Premiere: “Stranger” by Chris Garneau

A slow-burning, genre-defying track with a pensive music video filmed in Coney Island

Despite its dark subject matter, “Stranger”—the latest release by recording artist Chris Garneau—burns with a bright, ballad-like intensity. The genre-defying track flexes Garneau’s expertly emotive songwriting and the layered sonic landscape carefully supports his words. In the collaboratively crafted music video, premiering here, Garneau’s song comes to life throughout iconic Brooklyn destination Coney Island, where choreographer Tenaya Kelleher helped the ethereal artist ease into his …

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From psychedelia-tinged, anti-folk to a meditation on racism and a banger about freedom

Shamir: On My Own Following March’s nine-track Cataclysm, Shamir (aka Shamir Bailey) returns with “On My Own,” a song that’s set to appear on an upcoming full-length album. The guitar-heavy banger about freedom after a break-up marks the artist’s return to more accessible pop—he has traversed all kinds of genres since his 2015 breakout, Rachet. Still, Shamir clearly pulls influence from all kinds of genres (from …

Chris Garneau: Now On

Intimate, pared-back and powerful, singer-songwriter Chris Garneau’s latest release, “Now On,” rests heartrending lyrics over sparse piano. Produced and recorded in Hudson, New York by composer Patrick Higgins, the track—which will appear on an album expected in January 2021—emphasizes the emotional power of Garneau’s voice. “On the surface, this song is about leaving a relationship,” he shares with us, “but ultimately, it’s about leaving shame behind and finding …