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This week’s NYC Scene Report features R&B songstress Kash going acoustic, dreamy alt-pop from The Rungs, a synth pop meets R&B gem from DUVV, and alt-rockers Moonwalker looking for some “True Love.”
* NYC-based R&B singer Kash recently debuted an acoustic version of her latest single, “Don’t Let Me Go” with a live performance clip straight from her living room (well, from someone’s living room. I can’t guarantee the place is hers).
The performance is her first since recovering from a nasty case of strep throat, and it’s safe to say she’s 100% back in action, as she sounds fantastic.
A video for the official version of “Don’t Let Me Go” is on the way, as are more live clips, as Kash asked viewers to request covers, and original songs. For now, however, enjoy her acoustic version of “Don’t Let Me Go,” because when it comes to dope R&B, Kash is money. (see what I did there? I’m a hoot!)
* Brooklyn-based alt-pop band The Rungs have released a new single, and it will have you burying your head in the books … the “King Of Books,” that is.
“King Of Books” features the ethereal, dream pop vocals of Mandy Gurung, and the synthy goodness of her husband, Diwas Gurung, with Steven Bartashev on drums.
According to the band, their music – which they record and produce entirely in their home studio – draws inspiration from the sounds and stories that surround their life in Brooklyn.
“King Of Books” is off The Rungs’ new EP, Everyday Visions, which was released this past week, and you can check out the single right here.
* New York-based Trinidadian-American recording artist DUVV just appeared on my radar, and with her smooth vocals, and old school synth pop meets modern R&B vibe, I’m looking forward to keeping her in rotation.
Her latest single is titled “Was You,” and it’s off her upcoming EP, ACID. The project was reportedly inspired by DUVV’s exploration of Seoul, Korea’s club scene when she was a student there. (Side Note – If this is what that scene sounds like, those clubs must be awesome)
Check out the video for “Was You,” and get enamored with DUVV, as she’s an artist that’s about to take flight in a major way.
* New York-based alt-rockers Moonwalker know a thing or two about “True Love.” On their single of the same name they openly admit, “True love is difficult.”
Speaking of difficult, check out the choreography in the video for “True Love,” which features a couple dancing through the challenges of a relationship. Incidentally, much like the video, my idea of true love prominently features a jukebox, so it’s nice to see one here, as well.
“True Love” is off Moonwalker’s debut EP, Vol. 1, which is out now on Standby Records, and you can check out the video for the song right here.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.