These are the carefully selected gold for your ears. You're welcome.
If these songs are a sign of things to come, Born Ruffians’ next record should be an easy-listening and emotionally driven experience; one that I will be looking forward to.
Nai Palm is obviously inspired by Hendrix - who isn’t? - but even more prominently than that, you can hear hints of The Dirty Projectors, D’Angelo, Prince, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu in her sweetly crafted track “Crossfire/So Into You.”
It is rare that I hear an artist and am halted. It is also rare that I hear one and utter to myself, "god DAMN, in utter (sexually charged) disbelief.
This song and all the rest are riddled with simultaneously heartbreaking and optimistic nostalgia, paired with delicate kaleidoscopic crescendos, neo-soul base tones, and tinkling bells to awaken the sad child in anyone.
Mellow yet uplifting, the song echoes the sensation of stepping outside into a new season; the new sights, smells and sounds emerging new consciousness from the haze of everyday mediocrity.
It dares you to turn your volume up only to explode into your eardrums.
The Ethiopian native's newly released single 'Wicked Ways' will stick with you long after your first listen.
McCurdy's smooth and undeniably effortless voice surely sounds 'soft like heaven'