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This week’s NYC Scene Report features some “Validation” from Teen Body, JVDE looking to “Run to You,” VHS Collection spending some time “Dreaming,” and Young Thieves covering a hit from the A Star Is Born soundtrack.
* Brooklyn-based dream pop band Teen Body are here with some “Validation.” A song that sounds like it could be direct from the ‘80s in the best possible way, while listening to it it’s easy to imagine the band sharing a drink, or possibly the stage, with various members of The Cure.
“Validation” is from Teen Body’s upcoming album, Broken Circles, which is due out on April 12th, and if the single is any indication, the project is going to be a must-listen.
Check it out, and hear what I mean.
* JVDE is a new name in the city’s indie music scene, but a very familiar voice. The solo project of Blind Benny vocalist Jade <3 (we can add her to the list of artists replacing a letter in their name with the letter V, like PVRIS and CHVRCHES. Actually, I’d LOVE to attend a show with those two bands and JVDE, but I digress), with JVDE she’s showcasing her R&B side.
Incorporating elements of modern, and classic R&B, JVDE’s first single, “Run to You” has a vibe that would fit in perfectly during any of the past four decades of music. Of course, personally I’m glad we have it right now.
Check out the song, I’m sure it will make you want to run to JVDE.
* As someone who has an actual VHS collection, how could I not want to check out a band named VHS Collection? When the video for their latest single, “Dreaming,” hit my inbox, I had to click on it. What I saw was a trippy visual. What I heard was an electronic synth-pop-rock song that features a modern twist on a classic ‘80s vibe.
Formed by three longtime friends – Conor Cook, James Bohannon, and Nils Vanderlip – VHS Collection calls Brooklyn home, although you shouldn’t look for them there for a little while. The band has been on tour since February 12th, and won’t be returning home until a March 23rd show at Irving Plaza.
While dreaming of seeing them live, enjoy VHS Collection’s “Dreaming.”
* Lady Gaga cut her teeth as an artist in NYC’s indie music scene, playing venues like The Bitter End, so it only makes sense that an NYC-based indie band covers her latest hit. Column favorite Young Thieves, along with fellow NYC artist Andrew Canlon, have taken up that task with a phenomenal acoustic version of the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper collaboration “Shallow,” from the A Star Is Born soundtrack.
For this cover Young Thieves’ Alexandra Amor plays the role of Lady Gaga, while Canlon takes on Bradley Cooper’s parts, and the result is NYC indie music magic (and shout out to Young Thieves’ Andrew Lynch on the guitar!).
Here’s hoping Lady Gaga googles herself at some point and finds this cover. In the meantime it’s all yours to enjoy.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.