Friday, June 30, 2017

Burst & Bloom 50 - 2017



For our 50th release, we invited Burst & Bloom artists and friends to cover songs from our catalog. Every artist who’s released an album on Burst & Bloom has been covered for this collection. Only one song per release is represented. These 25 previously unreleased covers are available for free streaming or download.

Friday, June 23, 2017

gorgeous bully - time - 2017



digital single released to help raise some extra money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund! 

Indietracks Compilation 2017



This is the official compilation of artists playing the Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire (UK) on 28-30 July 2017. 

All money raised from this compilation is donated to the Midland Railway Trust, the charity which hosts the Indietracks Festival. 

DISQUE LA RAYE - 60's French West Indies Boo​-​Boo​-​Galoo - 2017



frenzy transcends the venue: musicians waddle onto the stage, dancers rush on the dancefloor, their patent shoes gliding on the lacquered wood flooring, and everyone sings along to the rhythm of “Haaa… bi-bi!”. Each performance brings the same madness, and night clubs all over New York are shaking. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moth Equals - Honey Trap - 2017


Honey Trap flits between trip hop, breakbeat and post-dubstep, with colourful plunderphonics and an undercurrent of uneasy nostalgia. The album's eclectic sample palette draws from international cinema, video games, vintage records and diegetic noise, creating a blend unlike any other. 

Spiritualized In Other Medications - 2017



When I heard Spiritualized for the first time, it was as if I were listening to a prayer, I became static, I just admired that beauty in sound forms, and from that moment I became a fan, a huge fan, that still hear all those magic songs, and still hear them as if they were prayers. 

Ah yes, that song, or rather, that prayer I heard there in 1991 was Feel So Sad. 

Thank you J. Spaceman. 

This record is dedicated especially to all the bands that made their versions as new medicines for the treatment of the heart and soul. 

Caution: In this Tribute we have almost 3 hours of music, and as said my friend Johnny (Astral Lite) "was what I expected from a Spiritualized tribute".... and I have to agree with him. 

With love and respect.... 

Renato Malizia 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Good Good Blood - Songs From Where I Live - 2017


Songs From Where I Live sees Good Good Blood (aka James Smith) take his gift for delicate songwriting and direct it toward a personal account of his own experiences. Written and recorded at home during the first week of January 2017, the album was born out of a long bout of depression where the act of musical creativity was cathartic and self-affirming.There are echoes of Alex G and Mount Erie at work, uplifting moments that signal rebirth and growth, and lyrical themes focusing on life, mental health, family and ultimately, the grounding embrace of the little Northern England town where he lives. 

Z Tapes Summer 2017



Indie pop | Bedroom | Lo-Fi

Tough Old Bird - Where The Great Beasts Are Buried - 2017


Alt-Country | Folk | Acoustic

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Clea - Fairweather - 2017


Indie | Female vocals

Luke Reed - Won't Be There - 2017


DIY | Bedroom | Indie

In the corner of his small bedroom in Somerville, Massachusetts, Luke Reed of Bent Shapes and Mini Dresses spends most nights quietly writing and recording solo material ranging from quiet and deliberate meditations, to summery jangle pop. Over the years, Luke has amassed a prolific collection of lonely and disenchanted pop songs, seldom released. 

two white cranes - conway court - 2017



DIY | Female harmonies | Indie folk

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians - Amerikana - 2017


"A flawless raucous composition combining bewildering ‘60s psychedelic spirit, candid rebelliousness and soothsaying, and even manages to tastefully weave in that twang element we usually associate with early American roots music. This is fresh and meaningful, with an in-your-face wake-up call we should all welcome (and even wish on others)"  – The Spill Magazine

"‘Pulls you into a trance with its swaying, lilting in a mix of psonicadelia in what are mere minutes of spacey zen that lend to a sense of timeliness. With vocals as incredibly powerful as James’ vocalist Tim Booth, the energy factor is ideal in this piece of fantastic music mastery" – Big Takeover Magazine

"Their blend of ’60s-era psychedelic folk with elements of modern indie Americana becomes a form of protest... With woozy atmospherics that echo Kurt Vile and lyrics that veer into the spiritual, the band uplifts without preaching and encourages without chastising" – The Revue


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Arctic Flow - Umbrella - 2017



One boy on the beach, flying his kite in the summer breeze. The Arctic Flow is Brian Hancheck, the boy in question. Creating dreamy songs of love, loss, joy and sadness.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mundy's Bay - Wandering & Blue - 2017



 ‘Wandering And Blue’ is a delicious clash of 80s subcultures; splicing skeletal gothic wings onto a hybrid shoegaze/new wave torso, its overall, emergent shape is something entirely new, cold and beautiful. Coursing through each track, Esther Mulders’ voice snatches darkness from the wide open Canadian skies and forges it into wavering, swooping and resonant harmonies. Dive in!





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cayetana - New Kind of Normal - 2017



Ian Armstead The first Cayetana album was incredible, but this one just goes one better. No one can listen to this and not think "Yep, I get that" - so personal but so universal at the same time, this album deserves to be heard, can't praise it enough.

Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man - 2017


It's amazing how the floodgates open when you shut out all the internal and external noise, stop pandering to stereotype, cease listening to your anxieties, and disregard the compartment society has built for you. I'm Not Your Man, the Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Rae Morris)-produced second album from Marika Hackman, begins with an impromptu hearty laugh. It's not the sound of silliness; it's the sound of liberation, spontaneity, and joy. 24-year-old Hackman is feeling more herself than ever. Life isn't necessarily funnier or happier, but when there's cause for a joke or a big ballsy statement, she's not holding back any more.

Kacey Johansing - The Hiding - 2017



She has toured internationally and shared the stage with such acts as Kings of Convenience, Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Little Wings, and has collaborated with members of My Morning Jacket, Real Estate, Fruit Bats and The Range of Light Wilderness. She is currently preparing for the release of her third album, “The Hiding”

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dying Adolescence - lonely - 2017



Filip Zemčík 
i walk this road 
all alone 
i dont know where to go 
just dont take me home 

i lay in bed 
i know hes dead 
i just need some rest 
from the thoughts in my head

Good Good Blood - Mount Eerie - 2017


track one is a GGB version of my favourite Mount Eerie song (which helped me through some darker times). much love and thanks to Phil Elverum for giving me permission to release this version. 

track two is just a little instrumental I made which seems to fit ok. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

clairo - brains a bus station - 2016


glitchy n' kitschy

Sprinters - 2017


'Sprinters' is the band's first studio effort, and was recorded (mostly) live in Wigan throughout 2016 with friend of the band, local engineer Ste Jones. Comprised of a selection of songs from Jarvis's solo albums and new material, the record proved to be a labour of love, taking just under 12 months to piece together. Sprinters have emerged triumphant with a pure departure record, heavy on hooks, melodic and lyrical interplay, and a more clear and honed sound than their previous lo- fi recordings. Jarvis cites some of his major influences for the process as: The Replacements, Pavement, Neil Young, Ariel Pink and The Velvet Underground. 

deer scout - sad boy - 2017


beautiful bedroom pop pill

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CLUSTERSUN - Surfacing To Breathe - 2017


Sound explosions, loaded with shoegaze reverb, soundscapes, psychedelic atmospheres and space dilations... It's no surprise that My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive easily come to mind when listening to Clustersun – Rolling Stone

Ethereal enjoyment... British early 80’s postpunk/60s soft psych hybrid, somewhere between “Faith” Cure and early 4AD catalog bands, with a moody sheen from Procol Harum, Moody Blues and post-Syd Barrett Pink Floyd – Big Takeover Magazine

Vast Robot - Dinner Music - 2017


Sitting in a kitchen at a house party in early spring of 2017. sitting with a bunch of friends around the  kitchen table, when one of the friends uttered the words “well, I wouldn’t call it ‘Dinner Music’ per se…” For some reason this phrase immediately resonated with Jason and the ironic setting it was presented in. Jason got up, excused himself and grabbed a guitar in the next room. ...15 mins later he had emerged with all the bones of “Dinner Music”. the song just unfolded in front of him. and after arranging the structure he sent the music to John Agee in Missouri. 3 days later John and Joe sent Jason the demo back with the vocals. as soon as he heard it, he declared.

"Well damn, that’s some dinner music! "

Lanikai - “Motor Inn” - 2017



Lanikai’s “Motor Inn” eases the listener with a simple back and forth piano and organ until lead singer and songwriter Marti Sarbit’s unforgettable voice pushes it into a swirling chorus.