From the effortless hooks and nursery rhyme familiarity of The Beatles to Oasis’ anthemic sing-along choruses, this one-man band is keeping the spirit of English guitar bands alive in the heart of Israel, with his own uncanny knack of throwing out immediately catchy riffs. “In a Flash” is your perfect introduction to Downstairs Monsters, taking all of twelve seconds to get to the year’s catchiest chorus and never letting up.
Rolling Stone recently featured "All Hands" as one of their "10 Best Country and Americana Songs To Hear Now," noting, "The former frontman of Hey Rosetta! kicks off his solo career with this indie-folk anthem about his coming-of-age in Newfoundland. It’s nostalgic and nuanced, with a chorus that nods to Jackson Browne and a buoyant, bubbling verse worthy of Feist."
Curlicues is the alter-ego of writer and recording artist L.A. Foster, who grew up on a farm in remote Warwickshire. Early eight-track tapes were inspired by the likes of Nick Drake, Coil, Talk Talk and Robert Wyatt, and painted eerie impressions of a dislocated village life. Debut album The Long Transition combined delicate string arrangements with wide-eyed spiritual yearning, and was released alongside a silent film that added a layer of ghostly ambience to the project.
With golden hour synths and her signature, breathy vocals, Anna laments a time before social media in "Used To Be". In Anna's words, 'Used To Be' is a reminder back to when we were young and didn't worry about superficial things that often take too much of our attention these days. People obsessing over alternative realities. Forgetting that life is here and now. I’m afraid that one day I'll wake up old and sad realizing I spent my entire life staring into a screen wanting to have or be someone I’m not. Let's just go and throw a ball at the wall together and appreciate each other for a second.
They say you can’t go home again, but for Matt Messore it took returning to his hometown of Cassadaga, Florida to discover a new path forward. After traveling across the country and time spent in his former group, Dear Tracks, Messore indulged his DIY bedroom pop leanings working as Cathedral Bells.
The aptly titled “Homebody” served as the project’s first offering introducing a sprawling, whirring world of shoegaze/dream-pop atmospheres extending far beyond its humble origins. That track is now set to open side B of Cathedral Bells’ debut, self-titled EP which will see release on cassette and digitally via Good Eye Records.