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Singer Matt Zarley Feels The Pull Of Sara Bareilles' "Gravity"

Woofy singer/songwriter Matt Zarley drops his new music video for "Gravity" 

The track comes from Zarley's latest album titled, The Estrogen Sessions, which honors of the female pop divas most influential in his career.

About recording "Gravity:"

This is one of my all-time favorite songs and it was the first song I actually recorded for the album. 

Fast forward eight or so months later, I go back to revisit the song, listen to it, make any little changes that I needed to, but I wasn’t able to access the files. The hard drive was corrupted. So I had to re-sing the song. I was not that upset because I love this song so much, so I was game for it. 

At the end of the session I went to save the files and my computer froze. Well, I felt pretty confident that the session was going to be saved. I was wrong the entire session was gone. 

I was so livid that I decided to re-record the song then and there. It was 2 AM. 

In the end it actually turned out better than before, so all ends well.

In creating the music video, Zarley shares he had originally planned out a whole narrative to drive the music video but after shooting the loft footage decided for a more minimal approach and let the song itself tell the story.

"The song has always had an ethereal quality to it…very haunting," says Zarley. "I wanted that to take the focus."

Stripped down and primarily acoustic, Zarley's production work on the project showcases the strength of the songwriting and his own effortless vocals.

"As I began to arrange these tunes, I made a conscience decision to strip the songs down and reinterpret them with all live music, nothing programed - real piano, organ, guitar, drums, bass and strings," says Zarley.

The entire album is imminently listenable. The emotional landscape is soulful and wide, with each track showcasing Zarley's rich, fluid voice. He shifts from plaintive, affecting intimacy to expansive vocal brawn with equal ease.

Check out more from the album here and you can get the first look at "Gravity" below.

 

 

Years & Years Perform Futuristic Cabaret In "If You're Over Me" Video

The last music video for synth-pop trio Years & Years introduced us to an imaginary society where androids control the world and humans exist for the purpose of entertaining the androids.

The pop group returns to that dystopian world for the second video, “If You’re Over Me,” from their upcoming album Palo Santo.

The music video begins by explaining the role that humans in this futuristic society play. “The human cabarets of Palo Santo are attended by androids, all hoping to experience real emotion,” reads the text. “Human performers can find themselves dancing the same routines for weeks … months … years …”

In a glittering, sci-fi cabaret, out frontman Olly Alexander presents a choreographed, sexy three-way number while fellow band members Emre Turkmen and Mikey Goldsworthy present a magic trick. The talent show is meant to help the androids attempt to experience real emotion.

The song itself is an bouncy, electro-pop jam about getting straight with an ex-lover. “This is a song about trying to stay friends with an ex,” Alexander told NME. “Spoiler alert -- it doesn’t often work. In fact, in my experience, the relationship often ends up ruined.”

 “Yesterday you said I’m the one, but now you say you’re done,” Alexander sings. “Stop telling me what I need baby, if you’re over me.”

Watch "If You're Over Me" below. You can check out the new album Palo Santo (due out July 6) at most digital download sites.

 

 

Music Video: Pop Singer Parker Matthews Is No "Hit And Run"

Out pop artist Parker Matthews was touched by the power of music at a very early age when he saw Whitney Houston sing “I Will Always Love You” on the 1994 Grammy Awards.

From focusing on creativity and music in school to staying up nights writing songs, he knew music would be a driving force in his life.

Parker's latest single, “Hit and Run,” combines top-shelf production, pop-synth goodness and a hooky chorus with smooth vocal delivery. 

 

 

With musical inspirations that include Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Adele, Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, Parker says his music is about the message of human connection.

And speaking of connections, he was one of Music Connection Magazine’s “2017's Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands.”

Others in the media like what they hear as well:

“An infectious slice of pop music.” - Music Is My Radar

"Pop music just might have found its next star in Parker Matthews." - The Musical Hype

“’Hit and Run,’ decorated with sticky drum loops and fluorescent synth makeup, embodies classic dance music but dispatches a crucial, heart-pounding message.” - PopDust

In a recent interview with The Randy Report podcast, the Pittsburgh native shared that everything in his music comes from his own personal experience and he finds the process of writing to be therapeutic.

He also found his music to be a safe place for him as his younger years were impacted by bullying and depression.

“I realized if I ended things, I was just going to let ‘them’ win, and that wasn’t allowed to happen,” Parker told Music Is My Radar. “I picked myself back up, and truly moved forward with my life. It’s not about being sorry for me, or trying to find pity, but realizing your past is what constructs you into the person you are today.”

Instead of letting the bullies win, he pulled himself up and uses those dark times as an inspiration to advocate for LGBTQ youth by supporting The National Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You can follow Parker on Instagram here, Facebook here and check out his official website here.

"Hit and Run" is now available on iTunes and all digital download sites.

 

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