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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Purr traveling down “Avenue Bliss,” Mount Sharp being anything but “Ordinary,” and Jonathan UniteUs flying the coop.
* Purr – the indie pop duo formerly known as Jack + Eliza – will be releasing their debut album, Like New, this Friday. The latest single off of the album is “Avenue Bliss” (as a pro wrestling fan, I hope that one day there will be a very real road named after Alexa Bliss, but I digress …).
Discussing the inspiration for the “Avenue Bliss,” which was the last song they wrote for the album, Purr’s Eliza Callahan said, “It’s about power and presence, and having no words left — and then having that dust clear. The beginning of the song is like an ending, and the end, hopefully, like a new beginning … we tried to mirror this in the arrangement, too. You’ll see. It’s an adventure track. Self-adventure, the worst and best kind.”
Check out the video, and go on an adventure with Purr.
* Fans of indie rock foursome Mount Sharp have been patiently waiting for a new album for five years, and this Friday the wait will finally be over as the band will release That Shadow via Dadstache Records.
Vocalist and guitarist Swood says of the long awaited album, “We made all of That Shadow in our friend Brian Sendrowitz’s basement – you might know him from Beat Radio! I think that the intimacy of that comes out in the recording, and somehow Brian worked his magic to make it feel huge at the same time.”
Want to hear what intimate, yet huge, sounds like? Click play on the lyric video for “Ordinary,” and experience Mount Sharp’s musical peaks.
* Jonathan UniteUs might be one of the busiest artists in NYC’s indie hop-hop scene. His most recent release is End of the Year Vol. 2 (Flew The Coop), a collaboration between Jonathan UniteUs and Boston, MA hip-hop artist/producer Jonathan Cloud, but it’s really just the tip of the iceberg.
“As far as 2020 is concerned,” Jonathan UniteUs says, “there will be at least two more Jonathan UniteUs projects, and two with tha Joint (which is the team of Jonathan UniteUs and Joey Golden),” adding, “tour – maybe. Definitely more out of town gigs and activities.”
On the subject of End of the Year Vol. 2 (Flew The Coop), he explained the concept for the project, saying, “Flew The Coop is an idiom, meaning to escape into a better situation/freedom, and it’s the main idea behind the piece. Discarding fears, looking to the future, and the path to becoming the person I want to be, are constant themes throughout.”
You can stream Jonathan UniteUs’ musical escape in full 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.