PREMIERE: John Cyrus’ Pop Fantasy ‘Party’s Over’


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by Scout Kelly


John Cyrus, a dream pop project from Nashville, is ready to share some new music in 2018 with a two track release, I Know I Know I Know, that will render you both melancholic and ready to dance. John Cyrus have often found their way onto my playlists for this exact reason. Their single, “Playin” from last year drew me in with an upbeat spin on the process of watching a love unwind right in front of your eyes when there’s nothing you can do about it.

The trio, made up of Nathan Klages, Darin Rajabian, and Madeline Privott, have a knack for making songs that don’t shy away from the part of the heart where anxiety and desire meet. Each song is something like a fantasy, where the musician and the listener both enter a world with fog machines and confetti. You want to dance with someone across from you, but you’re too scared to ask, so you wind up dancing alone.

“Party’s Over” is a lovely pop track that that details that paralyzing nature of emotions, how easily you can go through an entire story in your head before making a move, but before you know it- the party is over and everyone has to go home, even if you aren’t ready.


What I love about each John Cyrus track is the music often contradicts the mood. They offer a glimmer of consolation, hope, and an opportunity to dance out whatever gloom might befall the broken-hearted or emotionally-hungover.

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REVIEW: Listen to Family Reunion's New EP - "J"

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by Scout Kelly

I’ve been introduced to an EP that’s become integrated into my sacred, Virgo morning-routine playlist for the past few days. The tracks on “J” by Family Reunion, produced by the Milwaukee-based artist Tombo, are groovy, catchy, and dreamy.

The project is headed by 18-year-old Jackie Carlson, based out of Waukegan, Illinois. The EP opens with the song “OMG” that gives off a bummer-summer, surf-vibe, with its slinky guitar licks and catchy refrain that fades off into distortion. Each track has a little bit of a different feel – part soulful melodic, part surf synth-pop. I am particularly drawn to the track “Bitter” for graceful use of dissonance to bring the mood. This EP feels like looking in the mirror and getting lost in a daydream or driving around at sunset just for the sake of motion.

"J" TRACKLIST:
1. OMG
2. Heaven
3. Vacation
4. Bitter
5. Cavity (Feat. Tombo)

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