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This week’s NYC Scene Report features VÉRITÉ growing some New Limbs, Body Language giving us classic ‘90s dance vibes, and Wake The Sun making sure we “Tell Em All Again.”
* Longtime column favorite VÉRITÉ was forced to cancel her U.S. headlining tour due to the coronavirus pandemic, but she didn’t just sit at home lamenting not being able to perform. Instead, she created an entirely new project, and now has even more music for when venues are able to reopen their doors.
The project is titled New Limbs: Volume 1, and it’s due out October 9th via AWAL. The lead single is “Younger Women,” and it’s yet another example of how VÉRITÉ never fails to be at the forefront of the indie pop genre with every new release.
Check out the lyric video for “Younger Women.” I guarantee when the first chorus hits, and the beat kicks in, you’re really gonna feel this one.
* After hearing the first two singles off Brooklyn-based foursome Body Language’s upcoming album, Travel Guide, I’m hyped to hear the full project, which is due out October 9th via Om Records.
The latest single is “Whenever I Think of You,” which band member Angelica Bess describes, saying, “‘Whenever I Think of You’ is about being deeply absorbed in your thoughts of someone, especially when you can't be with them. When that person is unattainable, your meditative state is your only escape to freedom. Your mind is like a vault, so why not take pleasure in filling it with thoughts about someone you admire.”
“Whenever I Think of You” has a classic ‘90s dance vibe, and if you loved that era, you’re definitely going to be movin’ to this song.
* I hope you’re ready to rock out, because closing things out this week is something that can wake the neighbors from Long Island-based band Wake The Sun.
Their latest single is “Tell Em All Again,” and band member Dillion Mealey explains the inspiration for the song, saying, “The composition illustrates a call to break the cycle of what society deems as normality, and the notion that so many people are brought up thinking they need to get a 9-5 job to simply make money, eat, sleep, and repeat until you die. The lyrics are about discovering who you are, creating your own path, and finding your identity.”
Mealey continued, adding, “Too often people get wrapped up in others’ opinions, media views, and instant gratification through social channels. The song elucidates the importance of taking time to get away from all that and to find your own happiness. I chose to depict a character who as the narrator has identified these sentiments and is living them, and is telling his / her friends you can do it, too, if you want to. From my perspective, there's a very real importance to sometimes get away from it all – simply to make time for yourself, pursue goals and dreams, and think on your own. Nowhere is this more important than in today’s current climate, and it’s primarily why we feel this is an opportune time to release this song.”
Crank up the volume and click play on this one, and after you’ve played it once, play it a second time, so you can “Tell Em All Again.”
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.