Blue Mena: Knocked Out

Brooklyn-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ Mena Sachdev has released their debut single under the moniker Blue Mena. The very pretty “Knocked Out” is a psych-tinged pop song that explores identity, gender, sex, love and authenticity. Part breezy bop, part introspective indie, it comes accompanied by a retro-leaning video directed by Clare Severinghaus and Madeleine Olson.

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Alice Boman feat. Perfume Genius: Feels Like A Dream Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman collaborates with Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) for “Feels Like A Dream,” a sublimely haunting love song from Boman’s forthcoming album, The Space Between, out 21 October. She says in a statement, “In the past I’ve written a lot of songs about disappointments, heartbreaks and the longing for love. Being in love—I …