Mar 30, 2019

H-Burns- The Greatest (Cat Power Cover) - 2014


Disque de bilan après l’aventure du tout électrique (Off the Map, enregistré chez Steve Albini en 2013) et les expériences californiennes tapissées de claviers doucereux (Night Moves et Kid, we own the summer en 2015 et 2017, avec Rob Schnapf aux manettes), Mid Life revient à la quintessence du style H-Burns : un songwriting de qualité internationale et une justesse d’interprétation qu’aucun auditeur, à notre connaissance, n’a jamais prise à défaut. Signe qui ne trompe pas, l’idée du disque est d’ailleurs née au cours d’un séjour chez Stuart Staples, l’homme des Tindersticks. Une maison-studio installée à la Souterraine, dans la Creuse, où Renaud Brustlein a pu mûrir son projet, ses chansons, ses paroles, ses arrangements, avant de s’entourer avec le soin qui le caractérise : Earl Harvin de Tindersticks à la batterie, Kate Stables de This Is The Kit pour chanter à ses côtés, Noah Georgeson au mix (Andy Shauf etc). Le tout pour obtenir le disque qu’il avait en tête : celui qui fait le point sur une vie. Qu’il a logiquement intitulé Mid Life.

Mar 28, 2019

Stephen Malkmus - Live Acoustic Set - 2018

Stephen Malkmus plays a mix of solo acoustic songs and haunting electronic beats at an empty church rectory in Brooklyn. 

Tracklist below: 
0:56 Solid Silk
4:06 Shiggy
8:11 Middle America
11:56 Refute
16:11 Freeze the Saints
19:18 Trigger Cut

Mar 27, 2019

Nada Surf - "Song For Congress" - 2019

"I've written a few political songs over the years but most of them have remained in a desk drawer unfinished - they're hard to write and can feel futile," says Nada Surf singer-guitarist Matthew Caws. "But when I read about the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, I felt compelled to try again. Like most people learning of the tragic situation there, I was outraged and upset. After calling the offices of my state representatives and leaving messages urging them to take some kind of action, I wished there was something more I could do. A thought occurred to me: what if I could speak directly to a congressperson or senator through a song? I knew that anyone on Capitol Hill actually hearing it was a moonshot, but I also knew that music can travel in unexpected ways and that it was at least worth trying."

Frankie Cosmos - Haunted Items #1 - #3 - 2019

Frontwoman Greta Kline says of the Haunted Items project: “items themselves are harmless unless they are infused with some kind of energy. These items are haunted by fear, consumerism, commitment, love, loss, the list goes on…I had some of these songs stuck inside me, mostly because I wrote a lot of them for piano and didn’t know how to record them, even as demos. My friend Elia gifted me with 10 hours of recording time with Mark Yoshizumi, and this winter felt like the perfect opportunity to get these out of my system and haunt you with them instead.

Mar 25, 2019

Papooz - Theatrical State of Mind - 2019

The band say of the new clip: 
Once upon a time,
Ulysse le Sévère, the blood thirsty King of Burgundy invites a couple of twin minstrels to play music in his castle. 
Just when you think you're're in more danger!
A french tale of revenge, lust & forgiveness

Armand & Ulysse (aka Papooz) met whilst bunking off literature studies at the Sorbonne to smoke weed in Paris' Luxembourg Gardens. The pair began working on demos of weird pop informed variously by Karen Dalton, The Beach Boys and The White Stripes, which became debut album 'Green Juice' (whose Soko-directed video for 'Ann Wants To Dance' has clocked over 13 million streams.

“Precocious daydream pop” The Times
“Kubrickian fever-dream pop” The Line of Best Fit
“Unquestionably infectious” V Man
“The Parisian duo’s second album is a delightful soundtrack to your next unhinged night out" **** NME
“A unique pop vision, fuelled by disco, French Touch and tropical pop” Clash 
“Replete with luscious multi-tracked harmonies and their penchant for psychedelic synth” Mixmag 
“Imagine if Metronomy and Miles Davis hooked up for the night” GQ
“Papooz have crossed genres and classic sounds to create a modern day pop song that’ll survive the test of time” Indie Shuffle

Warbly Jets - Propaganda - 2019​

“ ‘Propaganda’ is a term as much as it’s a cultural ethos that’s been widely accepted. Anything from advertisement to self-aggrandizement qualifies,” explains multi-instrumentalist Julien O’neill. “From social media, push notifications, targeted ads—we’ve openly elected to carry around miniature billboards, playing our part under the promising guise of a sense of ‘connection.’ We feel empty without it.”

Mar 24, 2019


Luke De-Sciscio - Good Bye Folk Boy - 2019

“It’s hard to find words that express this feeling; RELEASING music.”
“Releasing what was the sound in our bedroom over the last few months, soundtracking our nights and panned from the light that hit the floor of our abyss, becoming the ladder into a newer, better thing.”
“all the best
all my love Love

Candace - Covers 2016​-​2019

Mar 23, 2019

A.A. Bondy - Killers 3 - 2019

"...moody, meditative and soulful..."
- BrooklynVegan

"...lovely sound, featuring a dreamy organ, touching vocals and a soft drum beat..."
- The 405

" The track ("Killers 3") is a bedroom-glam soul piece that fuses a queasy analog synth with some smooth and yearning vocals."
- Under The Radar

Ivan & The Parazol - 'Exotic Post Traumatic' - 2019

Budapestian rockers IVAN & THE PARAZOL carry the spirit of ‘70s glam-rock while incorporating modern psych-rock instrumentation, making for an amalgam reminiscent of a ‘would-be’ Brian May-Kevin Parker compound.

Modern Nature - Nature EP - 2019

Mar 22, 2019

Le Boom - Be There For You - 2019

“An intoxicating electropop track that celebrates those moments where life seems like it couldn't get any better” - Pop Matters

Speaking about the track, Leech says: “We played at Primavera in Barcelona last year. After our show we caught the end of Peggy Gou’s set on a small stage down near the beach, just as the sun was going down. It was probably a mixture of my post-show adrenaline comedown and Peggy’s class tunes but I found myself having a moment of ‘oh fuck, life is great’ - when I got home I decided to write a tune with a vibe that would remind me of that night.”

UK/IRE Tour Dates
Apr 12 | Trinity Ball 2019, Dublin, IRE
Apr 21 | Red Bull Free Gaff, Dublin, IRE
May 03 | Thousand Island, London, UK
May 04 | Live At Leeds, Leeds, UK
May 05 | Hit The North, Newcastle, UK
May 10 | It Takes A Village, Cork, IRE
May 25 | South Central, Portsmouth, UK
May 26 | Life Festival, Westmeath, UK
Jun 21 | Sea Sessions, Donegal, IRE
Jul 26 | Y Not Festival, Derbyshire, UK
Jul 28 | Coronas Big Top, Galway, IRE
Aug 03 | Indiependence, Cork, IRE

Mar 20, 2019

Unlikely Friends - We Blast Last! A Love Letter to the Fabulous Bands of the Pacific Northwest - 2019

Each week starting February 8 we'll release a digital "single" with covers of our favorite Pacific Northwest bands. 

We've been recording these songs because it seemed like a fun thing to do, but also because these bands mean something to us. They’re the bands we listened to growing up, or the bands that those bands listened to. They’re the reason we scoured the all-ages show listings in The Rocket every month, and the reason some of us bought guitars and started our own bands. They’re the reason you can draw a straight line through 60 years of Pacific Northwest garage and punk from 1960 to today. Most of all, they just rock! And because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these are our love letters to them. 

You can download them for free, but if you'd like to show your appreciation through name-your-price then we'll donate it to the Tacoma Humane Society. 


Mar 19, 2019

Childish Gambino - Summertime Magic (Allure remix) - 2019


Grab your free download HERE

Liz Cirelli & Minski - Dining On Stones - 2019

I fuse the worlds of classical and electronic music into intricate, hypnotic and melody-driven moods – with a pinch of pop accessibility. It’s a blend of electronica, downtempo, dream pop and contemporary classical.

Ness Lake - february album writing month 2019

february album writing month is an exercise where you try to write 14 songs in 28 days. songs are in order by date of creation. 

this exercise prompted me to try writing different genres, collaborate with other folks, and really experiment with my production abilities. 

Kafka Band - People get lost - 2019

Kafka Band presents its new album called “Amerika”. As a seven-member band with the writer Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99 as frontmen, they got inspired by Franz Kafka’s fragment of the same name. The band has also made a music video for which you need special glasses to get into the virtual reality. Kafka Band is currently touring Germany, where they are going to play at a prestigious international book fair in Leipzig.

Mar 15, 2019

Super Cassette - Better In Reverse - 2019

Super Cassette, photo by Nicholas Troughton

Super Cassette is an Oakland garage-pop band built around the guitar and vocal harmonies of two brothers. The band formed when Max Gerlock assembled a group to play his solo project, Maximillian, live. Their first show went so well that it became obvious the project should be transitioned into a full-fledged band rather than a solo effort.


So Cruel is the 6th track from “Tsunami Soul I”, and is also the latest single that the band released in preparation for the album. 

The track has an upbeat groove that swims through the chill vibes of the ambient synths and fiery guitar riffs, laying a perfect foundation for the harmony rich vocals that beg the question, “how could you be so cruel?”.

Heyrocco - Destroyer - 2019

NME "angst-ridden grunge of Nirvana, while flecks of Pavement ensure a distinctly nostalgic flavour to these young guitar heroes”
GIGWISE "You know those perfect songs that soundtrack your summer of late nights, romance and hedonism? Well, HEYROCCO have just dropped one”
CLASH "'... darkly nostalgic vibe - worthy of, say, Radiohead's much neglected 'Pablo Honey' full length”

Lady Sometimes - Cosmetic • Plastergaze - 2019

An introspective journey along the shores of shoegaze, a genre that marked the band since the debut EP 'Sursum Corda' and the resounding success of 'Conquiste': here we find once again new eleven gems set between indie rock, dream pop and emo-core. 

Hawksley Workman - 1983 - 2019

The modern day troubadour wrote and recorded his latest LP following a recent move from Northern Ontario to Montreal. This time around, collaborating closely with Murray in studios throughout his new home of Montreal, there’s no lipstick, literal or figurative – just the purity of loving, loathing, and living. With Median Age Wasteland he’s leading listeners through the figurative looking glass for as clear an image of his true self as we’ve ever been allowed. 

“I’ve always had this constant hunger to innovate, reevaluate what I do, and keep remaking it to confuse myself and maybe confuse my audience,” Hawksley admits. “This time, I’m just committing to writing focused and honest songs, which feels like the most interesting thing I can do right now.” 

The Ocean Party - Nothing Grows - 2019

Tiger Saw - The Featherweight - 2019

Mar 14, 2019

Blueberry Fields - Saint Lo. - 2019

“Blueberry Fields” is that feeling of nostalgia, like the exhale of a sigh.
the constant feeling of shifting away from the past, but keeping it close as you move forward.

“Blueberry Fields” is about people and places loved and lost, while ever cherished.

the video was created by visual artist Malaika Astorga.
illustrated with 16mm film and family photos, “Blueberry Fields” invites you into a sentimental world of childhood memories and tender emotion.

Justin Wright - Drone I: Meditation - 2019

Sleepless Records is thrilled to announce that Justin Wright – the Montreal cellist & composer hand-picked for support duties by luminaries such as Colin Stetson, Hauschka, Johann Johannsson and Bing & Ruth – is gliding calmly into the spotlight with his debut long player Music For Staying Warm, out April 5th

Crywank - Wearing Beige On A Grey Day - 2019

Crywank are a Manchester based anti-folk band. They mostly write sad songs and have been told they are the worst named band in the country.

Lowpines - Come The Night - 2019

"poised and mysterious as it contemplates oblivion" New York Times

“a slow-burning torch song”
Q Magazine

"A remarkable sense of intimacy" Clash 

"Bona fide goosebump moments" TheLineOfBestFit

"Stunning..." GoldFlakePaint

"Stunning. Absolutely stunning" The Revue

"Beautiful" Lauren Laverne 6Music

"joyous!" Steve Lamacq 6Music

"just gorgeous" Simon Raymonde Amazing Radio

Mar 9, 2019

Women Of The World Vol. 2 - 2019

In honor of Women’s History Month we're proud to announce the release of WOW Vol 2! 

WOW is a mixtape dedicated to showcasing some of the best female beat makers in the world. 100% of the proceeds will be going to the not for profit, Share the Dignity. Share the Dignity make real, on-the-ground difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence. They collect thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every YEAR for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. They also provide assistance in funding funerals for victims of domestic violence and campaign for justice for women within Australia. 

Mar 7, 2019

Karine Polwart - Women of the World - 2019

"Folk album of the Year” MOJO
"Considered, compassionate and intricate, works a slow but deep enchantment”. Uncut 8/10
“Epic, assured and spine-tingling. Polwart’s inventiveness is unfettered, but the result is not only musically and instrumentally rich, but uncommonly focused. Music for our times. the Quietus
“Dazzlingly inventive” Songlines ✭✭✭✭✭
“An ambitious, rich and rewarding record that sets out to encompass the globe” Metro ✭✭✭✭
"There are few songwriters sharper” Financial Times ✭✭✭✭
“A flawless outing” The Observer ✭✭✭✭
"It's time Karine Polwart was truly acknowledged as a national treasure” fRoots

a 6-time BBC Award-winning Scottish singer, songwriter, theatre producer and published writer - will release her new album 'Scottish Songbook' on August 2. It draws together her reinterpretations of a clutch of tracks spanning 60 years in Scottish pop, spawned from her live show of the same name, which debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival. 

BDRMM - 'Heaven' - 2019

Crafting relatable lo-fi gems born of vocalist Ryan Smith’s astute introspection, bdrmm hit the mark again, starting their 2019 with twinkling slacker-pop cut Heaven.

Live Dates
12/3 – The Polar Bear, Hull
27/3 – Headrow House w/ Lazy Day
7/05 – AATMA, Manchester
8/05 – Yellow Arch, Sheffield
9/05 – Hy-Brasil Music Club, Bristol
10/05 – Old Blue Last, London
11/05 – TBA, Brighton
12/05 – Gold Sounds, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17/05 – The New Adelphi Club, Hull

Mar 5, 2019

Husky Loops - Let Go for Nothing - 2019

"The UK-based band is well on their way to redefining rock-n-roll in the 21st century." -FLAUNT

Jack Symes - Sugar Mama - 2019

Meet singer-songwriter, Jack Symes. A young, promising artist with a sound and writing style inspired by and reminiscent of the foregoing and forthcoming generations of American Folk. A songwriter with a scope for all things relatable, Symes has engulfed his listeners with fables and life experiences all too familiar. From sadness to a thoughtful levity, his performance will have you in tears one moment, laughter in the another and climactically, reflective in thought the next. 

pumpkin mouth - Tooth Salad - 2019

And so he did make weird beats and tracks, and he emailed them to jocelyn, who was in Florida at the time. She improvised melodies and lyrics in a process she fondly calls making "word salad," and emailed Guy back the raw improvisations she came up with. Guy listened to these odd song zygotes and typed up the words he THOUGHT he heard her singing. Then, he sent those lyrics back to Jocelyn who made no changes to his interpretations but did make some actual vocal parts out of the whole thing. None of the lyrics make any sense and most of them ended up about food and we like it like that. 

Rié fu - Mirror - 2019

"Incredibly beguiling" - Clash
“Bewitching… a blissful four minutes of smooth pop gorgeousness” - The Line Of Best Fit
“A lavish, soaring pop song” - DIY

Having lived in Japan and had a long stint signed to Sony, Rie Fu (pronounced Ree-ay Foo) is now returning with a new found sense of musical freedom.

The new video for 'Mirror' follows the life of a young girl seemingly alone in London. Rie describes it as: "A powerful story with a very intriguing ending, representing the spiritual existence and reflection of people close to us."

Sarah P. - Maenads - 2019

Sarah P. releases the music video for Maenads, the title track of her latest EP, which is inspired by the ancient Greek female followers of god Dionysus, who were known for their superhuman strength, sticking together, and fighting for their beliefs.

Mar 4, 2019

Your Heart Breaks - "Late Nights in the Lab" - 2019

"Since their formation in Bellingham, Washington in 1999, Your Heart Breaks and front-person Clyde Petersen have been instrumental in both its indie scene and the overarching queer community."
- PopMatters

"The best songwriters can only aspire to create something this important and Petersen does it with captivating power."
- The 405

Your Heart Breaks is an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington, led by queer/transgender artist and musician Clyde Petersen (guitar and vocals). Formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1999, Your Heart Breaks has toured the world for 20 years. Though the lineup varies from show to show, current contributors include Karl Blau (Guitar/Drums/Vocals), Lori Goldston (Cello) (Nirvana, Black Cat Orchestra), Kimya Dawson (Vocals) (Juno), Kyle Field (Guitar/Vocals) (Little Wings), Dylan Carlson (Guitar)(Earth) and Adrienne Davies (Percussion)(Earth) and a wealth of amazing Northwest musicians who drop in from time to time. 


Baker is best known as the frontman of the JUNO Award-winning and Polaris nominated band Hey Rosetta!. In 2017, the band announced their hiatus and Baker began writing his first solo album. The result is Forever Overhead, 11 timeless songs that are as connected to classic 70s songwriters like Harry Nilsson and Cat Stevens as it is maritime folk. Forever Overhead, with its sweeping piano ballads, acoustic meditations, and dynamics arrangements, is a fresh addition to the recent crop of contemporary songwriters like Father John Misty, Tobias Jesso Jr, and Andy Shauf moving the craft forward while mining its past.

Jacob Faurholt - Sad People - 2019

Sad People is a short collection of sparse, tense folk songs recorded live with a few overdubs in Faurholt’s home studio in Aarhus, Denmark. The recordings rough and mildly experimental character might bring early Bright Eyes or Will Oldham’s Palace Music to mind. Faurholt recorded and mixed the songs himself, in between his day job as a teacher, and spending time with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. In the end it was mastered by the Canadian producer Andy Magoffin (Great Lake Swimmers, Royal City).