Najj Andrea is an up-and-coming Pittsburgh singer/songwriter who has proven herself adept at the art of the heartbreak song. Over the past year or so, Andrea has dropped several ballads, ranging in style from icy minimalism to dramatic opulence, that have taken deep dives into the feeling of romantic disconnect. The trend continues with "Girlfriend," … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Najj Andrea – Girlfriend
Julia Capuzzi is a singer/songwriter who splits time between Pittsburgh and Boston; her debut EP, Simple Minds, dropped a few weeks back. Take a cup of Norah Jones's sleepy, sophisticated coffee shop-jazz-pop and drop a synthy Alka-Seltzer into its depths, instilling the soothing brew with a subtle electronic fizz. Boom: you've got the music on … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Julia Capuzzi – N.Y.C.
Lianna Ankney, FKA Diamond Shapes, is a Pittsburgh singer/songwriter whose stripped-down instrumentals and reedy vocals recall early Joanna Newsom. LA-LA-LA, out last week, is the first solo EP that Ankney has released under her own name. "What the Land Told Me," the album's first song proper following a brief intro, sounds ageless; if you added … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Lianna Ankney – What the Land Told Me
Rocki Boulis is a Pittsburgh singer/songwriter whose music draws from the tried-and-true sounds of early to mid-2000's pop and R&B. Boulis's new single, "Love Strategy," is a sonic power move, a checkmate to a potential romantic interest. Using a controlled, unshowy delivery, Boulis lays down her terms of endearment, which "have to be met" for … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Rocki Boulis-Love Strategy
Leila Rhodes is a Pittsburgh-based producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in versatile, genre-hopping tunes made entirely in-house. "Santa Ana Wins," a track from Rhodes' debut album Casanova Way, rides a slinky, slow-mo funk groove from the West Coast to the East, joined on its journey by a bluesy guitar line and chords that shimmer … Continue reading Daily Yinz-Leila Rhodes-Santa Ana Wins