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This week’s NYC Scene Report features indie rockers The Rad Trads moving into an IKEA, electro-pop artist KYOSi making her triumphant return, indie pop artist pronoun introducing us to “Sadie,” and electro-pop artist Mia LJ asking us to “Let Go.”
* Who among us hasn’t wondered how long we could hang out in an IKEA? I mean, there are beds right there for taking naps! OK, maybe that’s technically not what they’re there for, but other than the watchful eye of a store manager, nothing is preventing any one of us from slipping under the covers and catching a few Zs.
I think Brooklyn-based five-piece The Rad Trads would agree with this sentiment, as they moved into in their local IKEA for the fantastic video for their latest single, “My Place.”
“My Place” is off the The Rad Trads’ most recent album, On Tap. In a bit of irony, the band won’t actually be seeing their own places for a little while, as they’re about to head out on a summer tour that begins on May 23rd in Chicago (all the tour dates are on their Facebook page).
So catch them when they come to your city – either at a show, or kicking back at your local furniture superstore.
* It’s been a little while since we last heard from electro-pop artist KYSOi. She made her column debut here back in 2016, but the last time we had new music from her was a full year ago. Thankfully, she has made her triumphant return with her new single, “All I’ve Had.”
“All I’ve Had” is off KYOSi’s upcoming EP, Negative Space, which is due out June 21st, and judging by the song, she’s greatly expanded her repertoire when it comes to the electronic side of work.
A little less pop, and a whole lot deeper into the electronic music world, “All I’ve Had” should still please longtime KYOSi fans, while winning her some new ones who will be feeling the groove, and embracing the vibe.
Check it out.
* pronoun (no capitalization) is the the nom de plume of Brooklyn-based one woman band Alyse Vellturo, who is readying the release of her full-length debut i'll show you stronger, due out May 24th via Rhyme & Reason Records.
The latest single off the album is “Sadie,” which she explained the creation of in a statement, saying, “I wrote this song skateboarding around SXSW (in) 2016. I had just started the project, and was meeting so many new people and musicians, and everything was starting to fall into place. I was so thankful and excited to start a new life and career on my own, and leave everything I knew behind.”
When it comes to i'll show you stronger, she says, “It pretty much saved my life. It helped me realize it’s OK to be sad, and crazy, and hurt, and vulnerable, but it’s just as important to stand up for yourself, and know what you deserve, and lastly, to move on.”
You can see pronoun on tour from May 29th through June 12th (all the tour dates are on her Facebook page), and you can check out “Sadie” right here.
* Speaking of one woman bands, closing things out this week is Mia LJ, a newcomer to the column who hails from the city and has a wide breadth of knowledge when it comes to crafting tunes.
According to her bio, the electro-pop artist’s musical goal involves, “Combining random sounds with rhyming words to make angelic love to your souls.”
Those random sounds come from the six instruments Mia LJ plays, as well as her vocals, production, mixing, and mastering.
Her latest single is “Let Go,” and I think after listening to it you won’t want to let go of Mia LJ’s music anytime soon.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.