With Oh My God, Morby has made a secular rock record consumed by religious imagery, a pop art exploration of deep anxiety, and his most interesting work yet.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Of the track, Jason Loewenstein stated, "Wouldn't it be great if a big raging river came through here and washed away all the assholes?"
Act Surprised continues the soulful collaboration that's defined the band since 1991's Sebadoh III and 1994's Bakesale. The new batch of songs reaffirms how vital the creative partnership is between members Lou Barlow, Loewenstein, and Bob D'Amico.
When Barlow recently moved back to his home state of Massachusetts following a series of personal changes, he pressed the restart button and, in time, felt the incentive to reach out to Jason and Bob again to reunite and start work on a new album. The trio convened and began recording in their original stomping grounds in western Massachusetts where they first formed back in 1988. Along with producer/sound engineer Justin Pizzoferrato, Sebadoh have delivered one of the best records of their career. Act Surprised is a 15-song collection that's as dynamic and visceral as anything the band has ever committed to tape.
"Candy is a song that highlights the battle between life and love. It’s a cry for help for anyone to experience and work towards a free spirited life with me. A life free of worry and doubt built together by two congruent halves. Life can be tough but love can be as well, and it is important to be open to and experience it all with your significant other, which candy is trying to communicate."
Comprised of two husband and wife teams, Blushing is an Austin TX based dream pop / shoegaze quartet that originated in the summer of 2015 after Michelle Soto (guitar, vocals) shared her songs with long-time friend and classically trained vocalist Christina Carmona (vocals, bass). Picking up the bass, Carmona helped to fully flesh out tracks and the two incorporated their spouses Jake Soto (drums) and Noe Carmona (guitar).
Their debut EP "Tether" was self-released in 2017, followed by their EP "Weak" on Austin Town Hall Records in January of 2018. Gaining infectious momentum, Blushing have since been asked to play official SXSW showcases in 2018 and 2019, Athens Pop Fest and have shared stages with the likes of La Luz, Snail Mail, Sunﬂower Bean, BRONCHO and many more. They were recently picked by SXSW to be one of the featured artist in the 2019 SXSW Music Preview guide.
They released the single "The Truth" (b/w “Sunshine”) on October 26th both digitally and on 7" pink vinyl via The Nothing Song Records. Recorded, mixed and produced by Elliott Frazier of Ringo Deathstarr both "The Truth" and "Sunshine" showcase a growth in the band's expansive, cascading sound laden with ethereal vocals and fervent guitar, simultaneously capable of reining in with emotional and melodic space. Sunshine was also selected by KEXP as Song of the Day for January 3rd 2019.
Their newest single “Dream Merchants” is scheduled for release April 12th and comes ahead of their debut full length slated to be released Summer 2019. The quartet will be hitting the road this summer to embark on their first west coast tour.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019
From the effortless hooks and nursery rhyme familiarity of The Beatles to Oasis’ anthemic sing-along choruses, this one-man band is keeping the spirit of English guitar bands alive in the heart of Israel, with his own uncanny knack of throwing out immediately catchy riffs. “In a Flash” is your perfect introduction to Downstairs Monsters, taking all of twelve seconds to get to the year’s catchiest chorus and never letting up.
Rolling Stone recently featured "All Hands" as one of their "10 Best Country and Americana Songs To Hear Now," noting, "The former frontman of Hey Rosetta! kicks off his solo career with this indie-folk anthem about his coming-of-age in Newfoundland. It’s nostalgic and nuanced, with a chorus that nods to Jackson Browne and a buoyant, bubbling verse worthy of Feist."
Curlicues is the alter-ego of writer and recording artist L.A. Foster, who grew up on a farm in remote Warwickshire. Early eight-track tapes were inspired by the likes of Nick Drake, Coil, Talk Talk and Robert Wyatt, and painted eerie impressions of a dislocated village life. Debut album The Long Transition combined delicate string arrangements with wide-eyed spiritual yearning, and was released alongside a silent film that added a layer of ghostly ambience to the project.
With golden hour synths and her signature, breathy vocals, Anna laments a time before social media in "Used To Be". In Anna's words, 'Used To Be' is a reminder back to when we were young and didn't worry about superficial things that often take too much of our attention these days. People obsessing over alternative realities. Forgetting that life is here and now. I’m afraid that one day I'll wake up old and sad realizing I spent my entire life staring into a screen wanting to have or be someone I’m not. Let's just go and throw a ball at the wall together and appreciate each other for a second.
They say you can’t go home again, but for Matt Messore it took returning to his hometown of Cassadaga, Florida to discover a new path forward. After traveling across the country and time spent in his former group, Dear Tracks, Messore indulged his DIY bedroom pop leanings working as Cathedral Bells.
The aptly titled “Homebody” served as the project’s first offering introducing a sprawling, whirring world of shoegaze/dream-pop atmospheres extending far beyond its humble origins. That track is now set to open side B of Cathedral Bells’ debut, self-titled EP which will see release on cassette and digitally via Good Eye Records.
“An engaging, continually evolving piece of music” - CLASH
“With stellar musicianship and a growing confidence as a vocalist and lyricist, Ted Jasper will surely be a name to watch moving forward” - EARMILK
Drawing influence from an array of names, from Kanye West, to St Germain and The Neptunes, Jasper’s ‘Back For More' single draws on a compelling network of downtempo house, hip-hop and jazz. Thematically, the track was inspired by the film 'Rounders' and finds Jasper experimenting with lyricism for the first time.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The respected rock n roll outlet called the record "vibrantly lively and hazily reflective..." Stemming from the minds' of guitarist Steve Stout (ex-Blondfire, Lost Beach) and Jason Wade (Lifehouse), ØZWALD was born out of a mutual love of '60s & '70s rock and roll.
"A bombastic indulgence of bright guitars and feelgood vibes that marries MGMT’s psychedelic haze with Wilco’s hearty alternative rock." -Atwood Magazine
"The record exudes sunny pop/rock hooks and arrangements..." -PopMatters
"a polychromatic slice of psych-pop that sounds like the Beatles fixating on Southern California sunsets." -Buzzbands LA
"a full sound that boasts Mamas & the Papas textures via those fulsome harmonies" -MP3Hugger
Sunday, April 7, 2019
“An authentic psychedelic pop journey through hazy lyrics and buttered chords”– Indie Shuffle
"The Babe Rainbow’s songs are laced with twanging guitars, wah wah, and whimsical lyrics" - Glide Magazine
“The Babe Rainbow makes you want to get up and groove” - Amadeus Magazine
"...captures nostalgia in a sunbathed light." - EARMILK
"The melodies and lyrics seem to connect the dots between rock, punk and some grunge allowing to really evoke the feelings and emotions that the verses hold within." - Wolf in a Suit
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The quality of the interpretations here speak for themselves, but here's Frankie talking about tackling this album: "Since I already think it's a perfect record, I tried not to reinterpret too much and stick to similar sounds as the original, but with a twist. Working on it with Jorge Elbrecht was a dream, because he's the only person who’s as deep of a Cure fan as I am! And he's a damn wizard!" Together Frankie and Jorge have created something quite special, paying loving tribute to this well-loved album while still putting their own very contemporary stamp on the songs.
Monday, April 1, 2019
En este EP cinco de los grupos que han pasado por el sello Discos de Kirlian adaptan al castellano y al bable canciones de los Smiths, excepto Silent James que ha compuesto una de propia inspirada en el grupo de Manchester.