April New Music Radar

John Aloszka

Folio promotes local – and local music is no different. Each issue, our goal is to bring you a taste of the magic that is being made in Florida, and these new releases showcase the best of the scene. For our running list of the best releases, visit our Spotify playlist.

Sailor Goon / Way Down in Decatur 

Between horns, hi-hats, and a skittering beat, Sailor Goon’s swanky flows, runs, and trills proves that she can hang, if not rule, with the best. The track quickly dives into explorations of sexuality, grandeur and bravado while traversing a lyrical map of the United States.  It’s a jazz tinged opus that begs you to play it again––and we do. 

Goon herself remarked that fans had been asking for longer songs, not that those are always better, but she decided to grace us nonetheless. 

For fans of Liv.E, Rico Nasty and Saba 

PurpleSpace / A Little More Time 

For an album called Social Distance these songs beckon you to dance in a crowd at a festival. “A Little More Time,” the closing track, perfectly exemplifies this dichotomy. “Artificial light, please keep us safe/ Lightning clouds of gray/ These storms won’t go away” lead singer John Hashtack pines over synthesizer, piano and head-bop-approved drums. Hopefully soon the artificial light will be replaced with a disco ball. 

For fans of Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie and Gorillaz 

Stilepoints / Color Blind Bomb Maker 

“Color Blind Bomb Maker,” which has a title worthy of a trophy, sprawls over nearly five minutes and dissects fear, loneliness and anxiety. It’s a track about the unknown but also about acknowledging that the unknown is with you every day. Tracks about isolation have taken on a new meaning this year, but they will undoubtedly stay with us. Quarantine, health scares, and zoom functions have let the masses know what it feels like to live in fear. But, in the end, it’s how you respond to the unknown that counts. 

For fans of Of Montreal, Best Coast and Death Cab for Cutie


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