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Americana duo Dorsten Release New Music

In their new single “To the River,” Americana duo Dorsten continue to develop their sharp tandem tonal attack with larger-than-life harmonies that could make anyone into a fan of modern roots music. “To the River” has all the cosmetics of a true indie-pop song; a big hook, an easygoing groove, and a pair of players in Dorsten that can give life to just about any hook they get their hands on, but the mechanics of the track have a lot more in common with vintage folk music than they do anything else. There are a lot of layers to peel back in this act’s sound, but no matter how you take their music or which genre you choose to classify it as there’s no getting around the simple fact that they’ve got more talent than most anyone in their southwestern peer group at the moment.

Everything in this song revolves around preserving the authenticity of the harmony, which most indie artists would take issue with right out of the gate. There’s often no room in the mix for eliminating the artificialities that come with propping up skyscraper-sized hooks when making conventional pop music, but that’s where Dorsten’s folk ethic comes into play. They’re going out of their way to make sure there’s a little bit of a swing to their shared vocal delivery, and within the substance of the harmony itself, we find a lot of unrefined, humble tonality that lets us know we’re listening to something real and tangible. It’s not a bastion of the revivalist movement, but rather a more virginal era of the Americana genre they’re drawing inspiration from here.

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Even with its subtle bassline being factored into the equation, the groove in this track is heavy enough to get us moving to the beat steadily from the get-go. I’m not one hundred percent certain, but if I were to make an educated guess, I’d say that Dorsten wanted to make a point of demonstrating how little they need to depend on external resources when crafting something original in the studio with “To the River.” The irony comes in the form of the lyrical content, which alludes to pop culture in the bluntest of fashions, amidst a backdrop that is born of something removed from cosmopolitan artistry altogether.

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The underground is always producing new talent, no matter what genre of music we’re discussing, but when it comes to folk and its many factions, its latest export in Dorsten proves that the state isn’t losing its touch by any means. This has been an intriguing time for Americana, and specifically for folk-pop crossover artists, but in “To the River,” I think we can hear shades of a newly evolved sound coming from these two that will be more than worth following up with in the future. They’ve still got time to keep growing, but as of this moment, this brother and sister act is among my top indie folk bands to watch as we get closer to 2024.

Bradley McClure

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Ava Valianti stirs an unrequited love vibe with her new single, “January”

Ava Valianti

With a distinctively soulful vocal delivery and evocative lyricism, Ava Valianti, the Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter, immerses listeners into a melancholic yet enthralling ambiance with her third single, “January.” This poignant indie pop pantheon masterfully captures the ache of unrequited affection, reminiscent of the sincere vulnerability found in the works of Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo. From the opening chords, “January” unfolds the intricate narrative of loving someone from a distance, and it feels like a diary entry set to music.

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The song’s subtly sophisticated production allows the poignant narrative to take precedence. The lyrics depict the wistful realization that the subject of affection is more suited to another, conjuring vivid and empathetic imagery. The lingering allure of the chorus’ haunting melody demonstrates Valianti’s adeptness in creating indelible musical experiences.

January” is notable for its relatability, speaking to anyone who has ever struggled emotionally with the bittersweet acceptance that sometimes the person they long for is better suited to someone else while holding unspoken feelings of love. This song firmly establishes Ava Valianti in the indie pop scene, highlighting her skill in integrating personal experiences into universally resonant music.

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As Ava continues to carve her niche, “January” offers a perfect tune to accompany a reflective winter evening that captures the essence of longing and acceptance. It is a must-listen for fans of introspective and emotionally charged music seeking to add a valuable and deeply affecting piece to any playlist.

 

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Edie Yvonne unleashes an anthemic vibe of Teenage Transition with “15 (When I Leave)”

Edie Yvonne

Edie Yvonne has rapidly established an admirable catalog of work. The prodigious 15-year-old Angeleno native singer-songwriter from Los Angeles is a name to watch. Her newest single, “15 (When I Leave),” delivers a heartfelt anthem that perfectly encapsulates the turbulent emotions of adolescence transition to adulthood, resonating with listeners of all ages.

The song opens with a reflective yet resolute tone as Edie gears up to switch schools and step into a new chapter of high school life. Her poignant lyrics exude a vulnerable admission and set the stage for an emotional journey. These words reflect the familiar struggle of growing up, marked by the pain of unreciprocated feelings while showing resilience in the face of change. Throughout the song, Edie’s vocals shine, effortlessly guiding the listener through a whirlwind of emotions. Her voice matures beyond her age, capturing the essence of teenage heartache, vulnerability, and the strength found in self-assertion.

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The song’s structure is masterful and reaches a dramatic climax with the line, “I know you can’t hear me screaming out.” This creates a cathartic and evocative release that leaves a lasting impression, highlighting Edie’s songwriting prowess and ability to convey complex emotions through her music. The choruses soar with an anthemic charm, each refrain building on the last. Edie’s mastery of her craft is impressive, marking a bold move for such a young artist. However, Edie pulls it off with remarkable confidence and maturity, setting her apart from her peers.

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15 (When I Leave)” is a proclamation of self-reliance and a testament to Edie Yvonne’s evolving artistry. It is a significant addition to any playlist and a must-listen for music enthusiasts. This particular track further solidifies her position as a burgeoning luminary in music.

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