It’s a song that was stuck in my head for about a year before I actually wrote it down and made it real. It was inspired by a lot of Billy Bragg songs, I love how he can write these powerful political pieces but can also do the some of the most tender love songs. To simplify, the song’s meant for people who get caught in downward spirals and feel trapped inside of them. I see some people (mostly girls) who have these awful self-harm scars and it really makes me sad, because no one deserves to feel that way about themselves. We all deserve love.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Taken from start to finish, Changer slowly tells a story that is more felt than explicitly narrated. Rather than insisting on finding an answer or some greater meaning in the shifting nature of lives in motion, these songs simply offer vivid snapshots and strange scenes. Even in its darkest moments, however, there’s an underlying sense of hope, that every mundane laundromat trip, every bummer night, every empty gig, hours logged at pointless summer jobs, or even the pain of tragedy could be for something bigger and lead to the next beautiful change.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
for all those that crave new music daily - here's a gift!
This compilation is dedicated to all those who say there is no good new music nowdays.
Here we have 26 wonderful reasons to prove otherwise. 26 new and talented bands that deserve all the attention.
Chapter Music’s second release in 1993 was, oddly enough, a Sonic Youth tribute compilation cassette, featuring the cream of Perth lo-fi pop bands, including O!, Benji, Sulk, Yummy Fur and Torchey Blane, along with a lone Brisbane contribution from Clag.
Chapter Music’s first release was not strictly on Chapter Music, but was “A Chapter 24 Compilation”, intended to accompany the fourth issue of Syd Barrett-inspired fanzine Chapter 24, which Chapter boss Guy Blackman began in 1990. The zine never came out but the tape did, featuring the cream of early 90s Perth lo-fi (and grunge, Manchester and shoegazing!) with bands like Mustang!, Yummy Fur, the Wooden Fische and Benji.
It was a humble beginning to the label, but a beginning nonetheless.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
We're all lucky Molly started writing music simply to complement her voice, as we've discovered a great new American songwriter in the process. Captured Tracks is proud to present this debut album of ten beautiful, wistful love songs of loss, loneliness and reconnecting.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
'Circling' is the 4th album by London based composer/producer Martin Webb under the name wombat_army. Recorded over the course of 2016, the music was originally composed to be performed live along with rare archive films at a secret film society. Combining live cello through FX and looping pedals with laptop and synths, the intention for the music was to create richly textured atmospheres underpinned by a strong sense of melody and structure that would act as a live score to the visuals, creating an immersive and cinematic experience.
On her first proper album as Jay Som, Melina Duterte, 22, solidifies her rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. If last year's aptly named Turn Into compilation showcased a fuzz-loving artist in flux—chronicling her mission to master bedroom recording—then the rising Oakland star's latest, Everybody Works, is the LP equivalent of mission accomplished.
Jefferson comes from Chicago and is something of a cosmic folk troubadour. Penning rich acoustic songs full of ideas, brimming with layered vocal harmonies, musical flourishes, scattershot drums and a kind of dreamy sunkissed woozy bliss you would expect from hours spend looking out across Lake Michigan and freaking out because it looks like the ocean
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Navigator is ostensibly a rock’n’roll record, but it expands Segarra’s palette beyond the folk/country/blues lane she’s thus far occupied. Her boozy, morning-after croon is still gorgeous, but now there’s elements of Puerto Rican bomba and salsa, son cubano, doo-wop, and even the spoken-word poetry of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe she haunted as a teen.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Karl was one of the best songwriters of this generation (or any other) but he was an even better father than he was a musician, and a thorough inspiration to many as a husband, dad, artist and business owner who carried himself with a quiet dignity through some unspeakably lousy times.
This collection of Karl Hendricks covers is our perpetual tribute to the "bard of Pittsburgh."
AllegrA - allegraband.com
Brianna Snider - briannasnider.bandcamp.com
Capsule Corp - soundcloud.com/user-873997533
Chris Shrift - chrisshrift.bandcamp.com
Honey - abandcalledhoney.bandcamp.com
IT IT - ititpgh.bandcamp.com/releases
Jack Stauber - soundcloud.com/jackstauber
Pinstripe Sunny - pinstripesunny.bandcamp.com
mt. marcy - mtmarcy.bandcamp.com
Rue - ruerue.bandcamp.com
Spacefish - spacefish.bandcamp.com
Sleep Movies - sleepmovies.bandcamp.com
String Machine - stringmachine.bandcamp.com
Surf Bored - surfboredryan.bandcamp.com
wwoman - realwwoman.bandcamp.com
Friday, March 10, 2017
The last few years has seen a solid return to lo-fi home recordings in the vein of 80’s stalwarts such as Beat Happening and Guided By Voices. South London DIY noise pop quintet Dignan Porch have been very much integral to this revival.
‘D’You’ is a laid back track built from a bright acoustic strum, McCall’s voice gentle and calm if not quite as buoyant as the instrumentation. Indeed, the vocals are what elevate the track into something more complex, a certain nostalgia (and therefore sense of loss) allowed to infiltrate the otherwise warm scene, although it’s far more than a simple juxtaposition between light and dark. Instead, we find McCall on the other side of something, the pain and longing long since eroded to a soft-edged pebble, tepid and tactile and and fitting right into the palm of his hand.
Speaking of hands, the second single is based around them entirely. ‘Ideal Hand’ is slower and sadder, pulling the opposite effect to the opener in that hope or happiness is left to appear between the lines, within the light flicks of instrumentation which appear staccato amongst the melancholy mood. As such, the sense of warmth from the first track persists, albeit threatening to leak away, meaning listening is like lying on stone warmed by summer sun as evening descends. WtD
Alex is an old friend of ours who’s always had a better voice than any of us and a keen sense of melody. His new album is perfect for a bubble bath, a car ride with your mom, a hungover weekend morning, a night spent indoors playing Scrabble, or a post-sex heatstick outside your college apartment.
You may know him from almost all of the group picture comps. We know him as that friend who should really just move to Hollywood and use his angel voice and good looks to take-over the mainstream.
We have here the debut release from Cleveland's Heavenly Creatures, and it's a lovely five-song gem! Though current, the band sounds like they were plucked from the Harriet Records '90s catalog, wedged in nicely between similarly female-led bands such as Twig, Pest 5000 and Prickly. That is, this EP is full of catchy pop songs with a bit of an edge both musically and lyrically (see the ode to so-called self-help books in "Blah Blah Blah Amen" and the response to guys' backhanded compliments to female musicians in the opening "Unsolicited Advice"). Last summer may have nearly killed the band (when their drummer moved cross-country and the band almost split up), but this year - and this EP - finds them starting again on a high note.
The Polish Ambassador is raising the bar for what it means to be a professionally touring musician. Sure, the electronic musician lays claim to producing the sweetest beats this side of the Milky Way Galaxy, but the world’s funkiest diplomat is also using his popularity to steer the millennial generation toward a nourishing and sustainable way of relating with art, community and the planet.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Captured during their Transaction de Novo tour, Bedhead's Live In Chicago finds the group upon the fabled stage of the Empty Bottle. For their April 16th, 1998 performance, recording engineer Bob Weston set up in the facility's basement, tracking the entire performance onto a mobile 16-track ADAT unit. Mixed by the band and mastered at Chicago Mastering Service, these previously unreleased sessions celebrate the band's live show in ultrahigh fidelity.
01. Rescue (Echo And The Bunnymen)
02. In Between Days (The Cure)
03. Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townsend)
04. That’s All (Genesis)
05. Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes)
06. Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top)
07. She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult)
08. Under The Milky Way (The Church)
09. Talking In Your Sleep (The Romantics)
10. In A Big Country (Big Country)
11. Love My Way (Psychadelic Furs)
12. Money Changes Everything (Cyndi Lauper)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
From The Window, by Happy Sadness, is a very succinct and lo-fi sounding concept album, expressing a winters day in the life of an alcoholic who suffers ill mental health. It’s quite an unconventional album, mostly acoustic and DIY orchestral/soundscape sounding, but it’s honest and true, and I hope you enjoy listening to it.
My influences include The Beta Band, The Stone Roses, and Lone Pigeon.
Though the songwriter is clearly in a heavier place, his music thankfully hasn’t lost its lightness. The track movies with the easy urgency of bright melodies and rapping percussion.CoS
BENJAMINTO do u like the raincoats? are u sad and do u listen to loveless every night? are u a needy colicky bb who needs to be constantly shushed to sleep? are harmonies okay? are u afraid of friendship? hey idiot don't be afraid of friendship, everyone loves u, slumbers loves u, they are so sweet and good u will get dizzy and float for a while. START FLOATIN', BUY THIS ALBUM, PUT IT IN YR GUTS