Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dave Monks • On a Wave • 2020


Canadian songwriter and long-time Tokyo Police Club frontman Dave Monks has premiered his video for “On A Wave,” the title track from his debut solo album


On A Wave was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), whom Monks had worked with twice previously, most recently on Tokyo Police Club’s 2018 album TPC. For On A Wave, Monks needed a comfortable setting to write and record—one where he could survey everything that had gone on in his life the past couple of years—and he found it in Schnapf’s Eagle Rock, LA studio. He wrote dozens of songs that explore various emotional states and are connected by an abiding sense of whimsy, which Monks discovered despite the ebbs and flows of his relationships, moves from New York to Toronto, an album cycle, and over a year of touring. On A Wave ultimately feels a fresh start. Something new. Or, perhaps, simply acceptance.

02/28 – London, ON @ Rum Runners 
02/29 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern 
04/25 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky 
04/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore 
04/28 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth 
04/29 – Edmonton, AB @ Temple 
05/01 – Saskatoon, SK @ Alt House 
05/02 – Winnipeg, MB @ Handsome Daughter


Broads & Milly Hirst • 'Happisburgh' • 2020


"Outstanding and enchanting with its positive vibe, original dynamic and clever use of sound textures... calls to mind Sylvian Esso, Plaid, Boards of Canada, Grouper and some other Kranky Records output with elements of Tycho, Bonobo and Telefon-Tel Aviv" – Big Takeover Magazine

"One of the strongest colors on their palette is when they get into electropop mode and bring to it a deeply felt sense of melancholy and a minimalist aesthetic that other producers would fear" – Paste Magazine

"An esoteric hybrid... droning ambience. Broads have delivered an arresting work of sound havens" – We Are Cult

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Thrillhouse • Lesser • 2020



“Thrillhouse delights with the mesmerising and simply irresistible One of These Days” - Elke Nominikat, Glamglare

“Every once in a while a track comes along that has to immediately be listened to again, and then again and then again” - The Revue

Ratboys • Printer's Devil • 2020


Upheaval and change are themes spread throughout the songs on Printer’s Devil, the latest Ratboys LP, out February 28, 2020 via Topshelf Records. But all the while, singer-songwriter Julia Steiner embraces moments of uncertainty as a necessary part of growing. Steiner recalls a David Byrne lyric, “I’m lost, but I’m not afraid” as inspiration for the transformative outlook, considering the line a personal mantra while writing Ratboys’ third full-length record. “There’s definitely a lot of uncertainty about what’s next, but I like to think that, in the midst of creating a lot of vulnerability for ourselves, we’re confident and becoming more self-assured.” 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sign Libra • Sea of Nectar • 2020

Using a fanciful palette of chintzy synths and other new-age-adjacent sounds, the Latvian producer pays tribute to the moon’s seas—and humans’ capacity for wonder. pf



On Sea to Sea, Sign Libra drifts between the cerebral and celestial, arranging, and then rearranging, the complex and magnificent systems of our immediate and greater cosmos into her own graceful and eccentric sound patterns. As the moon appears in different ways on different days, Sign Libra leaves Sea to Sea open like an ocean to listener interpretation and imagination.


Agnes Obel • Camera's Rolling • 2020


 “For me Myopia is an album about trust and doubt. Can you trust yourself or not?
Can you trust your own judgments? Can you trust that you will do the right thing?
Can you trust your instincts and what you are feeling? Or are your feelings skewed?”
–Agnes Obel


Villages • Cremation (Ashes to Ashes) • 2020


In the late aughts, traditional music was the furthest thing from the minds of Matt Ellis, Travis Ellis, Jon Pearo, and Archie Rankin. Having left their Cape Breton homes for the allure of the big city, the musicians formed Mardeen - a group steeped in Halifax's history of melodic pop-rock.

After amassing praise as Mardeen, the band wanted to evoke the sound of home. They found a new appreciation for Celtic and British folk, which transformed the band into the current iteration under the name Villages.

Their new track reimagines Lou Reed's "Cremation (Ashes to Ashes)" as a traditional folk song, pairing themes of mortality and loss with uplifting melodies and sounds.

Christian Cohle • Breathe • 2020



Mixing majestic synthesizers and driving rhythms, ‘Breathe’ explores the emotional struggle of feeling interlinked with something that turns out to be artificial. Discussing the inspiration behind his new record, Cohle says: “Breathe was predominantly informed by experiences I was going through at the time, but also very much influenced by the neo-noir science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049.”

Stereodove • Madonna • 2020




Beginning as the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jason Ledesma during his college years, the first complete incarnation of the alternative pop-rock band Stereodove was born in 2018 with the addition of lead guitarist and keyboardist Cameron Good and bass guitarist Brian Bello. They began playing local shows in the southern California area, opening for such acts as Matt Embree (of Rx Bandits) and performing with actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo. They later released their first collection of songs, ‘Body Electric’, which Ledesma had recorded and produced in his home. The album, including the track “Madonna”, was mixed by Dan Konopka (drummer of OK Go) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (David Bowie - “Blackstar”, Foo Fighters - “Wasting Light”, The Killers - “Battle Born”). Stereodove, a group of misfits diverse in musical background, race, and gender, writes songs from a place of “otherness” and melancholy, often blending the colorful melodies of pop and electronic music with the raw spirit of indie and emo rock. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Lake Michigan • Dolores • 2020


"Intimate lo-fi transmissions from a land glimmering with fairy lights."

"Sounds like he just got out of bed."

Lanterns On The Lake • Spook The Herd • 2020



The White Buffalo • The Rapture • 2020


Of the half-dozen albums thus far released under The White Buffalo banner, this latest 11-tracker – a loosely linked collection of dark thrills produced by Shooter Jennings, who also provides piano and keys – is the most collaborative and organic, the most sonically round.

Leanne Tennant • Everspin • 2020



“With all of its elements working together towards a single theme, Tennant’s release is looking to be stunningly cohesive, not to mention a killer, head-bobbing work of contemporary indie-blues”
Atwood Magazine

"Right from the haunting acapella intro, Leanne Tennant's commandingly haunting vocals latch on. ‘Gentle Annie’ — the first track lifted from her forthcoming second album, Red Wine, Late Nights — teasingly edges towards complete collapse or euphoric explosion (dependent on your own perspective), as Tennant slowly succumbs to the soulful darkness of her late-night world."
Rolling Stone

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Pop! Fights The Flames (benefit album for the people of Australia) • 2020



A special digital BENEFIT album, whereby every artist on this compilation has donated a song to help support the people of Australia where many have been ravaged by the awful bushfires during the Australian Summer. 90% of sales from this album will go to the RFS NSW (Rural Fire Service) 

Dares • Less Than Love • 2020



Candace • Covers • 2020



Papur Wal • Meddwl am Hi • 2020



“Meddwl am Hi” is simply overflowing with power pop, distorted charm, tight yet lose, throwaway yet heartfelt. Papur Wal with tongue in cheek glee describe the song as their ‘attempt at writing a hit single’. With touches of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci subversive pop, 80/90s American alternative fuzz slacker kings Pavement and Dinosaur Jr and a sugared cherry of 70s west coast sunshine placed on top ‘Meddwl am Hi’ is irresistible. Lick your lips, this is a song to be savoured.....a taste of what other musical delights Papur Wal have in store for us this year...a year that will be known as theirs.

TJ Roberts • True Secret To A Happy Life • 2020




‘True Secret to a Happy Life’ is the first release from this new collection of songs and is at once a backlash against and an admittance of defeat to rising social pressure and expectation. Written in a transition period, both for the band and the country at large, its lyrics are an exercise in mindful rebellion and self-care. It is an acknowledgement that we all fall short sometimes and misread help for hate. Recorded at the end of 2020, this is a song undoubtedly of its time and place.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Luna Li • Trying • 2020


A strong female presence in the indie rock music world, Luna Li is unabashedly herself. With over 14 years of classical piano and violin training, Luna has a unique musical sensibility. The last year has seen Luna Li support Born Ruffians and Hollerado on their Ontario tour dates, as well as sets at MattyFest (Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents), River & Sky (U.S. Girls, Fucked Up), Crystal Lake (Orville Peck), NXNE (Dizzy) and many more. 


Little Misty • 2020


Little Misty is a progressive folk band from Montreal, formed by singer Kathryn Samman and guitarist François Jalbert. Known for their projects in the Montreal jazz scene and their work with bands like Bellflower and Tunnel, the young duo stepped out of the box into a more folk/bluegrass sound, mixing it with elements of progressive rock. Their album is set to be released in February 2020.

Lukas Ionesco • Time Is Gone • 2020









A new track, still fully folk and raw, from his new album "Magic Stone" scheduled for March 20th! The video clip is produced by his artistic and life partner Clara Benador, who once again shows the elegance and modern romanticism of this unique duet.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Nation of Language • Rush & Fever • 2020





“...an infectious new wave bassline and interlocking synth patterns that burrow straight into your skull."
- Stereogum

Film School • Swim • 2020


cabane • sangokaku - la gomera feat. bonnie 'prince' billy • 2019


cabane is the new project from former soy un caballo creator thomas jean henri.

features vocal performances by Bonnie Prince Billy, Kate Stables (This Is The Kit) as well as string arrangement by Sean O’Hagan of The High Llamas and mix by Ash Workman (Metronomy, François and the Atlas mountains).

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Winterhouse • An Unknown Season • 2020


An unknown season, a long way from here. 
On a curious path, 
When the leaves turn ... 
to impalpable forms. 

More soundscapes and intimate journeys. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Julian Cope • BBC 6 Interview With Radcliffe & Maconie • Jan 4th 2020


Celebrate the arrival of this new decade with Julian Cope’s rampant new album SELF CIVIL WAR. Crammed with songs that reach deep inside you, each possessed of its own micro-worldview, SELF CIVIL WAR showcases Cope’s songwriting at its most searching since JEHOVAHKILL. Road-testing the zeitgeist with kitchen sink psycho-dramas like ‘A Dope on Drugs’, ‘Your Facebook, My Laptop’ and ‘Billy’, SELF CIVIL WAR also showcases the insightful Heroic Ballads ‘Einstein’ ‘You Will Be Mist’ and ‘The Great Raven’. In typical Cope stylee, the 13 songs of SELF CIVIL WAR brim with sound FX, enormous orchestral arrangements, timeless uprisings of Ur-folk and hefty near-Krautrock anthems. It’s the first release in Cope’s ‘Our Troubled Times’ series, and a fine temporary refuge from our daily bombardment by media luvvies and fuckhead world leaders who take us all for idiots.



Monday, February 10, 2020

Romantic States • Jason Hatred • 2020


"It’s pretty great! ... What makes it special are the words shared by Madelaire, who establishes herself here as a cruel poet of the mundane, consistently hilarious and wicked with a lyrics sheet you’ll want to read."
— Matt Korvette (Yellow Green Red, Pissed Jeans)

Jillian Lake • Oliver • 2020


Vancouver indie artist, Jillian Lake, mixes velvet sounds and big feelings to transport you into her world of sweet sorrow in a way that will make you want to take your broken heart out dancing. Feelings transposed onto paper and into music, movements, and visuals - her complex collage of sound with moody folk undertones can be compared to indie female powerhouses like Feist, Maggie Rogers, and Phoebe Bridgers. Following her first self-recorded E.P. 'Honey' that embodies all the feelings of love and loss through hushed electronics, swooning dream-pop and ethereal ambiance, she connected with musician and producer, Jordan Klassen, for her follow up full length record. Klassen brought in his cinematic and syncopated style to her stripped-down singer-songwriter form. Together they created an album that combines her raw poetry and instinct for melodies with his expertise in song structure and instrumentation.



"Oliver" is a break up anthem that encompasses all the mixed bag of feelings that may come after a love loss. Think sad girl singing her heart out to a karaoke track, playing with the contrast of the wrong emotions coming out at the most unfitting of times. There's something about a broken heart prancing around a bar that can be so beautifully devastating. 

HMS Morris • Babanod • 2020

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The impetus for writing 'Babanod' was the awkward moment in your friend’s wedding when someone feels compelled to reassure you that “you’ll be next”. In that situation, surrounded by married couples and young children, how do you assert your right to a slightly alternative lifestyle, something other than just moving directly from graduation to marriage to parenthood, without sounding like a total dick? Better to smile, bottle it up, and release it in a song when you get home.


Pulp Romance • "Sad Bath" • 2020



"They are reaching out to the listener through heavy riffs and stripped-down verses, shouting for their attention. It’s a heavy track that maintains an undeniable pop sensibility."
-J.S. Moses, Indie Current

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever • Cars in Space • 2020


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sea Wolf • Forever Nevermore • 2020




Alternative indie/folk artist Sea Wolf has released a contemplative new song, “Forever Nevermore”, along with an illustrative new video. The track depicts a specific, transformative moment in time with vivid imagery and a driving melody, as the narrator tries to move on while reflecting on what has transpired. “Forever Nevermore” is off Sea Wolf’s first new album in six years, Through A Dark Wood, which releases on March 20 via Dangerbird Records. 

High Waisted • Boys Can't Dance • 2020


"I had been cooped up for a long week of work and was really itching for a proper night out with my girlfriends. This song was ripped directly from my inner monologue; wanting to let my hair down, eager for the weekend and ready to do something I might regret. It’s an anthem for letting yourself have some much deserved fun. That weekend I remember noticing the dance floor was shared mostly by ladies as the guys lined the perimeter. And I thought, oh, these boys can’t dance because they have their hands in their pockets! There’s nothing more freeing than getting lost in your favorite song and letting your body wiggle, shake and twist void of worry or insecurities in the middle of a crowded room. Everyone deserves to dance." - Dye on "Boys Can't Dance"


“The band’s mastery of 50s era vocals and classic surf guitar will have you dancing in your chair while considering buying tickets to Hawaii.” - Noisey

Alexandra Lost • Fleeting Dance • 2020


To illustrate the song’s emotional landscape, we decided to dig into century-old public domain silent film footage. As we consider our music to be a sort of recycling of 20th-century popular culture, this approach seemed appropriate. We liked the idea of creating a new story from an old one, and of amplifying a film's existing emotional palette by juxtaposing handpicked images with contemporary sounds.

The Mystery Plan • Al Gore Rhythms • 2020

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"A chilled, dreamy, hypnotic sound... and the Beth Gibbons-esque vocals of Amy Herring" – Overblown Magazine

"Pure sensual dreamtronica awash in haunting melodies. It's guaranteed to set the serotonin flowing in the farthest recesses of any late night minds" – Guitar Magazine

"If you were ever a fan of Thievery Corporation, Solar Fields, Groove Armada, Cinematic Orchestra, or even the 4AD iconic collective This Mortal Coil, this is one band you should know about... a delicious smorgasbord for varied tastes - from chill out to dark dreamery and even massively beautiful modern classical music with a near-mystifying delivery" – The Big Takeover Magazine

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Honey Cutt • Coasting • 2020




Boston-by-way-of-Florida songwriter named Kaley Honeycutt who came up playing in New England with fellow Bostonians Palehound and artists like Stef Chura, Bully, Varsity and Peaer. She put out a couple of EPs under the name Baby!, including Sunny F.L. in 2018, which got some attention from spots like Stereogum and FADER, but the project underwent a name change ahead of the release of their first full length, Coasting that will be out on Kanine (Braids, Weaves, Fear of Men) on March 13th. 

Tour dates
February 21 - Boston, MA @ Pasta Planet
February 29 - Waltham, MA @ Brandeis University
March 2 - Toms River, NJ @ The Clubhouse
March 4 - Athens, GA @ Andy’s house
March 6 - Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
March 7 - Asheville, NC @ Fleetwoods
March 8 - Thomas, WV @ Gradient Art Space
March 10 - Philly, PA @ Sympathetic Frequency
March 11 - NYC @ Pianos
March 12 - NYC @ Pianos
March 13 - NYC @ The Bowery Electric
March 14 - NYC @ Berlin
March 23 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cardiff Giant Tattoo 
March 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Church of Fun
March 27 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
March 28 - Portland, OR @ Vinyl Underground
March 30 - Salt Lake city, UT @ House Party
April 2 - St Louis, MO @ The Nest
April 4 - Detroit, MI @ The UFO
April 5 - Cleveland, OH @ The Tavern
April 26 - Providence, RI @ The Good Will Engine Co.

Tiny Fighter • Strangest Thing • 2020

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“Tiny Fighter make one of the most unique tracks we’ve heard” – NeuFutr

“Conceptual and epic.. will leave you aching for more glossy ballads from Tiny Fighter… some of the most exciting new talent out of Sweden” – Hhhappy Magazine

“The kind of dreamy indie pop that becomes the soundtrack of your life… radiates pure vitality” – The Revue

"Dramatic structure... powerful and emotionally wrenching" – PopMatters

"True formula for success... recalls Four Non-Blondes, Sheryl Crow and No Doubt. With a voice similar to Karin Elisabeth Dreijer of The Knife" – The Spill Magazine

teepee • parallel world • 2020



“‘Parallel World’ grooves with a feverish longing for balance and tranquility. Soulful vocal harmonies and dramatic melodies help capture the magic.”
Atwood Magazine

“‘No Reason’ shows the ethereal vocals and the minimal lines of the sound.”
Son Of Marketing

Inspired by acts like RY X, Nick Drake, Son Lux, and Sigur Rós, teepee's sound is defined by intoxicating vocal harmonies, with Miroslav's gentle acoustic guitar enhanced by fragile notes from Tereza’s electric guitar. Subtle samples and synthetic embellishments provide a bed for their melancholic, confessional English lyrics - with elements of their sound drawing parallels to the likes of Daughter, Bon Iver, and Aurora.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Andrew Hibbard • "Running from the Enemy" • 2020


Whether it's paying tribute to the classics or displaying his own craft to match his musical mentors, Andrew Hibbard is sure to be a delightful and intoxicating experience to anyone who is a fan of Folk/Country/Blues at its best.


Andrew Hibbard is a musician, songwriter, singer and writer of poetry. Born in Hamilton, Ohio in the late months of 1995, he began playing guitar at the age of six when his father showed him some basic chords. Since high school he’s been picking and roaming, following the paths cut by his musical forebears -- Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins and Lightnin' Hopkins.


“A genuine talent” – Andrew Frolish, AMERICANA UK

“Intriguing… Hibbard injects plenty of twang into his high and lonesome, shuffling first single ‘Changes.’ His love of country music is evident in the honky tonk stylings that bring to mind the classics of the genre, but there is also a dark folk sound underlying the twang.” - Neil Ferguson, GLIDE MAGAZINE

 “… a perfect slice of Americana.” - Ken Sears, IF IT'S TOO LOUD

I Break Horses • Death Engine • 2020


Of the track, the lyrics of which highlight the troubled minds of today’s youth in our harsh contemporary times, Maria Lindén says: “The song, which was written in connection to a close friend's suicide attempt, also reflects upon the increasing reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death among Generation Z, with this age group having more mental health issues than any other generation.”