Artist: Isla June
Song: Knew You When
Stands out: Nostalgic, vintage sound
If you like: Kacey Musgraves, Haim
ISLA JUNE is the dreamy new project of Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Jenna Maranga. Meandering through genre with intention, Isla June captures heartfelt emotion, fusing a deep appreciation of a bygone era of rock, jazz, and soul with close-to-home, melody-driven songwriting.
Isla June is a band that yearns, pleads, and wears its emotion on its sleeves, with songs that feel like a notion one has in a dream. Soft. Fuzzy at the edges. Yet clear and memorable. “Knew You When,” is the latest track from the LA band; a dreamy, alt-pop tune filled to the brim with bittersweet nostalgia, it’s clever lyrics capturing both old and new music. This track is a perfectly concocted mixture of beautifully crafted instrumentals and emotional lyrics, and it’s clear that Maranga truly wanted to “put music first.”