We at TREMG love spotlighting rising and underappreciated talent to give underground creators a platform and the recognition they deserve. So many artists have kicked off 2022 with a bang, releasing some of the best work of their career and opening up in their lyrics like never before. Throughout January, we got to talk to artists like Anna Sun, Beautiful Machines, Beck Pete, Heidrunna, and Ike Rhein about their new releases, but there’s a whole world of talent making their own waves. Here are some of our favorite new releases from this month!
Addison Grace – “I Wanna Be A Boy”
Future nonbinary superstar Addison Grace (they/he) opens up about gender dysphoria on “I Wanna Be A Boy,” a tender exploration of identity over an acoustic guitar and thumping beat. He posted the original demo of the song on YouTube in December 2020 and it’s already collected over half a million views, comforting those who resonate with the track’s message and Addison’s journey. Whether you’re nonbinary as well or an ally trying to understand what trans people experience, this is a must-hear. You can follow along with Addison’s story by connecting with them on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch, and Twitter!
I initially started writing it when I was questioning a lot of things about myself. I’m very open with how I identify online and I’ve always openly been a queer creator, queer musician, and at that time, I was really not understanding how I identified with my gender and how I felt about it. And so it started off as a song about gender roles and how I was jealous of guys and how they got to have certain things I couldn’t have. With time, I realized it was very much me explaining, in song form, that I wasn’t a girl and that I was nonbinary instead.Addison Grace
ASTN – “Gradually”
If you’re on TikTok, you’ve probably already heard ASTN (pronounced Austin)’s viral R&B cover of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever,” but now you’ll hear him like never before on his debut with Warner Records, “Gradually!” Even while describing frustration and fear while losing someone you love, it’s impressively sleek and polished, showing off ASTN’s superstar potential even with just his first major-label release. We know there’s a bright future coming up for ASTN, and you can join the ride by checking him out on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
The song poses the question: Is it more agonizing to see someone you love vanish from your life all of the sudden, or slowly detach from you over time? It’s about knowing this person is on their way out, and yet you still try to make it work, salvaging anything from it that might be left. But truthfully, there’s a beauty in letting go.ASTN
Bring On The Storm – “Decompose”
Bring On The Storm take on mental health and loneliness on the energetic “Decompose,” an anthem told from the point of view of depression as it preys on a victim. It’s a fresh viewpoint on the rock scene’s usual exploration of mental illnesses, offering a sinister air as the depression starts “indiscriminately poisoning the heart” and showing off how scary it can be to deal with depressive feelings. Bring On The Storm are one of the most exciting up-and-coming rock groups, constantly teeming with creativity and catchy riffs you won’t be able to get out of your head. Join them as they take the world by storm on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
This tune is about an invisible monster that burdens and even sometimes takes life away. We all know victims. We’ve named the monster depression.Lead singer and guitarist Chris Kreuger
Daytona Starsky – “Blame the System”
Turning frustration into a good jam, Daytona Starsky fuses genres on the bass-driven “Blame the System,” which describes how we all tend to blame society or “the system” when we fall on hard times. Every lyric will get you thinking about your current situation, as well as how far Daytona will go in the future! The only problem with him releasing it right now is that there’s a shortage of music festivals for him to absolutely steal the show at. But when he does get to take the stage, you’ll be the first to know if you follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and his website.
‘Blame The System’ is hard to place in a single genre. It has clear elements of rock and pop, but sticks them together using a funky bassline and hip-hop production elements. It has many changes that make you want to listen to it again but never throws you off-guard. The high-pace hook and the catchy synths make it a sing-along track. The track is about feeling left behind, being alone, not feeling supported. The title explains it all: when there’s no one left to blame, you blame the system and we all do in our own way.Daytona Starsky
Em Beihold – “Numb Little Bug”
Becoming the latest artist to throw their unique perspective on mental health into the ring, Em Beihold establishes herself as a future power player to watch on her Republic Records and Moon Projects debut, “Numb Little Bug.” The song explores her experiences with anxiety and apathy with a clever, quirky angle that compares her to a bug simply focusing on survival rather than enjoying life. We can’t wait to see what she does next, and you can stay updated by connecting with Em on Facebook, Instagram, and her official website!
Last year, all of my dreams were coming true. Everything I wanted was happening, but somehow I didn’t feel anything. I was struggling with some heavy anxiety and I was on antidepressants. Songs weren’t really coming to me the way they used to. I felt numb. The antidepressants sucked the soul and energy out of me a little bit. I wrote ‘Numb Little Bug’ about the feeling.Em Beihold
LLusion – “After the Tone” feat. UPSAHL
The incredibly talented LLusion and UPSAHL on one track? Sign us right up! “After the Tone” is a spunky dismissal of someone who can’t communicate properly, making it the perfect anthem for dealing with a breakup or a dissolved friendship you’re moving on from. LLusion’s funky production meshes perfectly with UPSAHL’s distinctive vocals in a fun fusion of R&B and pop we can’t get out of our heads. You can link up with LLusion on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, as well as UPSAHL on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official website.
It was my first zoom studio session with another vocalist, let alone my first real studio session ever, working on a brand new song from scratch with another artist. I was super nervous, but excited. Luckily, I had the great sonic support from the talented Max Frost by my side, who already worked with UPSAHL in the past, so the ice was broken, and we were all just there to create and have fun. And from our computers in 3 different states at once, we made this banger of a song. The energy in that electronic room was perfectly in sync and everything came out organically.LLusion
Lola Young – “So Sorry”
With an ironically jazzy, upbeat instrumental, Lola Young admits her romantic flaws on “So Sorry,” an Amy Winehouse-esque apology to a lover. At just 21, Lola is one of the UK’s most promising young voices and has a clear vision of who she is as an artist, offering a refreshing taste of self-reflection and creative polish from an up-and-coming idol who undoubtedly has more tricks up her sleeve. Next time you need a cry over a past romance in the middle of the night, Lola’s got you! Learn more about her on Facebook, Instagram, and her official website.
’So Sorry’ is a song I wrote about my toxic traits in a relationship. I got super vulnerable and honest on this track and I hadn’t yet written a song about how difficult I can be when I’m with someone. I feel like a lot of other people are going to be able to relate to the feeling of saying sorry far too much.Lola Young
Marian Hill & GASHI – “Little Bit”
For anyone dealing with the aftermath of a breakup at the moment, ‘Little Bit’ is the song for you! MH singer Samantha Gongol and GASHI take turns opening up about how seeing an ex post-breakup affects them and the results are absolutely delectable. Production-wise, we love the sleek, subdued jazzy feel, which lets the lyrics and emotions take center stage. You can link up with Marian Hill on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their website, and get to know GASHI on Instagram, Twitter, and his website!
Nick Mono – “All The Money”
We know Nick Mono will get all the money and recognition he deserves if he keeps making songs like “All The Money!” Combining gritty guitar, sweet lyrics, and a punchy trap beat, the track is one of our favorite alternative bangers of the year so far. At just 19, Nick has such a grasp on who he is as an artist and we can’t wait to hear his debut EP, The Sun Won’t Stay After Summer, in March. You can stay updated on Nick news by following him on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
I wrote and produced it in my room during the first lockdown. During that time, I was making a whole lot of songs and missing a whole lot of online classes in the process. I really want this song to become an indie classic that plays at parties in 10 years and gives people that sense of nostalgia that I get listening to [Wheatus’] ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ or [Blink-182’s] ‘All The Small Things.’ How catchy the hook is gives me hope it can go on to be one of those songs.Nick Mono
Poolside & Brijean – “Better When We’re Close”
Poolside and Brijean are a musical match made in heaven, combining Poolside’s mastermind Jeffrey Paradise and the prolific duo of Brijean Murphy and Doug Stuart.”Better When We’re Close” is an eclectic mix of synths, fluttering flute, jazzy energy, and the airy atmosphere of dream pop. It’s partly inspired by Murphy and Stuart’s time in a long-distance relationship while Murphy toured wth Poolside, and the results are nothing short of immaculate. You can learn more about Poolside on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and his official site, as well as stepping into the world of Brijean on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, and their website.
‘Better When We’re Close’ started as a jazzy idea that Casey Butler and I cooked up in my bedroom last year, and I immediately felt that it was the perfect start to a Brijean collab given their jazz backgrounds and sound. I sent it to them and they sent back something completely different that still retained the original feel… What we ended up with is a song that feels distinctly Brijean and distinctly Poolside that feels like the platonic ideal of a collaboration between us.Jeffrey Paradise of Poolside
Raveena – “Secret” feat. Vince Staples
Finding the perfect balance between bouncy Bollywood and club pop, new Warner Records signee Raveena teases her upcoming Asha’s Awakening concept album with the flirty anthem “Secret!” There’s an effortless confidence to her voice, which has a similar fluttery tone to FKA Twigs, as she tempts a potential lover, and as the story of her album unfolds, you find out it’s an exploration of an impossible love affair. You can pre-save Asha’s Awakening here and find out more of Raveena’s secrets by catching up with her on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official site!
To me, ‘Secret’ is a song about love that traverses through different dimensions. People on Earth are starting to have sensual dreams ignited in them by a space princess – someone they feel like their body knows, but whom they also do not know and cannot reach in this dimension. What if your lover was enticing you from space and you couldn’t reach them in this realm? What if a spirit from an outer dimension ignited your sacral chakra? This is what ‘Secret’ explores.Raveena
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