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Jeremy Davis
For anyone whose relationship is struggling to withstand the confines of quarantine, Red Flower Lake understands. The indie-pop duo comprised of real-life husband and wife Abel and Rahimah Wright makes lush, romantic ambient-pop in the style of Mazzy Star or Cigarettes After Sex, and their new Three Truths EP is all about the struggle to keep love alive in a long-term commitment. The EP (which was released on all streaming platforms in September 2020) opens with "Heart is Breaking", a song Rahimah says is about feeling wrecked by how hard it is to be a partnership in parenting, wrecked by trying our very best and falling short, over and over again. Sounds like the definitive experience of being a family (even a chosen family) in quarantine to me. Not many songs speak to how often we can feel heartbroken even while in love - this one offered a refreshing truth.

Musically, "Heart is Breaking" opens with an expansive, late 80's-inspired series of chords that suggested Cyndi Lauper might be on the way. Instead, Rahimah's sultry vocals stretch across the lower register in the dreamlike yet powerful manner of Cat Power; they're supported by an accumulating kaleidoscope of electronic sounds, layering to a climax as the song progresses.

Red Flower Lake is based out of their home studio in Virginia, where they turn the agony and ecstasy of love and partnership into art. Maybe their romantic songs will be just what you and yours need to rekindle the spark at home.

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Honeypot’s new single, “Over The Line,” rolls in perfectly on the heels of the election. The band’s lead singer and guitarist, Frank Hartman, blends grunge rock of the 60s and 70s with modern day political commentary, calling for compromise between political parties and standing up to the system. 

“Over The Line” is a socially conscious version of progressive rock reminiscent of Rush or Pink Floyd. Frank explains that the inspiration for the song was “the deep divide we have as a country. There is a feeling of ‘us vs. them’ that should not be.” The single calls for listeners to put America over this division, and this message is perfectly backed by Honeypot’s striking music video. 

The video features imagery relating to so many of the issues highlighted in 2020, especially police violence and Black Lives Matter protests. The video demonstrates that, while these issues divide our nation, Americans are coming together to combat injustice, caring and supporting one another rather than succumbing to the system. It’s a well timed message accompanied by an amazing track from this accomplished rock group.

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Keeping the spirit of rock n’ roll alive, The R Train’s explosive new single “Take a Ride” makes you want to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and take a much-needed break from the craziness of the world around us. The Brooklyn-based band made up of vocalist/guitarist Jeffrey Black, drummer/vocalist Mike Annese, and bassist Denny Lee is truly taking the new wave rock world by storm with their tracks that just keep coming.


Powerful electric guitar riffs drive this song with pounding drums that make all listeners want to stop what they’re doing and dance. “It is intended to make the listener feel as if they are having an adrenaline rush. We are trying to lift people's spirits by taking them on an exciting, fun, fulfilling musical ride,” says Annese. The song definitely delivers its promise, so put away your worrying and “Take a Ride” with The R Train!

A life in music seems to have been destined for Artem Ramsay from the day he was born. Better known as Muhammad Abdul Al Khabyyr, the renowned trombonist and fixture of Quebec’s music scene and beyond for more than 40 years can’t remember a time when music wasn’t prevalent in his life. His professional career has spanned a multitude of genres, from jazz, to rock, pop, and classical.

Ramsay’s new song, “...and all the leaves stood still,” came to life in the wake of death and is completely performed on piano. Sitting on his porch after the loss of someone dear, the air and large trees that enveloped him were still. Suddenly, a golden maple leaf appeared on the ground in front of him. Ramsay understood; all those leaves had stood in honour of that one fallen leaf. Yes, leaves are like people, no different.

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