Groover Playlist 96 | No Need For Tears

Another stellar roster of great songs from around the country & around the globe.

Lou-Adriane Cassidy is tired of waiting, Roquemore has far to go, Loving Backwards has an epiphany, Peter Lake looks inward, Dorian Ruiz kicks up his heels — and they’re just some of the artists stepping up in today’s submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can (and should) visit and follow my Tinnitist Top 150 playlist HERE, or you can listen to it via the widget at the lower right of every page on this site. If you want to be in an upcoming playlist, click the link just below the widget or go HERE. But first, check out today’s lineup:


Lou-Adriane Cassidy | J’Espère Encore Que Quelque Part L’Attente S’Arrête

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Quebec singer-songwriter Lou-Adriane Cassidy returns with J’Espère Encore Que Quelque Part L’Attente S’Arrête, the first single from her second album due out in the fall. The singer-songwriter sheds her old sobriety and instead plunges into the absence of restraint, giving way to a register of more assumed arrangements. The pleasure of the stage is transposed into the rhythm of the recorded piece, setting the tone for the rest of the album. Particularly inspired by the artist Mitski, Cassidy puts forward her unbridled sensuality, in the style of the grunge of the ’90s. Freedom resounds like the cry of a woman breaking her last barrier. The nocturnal performance captured by Gabriel Lapointe takes place in the heart of the city.”

Roquemore | Long Way Out

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Orch-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Roquemore are a new beat-driven, baroque-orchestral rock project. Wrought from late-night sessions in Montreal’s Mile-End basements and recording studios, Roquemore’s session-beats grab robust baselines to trap sprawling arrangements into compact grooves. Roquemore’s debut single Blame sounds like a cross of early Arcade Fire and Massive Attack. Expect tragic string arrangements, compact grooves and tormented vocals, but boy, what a beauty. The album delivers a grandiose dramatic beat driven orchestral indie-rock album — a carefully crafted and heartfelt collection of songs about universal feelings of doubt, entrapment, chaos and hope. The music glides in a gracious movement between basic contradictory human feelings.”

Loving Backwards | Finally

HOME BASE: Israel.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:The Loving Backwards’ sound is symbolic to the style of art & media of current times: Psychedelic rock tunes that should have lasted eight minutes but are compressed into three-minute musical voyages, matching the sound of then with the ears of now. Loving Backwards are an upcoming psych-rock band from Tel Aviv, the avant-garde brainchild of Tel Aviv composer, guitarist & vocalist Or Izekson (founder of the alt-folk group Prophecy Playground), and producer, arranger & multi-instrumentalist Ziv Grinberg. Finally serves as the second single from their upcoming debut album. It’s a catchy and upbeat alternative-rock tune about the bittersweet emotional insight in realizing that things are not what you meant them to be. Unlike most of Izekson’s materials, this song has a relatively simple harmony and solid structure, blended with a touch of humor. The single is accompanied by an abstract video clip directed & performed by Lila Wiselberg, which demonstrates Lila’s unique visual artistry and versatile forms of expression through bizarre imagery and chaotic story outline.”

Peter Lake | Black Corridor

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Pop-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Peter Lake is a New York City singer-songwriter who revels in anonymity. His musical influences include Curtis Mayfield, Motown, Billie Eilish and Rüfüs Du Sol. Therefore, it’s no surprise that he has not stuck to one genre, dabbling in rock, pop, indie, and house. Lake’s philosophy of music making is that by combining genres, the range of song creation is increased. A song that successfully incorporates and connects the positive aspects of different musical styles has the potential to be more universally appealing than any song in history. Lake says: “Black Corridor is based on the concept of two worlds: the outside world, and your inside world. The outside world is what you experience the second you step outside your home, or when you aren’t with your significant other. The inner world is what you create with someone you love, a safe space with your inside jokes, and growth between the two of you. When the inside world suddenly turns dark when your significant other leaves you, you’re left in this black hole, or as I call it, a black corridor. Especially when you’re young, your inner world with your significant other becomes your everything, and watching it crash down while the outside world around you is as chaotic as it is, was detrimental to me.”

Dorian Ruiz | Danse Avec Moi

HOME BASE: France.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Dorian Ruiz presents his new track, Danse Avec Moi, offering a new facet of his artistic personality. Danse Avec Moi is an invitation to dance, clear and unequivocal. Its fresh and catchy clip reveals the dancer in Dorian Ruiz. The movements of the body carry with them the movement of passing time. Dorian exists in the moment. Dorian wears many hats: Producer, director, author, composer, performer and dancer.”

Zoe Mazah | Lovely Day

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Reggae.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “The Liberian/German singer-songwriter Zoe Mazah is writing soul-infused reggae songs of big and small emotions close to her thoughts and feels. Lyrics to uplift and touch the heart, fat beats, pumping basslines and the sweet skank of reggae guitars seduce and invite us to daydream and relax. Mazah mixes her African and European heritage with roots-reggae vibes and powerful sounds of nu-soul and dub. She says: “My new tune Lovely Day carries smooth, sunny vibes for your beach or balcony chill-out. Quality time and easy living. Just good for all these lovely days ahead of you this summer!”

Bantunani | Superstar, The Disco Night

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Disco.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Composer, singer and producer Bantunani offers his own electro Afrofunk style based on heavy bass, funky guitars and wise lyrics that describe our deep feelings and the world state. The man is also a great live entertainer who had recorded more than 12 albums. In Superstar, disco meets Bantunani’s electro sound in lyrics like “Life is and must stay a big jam party where everyone can be a superstar.” And in the space of three intense minutes, Bantunani gives a disco moment where dance, dreams and pleasure merge in a night guided by voodoo trance. On the latest single from his album Perspectives, the artist offers a haunting interpretation that carries a touching melody not unlike The Bee Gees and Giorgio Moroder.”

Rafael Horta | A Banca

HOME BASE: Brazil.
GENRE: Latin Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “My name is Rafael Horta. I’m a Brazilian singer. I would like to introduce you to my song A Banca, composed by Kleber Albuquerque and produced by Guilherme Kastrup. It’s part of my EP Agora É Isso.”

Alexandra Mussard | Sans Toi

HOME BASE: France.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Alexandra Mussard is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. With lyrics that speak of relationships and living together, she offers songs with modern sounds. To announce her new album 10 Titles (due in October), Alexandra offers us her single Sans Toi. She says: “For this project, I surrounded myself with a team of brilliant directors. Sans Toi speaks of the absence of the loved one. You miss one being, and your whole world is teetering.”

Bongo Man | Ça Papillonne

HOME BASE: Canada.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “After a few years away from the boards, Bongo Man is finally releasing new material with his song Ça Papillonne. With urban, current and catchy sounds, Ça Papillonne makes you think and dance at the same time and arrives just in time for the summer season. A happy blend of catchy melody and sane, contagious lyrics, this debut single from the upcoming EP When Will You Come Back? has something to appeal to a wide range of people. Urban pop. Pink rap. Poetic hip-hop. Current romance. Because we all want the butterflies of the first days back, in our stomachs.”

Pastel Coast | Funeral

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “From the shores of Boulogne-sur-mer, Pastel Coast are looking toward the sea. Quentin Isidore and his band surf the indie-pop wave, taking influences from bands like Phoenix and Air, adding their own fresh sound. Pastel Coast are coming back in 2021 with a new opus entitled Sun this June. Sun is a warm color travel, a race against time before the sun goes down.”

Jaxl | Dance With Me

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Funk-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Picture a world where our rock gods are almost all gone, deprived of the last bits of freedom we once took for granted. Root it in a viral and musical pandemic. Out comes Jaxl, a collective of musicians, deeply rooted in what they think is kicking ass in music: Freedom & pulse, melody, uncompromising celebration of self, probably and certainly assumed retro, but hey? Why not? Rock on! Dance with them!”

KingChefs and DragQueens | It’s Tough (That’s Life I Love You)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Disco.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:KingChefs and DragQueens are the first drag queen band from France. They sing in English or in French, with lyrics playing on glamour, humour, lust and flamboyance. Here is the most spectacular drag artist cast from the New Parisian Scene: Alice Psycho, Catherine Pine O’Noir, Cookie Kunty, Freya Kor, Jerrie Fitzgerald Kennedy, Keiona Mitchell, La Grande Dame, La Kahena, Mariska Stardust, Nomai et Sublyme. This week, they released the single It’s Tough (That’s Life I Love You), two years after their debut EP Volume 1. They are currently recording their first album and are planning to release it at the end of 2021.”

Dag Tenere | Iswat

GENRE: World.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Dag Tenere (Desert’s Children in Tamasheq language) are six artists from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso whose music, strongly influenced by the “assouf” or Tuareg blues style, also aspires to promote and preserve the culture and traditions of this nomadic people of the Sahara desert, the “kel tamasheq,” whose history goes back to ancient times. Totally self-taught, the members of Dag Tenere constitute a real family that has been meeting for years to play together. In 2018 they self-produced a first album (Timasniwen Tikmawen). For their new EP Iswat, Dag Tenere’s guitars are accompanied exclusively by traditional percussion instruments which give the songs a more natural style, like when the band was rehearsing “in the bush.” With six songs ranging from rock to traditional, Iswat transports us to a peaceful life in the heart of the desert.”

Dan Howls | Fever Chills

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Indie-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Hailing from Western Australia, Dan Howls made his live debut just five years ago at a local music festival. Dan is known for his characteristic vocals — loud and honest, backed by a razor-sharp rhythm section and gleaming guitars. Drawing heavy influences from beloved artists like Tom Waits and The Black Keys, the music lends itself to a wild time and has seen the band play a range of festivals and support national headliners like Harts, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Cedric Burnside and The Animals. Fever Chills is the second single from the band’s sophomore album due out early 2022. It was written by Howls when touring through India, where his bandmate too ill. “Julia got incredibly sick, and we were locked in a hostel until sunrise. There was a feeling of helplessness and worry and hoping that your friend makes it through OK, something many can relate to today.”

Electrobuddha | Biba Love

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Psychedelic Dance-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Electrobuddha started life in a small garden apartment basement on the outskirts of Stockholm, where Mark was working as a stagehand. He got to see many bands and influences each night and he took many ideas and decided to fuse rock with bhangra and disco with EDM. The result was Electrobuddha.

Lewca | Dodgems

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Punk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Lewca lives in France, has three kids, a mortgage and a semi-domesticated hedgehog named Sonic. His first two in December 2020 & March 2021 were produced by S.O.A.P., mixed by Rémy Laurençon and mastered by Antoine Chabert. Dodgems is a collaboration with Sean Buckley. It’s an homage to ’90s dance music and it’s about falling in love at the county fair.”

Find The Rose | Extravagant (ft. Bl!zzi)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Hip-Hop / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Inspired by both nature and the city environments, Find The Rose take influence from everything that surrounds them. Hip-hop and R&B are their preferred styles but they like bass music too. They are inspired by the likes of Hi-Klass, Kanye West, Mura Masa and Flume. The young Atlanta rookie Blizziboi is once again teaming up with the two French producers, delivering a new single full of energy.”

Harry Keyworth | Every Day

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This song sounds like it was written about a girl; however, its more about the city of London. Lady London has pushed and pulled me into many directions as expressed in the chorus: ‘You act in a way that I don’t understand, and I try to romance any way that i can.’ The song was born from the frustration of being addicted to the city and its offerings, whilst not having the means to survive it. This soul / R&B style is a new sound for me.”

Comett | Love Is What You Make It

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Alexandre Canale Parola (aka Comett) has  offered us a foretaste of his fourth album The Ghost Inside Me with the delicate folk-pop single Love Is What You Make It. Alexander decided to exhume the shadows and ghosts that were hidden in him. His album is carried by his singular voice, and his mix of softness and energy, which definitively marks the maturity of his musical universe. Comett, accompanied by his guitar, will unveil more of The Ghost Inside Me over the next few months.”

Tewksbury | Sitaantaago Elegy

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Neo-classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Paths is the new album of solo compositions for piano and electronics by Douglas Tewksbury of Hamilton. The instrumental nine-song release is reminiscent of the delicate-but-epic acoustic/electronic neo-classical works of Jon Hopkins, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Brian Eno and Sigur Ros. Think delicate piano melodies of Erik Satie alongside the epic synth soundscapes of William Basinski. Paths is a reflection on climate change, trying to find hope in these dark times for our planet. Inspired by his travels to glaciers and the ice-climates of Norway, Alaska, Newfoundland, Ontario, and Sweden, Paths uses Tewksbury’s own field recordings alongside music recorded in his studio. Tewksbury: “With this album, I wanted to create moments of stillness and beauty in the face of looming disaster. I don’t know if art can save us, but it seems especially important right now.” Sitaantaago Elegy is a neo-classical/ambient piano work.”