Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Like Everyone • The Be Positives • 2019




THE BE POSITIVES is a northern conundrum. Consisting of Mike Seal (Guitar, Piano & Vocals), Rob Hatton (Bass & Vocals), Simon Mayne (Lead Guitar & Vocals) and Callum Darley (Drums & Vocals), they were splayed across Merseyside to Sheffield, all sharing an affinity for McCartney, Dylan, Kinks and Nick Lowe, and later, converging on Manchester, they hankered for gigging at grotty pubs across the city. Now united, the four-piece invoke mad-pop affirmation through berserk instrumentation laced with smart lyricism.

Carriers • "Another Guy" • 2019



Having played in several bands and touring throughout the US since, skipping college in the process, Cincinnati-based artist Curt Kiser has been meticulously crafting his proper debut as a songwriter in step with his own personal development. Adopting the moniker Carriers back in 2014, Kiser has worked with a collective of friends, including Bryan Devendorf (The National) and John Curley (The Afghan Whigs), to bring his sweeping rock visions to life.

Carriers’ debut LP, Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else, is a testament to the power of self-reflection and is carefully layered, leaning on strong core songwriting, hypnotic synths and lush guitar tones from Kiser, mesmerizing percussion delivered by Devendorf, and nuanced, dynamic bass lines from Curley. The 9-track album evokes the same guitar-led grandeur of The War on Drugs as Kiser takes stock of life, death, relationships and gratitude for another day.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mia Berg • You Decided • 2019


Hailing from Oslo, until relatively recently, Mia has hidden her music from most. She maintained her music should be for her, and her alone. She decided to lift the veil in 2018, revealing her debut single ‘Hurry’ via Diamond Club, and then ‘Grow’ – both showcasing an enchanting ‘guitar&B’/neo-soul amalgam.

Various Artists • Summer of Love • 2019



A summertime collaboration between Swell Tone and Various Small Flames

Friday, August 16, 2019

Purple Mountains • She’s Making Friends, I’m Turning Stranger • 2019



I want to be tantamount to cordial
Tantamount to good
I want to be a warm and friendly person
But I don't know how to do it
She can't make it to her car
Without making a new friend
She's a small-town superstar
Everybody hollering her name

She's making friends, I'm turning stranger

The people on her end couldn't make it plainer
Sometimes I wish we'd never came here
Seeing as I'm held in such disdain here

She's making friends, I'm turning stranger
I see lots of normal men yearning to obtain her

I'm a loser, she's a gainer
That's one thing of which they're dang sure

She's out with her friends
And really, I can't blame her
'Cause when she's home again
She's always still the same her

God knows I'd never try to change her
She's my friend and I'm her stranger
She's making friends, and I'm turning stranger
She's making friends, and I'm turning stranger

Kitten • Memphis • 2019



As a loping bass groove erupts into wave of violin, shoe gaze-guitars, and dial-up-modems, Chaidez chants her cubist love story with prayer-like intimacy. KITTEN's palette of sounds and influences remains broad, but "Memphis" displays a newfound clarity in the band's production.

Field Mouse • Meaning • 2019



The Hold Steady • You Did Good Kid • 2019




"What does this mean for this band moving forward...especially when you have songs this good."
-NPR

"A shockingly fun return-to-form collection of sad-sack storytelling."
-Rolling Stone

"The total effect of Thrashing Thru The Passion is that of The Hold Steady at their most casual and confident, tossing off these songs that would be tour de forces for anyone else as if they have a bushelful of them just hanging around the studio."
-American Songwriter

"A loose, welcome return."
-AV Club

"They've never been so streamlined and Craig Finn hasn't been so funny in years."
-Philadelphia Inquirer

"It seems their new approach to band life is yielding some pretty great results...reminds you of the band's glory days...It's the shortest album they've ever written, and it zips by with no filler."
-Brooklyn Vegan

"You don't listen to Hold Steady albums, you live in them. On their seventh album they further cement their punk poet laureate credentials.
-The Guardian (4 stars)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Annabel Allum • Altar To Alter • 2019


“Raucous, tongue-in-cheek…  filled with grit” - The FADER

"buzzsaw blasts reminiscent of Elastica in their mid-90s heyday" - NME

 “Courtney Barnett on a Kill Bill style vengeance mission” -  DIY
 
“Her playfully literate lyrical sensibility recalls Courtney Barnett, but with a slightly dreamier sound” - Clash

"Allum's got a bit of a Kurt Cobain/early PJ Harvey thing going on which we love" - The Independent

NATU CAMARA • "ARABAMA DI" • 2019




Ex-membre du groupe de hip hop - RnB “Ideal Black Girls”, la Guinéenne Natu Camara a surpris son public pour son tout premier album solo avec une fusion de soul, afrorock, folk et pop contenant des riches lyriques basé sur ses histoires vécues; utilisant son passé multiculturel et ses expériences de voyages internationaux suivies par une présence scénique puissante et unique accompagné d’une voix dynamique et envoûtante qui donne le frisson.

THE RUN UP • in motion • 2019


“I love punk rock bands like this. Bands that manage to do it right, providing just the right amount of passion and energy to their music to create a spectacle of raw, unbridled emotion. High octane in all the right places, while never unnecessarily overcomplicating proceedings. ”
— music-news.com



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bonnie "Prince" Billy • BPB mix tape volume 4 • 2019


TAPE 4
 

SIDE A:
1. Easy Does It / Roughs for Lie Down In The Light
2. We All Us Three Will Ride / Final Mixes 2002 
3. Costa Rica / Will & Matt Sweeney Recorded 10.6.07 by Don Fleming on the Lomax Nagra Upper Mountain Studio, New Jersey
4. Troublesome Houses / 3.5.2012 Sydney Opera House
5. John the Baptist / Bonny Tour 06 Roughs
6. World's Greatest > Rich Wife Full of Happiness / 6.23.2008 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague 
7. Work Hard, Play Hard / All Mix Greatest Palace Music
8. Where Is The Puzzle? / Daytrotter
9. Black Ice Cream / LDIL Demos
10. Brokedown Palace / Pebbles & Ripples 2004
11. Signifying Wolf / Dawn's Tape 



SIDE B: 
1. My Only Friend /Stroke - Songs for Chris Knox 2009
2. Singer's Grave, A Sea of Sheep/Rec'd @The Beach House, Nashville/ Singer's Grave
3. I See A Darkness /12.13.01 "Totally Wired" 3PBS-FM Melbourne, Australia
4. Madeline Mary / 4.8.01 Club 2 Munich, Germany
5. Death to Everyone / 3.18.2007 Ellokal, Zurich, Switzerland
6. Stable Will / 9.8.94 Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland
7. Antagonism / Practice 2
8. Soul Rebel / Bonny Billy - "Live Raga" Ottobar, Baltimore, Maryland 2.1.01
9. The Way I Am / Ask Forgiveness

Alaskan Tapes • Views From Sixteen Stories • 2019


“Alaskan Tapes fuses ambient elements with gorgeous pieces of songwriting (..) Seemingly one of the final compositions completed for the record, Alaskan Tapes worked ceaselessly, building and shifting elements from different takes to create something startling.”
Clash Magazine

“‘The Times Are Tired’ shows the evocative vibes of electronic textures, with classical connections, minimal guitars line and delicate drums.”
Son Of Marketing

“You know there are going to be moments of arresting beauty and ethereal interludes, but there is a sense of isolation, preoccupation, and distraction present”
Stationary Travels

“Gorgeous, pining, occasionally harrowing and ultimately heart-melting ambient from Alaskan Tapes”
Norman Records

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Galileo's Fan • Arranging Time • 2019


“...the duo has carved out a unique sonic landscape of melodically poignant alternative folk.” 
M Magazine


"...truly sparkles with harmonies and warm melodies."
- The National Student

Scottish duo Galileo’s Fan prepare to release their spellbinding new album, I Won’t Be Found, on 16th September 2019 via GF Records. Ahead of the release, the siblings have now shared their stunning new single Arranging Time, which is out now. Each track combines subtle electronics with poignant harmonies and twinkling melodies to create Galileo’s Fan's signature indie-pop sound. Nods to their traditional folk roots can be found throughout the album, cleverly mixed with modern, celestial soundscapes to make their unique sound truly majestic. Fans of the likes of The Frames and Of Monsters and Men will feel at home here.

Studio Electrophonique • I Don’t Think I Love You Anymore • 2019



Bright eyed, tousle-headed and with a look halfway between penitence and innocence, James Leesley (aka Studio Electrophonique) conjures a sound akin to the dream where Bill Ryder-Jones fronts The Velvet Underground with echoes of Cherry Ghost drifing in there for good measure. Cinematic, melodic, warm - efficient in arrangement yet intricate in detail.

Trying • I Won't Let You Lose the Rhythm • 2019