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This week’s NYC Scene Report features the smooth sounds of The Jack Moves, a dreamy tune from Jack + Eliza, some retro-pop from Sizzy Rocket, and the return of rocker Anna Rose.
* Before you click play on the video for NYC/NJ duo The Jack Moves' latest single, "Make Love," I would like to absolve myself of any responsibility for the instantaneous pregnancies that may happen to you, or anyone within listening distance. I don't even know if pets are immune to this insanely smooth anthem for passion!
As if the soulful song wasn't enough on its own to get a person going, the video, which was directed by Austrian fashion photographer Christian Anwander, stars Brazilian model Aline Weber, and is dripping with sexuality.
So if you're in the mood for something that will get you in the mood, you should definitely check this one out.
* Indie pop duo Jack + Eliza had an incredible 2015, releasing their debut album, Gentle Warnings, and sharing an array of great videos all over the internet. In 2016 the twosome are keeping that momentum going, as they’ve entered the year with the video for their latest single, "Quarter Past The Hour," making waves for them.
“Quarter Past The Hour” is a laid back song with the dreamy vibe of a relaxing summer day, and the accompanying video is a prefect visualization of how those days felt when we were young, and had little to no responsibilities other than having a good time.
Our calendars may say January, but with "Quarter Past The Hour" Jack + Eliza have three minutes of summer for everyone to enjoy.
* Pop artist Sizzy Rocket has been behind the scenes in the music industry for years, writing songs for other artists. With "Bad Kids," however, she's looking to show she’s ready to step out on her own, and claim her place in the limelight.
"Bad Kids" is a retro-pop song, with nods to both the 80s and 90s. A collaborative effort with Scissor Sisters' Scott Hoffman (aka Babydaddy), the track is off of Sizzy Rocket's forthcoming debut album, Thrills, which she plans to release in the spring.
Give "Bad Kids" a listen, and hear what this Las Vegas transplant is bringing to NYC's indie pop scene.
* It had been a minute since I’d heard from one of my favorite blues-rockers, Anna Rose, but she has triumphantly returned with a brand new single, titled "Start A War."
"Start A War" is in the vein of a classic rock ballad, as Rose, who has the ability to blow everyone away with her ridiculously powerful vocals, dials it back a notch, and let's her lyrics shine.
Off of her upcoming EP, Strays In The Cut, "Start A War" shows a softer side of Rose, musically speaking, and is well worth checking out.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.