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Single: almost sex – knockoff

Another fresh artist with a debut single. Just wow. I was worried when I saw the band name that it would be some weird music, but I was so surprised. I am hearing it on my headphones and it sounds so beautiful. The guitar parts, vocals, the little sound in the background. Just another great artist on the horizon. It fits so well with the previous single I shared. I am feeling good now…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Nick Louis – Your Rose

I always admire artists that start off their music with a strong single. Nick’s track is exactly that case. A fresh artist with a debut single, but it sounds so great. I am so into it, lyrically, musically, atmosphere. Such interesting instruments and vocals. I am really eager to see what this artist creates in the future. I hope it will be even better.

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Single: Deja Blu – Crystal Eternal

Deja Blu · Crystal Eternal

Crystal Eternal by Deja Blu transcends into the depths of experimental psyche pervaded by foggy murmurs and hypnotic melodies. The track has this subtle act that relies on many different ways, providing a rather similar airspace as Clams Casino’s “I’m God“. This is a testament of versatility and Deja Blu’s music is a whole new world to explore.

Crystal Eternal’ will be the first of a series of singles to follow this aesthetic.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Yucky Bangs – Kiss It

“Think of Thelma and Louise, but in a roller rink.”

Kiss It is a single from the upcoming album ‘Jewel of the Desert’ by Yucky Bangs, also known as Los Angeles-based musician Shelly Rose. Despite the track exuding a downcast but upbeat quality, Kiss it has an ability to summon up a freeing response to loneliness wrapped in vocal alluring lightness, perhaps unintentionally giving out an engaging and well crafted momentum of their own sound. This is without doubt an absolute banger that is bound to blossom.

Yucky Bangs recently got signed to queer-run DIY cassette label + arts collective, Genjitsu Stargazing Society and I am stoked for what’s to come.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Dream Suicides – Lost in This World

DREAM SUICIDES · Lost in This World

Known for their songs to be heavily inspired by films and nostalgia, Dream Suicides recently released the first single ‘Lost in This World’ off their upcoming album ‘Reflections of Ourselves in Scars Within Others’ which is set to release on October 16 of this year. The song opens up with an airspace of blissful textures and in some kind of way, it falls into that rare bleak sense of moment and it’s the imperfections which make the listening experience otherworldly.

I’ve been a listener of Dream Suicides since ‘Soft Feelings’ came out in 2015, hence I can’t wait for their new album to come out.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Found Space – Shadows

Found Space · Shadows

Confessions of confusion and doubt, Shadows by Found Space exudes a quiet warmth unfolding an intimate sense of vulnerability. The song depicts a riveting possibility of daydreams, certain love and misgivings whose production detracts something complex yet easeful from the moment. Overall, this single is great and it’s certainly something that will make it to the playlist.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Chinese American Bear – 好吗 (Hao Ma)

好吗 (Hao Ma) by Chinese American Bear gives out an impression full of euphorically vibrant retro-like synths in blazing neon colours. Pulsating rhythms of bright flickers that somehow makes you feel glamorous by proxy. The track is splendid so make sure to give it a listen when you’re in the mood for something fun.

You can find more music here.

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Single: shn shn – essence

shn shn is the newest project of ambient electronic pop artist Shanika Maria. When I first listened to “essence”, the second single off of her debut EP “structura”, it heavily reminded me of above water ethereal music from Koda, Pat Moon or even Fever Ray. Its mystical aura embraces an echoing lilt that runs through to some enchanted forest. If I could express it solemnly, I would compare shn shn’s music to a resonance deeply bound into the unknown.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Gaspard Eden – Automatic Dreams

Gaspard Eden is Canadian singer-songwriter and I think a really good one. Somehow Canada always produces strong songwriters. I always find Canadian music a little bit more interesting, but to this day I have no idea why. This song is really beautiful and I think it will reach a much wider audience. It should. Just press the play and dive deeper into it.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Ryan Jantz – Real

Ryan makes also music I like to share on my blog. I have shared it a couple of times. This one is a little bit different from the other songs I shared. It has also a really nice rap part. I like it when artists try to experiment a little bit in new songs, especially if it works great.

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Single: 1996 – Around You

I think I am a little bit biased towards female vocals. I somehow like them always more. This song is a great example of it, I would like it less if there were male vocals. The song has a really nice kick and when you finish it you hurry to press the play button once more. Such a great fresh artist from Austin, Texas. I am excited to hear more music from them in future.

You can follow the artist on Bandcamp.

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Single: might delete later – homemade wine

Equally crushing atmosphere of lo-fi and shoegaze, homemade wine by might delete later clings to me like a memory I thought I’ve forgotten. The song is enclosed in a wall pervaded by a slow, growing intensity and layers of sound. It’s scarcely much reminiscent of the curious and it succeeds amazingly at being that. Though, the only thing I’m frustrated about is this is the first time I’m hearing about this music project and I feel like I missed out a lot on the good stuff.

Expect new music from the artist soon but for the meantime, you can find more music here.

 

 

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Single: silent vices – no hands

A true ballad about social constructs, transgenderism, toxic masculinity,  and self acceptance. ‘No Hands’ is the second release from indie pop duo silent vices. Known for being hyper-political about their songs, No Hands still remains that catchy ’80s psych-pop tune filled with creativity. It’s a promising track, making everything sound fresh and new.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Mila Moon – Not

I can’t figure out what this song is really about but there is something comforting, cradle-like nature that brings ‘Not’ by Mila Moon into a serene and meditative listening experience. The sibilance moans of uncertainty that plunges us back into what looks to be illuminating the boundaries of vulnerability. Not gives out a sound that is vaguely only louder than a whisper.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Summer Salt – Little Legs

Fusing lush production of sparkling guitars and breezy vocals. ‘Little Legs’ by Summer Salt easily uplifts the soundtrack to your midsummer, almost autumn short trip to some world where everything works in perfect harmony. The song beams the feeling of letting your hand slip safely out the window car and letting it gently wave against the wind. They somehow managed to take a typical indie pop sound and make it their own. I liked it.

You can find more music here.

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Single: wor_kspace – weekend

‘weekend’ by wor_kspace cleverly crafts a minimum experimentation towards a stylistic trip within the shifting and clanging synths of sound— to sound. The song can be mistaken as something straightforward but in such way, it morphs into this  beat-driven abstract pop song that is possibly all very future.

Read more about the artist here:

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Single: Foliage – Better Man

My man is back. A “Better Man”. Foliage just announced a new album out on Dowd Records on vinyl in October. We at Z Tapes are lucky to be doing a cassette release of this newest album. There is a mystery about the whole album, as the tracklist is not revealed yet, but I can promise you will love it. I am so excited!

Listen to more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Emily James – tired

I am usually sharing music from “bigger” artists, but when I really like it I cannot help myself. This is the case. Somehow the song caught my ears so much I had to relisten to it so many times and still do not have enough. The melody and vocals are just captivating. So good…

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Single: Bathe Alone Curbside

Bathe Alone is the dreampop solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Another single I am sharing from Bathe Alone. Even the artworks are worth sharing. I am into them very much (I recommend you to visit the Bandcamp page). This single is a little bit more experimental, but I am still digging it. It’s just amazing as the rest of the music by Bathe Alone. Listen to it, if you haven’t already.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Don’t Worry – Deep End

Essex/London indie punks Don’t Worry come take influence from throughout rock and pop history and are loved for their distinctly British sensibility, humor and the deft way they navigate anxiety and uncertainty in their lyrics while writing catchy bangers.

Something about this track caught me, I am not 100% sure what. Maybe the vocals are getting to me, maybe the guitars. Either way I happy I can share the second artist from Britain today. Each listening to this song brings me something new. Just try it.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: SigObrilllAndo – Star Fruit

This is what I needed this morning. Something chill, soothing, dreamy. A rainy Monday morning at my daily job needs perfectly that. Such an amazing atmosphere this song creates…

Beautiful lo-fi chill music from Chile.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: //INTERNET – Following the Logic

The artist’s name is kind of funny, but definitely unsearchable on google.

Not to be confused with the LA-based band of the same name, The Internet (sometimes stylized as ///Internet) is a Santa Barbara, California-based band specializing in clever, 80s-influenced twists on the pop formula.

What a funky lo-fi pop. I could totally imagine this track in a funny indie teenage movie. I really enjoy the atmosphere this track creates.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Pelican Motel – Like a Ghost

Pelican Motel are from Princeton, West Virginia. I do not know more about this band as it is a new discovery for me, but, oh my, I love this track so much. Such interesting vocals with powerful lyrics and the subtle drums. I am so into this one. Just hit the play button and dive into it with me.

You can follow the band on Bandcamp.

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Single: Matthew Leger – Helium

I know Matthew’s music because of our seasonal comps, specifically Spring 2020. I love to share new music from artists that were part of our comps. I am so excited about this one in particular because it reminds me a lot of Alex G music, but a little bit darker. Such a great track I had to relisten to it a couple of times before having enough. Just awesome.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Slowlife – Push & Relax

The feeling of looking back and moving forward. ‘Push & Relax’ by Slowlife is filled with dreamy synths and lo-fi feels that allows you to radiate a sense of stillness. It’s all about letting yourself go and finding yourself. A grasp of how the world can be knowing that you’re here, existing & constantly changing. It’s the yearning desire you get in search for the sublime.

Read more about the track coming from the artist’s perspective here:

A year ago, I moved to the other side of Germany and left my old life & friends behind. So, this song is about looking back & forward, being scared, but ready for the big change.

You can find more music here.

 

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Single: Pressed Orchid – Eternal Spring

The fragrant sounds of waking dreams and their echoes over stone, water and air.

‘Eternal Spring’ by Pressed Orchid embodies a trace of reverberated vocals and occultly ethereal soundscapes that devours your mind & soul rather gracefully. The track is complex yet exhales a delicate rhythm soaked in an atmosphere that gravitate towards something unlike anything I’ve listened to in awhile.

This is utterly different as night and day.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Iver Arturo Principe – Act Right

Plinking keys, reposeful vocals & a drum machine. ‘Act Right’ a single from the album ‘Cerulean’ by Peruvian songwriter Iver Arturo Principe fits the dream pop subgenre wonderfully. The song makes the kind of relaxing phantasm music that certainly has a flair of nostalgia. It’s a perfect relatively short track that you’ll have a liking for once you hit the play button.

You can purchase a cassette tape over at Galaxy Train.

Listen to the single and the full album here.

 

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Single & Video: Sea Grapes – i want to be a girl

a song processing several dreams I’ve had over the course of the pandemic depicting my subconscious, the inner feminine energy, and letting go of taboos and inhibitions.

Sea Grapes is a bedroom pop project of Daytona local Luke Janke.

I have been aware of Sea Grapes for a while, I recently shared his newest EP and I am gladly sharing this new single. Also, this new single is accompanied by great video you should watch as well. Also, today is Bandcamp Friday so it is a good day to support the artist.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Rory Lyle – Pipedream

Pipedream by Rory Lyle is like an anthology of stories helmed into one. The track has 3 main sections that prepare you for a journey of breakups, moving countries & self discovery. When I was reading more about the artist, I saw that it took them 10 minutes to write this song and 5 years for it to see the light of the day. It made me realize that art, no matter how contented, can never be fully ready until the creator is. It’s an inspiring take and this is the result.

You can find more music here.

 

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Single: Sakura – Circles

Both Japanese and Chinese by blood, born and raised in Hong Kong, matured in London, and currently based in Vienna – sakura’s music is crafted to tell her colorful story through her own brand of lyrically, and emotionally compelling indie, folk and rock.

I am still surprised Sakura is based in Vienna. I would love to see her play live, it’s just an hour away. Maybe when all this COVID-19 madness is over, I can make it happen. What an amazing indie pop. Strong in melody, strong in vocals and lyrics. I have a hunch this single will blow up because it definitely should. By the time I will enjoy listening to it.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: East Notion – Go Slow


‘Go Slow’ by Melbourne-based indie folk duo Tom Crawford & Jordyn Keating aka East Notion gives out a familiar sound in connection with Taylor Swift’s latest album ‘Folklore’. You somehow get easily swallowed by the keenly snappy & softly spoken vocals this gives. It’s surely a delightful track.

You can find more music here.

 

 

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Single: Jordan Baer – If It Was Just That Easy

While being trapped in a 700-square-foot apartment in San Francisco, California, musician/writer/producer Jordan Baer just released a song called “If It Was Just That Easy”. The track is filled with vocals emerged behind a thin wall of reverb, flourishing with optimism yet gloominess is still evident. Diving deeper, it’s the kind of song you listen to when life seems like it’s all falling apart but you could still envision hope despite it all.

Read more about the track coming from the artist’s perspective here:

The song “If It Was Just That Easy” is an expression of resignation — the aspects of life you struggle with year after year appearing insurmountable. He presents the decision we all face in life: Should I accept what I cannot change or push onward hoping this time it’s different. Giving up becomes the reasonable choice, but is it the right one?

You can find more music here.

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Single: Bathe Alone – Go Away

Bathe Alone is the dreampop solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

I have shared a couple of singles from Bathe Alone before and I happy to share more. This one was released earlier in the summer and I missed it. Bailey’s music is very special. The layered instruments with a dreamy vibe are creating a perfect atmosphere in the song. This is the kind of single that you want to re-listen to get more into it and fully enjoy it. The best way to enjoy is to close your eyes, put headphones on, and turn the volume a little bit up. You will be surrounded by a different world.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Indigo Waves – Squares

I have shared Indigo waves’ music before and I am happy to share more. This is the kind of music I imagine having in my imaginary indie dance club. Jangly, catchy, groovy. It makes you enjoy your day a little bit more. I am sitting behind my computer and doing my daily job and this track in my ears makes it so much better.

Indigo Waves are indie rockers from Provo, Utah.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Port Lucian – Keep My Knees Safe II

Port Lucian is the lo-fi bedroom pop creation of queer, asian-american sweetheart, Portia Maidment, hailing from Philadelphia, PA.

Writing about our Z Tapes artist feels a little bit weird, but I will still do it. Especially if it is Port Lucian. This latest single is just perfect. I think writing anything about it would just ruin it. Just put the volume up, shut down all tabs and distractions, and smash the play button. You will be feeling something else. Something special.

You can pre-order the album on cassette on Bandcamp.

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Single: GOLDEN – Hate

I have shared music by GOLDEN, a Brooklyn-based artist, before and I happy I can share another single. “Hate” is written about impermanence and the inevitable death and destruction that comes for us all. Stripped down instruments, basic beats and keys, and just mesmerizing vocals. Just close everything, turn the volume a little bit up, and just poor your ears and heart into this. You will not regret it…

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Cream with a K – One More Round

Do you know what this reminds me of? R.L. Kelly‘s music. For fans of Orchid Tapes, not an unknown artist. Beautiful vocals accompanied with great guitars. I am getting so hooked on the melody. Simple, yet powerful. I hear in the song a lot of 90’s vibes and that makes it even more perfect. I have been listening to it on repeat and not getting enough.

Here is a little to introduction to the artist as well:

Cream with a K is a musician, visual artist and former model.

She is a British artist, based in Tokyo having spent the past 8 years in Tokyo fronting the Bubblegum Japanese Pop band NEKO PUNCH (Universal Japan / ASOBI SYSTEM).

Bilingual in Japanese and English, in Tokyo she is a recognisable media figure and was the TV host of the Japanese Rock music TV Show, NHK’s “Nippon Rocks” Series. She is seen as a link between the UK and Tokyo music scenes.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Simen Mitlid – While Heaven Is on Fire

Is sharing every single from artist too much? I don’t know, maybe you could tell me. Since I have discovered Simen’s music I have been sharing everything he is releasing. His music is very special and dear to me. It is os beautiful. Even this one is just great. I am not a fan of autotune on vocals, but the usage in this single is just perfect. There is so much positive energy in Simen’s music and I am needing it very much.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Grease Weasel – Last Night Wasn’t Fun

This is the 4th posts I am sharing with this lo-fi bedroom pop artist. It is about the feeling when things go the opposite way you want them to go. Maybe some people could relate to it. I really enjoy the guitar parts. So groovy.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Barney Cortez – Appetite

I used to well oriented in Philly music scene, but I lost track of it. There is just too much music to process. I am so happy I came across this artist from Philly. The new track is really a catchy indie dreamy wave. Apparently this was written in ten minutes, which, if true, is so insane. I wish I was good at making music…

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Shane Malone – Stranger

Before sharing the music I try to listen to it for a couple of times to fully immerse into it. And sometimes, the tracks are getting better after each listening. This is the case. I am so getting into the vibe of this song, the instruments are so nice in this one. Also, the production on this track is really great. It feels so right for my farewell to summer.

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Single: Sean J O’Neill – Move Backwards

It looks like this artist is on the path to be successful and widely know. It reminds me a little bit of early Bon Iver. Especially some instruments, but to be honest I like this much more. Some parts of the track are so beautiful.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Occult X – With U

Still, I do not know much about this musician other than they are from Nashville, Tennessee, but I am so into their music. I am so into this 80’s synth-pop, especially with such good drums. I am probably realized that in general, I am preferring quicker paced songs. Maybe because I want to move my hips to music a lot.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Alexander Wren – Had Me at Goodbye

I do not know why but this song kind of brings me back to 60’s, maybe the guitar effect is doing that. Definitely a lot of nostalgia for older music in this one. But this is a really nice and well-produced song. If the radio would play this as “commercial” music I would not be unhappy at all.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: The Craytes – Union Station

“Union Station” was written and recorded one month into lockdown, a clichéd source of inspiration perhaps. The lyrics, a stream of consciousness – mostly kept intact until the very end. It did seem like the right station to go.

Another song I am sharing from a band that was featured on our seasonal comp. Mellow, slow piano track with subtle drums. What a nice atmosphere this song creates.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Palo Sopraño – Open Your Eyes

A new single from an artist that has been shared on my blog before. The drums have a such nice pace and also really digging the guitar riffs. Something fresh for your ears.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Family Mart – For Eric

Another very fresh band with the debut single coming out of Austin, Texas. Twee indie pop with catchy guitars and nice vocals. Such a good start for a new band. I am excited to listen to more from this band. Past days (weeks) I am listening to such great music. So happy to live in this age.

You can follow the artist on Bandcamp.

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Single: boxset – jar

When Devil Town Tapes are releasing a new cassette I know I would love to own it. That’s why I have not hesitated and pre-ordered cassette with “batch_six” by boxset. Jsut the pure fact that it is released on DTT means a quality release I am excited to own. If you need more convincing, read this:

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Single: Metayouth Speech – Balloons in June

Metayouth is the project of Dakota Gilliland from Alabama, US. Dakota is a strong believer in DIY ethics and esthetics, and that is what drives his songwriting. He often hides sugary sweet pop melodies behind a wall of distortion, not as an accident, but as a creative choice.

I always loved fuzzy guitars. I was really into early Wavves music and this kind of brings me back to it. So happy that this single is coming our on new label Don’t Guitar Records run by my friend in Sweden. So excited for the future of this label.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Kaylee Still – Paper Chaser

What a beautiful indie-pop with such a great beat and very emotional lyrics. The best part was when I told Kaylee that I will share her new single. She was so happy and that makes me even more happier. If sharing music is not about making people (especially musicians) happy, I do not know why to do it anymore. So go, smash that play button and enjoy this amazing single.

Kaylee Marie Still is an independent singer-songwriter/music producer from Portland, Oregon.