In the mood to listen to some fresh tunes this new year? Discover new favorites with these recently dropped tracks from a few of our favorite Pittsburgh bands and musicians.

Calyx – Stay Gone

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Image via: Calyx, Bandcamp

Set to drop Feb. 12, indie-punk band Calyx’s debut album, Stay Gone, shows the group louder and better than ever. Stay Gone is the first new music to come from Calyx since 2017, and it seems the band used the time to refine and hone in on its sound. Listen to the first single, “Leslie Plain and Strong,” now and prepare to have your socks rocked off. 

Bilal Abbey – Mellowhead

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Image via: Bilal Abbey, Bandcamp

Take a trip inside the mind of songwriter, audio engineer, and music producer Bilal Abbey with his latest release, Mellowhead. In collaboration with producer Yorel Tifsim, Mellowhead finds Abbey looking into his inner psyche–a process that he started in earlier solo projects such as 2019’s Gremlins. “It’s an experience portraying the life and inner thoughts of an artist on the path of self-discovery,” reads the Bandcamp page for Mellowhead. “The music feels unique with a handcrafted flair that leaves the listener in a trance of mellowness.”

The Mixus Brothers – “All Sounds the Same”

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Image via: The Mixus Brothers, Bandcamp

The lead single from The Mixus Brothers’ next album, The Lonesome Gods – Chapter Three, “All Sounds the Same” was inspired by a “breathe of fresh, night-time, country air.” While it may be too cold in Pittsburgh right now to hang outside, around a fire, without a care in the world, “All Sounds the Same” can evoke those airy, easygoing feelings.

Brittney Chantele – “Be With You”

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Image via: Brittney Chantele, Soundcloud

Following Brittney Chantele’s politically-charged third album, The Golden Opportunity, 2020 ended with a softer side of the local pop artist. In “Be With You,” released in early November, Chantele sings of relationships’ vulnerability. “I just really wanna be with you,” she coos to a lover. 

Feralcat – waiting for waifu

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Image via: Feralcat, Bandcamp

Jazzier, lo-fi, and oh-so-sensual, Roger Rafael Romero’s, aka Feralcat’s latest solo release waiting for waifu is a departure from the self-titled instrumental prog-rock EP, Feralcat, which dropped in 2019. Where Feralcat is high-energy and laden with metal elements, waiting for waifu is tranquil and soothing, leaning towards R&B. But one thing remains throughout all of Feralcat’s releases: they transcend multiple genres. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Jordan Snowden

Jordan Snowden is a Pittsburgh transplant who loves all things literature and music-related. She runs @jord_reads_books, a thriving bookstagram (book Instagram) account where she shares her love for reading and connects with other bookworms. You can usually find her at a concert, nose-deep in a book, or hula hooping.

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