LISTEN: Blonde Maze – ‘Being Pulled’

Having fallen in love with everything that GIHE fave Amanda Steckler – aka Blonde Maze – has created so far, it was quite literally music to my ears to hear that she has now shared a brand new single. Following the sparkling grace of ‘I Think About‘ (a collaboration with Attom), and numerous other dreamscapes including ‘Diamond Eyes’ and 2019’s ‘To The Moon, ‘Being Pulled‘ is the latest taste of the New York artist’s upcoming album.

Flowing with glistening, chiming hooks and twinkling keys, ‘Being Pulled’ is inspired by “the conflicting feelings of wanting to move forward while being pulled backwards by your memories; about wanting to move on, yet not wanting to let go of past emotions.” With a gentle heartfelt emotion, it builds with a glitchy electro-infused energy to a swirling, euphoric soundscape. Bathing the ears in shimmering ripples of dreamy reflection and oozing a woozy, hypnotic splendour, it offers an equally perfect accompaniment to a moment of solitary tranquil catharsis, as it does to an invigorating dance with loved ones into the early hours.

As Amanda’s luscious vocals flow with a blissful haze, I can’t helped but ‘be pulled’ into the truly exquisite enchanting allure of ‘Being Pulled’. Blonde Maze has once again provided the perfect soothing tonic; the beautifully calming and delicately uplifting soundtrack that I so desperately needed this week.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

PREMIERE: SUSU – ‘Slow Death’

Breathing new life into a rock and roll classic, New York outfit SUSU have shared their new single ‘Slow Death’, a cover of the Flamin’ Groovies 1986 original track. Taken from their debut EP Panther City, which is set for release on 13th November, SUSU have put their own spin on the single with their powerful vocals and interweaving harmonies.

Formed of vocalists and songwriters Liza Colby and Kia Warren, SUSU want to provide listeners with a soundtrack to everyday America. “Whether you are on the bus or not, SUSU will always be USUS,” Colby & Warren explain, and this message of unity is underscored by the sounds of fellow band members Joey Wunsch (guitar), Ronnie Bruno (drums) and Connor McClelland (bass).

On ‘Slow Death’, SUSU have maintained the swirling psych-tinged guitar sounds of the Flamin’ Groovies’ original, with Colby & Warren’s vocals freshening up the classic track. “We aren’t shy about being black women in Rock and Roll. There is an aliveness, an awareness, and a spirituality to SUSU that are both timely and timeless,” Colby explains. That’s exactly what they captured on their previous single ‘Work Song‘ and once again on this latest release.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Death’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut