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ELMIRA, NY | NOV 23rd, 2020 - Indie/alternative artist Greg Hill has announced the upcoming release of his new EP, "Better Love," out on all digital platforms 12/4/2020. His third EP of 2020, Greg embarked on re-examining and re-releasing previous works throughout the years. As his sound continued to evolve over time, experimentation allowed him to look at his previous work through a different glass. The EP is filled with an array of different musical elements, including influences of indie, alt, and bedroom pop, making the collection a must-hear eclectic mix. About "Better Love," he states:
During the making of the “Better Love” EP in 2018, I was dealing with the feelings of not getting over a past relationship, and a longing to find that “better love,” as it were. Fortunately I had found just that, but I still had to finish these songs! I had to free myself of the doubt that there wasn’t any true meaning behind what I was doing. There was, and the realization I had was there’s always something more out there to explore, whether it be a relationship, making a new type of song/sound or even the world around you. There is always “better love.” There is always hope! This EP encapsulates those feelings of “will I ever reach my goals?” “What if..” this and “What if..” that. There is no “what if!” It is what “is” that’s important. Greg Hill is an independent multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer, songwriter, and bedroom pop artist based in Buffalo, NY. At just 22 years old now, Greg has been honing his ability to play, write and record well before he could even drive. While living in his hometown of Elmira, NY, Greg played the drums (his primary instrument) in bands Groton Ave. and Sun Pilot. Groton Ave. recorded 2 EPs with Doug White at Watchmen Studios in Buffalo, NY, and helped self produce a 2 track single for Sun Pilot.
His solo career started in 2016 when he recorded an album’s worth of rock, acoustic and singer-songwriter songs. He titled the album “I Promise I’m Clean; Haven’t Done a Thing.” He released the record on all platforms in 2017, and swiftly deleted it, thinking it was not within his full potential. He then morphed his sound, recording as much music as he could. He experimented with synthesizers and programmed drums, writing songs about anxiety, loneliness, heartbreak, and eventually “waking up” as he puts it. A common trend of his story is recording EPs and albums, putting them out for short periods of time, and removing them from the internet. This all changed in 2020 when Sun Pilot parted ways. He decided to listen to his old music on his laptop, and quickly realized he has had his sound for years while trying to find “it.”
Greg’s plan was, and still is simple. He must simply put out his “old” music to show the progression of his story. He has done, and continues to do, just that. He re-released his first record “I Promise I’m Clean…” in August of 2020, and told fans to be looking out for 3 EP releases before the year 2020 ends. In October, he released “The Origin of Species” EP, and in November, released “On the Blank Screen.” Greg’s third installment comes in the form of “Better Love.” All three of these projects were recorded and fully mixed by himself from the fall of 2017 to the winter of 2018. He remastered them, and sent them out the door, no longer waiting in the “vault,” or as you may call it - an iTunes folder. 2020 will end with 4 Greg Hill projects spanning from 2016 to 2018.
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NASHVILLE, TN | 11/20/2020 - Singer-songwriter Carly Tefft has released the third part (called 'page 3' by Tefft) of her new acoustic LP, "Songs Past Dark," out on all digital platforms NOW. Consisting of two songs, "You Get In The Way" (original) and "Billie Jean" (cover), page 3 is a beautiful testament to Tefft's vulnerability in music. The project was lead in by four songs in October, all accompanied by their own music videos. Stripped back and raw, "Songs Past Dark" places a strong emphasis on story telling, Carly's songwriting forte. With elements of both country and pop, the second half of "Songs Past Dark" finds Carly at her core. The remaining two songs on "Songs After Dark" will be released on 12/11. About "Songs Past Dark" Carly states:
“For the “Songs Past Dark” Acoustic EP Project, I want to create an experience for the listener where both my original song & cover song I choose touch on the same theme. Even more so, the listener will get a peek into my influences, which come from a wide variety of genres, which are apparent in my own writing."
Mix the vivid story-telling ability of a Nashville songwriter with the passion of a New England sports fan and the energy of an engaging performer and you’ve got singer-songwriter Carly Tefft. Originally from Cape Cod, MA, the 2015 Berklee College of Music grad’s influences range from Keith Urban, Carly Simon, Ed Sheeran and Julia Michaels; making Tefft’s sound multi-genre. Carolyn Kruse of Boston’s “Country 102.5” puts it this way: “When she opens her mouth to sing, her lyrics draw you in and her power knocks you out. When she riffs, jaws drop. Carly Tefft and her red-headed moxie are a force… here to stay.“ Since calling Music City her home for the past 5 years, she has played the city’s famed Bluebird Cafe, The Listening Room, Whiskey Jam and opened for artists such as Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Jimmie Allen and Devin Dawson. Ty Bentli, host of Ty Bentli show on Apple Music, says Carly has “an incredible, unique tone and timber to [her] voice that is immediately identifiable”, which is easy to hear when you listen to her singles “When” and “Better off at a Bar.” If her honest lyrics, full voice and rhythmic guitar skills don't grab your attention, her red hair just might.
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ATLANTA, GA | NOV 6TH, 2020 - Pop rock band VYB (pronounced vibe) have released their new single and music video "Deja Vu," available on all digital platforms now. A personal track to lead vocalist Tom, "Deja Vu" is a track about finding yourself in a familiar, yet uncomfortable, romantic encounter. Rooted in sleek pop, alternative, and punk influences, the independent band VYB blends electronic dance elements into their sound, the trio "feel we’ve entered our sonic stride with our next collection of music". About "Deja Vu," the band states:
"Deja Vu" means a lot to us as a band. We feel that the sound of this song was something we’ve been working towards since we formed the band. Not only does "Deja Vu" mark a new era of our music, but we really feel it’s a representation of how far our music has come.
Hailing from Atlanta, VYB (pronounced vibe) plays a blend of uplifting pop rock and electronic dance music to create a truly unique sonic chemistry. The trio have been captivating Atlanta crowds since their formation at the top of 2019, quickly reaching local success with their early singles “Ocean Breeze” and “Think Of You”. Initially lead vocalist Tom Belau’s solo project, VYB evolved into a full-fledged project while Belau was assembling a live band to create his first EP. The trio’s undeniable chemistry led to the decision to scrap Tom’s solo work and move forward as an entirely new entity, now known as VYB.
Their debut album “Mood Swings,” released in early 2020, dipped heavily into the usage of color to set the album’s animated tone. VYB continued to spread their aesthetic through headlining local Atlanta venues, including Smith's Olde Bar and The Drunken Unicorn, bringing their choreographed light show to their live set. Their upcoming single “Deja Vu” (out Nov 6th) expands on their utilization of color and light to set a more mature, moodier tone - something they aim to continue doing on their next album. The multitude of new elements in their new music are all distinguishable - alternative, EDM, and touches of punk - yet still compatible and well coordinated. VYB is your new aesthetic.
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