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MUSIC

May  2018

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Recommended: AMy Stroup, "Redeeming Love (Reprise)"

“Recently, I was floored with excitement when 200 Women contacted me to be apart of their project. They said the photo editor Kieran Scott had been editing all the photos from his travels for the book to the song.  He played the song for his team and they loved my song Redeeming Love and asked if they could use the song for the project trailer and wanted to do an interview for their amazing book.  I of course said yes! 200 Women created a beautiful photography book capturing portraits of the women they interviewed...I’m honored to have been included in this book with such a beautiful message. I originally wrote Redeeming Love  in 2010 and released it on my project #TheOtherSideofLoveSessions. That said, I thought it would be fun to re-imagine it and re-record it. I decided to call on some of my favorite women in Nashville that I have written songs with, toured with, respect, admire and love. I emailed a ton of gals and recently one Friday we gathered in Corey Crowder’s awesome studio space and cut some gang vocals on the bridge and the chorus.” --Amy via her site

Watch the behind the scenes below in anticipation of the release on May 11th.

Recommended: Lord Huron, "Vide Noir" 

“In the wake of that unexpected mainstream success, the band have stepped up a level for their third album ‘Vide Noir’, signing to a major label (Universal’s Republic Records) and working with big names such as Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT) and Sonny DiPerri (Warpaint, Animal Collective). The concept is bigger, too. The album title is French for ‘black void’ and its contents find Schneider’s narrator working his way through a trippy and inextricable mix of heartbreak and depression; the ambitious story of the album involves a runaway lover, a narrator questioning reality and an ominous emerald star that promises epiphany.” --NME

Listen to the title track below, but find the whole album on Spotify. 


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icymi (In case you missed it): Sleeping at last, "four"

"Four" is the twentieth song (of 25) in Ryan O’Neal’s  Atlas: Year Two series. The 4th written for the "Enneagram" theme - 9 songs inspired by the 9 uniquely beautiful Enneagram Types. Listen to Ryan as he dives into the song and the Enneagram Type 4 on The Sleeping at Last Podcast

You can find the first three enneagram themed songs on Spotify. 


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OF CONSEQUENCE: Kanye West ft. TI, "Ye vs. the people"

“Just hours after delivering the strange, gibberish track “Lift Yourself” on his website, Kanye West has premiered a new track with T.I.called “Ye vs. the People.”...The track plays out like a political debate between Kanye and T.I., touching on police brutality, president Trump, Obama, and even “the sunken place” (a reference to Get Out)...Kanye recently announced a seven-track solo record, which will arrive on June 1. He’s also announced a handful of projects on the way—a collaborative release with Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghost, production on a forthcoming Nas LP, and new tracks with Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, and ASAP Rocky.” --Pitchfork

Of consequence: Childish Gambino, "This is America"

Donald Glover (the man behind rapper Childish Gambino) recently release the music video for his new song “This is America” which he debuted as the host of Saturday Night Live on May 5th. The poignant and challenging art piece has caused quite a stir, and rightfully so. The rapper uses the video as a commentary on race, violence, and the entertainment industry and because there is a lot to unpack, we suggest reading more about the piece. You can find some helpful articles suggested by the NY Times HERE .

Of Note: Glover uses some strong and vivid imagery that may not be suitable for younger audiences.