New music from Phony Ppl, Welles and Conrad Sewell.
PHONY PPL - "Way Too Far"
“Way Too Far” is Phony Ppl's second song from their forthcoming record and follow up to their 2015 debut album, "Yesterday’s Tomorrow."
The record earned organic praise from The New York Times, who praised the group’s “forward thinking” abilities and Rolling Stone, who called the album “sharply cut funk.” Phony Ppl also earned cosigns from heavyweights Childish Gambino and Tyler The Creator, who named “End of the Night” one of his favorite tracks that year.
Phony Ppl have kept busy since Yesterday’s Tomorrow, performing with Erykah Badu and The Roots, along with opening for 2017 breakout star Kali Uchis on her nationwide tour. Individually, the members have also shared their talents on projects from Snake Hips, Princess Nokia, Mac Miller and Odd Future.
All five members of Phony Ppl come from a long line of musical families which helped cultivate their own love for the artform. Each member attended music classes and schools across the country, including Juilliard and the School of Rock, before finding each other in 2009.
Those early after-school jam sessions evolved into the band’s current lineup, featuring Elbee Thrie on vocals, Elijah Rawk on lead guitar, Matt “Maffyuu” Byas on drums, Aja Grant on keys and Bari Bass on bass guitar.
CONRAD SEWELL - "Changing"
Having seen major success between touring with Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and KYGO, amassing millions of streams and garnering praise from every tastemaker under the sun, Conrad Sewell's voice has carried him to nearly every corner of the globe.
The vocalist behind Kygo’s 'Firestone,' has reached RIAA platinum status, generating nearly 1 billion cumulative streams, and entertaining audiences everywhere from Coachella to Madison Square Garden.
Despite his success and touring the globe, it was taking a toll on him. "I was fucking over it,” he confesses. “Life on the road had become a whirlwind in the past few years. I was partying like a madman, and I completely fucked up a relationship I thought would last forever.
When I started writing, I held nothing back." Conrad confesses his mistakes and yearned to tell his uncut story on his latest release, "Changing," which he mentions is a vulnerable and emotional record for the Australian artist, and was written "right in the middle of the relationship I was in when I started to realize that I was ruining it, and that my actions were starting to affect her.
"I would come home and see her crying. She was always upset. She wasn’t the same person that she was when we first started dating. And I felt like it was because of me and the way I was acting. So it was really me apologizing for everything I've done.
"And telling her to never change for anyone because you’re perfect the way you are. Especially don’t change for me because I wasn’t worth it at the time."
WELLES - "Rock n Roll" video
Take a step inside the world of 23 year old musician, Welles in the psychedelic video for his track, "Rock N Roll". A song that in Jesse Wells's words is "a tune in the style of, in reverence to, and for the sake of rock n' roll,".
Having just released his debut record, "Red Trees and White Trashes," with his unique and jarringly emotive vocal stylings that might sound something along the lines of Kurt Cobain collaborating with Zeppelin, Welles is continuing where the rock greats before him left off.
It comes as no surprise then, that the video for "Rock n Roll" is a nostalgic, animated trip. Created by Diego Huacuja from Basa Estudio based out of Mexico city, the visual artist wanted to "visually communicate the personality and vibe of the song," noting how there's a "heavy rock and roll tone mixed with a certain indifference and absurdness within the lyrics that I was really drawn to."
Huacuja continues - "All of the elements and characters represent the lyrics at that moment of the song as well as how I think Jesse would imagine and draw those lyrics. Like the “square” parents. We all know parents are (sometimes) square.
"The fictional character of Jesse just wants to be free, hang out everywhere, and enjoy the moment. The same happens with the style of illustration. We decided to represent that freedom in the strokes, shapes, colors and adding a fanzine texture which I personally love and think really fits great with the whole video. The artwork has no rules, no walls or floors, we just wanted to create a rad animation video for this cool song."