Marsha Swanson, ‘Gustav Mahler’s Letter of Intent & Alma Mahler’s Lament’

Words By Joey Rochert

Marsha Swanson’s “Gustav Mahler’s Letter of Intent & Alma Mahler’s Lament” stands out with its timeless tale of love, longing, and the complexities that bind two souls together. Spanning generations and emotions, this track duo delves deep into the tumultuous relationship between Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler.

With an intimate connection to the Mahler legacy as a distant descendant, Swanson brings a unique perspective to her interpretation of their story. Through a careful blend of Gustav’s impassioned letters and Alma’s heartfelt lamentations from her diary entries, Swanson weaves a narrative that is as haunting as it is captivating.

The first track, “Gustav Mahler’s Letter of Intent,” serves as a poignant portrayal of Gustav’s fervent devotion to Alma. In stark contrast, “Alma Mahler’s Lament” presents Alma’s side of the story—a lamentation of love lost and dreams shattered. Swanson’s emotive delivery imbues Alma’s words with a sense of sorrow and resignation. Also, the melancholic melodies blend seamlessly with Alma’s poignant reflections, creating a hauntingly beautiful ode to a love that was destined for tragedy.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Henna Uoti, ‘Poison or Remedy’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Henna Uoti brings the pop raw with new song, ‘Poison or Remedy’. It is not every day we come across a track quite like this one, and it immediately struck us with its magnetic power! Henna from Finland is in flying form in terms of vocals, and she steps it up a gear with this new arrival, which is her first sung in English. Her vocals sail through the air as the music demands attention in the background.

As the track progresses, it becomes more impactful, with a vocal narrative that hits home with poignancy. Henna speaks honestly about love, relationships, and the delicate balance between assertiveness and sensitivity.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Henna Uoti.

Marsha Swanson, ‘Near Life Experience’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Marsha Swanson has gifted us a breath-taking new progressive pop album, ‘Near Life Experience’, and we simply cannot get enough of it! Falling head over heels for Marsha with her previous singles, she has been teasing her new album for some time and now it is here, it is not one to miss!

‘Near Life Experience’ is a trip through life, it explores various avenues with compelling tales which relate immediately. Also, her vocals smash through the music with a confidence which is akin to the top players in the music scene.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Francesca Luker, ‘Thanks Coincidence’

Words By Sam Wetherby.

‘Thanks Coincidence’ by Francesca Luker is a hot new release which is perfect for the new year. This new EP is all about finding positives in unexpected occurrences and Francesca from Bristol hits the nail on the head with her delivery.

Featuring five tracks, all which have a mouth-watering texture, this EP is one to fall in love with immediately. Her vocals shine brightly as she stuns with her impressive vocal range. Also, her storytelling leaves room for thought as she speaks about the complexities of love, life and everything in between.

Stream below. More updates from Francesca Luker here.

Photo Credit: Francesca Luker.

LostOfficial, ‘Do Me Dirty’

Words By Joey Rochert.

LostsOfficial knocks it out of the park with his new single, ‘Do Me Dirty’. This latest offering from the Canadian singer joins a long list of pop favourites over here, and he reminds us of singers at the top of pop.

‘Do Me Dirty’ closely resembles many tracks on the Billboard Top 100, but one thing, in particular, makes it sound out: LostOfficial’s ability to make us relate to his story. Moreover, his lyrics speak about wanting to love again but being stuck due to the hurt caused by a previous relationship.

At only 19 years of age, LostsOfficial stands tall with this release, and it is a sign of what to expect from him in 2024.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: LostsOfficial.

Lost Blonde, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Lost Blonde, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Wide Awake’, what is the meaning?

Wide Awake is the last song off my EP, “Do You Feel The Same?”. This song is about being so enamored by the “what ifs” of a new relationship. You are anxiously waiting to see if the person you are crushing on feels the same.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Bebe Rexha, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry for sure!

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2023?

I would say you can have success as an independent artist without a label. There are so many resources now available to indie artists and platforms to share music on, which makes it a bit easier to get your music out there!

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

I love writing at night. I feel like my best ideas come literally at midnight haha. I will usually grab my phone while I’m lying in bed and record the melody I’m humming into my voice memos so I can go to the piano the next day and start adding lyrics. Honestly any room with a piano will give me inspiration.

What is your first memory of music?

My first memory of music is listening to my grandma play the piano when she’d come and visit. She was a professional piano player, and I just remember the sound filling up the room…so many different textures and colors I couldn’t stop listening. I think that really sparked my interest, hearing how many different melodies someone could come up with or play!

Photo Credit: Lost Blonde.

Marsha Swanson, ‘Happy Ever After’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Marsha Swanson is on the verge of releasing her new album, ‘Near Life Experience’, and as a lead-up to the big reveal, she has just dropped a new single, ‘Happy Ever After’.

Influenced by many progressive pop artists, Marsha takes cues while still carving out a unique position for herself. It is her vocals which glue us to the speakers, and she charms us with every note. However, the story is also thought-provoking, and the music keeps us fixated with its quirky yet refreshing feel.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Lost Blonde, ‘Wide Awake’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Lost Blonde’s latest single, ‘Wide Awake’, is a dazzling display of star quality. Drawing inspiration from the legendary pop icons, including Swifty, Lost Blonde seamlessly blends into the contemporary music scene while offering a unique appeal that’s impossible to refuse!

In ‘Wide Awake’, Lost Blonde’s vocals take center stage, delivered with an exquisite level of precision, unwavering confidence, and an unmistakable passion that envelops the listener. With each note, she weaves a spellbinding narrative that creates an emotional connection that resonates deeply.

The music accompanying her vocals is equally charming. Moreover, ‘Wide Awake’ boasts a feel-good cadence that immediately sets the hips in motion.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Lost Blonde.

Francesca Luker, ‘Almost Healed’

Words By Sam Wetherby.

Francesca Luker, from Bristol, is back with her latest single, ‘Almost Healed.’ Despite being in the early stages of her career, Francesca’s vocal abilities shine brilliantly, and you would feel mistaken thinking she is still fresh on the scene. Moreover, her performance is a revelation, delivering a poignant and powerful emotional journey that hits us from the first note.

‘Almost Healed’ is a track drenched in raw emotion, with Francesca’s passion oozing through the speakers. It gives a clear representation of the feelings one gets when overcoming some kind of difficulty and reaching a point where you can finally talk about it. As she continues to unveil her musical creations, Francesca Luker is on a trajectory that signals a promising career in the music industry and we are eager to hear her next!

Stream below. More updates from Francesca Luker here.

Photo Credit: Francesca Luker.

Thomas Cole, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Thomas! Your new album, ‘Late To Bloom’, is described as unique, combining heart-tugging storylines with dance floor rhythms. Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind the album?

Hey there! It’s good to hear from you. Thanks for having me back and thank you for listening to the new music! Pop music literally runs through my veins, so I knew I wanted some of my favorite artists to inspire the album, like Lady Gaga and Tiesto. We’ve got Ava Max inspirations, The Weeknd vibes, some deep house inspos, but regardless of there being a wide array of sounds on this album, it’s still very cohesive, and I think that’s important when releasing a project this size.

The goal was always to write, record, and release a full-length LP, but I didn’t necessarily have an exact idea of how I wanted it to sound. I just did a lot of research to find sounds that I really liked, that I would want to incorporate into my music, and collaborating with Electropoint just came so easily. We just went one to two tracks at a time, and VOILA! We’re very proud of what we’ve made and it warms my heart to know that you all like it too. ❤️‍🔥

You’ve had a successful career in both the entertainment industry and the music industry. How do you find the balance between your work as an actor and a recording artist?

The past 10 years have been an invaluable journey in learning how to maneuver these very complex industries. I love modeling and I love acting, but the impacts of COVID and planning to have a family required me to dial back… and of course, the SAG-AFTRA writers’ strike has prevented us from getting back to work. The working conditions, in my past experience, have been awful in some cases, and the pay, at times, laughable. So I stand in solidarity with the union and hope they reach a fair agreement soon…

With all that going on, I took a second and thought hard about where my passions lie. Making music fuels my soul. I’m able to model in my cover art, act in my music videos, and write and sing about my life and my self-discovery, hoping to reach other people and connect through music. Now, I’m in complete control of my story. That’s what keeps my cup full and, fortunately, I can’t stop.

‘Late To Bloom’ features collaborations with several artists. Could you share your experiences working with them and how these collaborations shaped the album’s overall sound and vibe?

a couple collaborations on it. I’ve met so many creative and passionate people in my life, and I’ve found that working together is the absolute BEST way to learn.

When I briefly lived in LA, I reconnected with an old friend from college, Lizzie Allyn, who is also a singer/songwriter… and I told her that I had started writing some songs too! Naturally, we began talking about our styles and our goals… while, at the time, I was working on my ‘Fairy Tales’ track, where I write about a boy and a girl struggling to see eye to eye. And I thought to myself, “Wow! This could be a perfect first collaboration for the album!” We began bouncing ideas off each other, and when she told me her idea for the rap in the bridge, I was just like, “YES!” Lizzie’s always been so fun-loving and free-spirited, and being a superfan of fairy tales herself, it just felt like a perfect match. She brings an element of magic to the record that really completes it.

My next collab on the album was for ‘Free Fallin,’ with Nathanael Hall, who is a dear friend and electronic music enthusiast. Nathanael is the kind of friend who will sip on rosé and talk about music with me all day long, and get excited about the little things, or help me through any kinks or roadblocks I may be facing… so he did help influence a lot of my decisions having to do with the sound and vibe of the album, which ultimately led to us doing a song together; and that’s track 5, ‘Free Fallin’.

There are SO many memories from making this record… especially filming the music video. We drove 3 or 4 hours upstate to go camping in the deep wilderness for this shoot. As much “FUN” as it was making this, I just remember being SUPER uncomfortable almost the entire time… for example, it really wasn’t fun having to haul a 500-lb generator up and down the hill to the campsite since we had no power or electricity for lights, cameras, or recharging batteries… or maybe the worst part was filming the opening drone shot where I’m lying naked on basically a Brillo pad of grass with teeny tiny bugs crawling all over me? I remember the outfit made out of gauze and ace bandage kept coming undone and falling down – truly the WORST costume I’ve ever worn – but it was inspired by Lady Gaga’s caution tape look, so we just had to make it work! Oh, and did I mention the BEAR we saw on day one, less than 100 feet from camp? Nathanael was over by a bush and all of a sudden a black bear’s head pops up and stands on his hind legs! It eventually walked away down the mountain… but we were paranoid ALL weekend (and shooting at night was terrifying)! All in all, it was definitely one for the books and I’m so grateful for Nathanael, our friends, and cinematographer, for hanging with us through all that chaos.

The third collaboration on the record is with the super talented jazz and soul vocalist, EJ Garlands. EJ and I go back more than 10 years and have been through it all. We know each other’s families, we’ve spent Christmases together, and he was the Man of Honor in my wedding. We met in a small town and moved to the Big City to tackle our dreams together… so, we’re more than friends, we’re family. When we wrote “Cringe” together, it was a lot of fun because it’s FULL of inside jokes. Essentially, it’s a pride anthem, encouraging relentless self-expression no matter what the haters may think. No one’s going to bring us down; not friends, not family, and definitely not ex-lovers. I remember shooting the cover art for this song being a lot of fun. We got all dressed up in Club Kid outfits and fun makeup, and climbed all over the inside and outside of my Alfa Romeo in Astoria. Making art with EJ is always exciting; He never ceases to amaze me. I remember being in the studio, and he had prepared this 5-part harmony for the chorus that we hadn’t previously talked about, and it just blew me away! We’re all super happy with how it turned out.

I truly love learning from and collaborating with other artists. The result: an abundance of fun stories, memories, and better-than-you-could-have-imagined dance tracks!!

We have to also talk about Electropoint! He rocks on this album! How did that partnership come about?

Oh gosh! What a talent that man is. Yes – Back in 2019, during COVID and the whole world shutting down, I wasn’t working and I decided I needed to do something creative to stay sane. So I reached out to a friend in the biz and got an introduction to Electropoint, who is now my producer, dear friend, and collaborator. At this point, I know his style, he sees my vision, and now that we’re comfortable making music together, each track keeps getting better and better. It feels natural, but it’s still challenging, and we’re always growing… I love it!

Ah what the heck – I’ll share with you here exclusively that there are THREE new projects on the docket and we are pumped to release the first track for TC2 in 2024. Follow my Instagram @iamthomascole or visit to stay in the loop! 🤩

Photo Credit: Thomas Cole.