Sunday, September 20, 2020

Cosmo Sheldrake • Wake Up Calls • 2020


Wake Up Calls’ was created over a nine year period, using recordings of bird song featured on the red and amber lists of endangered British birds (with the exception of a Robin and a Blackbird, which aren’t endangered – yet). 

The album starts at night with a Nightjar and a Nightingale. The music progresses, track by track, through dawn and day time, round to the evening chorus and back to night with another Nightingale and an Owl. Cuckoo Song, is composed by Benjamin Britten and features the sound of a Cuckoo singing above Britten’s grave in Aldeburgh Cemetery, recorded by the soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause. 

Dusty Miller • Empathy • 2020


Jeremy Jensen Superb dreampop in a late 80s-early 90s vein. Favorite track: Had Enough.

Emma Kupa • It Will Come Easier • 2020

It Will Come Easier delves through the trials and tribulations of attempting to navigate the crossroads of your early thirties. Head on and raw, Kupa leads us through her tender reflections on relationship regrets, the torment and pressure to succeed, and the dichotomy of now finding herself inclined to choose logic over impulse - “does her smile light up your heart, or do you just want to get under her shirt?” she asks on Does It Feel New. 

Her most personal collection of songs to date, they pick up from the intimate family portraits of Kupa’s debut solo EP, Home Cinema: 

“The album explores aspects of love, escapism and fidelity, but there’s also a thread about accepting feelings of hopelessness when you don’t quite meet the many pressures of life’s expectations”. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Z Tapes • Friends Covering Friends Vol. I • 2020

Friends Covering Friends Vol. I. 

A compilation to celebrate friendship. Friends covering friends' music.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

American Analog Set • Aaron & Maria • 2009

Aaron and Maria ran
From the Northwest coast to the city and
Now they reside out in Brooklyn Heights
Where the rich kids hide and the years go by
Aaron writes but they both survive
'Cause Maria waits on library lines
And Aaron sighs, "If the TV's right
You put your hat on tight or catch a death outside"
We're living off some modest trust
From daddy 'fore his oil went bust
And loving you is just enough
'Cause no one gives a fuck about us

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Save Stereogum: An ‘00s Covers Comp • 2020

Save Stereogum: An ‘00s Covers Comp is an exclusive new compilation we produced just for an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign launching today. We asked over 40 of our favorite artists to record brand new, never-before-heard covers of songs from 2000-2009. (Aughts nostalgia … it’s time!) Donors will receive a .zip download of the compilation — including MP3s, artwork, and liner notes — and will be the envy of their friends because it will never be released again! We won’t be streaming Save Stereogum anywhere and will never reissue it. It’s only available to supporters of this campaign. StereoGUM

Friday, September 11, 2020

Anna McClellan • I saw first light by • 2020

The record is McClellan’s third full-length to date and second for Father/Daughter Records following her 2018 album Yes and No. Early on in her career, the Nebraska-born singer-songwriter was cosigned by Frankie Cosmos, which gave her profile a boost and placed her in a league of comparable contemporaries. Like Cosmos and others such as Florist and Dear Nora, McClellan makes soft, relatively lo-fi twee pop with intimate subject matter and clever lyrics. CoS

Unlike those other acts, though, McClellan’s songs have a woozy and whimsical swing to them that’s distinctly her own. “Desperate” and “Pace of the Universe” are great introductions to both this LP and her as an artist. The former is a humorously self-effacing song about being, well, incredibly desperate for validation, while the latter is about throwing social norms to the wind and embracing vulnerability during catastrophic times (it’s quite relevant).

Monday, September 7, 2020

The Barr Brothers • Saint Cecilia • 2020

(Ooh-ah ooh-ah, ooh-ah ooh-ah ooh-ah,
Ooh-ah ooh-ah, ooh-ah ooh-ah ooh-ah)
Here in my jungle, I'm the fire chief
I'm up all night 'cause I can't no relief
I've come 600 miles
I've got 600 miles to go
'Cause see, Saint Cecilia, I think of anyone, she oughta know

I've been to New York, I've been to Amsterdam
Boats on the water, joints in my hand
I've been set up and broke down
I've been suspicious too
But if she says she's gonna do it,
Saint Cecilia, that's what she's gonna do

I know you're a martyr, as all of us are
I know where the cross is, and you keep it in your car
That's a sad but prideful state of affairs
Gonna tell Saint Cecilia that she's the only one who really cares

Maybe it's only as a carry on
On the mistletoe
And it's tryies and verses at the risk of the mournin'

Into the wild, into the dark
I've seen your bite and it's worser than your bark
I've got burns on my fingers and scars all over my soul
But when you see Saint Cecilia, she's gonna get it under control

You know you can't stay here, but you can't let me go
You got information that others wanna know
There's a high price flying over your head
When you see Saint Cecilia, you'll either be free or you'll be dead

Maybe it's only as a carry on
On a mistletoe
And as tries and verses at the risk of a mournin'
Go and tell Saint Cecilia, I think of anyone she'll understand
(Ooh-ah ooh-ah, ooh-ah ooh-ah ooh-ah)

DJ Spinna and BBE Soundsystem • Best of Perception & Today Records and 7'' Sampler • 2012

Perception Productions, a New York based label that ran from the late 60s through until 1974, was a strangely eclectic affair. Its roster stretched from a radical Afro-American poet through to the pop band King Harvest whose hit ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ became a massive hit for the UK band Toploader a couple of decades later. The inbetween points covered jazz, funk, vocal harmony soul and proto-disco. In fact distilled down into this compilation the label provides us a view of Manhattan’s black music scene of the period, from the established greats to the fresh young things who would make their mark in the coming years. 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Airlines • Copenhagen • 2020

We want people to hear the beauty of love and of Copenhagen itself reflected in the music, and then to contrast that with the melancholic nature of the lyrics. The entire track is a ying-yang of happiness, pain, longing, love, and acceptance.

The magic of hopping on a plane and heading across the world to see someone you love conflicts with against the pain of sending someone you love on a plane across the world, never knowing if you'll ever see them again.

Friday, September 4, 2020

wiaiwya • Singularity • 2020

TV People • Nothing More • 2020

"Underlined with thrashing drums and layered with driving guitar riffs, [Time Eats Up] explores the intensity of solitude and isolation, a theme that couldn’t resonate more at this current time." - ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS

"The sprawling atmosphere conjured up in singles Kitchen Sinking and Time Eats Up evoke the early genius of post-punk revivalists Interpol." - THE DAILY STAR

"TV People execute punk's confrontational nature with aplomb, and in an incredible manner to boot." - EARMILK

"Just adding to the pedigree of great bands coming from Ireland at the moment." - FRANKIE FRANCIS, AMAZING RADIO

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Versus • Blue Thunder (Galaxie 500) • 2020

Versus [New York]: "Fontaine and I [Richard] opened for Galaxie 500 in the summer of 1990, at Woody's in the East Village. (I don't remember it being a particularly hot day, and the internet concurs... 86 degrees. Anyhoo...) We had just met and started playing together, and though we weren't called Versus yet, we were playing songs that Versus eventually recorded. Galaxie of course stood out in contrast to the NY scuzz-rock era, but really prefigured the coming of 'indie-rock.' A timeless band."

Josephine Foster • No Harm Done • 2020

Eight new slow-burning songs branch forth from idiosyncratic country folk blues, sung with sibylline wit and a hint of the absurd, awash in sensually anachronic lyricism. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Kevin Morby • Campfire • 2020

“It is a depiction of isolation,” Morby said of the album. “Of the past. Of an uncertain future. Of provisions. Of an omen. Of a dead deer. Of an icon. Of a Los Angeles themed hotel in rural Kansas. Of billowing campfires, a mermaid and a highway lined in rabbit fur. It is a depiction of the nervous feeling that comes with the sky’s proud announcement that another day will be soon coming to a close as the pink light recedes and the street lamps and house lights suddenly click on.”

Along with the announcement, Morby has also announced a “virtual tour” in which he’ll play each of his albums the whole way through via livestream. He’s also shared a lead single called “Campfire,” a two-part sprawl that features one of the album’s evocations of its title. The song comes with a video directed by Johnny Eastlund and Dylan Isbell, and featuring Crutchfield.

Kramer • Decomposing Trees (Galaxie 500) • 2020

a shoreline dream • "melting" • 2020

a shoreline dream has been best described as creating “melodipsych night music” by combining lush sampled textures, wall of sound dynamics, and vocals layered like a synth, similar in vein to bands such as Cocteau Twins, Porcupine Tree and Sigur Rós.

"Delicate curves and beauty... a glorious dawn" – PopMatters

"Begging for you to play it loud" – Surviving The Golden Age

"A wild and beautiful thing" – The Big Takeover

"Goth heaven... one of the leading lights of the neo-shoegaze movement" – DKFM
"Haunting vocals, addictive guitar lines, synth swells to die for & a swirling dark undertone that both scares & soothes all at once" – Primal Music Blog
"The things we like most in stoner rock, dream pop, shoegaze and prog-tinted postrock" – Overblown Magazine
"Shadowy and storming dreaminess.. reminiscent" – Stereo Embers Magazine

Monday, August 31, 2020

Don't Bring No Ladders

Friday, August 28, 2020

Forever Just Beyond

Monster Rally • Castaways Vol. 1 • 2020

Castaways Vol. 1 presents a collection of four EPs that have never appeared on vinyl previously, including Sunflower, Psychic, Flight to the Jungle, and Starlight. The Double LP also includes a previously unreleased bonus track for each EP, culled from the original sessions.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Lancelot Schaubert • All Who Wander • 2020

ALL WHO WANDER is also a musical prologue for my debut novel BELL HAMMERS, which comes out in October (to... rather solid reviews). I wanted to give you a chance to discover the concept album before the novel comes out. 

LEK • On and On • 2020

"intelligent and sophisticated rock album" ... Squidco
"intelligently gripping rock music… a psychedelically wild listen"… URB
"monstrous slab of psychedelic rock" ... Aural Innovations

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Josh Ritter • Time Is Wasting • 2020

Wow you guys. Thank you so much for listening to Time is Wasting and for pre-ordering the record! I’m really proud of these songs and performances and I’m so happy that they now have a home together. Thanks as well to all the amazing musicians who played on them! You can listen to Time Is Wasting by going to Rock on!

Lomelda • Paste Studios • 2018

Dan Tuffy • Letters of Gold • 2020

“Letters of Gold” sees a shift away from the story-telling country noir atmosphere of his last album towards a more groove based approach where bass, electronic and percussive elements come to the foreground on a big, rich production canvas.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Adam Mowery • Horseshoe Canyon • 2020

RIYL: Bill Callahan, Neil Young, Daniel Johnston

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald • I Love That Sound • 2020

runnner • new sublet • 2020

"New Sublet" is a forlorn ballad that opens with a meditative acoustic guitar melody, and is driven by soft percussion that imitates the monotonous sound of water dripping from a tap, emphasising the feeling of loneliness and empty space with the hypnotic, recurrent 'drip drop' sounds."
-Cerys Kenneally, The Line of Best Fit

Holy Motors • Horse • 2020

“Tulve’s peacefully resigned voice and the guitarists’ infinity-pool-style shimmer court easy comparisons to Mazzy Star and Slowdive.” 

“Their music sounds like cowboy dream-pop with a dark side, like lost B-sides from the Paris, Texas soundtrack.” 
Interview Magazine 

"Even if [the songs] feel effortless...there’s an attention to detail and easy comfort in their open-road anthems that contradict their modesty" 


“Ennio Morricone’s atmospheric movie compositions are a touchstone on Sundown—particularly on foggy opening track “Honeymooning”—as is Mazzy Star’s watercolor dream-pop” 
Bandcamp’s Album of the Day

Sex Party • Prince Johnny • 2020

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A glam troubadour spilling secrets, Prince Johnny is the project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Viktor Vladimirovich. With music that spans delicate piano ballads to electro-pop nuclear meltdowns, Kholod explores sexuality, shame, and mental health with brutal & often poetic honesty. A one-time Boston University mathematics and statistics student, he brings an analytical and concise approach to his genre-bending songwriting, fusing elements of indie, cabaret, folk, and pop.

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mehro • "Hideous" • 2020

Having recently revealed his sophomore single Hideous to widespread acclaim, rising LA based newcomer mehro reveals the stellar video to the hauntingly beautiful cut. Showcasing mehro's beguiling vocal over plucked guitar strings, Hideous sees the hotly tipped artist lament the loss of a relationship over a chorus that will remain with you long after first listen. Speaking on the track, mehro states:

"When I wrote this song I was in dark place. When I closed my eyes, my thoughts were ones of self hatred, when I looked in the mirror I saw a monster."

In a world dominated by social media, mehro captured attention with only the power of his voice, the depth of songwriting and strength of his musicianship. Recalling greats like Jeff Buckley and Conor Oberst, all signs point to mehro having a huge year.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Sam Roberts Band • I Like The Way You Talk About The Future • 2020

“I Like The Way You Talk About The Future” is the second new track for 2020 from Sam Roberts Band. Blending an infectious, thick groove with trippy vibes and inspired lyrics, “I Like The Way You Talk About The Future” is a head-nodding, instantaneously catchy track, fitting for the times we’re living in. 

Essentially, in my mind, it comes back to the need for some light. A way forward. To shine some kind of bright light on the future, the path that we’re walking and not giving in to despair. 
– Sam Roberts

Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts' • "Oh No" (Feat. Kay Hanley)

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" appropriately catchy and entertaining bit of pop that finds the listener playing along to spot the various references to their own favorite bands."- PopMatters

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Orville Peck • No Glory in the West • 2020

Orville Peck has shared a new EP titled Show Pony, originally set for release on June 12, but delayed to show support for the Black Lives Matter protests. The EP includes “No Glory in the West,” which made appearances in the masked singer’s live shows earlier this year and follows his last single, “Summertime” from early April. Peck’s EP offers six tracks, including a collaboration with country-pop icon Shania Twain on “Legends Never Die.” —Jack Meyer

Eric Slick • "When It Comes Down To It" • 2020

Philly’s Eric Slick—drummer for Dr. Dog—has shared his new solo album Wiseacre, which arrived with the lead single “When It Comes Down To It.” “When It Comes Down To It” is simple and meditative, floating and sparkling with dreamy atmospherics. Exploring newfound love, Wiseacre is a flash of brightness after his darker, more introspective album Palisades. —Danielle Chelosky

Luna • California Blue | Bewitched • 2019

10/9/2019 - Paste Studio ATL - Atlanta, GA

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Oceanator • Heartbeat • 2020

'Heartbeat' is a racing power-pop cut with a joyously shreddy guitar arpeggio that perfectly translates the chest-thumping rush of being near your loved one into song. 

“I Would Find You,” sounds epic and determined, keeping a driving rhythm for six minutes as Okusami braces for steadfastness at the end of it all. - Stereogum

Oceanator delivers the perfect songs for solitary moments of disoriented wonder. Turning a corner down a new boulevard, the song of your thumping heartbeat will assuredly be in time with the music of Oceanator. - American Songwriter

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Edith Frost • Nothing Comes Around • 2020

The first new music from our long-distanced chanteuse in absolutely (if not quite literally) forever is a cool comfort. The desired Frost effect pairs something old with something new in an expanse of stony inner space: a hitherto-unheard original brings classic Edith magic, paired with a cover each of Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. Sweet-ith!