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Introducing…PRESSYES

Vienna based producer/singer/songwriter PRESSYES has been working on his music in quiet for an extended period. Hidden away from the public’s eyes and ears, sheltered in his studio behind a stash of analog synthesizers and equipment PRESSYES worked on turning his vision of summery and sparkly yet psychedelic pop tunes alive.

After releasing his debut album ‘On The Run’ in 2018 PRESSYES is back with a new song Atlantic Ocean Spray.

Divus Julius presents: Hovvdy

Based in Austin, Texas, Hovvdy is the writing and recording project of Charlie Martin and Will Taylor. The duo, both primarily drummers, first met in the fall of 2004 and quickly bonded over a love for quiet music. Within a few weeks, they had combined songs and began recording their first EP in bedrooms and family homes across Texas.

Hovvdy has found a unique identity in rhythmic, down-tempo pop songs that are hopeful, yet melancholy; relatable, yet distinguishable. They have announced their new album True Love and shared a video for its title track. The LP is due out October 1 via Grand Jury. True Love is the band’s fourth album, following Heavy Lifter (2019), Cranberry (2018), and Taster (2017). They recorded it at co-producer Andrew Sarlo’s studio in Los Angeles in 2020.

The muses of La Musa: Celeste

Recording under her first name, her work harks back to soul and jazz clubs with smoke low in the air, singing poignant tales of love and loss in a lilting, wistful voice that echoes Amy Winehouse’s tone, or even Sarah Vaughan’s. The 26-year-old British musician writes songs infused with experiences, feelings and coincidences. Her buzzy debut album has been released this year.

Not Your Muse is the debut studio album by British singer and songwriter Celeste, released on 29 January 2021. The album reached No. 1 at the UK Official Artist Albums Chart, making the singer the first female British solo artist to reach number one with her debut album in five years.

4Ever Songs: Rheingold ‘Dreiklangs-Dimensionen’

Named after the opera by Richard Wagner, Düsseldorf’s Rheingold were part of Die Neue Deutsche Welle movement which also included artists such as Nena, Peter Schilling and Alphaville. Between 1980 to 1984, Rheingold released three albums ‘Rheingold’‘R.’ and ‘Distanz’, all working with the legendary Conny Plank.

Led by Bodo Staiger, the band also featured his now-wife Brigitte Staiger on backing vocals and Lothar Manteuffel on keyboards. Singing primarily in Deutsch, they also differed from their electronically driven contemporaries by having a more melodic vocal style and a distinctive rhythm guitar template.

Rheingold never performed live so have almost become a forgotten band whenever the history of German pop is discussed.

The muses of La Musa: Adna

Adna Kadic’smusic feels as cold as the Baltic at night, painted against a sombre landscape with stirring, heartfelt lyrics.The young Swedish singer’s emotionally-tinged songs bring the softly-voiced star to larger-than-life proportions through hallowed and crushing soliloquies to the night.  

Performed on the piano and guitar, Adna’s songs lead with the heart and are poignant and intensely moving. Scandinavian candour and a subtle approach to song writing, Adna has understandably been compared to the likes of Bon Iver and Daughter. Her music portrays the openness that only a young, gifted songstress can, exposing an opaque world through her gentle, tender arrangements.

Adna has shared her single ‘Don’t Know’, and announced her fourth album, ‘Black Water’.