Sunday, February 17, 2019

Auld - Need Her Still - 2019

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"A gorgeous record. It is pop music at its finest... you may be reminded of the glory days of Simple Minds and U2... framing these stories through the lens of indie pop, alternative rock occasionally, and often on the wings of electronic pop" – The Noise Journal

"Embracing artists that tout a unique sound without gravitating away from captivating melodies and aesthetics rings true in his own project... Very fine songwriting and production from the promising Auld" – Obscure Sound

“Auld brings a fresh sense combining modern pop-rock and electronica with sweeping elements of 80s romantics like Spandau Ballet and Ultravox, and more modern parallels such as Arcade Fire” – The Record Stache

"A fusion of rich power pop and indie rock, packed with a potent dose of synth-based melodicism... Alilless is restlessly kinetic track that sparkles with various electronic bits and clattering percussion and lopes along with a bouncy bass line" – The Big Takeover

PORCUPINE "Lifetime" - 2019

"Veteran Minneapolis indie rock band Porcupine now includes mustachioed chef and onetime Hüsker Dü bass-player Greg Norton." -Brooklyn Vegan

"an EP filled with dreamy melodies riding over pounding drums and fuzzed-out guitar... While his work with Porcupine is distinct from Norton’s previous power trio, they pay homage to Norton’s Hüsker Dü past." -BreakThruRadio

"Minneapolis band Porcupine features Greg Norton of legendary punk band Hüsker Dü. What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real even includes a cover of a Grant Hart written Husker song, “Standing By The Sea.” -New Noise Magazine

 "the Minneapolis-based trio effectively channels a variety of ’80s alt-rock genres, primarily post-punk and new wave, with a few ’70s-inspired riffs interspersed here and there to increase the record’s catchiness." -MXDWN

GA-20 - Naggin' On My Mind with Charlie Musselwhite & Luther Dickinson - 2019

GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late '50s and early '60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feeling a void in current music, the duo have set out to write, record and perform a modern version of this beloved art form. Live, GA-20 is a trio of 2 guitars, vocals and drums. Raw, passionate and honest performance, both on stage and in the studio, is the only goal. 

Ceschi and Factor Chandelier - The Gospel - 2019

New Haven, Connecticut rapper and singer Ceschi has spent his career etching out an eminent solo musical personality that combines hip-hop, punk, folk, and indie rock (he's also been part of bands that range from lo-fi synth pop to Latin progressive and psychedelic/jazz rap). 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Anna Ecco - Reminiscent - 2019

Jamie Sutherland - Be Careful Don't Break My Heart - 2019

“Sutherland's voice, swooping from pitch-perfect falsetto to sonorous baritone without missing a note.” The Guardian

“Skilfull songwriting, immaculately executed, consistently excellent.” The Line Of Best Fit

“Elegant and, quite frankly, utterly beautiful.” NME

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Field Medic - "henna tattoo" - 2019

The Line of Best Fit called "henna tatto" "disarmingly honest" while Paste Magazine said, "...his anxious infatuation is presented as a passing, unadorned outpouring, conflicting thoughts and emotions rushed to paper, then tape, using only the implements Patrick had at hand."

Johanna Chase - Gone - 2019

New Single by Johanna Chase released today with video!

 Written and Performed by Johanna Chase
Bass by Mark Walloch (AWOLNation, Dead Sara)
Drums by Brendan McCusker (Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams)
Mixed by Dan Molad (Lucius, Wild Reeds)
Mastered by TWWalsh (Death Cab for Cutie, Pedro the Lion)

deer scout - tour stop at all nite diner - 2019

I just love Dena's songs… so wonderful in so many ways!

Carl Schilde - Top 40 - 2019

Since a transcontinental move to Toronto in 2016, his focus has shifted from the conceptual
towards embracing the immediate music-making process with all its imperfections. Applying a
strict three-take policy to recording has allowed him to be fully himself for the first time,
somehow sounding like a Nico-fronted Lambchop delving into outdated pop trickery.

The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness - Close The Doors - 2019

"Close The Doors", a simple pop song featuring 12-string guitar arrangements and, of course, the delicious voice of Andrew.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Barbott - Find Us - 2019

Barbott stress those embracing riffs, that seductive and mysterious voice, those hypnotic rhythms and those addictive melodies we are used to, but now enriched by the solidity acquired in the studio and highlighted during their vibrant live shows. The work is introduced by two songs in Spanish, something new and unusual in their evolving career. Barbott's music points directly to your senses and their first two singles, 'Find Us' and 'Part of You Now', are a precise reflection of it.

La Femme - L'Hawaïenne - 2019

"The first track, titled "Runway," included lyrics that described the role of models and was recorded in Los Angeles last December." -VOGUE PARIS

"It’s hard to imagine a more French version of a rock’n’roll band than La Femme..." -The Guardian

"A tripped-out travelogue" -BrooklynVegan

"hypnotic, psychedelic surf-rock..." - FLAUNT

"psychedelia electro-punk: heavy on synths and drum beats, with a quivering surf guitar that keeps things light." -Interview Magazine

The Great Escape - Possibilities - 2019

Back with a brand-new, seductively minimalist sound that’s nevertheless still raw around the edges, “Possibilities” perfectly encapsulates The Great Escape’s new approach: playful, sexy and flirtatious, the single manages to feel confident and mysterious at the same time. Whereas singer Hanna Leess’ voice sounds more like a modern-day northern fairy queen (think Icelandic mic slinger 2019), it’s a psychedelic underwater tune that, in its eclectic minimalism, mirrors the countless possibilities we face as human beings – and the resulting uniqueness of each moment that passes. 

Daise - Glass Mind - 2019

“The calming overall feel of ‘Sights of Blue’ meshes rich, dark undertones alongside unusual luminous melodies, and a remarkably positive outlook.”

“Like Californian peers Bad Suns, the band mix dance-friendly beats into ambient pop guitar licks and rock riffs. 

“Daise has created a powerful combination of balancing the raw emotions of heartbreak and renewal into a deep yet masterful ensemble that should be required to hear during a time of healing.”

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Gringo Star - Back to the City - 2019

“[Gringo Star] blend influences from psychedelic, surf rock and doo-wop to create their own style of garage rock. Their spontaneous, go-with-the-flow creation process, however, makes this collection of sounds feel natural.” (Paste Magazine)

Yak - Fried - 2019

Photo credit_ Zackery Michael

The result is a rare white-knuckle ride of an album in which his extreme commitment pulsates through every moment - much like Spiritualized's Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space and Tame Impala's Innerspeaker, both of whose creators had a part to play in its genesis -- ranging from the gonzo-fuzz chaos of tracks like "Blinded By The Lies" through to the Roy Orbison-inspired heartbreak of "Words Fail Me."

Anna Of The North - Leaning On Myself - 2019

‘Leaning On Myself’ marks a clean break from the past as much as it expands on the uniquely melancholic sound that is unmistakably Anna of the North. From the shimmering fantasy pop of her debut album followed a creative awakening in Los Angeles and the rebirth of a raw yet more assertive Anna on ‘Leaning On Myself’.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Money For Rope - Actually - 2019

The fast-paced new video is for the infectious surf-rock hedonism of 'Actually’ which is taken from the band's forthcoming second album, Picture Us, due for release March 8th. Made by one of the band's two drummers, the video  - through an almost-dizzying series of still images - sees the band rolling around and jamming in their house-turned-rehearsal-space. It's scrappy, DIY and fun-as-hell - which, as it happens, is Money For Rope through and through. 

Daddy Lion - Mother Sun - 2019

Daddy Lion has been described as everything from power pop to shoegaze to post-punk. Their music has been featured in many blogging and other press outlets including NPR Music and The Washington Post. Originally a solo project of founding member Jeremy Joseph, in 2018 they released their full-length debut together as a band, Learn to Have Nothing and You Will Have Everything, which they self-recorded and produced. Daddy Lion has released seven albums and EPs, ten original music videos and has been billed with Shonen Knife, Tim Kasher (Cursive), The Growlers, Evangelicals, Futurebirds, American Aquarium, Gringo Star, and SUSTO.

Maya Lavelle - House On A Rocky Road - 2019

Maya Lavelle musical style evolved from her contemporary classical education to electronic cinematic pop.

Recommended if you like: 
Kate Bush, Björk, Marina and the Diamonds, Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine

Bob Mould - Lost Faith - 2019

"This could simply be the perfect song for our times, but what Mould does in "Lost Faith" (and elsewhere on his forthcoming album Sunshine Rock) is take the negativity and fear and locate the positive."
- Bob Boilen, NPR All Songs Considered

Shayfer James - Mercy Down - 2019

Shayfer James art for new EP 'Hope And A Hand Grenade'

Hope And A Hand Grenade comes as Shayfer James' seventh studio release, showcasing his ongoing growth as a singer-songwriter. His music provides a unique blend of catchy unconventionality; bright pop melodies are interwoven with gothic-tinged lyrics and emotive vocals, all delivered with a splash of whiskey humor, smart quip, and air of dark charm. Applauded for his theatrical live performances, James keeps audiences on their feet, with a hint of mystery and surprise.

Shayfer James, photo by Joe Velez Acid Test Photography

Anna Ecco - Hokkaido - 2019

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Jon Samuel - Dead Melodies - 2019

the keyboardist in Wintersleep

For musicians, songs are like children—the products of careful nurturing, and a deep investment of heart and soul (and, yes, money). And when those songs are finally released to the public, it’s a bit like sending the kids off to college—the moment when you have to let go of your offspring and let them go make friends with the world. And over the past decade, Jon Samuel has been in the fortunate position to perform songs that have made a lot of friends.

Friday, February 1, 2019

UV Rays - "Flowerhead" - 2019

"But while the group just be breaking out, their new single 'Flowerhead' indicates that their larger-than-life sound could quickly carry them to enormous heights."
- The 405

Throughout the EP, these seemingly disparate sounds blend together effortlessly. On the celebratory lead single “Flowerhead,” for instance, Warner sings a huge pop chorus about being “comfortable enough with someone that you can be 100% your weirdest self in front of them,” but bookends it between restrained, elegantly winding verses and visceral blasts of staccato guitar and drums. Later, “Existential Dread,” sung by Marchetta-Wood, features intertwined guitar riffs in the vein of Television, courtesy of DeFontaine and guitarist Danny Sullivan; “Boys,” written by the full band, is a euphoric blast of unabashed pop-rock that works as a poignant foil for Warner’s biting commentary.

Asha Jefferies - If You Were My Hero - 2018

"This EP took so long because I decided to value honesty over everything else. The way in which I write is so subliminal and is difficult to seperate myself from. It is dripping in sub-conscious truths. Hearing that shit back through speakers as a teenager can be terrifying. A lot can get swept up and away when you lay tracks down and mark them for what they are in recordings. This two year climbing and building mountain was one of learning how to present myself and my work in its most authentic form, no matter how ugly, scary and real it is. Diving deep into vulnerable waters is murky territories, but it’s the only format in which music matters - to connect."

Grave Pool - Seasick - 2019

Allred & Broderick - The Ways - 2019

David Allred and Peter Broderick have shared a haunting a cappella performance of ‘The Ways’, taken from their acclaimed collaborative album ‘Find the Ways’. Shot at Lough Corrib in Galway, the beautiful video is released ahead of their European tour together in February. Talking about the track, Broderick said: “When David first showed me ‘The Ways’, it felt like a song that was so pertinent to the current times, and at the same time like an ancient song that has been around forever. I suppose the message is timeless. I love singing this song with David.”