Monday, September 27, 2021

Cedric Noel • Allies • 2021

The newest longplayer from Montreal staple Cedric Noel lands with a stunning sense of surety and self. Hang Time stands as a high water mark for a songwriter who's spent the past decade quietly expanding the borders of his music. Longtime fans will recognize the fluid elements of the album’s open-ended rock formations: reflective strumming, soaring choruses, searing guitar lines, subtle bass grooves; all occasionally dissolving into pools of pure ambience. New listeners will find surprises throughout: threads of folk pop, ambient and sound collage fasten the foundations of this expressive whole. However, what’s most striking on his eighth album is Noel’s newfound sense of voice, both literal and metaphorical.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

LOVESICK • "Wasted World" • 2021

The chaos and overwhelm of being lovesick is intoxicating.
"Wasted World," the second single from my upcoming album, Plant City, is about being sick in love – the illusion in it; the huge feelings churning and dopamine rushing.
Groaning synths off the top embody the anticipation of excitement to the point of nausea; bleak lyrics are juxtaposed with thumping toms and power chords because let's face it, it can also be fun as f*ck.

Clarke and the Himselfs • Weighted Down • 2021

Penned during the dying days of the Trump administration, when the president’s potential impeachment was far bigger news than reports of a new virus in China beginning to spread through the populus, “Weighted Down” is in many ways a relic from a different era. Consumed with thoughts of US politics to the misdemeanors of the FBI and CIA to the readily presented exposure to real-life violence on youtube, “Weighted Down” is the sound of the American mind running at 100mph and struggling to process the million different issues thrown at it from the endless stream of rolling media.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Courtney Barnett • Before You Gotta Go • 2021

This video was filmed in Titirangi, Tatarata, Taiorahi and Waitakere in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and at various locations on the beautiful lands of the Wathaurong/Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation around Victoria, Australia. I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and pay respect to Elders past and present.

French For Rabbits • The Outsider • 2021

On writing ‘The Outsider’ Brooke Singer said, “In 2019 I visited LA for the first time to do some co-writing with a few different producers and songwriters ahead of a French for Rabbits tour - it was an exciting, dizzying experience - all the palm trees and heat. One balmy day, I had a session with Marc Orrell and Brooke Johnson and we ended up writing my favourite song on this new record - an introvert’s anthem that finds joy in the act of being alone. The song distils the feeling of being an awkward introvert at a party - staring at your phone on the edges of a crowd”.

Andy Shauf • "Jaywalker" • 2021

All of your friends started wondering why you were choking back tears at an easy goodbye. Everything started feeling urgent today, when you open your mouth you have nothing to say. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.
Moving your lips like you’re wanting to smile, everything that you love always goes out of style. Took a good chance on a triumph or two, hangin’ around town never looked good on you. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.
It’s been a few years, you can barely recall why the things that you said have you feeling so small. Thirty-one years, now you’re up on your feet, staring down and your shoes as you’re crossing the street. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.
Woke up confused in a hospital gown with your arm in a sling and nobody around. Dreamed about Judy, she was driving a car. You were crossing the street, didn’t get very far. Jaywalker with your head hung low, you never saw it coming.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Destroy Boys • All This Love • 2021

Open Mouth, Open Heart as a whole shows immense growth in the band both as musicians and people. Outspoken advocates for a myriad of social justice issues, especially when it comes to racial equality, LGBTQA+ rights, and inclusion for all, these themes are prevalent in their music, their actions, and how they use their platform. The 13 track album tackles themes of abuse, bullying, insecurity, as well as deeper familial forces and sees the band stepping into, and owning their power - and truly finding their voices.

Letting Up Despite Great Faults • Gemini • 2021

Letting Up Despite Great Faults is back with Mike Lee on vocals, guitars, and programming, Kent Zambrana on bass, Annah Fisette on vocals and guitars, and Daniel Schmidt on drums. IV is the first full length in 8 years and is pouring with stories of growth, nurture, loss, and regret. With all the fuzzed and dreamy instruments and the album even mastered by Simon Scott of Slowdive, it’s hard not to label it shoegaze. But from deep storytelling to catchy pop melodies, it really is so much more. Letting Up Despite Great Faults shows their full maturation and patience on IV. 

"A backdrop of swoony synths that perfectly emulate the moody haze of being in the thick of devotion to another human beingz'

""Sonically, “Gemini” is a cosmic daydream, with the resonate and melancholy bliss of all the classic, beautiful noises shimmering from every footstep that emanates from a pedalboard."
– Post-Punk

"terrific new single...shimmering, hazy, and very melodic style still in fine form."
Brooklyn Vegan

"a stellar way to make a return to the fray"
Austin Town Hall

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Ultraviolet Communication • Moon Man • 2021

Ultraviolet Communication are an Alternative Psych Rock trio based out of Phoenix, Arizona. The band formed in 2018 through responses to craigslist ads seeking other musicians to jam with. Their unique sound fuses hard-hitting, melodic guitar riffs and a soulful yet commanding lead vocal with tight, high energy live performances that are sure to leave you wanting more. 

KID DAD • As Soon As America • 2021

"Guitar-driven anthems that could fill arenas" (5/5) -NARC. Magazine

"Kid Dad's debut is bursting to kick down doors and be heard by the wider world" (4/5) -Kerrang!!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Tom Rosenthal • I Went To Bed and I Loved You • 2021

THANK YOU SO MUCH  to everyone who sent in clips of their lost loved ones. I saw and loved them all and I wish we could have put them all in the final video but sadly there just wasn't enough space! 

Oh, life's a killer
We're all the blade
Pretend we're not with our different names
Swimming lonely in this almighty stew

The magic of the everyday
We miss it all but that's the game
And now you're gone I see so much more of you

So universe
Do your worst
Throw it all at me
I'll take your blows
For all I know
They're magic destinies

And I went to bed and I loved you
In the morning I loved you too
In the morning I loved you too