It’s time to talk about recent and upcoming releases from musicians with ties to the Provo music community.
Last night, Imagine Dragons performed at Velour Live Music Gallery with Neon Trees to raise money for venue owner Corey Fox (more on his fight with kidney disease here). Just a day before their performance, they released their latest single “Not Today.” The song, from the upcoming motion picture Me Before You, is a far cry from their usually bombastic, guitar and drum heavy rock sound. It features acoustic guitar, light piano, and strings. It was a fitting release before their acoustic set at Velour. You can stream it on Spotify here. Warner Bros.’ Me Before You hits theaters everywhere on June 3, 2016.
Provo hip-hop artist Jamesthemormon had quite the week. His album, I’m Not a Rapper, hit #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts on Thursday, April 28th. The album dropped to #3 the next day after the release of Drake’s Views led to a resurgence in Drake sales. The album wasn’t just a flash in the pan, though. It’s still sitting proudly at #5 on the charts – an incredible feat for an openly Mormon hip hop artist from Provo, Utah. The album also peaked at #7 on the iTunes Top Albums charts and made the iTunes front page. You can stream it on Spotify here. If you like it, keep his momentum going by rating, reviewing, and/or purchasing the album on iTunes here.
Provo-based YouTube sensations TREN released their latest film inspired single, “Wonderland” ahead of the much anticipated music video. The song is based on the upcoming Alice Through The Looking Glass and features critically acclaimed violinist Jenny Oaks Baker. TREN is developing a loyal following and has amassed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. You can stream the single on Apple Music here. Head over to YouTube to check out TREN’s past releases and subscribe to get notified when the music video drops.
Local videographer and musician Jake Grey will be releasing a new single entitled “Royalty” next month. The song is a collaboration between Grey and Atlanta-based producer, Aaron Pace. Written by Grey to describe his feelings hours before a difficult breakup, the song features dual vocals and a backing track composed by Pace. Jake Grey was involved with filming and editing music videos with Jesse Wride before he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia last month.
Bountiful-based synth-pop group Eminent Sol recently released a faithful adaptation of the popular 1980’s single “Enola Gay.” The song was originally written by British synth-pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Their cover has already had radio play in Israel, the UK, and Australia. You can hear it on Bandcamp for free here.
Keep an eye out for future Provo releases, and like Reach Provo on Facebook for reviews, interviews, weekly show schedules, and local music news as it breaks. Check out the music video for Jamesthemormon’s “Motivation” below.