I was introduced to Kyle Armillotti as the talented guitar player and vocalist accompanying Hoodie Allen on tour. I was immediately impressed with his voice and his energy as he flew around the stage doing whatever was needed to keep the show going. His stage presence and talent went as far to almost overshadow the artist he was there to support. Now Kyle has just released the video for his first solo single, performing under the name “electric,” and I’m excited to share it with you. “Farewell” is an earworm of an electro-pop jam, combining the musical stylings of something like an MGMT with the lyrical vulnerability of Death Cab for Cutie. beneath the infectious groove are earnest lyrics about having to bid farewell to a dear friend. Armillotti delivers the goods with his soaring melodies, adding punch to the already powerful track. You can check out the video for “Farewell” below and be sure to stick around electric’s YouTube page to see the video for Kyle’s cover of Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty To Me,” which has been greatly improved with the addition of kazoos.
Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, we have Cave Needles and their first single off their upcoming self-titled debut, “Small World.” It’s a driving track with an almost surf-punk aesthetic, especially in the drums that kick off the song. It rather reminiscent of Beach Fossils, with lo-fi vocals and swirling guitars creating an almost dream-like atmosphere. I kept hitting repeat on the track, feeling more and more relaxed every time the song wound through its progressions. I quickly moved to the other songs that Cave Needles have up for preview on their Bandcamp and was equally impressed. From the bass groove of “Ghost Beach” to the ethereal harmonies of “Reverie,” I kept finding new things to like about the band and I’m more and more excited to see what else their June 28th debut brings. You can download “Small World” for free (as well as listen to “Ghost Beach” and “Reverie”) on Cave Needles’ Bandcamp page and be on the lookout for their debut album coming on Warm Ratio/Disposable America Records