This month, we caught up with neo-soul artist Amy D. on her pre-show practices, working with community-minded people, and the process of creating her new album ‘Like You,’ out later this year on Unspeakable Records.
Illuminating the track Popdust described as “dream-pop gauziness and 70’s folk motifs,” the visual companion harnesses the raw emotion of the single as Rothman guides us into the depths of her psyche. Directed by duo Sleepy Puppies, “strange” centers around a lush, ethereal world where Rothman takes center stage. Creating a dreamy atmosphere through the use of intimate close ups and hazy lighting, “strange” presents Rothman frank and emotive as she brings life to her heart wrenching lyrics.
“This song was written, recorded, and produced in a little less than 24 hours in my tiny apartment in Valencia, Spain. Over the past two years, I downsized a lot of my physical belongings, and have been making music from a backpack-sized recording setup while traveling around the US, Canada, Europe, and North Africa. I wanted to challenge myself to make as much music as possible using as few resources as I could, trading a comfortable studio setup for freedom of location.”
Produced by Kate Ellwanger (aka DOT) and co-written with Cape Francis, “fifteen / feet” is a song described as “as foreboding as it is wondrous” by Atwood Magazine. The three-minute composition is a lush soundscape of organic instrumentation, driven by guitar and drums, that acts as an ideal foundation to showcase Rothman’s soft vocals and poetic songwriting.
“Nora Rothman is setting what should be a precedent for every musician.
The singer-songwriter has long been blending her musical output with activist work, and she practices the feminist ethos that she preaches. Today, she released a new single called "strange"—an ethereal, buoyant new track that meshes her honeyed vocals and bittersweet lyrics with expert production from Kate Ellwanger (aka Dot).”
“Like the title suggests, L.A. producer/polymath Dot‘s “Long Distance” covers a lot of ground. It’s something of an exercise in practical possibilites, she says, and here she deploys her considerable experience as a producer to demonstrate exactly how to turn a little into a lot.”
“The sound is completely new, but the songwriting is still grounded in my hopelessly singer-songwriter-who-idolizes-Joni-Mitchell style. Basically, I'm handing my songs their first pair of heels and driving them to the bat mitzvah party.”
This month, we caught up with Unspeakable’s newest artist Nora Rothman on her upcoming releases, music in rotation, and life as an activist. Read the full interview here —>
Team Unspeakable is proud to welcome singer-songwriter and activist Nora Rothman to our artist roster this season! Keep an ear out for her newest single “Strange” (produced by Dot) out May 17th, and her latest EP “Nothing New” coming July 2019.
Registration is now open for our 3-Day Financial Wellness Program for Independent Artists!
Despite it being such a taboo subject, financial stability plays a major role in an artist's creative life. Whether or not anyone likes to admit it, stress around money can have a huge impact on our work or career opportunities at any given moment.
We are thrilled to welcome San Francisco Bay Area-based artist Amy D. to our family of musicians! Keep an ear out for her first single dropping on May 17th, and her debut album Like You out August 9th on Unspeakable Records.
Unspeakable Records is looking for two new phenomenal people to join our team in 2019. Please email your CV, cover letter, and any other relevant materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open positions listed below…
I have a love/hate relationship with writing and recording on the road. It always seems like such a great idea from home, like some miracle answer to all of my writer's block woes. Exploring new cities, field-recording as you wander through the streets, and churning out your best songs from cramped seats on planes, trains, and automobiles…
Kate Ellwanger’s career is the stuff young music nerds dream of: She interned for Daddy Kev and partied at Low End Theory, runs her own label Unspeakable Records, records and produces as a solo artist and is a member of artist collective Team Supreme. The Olympia-born, LA-based Ellwanger, AKA DOT, calls into the studio to discuss her latest single “So Far Away,” a whimsical pop tune that takes you to the hazy summers of yesteryear. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by Ellwanger, the track is exactly what people have to come to expect from this rising west coast multi-hyphenate.
"This song is about my struggle of being an introvert, but also an artist and performer in today's world where everyone and everything is so exposed because of the internet and social media. I know that I have all the tools I need, but I don't know how to get out of my own way and be ok with feeling vulnerable. It's something I'm always working on because my nature is to be more private and conservative, but music is made to be shared."
"Chak-heh. It’s a Korean word that means good, well-behaved, nice, polite; often used to describe a young woman who keeps quiet, who listens to her parents, who follows customs. A good girl." Read more about the newest single from Kelleia in her own words, and listen to the release here.
Two days ago, a man broke into my home and stole $8000 of cash that I had worked my ass off earning as a dancer. He wrenched open the bug screen on my second story bathroom window with a crowbar, walked through my home, went into my bedroom, and took money out of my drawer. He walked out the front door.
The follow-up to last year’s “Retrofuture” debut, Ellwanger says her new album explores the concept of freedom, “and our many different paths or methods of trying to obtain what we already have within us. We are so free that we build cages (limitations) and lock ourselves in.”
Sonic Summer is nearly here! Beginning this Friday, June 22nd, Dot will be leading a select group of artists from around the world in an online program to create new music, develop business strategies for independent artists, and amplify each creator's authentic voice.
Through every decision we make, we have the opportunity to choose love over fear. Courage and bravery aren't traits that a few chosen people are born with. They are like muscles that can be exercised and developed over time with consistent practice.