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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Missyou getting “notthatdeep,” KYOSi unveiling her wildly creative video for “Boo Radley,” Live Well planting some “Seeds,” and Hoax coming to terms with loneliness.
* Longtime column favorites Missyou will be releasing their sophomore EP in 2020, the first single off of which is “notthatdeep.”
Blaise Beyhan, frontman of the NYC-based indie alt-rock band, explained the inspiration for “notthatdeep” in a statement, saying, “This song is built on the idea that things don’t always work out, but you have to keep pushing. It’s important to try, and sometimes, even if you don't succeed, the beauty is in the journey, and the lessons you learn in failing are sometimes the ones that teach you the way to prevail. We have to be better for each other, for the planet, for the ones that come after us.”
2020 is just around the corner, and Missyou is not to be missed!
* Indie electro-pop artist KYOSi has been featured here quite a bit since I first discovered her music back in 2016, and the video for her latest single, “Boo Radley,” is downright stunning.
The song is off her recently released Negative Space EP, which is a project she states she had no set goal for, saying, “There’s no real end goal with any of this, you know? The question I ask myself is ‘did I make something I believe to be beautiful?’ and if the answer is yes, then I’ve reached success.”
She continued, adding, “When you stop giving a fuck about where something is going you open up to a new palette and just enjoy working with sound.”
Check out the incredible video for “Boo Radley” and I guarantee you’ll give a fuck about KYOSi.
* New York-based emo punk rockers Live Well released their full length debut, Perfectly Temporary, back in September, and now they have a nostalgia tinged video for the song “Seeds.”
Lead singer Paul Masbad discussed the video in a statement, saying, “Working on ‘Seeds’ has been like no other video we've worked on. With some older, nostalgic clips of myself from an old YouTube channel of mine, it makes this video hit a little closer to home than other videos we've shot.”
He added that when it comes to the song, “I really like how sonically it's one of our harder songs, but it’s really a love song at the core, and the lengths someone would go to in order to spend time with the person they love.”
Check out the clip, and see how Live Well are growing something great with “Seeds.”
* Despite their name, Queens-based indie pop-rock band HOAX are totally real. The creation of Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar, HOAX describes their music as “empathy pop,” and their latest single is “You Get So Alone Sometimes.”
Michael Raj explained the song in a statement, saying, “I started thinking of it as the empathy of loneliness. It's like a feeling of understanding what it means to be lonely, and being okay with it, not okay in the sense of hopefulness – like, ‘Oh don’t worry! It will be better in the future’ – but more like reconciling with loneliness as a true mark of feeling, and being human. We feel alone because we know what it feels like to feel together with others. One cannot exist without the other.”
“You Get So Alone Sometimes” is off HOAX's upcoming full length album, which is based on a story/screenplay the band wrote exploring the human condition, and you can check out 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.