Listen to the latest releases from local artists. In this week’s edition: Brandon Flowers gets creepy in “Lonely Town,” Boiis uplift with “We Are One,” rapper Moose gives us “Something New” and T.R@bb seeks “Shelter.”
Brandon Flowers – “Lonely Town” [Video]
The Killers frontman’s The Desired Effect, out May 19, is shaping up to be an incredibly infectious record. The album’s third single—and third video in the past month following “Can’t Deny My Love” and “Still Want You“—keeps things retro with its pristine synth-pop. But as catchy as it might be, it’s pretty damn dark. Already forlorn, the song takes a creepy turn at the two-minute mark with lyrics such as Now I’m standing outside your house and Did you lock the door when it shut? Did you see the knife when it cut? The video also has a twist at the end when you realize you’re watching the girl in the video dance from the point of view of a stalker outside. I feel dirty just watching it. Thanks, Brandon.
Moose – “Something New” [Video/free download]
Speaking of changeups, rapper and producer Moose pulls a fast one with “Something New.” The song starts off a little slow but the lean quickly wears off, launching into a full-on house banger. There’s no sitting still to this one. The song is complimented with clean, simple visuals featuring Moose and a lady friend, roaming and dancing around Los Angeles. Watch the video below. Download it for free here.
Boiis – “We Are One” [Video]
Perhaps inspired by our nation’s turmoil, electro-pop outfit Boiis (pronounced “boy,” according to the band…) gives us an uplifting, unifying anthem with “We Are One,” complete with a powerful, synth-heavy instrumental and choral-like hook. Filmed locally by Antonio Abrego, the video features community members holding up signs calling for change and equality. Sure, it’s not exactly groundbreaking, but given the current state of affairs, it’s a much-needed message.
T.R@bb – “Shelter” [Free download]
T.R@bb is proving to be one of the most versatile rappers in Vegas. He’s already flexed his bravado on “I Can’t Lose” and given us music to ride to with “Still Leanin’.” His latest single, however, is more sobering. “Shelter” is an examination of his strained relationship. The details are sparse so we’re left to form our own storyline around it, which makes it more relatable. The production, handled by T.R@bb himself, is equally somber, peppered with distorted vocal samples (yes, that’s Drake’s “Doing It Wrong”).