Sunday, June 16, 2019

Generationals • Breaking Your Silence • 2019

From their inception Generationals have existed at the convergence of classic style and contemporary technique. Students of an analog school actualized in a digital medium, Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner have always felt most comfortable reveling in this juxtaposition. Grounded in a catalog of infectious pop hooks that feel both familiar and radically new all at once, Generationals mastered their distinct voice as a means to widen the path before them.

Figure Walking • Blue World Remix by Tulipomania & Richard Hartline • 2019

"Every track elicits dancing or tears... almost a relief, like there's liberation hardwired into these songs that could wake even the most comatose from complacency" – Exclaim

Nice Apple • This time Nice Apple is auto​-​cathecting 2019

"Combining the earnestness of Belle and Sebastian with the acerbic disinterest of Patio, the record is packed full of scattered pop songs pitched somewhere between delighted and deadpan." 
~ Various Small Flames (premiere) 

Clay Rendering • California Black Vows • 2019

It’s music that is both chilling and imposing.

Gone Sugar Die • Heartbreak Jewelry • 2019

These are pop songs built on a foundation of authenticity, energized garage rock style vitality, and genuine passion, all of it shot through with high-minded ambition. Imagine Crystal Castles and The Weeknd, in the pit together, watching The Sex Pistols.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Claire Cronin • Big Dread Moon • 2019

Big Dread Moon by Claire Cronin is a record of spiritual urgency. Cronin's lyrics and melodies draw on the the stranger aspects of early American musical tradition, revealing the genre’s ties to “folk horror,” wherein supernatural and mundane worlds merge. Quietly sinister ballads like "Tourniquet" and "Wolfman" arise from the weird logic of dream, myth, and half-forgotten memories. Suburban homes, TV screens, and city landscapes are haunted by saints, beasts, ghosts, seers, and a “calm and decisionless” god. Lyrics which implore or command act like prayers or spells embedded inside Cronin's fever dream stories and personal confessions. 

The Menzingers • No Penance b​/​w Cemetery's Garden • 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Anna Of The North • Thank Me Later • 2019

Asking Anna about 'Thank Me Later,' she remarks: “I’m super excited about this song. It’s the first song I wrote towards this next record. There are so many songs where girls get objectified and controlled by the powerful and rich front man, made out to be all sexy and cute. I’m a front woman and this is a chance for me to get my own back. As well as to remind the guys that it’s not all about the money and that they can be sexy and cute too."

Angharad Drake • Start Again • 2019

You move I wake 
my heart was once an empty space 
if there is no hurt 
the everything is just a waste 

sometimes it's easy sometimes it's not 
you better grow up 
you better grow up 
sometimes it's better sometimes it ain't 
it is what it is 
that's whatever you make it 
but you could always start again 

don't miss this chance 
nobody's gonna tell you twice 
chaos romance 
live is such a tragedy tragedy 

sometimes it's easy sometimes it's not 
you better grow up 
you better grow up 
sometimes it's better sometimes it ain't 
it is what it is 
that's whatever you make it 
but you could always start again

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Purple Mountains • "Darkness and Cold" • 2019

This one has another bummer of a title, “Darkness And Cold,” and despite its rootsy leanings still favors the bleak: “Light of my life is going out tonight/ So don’t look too depressed,” Berman sings on it. “The light of my life is going out tonight/ In a pink champagne Corvette.” The song comes attached to a music video featuring Berman haunting a house and singing like a ghost.

SERA • Rabbit Hole • 2019

SERA played a mellow acoustic 'Rabbit Hole' on her guitar to Andi one wet and windy October morning and by the end of the day, that song had transformed into the high energy version you hear today. 'Rabbit Hole' stays true to SERA's Americana/folk style but takes on some bold new ideas.The chorus explodes into Come with me to incredible things, where the oysters march from the sea, inviting you into a world of the fantastic. SERA's new songs will continue to follow in this theme of the mythic-surreal rooted in very real experiences.

Wild Mercury • Orange County • 2019

The lyrics that make up “Orange County” are a mix of field notes written during a vacation in Florida, and ideas that came as a consequence of turning 30-years-old – wanting simplicity, but realizing that you sowed intricacies all throughout your 20s. We composed the music by trying to picture ourselves on a trip where the sun is always shining.

Eckhardt And The House feat. Bella Hay • Lonely • 2019

Eckhardt And The House is uptempo and danceable indie music with elements from pop to avant-garde to disco-funk, all twisted up into a signature sound with wild experimentation and disregard for the norm.

For new single Lonely Eckhardt And The House found inspiration looking at the people working in their huge office buildings in the 'Financial Mile', the rapidly developing business district in the city of Amsterdam. While projecting a kind of metropolitan feeling of loneliness on those office types (including the tremendous individuality and all those burnouts in their twenties), Lonely is not a gloomy track. It is a sort of acquiescence to the theme, all singing "lonely on the 3rd floor" in the chorus. The fate of young ambitious people in the big city.

american poetry club • a little light of our own • 2019

Message To Bears • Constants • 2019

"Constants" is the 5th LP from Jerome Alexander under his Message To Bears moniker. After living in London for the past 5 years where he released 2 albums, countless remixes, collaborated with and produced for other artists, Jerome returns to live in his hometown of Bristol, where he completes his new LP from within his home studio, located on the edge of local woodland. It would be these daily walks amongst small streams and ever-changing trees that would influence and help form this latest collection of songs. These small glimpses of meditations are a means of processing all the anxieties that would otherwise be neglected without an outlet for creativity. "Constants" is an attempt to hold onto something real and grounding amongst the seemingly fleeting and fragile experiences of life.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Windmill • New York is Awesome! • 2019

Recorded on an iPhone in New York (2017)

Slowness • Berths • 2019

"One of the great undiscovereds in contemporary moody effects-driven rock... an absolute gorgeous beauty" – Big Takeover Magazine

"The album comes across like a slow-release drug, gradually washing over you in equally potent doses throughout. This is remarkable and wistful psych-drone-gaze at its best" – Louder Than War

"With dreamy slowcore gaze-rock at its core, seemingly infused with a certain element true to 60s psychedelia... Slowness present stunning tapestries to dream and chill to, with lyrics embodying both dour realism and hope woven throughout" – The Spill Magazine

"As soon as we heard their hypnotic drone-pop, we all immediately fell in love.. their music blew us away" – When The Sun Hits

"A trip wrapped in a dense stereo wall of sound.. an indispensable treat for lovers of shoegaze and post punk deserving of praise" – The Blog That Celebrates Itself

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Courtney Barnett • Everybody Here Hates You | Small Talk • 2019

Vevo announces the release of Courtney Barnett's live performances of "Everybody Here Hates You" and "Small Talk." Courtney Barnett is one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, a singer-songwriter who mixes deeply insightful observations with devastating self-assessment. Fueled by the nimble crunch of her guitar and the loose groove of the rhythm section, Courtney Barnett's songs are wild and shaggy and wordy, her lyrics plainspoken and delivered like she's making them up on the spot. The music is rooted in the slack jangle of the late 1980s and the early 1990s, which has prompted the adjective "slacker" from journalists and critics around the world. That word is fitting for tunes that sound like they only just roused themselves out of bed. As a description of Barnett's work ethic and musical influence, however, "slacker" has proven to be all wrong.

Kazyak • Zombie Dream • 2019

Kazyak  is  an  indie  rock  band  based  in  the  Twin  Cities.  The  band  has  recorded  2  EPs  (1  unreleased)  and  an  LP  (unreleased)  and  finds  it's  source  in  a  deep  pool  of  experimental  music.  The  live  lineup  includes:  Peter  Frey  (guitar),  Andy  Wolfe(guitar),  Pat  Hayes  (synth,  piano),  Tyler  Safranek  (bass),  and  Nick  Grewe  (drums).    The  band  finds  its  source  in  a  deep  pool  of  midwestern  music,  drawing  on  theabstract  side  of  Bob  Dylan's  songwriting  and  lofty  sonic  architecture  from  the  likes  of  12  Rods,  Fat  Kid  Wednesdays,  Tiki  Obmar,  and  Halloween,  Alaska.

Jack M. Senff • Old Days • 2019

Jack M. Senff has been kicking around DIY circles for years now, but this marks the first time he's released music under his own name. It's also a radical departure sonically, shedding some of the noise of his past projects, and really honing in on simple arrangements that compliment his storytelling. We've teamed up with Atwood and Various Small Flames to share the audio and visual accompanyment to "Old Days", the wistful first single off the forthcoming Good to Know You.

Collapsing Scenery • "New World Borders" feat. DAM • 2019

Their forthcoming debut debut album Stress Positions is a glorious collision of futurist electro, glacial goth tones, techno, post-punk and chillwave recorded using analogue electronics: samplers, step sequencers, synths and drum machines. Aesthetically it initially recalls the early pioneering synth-punk of bands such as Human League, Screamers and The Normal, when the most forwarding thinking punks looked to the twenty-first century. Dig deeper however and it reveals an articulate and highly politicised collection that’s far from mired being in nostalgia for the recent past. Quite the opposite: Stress Positions is a forward-looking album with strong state-of-the-world lyrical content.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Advance Base • Either You Don't Love Me Or I Don't Love You • 2019

"Ashworth's style has always been prismatic, slipping through time and space to craft enduring and dreamlike portraits, this time of loves lived and lost."

"Charmingly homespun downer-pop."

"Ashworth's songs never cease to be entertaining and authentic."

"Bizarrely heartwarming...full of bleakly romantic imagery"

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Babybird • No Cameras • 2019

"One of our most subversive pop artists" - The Sunday Times

"A surreal, off-kilter wit and an endless supply of hooks" - Entertainment Weekly

"Graciously elevates above the merely ordinary" - Pitchfork

"So satisfying, a perfect match of style and content" - NME

"Strong and tuneful" - Louder Than War

"One of the most criminally underrated bands in the UK" - MusicOMH

Courtney Barnett • Avant Gardener • BBC Music Tepee • 2014

Purple Mountains • "All My Happiness is Gone" • 2019

Friends are warmer than gold when you're old
And keeping them is harder than you might suppose
Lately, I tend to make strangers wherever I go
Some of them were once people I was happy to know

Mounting mileage on the dash
Double darkness falling fast
I keep stressing, pressing on
Way deep down at some substratum
Feels like something really wrong has happened
And I confess I'm barely hanging on

All my happiness is gone
All my happiness is gone
It's all gone somewhere beyond
All my happiness is gone

“I always said we would stop before we got bad,” David Berman wrote upon disbanding Silver Jews in 2009. “If I continue to record I might accidentally write the answer song to ‘Shiny Happy People.’” “All My Happiness Is Gone,” the debut single from his new project Purple Mountains and the first new music since his hiatus, stays true to the mission. Don’t let the breezy arrangement or singalong “I Melt With You” chorus fool you: David Berman is as miserable and alone as ever.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Deanna Petcoff • Stage Lights • 2019

Her new song "Stage Lights" showcases the warmth and texture of her voice with playfully melancholy lyrics conveying longing and hope

LOLADRE • "Be Great ft. Jeremy Pope" • 2019

Acclaimed for her starring roles in the Tony® Award-winning Broadway phenomenon Dear Evan Hansen as well as TV roles including Madison McCarthy in Glee Season 6 and Netflix' upcoming The Politician, with Loladre the multi-talented Laura Dreyfuss blends soulful vocals, electric pop hooks and a distinctly personal brand of lyrical songcraft, revealing a captivating new talent fueled by a truly unique outlook on what music can and should mean. Her star ascendant, she took on the name of Loladre for both herself and her audience, allowing herself a freedom to veer away from what was expected of her.

Little Church • "It's Not You" • 2019

Last Night COVER

"Captures the human reality while still being filled with fantasy and magic"
Wolf in a Suit

"Dreamy songs wandering in and out of complex melodies as hazy memories"

"Angelically ethereal vocals taking centre stage, the band delicately form a soundscape of intricate bass lines surrounded by psychedelic synths and funky percussion (that) paints an illusion beyond our solar system."
Born Online

"Prominent and gorgeous vocals lead the way and set the tone for an impassioned performance from the band. The sound hints at 80s pop sound whilst keeping to a alternative rock foundation and sparkling synths wash the track in beautiful glittering sound that sets the single into a territory of its own."

CURSE OF LONO • Blackout Fever (Live at Toe Rag Studios) • 2019

"...the emotion hanging right at your ear lobes..." -B-Sides & Badlands

"...a stellar new album..." -Blurt Magazine

"Best known for their deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock, this release offers a more intimate, stripped-back take on some of the band’s existing material." -Elmore Magazine


“We wanted to capture the vibe we get when we're jamming late at night,” explains frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “So we booked a couple of days in the studio, invited a few friends down and pressed record. Toe Rag Studios is an incredible place. There are no computers. There’s no technology to tempt you. We just played everything completely live like we do when we’re messing around in our rehearsal room, so what you hear is exactly what was played.”