We at TREMG love spotlighting rising and underappreciated talent to give underground creators a platform and the recognition they deserve. So many artists spent February offering fans new treats, releasing some of the best work of their career, and opening up in their lyrics like never before. Throughout February, we got to talk to incredible artists like Molly Moore, NandoInTheBando, and AVIV about their new projects, but there’s a whole world of talent making their own waves. Here are some of our favorite new releases from this month!
Benson Boone – “ROOM FOR 2”
If you don’t have room for Benson Boone in your rotation, it’s time to make room. He’s already gotten attention from Ellen Degeneres and earned millions of streams, so it might be hard to believe that “ROOM FOR 2” is only the second song he’s released. It’ll be even harder to believe it when you hear how sleek and refined the track is! See the stunning results for yourself and be sure to link up with Benson on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
I write so many sad songs about different experiences I’ve had, but I met this girl that’s different than anyone I’ve ever met & she makes me feel like I’d do anything for her. ‘ROOM FOR 2’ is basically just a journal entry about this girl.Benson Boone
Chad Post – “If I Was God”
Chad Post stands his ground and reclaims his confidence post-breakup on “If I Was God,” a dark electropop anthem with an addictive theatrical quality. The track is a masterclass on how to pick a lead single for an album: it’s enthralling, commanding, and eclectic, offering the best possible first glimpse into his upcoming record. Even with two albums and an EP under his belt, this is Chad Post at his creative peak, pushing new ground and refusing to be anything but himself. Be sure to keep up with Chad’s posts on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
[One of the] most heartbreaking realizations in life is that we have no control over love. You could have the best body in the world, be the most attractive person on the planet, the most intelligent, the richest—you could literally be ‘God’ and still, the person you’re in love with can want nothing to do with you. That’s one of the hardest lessons to learn. You can’t improve and out-perform yourself, because they just don’t want you. And maybe that’s on them.Chad Post
Claire Rosinkranz – “i h8 that i still feel bad for u”
It’s no secret that breakups can bring about a whole slew of complicated feelings and turmoil, and Claire Rosinkranz perfectly captures that in her latest single, “i h8 that i still feel bad for u.” The track gives an edgier flair to her usual quirky pop style, making it perfect for fans of GAYLE’s viral hit ‘abcdefu.’ The angsty guitars complement the frustration in the lyrics, and you definitely won’t feel bad putting this track on your playlist. If you don’t h8 the song (since we’re sure you’ll love it), check out Claire on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
I was driving with one of my friends, and we were talking about a toxic relationship. She said that she hates that she still feels bad for this person even though she was treated poorly by them. I loved that idea so I wrote a song about it.Claire Rosinkranz
Elephante – “Down This Road” (Hoang Remix)
You already know we at TREMG love Elephante, but his new version of “Down This Road,” which appears on the fun deluxe edition of his Heavy Glow album, takes it to a whole new level. The Hoang remix flips the original production on its head and makes it even more dreamy than before, giving fans a fresh way to enjoy a song they’ve already fallen in love with. And the vibes are immaculate. Hoang is scheduled to be a supporting act on Elephante’s spring tour this year, so we hope they perform this version together at least once. Connect with Elephante on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, and learn more about Hoang on Instagram and Twitter!
Eliza & The Delusionals – “Give You Everything”
“Give You Everything” sounds like it belongs playing over the credits in a late 90s-early 2000s coming-of-age film in the best way possible. It has that classic nostalgic rock sound while still feeling modern and revamped, achieving the perfect balance bridging the past and the future. For Eliza & The Delusionals, that future includes their upcoming debut album Now and Then, due this May. We know we’ll have this song and the blast-from-the-past music video, which nods to throwbacks like Lizzie McGuire, on repeat until then. Get to know the Aussie band on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their official website!
Myself and Eliza wrote this song with Sarah Aarons and John Hill when we were in LA at the start of 2020. We were sitting around John’s studio talking with Sarah about how we both have had similar bitter experiences within the music industry with certain people taking advantage of our benevolence. It was nice to be able to open up to someone who could also relate to that situation which made the whole writing process feel really natural and organic. It’s a collective favorite for us on the album and it really shaped the rest of the record thematically and sonically.Kurt Skuse
Hannah Diamond – “Staring At The Ceiling”
In an addictive marriage of traditional pop and the electro-tinged hyperpop genre, PC Music artist Hannah Diamond makes loneliness and isolation sound as shiny as a night at the club. She’s created a mystical sonic world of Y2K influences, desperation veiled with sparkly computer sounds, and collaborations with high-profile artists like Charli XCX and the late SOPHIE. Even as hyperpop and similar niches are taking over the internet, Hannah’s artistry feels like a tender standout that you won’t be able to get out of your head or your playlists. Her last name might be Diamond, but her discography is a goldmine. Be sure to dive in by linking up with Hannah on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official website!
‘Staring At The Ceiling’ marks the start of a new era of my music and my creative output: an era where I am more confident in my abilities but also in the message of my work. A lot has changed since I released ‘Hi,’ but when I lie in my bed, I’m still the same girl staring at the ceiling wishing I wasn’t alone in my bedroom.Hannah Diamond
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Maude Latour – “Headphones”
Maude Latour is the future of pop music. Merging heavy-hitting 808s with delicately vulnerable lyrics and fluttery, autotune-tinged vocals, “Headphones” offers a new take on escapism and optimism for a future you’re not quite sure exists yet. But along the way, it holds your hand and encourages you to take the plunge, whether that’s walking away from an unhealthy relationship or pursuing a seemingly unattainable dream, all while celebrating the power of music. And speaking of music, you can stay up to date on Maude’s melodic adventures on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
‘Headphones’ is an opening of a new world; it is the first ray of light as the storm begins to end. I was lying on a hardwood floor, realizing I was truly alone in my head, no more romantic partner to lean on, when I first heard a voice in my head. It was my own. I wanted to learn to love myself, I wanted to grow within. ‘Headphones’ is that terrifying leap into our future, and into our deeper selves.Maude Latour
Rare Bloom – “Montreal Screwjob” (feat. Carlos Salazar)
If your 2022 hasn’t necessarily gotten off on the right foot, Rare Bloom can help you turn it right around with the Carlos Salazar-assisted “Montreal Screwjob!” The Texas five-piece created the perfect anthem for anyone “finding [their] heart” this month, offering comfort and solace while admitting their own fears and wistful nostalgia for simpler times. It flickers between a pop-punk sound and heavier, scream-accented sections that showcase the frustration of things not going your way. Not only are Rare Bloom one of the most versatile groups out there, but they won’t stop until all their listeners feel less alone in what they’re going through and understand that their experiences are valid. You can get the full Rare Bloom experience by connecting with them on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
I’d like to think this song is an anthem for the underdog. It helps give you a positive outlook to what’s going on in the world, with this covid madness, and let you know you’ve got this, IT WILL BE OKAY!Ethan Thayer
Sound of Kalima – “Shoot out the Lights” (feat. River Hooks)
Simply put, “Shoot out the Lights” sounds the same way summer feels. Between the gentle acoustic guitar intro, the fresh confidence, and River’s ethereal vocals on the second verse, it’s so easy to get lost in this song. So turn out the lights, grab your favorite headphones, and press play! It’s the latest taste of SOK’s upcoming debut EP, Sick Puppy, and we can’t wait to see what other sunny anthems they give us on the project. Keep up with Sound of Kalima on Instagram, Twitch, and Twitter, and catch River Hooks on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitch!
Tate McRae – “she’s all i wanna be”
Tate McRae turns a viral TikTok clip into one of her biggest hits to date with “she’s all i wanna be,” a combination of fear and confidence that questions a lover’s motives when it comes to another girl. You’ve probably already heard the song all over social media, so we’re gonna go a different route and introduce you to Tate’s incredible Vevo performance of it! This stripped-down version highlights the frustration and insecurity hidden behind the original pop-rock instrumental, giving new dimension to a track that fans have already fallen in love with. Trust us, you definitely “wanna be” following Tate McRae on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official site!
The Slashes – “Valentine Slip”
“Valentine Slip” would fit perfectly in the soundtrack of a Halloween movie set in the 70s, creating an immersive atmosphere you won’t want to escape. San Diego rockers Esteban Rene, Beto Bautista, and Carlos Robles have been making compelling alt-rock jams since 2015 and have quickly become underground sensations from coast to coast. Considering how enchanting both “Valentine Slip” and their 2021 album Embalmers Blush are, it’s safe to assume that this is just the beginning of The Slashes’ reign. Step into their eerie world by following the group on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Instagram!
[The song is] about accepting our true nature, the duality of the good and bad in this character, with one side winning eventually and giving in to his true self.Esteban Rene
Willie Manic – “trust!!”
After finding solid success with various Soundcloud singles, Willie Manic has officially made his entrance with his debut EP, i was lost. It features six equally incredible tracks, but our favorite might just be the chill yet energetic “trust!!,” which is the final song on the project. It balances a poignant beat with some of Willie’s smoothest delivery to date and we can’t get enough. “trust!!” and the rest of the i was lost EP proves that Willie’s organic Soundcloud success was no fluke, showing off his engaging vision and growth as an artist like never before. Be sure to keep up with the vision and check out Willie Manic on Instagram and Twitter!