In this week’s edition of What’s Going On, we’ve got the latest new releases from Boslen, Rêve, Kevi Morse, and King Ropes. Plus, a very timely and important redux of a classic Cyndi Lauper track. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.
Cyndi Lauper – In response to the controversial overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court, Cyndi Lauper has released a new acoustic version of her song “Sally’s Pigeons.” Written with Mary Chapin and originally released in 1993, the poignant track tells the tragic tale of Lauper’s childhood friend who died as a teen due to a botched back-alley abortion. Speaking further on the need to bring back “Sally’s Pigeons”, Cyndi Lauper says: “The Supreme Court’s radical decision today makes the re-recording and re-release of ‘Sally’s Pigeons’ more relevant than ever. In my childhood, women didn’t have reproductive freedom and 50 years later we find ourselves in a time warp where one’s freedom to control their own body has been stripped away.”
Listen to the new 2022 redux of Cyndi Lauper’s “Sally’s Pigeons” below.
Boslen – Vancouver alternative-hip-hop star Boslen recently dropped his new EP GONZO. While Boslen’s music is very much rooted in hip-hop, this new seven-track project is truly a genre-agnostic affair and pulls from a variety of sounds and influences. Along with GONZO comes the release of “GONE”, a definite stand-out from the EP. The Talha Pervaiz-directed video for “GONE” complements the self-reflective and deeply emotive track. Discussing what inspired his GONZO era, Boslen says: “I’m inspired by the artist Salvador Dalí. He would hold a fork in his hand and every time he fell asleep, he would drop the fork and wake up and immediately draw on a canvas in front of him. I thought it’s crazy that he’d push himself that far to create. That’s how I came up with the world of GONZO of how delusional you have to be for your art. You have to have delusional confidence to believe in yourself.”
Listen to Boslen’s new single “GONE” below.
Rêve – Montreal-born dance-pop sensation Rêve has the perfect flirtatious jam for your summer party playlists. “Tongue” and its accompanying music video are definitely salacious fun, but there’s also a message of self-acceptance, self-discovery and exploring one’s sexuality. Explaining how empowering this new track is for her, Rêve says: “‘Tongue’ is a rebellion against a past version of myself that felt the need to fit into a box. Making this record allowed me to step out of my comfort zone musically while also giving me the opportunity to celebrate my sexuality and be open about it in ways I never felt confident enough to do before.”
Listen to Rêve’s new single “Tongue” below.
King Ropes – Indie rockers King Ropes just dropped a new music video for “Hello Sun”, the latest single to be released from their album Super Natural. “Hello Sun” has a woozy psychedelic rock vibe and the trippy video created by Michael Jenson perfectly matches that energy. Speaking on how the “Hello Sun” music video came to be, King Ropes frontman Dave Hollier says: “I saw a video that Michael Jensen had made for a friend in Brooklyn and was immediately hooked. I sent him “Hello Sun” and we bounced some ideas around. This song feels like a dark, cryptic dream built on a solid good time groove, and Mike got that right away.”
Listen to King Ropes’ new single “Hello Sun” below.
Kevi Morse – Evansville, Indiana native Kevi Morse is out now with “Last Year”, a track from his EP AT THIS POINT. The rising hip-hop artist has garnered a lot of buzz thanks to his music that’s often imbued with positive messages and faith-based leanings without ever feeling overly preachy or corny. Produced by Timmy Bone, “Last Year” is a true underdog anthem, reminding listeners to keep working and stay strong in the face of adversity. What’s “Last Year” all about? Kevi Morse says: “‘Last Year’ is an anthem for the downtrodden and those vying for hope. The record is about preserving in the midst of adversity: whether that’s betrayal, people doubting you – the whole nine.”
Listen to Kevi Morse’s new single “Last Year” below.