ON THE RISE: Cool Tunes, Hot New Acts (March Update)

The PGTC SoundCloud page is still going strong with updated songs from some great talents, both in the U.S. and abroad. I certainly enjoy posting about my favorites here on the blog, and this new artist spotlight has become a semi-regular feature since the summer of 2014. There have been several artists I’ve covered with new songs in the last few weeks, so in case you missed them, listen to these great tunes ready to spruce up your spring playlist:

Matt WoodsMATT WOODS – “Impression” (iTunes)
Location: London, England
First Featured: “In The Dark” (January 2015)

You know a gorgeous voice just mere seconds into a song, and those chills were coming fast and furious listening to “In The Dark” for the first time. That soul-stirring experience has touched a lot of new fans since the track was first uploaded about six weeks ago, and the feelings continue on his latest, another vulnerable vocal paired with that mysterious musical quality. It’s everything, even as he’s “losing all control.” Woods has knocked two home runs out of the park and the game is sizzling.

New MotionNEW MOTION – “Honesty” (iTunes)
Location: Hitchin, England
First Featured: “Anyway” and “She Said” (January 2015)

Just weeks away from their EP debut at the end of the month, this English quartet caught my attention with their glossy hits and colorful image. Now that the band’s tour schedule has finally gone into, well, motion, the four guys have one more solid sound on their hands with “Honesty”, an unabashedly great pop song that expands the group’s reach beyond the first pieces of their project. Look out for the final track “Caught In The Middle” very soon, and check out their forthcoming dates here.

The ScoreTHE SCORE – “Catching Fire” (iTunes)
Location: Los Angeles, California
First Featured: “Don’t Wanna Wake Up” (May 2014)“Oh My Love” (January 2015)

These two guys have become regulars on my blog, but their profile is still on the rise after a massive online reaction for “Oh My Love”, which just passed 175,000 plays on SoundCloud. It looks like the song could become their biggest original track to date. With that in mind, I guess their latest song’s title makes sense; coming at a hot time in their career, “Fire” is another pleasant pop ditty with a radio-friendly touch that accompanies much of their material. In short, the duo scores once more.

The Young WildTHE YOUNG WILD – “Not A One” (iTunes)
Location: San Diego, California
First Featured: “Moment Goes” (August 2014)

During the summer of last year, this California group’s first single got some nice love from radio station 91X (XTRA-FM) in San Diego, which then prompted me to chart it, making them one of the only fully independent acts to break my top 40 last year. The anthemic, in-your-face sound of their first single bares a slightly different energy than this, which builds and then deconstructs again, but “Not” is still done well. A new chapter for this quartet needs a new flavor and this cut does the trick.

For more great music (or at least I would like to think so) and/or to get in touch, you can find the appropriate link above or click the “About Us” section to email your act in. Until next time, keep making those tunes.

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