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IL Musician To Follow - Jordanna

Photography:  Keeley Parenteau

Photography: Keeley Parenteau

Up north in Chicago, Illinois there’s a flowed humming sailing through the city wind - an illustrious bounce & hustle to the melody of Jordanna’s latest track, “Eu Quero Você,” and we’ve got it streaming right here for you to listen to!

Check it out below!

The windy city’s talented songstress, Hayley Jordanna (Jordanna) has been making soulful waves in her town with their recent EP release, Sweet Tooth, and boy is it sweet! With track titles like “Sugar,” and “I’m Your Girl,” Jordanna is bringing a honeyed take on some soulful blues with this 5-track dreamboat of an EP.

Jordanna’s newest installment of Chicago bliss is most emblazoned in aforementioned single, “Eu Quero Você.” This translates to “I Want You” and the song certainly lives up to its yearning, lustful title. Pressing play on this song feels like being invited back to someone’s place for red wine, dropping the needle, and letting the night unfold. Shrill & tender harmonies open the song up with a replying saxophone twiddling. The verse settles in with the promise that her lover’s secrets will be kept in a place of care & comfort - and we believe it.

“Eu Quero Você” tells the story we’ve all heard before; one lovers will never get tired of hearing. There’s something precise & intimate about love affairs, simply getting passionate with someone else, it’s all natural. I know Jordanna’s new jam will inspire the passion in all of us - so, we hope you check it out above!

You can find Jordanna on all of the usual suspect social media outlets, and we think you should - so we’ve got them all here for you!

Jordanna: Website // Facebook

End Of Summer Playlist From Writer Larry Iaccio

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Long time Hook writer and overall drummer extraordinarre Larry Iaccio is sharing his top 10 for End Of Summer Playlist this week! This stuff is perfect to blast in the car on your drive to work or walk to school. Let's get pumped up!

1. "Amsterdam" - Nothing But Thieves

2. "Sorry" - Nothing But Thieves

3. "One Night Only" - The Struts

4. "No Reason to Run" - Cold War Kids

5. "Rose Colored Boy" - Paramore

6. "Crutch" - Matchbox 20

7. "Rise Out of the Ashes" - Out of the Beardspace

8. "Portugal" - Walk the Moon

9. "Silvertongue" - Young The Giant

10. "All Time Low" - Jon Bellion cover by Walk Off The Earth

Of course we've got the Spotify playlist for you below!

As we get ready for school, check out Larry's playlist for the week for some new tunes!

End Of Summer Playlist From Writer Rowan Butler

This week's End Of Summer Playlist comes from Hook writer Rowan Butler! With a lovely list of ladies and new music alike, Rowan is sure to help you beat away those end of summer blues with her Top 10 for end of summer!

Check them out below!

1. "Hustle" - Sundara Karma

2. "Fire" - Barns Courtney

3. "Just Breathe" - The Unlikely Candidates

4. "Best Friends" - grandson

5. "Praying" - Kesha

6. "Cherry" - Lana Del Rey

7. "Unfucktheworld" - Angel Olsen

8. "Dirty Gold" - Angel Haze

9. "Equal Mind" - Beach House

10. "Goodbye" - Echosmith

As always, you can find the Spotify playlist below if you dig Rowan's playlist!

Be sure to stay tuned for more playlists, and definitely check out Rowna's playlist this week!

End Of Summer Playlist From Writer Jay Bell

Photographer: Justin Currie

Photographer: Justin Currie

Another summer playlist is coming your way from Hook Staff Writer Jay Bell!

This End Of Summer Playlist is upbeat, electronic at times, heavy at others, but generally really uplifting and groovy! Perfect to put in your head after a long day at work on your walk home, or sitting on the beach in the AM!

Check it out!

1. Shawn Wasabi + YDG - "Burnt Rice (Henrik The Artist Remix) [Ft. Yung Gemmy]"

2. Vulpey - "What We Feel"

3. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean - "Feels"

4. Charlie Puth - "Attention"

5. LVNDSCAPE & Holland Park Ft. Nico Santos - "Waterfalls"

6. Anamanaguchi - "My Heart My Body"

7. Lola Cola - "Love Songs"

8. Polyphia - "Goose"

9. Chon Ft. Masego, Lophiile - "Nayhoo"

10. Dance Gavin Dance - "Summertime Gladness"

There ya have it, Jay Bell's top 10 for his End Of Summer Playlist! You can check out the Spotify playlist below as well!

Stay tuned for next week's End Of Summer Playlist from The Hook Staff!

PA Band To Follow - Serencia

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Serencia is a sweet little project that stems from Lancaster, PA, and we can't stop listening!

The project was born with the collaborative effort of Derek Paris Frantz and Lily Eckman! While mostly an acoustic, singer/songwriter group - Serencia is constantly working on covers and creating! They recently released a brand new EP, A Leap Of Faith, A Violent Shove as well.

The 14-track album is a beautiful, tender, and warm hearted experience that touches upon aspects of folk, indie, and classic singer/songwriter fundamentals. Serencia recently put out a music video for their track off the album, "There She Goes," so check it out below!

Serencia has been busy since the spring, with the release of their new album, as well as a myriad of shows and small tours, they've been going out and making sure they're getting heard! We're adding them to The Hook's featured artists because Serencia are bringing out a quiet, but provocative sound that you definitely don't want to miss.

Here is one of our favorite tracks off of the new album, "Feels Like This" below via Bandcamp!

The mysticism of Serencia is captivating, and this track specifically feels so, so well rounded and tender. I want to hold it in my hands and listen to it like a shell. Does that make sense? Listen to it until it does.

Check out Serencia's social media for amazing covers of some of your favorite bands, as well as their own original music! You can catch up on tour dates and the new EP as well, and The Hook definitely approves!

Serencia: Facebook // Soundcloud

PA Artist To Follow - Overwinter

We've been busy listening to new music and going to shows, so it's safe to say we've been slacking in featuring amazing music that we've been hearing. But who better to make this comeback with than Philadelphia native, Sarah Ponton, otherwise known as Overwinter.

Overwinter is a singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist from right here in Philadelphia, PA who has been hard at work being heard, and thank goodness we're hearing it. Inspired by Motown and soul, as well as modern indie electronic, Overwinter crafts melodies driven by deep emotions and trials. She has performed live at PVD Festival in Providence, RI, and regularly performs in the Philadelphia area.

An impressive repertoire for Overwinter, and her sound fits in a perfect loop of what is exciting about contemporary indie electronic music, with clear influences from aforementioned soul and Motown. Check out the original track off of Overwinter's Demo, "Not Mine," streaming via Soundcloud below!

Overwinter's sweet, provocative voice is captivating and exciting especially in a genre that is really on an interesting come up. The Philadelphia native has been busy playing shows in basements as well as venues, including one of The Hook's most recent showcases! 

When we asked Sarah of Overwinter what inspired her to make music, her response was the reason we all make art, "I started in music when I was four, when I picked up the violin. It's been my instinct ever since, to just play. It's also a great catharsis for all my stress and struggles that I deal with on a daily basis."

We couldn't agree more on that, and with electronic indie & singer/songwriter coming together in Overwinter, you're in for a treat. As of right now, Overwinter has plenty of instrumental demos as well as a few cover songs and original demos available to stream on Soundcloud, so you should check that out.

If you're into Overwinter (like we are) we hope you check out her social media accounts to keep up with upcoming shows and releases. You don't want to miss this one!

Overwinter: Facebook // Soundcloud

NH Band To Follow - The City View

My favorite kind of music is the kind of music you aren't looking for, the kind of music that pops up in the background of some place else, so absent minded it's like you made it up in your head. The City View was just the band I wasn't looking for - and I'm so glad I found them.

Let me back track to the beginning.

The Hook throws shows, you guys know this, we do it once a month all around in the tri-state area. I had put together a show at The Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ - the band I manage WAYNOWAY offered up The CIty View as a last minute replacement for a band who had dropped or something like that - a band who was willing to drive 6+ hours each way to play my Wednesday night show.

Of course, I was stoked to have a full bill and everything was going to be going great! That's not how the story turned out, and that show was one of the worst I had ever put together, but hey you win some and lose some, but I think in this instance I definitely won.

The City View played last, and as I stood, tired and wet and cold in this venue not meant for us, I listened to the pure ethereal static that filled the room. I was standing still in this moment that felt so perfect - the kind of music I had been trying to find for years, so deep seeded in my brain I don't even know I'm looking for it.

The City View are still working on finalizing a collection of music - but, I couldn't be more excited for that day. Until then, The City View has a few singles on their Bandcamp to show off that dreamy bedroom pop sound that I've just fallen in love with - one that uses traditional instrumental sound, guitar, bass and drums - while also exploring how to manipulate noise with electronic technology.

Honestly when I saw them I was just so fascinated by the performance and the ability to incorporate all of these different elements to create a sound that mimicked early 2000's bedroom/electronic pop, but was modern and exciting.

Anyway, if I haven't turned you on to The City View, I've got a few bandcamp links streaming for you to check out - and definitely do listen for yourself. In the meantime, while I impatiently wait for TCV to put out new music (so I can fangirl some more), check out their social media! Give them a like, tell them why you also are now in love with them, eat a cookie near them, you know the drill.

The City View: Bandcamp // Facebook

Jake Varrone - 2016 Top 10 Albums

Hook writer, Jake Varrone, is here to present his top 10 for 2016! A list full of some of the best music for Jake's year! Check out the list below!

1. Travis Scott - The Birds In the Trap Sing Mcknight
Whenever I’m in a good mood, I’ll put this record on in the car, roll down the windows and belt at traffic. It’s catchy as hell and a very beautiful trap/hip-hop album in its own edgy way.

2. Anderson Paak - Malibu
I got hipped to Anderson Paak after a buddy told me to check out the single “Am I Wrong.” Right away, I realized this dude not only a gifted musician, but brings this palpable charisma to everything he touches. Every song this dude comes out with sounds like gold, and I’m really excited to see where his creativity takes him in the upcoming years.

3. NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
This album is a collaboration between producer Knxwledge and Anderson Paak that will change the hip-hop/r&b game in 2017. Relying on Knxwledge’s sample based beat making genius and Paak’s unmistakably smooth yet edgy vocal timbre, you can expect to hear these guys’ names a lot in 2017.

4. the Weeknd - Starboy
I was really skeptical about this album because I wasn’t a huge fan of the single. I thought it was stagnant, boring, and unable to stand on its own. However, when I heard it complimented by the rest of the album, my perspective flipped. The album is teaming with hits, and is easily one of the best produced records of the year. I’ve never been more excited about the Weeknd.

5. Kaytranada - 99.9%
Kaytranada is a rhythmic genius. His music is soulful, smooth, and dynamic. Whenever I listen to his music I usually end up with a sore neck. This record is incredible – especially “GLOWED UP,” and “YOU’RE THE ONE.”

6. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
What is there to say that has not been already said about this one-of-a-kind album. I’m so happy to see an independent artist find as much success as Chance not only for his talent and style, but by staying true to his roots. Chance For President #2020.

7. James Blake - The Colour in Anything
I’ve always been a HUGE fan of James Blake. I think he has been changing the electronic music and r&b game for a long time, and is finally gaining the recognition he deserves. Side note, this album dropped on my birthday, making it that much more special for me!

8. PARTYNEXTDOOR - PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3)
I love the vibe of this album. PARTYNEXTDOOR says so much without saying much at all. I’ve always been a fan of minimalism and I never knew minimalist hip hop/r&b could evoke so much emotion and still be catchy as hell.

9. StarRo - Monday
StarRo is an electronic artist I discovered after watching him do a mixmag set alongside Sweater Beats. After checking out his original music I was immediately hooked. As I said earlier, I’m a huge fan of minimalism, and have a huge admiration for artists who compose minimalist tracks with taste and creativity.

10. ZHU - GENERATIONWHY
ZHU is another artist I got into this year. He has a really unique sound that can be a little difficult to pin down to any singular genre since he includes components of electronic music as well as indie rock and dance. He’s a young producer with a lot of potential, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for 2017.