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New Impressions: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Carlie Hanson, The Driver Era, X Ari. and more!

Photo above by Jill Furmanovsky

Catfish and the Bottlemen‘s highly anticipated new record The Balance is here and ready to grace your ears with their signature rock sounds. We added Overlap to our New Impressions playlist for its dynamic nature and sweet intro. The record shows a new side of the band as they explore new musical nuances while staying true to their indie-rock nature with guitar riffs that will stick with you. Listen to the whole record…on repeat.

Carlie Hanson is out on the road with Bad Suns, but she’s also gearing up for the release of her EP this summer. Her new single Back In My Arms features her vocal ability with intensely honest songwriting. She continues to marry her R&B influence with Pop and Rock. A perfect summer anthem to fill any room. Learn more about Carlie from our upcoming feature with her. For now, stream Back In My Arms on our New Impressions playlist.

The Driver Era unleashed their punk driven lo-fi tinged new track Welcome to the End of Your Life. The song is powered by a dragging drum beat that takes off with a gritty guitar fueled chorus and bridge. The song effortlessly dances between light and powerful elements to take you on a mini journey throughout the three minutes of the song. The band recently wrapped up a sold out U.S. tour.

X Ari. has released her carefree anthem, La La La. The song is just a taste of what’s to come from her EP set to be released this June. The pop songstress perfectly enveloped electro-pop with some indie-pop and hip-hop elements. On top of being a great songwriter, she’s using her platform to advocate for mental health awareness. X Ari is one of the top artists to keep an eye on this summer.

Previously featured on our playlist was Preston Lovinggood. He’s back with a new music video for his song Taken In The Night. The video is meant to be a visual representation of “wanting love in the present and forgiving yourself for the hurt you caused to others and yourself”. Watch the video below and listen to the track on our playlist.

Alabama rock band West Means Home released a new music video this week for their song Bookshelf. The song is off of their debut full length record set to be released on May 10th via Innerstrength Records. About the sinlge vocalist Austin Brent expressed, The song “Bookshelf” has everything to do with the dynamic of feeling on top of the world at one moment, while other times feeling reserved, and insignificant as we move throughout our day-to-day lives. The chorus has a catchy, anthemic vibe, while also serving as a concise description of how I was feeling the moment it was written.” Pre-order the record here.

Catch West Meets Home on tour next month and watch the new music video below.

West Means Home Tour Dates:
May 19 – Mahilton, ON – Taco Joint & Metal Bar
May 22 – Albany, NY – The Low Beat
May 23 – Lowell, MA – UnchARTed
May 24 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Brewery
May 25 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
May 26 – Garner, NC – Kaboom Art Gallery
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