New Music Friday: 10.1.21

Cassie Marin

A new month and new music. There’s nothing better than kicking off a fresh new month with fresh new tracks. Here is this week’s New Music Friday.

Cassie Marin – Tanto

Cassie Marin releases her Spanish single “Tanto.” About the track, Cassie says. “After waking up one day completely covered in burning hives, I was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease that no doctor I sought out could seem to give a name to. I felt helpless and defeated looking at my body in the mirror covered by this red shape that seemed to be snaking its way along my body, taunting me with a loss of control. My hives come and go, making themselves known on what felt like the most inconvenient of days. I felt like I needed to hide from people so they wouldn’t cringe, ask questions or feel sorry for me. Every morning I would wake up with something new on my plate to face, and that’s exactly what ‘Tanto’ is about. I’ve bloomed so much from this experience and am still learning how to approach every obstacle with a sense of excitement and curiosity, but most importantly, I’ve grown to have so much gratitude for my body and all that she does for me.”

Alex Amor – Mutal

Alex Amor releases the single “mutal” part of her double single project. On the “mutual” and the double single project, Alex comments, “‘Summer is Sweet With You’ is all about potentials and possibilities. Making a bet on someone, with the hopes that it’ll pay off in the long run. The previous single, ‘dare you’ is about taking risks while the sun is still high in the sky, where ‘mutual’ is about not wanting to ruin a friendship, knowing fine well you’ve already crossed the line into romantic territory. Unfortunately with love, you can’t try before you buy or test the waters, all you can do is follow your intuition no matter where it leads you. The tension is sweet, and the anticipation is welcomed, just like the feeling right before you kiss, that sacred space between two peoples lips.”

VETS – Anti-Socialite

VETS shares their debut single “Anti-Socialite.” “When COVID hit, we went from writing together pretty much every week to not writing at all for over a year,” says group member Lilla Vargen. “Our first session back together was meant to be a Friday afternoon session, but it turned into a full weekend of venting about everything that had built up since we’d last seen each other. ‘Anti-Socialite’ was born out of boredom and my frustration with the record deal I was in at the time.” 

See Also

Eli Derby – Gaslight

Eli Derby shares his debut single “Gaslight.” About making music, he shares, “My musical inspirations are boundless, I can listen to Prince and Michael Jackson in the same sitting as The Beatles and Tyler, The Creator. What they have in common is the ability to evoke emotion, and that’s what I try to do with my own music. For “Gaslight” it was about making sure the person listening felt okay not knowing what to call their ‘situation.’ And that sometimes uncertainty can be exactly what you need in the moment.” 

Elton John & Stevie Wonder – Finish Line

Elton John and Stevie Wonder team up for “Finish Line.” Speaking of the collaboration Elton says, “I couldn’t be more proud of ‘Finish Line’ – I’d go as far as to say it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made. Stevie’s voice is as good as I can ever remember hearing him – he sounds like a 17-year-old again, he’s singing with a sheer joy and exuberance in his vocals. Andrew Watt has done an unbelievable job on the production. It was a magical process. I’ve always loved collaborating with Stevie, and I’m delighted that after fifty years of friendship we finally get to do a full blown duet. He has always been so kind and sweet to me, and his talent is beyond ridiculous. When you listen to what he does vocally and instrumentally on ‘Finish Line’ you think, this is a true genius here.”

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