Above image: Earlier this week, Me Like Bees released “The River Divides,” a musical companion to the upcoming comic book series “The Realm.” | Photo: Mark Neuenschwander
There’s new music coming out of KC and surrounding areas every single day. So far, we’ve logged nearly 100 albums released in 2017 — and that doesn’t even begin to count all the singles. Here are five fresh new tracks/videos that you may not have come across yet.
The Atlantic — “Fever Dream”
In the early 2010s, The Atlantic was one of KC’s most promising and dynamic new bands. In 2012, the group changed its name to Clairaudients and eventually enlisted a few different members before going on an indefinite hiatus. It stood to reason that we’d never hear from the original Atlantic lineup again, but fortunately, we were wrong. “Fever Dream” is a colossal comeback for the band, and the first single off their upcoming EP, set to drop in November.
Side note: For slightly lighter fare with a similarly alluring aesthetic, check out this recent track from Novellesque — it’s a collaborative recording project led by The Atlantic’s frontman Patrick Robinson.
Lily Pryor — “She Kills Monsters”
Lily Pryor is no stranger to the stage. As a child, she would accompany her dad Matt on tours with his group, The Get Up Kids. A handful of years ago, she began penning songs of her own and sharing the stage with her dad. Lily formally introduced herself at the end of July with her debut EP, “Who I Am.” At just 15 years old, she writes moving songs like “She Kills Monsters,” articulating her insecurities and feelings with an honesty and a delicacy that transcends her age.
Lion — “Never”
“Never” isn’t exactly a new song — it was released back in 2015 on California-based label Dusty International. But a couple weeks ago, Intelligent Sound released a music video that breathes new life into the track. It features an elegantly choreographed performance from Mallory Fisher, accented by cinematic textures and entrancing beats that make Lion one of the area’s boldest beatmakers.
Me Like Bees — “The River Divides”
After winning the Ernie Ball Music Man Battle of the Bands in 2013, Me Like Bees started turning up all over the place, and we’re all the better for it. The Joplin-based foursome went on to play Vans Warped Tour, supported Never Shout Never on a national tour last year, and released its latest EP “There Will Be Time” with producer John Feldmann (Panic! At the Disco, Blink 182). Now, the group is teaming up with Image Comics to create music for “The Realm,” a post-apocalyptic fantasy comic book series. The first single, “The River Divides,” came out Monday and serves as a theme song for the series. Each issue of the comic will be released with a single from Me Like Bees. The first issue is due out on Sept. 13.
Mess — “Innocence”
Our favorite hometown discovery at this year’s Middle of the Map Fest was Mess, a four-piece group that hits us in all the right places. Driven by Allison Gliesman’s serene, swooning vocals, Mess makes affecting indie rock for an introspective and romantic generation. “Innocence” is a gorgeously shot music video that depicts the joys and trials of young love, with a shimmering musical background. This Saturday, Mess will release its debut EP, “heartswithholes,” at The Rino. Find out more on this week’s Eight One Sixty.