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Aaron Noj defies his surroundings in latest single "M​.​O​.​T​.​M."

We are always digging deep into New England's talent garden to find rising artists from all corners of the region: we have unearthed a March gem we want to share with you. Derry, New Hampshire's Aaron Noj released his single "M​.​O​.​T​.​M." with little fanfare and in relative obscurity but its bite should not be ignored as it leaves a lasting mark. Aaron rebels against the tranquility of Derry's quaint Main Street and the town's overall serenity with sharp grunge guitar chords that reverberate violently. Aaron's distant voice is melancholic, angst-fueled, entrancing—grunge music's preference. The culminating instrumental breakdown is destructive and has a lo-fi sound to it that delivers a cathartic finish. Whatever emotion you are feeling, Aaron's track will be sure to discover it and animate it. We are looking forward to some show listings from this alternative artist; stream “M​.​O​.​T​.​M.” below. - Rene Cobar





Phantasmosis supplies sweet escapism in new record "Sentimental"

Earlier this month Providence’s Phantasmosis (Sam D'Orazio) released Sentimental, his latest fantastical record. The album supplies the right dose of sweet escapism with psych-surfy ballads like “Heaven/Hell” and power pop tracks like “Green Eyes” offering variety throughout the journey. Phantasmosis lathers each track with intent: if indie-rock is the theme, the guitars will rip; if jazzy elements are in order, the saxophone will produce a buttery smooth solo—there is no subtlety, and that is great. Phantasmosis’ music has the appeal of Beach Boys and the eccentricity of Flaming Lips, he serves that shake in his unique manner, and it is rich. The new release should keep him occupied for the fall, and we are looking forward to new show announcements soon. We are streaming the entrancing track “Do You Feel It???” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar





Amory Sivertson returns to tell her story in new single "Walk in the Woods"

Amory Sivertson’s music draws you in with its soothing elements: bright and supple piano arpeggios at its foundation, uplifting harmonies that dance about, and Amory’s acrobatic lead vocals glowing throughout. The Boston-based singer-songwriter’s latest single “Walk in the Woods” confidently displays all of Sivertson’s strengths as it builds to a grandiose finale that is as cathartic as it is mesmerizing. Amory blends elements of folk and pop music with a distinct class that elevates her sound and gifts listeners luxurious compositions. The artist had been away for some time, with “Walk in the Woods” her first release in eight years, and is now back to tell her journey—the new song a precious fragment of that. We are looking forward to new songs by Amory; in the meantime, we are streaming her new track below. - Rene Cobar





Samuel Sandoval welcomes reflection in new record "Current Pretender"

Samuel Sandoval’s new full-length record, Current Pretender, is a sonic stained-glass window into the colorful mind of a young man wrestling and dancing with existentialism. The anthology is track after track of therapeutic acoustic guitar-led confessions and realizations: tracks like “I Mime” tip-toe instrumentally among bizarre ambient sounds and Sandoval's layered-pensive vocals. As esoteric as some tracks can be, others like “Falling Asleep to Your Parents Watching TV Pt. 1” are gorgeously composed, with honey-sweet piano melodies and soothing flowing-water samples creating a cave of wondrous sounds. Much like life itself, Connecticut resident Samuel Sandoval’s record encompasses beauty, ugliness, weirdness, love, hope, and existence as you want to see it. We are streaming the indie-folk tune “Madam Day” from the new album below. - Rene Cobar





Maya Lucia is splendidly assertive in new record "Lashing Out"

Darting in and out of Boston, Maya Lucia has managed to create a significant buzz in New England for her now-released EP, Lashing Out. The record is rebellious indie-pop, it is soft rock with a touch of lo-fi, it is alternative: the album is Maya Lucia, and that says it all. Tracks like “Jolene” are heartfelt, confidently presented, and punchy in their bass guitar plucks. Maya is explosive in the choruses of “Misunderstood” and playful-assertive in the verses of “Sadgirl (RIP Moviepass),” showing her ability to tell an honest story in each song. There is no reason to doubt that Maya can hang with the likes of indie-pop rising stars like Clairo and Charli XCX: the young artist offers something wholly different, something more attitude-fueled. Listen to “Jolene” streaming below; discover what the buzz is all about. - Rene Cobar

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