From his album, Pandora’s Playhouse, Sananda Maitreya releases a video for the single, “Pie”. Along with animation and what looks like a who’s who of young Italian modeling talent, you see references to the transcendental and irrational number π. Being considered famous – a celebrity – has transcendence and irrationality baked in the pie, if you will. Given the work, time and chance needed to produce the product, who wouldn’t want to enjoy every fucking slice they can before their mortal demise? As Maitreya sings, “It’s paradise if you want to sweat a lot, and pay the cost”. Especially poignant is the yellow submarine image with himself, members of the Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Mozart and Prince floating away. As an artist who is – thankfully(!) – still with us and making music, I share this track as a celebration and want him to enjoy all the pie here and now.
Been listening to this track from Charleston, South Carolina-based band Little Bird for a few days now. It’s a mid-tempo rock groove with a dab of R&B. Lyrically, they’re either entertaining aliens or taking a personal trip to the outer limits with help of substances. Either way, I’m digging this. Since this is the first outing of a trilogy, I’m excited hear where their music will go. Check out the title track of their EP, Proxima: ALPHA.
This is some California sun-soaked, folky-jazz business and I’m here for it. Los Angeles-based Peach Tree Rascals is comprised of producer/mixer Dominic “Dom” Pizano, rappers-singers Issac Pech, Tarrek Abdel-Khaliq, Joseph Barros, and creative director Jorge Olazaba.
Check out their single, “Ooz”. With its sing/rap flow and calm, monosyllabic chorus, it’s easy on the ears and sticky. Plus, the animated extraterrestrial journey of a video is a fun watch.
His name may be new to GLM readers, but RIVIN plans to make a new name and new ear candy for your headphones. When the London-based musician wasn’t touring, his vocal talent was heard in English, Italian and German with major agencies in Germany for TV, film and advertising. Listen to the track, then get to know more about RIVIN (born Riccardo Vino) in our exclusive Q&A below.
As an accomplished pianist and actor, it feels like RIVIN is a creative rebirth for you. Is that accurate?
You could say that. In the last few years, I had toured with my band in Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland, singing classic “radio days” music of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. It has been a wonderful journey where I have learned a lot in terms of stage presence and building a connection with the audience. Before that I have worked as an actor, yes, but the problem with acting is that you are pretty much on wait mode all the time.. the famous telephone that never rings. I had not time to wait. So, since music is where I started (I began taking piano lessons at the age of 5) it is also where I went back to. And after singing for many years other’s people music I had decided it was time I wrote my own songs, and commit full time to pop music.
I like the 80’s pop feel in this new track. What inspired it?
I wrote the song in April 2020 while in Berlin during the first lockdown. Common words like distance, isolation, remote had become the new norm in our daily vocabulary. That’s how the new track, “Distance”, came to life. I didn’t want anything sad or melancholic though. I remember you could hear all kind of Covid songs everyday on social media. Most of the time, they weren’t very happy. I wanted something upbeat, energetic and fun – something uplifting. While many of my songs may come from a place of pain or discomfort, they still contain a message of hope and optimism, always. As far as the 80’s inspiration, the music from that era is so full of colours and energy that me and my producer Jineo decided to go all for it.
Is there a full-length album on the way? If so, when and what sounds can we expect on the full album?
Yes, I’m working on a full-length album which will probably be released in September. I’m still working through titles. There will be ballads, like “I’ll Never Say Sorry”, dance-pop, chillout, top 40. I like experimenting and I like exploring. Maybe one day I’ll be known for that guy who sings intense weepy songs, like Lewis Capaldi, or maybe I’ll be more of a Weeknd guy. Time will tell. Stay tuned!
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