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Parallel Thought :: ConductHer Releases ‘GEMINI SEASON’

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After cutting her teeth as a member of experimental duo ChurchCough, 2019 seems to have found ConductHer making major strides in her personal journey of creation.  After closing up 2019 with the releases of the solo venture Female Masturbation and the collective project ChurchCough & FriendsConductHer hit the production and writing vibes heavy.  GEMINI SEASON presents everything you want to see in the progression of the artists you dig : intriguing and thought-provoking writing, lush and vivid production, and the confidence that comes with getting multiple projects under your belt.  GEMINI SEASON, in all honesty, is more of a statement than it is an album, and it’s certainly a statement worth taking in and considering.  Check out the project, share it around and drop ConductHer a couple of bucks for the download if you can spare it.

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Twin Hype :: ConductHer And Dream Puppy Drop ‘Vagabond’ Single

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The awareness of self is something that all humans deal with, but for artists, that awareness can be as burdensome as it is insightful.  ConductHer, in anticipation of the release of her new project Gemini Season, decided to pair with Dream Puppy for an examination of this self-awareness in the form of Vagabond, an embrace of both sides of that dichotomy.  The track shows growth in the production, with a strength in the subdued and layered nature of the track that allows the lyrical honesty to shine properly.  If this is a taste of what Gemini Season will be about, I’m ready for a larger dose.  Check out the track, share it around, and support your local creatives!

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Indelible Force :: Faylita Hicks Releases ‘Onyx’

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The things that Faylita Hicks has accomplished on the spoken word scene are numerous and valuable enough to give the average person a sense of career and artistic fulfillment.  Like many of my central Texas peers, however, I know Faylita is not satisfied with conquering the obvious, and all of the work she has put in has led her up to the point to transition into something greater.  That being said, the seeds she has planted over the years are coming to fruition in 2019, as a secured distribution deal for her book #Hoodwitch has provided her the opportunity to release a warning shot in the form of Onyx, her latest spoken word release.  A collaboration with producer poolboi blu, the project showcases a handful of poems from #Hoodwitch, which allows us to get a sense of the deeply personal and thought provoking words that Faylita plans to share in her book.  Don’t forget to check out the artwork for the individual tracks as well, especially while taking a moment to read along with the performance on the track.  Trust me, this is one experience you will not want to miss.

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Mellow Melodies :: Water On Mars Releases Self-Titled EP

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The San Marcos-based collective Water on Mars has been vigilant over the past couple of years in regards to shaping their sound and fine-tuning their chemistry as a band.  After a run of live shows and a few one-off recordings of singles, Water on Mars is kicking off the summer of 2019 with a brand new EP.  The songs are tightly structured, dynamic, melodic, and full of wonderful vocal harmonies that have become a signature of Water on Mars‘ sound.  It’s available on all the major streaming services at this time (clicking the cover above will take you to Spotify), so don’t hesitate to look them up and give them some streaming love!

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Visual Visionary :: Gost Gets Esoteric On ‘Views’

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As long as I’ve known Gost, I’ve known him to be a man with a vision.  He’s always been one to make sure his lyrical craft is sharp, but he’s also a fiercely dedicated and loyal person with hopes of bettering not only his position in life, but anyone else in his sphere that’s real and willing to put in the work on their end as well.  With Views (an unofficial ode to the late Nipsey Hussle), Gost lays out the gameplan, with a little extra incentive to encourage those with dreams to let them know with hard work, they can manifest into reality.  I’m all about seeing Gost get to that place he often speaks of, because he certainly will have earned it when he arrives.  Check out the track, leave a comment on your favorite bar, and share it around so others can be inspired to make their dreams reality as well.

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Gentle Approach :: Moon Dunes Releases ‘Are You Kind?’

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Summertime is nearly upon San Marcos, and all the martians know what’s in store : river time, festivals, fun with your friends and plenty of good times set to good tunes.  In terms of the good tunes portion, San Marcos four piece Moon Dunes has decided to throw their hat into the ring with their latest offering, Are You Kind?  The project finds the group hitting us in the feels with their airy sound and laid-back approach, all perfect for these hot summer days we get down in central Texas.  The group has been out on the show circuit in support of the album, so definitely keep an eye out for a performance near you, and support them by copping the project!

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BluMoon Rising :: ‘Slow Burn’ By BluMoon Now Available

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There are times when referring to a band as ‘local’ feels slightly like undermining their quality and potential, and in the case of BluMoon, I often feel that way.  True, the band is based out of San Marcos, but if you throw their music in the mix with any current pop/soul/R&B/jazz band, you’d be hard pressed to point them out and peg them as simply a ‘local’ band.  Case in point?  Slow Burn, their latest release, sounds like a million bucks, with its dynamic range of sounds and energy that it encompasses musically, courtesy of Taylor LouisAndrew Harkey and Isaac Pulido.  Add to this the fact that vocalist Kendra Sells effortlessly balances deeply introspective and thought-provoking lyrics with lyrics that shine a spotlight on injustice and the ever-changing highs and lows of human interaction, and you’ve got a project that puts an early flag in the ground as a key 2019 release.  You can find this one most anywhere you find your music, so do yourself a favor and get hip, quick.

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