Friday, August 28, 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
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.
Saturday, August 22, 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 https://found.ee/JoshRitter-Mansion. Rock on!
“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
"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
“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.”
"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
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.
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
“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.
"...an appropriately catchy and entertaining bit of pop that finds the listener playing along to spot the various references to their own favorite bands."- PopMatters
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
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
Friday, August 14, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 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
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!
The last Advance Base show in front of a live audience was in Portland, Oregon on March 11, 2020, four days into a west coast tour with Claire Cronin & Ruth Garbus. The following day, the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed the public consciousness, my professional life as a touring musician ended, & I began the long drive back home to Oak Park, Illinois, where I’ve sheltered in place with my wife & kids ever since. Occasionally, I’ve broadcast live sets over the internet from my basement rehearsal space as a means to keep myself in practice & to maintain a connection to the outside world. The songs on this digital-only release were collected from those livestream broadcasts. I've included three songs from each of the three Advance Base “studio” albums, plus three songs from my former music project, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. I don’t know if or when I’ll be able to tour again, but I’m grateful to have these live versions recorded as a document of what an Advance Base show sounded like in 2020. Thanks for listening. –Owen Ashworth
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Beautiful soothing and indulging piano rework by Lake Isabel, the contemporary classical side project of The Barton Brothers: “[Our] goal was to enrich the arrangement, introduce a new harmonic palette, and create a cinematic arc while keeping the integrity of the original melody.” This gentle piano piece seamlessly fits into the previous well received rework releases of Illuminine’s upcoming piano compilation including artists like Akira Kosemura, Dominique Charpentier and Simeon Walker.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Armon spent nearly 14 hours a day for two months recording the album, barely getting any sleep. “As heavy lyrically as the album is, it was the most fun I’ve ever had making music,” he insists. “I woke up every day with a feeling of purpose which felt right. It felt good.”
Working with mixer Zach Hanson from Justin Vernon’s April Base studio outside of Eau Claire, WI, where Bon Iver albums are made, proved to play a major role in how it turned out after Armon recorded “in the box,” using UAD interface and plugins. “I credit Zach with bringing that analog warmth to the album,” says Armon, adding kudos for Jeremy Larson, who recorded and arranged the strings for three tracks (“Lighthouse,” “Break the Habit” and the title song) and Abby Gundersen, responsible for the violins on “Stay Grounded.”
Music paired with limited edition beer released by Fort George Brewery and Jealous Butcher Records. Exclusive tracks from Califone (John Prine's "Crazy As A Loon"), The Hackles' original "Making Baby Keys In The Darkness" and Golden Promise's "If She Were Gone."
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
"It’s an emotional journey for any viewer, but also a warning that though everything may seem fine, we never really know what’s going on with those around us." (Blunt Mag)
"As elegant as it is angsty, the single channels the style of bands like The War On Drugs and Real Estate with ease."
"Woozy strumming guitars, lo-fi drums and sweeping chord progressions. Add to this Sammm’s perfect vocal delivery and you’ve got a hit."
With music that mixed ‘90s-inspired guitar-based American alternative rock with Finnish rock, punk and sensitively primitive poetics, the band reached number 13 on the Finnish charts with their debut album and played at the biggest Finnish festivals, including Flow Festival and Sideways. Gim Kordon also warmed up for American alternative legends Superchunk. Following their debut album in 2014, the band released the single Vieläkin on ikävä (“I Still Miss You”) in 2015, after which the band members took a break for several years due to work commitments.