Singles of the Week 8/15

by Beck Macey

Singles of the Week 8/15

Poetry of the Stars releases debut single “Bette and the Star Child”

In most cases when I listen to emo adjacent music, I expect vocals to be a necessary component to what makes a song great. Lyricism is something that continuously catches my eye, often more than let's say a bass line or guitar melody. However, the debut single from Jersey indie math rock outfit Poetry of The Stars, did away with that all together. ‘Bette and the Starchild’ is an instrumental exploration in time and space as the band guides us along a four-minute journey that starts with a mysterious piano and ends with crashing finish. Gwyndolin Gillooly is an exceptional guitar player and her work on the song boarders a literal twinkle while also dabbling with elements of shoegaze and experimental psychedelia. The drumming is also a standout element on this track as it builds with the melody as a whole. While the single lacks vocals it is clear that the song is still telling a definitive story, which pulls the listener in and begs the question “I wonder what it’s like to see through their eyes?” While I could make comparisons on what I believe the song sounds like, I also would like to hold it in the light as being wholly original in a sea of new indie/ math rock/ emo music. Hopefully this is just the beginning for the band, and we look forward to hearing what comes next. ‘Bette and the Starchild’ is out now on all streaming platforms.

Valendina premiers debut single “One Reason”

On July 30th Valendina released their debut single ‘One Reason’ and boy did it shoot me back to listening to alternative rock radio in my middle school bedroom. Something about the rhythm of the guitar, punchy vocals, and near 90’s teen rom com melody hit very close to home. The song is a strong first release for the Philadelphia/ Delaware band and while they self-describe as a border between classic rock and pop punk, they do have a sound that sticks out all by itself. The powerful vocalizations from Karina Patricelli remind me of something between Natalie Merchant of Ten Thousand Maniacs and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen of PVRIS which is truly a unique combination. While the drumming is authentically pop punk with its heavy kick drum, the guitar breaks down into some Midwest emo elements as well giving the song another fun twist. I think, however, my favorite aspect of the song really comes down to the contrast of the lyrics that border on heartbreak while also maintaining an incredibly upbeat melody. Hopefully we will be hearing about an EP or album soon from these guys as I think they have the capability to break through in the scene. Go listen to ‘One Reason’ on most streaming platforms now!

Singles of the Week 8/15

by Beck Macey

Singles of the Week 8/15

Poetry of the Stars releases debut single “Bette and the Star Child”

In most cases when I listen to emo adjacent music, I expect vocals to be a necessary component to what makes a song great. Lyricism is something that continuously catches my eye, often more than let's say a bass line or guitar melody. However, the debut single from Jersey indie math rock outfit Poetry of The Stars, did away with that all together. ‘Bette and the Starchild’ is an instrumental exploration in time and space as the band guides us along a four-minute journey that starts with a mysterious piano and ends with crashing finish. Gwyndolin Gillooly is an exceptional guitar player and her work on the song boarders a literal twinkle while also dabbling with elements of shoegaze and experimental psychedelia. The drumming is also a standout element on this track as it builds with the melody as a whole. While the single lacks vocals it is clear that the song is still telling a definitive story, which pulls the listener in and begs the question “I wonder what it’s like to see through their eyes?” While I could make comparisons on what I believe the song sounds like, I also would like to hold it in the light as being wholly original in a sea of new indie/ math rock/ emo music. Hopefully this is just the beginning for the band, and we look forward to hearing what comes next. ‘Bette and the Starchild’ is out now on all streaming platforms.

Valendina premiers debut single “One Reason”

On July 30th Valendina released their debut single ‘One Reason’ and boy did it shoot me back to listening to alternative rock radio in my middle school bedroom. Something about the rhythm of the guitar, punchy vocals, and near 90’s teen rom com melody hit very close to home. The song is a strong first release for the Philadelphia/ Delaware band and while they self-describe as a border between classic rock and pop punk, they do have a sound that sticks out all by itself. The powerful vocalizations from Karina Patricelli remind me of something between Natalie Merchant of Ten Thousand Maniacs and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen of PVRIS which is truly a unique combination. While the drumming is authentically pop punk with its heavy kick drum, the guitar breaks down into some Midwest emo elements as well giving the song another fun twist. I think, however, my favorite aspect of the song really comes down to the contrast of the lyrics that border on heartbreak while also maintaining an incredibly upbeat melody. Hopefully we will be hearing about an EP or album soon from these guys as I think they have the capability to break through in the scene. Go listen to ‘One Reason’ on most streaming platforms now!