that action with the release of a new single, titled “Lay Me Down.”
Led by vocalist and songwriter Caitlin Marie Bell, with “Lay Me Down” Bell The Band have another beautiful winner on their hands. Give it a spin, and let it ease your mind, as well as your soul.
* If you’ve ever wondered what a Parrot Dream might sound like – and who among us hasn’t? – the answer is a synthy, melodic ride with ‘80s inspirations and dream-pop vocals. Oh, and we’re talking about the Brooklyn-based band Parrot Dream, of course.
Parrot Dream was formed by Christina Hansen Appel (vocals, keys) and Gonzalo Guerrero (guitar) when they were were both in Santiago, Chile in 2013. Once they relocated to Brooklyn, NY things moved quickly for the duo, who have since amassed over half a million streams on Spotify.
Their latest single is “Light Goes (In Mines),” and it’s the first taste of their upcoming full length debut album of the same name, which is due out August 24th via Good Eye Records. The album was reportedly written over the span of two years, and will touch on themes of connection, love, memories, and clarity.
Give “Light Goes (In Mines)” a spin, and drift off into a Parrot Dream.
* NYC-based rock band Late Night Episode did a really cool thing. The foursome drove cross-country to L.A., moved into a small two bedroom house in Crenshaw, wrote, produced, and recorded an entire album, and then drove back to NYC, having their entire adventure home filmed.
That adventure culminated in a visual album, titled Lay Off, which was released last month.
Collaborating with filmmakers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tijuana, Vermont, New York City, Westchester, and Long Beach Island, Late Night Episode’s visual album – which features a video for every song – has everything from an adult film parody, to a clip of the band snowboarding down a mountain while dressed in nothing but hospital gowns.
Check out the non-album track “Start Over,” and enjoy a quick Late Night Episode … even if it’s the middle of the day.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.