In advance of his 2016 debut album Nashville singer-songwriter Shane Tutmarc has been releasing one single per month over the course of 2015. We at PopMatters are no strangers to the musician, as we premiered “So Hard to Make an Easy Getaway” a couple months ago. Now he’s back with a video for the dreamy, ethereal “Out of the Dark”, a much different departure from the powerpop of the aforementioned track.
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Described as “a California maiden [who] transplanted herself to the mean streets of New York”, singer-songwriter Verona similarly offers a gorgeous combination of light and shade on her debut single “Starless Lullaby”. With an arrangement that immediately evokes thoughts of Jon Brion, the track is lush and orchestral, but at the same time an enigmatic darkness permeates the music. It’s half soothing, half haunting, and altogether superb.
Prolific singer-songwriter Piney Gir is back with a new EP of Halloween-themed music, just in time for the best holiday of the year. Typical of the Kansas-born, London-based artist, the EP is whimsical, creepily kitschy, darkly serious at times, and a hell of a lot of fun. You get the sense Ms. Gir would be an absolute blast to hang around this time of year. She sings a song about funeral homes to the tune of “Cadillac Ranch”, for crying out loud.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Alexa Melo released her very impressive self-titled debut album back in June, and now, just in time for Halloween, the 20 year-old is back with a daring cover of Marilyn Manson’s classic “The Beautiful People”. Transforming the original tracks martial beat to something a hell of a lot sexier, Melo gives the song the Peggy Lee treatment to brilliant effect. It’s one of the smartest non-metal covers of a metal song to come along in ages.
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