Atlanta-born, LA-based singer-songwriter, McCall is leaving an indelible mark on the music scene. Inspired by the natural progression of life, her bluesy-rock pop grooves explore relationships, femininity, and everything else that makes McCall –– McCall. With powerhouse harmonies and melodies that burrow a vintage genre, her aesthetic is one that transports retro pop-rock fervor into the digital age.
McCall’s most recent single, “Stone Cold,” is an addictive record that evokes flashbacks of toxic bonds. The track is supported by impressive guitar dexterity, providing a solid core for her symmetrical lyrics.
There’s something effortlessly genuine about the natural blend of McCall’s tunes, breathtaking voice, and her bad*ss energy, but we’ll let you be the judge.
McCall’s next single, “Lavender” drops Feb. 21.
“Stone Cold,” is a song that explores that frustrating feeling of not being able to let go of a relationship that’s not good for you. How do you break yourself free from that kind of toxicity (that can be addicting at times) and walk away?
Oh, I’m not good at it all. I’m definitely very addicted to that feeling of trying to make someone like you. What I do is binge listen to all the songs that we would listen to when we were together, to their music if they were musicians, and kind of get all my bad feelings out to prove to myself I’m not afraid to listen to those songs anymore. I don’t know; it’s really hard, actually. I feel like I don’t have good advice on it. I just write about it a lot, and eventually it will fade out. I’m coming out of a relationship now. We broke up nine months ago, but just now I’m out of the toxicity of it. It takes a while; you just have to ride it out.
In a world where we’re always looking for the next best thing, or rather constantly leaving and finding something new (and sometimes better, sometimes not), what is the fine line between settling and not settling?
That’s a great question. It’s kind of hard to settle because someone is always doing better than you or someone is always getting that opportunity that you wanted or even an opportunity that you hadn’t even thought about and then you’re like, “Wow, why didn’t I think about that?” Music-wise, that’s a good thing for me, because even when I feel like I’ve accomplished something, I look at my peers and they’ve accomplished something better. That can be helpful and hurtful in certain ways. Relationship-wise, you need to have that feeling because obviously, there’s always someone more attractive or whatever but it’s really hard to find that one person you connect to perfectly. It’s hard but you just have to see what clicks and what doesn’t.
The lyrics, “Leaving me lonely / But I can’t walk away,” from “Stone Cold” is such a heavy statement. Why do you think even when we don’t feel good or feel like we’re like it’s going nowhere, we still stay?
I think it depends on the relationship. For me, what “Stone Cold” was about wasn’t a real relationship. It was just about a friend of mine; we mutually liked each other, and it never really worked out. That line is wanting so badly to be liked by this person and to feel worthy of their time that when they don’t give it to you, you’re upset but you’re still willing to try again and again. You’re willing to change things about yourself just for the pure idea that they might like that. That feeling can be addicting –– it’s like a puzzle, it’s like what else can I do to make this person like me or change the way they feel about me even if it’ll never work because we’re not right for each other.
Well said. So, in both contexts of relationships as well as the music industry, what pushes you and motivates you to keep going when it feels like nothing’s going right or rather, your expectations aren’t met?
This sounds kind of cheesy, and I don’t really know what type of God I believe in or the universe, but I really feel that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. I give a lot up to the universe and I’ll know it’s all going the way it needs to go. I work really hard so when things don’t turn out how they should, it’s easier to accept that it wasn’t in the stars.
Hope can be a tricky thing when it comes to how we deal with our problems, relationships, mental health, even the issues with our world today. We tend to hold onto the past in hopes that something will change. Obviously, that’s not always the case and more often than not, it won’t ever happen. How do you think we can navigate that?
There comes a time, if you’re really honest with yourself, you’ll realize that you’re holding onto something that’s not worth it anymore. That’s a really hard place to get to, and I think I definitely overstay my welcome in hopes. If you aren’t honest with yourself and the situation, at some point something is going to knock you so hard off your feet that you don’t have a choice but to come to that realization. Just taking time to think with yourself, self reflect, check in, and be like, “Is this actually the right thing to do?”
The music video for “Stone Cold” is the perfect mixture of aesthetically pleasing but still conveys that frustrated feeling of not being able to walk away. The value of visual art is equally as important as the audio in regards to who you want to represent as an artist. What do you feel like you’ve been representing with your music?
Ooh, what a great question. Griffin Meyer directed the music video and we collaborated a lot on the aesthetics. He did an absolutely amazing job. Ursula Bowling was the art director and she killed it as well. I had a great team on that video. We went with this theme of Venus because I feel like what I want to represent is femininity and kind of changing what being a woman means. I’ve always felt very masculine and very tomboy-ish. Sometimes, I feel like I missed out on this “high” femininity that Venus represents.
So with this video, and the music that’s out and the music that’s about to come, I’m just trying to say, “I am a woman.” And that you know, just redefining what it means today to be a woman and what strength and power look like.
It’s an amazing video, and “Stone Cold,” is amazing as well. Congratulations on everything!
Thank you so much. I’ve been sitting on these songs we have yet to put out, and some of them, it’s been years. So we’re just going to put them out and see what happens. I’m really excited!
“Heathers”and “Jawbreaker” vibes ooze from The Naked and Famous new video
The Naked and Famous are giving off a dark comedy vibe (think Heathers and Jawbreaker) in a major way with their new music video for their latest song “Bury Us”.
Alisa Xayalith accidentally murders her boyfriend, leading herself to enlist bandmate Thom Powers to help cover up the evidence. Additional chaos ensues all amidst bright colors, perfectly matching the shimmering synth sound of the track.
“Bury Us” is a track off of the duo’s forthcoming album ‘Recover’ which is a full-throttle dosage of the 2010s-era synth pop sound they helped define (remember “Young Blood”?!) mixed with a powerful sentiment of survival, and the very human process of self-preservation — of saving, choosing and celebrating oneself in a world constantly trying to put us down.
See video below:
Haleek Maul drops ‘Get2High’ ahead of forthcoming album ‘Errol’
Brooklyn-born, Barbados-raised rapper Haleek Maul kicks off the new decade with a new single from his forthcoming debut album.
“GET2HIGH” is a sleek, moody banger produced by London’s Sega Bodega that doubles as a cautionary track, with Haleek opining, “whatever you do don’t get too high.” The new track is the fifth and final offering ahead of the release of his forthcoming debut Errol, due February 28th via Lex Records, following “Lucid” featuring Sean Leon, “Halo” featuring Mick Jenkins, “Abyss” featuring Ro Ransom, and “Ceiling Fan.”
Speaking on the album, Haleek says:
“Errol is my debut album, dedicated to my late grandfather. With this project I’m working through a lot of the things I’ve learned since I lost him, as well as speaking on the transformation I’m undergoing as an artist and person.
“Haleek is also gearing up to celebrate the album’s release with a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Zone One on February 27th.
For tickets, click here.
Errol track listing:
1. We Wid It (feat. Jah Koda)
2. Ceiling Fan
3. Relax (feat. Island Levvy)
5. Halo (feat. Mick Jenkins)
6. Pretty Colour
8. Lucid (feat. Sean Leon)
9. DWGWY10. Abyss (feat. Ro Ransom)
11. Name (feat. Fantom Dundeal)
12. Feelings (feat. Aron)
Tops announces new Album ‘I Feel Alive’
After launching their own record label, Musique TOPS, last year, Montreal four-piece TOPS enter the new decade by announcing a new album. I Feel Alive is slated to drop April 3rd via Musique TOPS and is their fourth full-length, following 2017’s Sugar At The Gate. The album also follows singles “Echo of Dawn” and “Seven Minutes” from last year.
TOPS is also sharing the album’s title-track and video. “I Feel Alive” is directed by Mashie Alam and documents the band at a photoshoot, with no shortage of looks and playful bunnies present.
The video arrives ahead of their tour this Spring beginning April 3rd in Las Vegas. They’ll make stops in Austin, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles, before closing out the run May 4th in San Diego.
Listen and watch “I Feel Alive” above, see upcoming tour dates and album details below.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon* 4/4 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole*
4/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
4/6 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
4/7 – Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon*
4/9 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
4/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
4/13 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe*
4/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
4/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
4/16 – Washington D.C. @ Union Stage*^
4/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s^
4/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*^
4/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*^
4/21 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Rialto#^
4/22 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall#^
4/23 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx#^
4/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle#^
4/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club#^
4/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre#
4/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile#
4/30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge#
5/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent#
5/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
5/4 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box#
To purchase tickets, click here.
1. Direct Sunlight 2. I Feel Alive 3. Pirouette 4. Ballads & Sad Movies 5. Colder & Closer 6. Witching Hour 7. Take Down 8. Drowning In Paradise 9. OK Fine Whatever 10. Looking To Remember 11. Too Much
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