Award-winning synth-pop extraordinaire ena mori has graced her fans with another striking video for her single ‘SOS’, out now via Offshore Music Ph. Despite what the title says, ena mori needs no help curating sounds designed to pique interest and storyboarding a video that is capable of displaying her flair for the dramatic.
Revealing a playful perspective on internal turmoil, ‘SOS’ graces the listener with a zany palette of high-energy synths and retro vocals that feel influenced by the free-spirited ‘80s era, while somehow still maintaining a fresh feel and bringing pop into the twenty-first century.
Her exuberance is infectious. Even the most rigid stiff would be unable to resist tapping their foot along with this upbeat artwork. ena mori is an artist who has proved that she can create conceptually-strong mini-stories to accompany her audio explorations, based on how she relates to her feelings. All in all ‘SOS’ is a joyous soundtrack to the human condition.
Cinematic singer-songwriter Hannah Schneider has unveiled ‘We’ll Be The Only Sound In The World’ shared from her upcoming album Ocean Letters which will be released in September next year via Midnight Confessions.
Born into music, her parents are both classical musicians. Her sound has been compared to the likes of Ólafur Arnalds, Sigur Rós and The Cinematic Orchestra.
‘We’ll Be The Only Sound In The World’ is characterised by its serenity, and although the track is spacious and minimalistic, Schnieder’s voice creates a tapestry of intense sonic detail.
Speaking of the song, Hannah Schneider tells us: “This is the first single from my forthcoming album “Ocean Letters”- an album that is thematically inspired by Danish poet Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen and her little book of the same name, that talks about the evolution of the world as it is seen by the Ocean. This song is written from the perspective of a conch shell, telling its stories of the grains of sand and the waves that indented it, playing with the fact that seashells actually are a kind of amplifier of ambient noise. The song was written during a lockdown in Denmark this January, and it reflects the feeling of pandemic stillness – the lack of aeroplanes in the sky, and traffic sounds that usually create eternal background noise.”
‘We’ll Be The Only Sound In The World’ features on the Spotify playlist CHILL_GROUND.fm
Swedish dance-pop maestro Agnes has released her latest album Magic Still Exists via Universal music. The songstress has been in the spotlight since the tender age of 16, and her major global dancefloor hit ‘Release Me’ topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs, reached the Top Ten in charts worldwide and sold over 900,000 copies in the UK alone.
She has since gone on to release a string of hits – but Magic Still Exists is a stunning artistic leap forward. After taking a long break, this album release sees her making a strong statement of creativity, with a truly diverse tracklist. However, the LP has no shortage of commanding dance-pop vibes and certainly calls for repeated listens.
She explains the process behind it: “‘Magic Still Exists’ is a collection of epiphanies about what it means to be human and our need to constantly search for something bigger, something more. The album was made together with friends and the process has therefore been very intimate. Something that made me relax, let go and have fun with it”.
LP track ‘Here Comes The Night‘ features on the Spotify playlist POP_GROUND.fm
Dance-pop starlet Harper Starling debuts her new release, “No More What If.” Written by Harper Starling and co-written and co-produced by Cindy Valentine (Bebe Rexha, Britney Spears, Alisha) and Niko The Kid (Outkast, Ariana Grande), “No More What If” is a dance-pop anthem designed to get the floor moving, but it’s also an old-fashioned storytelling song — a tale of a creative young woman who loved her home but was also hungry for experience and recognition.
At the core, “No More What If” is an autobiographical tale of Harper taking the leap from her hometown to Los Angeles, the city of dreams. No matter where you’ve grown up, leaving home is hard. If you’re lucky enough to be native to a region as pretty, friendly, and welcoming as Southeastern Wisconsin, it’s tempting to stay in the place you recognize. You might be satisfied with life as you’ve always known it. But if you choose never to chase after your dreams, you may always wonder: what if? Harper unspools this narrative over propulsive beats and sings it all in a voice that shines and moves like a beam of sunlight breaking through the clouds.
The “No More What If” music video premiered exclusively on PopWrapped. The visual, which was directed by Devin J. Dilmore, is moving, heartfelt, and honest, but it’s also quite funny: when the aspiring Harper presents her resume to random passersby on the streets of Hollywood, it’s full of Upper Midwestern in-jokes. Her ability to poke fun at herself, even while she’s pursuing stardom, is incredibly endearing. Underscoring the entirety of the visual is an ode to Southern California: the copious, glorious sunshine, the car rides through glamorous neighborhoods, the scramble up the ladder of showbiz success, and the terrific costumes that the singer gets to wear once she’s made herself at home in Los Angeles.