MusicTAP presents a new, exclusive track for you; New York-based indie pop singer/songwriter Michael Buono tackles universal themes of social angst in the modern age on his spirited new single, “Rescue.” Buono unleashes a melodic and dynamic backlash against the resulting loneliness, disaffection and depression that results from living in a social media-obsessed world.  Crying out to be rescued from it all, it’s a powerful sentiment certainly everyone can relate to. Recorded at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, the song features Buono on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Jason Patterson on drums, Kyle Paas, James Collins, and Anthony “Antman” Goodwin II on guitars, Jerry Dalce on bass and Chris Meehan on backup vocals.  

Says Buono: “This song is about how we all go through tough times, but we never let anyone else see that we’re struggling. We all feel like we’re the only fucked up one in the world, since everyone else looks so perfect on Instagram and social media. But in reality, we’re all putting out facades to fool everyone else, and we all feel lonely. But what we don’t realize is that we’re all lonely together. And by putting up a facade, we’re making it worse, since we’re making others feel lonely too.”

Michael Buono has drawn inspiration for his music from his experiences living in various cities across the country—he was born and raised in Arlington, VA and went to school in New Jersey at Princeton University where he honed his musical chops and realized he was destined to become a full-time musician.  His debut EP Slow It Down was recorded soon after he graduated in 2016.  Buono took a detour to San Francisco and landed in New York where he now resides.  An East Coaster at heart, the sense of loneliness and disaffection in California fueled the songwriting found on his new album Lost, which was recorded in Brooklyn.  Buono considers himself lucky to be able to focus on his craft full time—writing every day and spending as much time in the studio as possible.  

“Rescue,” the follow up to 2019’s “Hero,” is the second single taken from his forthcoming new album Lost which will be released in the spring of 2020. 

“Rescue” will be released digitally on February 14.

By Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years - as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, freelance journalist, producer, manager and working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star, traveling down South and his orange Gretsch. He's pretty groovy!