Saturday, April 29, 2017

american poetry club - glad to be here, etcetera - 2017


lofi | bedroom pop | DYI

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live - 2017



Carrie & Lowell Live captures Sufjan at his most vulnerable and persuasive, and it features a proficient, multiple-instrumentalist crew of musicians, including Dawn Landes (vocals, guitar, guitalin, piano, synthesizer, vocoder, percussion), Casey Foubert (vocals, guitar, lap steel, bass, piano, ukulele, synthesizer), Steve Moore (vocals, synthesizer, bass synth, trombone, Casiotone, piano) and James McAlister (drums, percussion, electronics, synthesizer, piano). The live show ends with an expansive 12-minute improvisational jam that looks (and feels) like nothing less than a born-again experience.


Rocky Lorelei - Toad Session #40 - 2017



Toad Session #40 with outstanding newcomer to Scotland, Rocky Lorelei, recorded on the 11th December 2016 in our warehouse recording space down in Leith - The Happiness Hotel. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Laptop Funeral - pretty punk - 2017


experimental | lo-fi | DIY | Pop | bedroom melodies

Field Medic - that beer called becks reminds me of a haiku i wrote - 2017


misfit genius - there's something about this music - it is sadly intriguing - the video, well, the video speaks for itself...

lukas mayo & friends - oh golly gosh, it's the beatles - 2016


Soft Fangs // Bellows Split - 2017



To put Soft Fangs and Bellows together is to create a perfectly balanced harmony: a constant flow of electricity and sadness, simplicity and layers; an idealistic split for the adventurous (and perhaps weary) mind. BH



Trementina - 810 - 2017


810 includes nine tracks that flood the musical landscape; ranging from songs like “Oh Child,” which capture the atmospheric pressure of Joshua Tree-era U2, or early CHVRCHES, to “Please, Let’s Go Away,” which sounds like it was recorded inside a cosmic cathedral, as opposed to a DIY studio from the Chilean countryside. It’s a track the band recorded after the sudden departure of their drummer, which inspired them to augment their sound with influences as broad as Brian Eno and Robin Guthrie. 810 includes several tracks that show the quartet reaching beyond the shoegaze galaxy, even back in time, like the opium-den tripping of “Out of the Lights” and the African textures on “A Place Up in the Sky.” 

Hello Shark - Break Arms & H​.​S. - 2017



Hello Shark’s Linc Halloran writes heart-wrenching pop songs of young love & aimlessness, loaded with perfectly vivid turns of phrase that bloom & wilt all at once. The stories are uplifting for their familiarity, & hilarious for their humility. More than anything, though, they ache with thousands of small regrets. Disappointment & romance are everywhere, if you look hard enough. 

The Pooches - Three Sad Songs For Acoustic Guitar - 2017



Our First 100 Days - 2017



With Trump's first 100 days in office upon us, action must be taken to protect the causes that will come under threat from this administration. 

Our First 100 Days seeks to aid in that protection. Joining together with artists and labels we will be releasing one rare, unreleased or exclusive song per day to you via Bandcamp. 

For a minimum contribution of $30, supporters will be able to access all 100 songs in the project, including new music from Angel Olsen, How To Dress Well, Toro Y Moi, The Range and many more. 

All profits raised from Our First 100 Days will go directly to organizations working on the front lines of climate, women's rights, immigration and fairness. 

The project was started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days, and aims to raise funds and awareness for organizations supporting causes that are under threat by the proposed policies of a Trump administration. This project is produced with the help of Revolutions Per Minute, an organization that provides strategy and support for artists making change. 


All profits raised from Our First 100 Days will go directly to organizations working on the front lines of climate, women's rights, immigration and fairness.

Monday, April 24, 2017

sleepy - Birdo (Unknown) - 2017


diy - lofi - single - indie

Sports Coach - Inversions - 2017


electropop - new wave - indie pop - bedroom electronica


Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This - 2017



‘Swear I’m Good At This’ is the first full-length from the band and accumulates their tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are. 

Snails - Starting with Mine EP - 2017


SNAILS generate moments of suburban guitar pop reverie for lonely people walking to the shops. Formed after a friend's request to soundtrack a budget slasher involving a homicidal nun, their sound bears the influence of mavericks such as Basil Kirchin, Syd Barrett and Nico.

I See Rivers - Dad Ram - 2017


“This is vocal harmonising at its exquisite expert best.” – Fresh On The Net Faves, BBC 6 Music blog


Hailing from the Northern, Southern and Western parts of Norway, the now Liverpool-based trio I SEE RIVERS creates an organic musical landscape they’ve dubbed ”Float Folk”. With memorable melodies and untraditional harmonies their soundscape can be associated with artists such as Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens and Feist. After releasing their single “Loved Ones” and touring the rural parts of Norway, playing festivals such as Belladrum (Scotland), Green Man (Wales) and Malakoff (NO), the girls did their biggest tour to date supporting Newton Faulkner all around the UK and are now preparing for this summer’s festival season with great festivals to be released. The girls have also recorded and produced their debut EP being released April 2017 with the lead single ‘DA RUM’.

“Their music is delicate Folk Pop based around clever vocal arrangements, and outstanding vocals. They just look so natural performing together, and have a level of cohesion that is genuine, rare and pretty special too». - Nordic Music Review

“Perhaps the hottest prospect from Norway’s consistent excellent outpouring of specially tender bands, this now UK-based trio make the kind of indefinable Scandinavian magic that instantly catches the eyes and ears. Part-folk, part swooning pop songs.” – Green Man Festival 2016.

Fallen Love Records - Secret Gardens - 2017


put a Spring in your step… 



Included here are 70 minutes of music performed by 22 artists from 8 different nations. Which? Well, since you asked: Australia, Canada, England, Japan, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and The United States of America. It’s like the twee pop songs-about-spring equivalent of the Olympics. Patent pending. 15 of these songs are previously unreleased.
Fallen Love Records is a bedroom label based out of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. We traffic in pop songs. We had been on hiatus since autumn 2015 but now we are back. So fold up your sweaters and oil your bike chains. The blankets on the beds are melting and the flowers will be blooming soon. Let’s start again.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nadia Reid - Preservation - 2017


always solid song writing from Nadia Reid… nice release.

Delicate Machine - softworld - 2017


shimmering guitars on butterfly wings

Moon Moon Moon - Help! Help! - 2017



What happens when you and I hold on to stars and moons and ghosts and loch ness monsters. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Wedding Present in MTL







Never sounded Better!

Fox Academy - Saint Molly - 2017



lots of experimental sounds with a cuddly lofi bedroom pop aesthetic

Hovvdy - Taster - 2016


pillow songs from Austin

Sunday, April 16, 2017

THE CHARLATANS - plastic machinery ft. johnny marr & anton newcombe - 2017


For this new album, the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers, opened their doors to allow an enviable cast of friends to contribute to their latest work. Initially, this happened out of necessity: following the passing of founding drummer Jon Brookes in 2013. So the first call went to Pete Salisbury, the former Verve drummer. Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre was sent an early version of ‘Not Forgotten’ and had sent back some thoughts within fifteen minutes. The admiration for the bands’ new ideas continued, Johnny Marr dropped by for an hour but stayed for five and features on three songs including the leading single ‘Plastic Machinery’. Similarly, Stephen Morris, of New Order, who briefly helped out on ‘Modern Nature’, extended his role on this album to seven tracks of drumming and programming. Both Ian Rankin and Kurt Wagner offer spoken word contributions and Catastrophe writer/ actress, and old friend of Tim’s, Sharon Horgan sings backing vocals on Different Days. As the spirit of collaboration prospered, Burgess fast-tracked a longdiscussed team-up with Paul Weller, the expansive, album finale ‘Spinning Out’.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press - 2017


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s songs have always had all the page-turning qualities of a good yarn and 'The French Press' is no different. Somewhere between impressionists and fabulists, lyricists Fran Keaney, Tom Russo and Joe White often start with something rooted in real life – the melancholy of travel on "French Press," having a hopeless crush on "Julie’s Place" – before building them into clever, quick vignettes. The result is lines blurred between fiction and reality – vibrant stories which get closer at a particular truth than either could alone. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Angharad Drake - Ghost - 2017


Angharad Drake (ang-ha-rad) combines gentle folk melodies with insightful lyrics, reminiscent of artists like Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell. Her heartfelt vocal performances create an intimate and evocative atmosphere for the listener, allowing her stories to be completely absorbed…



Freeze The Atlantic - The People Are Revolting - 2017



Quite the best record Freeze the Atlantic have ever created, album 3 sees the former Reuben/ Hundred Reasons boys power through a bevy of hits. Favourites of YouTube sensation Colin Furze, and regulars on the rock and festival circuit delivering an ever dependable set that will blow your face off – this is one for the big, alt rock anthem purists. The people may be revolting, but Freeze the Atlantic are as wonderful as ever.

The Denton Brothers - Soft Head - 2017


sparse, tragic piano driven songs out of Melbourne…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monster Movie - Keep the Voices Distant - 2017



Keep The Voices Distant is Monster Movie's fifth album and their first record since 2010's Everyone Is a Ghost. It was recorded with Martin Nichols at White House Recording Studios in Weston-super-Mare and produced by Ryan Graveface. As with all Monster Movie releases it is a combination of Christian and Sean's song-writing, playing, arrangements, general grumpiness and chaotic, personal lives.

Rave On, A Madchester Celebration - 2017



This project is dedicated to a whole delicious scene that made us dance and enjoy life intensely. 

Of course, that many other bands lack to be revered like the Inspiral Carpets, Paris Angels, Northside, to name a few ..... who knows in a next volume .... 

I want to thank all the bands that are part of this project and the whole Madchester Scene. 

Let's Rave On folks … 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dark Swallows - 2017


very nice release… they interweave vocals and instrumentation so well - always works!

In Love With A Ghost - healing - 2017


a story about witches, magic and friendship

Songs For Walter - Earwigging - Single 2017


In today’s 100mph world, Songs For Walter is making music as it’s meant to be made. Songs that grow from experience, provoke thoughts and yet, through a ferocious work ethic, continue to evolve with their own timeless quality. Earwigging is just the next part of Songs For Walter’s ever-expanding world, and once again eyes and ears will be opened, pulling everyone along for the ride.

Hush Machine - Hush Machine - 2017



Hush Machine is the blissful, glassy guitar pop of Kansas-born Sam Boatright, a 21 year-old Lawrence native who has created music under this moniker for several years; however, he has only just recently started sharing his music with a grander listening audience... Musically, the sound is not unlike the first Strokes record - that is, catchy and gritty and poppy and memorable, but without a single ounce of pretense. A promising start for this young musician!

lotte kestner - collection of radiohead covers - 2017


An angel sings Radiohead songs!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ITBYW Fool'sList


The Washboard Abs - Recurring Chasms - 2017



On Recurring Chasms, Olympia's The Washboard Abs take their intimate indie-pop to new heights. Incorporating angular rhythms and art rock sensibilities to these perfectly distilled songs, the album is a beautiful and complex journey through personal battles and trauma recovery. 

Nana Grizol - Ursa Minor - 2017


http://www.orangetwin.com/ursa-minor.html

Ursa Minor, released in March of 2017, is the long-awaited follow up to Nana Grizol's second album, "Ruth," a potent mix of revved up melodic folk punk, laced with intricate horn arrangements and sleazy, ripping guitars. It alternates between contemplative, beautiful folk arrangements and blasting rock and roll, often within the same song.