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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Car Astor going acoustic, Emmrose reminiscing about when “The Grass Was Greener,” and Matt Kiss giving us a break-up anthem.
* Saying an artist can do it all has become a bit of a cliche, but when it comes to Car Astor, she’s proving that in her case it’s actually true.
Previously she’s given us everything from electro-pop gems, to fantastic alt-rock songs. Her latest single, “Everything Stays Unspoken,” goes in yet another direction. A gorgeous acoustic folk-pop song, “Everything Stays Unspoken” is as beautiful as it is emotional.
Back in January, Astor did an entire acoustic set at Mercury Lounge, and with just her voice and a guitar (and a stool to sit on) she had the crowd’s full attention. Check out “Everything Stays Unspoken” and I think you’ll understand why.
* Singer-songwriter Emmrose may be young, but she has a wisdom beyond her years. With her latest single, “The Grass Was Greener,” one might even consider her a bit of an old soul.
As she sings, “It’s true things are clearer, but the grass was greener … then,” the combination of her vocals, and her songwriting, could easily draw comparisons to Alison Sudol (A Fine Frenzy), and that’s a heck of an artist to be compared to!
Check out “The Grass Was Greener,” and reminisce with Emmrose.
* It’s time to get Reacquainted with singer-songwriter Matt Kiss, whose latest EP, Reacquainted, was just released at the end of July.
The lead single off the EP is the break-up anthem “Somebody Else’s Problem,” and not since Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” have we had such an intense “you blew it and I don’t want you back” song.
Click play, and hear Matt Kiss give an ex a last kiss goodbye, saying she’s now “Somebody Else’s Problem.”
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.