Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Barbarisms - Moaning Teresa & A Wash Of Teeth And Eyes - 2019


‘The breezy looseness of Built to Spill’s earliest releases, Herman Dune’s ingeniousness, or the late St. Thomas’ cracked folk… Nicholas Faraone’s delivery suggests we might expect intimate confessionals in the manner of Bill Callaghan.’ UNCUT

‘Pitched somewhere between the playful jangle of Jeffrey Lewis and the off-kilter wisdom of Guided By Voices…a captivating slice of lo-fi wonder that shines like a gem shimmering in a pool of darkness.” LOUD & QUIET

‘Barbarisms is a fresh garage wind on mostly electronic waters in Södermalm.’ NOISEY


The Lighthouse - Tel Aviv - 2019


Songs that feel like Fridays, that's The Lighthouse's trademark. Their melodic cocktail of polyphonic vocals, guitars, keys and swinging drums make up for your daily dose of instant happiness! Their recipe has been proven successful with a long list of highlights.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Jins - She Said - 2019


We teamed up with Dave Genn from 54-40 to help us produce and record Death Wish, which was an amazing experience because I grew up hearing Matthew Good Band on the radio and Big Shiny Tunes compilations. It was really surreal to be introduced into a world that I felt was so intangible as a kid. Mike Fraser helmed the mixing duties, and he did an amazing job polishing the tracks. It was a total pleasure to meet and work with these legends. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Chelou - Out Of Sight - 2019



"Chelou, a purveyor of loopy guitars and entrancing melodies, has been releasing buzzy singles and EPs since 2014, and is gearing up to release his debut full length in 2019."
- Billboard

"With over 30 million total streams to date across all major platforms, over 60k Vevo subscribers and 98k monthly listeners on Spotify, Chelou is a highly talented musician creating some incredible music right now. He is with a doubt an up-and-coming force in the indie/alt scene to watch out for. "
- Earmilk

"It’s someone that I’m really excited about, a young man from Camden, it’s Chelou"
- Annie Mac, BBC Radio 1


London-based artist, Chelou, shares his new single "She Rock I Roll" off his forthcoming debut album, Out Of Sight. They say anticipation is half the pleasure, and in the case of Chelou, it’s been a steady yet unhurried build up to his first full length. The result is an intoxicating set of folk-blues beats and Chelou’s hauntingly vocal.

Lens Mozer - Don't Stop - 2019



Los Angeles based musician Lens Mozer’s immersive, open-sunroof sound is an instantly captivating introduction to a songwriter tastefully balancing nostalgia and originality. 



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

I Am A Rocketship - Mind Grafitti - 2019


"This is bound to please fans of The Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes, Evanescence, and the Ting Tings. That’s one zinger of a list of comparable bands, yet the I Am A Rocketship sits perfectly amidst them. This is catchy as hell, seductively drawing you in and leaving you hanging on every note right to the last fading guitar" – Big Takeover Magazine

"A unique combination of slow harmony and sonic dissonance... a blend pleasing to the ears and compelling to the heart. ‘Face Off’ is both a lack of banality and a slow burn into the senses that slowly boils over with the confidence of musical experience like a poet unconsciously building to the stanza. Brilliant" – Jammerzine

"Solid mix of cool Scandinavian vocals, pop hooks and unique take on their musical approach... a worthy listen for fans of The Kills, Curve, Portishead and Sneaker Pimps. This is a quite a welcome discovery to start of 2019" – Louder Than War


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Threatmantics - First Things - 2019



Threatmantics attempt to crowbar as much into rock and roll as possible. Veering wildly from heartbroken folk, to balls-out rock, to spine-crushing metal, to good-time pop; barely held together by very fine thread and pretty ribbons, they play music that sounds as much like the band they wish they were as possible. Whether they will survive the pits and troughs remains to be seen, but it’s a special thing to be able to soundtrack your own adventure.

Insomniac Bears - Passing Trains - 2019


Featuring members of Team Me, the band’s ambitious arrangements combine ferocious guitars and gleaming melodies that pierce through psychedelic backdrops.

As the band explains, the new single is “about learning how to find your place and carve out a space of security in a world that offers only perpetual instability. The lyrics map out the negative flipside of achieving independence.”

The resulting track is uplifting indie pop that’s the soundtrack to having a little cry, drying your eyes and picking yourself up again. Clash Magazine have said “the track retains a certain mystery, with its dappled melodies moving between opaque pop and lush psychedelia. Lyrically the song muses on loneliness, but does so in a wonderfully beautiful way.”

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


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“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!

"GONE"
 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. 

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.”