by The Alchemist
Davon Israel is an African American musician, writer, designer, and artist from Arlington, Virginia.
His newest track is called, “Tennis” and it is the second single release after his debut EP, “An Ode to A Sinner.” As we listened to “Tennis” we got Summertime vibes, that reminded us of better times, when it wasn’t quarantine and there were barbeques, and many large gatherings. Israel says, “Tennis is a summertime indie song joyfully describing the psyche fluctuations we all too often find ourselves in after leaving someone that we still share a connection to.” The song pairs Isreal’s melodic crooning with an upbeat guitar riff, as he compares his relationships to Tennis matches, where he and his lover are going “back and forth” between happiness for one’s connection and moroseness for what it could/used to be. We think this track is great for family gatherings, and just any fun get-together! Check out the track below.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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