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Alexa Melo Releases Radiohead Covers LP

Alexa Melo independently released a new album today called Lotus Flower, a 7-song collection featuring re-interpretations of her favorite songs by British alt-rock stalwarts Radiohead.

Hear it on major streaming outlets here: http://www.2lin.cc/AMLF

The 23 year-old self-produced and played every instrument on the LP, leaving her own indelible mark on classic Radiohead tracks while nailing subtle nuances that make the group’s original recordings so special.

Lotus Flower serves as a sort-of re-introduction to Melo, the Massachusetts-born, L.A.-raised artist who released her breakout self-titled debut in 2015. While a series of West Coast concert performances in support of that album got industry tastemakers talking, and support from major market radio programmers across the country began to build, emergency surgery on her vocal chords grinded the momentum to an untimely halt. “It got to the point where, if I didn’t get a vocal cord cyst removed, there would be irreversible damage,” Alexa says. “So the timing was terrible, but it needed to get done.”

After a full year of vocal rest – pure agony to a performer as prolific as Melo – she slowly got herself back into the swing of things in 2016, recording a series of cover songs to post on YouTube. Alexa says of the sessions, “It was a good way to practice singing again. It eased me back into performing, and helped me let people know that I didn’t give up!”

Garnering over a million YouTube plays in less than a year, some of her more popular covers happened to be Radiohead songs. So, combined with three impeccably-produced studio remakes (“Lotus Flower”, Idioteque”, and “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”), Alexa decided to release them as a collection to all other digital stores and streaming outlets. “Radiohead is one of my favorite bands of all time and one of my biggest musical inspirations,” she says. “I really hope people enjoy my takes on these songs and I hope I did them justice!”

Lotus Flower tracklist:

1. “Lotus Flower”
2. “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”
3. “Idioteque”
4. “Creep (Live)”
5. “All I Need (Live)”
6. “Talk Show Host (Live)”
7. “Nude (Live)”

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Billboard Premieres New Meiko Single

The first single from Meiko‘s soon-to-be-released new covers album Playing Favorites premiered today on Billboard.com. Her remake of “Crush”, the 1998 hit by Jennifer Paige, “…takes the bubbly, heart-fluttering pop tune and puts a dramatic edge on it, brimming with reverb that make the singer’s passionate vocals alluringly eerie.”

The 12-song album features live covers of songs from namestays including Duran Duran, Blind Melon, The Cranberries, and Sade (among others). The album is a binaural recording, and the performances were captured in an abandoned church in Brooklyn, NY.

Playing Favorites will be released on May 25. Meiko will be celebrating the release with a performance at New York City’s Opry City Stage on May 22, for which tickets are still available.

 

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Meiko Announces Remix Contest

Meiko and WAX LTD have partnered with Splice.com to launch a remix for her recent single “Back In The Game”. The creator of the winning remix, who will be selected by Meiko on June 12, will receive a grand prize of $500, a release of the remix through WAX LTD, and an Akai MPC (among other items).

Enter the contest and download the song files HERE.

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Meiko Releases “Back In The Game”

Meiko released a new single today called “Back In The Game” through producer Wally Gagel‘s WAX LTD label.

Co-written by Gagel and Blondfire songstress Erica Driscoll, “Back In The Game” is “…a ‘going-out anthem’ for the broken-hearted”, says Meiko. “You know, brush your knees off, get back in there, and kick some ass!”

Get “Back In The Game” on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc, HERE.