The harp is one of those instruments you rarely hear about today, but everyone can instantly recognize the angelic sound that resonates from its strings when it is played. When we think of the harp, we imagine the classical orchestra pieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach during the prim and proper time of heavily powdered wigs. But, now in 2021, classical instruments have simultaneously evolved with the music trends and eras of time. 

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The first sign that a new genre of sound has been created in music usually comes from the emergence of new terminology. In the 21st century, it is becoming more and more difficult to pinpoint artists to a certain genre— or to even identify if the genre has been created before. This could not be more accurate for the Australian-based music group Tame Impala, whose sound takes listeners outside the realm of the known universe. Put simply, Tame Impala is radically changing music and the status quo when it comes to grooves that move us.

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A fresh face has once again graced the music industry with her compelling storytelling and a sultry voice. Mariah Buckles, also known as Mariah the Scientist, creates music about the piercing feelings of heartbreak and unrequited love. The artist brings a new sound to the age-old experience of heartache and describes her music as a summation of her agony.

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Although life makes us resilient, sharing personal experiences and breakthroughs are what keep us connected. Cassandra Jenkins highlights the beauty of these life moments in her music. 

Jenkins is a musician, singer, and songwriter who incorporates elements of pop, rock, and folk into her music. She is from Brooklyn, New York, and grew up playing the guitar and singing folk music in her family’s band. In 2006 she graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and worked as an editorial assistant for The New Yorker magazine.

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