Daniella Mason Shuts Down a “Cruel Summer” with Luxe Pool Party Video

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Nashville based pop queen Daniella Mason has been on an absolute tear this year with singles “Tell Me It’s Over,” “Cover the Earth” and “Cruel Summer” in anticipation of her self-titled album that comes out on Oct. 13. As the year’s warm days fade into the rearview, Mason shuts the season down in the best way possible in the video for “Cruel Summer.” Pastel color palettes, aqua choreography and luxe poolside style elevate the track’s bright synths and crystal clear vocals. Heartache has never looked more stunning in the Bree Marie Fish-directed visual.

The “Cruel Summer” video collaboration between Mason and Fish is a continuation of their still photography work together at Fish’s Nous House studio in East Nashville. Mason tells Popcrush, “The director, Bree, and I dreamed of having an all female cast and crew onset for this video, and because I’m surrounded by incredible, talented, and generous women, we were able to make our dream come true. It was basically just me hanging out and making art with my gal pals all day, and I couldn’t ask for a better situation to cheer me up and make me feel powerful and supported.”

Watch Daniella Mason’s “Cruel Summer” video below and get ready for her album release this fall.

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Savannah Conley Premieres Debut EP ’18th and Portland’

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As AmericanaFest 2017 came and went last week, the festival made it clear our city remains a bastion of incredible roots and alt-country artists. Amid this year’s celebrated and anticipated releases from Lilly Hiatt, Margo Price, Angaleena Presley, Andrew Combs and Caroline Spence, we welcome newcomer Savannah Conley. The 20 year old Nashville native made her debut on Sept. 8 with the EP 18th and Portland, a nod to her Belmont stomping grounds.

The surest introduction to Conley is EP opener and arguable standout track “Midnight Train.” Conley’s voice rings out like a train whistle in the black of night, and it lingers in your head long after the song is over. “Lost Lover” and “Blowin’ Smoke” show off Conley’s down to earth songwriting chops before things take an interesting turn with “Fire,” where we feel a cosmic connection to The Smashing Pumpkins’ ballady “Stand Inside Your Love” guitar tones. “Waiting’ My Life Away” wraps up the EP in gorgeously languid fashion, leaving us anticipating Conley’s next move.

On 18th and Portland, Conley tackles anxiety, shifting relationship dynamics, and personal freedom. Citing influences Patsy Cline, The Rolling Stones and The Andrews Sisters, Conley says 18th and Portland is a transition release. “Prior to this, I seemed to write with the lens of a girl who was looking out the window at life being lived,” she says. “Now I’ve had some life to live and have drawn from it for my writing. A coming of age piece, I guess you could say.”

Listen to Savannah Conley’s EP 18th and Portland below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Dua Lipa, Mike Floss, Andreas Moss, Beach Slang & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Stuck In My Feelings” by Andreas Moss
“Patterns” by Whoa Dakota – Playing The High Watt on October 7
“Mostly” by *repeat repeat – Playing Grimey’s on September 25
“Future” by The New Respects
“What You Feel” by Yon Ort – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on October 8
“Song to Song ft. Xanzanxan” by Bryant Taylorr
“Pinata” by Mike Floss – Playing Exit/In on October 13
“God, Help Me” by Leah Blevins – Playing The 5 Spot on September 20
“Golden” by Becca Mancari – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on November 12
“Paralyzed” by Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

Touring artist additions

“New Rules” by Dua Lipa – Playing Cannery Ballroom on November 30
“Yours” by Now, Now – Playing Mercy Lounge on October 12
“Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas (Quiet Slang)” by Beach Slang – Playing Basement East on October 31
“Carelessly” by Caleb Hawley – Playing East Room on October 21

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Songwriter and Producer Wheetay Shares R&B Bedroom Recordings in Debut EP

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Depending on how you listen to music, early bedroom pop releases are either thrilling or frustrating because you never quite know what direction an artist is aiming for. We’re in the former camp, so we’re excited to share pop R&B project Wheetay’s debut release. Songwriter and producer Thomas White kicks off the EP with electronic and vocal stylings of Miike Snow on “Probably Nothing” before shifting to head-in-the-cloud vibes on “I Don’t Know.” The second half of the EP leans on ’90s R&B bounce with “Easy Sunday” and closer “Thinkin’ Bout You.”

White says, “The songs were all recorded in my bedroom and contain influences of pop, R&B and hip hop. I’ve got a few more songs in the works, then I’ll start playing some shows around Nashville.” Continuing on each song’s story, White says, “‘Probably Nothing’ is a chill electro-pop song about a failed relationship in which you feel at fault for it falling apart. To a degree you wish you could go back and fix things, but realize the other person has moved on and that you need to do the same. ‘I Don’t Know’ is an acoustic-derived song about getting older and expecting the uncertainties you thought would pass with age are actually persistent, and that you have to become comfortable with not knowing. ‘Easy Sunday’ is a hip-hop song about kicking it on Sunday. ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ is an R&B song about not being able to get someone out of your head.”

Listen to Wheetay’s self-titled EP below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: SZA, MUTEMATH, New Found Glory, Savannah Conley, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Send Me on My Way” by Erin McCarley
“Magic” by Wild Cub – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on October 8
“Cover the Earth” by Daniella Mason
“Strangers” by Katie Herzig
“Desires” by Brian Brown
“Ambrosia” by Jung Youth, Chelsea Lankes
“Break The Fever” by MUTEMATH – Playing Ryman Auditorium on October 3
“See Her Tonight” by J. Marco – Playing The High Watt on October 7
“Midnight Train” by Savannah Conley
“A Little Pain” by Margo Price
“Darkness” by Escondido

Touring artist additions

“Quicksand” by SZA – Playing Commodore Quake on October 5
“Disco Tits” by Tove Lo – Playing Marathon Music Works on September 17
“The Sound of Two Voices” by New Found Glory – Playing Basement East on December 3

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