Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Dears • Is This What You Really Want? • 2020



“The Dears have a knack for writing pop music that somehow feels right for troubled times.”
- WNYC New Sounds

“Lovers Rock is an album made for an anxious time.” – Montreal Gazette

"Fuel your romanticism for existential dread with Lovers Rock." – Exclaim!


Suburban Living • How To Be Human • 2020



Frontman Wesley Bunch said of the song, "I've always dreamt of being born in a different era. I walk down city streets and my mind constantly wanders. I dream of what architecture, people, cars, etc would of looked like in the exact place I'm standing at that moment. I'm lucky to live in Philadelphia where the history is abundant, but sometimes these thoughts can be distractingly haunting. PM



"Such intrepid lyricism detailing the otherworldly loneliness — paired with shimmering keys and dark, baritone vox a lá Robert Smith — further hones the song’s ruminative energy, yet its pervading percussive drive and last-minute sax solo by Max Swan keeps things vibrant and lush."
- Post-Trash

"The track is a shimmering reflection of a place, fusing slick gated drums, sharp guitar, and soaring synth pads into a evocative template. Check out the track, as well as tour dates, and album tracklist below."
- Under The Radar

"Philly's Suburban Living infuse their dreamy synthpop with punkish angst on "Main Street," a glimmering, slow-burning power ballad."
- Bandcamp Daily

Slomosa • Slomosa • 2020



Acclaimed Norwegian music journalist Totto Mjelde NRK P13) claimed it to be “some of the best new music to surface in the last couple of years”, saying the song “took his breath away”. At the end of the year the same radio station picked “Horses” as one of their five best songs of 2019. Regional newspaper Bergens Tidende proclaimed the band had released “one of the year’s best rock songs” with “Horses”, raising the expectations for their next release. The following single, “There Is Nothing New Under the Sun”, also debuted on P13, and Spotify quickly added the song to their official “Stoner Rock” and “Norwegian Rock” playlists.

TJO • Cruel Summer • 2020




Twenty-eight years into her kaleidoscopic discography, Songs for Peacock is the first album singer/guitarist/composer Tara Jane O’Neil has credited to just her initials: TJO. Recorded at home using primitive electronic instruments in addition to heavily effected electric guitar, bass & voice, Songs for Peacock is a collection of pop covers recalled from TJO’s youth, intended as a “mixtape” for her late brother Brian. Over twelve tracks & thirty-nine minutes, Songs for Peacock abstracts radio hits by the likes of Boy George, Bananarama, Leonard Cohen, Siouxsie and the Banshees & INXS, distilling earworms into thin wisps of dreamlike atmosphere, or stretching them into languorous psychedelic soundscapes. Songs for Peacock warps our collective musical memory to form a singular & cohesive body of work that defines TJO’s highly personal sonic landscape.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sigmund Faust • Banchō Stanza • 2020



The album is a sort of indie alt surf rock blend, with moments of both excess and ambience.

Baby Taylah • Good Enough • 2020




‘Baby Taylah fuses the dark electronica with her distorted, breathy vocals, which flicker relentlessly between angelic and ominous tones’
(The Line of Best Fit)

“Drafting gorgeous alt-pop meditations, this Glasgow original has a striking, utterly unique voice” (CLASH)   

‘"Reclaim" is a stunning, atmospheric piece and a reminder that bruises do eventually heal’
(Pop Matters)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sam Valdez • Clean • 2020



Sam Valdez’s immersive indie-rock sensibility reflects her childhood growing up at the edge of the Nevada desert, and her formative musical experiences as a child violinist. The mystery, beauty, and haunting quality of desert life has shaped the LA-based artist’s sense of dreamy textures, and her flair for abstract but emotive lyrics. Classical music’s majesty has informed her imaginative arrangements, and cinematic sense of dynamics.

Sam has melded in an intriguing blend of shoe-gaze, Americana, indie-rock, and pop into a signature aesthetic. Select career highlights thus far include garnering rave reviews in Clash Music, Consequence of Sound, and Earmilk; earning heavy rotation from KCRW for multiple singles; and opening tours for Stella Donnelly, Cayucas, and Giant Rooks.


 The new single from Sam Valdez just premiered via The Fader. Entitled "Clean" the reverb-dipped slow burner glows with warm vocals, melancholy soundscape and a twist on a breakup narrative. 

Valdez shares, "Clean is a love song in a way but it’s more about being drawn to self destruction. It’s about finding comfort in uncertainty and appreciating the darker qualities in someone as well as the good."

Sam Valdez has garnered acclaim from the likes of Consequence of Sound, NPR, FADER and LADYGUNN among others. 


Debbiah • The Villain • 2020



Born in Brazil and living in the United States, she's already boasting streams in the hundreds of thousands online for collaborations. Debbiah, as a singer, songwriter and pianist, has been making a name for herself in recent years for her dark, alt-pop anthems. She’s influenced by artists like Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish; all the way to heavier acts like Marylin Manson, Black Sabbath and Korn. Her inspirations shine through, in a style that is boldly dramatic, yet still smoothly intoxicating to the ears. Debbiah is currently working on her first EP, which will be self-released.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Japandroids • Live at Massey Hall • 2017



Japandroids have announced Massey Fucking Hall, a new live album that captures their 2017 concert at the iconic Toronto venue Massey Hall. It’s out digitally on June 19 and vinyl on October 2 via ANTI-. They’ve also shared video of their performance of “Heart Sweats” from that show.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Ataris • More Rare B​-​Sides and Covers (Vol. 2) • 2020


This is a collection of B-sides and rare tracks. 
Some have been released elsewhere throughout the years. 
Some have not. 
I figured I would put them together here in one place for you to download on this Bandcamp Friday.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Elrichman • On The Nose • 2020



We had tips from The Line Of Best Fit for earlier single releases – I'm not sure if you're affiliated with Paul's stuff already, but this new album follows 2014's Young, Healthy and Wonderful as well as Paul's more recent material as part of Goosebump (previously called Germaphobes) and Ducks Unlimited (where he plays bass). Emerging from the same scene as Kiwi Jr, Ducks Unlimited, etc, the new record packs in a wealth of Toronto-based talent too – Alex Gamble takes production duties (Fucked Up, Alvvays) with further contributions coming from Zach Bines (Weaves) and Jon Pappo (Hooded Fang), as well as the Boston-based Anh Phung (Twisted Pine).


"That sly shift of one letter in his surname should give you a hint at the project’s cunning sense of humor, keeping listeners on their toes with wily winks hidden behind vividly realized art-rock played with a straight face”
– Aquarium Drunkard

"Elrichman’s roughly strummed guitar is undercut sweetly by the softness of his voice... scintillating string arrangements"
– The Line Of Best Fit

Alcoves • I Find • 2020


I wrote "I Find," my latest single, during a time of reflection when I hit a fork in the road. It was a new phase of my life, when I was questioning my past actions while experiencing the anxious anticipation of where I was heading.
 
"I Find" is self-produced and mixed, completed mainly at my parents’ cabin on Buffalo Lake in central Alberta. It was a really cathartic experience to be so involved in every element of the process.
 
The world has been so chaotic this year and I think we’ve had so much time to get into our heads more than usual. Sometimes the best remedy to that is to just take a leap of faith. I want you to walk away from this track feeling uplifted.
 
This song is really a chronicle of moving forward and how nostalgia can help you get there. There are times in one’s life where you need to really will yourself forward to get to where you want to be. "I Find" is an anthem of sorts for taking that chance.
 
Thank you for listening,
Alcoves

lou barlow • Artist Enabler Club • 2020



Exclusive unreleased Lou Barlow music delivered to your inbox. Each month you'll receive a message from Lou, along with links to stream & download exclusive tracks in high-quality MP3, WAV, and AIFF. For this Club, Lou has lined up some incredibly cool stuff, like super rare 4-track recordings from the vaults, demos and rarities featuring Dale Crover, along with a bevy of brand new songs recorded exclusively for the Club. These songs will not be released anywhere else, and 95% of the money goes directly to Lou.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Another Sky • Fell In Love With The City • 2020




The quartet have spent the past seven years tackling subjects as complex as mental health, toxic masculinity and climate change with an impressive deftness of touch, thereby establishing themselves as a vital voice on the UK’s alternative-rock scene. Catrin explains of her lyrical bluntness, “growing up, my family always spoke about politics. I feel like it's in my blood. I didn't realise how much silence plays into society, and how much people are indoctrinated to believe that they shouldn't talk about anything difficult. But we're all affected by what's going on so we have to talk about these issues, because if we don’t, we can't understand why we feel so desperate, let alone solve it.”

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Loyal Lobos • Si Te Portas Mal (Be Bad) • 2020



Loyal Lobos — the artist moniker of Bogotá, Colombia-born, Los Angeles, California-based Andrea Silva — today released the vibrant, sensual video for her new single “Si Te Portas Mal (Be Bad)” directed by Diego Trenas & Loyal Lobos. The song is the third released off her forthcoming debut album Everlasting, executive produced by Teddy Geiger (Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Leon Bridges) and out August 7th via AWAL. “Si Te Portas Mal (Be Bad)” is now available to stream at all DSPs.

Banfi • Easy Now • 2020




Having relocated from North West England to South Wales via Edinburgh, Cornwall, Sheffield and 6 years in London, Joe Banfi has settled amongst the stark beauty of the Gower Peninsula. He entirely self-produced and recorded the album here, before heading to Eastcote Studios in London to mix the record with Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Noah & The Whale). 

MARK GARDENER • CHAINED • 2020

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Now that shoegaze kingpins Ride are in touring limbo, frontman Mark Gardener has been busy with recording, production, mixing and mastering work at his OX4 Sound Studio. He has also released a new single, called 'Chained', for which he collaborated with 2Square, a.k.a. Stephan Haeri of France's Telepopmusik.

This song comes from a deep space, as Gardener eluciates on a past attempt to face, beat and get away from some personal demons and unhealthy situations and temptations. The accompanying video, commissioned by Gardener, was produced and directed by Dariy Karyakin over the past month.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sylvette • Kelpius • 2020



- “Dramatic, sophisticated and stylish” – Chris Hawkins (BBC6)

- “The groups fusion of indie songwriting and electronic elements makes for something fresh” – (CLASH Magazine)

- “An intense and dramatic soundscape with some rocking guitar work. Passionate and powerful vocals. It's my kind of music!” - (Phil Cunningham – New Order)

- “the band produce a truly avant garde concept, one which they execute flawlessly” “a serious, creative and artistic force” - (Absolutely Audio Music)

- “There isn't a better up and coming band in Manchester” - (Flick of the Finger) 

Tom Rosenthal • Covers • 2016




00:00 - 02:33 Blue
02:34 - 05:32 I Can't Help Falling in Love
05:37 - 08:35 Call Your Girlfriend
08:36 - 11:07 Bootylicious
11:08 - 13:43 One Thing
13:45 - 16:56 Friday I'm In Love
17:01 - 18:59 Happy Birthday
18:59 - 20:27 Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
20:30 - 24:10 Waltz #2 (XO) 
24:12 - 26:24 Here Comes The Sun
26:30 - 30:02 Don't Think Twice It's Alright

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Delachute • Caligula • 2020




This song was inspired by a case I was working on. The guy killed family members so he wouldn’t ever have to worry about money again. From planning to executing, the whole process was explained in details and it haunted me for a while.

He was idolizing Caligula, a Roman Emperor known for his legendary cruelty. During his reign, he had many of his family members executed. Like many murderers, Caligula had a very troubled childhood filled with violence. He sometimes claimed to be a god and one of his favorite quote was “remember that I have the right to do anything to anybody”. Our guy was in that same state of mind.

The song was mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre, Beirut, Owen Pallett) at the studio he shares with Arcade Fire in Montreal. It was recorded in my home studio and also in my childhood house in the country. Thanks to Jean-Philippe Faille for additional drums. 

the GOLDEN DREGS with Vogues feat. Anna B Savage • Just Another Rock • 2020



“Woods drawls his woes in baritone, mixing Lee Hazlewood with The Magnetic Fields’ Stephen Merritt.”
**** MOJO 

"Cynicism wielded with seasoned sophistication, eclipsing that which could be reasonably expected from a sophomore effort"
 9/10 The Line Of Best Fit

"Truly an album to savour"
 * * * * Metro

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Jackson Whalan • Gimme Some Truth • 2020



Jackson Whalan, a lyricist and producer creating eclectic hip-hop with a modern flair to invoke positive societal change. His music is influenced by a mix of iconic artists that came before him which include but aren’t limited to J. Dilla, De La Soul, and Bruce Springsteen among others.

This time around, Whalan draws inspiration from one of the most prolific songwriters of our time, John Lennon, and covers the provocative song “Gimme Some Truth”. Unlike “Imagine”, “Gimme Some Truth” juxtaposes the idyllic song and screams out for answers to the problematic world we live in.

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Avett Brothers • NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert • 2009



With all due respect to its terrific albums and kinetic, frenetic live shows, if The Avett Brothers could put on a three-song acoustic concert at every workplace in America, the band would be a world-beating colossus. For proof, listen to this performance in the NPR Music offices.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Popular Music • Philadelphia • 2020


"In the Summer of 2019, we drove out of Los Angeles en route to our new home — a 19th century barn in Nowheresville, New York. We'd been there once. The few people we've spoken with since tend to inquire about our motives in varying tones of confusion and concern, and since neither of us had a particularly good answer, we've since taken to telling people that we'd "lost our son." Suffice to say, we don't have many friends.

We left Los Angeles with the better part of this album recorded, but after stumbling upon a long-coveted Optigan organ in the Berkshires, we decided to add one more song. It's probably sacrilege to say this, but "Philadelphia" is my favorite Neil Young song. We both literally cried just working out the chords. This recording documents the sound of a mournful ghost trapped in an old wooden barn in the woods."


Mayflower Madame Swallow • 2020



"A seriously heady concoction of netherworldish sonic dabbling on a canvas of foreboding postpunk beauty wrapped in a psychedelic blanket. Utterly superb" – Louder Than War

"Deeply atmospheric psychedelia" – Clash Magazine

"A feverish nod to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club... the spacey menace of early Verve" – Q Magazine

"The love child of post-punk and neo-psychedelia" – Classic Rock Magazine (Germany)

"Their sneering vocals and wickedly distorted guitar riffs are pure Jesus & Mary Chain, the ominous, echo-drenched atmospherics recall Sisters of Mercy, and the overall and very palpable sense of fear and dread harken back to Faith-era Robert Smith" – BlackBook

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Oliver James Brooks • Flyin' Real Low • 2020


“It’s an intimate, acoustic-only album that was… Born out of necessity,” Brooks offers. “There’s something very personal and powerful — and a little scary — when you go into the studio, let everything out from inside, and leave with something that ultimately timestamps your feelings at that exact moment. 

“When it came to the recording process, I wanted to ensure everything captured was completely honest and genuine. I didn’t want what I was feeling to hide behind any special effects, or anything like that. 

Kestrels • "Grey and Blue" ft. J Mascis • 2020



You might already be familiar with them, but Kestrels are a fuzzy, reverb drenched power-pop band from Halifax, Nova Scotia who excel at crafting huge sounding songs with big hooks and ripping riffs. Ostensibly a pop record filtered through classic mid 90’s indie rock, Dream or Don’t Dream is Kestrels’ follow-up to their self-titled 2016 record which was praised by places like The FADER, VICE, BrooklynVegan, KEXP, the BBC and more. 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Sports Team • Here's The Thing • 2020



The six-piece have been causing a bubble of hype to grow ever larger over recent years as their enigmatic live show brought down the club circuit one venue at a time. Coupled with their killer instinct when it comes to songwriting and you have a serious band on your hands.

Sports Team are one such band as they provide not only the clout needed to make a dent in the industry but the artistic chops to make sure it’s an impact left in their image.


TJ Roberts • Sinceridipity • 2020



‘Sinceridipity’ is a song written in the time honoured tradition of barely comprehensible nonsense; loosely charting the cringe of looking back on the faux (and often misinformed) personas that develop through adolescence. Equally inspired by the dark-eyed Lou Reed and Mark Everett (Eels) as it is the rambunctious energy of Dinosaur Jr. and Fugazi. Featuring the highest-grade noise from guitar hero Zac White (Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Zac White).


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Cassette Spence • Solstice • 2020



Talented artist from New York, Cassette spence’s music is described by Adafruit as a “fog thick with atmosphere and emotion” her habitual bedroom recordings started in her early teens in south texas and continue today in her new york apartment. she’s toured north america as an instrumentalist in bands Pepper Rabbit and Verb the Adjective Noun, and has released two albums with her best friends as Vassals. 

J. Laser • Sunshine • 2020




“...a beautiful array of synth work … almost like all of the ideas he had stuck in his head during M83 are just being set free out of the cage, and this, I think, is exactly what being abducted by aliens would sound like....” — BBC1 Radio Next Wave with Jack Saunders

Rose Brokenshire • In a Spell • 2020


'In a Spell' was the first song of five written in early April of 2020. It is about the feeling of having just woken up from a strange dream, trying to remember the details before they fade away. That dream-like state you might find yourself in as the morning turns to night in the blink of an eye, trying to recall what you did that day and how it could have possibly passed so quickly.

Ladyshark • Good Stuff • 2020



Ladyshark are a 3-piece, punk band currently based in New York. This all female trio uses guitar loops, bass, vocals and drums. Sarah Vardy is on guitar/guitar loops/lead vocals, Megan ‘Raygun’ Dillard is on bass/backup vocals and award winning percussionist Jane Boxall is on drums.
Ladyshark were Anu Sava. Anu Sava started out as a solo project from Sarah, front woman of Girl With Cake.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Jenn Nucum • Snakebite • 2020


 Beautiful yet dramatic guitar lines open this haunting piece that will soon merge with the embracing notes generated by a cello. Jenn’s soft voice creates a powerful contrast with the sharpness of the meaning behind this song: a political stance against social inequity but also a quest for kindness. Its chorus arises as gently as a carol and as strong as a statement, thus interspersing the entire song with a very peculiar elegance that, although its subject, incredibly attracts the ears of the listeners. Jenn creates a piece that goes beyond music, something able to raise questions about identity and inequality, even through its stunning beauty.

Daniel Joseph Cohen • Strange • 2020


I write whimsical pop songs that bring out a sense of child-like wonder and am super influenced by artists like David Bowie and Cat Stevens, 50's pop, and the magic of Disney.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

SPC ECO • 6月LP June LP • 2020



The Declining Winter • Occupying The Blanks • 2020



Valium Aggelein • The Black Moon • 2020


A year prior to Duster’s landmark debut album Stratosphere, Clay Parton, Dove Amber, and Jason Albertini quietly issued a prequel LP into the great expanse. An ode to ’70s Kosmische, Hier Kommt Der Schwartze Mond is a skeletal space nap for the prozac generation. Remixed and remastered from the original 16 track analog tapes, the 1998 album has been adjoined by 15 period-appropriate bonus tracks. A fuzzy masterpiece, hidden in plain sight, by the most important slowcore band of all time.

Benjamin Gibbard • Proxima B / Filler • 2020


Benjamin Gibbard debuted live stripped-down acoustic versions of "Proxima B" during the Smithsonian's National Air; Space Museum virtual concert Space Songs: Through the Distance, and during his weekly livestream performances from his home in Seattle. This is the fully fleshed-out studio version of "Proxima B", paired with b-side "Filler," a revelatory piano-vocal cover that brings Gibbard's trademark melancholy to the straight-edge DC hardcore classic by Minor Threat. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

#TheShowMustBePaused


Gary Olson • Giovanna Please • 2020


The album's first single "Giovanna Please" sounds like the Norwegian countryside, too, not too far from what Ladybug Transistor is known for, but verdant and very spring-like with those knockout strings. "If you listen you may notice it’s a bit of a Greenwich Village song," says Gary, "which was a playground for me during my high school years.”