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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Mïrändä discarding an old “Formula,” Scott Martin “Bringing Hollywood Back to Life,” Purr giving listeners something Like New to listen to, and Wildstreet looking to go on a “Three Way Ride.”
* NYC-based self-produced electronic pop artist Mïrändä is here to annihilate formulaic pop music with her latest single “Formula,” which takes to task the traditional guidelines pop music oftentimes willfully abides by.
Blazing her own path in the pop world, she explains, “One of the appeals of making pop music is challenging myself to go beyond the limits of tradition, which I can explore through lyrical narratives, creative production techniques, and nontraditional song arrangements.”
Mïrändä adds that the artwork for “Formula” directly correlates to the song, saying, “Upright, the card represents the Divine Feminine, which connects to the maternal and baby formula. When reversed, she represents a disconnect from intuition, which I associate with being brainwashed by the plastic, bubblegum pop constantly spoon fed to us.”
Click play on “Formula,” and check out Mïrändä’s barrier breaking pop.
* NYC and Hollywood are usually considered polar opposites, but they come together for four minutes when NYC-based artist Scott Martin performs his latest single, “Bringing Hollywood Back to Life.”
While Martin is best known for his work with the alternative rock groups Bulletproof Messenger, and Storm of the Century, now solo, he says his artistic vision as a rock guitarist in a pop driven world is to “try to make an updated version of rock n’ roll … to try and get back to that place where rock n’ roll was pop, and pop was rock n’ roll.”
Click play on “Bringing Hollywood Back to Life,” and you’ll hear he’s succeeding in accomplishing his goal.
* Purr will be releasing their debut album, Like New, on February 21st, 2020, via ANTI-, and if their past as Jack and Eliza is any indicator, it should be a winner.
The NYC born and raised duo of Jack Staffen and Eliza Barry Callahan discussed their upcoming album in a statement, saying, “We wrote the songs that make up this album at the outset of a transitional, and particularly uncertain, moment in our lives – that early twenties tide change. New patterns took hold as we tried to hang onto old ones. The songs each have their own stories, but at the time they were collectively written we were dealing with a push and pull between dependence on, and independence from, people we love, and coming to terms with our own self-expectations. We were resisting and (sometimes) accepting of the inevitable changes in our relationships and friendships, a moment, a specific and strange time in our lives … and, of course, in this world. That thread was just naturally pulled through the songs.”
Check out the single “Hard to Realize,” and hear part of their story.
* If you like subtlety in your rock music, and deep emotional lyrics … then holy hell Wildstreet is not for you!
If, however, you think Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” wasn’t quite overt enough, and that the ‘80s were a damned good time, then let me introduce you to Wildstreet.
The NYC-based band’s latest single is “Three Way Ride,” and yes, it’s about exactly what you think it’s about, and I, for one, think that’s a beautiful thing.
Rock music is allowed to be fun, and you’d be hard pressed to find a band having more fun than Wildstreet. Click play, and enjoy the ride.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.