Is there anything quite like the rush of discovering a new song or artist you can’t get enough of? We think not, and that’s exactly why we at TREMG love spotlighting rising and underappreciated talent to give creators at every level the recognition they deserve. So many artists spent May offering fans new treats, releasing some of the best work of their career, and opening up in their lyrics like never before. Throughout May, we got to talk to incredible artists like Emily Monsen, Will Evans, Brooklane, Marena, Adeline V. Lopez, Jimmy B Fearless, and BE:FIRST about their latest projects, but there’s a whole world of talent making their own waves. Here are some of our favorite new releases from this month!
Bella Kaye – “Paint Me Blue”
After stealing our hearts with “Psycho Ex” last summer, Bella Kaye is back and better than ever with “Paint Me Blue!” The song calls out an ex who didn’t treat her well while also reflecting on how “stupid and cruel” the situation was. Going from R&B-fueled pop to energetic rock on the chorus, the fluctuations in the production on “Paint Me Blue” mirror the intensity of the relationship and Bella’s frustration, highlighting her knack for confessional storytelling. This song will sing to the hearts of anyone who’s felt put down by a partner who didn’t let them shine, and if you’re dealing with that at the moment, it’ll empower you to see your worth and realize you deserve better. Get more Bella Kaye on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and her website!
Making music is such a powerful, healing, therapeutic experience for me, and to be able to create such personal art that then resonates and connects so deeply with others means more than I could ever describe. I feel so much gratitude and love when people reach out to me and share how much my music has impacted them. I think creating and releasing music which resonates with others is such a beautiful exchange of connection.Bella Kaye to TREMG, August 2022
BENTLE – “Beam”
As the hazy days of summer fall upon us, some new music should also fall upon your playlist! BENTLE has the perfect offering with “Beam,” a kaleidoscopic pop anthem about sifting through different feelings while opening yourself up to new experiences. Written in the Caribbean, it has that upbeat, airy feel that you need from a summer anthem, while the introspective lyrics also make it a great choice for solo walks or nights in while you think about shaping the life you want to live. Make sure you beam on over to BENTLE’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more!
‘Beam’ is my personal animation of what being caught in an endless thought loop looks like on a summer morning. I wrote it beachside with some friends while traveling through the Caribbean last year — I was processing so many new experiences and feelings at that time and ‘Beam’ takes me straight back to that night. As I woke the next morning I couldn’t stop humming the “honestly, I can’t be free” lyric and melody — I can remember it ringing in my head from the early hours of the morning and it was just so contagious I had to get it down on paper. I love this song because I can still smell the fire and see the hazy horizon from that night.BENTLE
Billy Porter – “Fashion”
Bold multi-hyphenate Billy Porter never goes out of style, and neither do messages of empowerment and confidence. So “Fashion” is the perfect combination! It’s time to be “glowing up in the summer shade” and focusing on what brings you joy and love rather than confusion and insecurity. “Fashion” is a feel-good track about staying hopeful for the future and learning to love who you are, and it’s the energy we all need going into the rest of the year. Having a good day? “Fashion” will make it even better. Having a bad day? “Fashion” will lift your spirits right up. Having a… you get the idea. Forget all the doubt, it’s time to be your best self! For more inspiration, connect with Billy Porter on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and his website.
You know I can turn a lewk, honey, but this song is not actually about fashion. It’s about trusting in the vision for your life, no matter what anyone else says. The things that are timeless – love, joy, peace – those are the things that are always in fashion.Billy Porter
Brooke Sause – “How Long”
One of the most heartbreaking things to realize is that someone you love hasn’t been fully honest about their feelings, especially when the love they once felt for you has faded. Brooke Sause turns that painful experience into a beautiful reflection with “How Long,” which looks back on the course of a relationship after someone lets out a drunk confession that they were lying about what they felt. “How long was ‘I love you’ a lie?” Brooke questions, closing an angst-filled chorus with a tearjerking moment that will resonate with anyone who’s felt the aching rejection of a similar situation. “How Long” is absolutely breathtaking, and shows just what a talented storyteller Brooke is. Learn more about Brooke on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official site!
‘How Long’ is about being heartbroken and realizing that the person who broke your heart never loved you like you loved them. It’s about going through the memories and reanalyzing every details and facet of the relationship, trying to pinpoint where the lies began. While reflecting, you think of all the moments and signs you ignored because you were too in love to be logical.Brooke Sause
Dolly Ave – “Summer”
Now is probably the time when you’re getting your playlists ready for summer, and we have just the right track to add! Dolly Ave’s “Summer” is a breezy pop-rock track that uses summer as a metaphor for the worry-free mindset we all had when we were younger, urging “the summer’s gotta come” while exploring how the magic fades as we get older and start to associate summer with muggy, gross weather instead of fun and excitement. It’s a reminder to seize every happy summer day you can, which makes it the perfect soundtrack for making sunny memories over the next few months. If this song is right up your avenue, follow Dolly Ave on Instagram, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter, and her official website!
I wrote this track while overcome with a bittersweet feeling of nostalgia, tapping into my youthful spirit now as an adult longing for those simple summer days again.Dolly Ave
LE SSERAFIM – “UNFORGIVEN”
Whenever we need a little confidence boost, LE SSERAFIM is always there, and they’re fiercer than ever on “UNFORGIVEN!” Sampling the theme song of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and featuring guitar riffs from the one and only Nile Rodgers, this fiery track is all about staying true to yourself in a world where individuality isn’t always celebrated. Chaewon, Sakura, Yunjin, Kazuha, and Eunchae are absolutely glowing this era, inspiring FEARNOTs all over the world to stand strong in who they are regardless of what others might think. You can check out their full UNFORGIVEN album here, and become one of the “unforgiven girls” or “unforgiven boys” by connecting with the group on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
UNFORGIVEN is our message to the world that we will together walk down the path we think is right, and we are not asking for forgiveness on the way from anyone in what we believe.KIM CHAEWON
Machine Gun Kelly – “PRESSURE”
When you have two #1 albums back-to-back, the pressure is on to create something show-stopping for your next big release. But if you’re Machine Gun Kelly, that’s no sweat! “PRESSURE” feels like a natural continuation of his catalog, and it notably calls back to several of his fan-favorite tracks. For example, “I can never, ever lose the vibe” and “guess that I gotta die to be a legend” return to “keep the vibe alive forever” and the mortality theme on “27.” Meanwhile, the barking ad lib and “every time they tried to send a shot, it always missed us” lyric echo “Floor 13,” as the end of the song beckons, “meet me on floor 13.” With several beat switches and plenty of fiery confidence, “PRESSURE” brings together all the best of Machine Gun Kelly, starting a new era that’s bound to be one for the history books. Make sure you’re in for the ride by following MGK on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and his website!
The Warning – “More”
Fair warning, here: once you listen to The Warning, you can’t turn back. You’ll just want more and more of their music, and that’s especially true when you listen to their latest single, “More.” It’s a twist on classic love songs that celebrates both the special, adrenaline-filled moments and the ones where you’re hoping for more than you’re getting. Daniela, Paulina, and Alejandra are absolutely electrifying on this track, bringing such a unique energy to the story in a way only they could. It leaves us begging for more from The Warning, especially with this sleek-yet-energetic sound! Learn more about the band on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and their website.
We feel ‘MORE’ is a natural transition to our musical evolution where we get to express our taste in music in a fresher, cooler sound, maintaining The Warning’s core rock sound. ‘MORE’ is a song about relationships’ push and pulls and wanting ‘MORE’ out of life 😉The Warning
Wilmette – “Hyperfocused”
Nowadays, it feels like a lot of people have a very clear vision for who they want to be and what they want to do with their life, but that can get tricky if the people around you don’t believe in those possibilities or your ability to get there. If you’re in that situation, Wilmette has just the motivation for you with “Hyperfocused!” The song is all about standing true in your belief in yourself no matter what others might say, which is such an important message in an ever-chaotic world. “I don’t wanna justify if I’m enough,” they insist in a statement on personal growth and strength in the face of doubt and discouragement. There’s bound to be more uplifting messages on their upcoming album, Hyperfocused, coming this August, so now’s the time to get to know Wilmette on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
This track is about running the fine line between pursuing your own personal goals/interests and what others expect from you. It’s important to learn how to compromise with both of those things without letting either side get sabotaged. There’s always multiple perspectives with countless experiences to back them up. ‘Hyperfocused’ is about pursuing your own personal growth without destroying the growth of others.Guitarist Griffin Guge
By Madison Murray
Featured Image: The Warning, Courtesy of Republic Records