Friday, July 3, 2020

Rosehip Teahouse • Regretting It • 2020

Cardiff five-piece Rosehip Teahouse (Faye, Tony, Will, Josh and Teddy) will take you on a journey through lovelorn landscapes and drop you off home just in time for tea. With gorgeous vocal harmonies, twinkling guitars and heartfelt lyrics, Rosehip Teahouse carry the indie-pop essence. Formed originally by Faye Rogers (Guitar & Vocals) back in 2015, playing only a small number of house shows and DIY gigs, Faye crafted these subtle and delicate songs, which command your attention, from start to finish.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Dears • Is This What You Really Want? • 2020

“The Dears have a knack for writing pop music that somehow feels right for troubled times.”
- WNYC New Sounds

“Lovers Rock is an album made for an anxious time.” – Montreal Gazette

"Fuel your romanticism for existential dread with Lovers Rock." – Exclaim!

Suburban Living • How To Be Human • 2020

Frontman Wesley Bunch said of the song, "I've always dreamt of being born in a different era. I walk down city streets and my mind constantly wanders. I dream of what architecture, people, cars, etc would of looked like in the exact place I'm standing at that moment. I'm lucky to live in Philadelphia where the history is abundant, but sometimes these thoughts can be distractingly haunting. PM

"Such intrepid lyricism detailing the otherworldly loneliness — paired with shimmering keys and dark, baritone vox a lá Robert Smith — further hones the song’s ruminative energy, yet its pervading percussive drive and last-minute sax solo by Max Swan keeps things vibrant and lush."
- Post-Trash

"The track is a shimmering reflection of a place, fusing slick gated drums, sharp guitar, and soaring synth pads into a evocative template. Check out the track, as well as tour dates, and album tracklist below."
- Under The Radar

"Philly's Suburban Living infuse their dreamy synthpop with punkish angst on "Main Street," a glimmering, slow-burning power ballad."
- Bandcamp Daily

Slomosa • Slomosa • 2020

Acclaimed Norwegian music journalist Totto Mjelde NRK P13) claimed it to be “some of the best new music to surface in the last couple of years”, saying the song “took his breath away”. At the end of the year the same radio station picked “Horses” as one of their five best songs of 2019. Regional newspaper Bergens Tidende proclaimed the band had released “one of the year’s best rock songs” with “Horses”, raising the expectations for their next release. The following single, “There Is Nothing New Under the Sun”, also debuted on P13, and Spotify quickly added the song to their official “Stoner Rock” and “Norwegian Rock” playlists.

TJO • Cruel Summer • 2020

Twenty-eight years into her kaleidoscopic discography, Songs for Peacock is the first album singer/guitarist/composer Tara Jane O’Neil has credited to just her initials: TJO. Recorded at home using primitive electronic instruments in addition to heavily effected electric guitar, bass & voice, Songs for Peacock is a collection of pop covers recalled from TJO’s youth, intended as a “mixtape” for her late brother Brian. Over twelve tracks & thirty-nine minutes, Songs for Peacock abstracts radio hits by the likes of Boy George, Bananarama, Leonard Cohen, Siouxsie and the Banshees & INXS, distilling earworms into thin wisps of dreamlike atmosphere, or stretching them into languorous psychedelic soundscapes. Songs for Peacock warps our collective musical memory to form a singular & cohesive body of work that defines TJO’s highly personal sonic landscape.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sigmund Faust • Banchō Stanza • 2020

The album is a sort of indie alt surf rock blend, with moments of both excess and ambience.

Baby Taylah • Good Enough • 2020

‘Baby Taylah fuses the dark electronica with her distorted, breathy vocals, which flicker relentlessly between angelic and ominous tones’
(The Line of Best Fit)

“Drafting gorgeous alt-pop meditations, this Glasgow original has a striking, utterly unique voice” (CLASH)   

‘"Reclaim" is a stunning, atmospheric piece and a reminder that bruises do eventually heal’
(Pop Matters)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sam Valdez • Clean • 2020

Sam Valdez’s immersive indie-rock sensibility reflects her childhood growing up at the edge of the Nevada desert, and her formative musical experiences as a child violinist. The mystery, beauty, and haunting quality of desert life has shaped the LA-based artist’s sense of dreamy textures, and her flair for abstract but emotive lyrics. Classical music’s majesty has informed her imaginative arrangements, and cinematic sense of dynamics.

Sam has melded in an intriguing blend of shoe-gaze, Americana, indie-rock, and pop into a signature aesthetic. Select career highlights thus far include garnering rave reviews in Clash Music, Consequence of Sound, and Earmilk; earning heavy rotation from KCRW for multiple singles; and opening tours for Stella Donnelly, Cayucas, and Giant Rooks.

 The new single from Sam Valdez just premiered via The Fader. Entitled "Clean" the reverb-dipped slow burner glows with warm vocals, melancholy soundscape and a twist on a breakup narrative. 

Valdez shares, "Clean is a love song in a way but it’s more about being drawn to self destruction. It’s about finding comfort in uncertainty and appreciating the darker qualities in someone as well as the good."

Sam Valdez has garnered acclaim from the likes of Consequence of Sound, NPR, FADER and LADYGUNN among others. 

Debbiah • The Villain • 2020

Born in Brazil and living in the United States, she's already boasting streams in the hundreds of thousands online for collaborations. Debbiah, as a singer, songwriter and pianist, has been making a name for herself in recent years for her dark, alt-pop anthems. She’s influenced by artists like Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish; all the way to heavier acts like Marylin Manson, Black Sabbath and Korn. Her inspirations shine through, in a style that is boldly dramatic, yet still smoothly intoxicating to the ears. Debbiah is currently working on her first EP, which will be self-released.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Japandroids • Live at Massey Hall • 2017

Japandroids have announced Massey Fucking Hall, a new live album that captures their 2017 concert at the iconic Toronto venue Massey Hall. It’s out digitally on June 19 and vinyl on October 2 via ANTI-. They’ve also shared video of their performance of “Heart Sweats” from that show.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Ataris • More Rare B​-​Sides and Covers (Vol. 2) • 2020

This is a collection of B-sides and rare tracks. 
Some have been released elsewhere throughout the years. 
Some have not. 
I figured I would put them together here in one place for you to download on this Bandcamp Friday.