Thursday, February 25, 2021

Waxahatchee, Kevin Morby • Lilacs • 2021

Waxahatchee is the performance name of Alabama native Katie Crutchfield. Singer and musician Kevin Morby is her partner in life — and sometimes when performing as well. The pair recently moved back to Morby's native Kansas City, where they both are creating new music. Morby's new album "Sundowner" came out this fall, and Waxahatchee's album "Saint Cloud" was released last spring. The two join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to perform the song "Lilacs," from Waxahatchee's album "Saint Cloud."

Junaco • Blue Room • 2021





“Jaffer’s vocals lead with a confident poise while the song’s momentum builds steadily with each passing moment. Recreating an image of a convertible cruising along the Pacific Ocean highway with the top down, no destination set while the cool breeze caresses your face.” - Ears to Feed

“Atmospheric audio wallpaper” - American Songwriter

“Junaco make folk music that feels as if it came from a secluded, shady spot where the mind is uncluttered by the entanglements of modern life. Technology and media, be gone. You too, day job. Let someone sing for you.” - Buzzbands

“Seductive serenity...Dreamy” - Atwood Magazine

“Deep, organic storytelling and atmospheric soundscapes” - Culture Collide

“Achingly gorgeous vocals, which seem to float over the song’s twangy arrangement — and much like its predecessor, and expansive song structure. And at its core, is a bitter heartache that sounds lived-in and familiar” - Joy of Violent Movement

“Stunningly melancholy” - Earmilk

Mojo JNR • You Got It (or something like that) • 2021



'You Got It' is about a feeling. The feeling you have when you lock eyes with someone for the first time, the song is based on an inner monologue while at a house party. I wrote this when I was self-isolating with my long-term girlfriend in a house we rented with out-dated 70s decor, and I wanted to reflect that in my instrumentation with my use of 70's inspired analogue synths.'

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Adult Mom • "Checking Up" • 2021


Left Field Messiah • Young Libertine • 2021





“‘Young Libertine’ was an important moment for us because we landed on a new shade of LFM blue, combining early 90s hip hop tones and soul dance melodies splashed with some nice 80s pop moments. This is a song of firsts—rhyming libertine with figurine and x-ray machine with screen—and while our productions have been referred to as “maximalist”, this is one of our more restrained moments.”

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Bishop Boys • Dark Days • 2021




Dreamy, driving, wistful, and nostalgic, “Dark Days” is both a gloomy reflection on pandemic life and the civil unrest of the past year, and a hopeful forecast of brighter days ahead. Written during the first lockdown in May of 2020, the song illustrates empty live-streamed shots of Times Square, riots erupting in Minnesota in the days after the murder of George Floyd, and the widespread appreciation for the “superhero medicine man.”

Barbarisms • I Want To Change My Mind • 2021



‘The breezy looseness of Built to Spill’s earliest releases, Herman Dune’s ingeniousness, or the late St. Thomas’ cracked folk… Nicholas Faraone’s delivery suggests we might expect intimate confessionals in the manner of Bill Callaghan.’ UNCUT

The Green Flamingos • Will You Be My Friend ? • 2021



"In a sunny and falsely nonchalant tone with a bit of sarcasm, this song evokes the relationship that some people can have on social networks: a love-hate relationship. It is easy to connect with complete strangers and difficult to keep in touch with friends from one's non-virtual life, to be spied on or harassed as well as to be ignored." The Green Flamingos

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stef Chura - How to Rent a Room • 2019



Right before Halloween, another great indie-rock artist, Stef Chura, released her version of “How to Rent a Room,” a Silver Jews classic from 1996’s The Natural Bridge.
Mordantly funny and shabbily pretty, it’s a message from the victim of a suicide (or maybe a botched suicide), opening with the indelible line, “Now, I don’t really want to die/I only want to die in your eyes/I’m still here below the chandelier where they always used to read us our rights.” RS

Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy • "The Wild Kindness • 2021




Bill Callahan and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy shared a cover of the Silver Jews’ song “The Wild Kindness,” which was written by the group’s late frontman David Berman. The recording features the Silver Jews bassist and Berman’s widow, Cassie Berman.

Also contributing to the track were guitarist David Pajo, Lambchop keyboardist Tony Crow and Silver Jews drummer Brian Kotzur. Several others were part of a choir of backing vocalists “swimming in a river of voices” including Pajo, Meg Baird, Bill MacKay, Cory Hanson, Cassie, David Grubbs, Matt Kinsey, Haley Fohr, Emmett Kelly, Todd Rittmann, Alasdair Roberts, Matt Sweeney, George Xylouris, Azita Youssefi, Sean O’Hagan, Ben Chasny and Elisa Ambrogio. jambase

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Brummies • Call Me • 2021



"Expansive...they're from nashville but you're going to get a vintage version of Brit pop." – NPR World Cafe

“Certainly a welcome slice of escapism.” – American Songwriter

“Gripping indie rock radiance” – EARMILK

“The Brummies possess a rare combination of instrumental mastery, vocal proficiency, and a boldness and confidence to make work that’s untethered to anyone else, while still paying homage to those that came before them.” – Atwood Magazine

“Deep and powerful” – PopWrapped

“An irresistible listen, effortlessly riding a wave between shiny pop and rock 'n' roll.” – Variance
 
“Polished, rhythmic rock” – AL.com (Alabama)

“A fluffy hug of indie rock touched with soulful harmonies, funk rockish guitar licks and blessed by a synth wave softness. The production feels like the all inclusive hybrid funk rock jams of the 70's with a twist of big pop making it timeless.” – American Pancake

Specific Coast • Home • 2021



“Home” is the latest single from Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, Specific Coast. Originally a voice memo sent to his long distance girlfriend, ”Home” is featured twice in the penultimate episode of the Netflix Original series Ginny and Georgia, premiering February 24th.

Baneful Town • Change your mind • 2021

Interview

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Miss Grit • Impostor • 2021





mpostor addresses Miss Grit's life-long navigation through the racial impostor syndrome she experienced as a half-Korean girl "trying to fit into the white space" of the Michigan suburbs where she grew up. 

Phantom Handshakes • No Better Plan • 2021


Phantom Handshakes is a lo-fi, dream pop collaboration between Federica Tassano and Matt Sklar.


 

Tyler Burkhart • Only Yesterday • 2021


Only yesterday 
I was just a kid 
Never thought I’d grow at all 
but then one day I did 

Who can help but turn 
into someone else? 
I don’t wanna spend my life 
tryin to figure out myself 

Who would wanna be 
a celebrity? 
people follow you around 
but there’s nothing much to see 

See your name in lights 
in flourescent bulbs 
I don't wanna get so high 
that I’d be afraid to fall 

Called you up to say 
I had that dream again 
can’t remember how it starts 
but this is how it ends

 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Soft Kill • "Sky" • 2021



"Much like a dealer will place themselves on the fringes of social graces, Soft Kill operates outside of the industry laws with no care for opinions of genre cops. They run their business like rappers, tour with hardcore bands, and sound like a rock bottom Morrissey. If you are unfamiliar or curious about the seedy underbelly of post-punk, [Soft Kill] is your gateway drug." - Clint Gee, Outburn Online


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Fleece • Do U Mind? (Leave the Light On) • 2021




“Do U Mind? (Leave the Light On)” is about temporary love. A commentary on Grindr and hookup culture, presented on a beautiful bed of reverb and indie pop goodness. Discussing, songwriter/vocalist Matt Rogers stated, "It's about meeting up with someone and pretending like you're in love for the night, even though you both know you're not. It's a little wink to all the people out there who feel the same way, and want to feel that sense of belonging for just a moment. I feel like hookup culture has made it really hard to be vulnerable with each-other. This song is my attempt at explaining the intersection of love, isolation, and frustration that apps like Grindr make me feel."

William The Conqueror • Move On • 2021




William The Conqueror first began teasing new music last year with the lead single "Wake Up," a gorgeous slice of laissez-faire college rock that sits somewhere in a disorganized melee between Pavement, Speedy Ortiz, and Built to Spill. The Times named it an Essential Track and called it an "agreeably low-slung piece of alt-rock." It was followed by "Jesus Died A Young Man," a song the band described as "far from being a dig at religion or Christianity, is more about bad teachers and good faith." Clash Music called it "guitar pop of real depth and nuance." Their previous single "Quiet Life" is also out now, a charming, slow-building lament that broadens out like a rolling landscape. The accompanying video shows the band wandering around a deserted Venice Beach boardwalk right before fleeing the US ahead of the pandemic lockdown last March.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Z Tapes • Winter 2021




The Big Singles Vol. 1 • Big Blast Records • 2021


We just released our first singles compilation on Bandcamp which features new tracks from all 6 of our artists.

The Bishops Daredevil Stunt Club, The Glad Machine, The Peeves, Golden Richards, Mark Watson Band, and Phil Angotti are bringing big guitars,  harmonies, and sticky hooks to these songs each with their own signature vibe.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Amber Jay • Stay The Same • 2021

 

https://www.officialamberjay.com


“The term ‘bedroom-pop’ has often implied imperfect, perhaps lo-fi music, but it’s artists like Liverpool based pop newcomer Amber Jay that are redefining it” - Earmilk

“Delicately intimate and powerfully magnetic” - When The Horn Blows

“Amber Jay’s acoustic-driven pop is infused with intricate melodies and real depth of emotional heart” - Bido Lito!

“Full of atmosphere and unique flare” - The Lowdown Magazine

“Takes her cues from Phoebe Bridgers with this brooding dark-pop” - Mystic Sons

“Bedroom music is all the range right now and some do it better than others” - Our Sound

“It feels like Billie Eilish meets girl in red in the best possible way” - God Bless The Bands

Beams • Born to Win • 2021



"You can hear that fear in “Born to Win,” but you can also hear that courage and determination. There’s something literally life-affirming—and self-compassionate—in Mērnieks-Duffield’s repeated insistence, in the song’s bridge, that 'I was born.' It’s one of those reckonings that begets further reckonings." -American Songwriter

Druids of Stonehenge •The Prettiest Train • 2020



“One evening in late 2018, Billy Cross and I were listening to prison work-gang chants from off my old Smithsonian label CD. These were the recordings done by Alan Lomax in 1948 at the Parchman Prison Farm. That storied institution in southern Mississippi was a place where (mostly) black prisoners worked as virtual slaves, hired out by the warden to do jobs that no one else would take, like building railroads through the swamps”.  

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Rosehip Teahouse • No Gloom • 2021




“Rosehip Teahouse seem unstoppable in the realm of super dreamy soundscapes” The Line Of Best Fit
 
“Twinkly bedroom-pop” DIY
 
“Divine vocal in swathes of sound” Clash
 
“Bedroom pop loveliness” Dork
 
“Bright, indie dream pop” Gigwise
 
“Melodious indie-pop” Beats Per Minute
 
“Beautiful and heartfelt pop” So Young Magazine
 
“The best that bedroom pop has to offer” Refinery29

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Haley Heynderickx • Tiny Desk Concert • 2018



Unlike her solo acoustic contest entries, which are quiet, mostly solemn affairs, Haley Heynderickx came to NPR's Tiny Desk with her band: Denzel Mendoza on trombone, Lily Breshears on Moog bass, and Phil Rogers on drums. They opened with the song that is most out of character for Haley, a song she wrote as part of a song challenge and she challenged the crowd here at NPR to a sing-a-long. We didn't do so well, it was early in the day — but this song about self-doubt and searching for life's meaning with its cathartic phrase "I need to start a garden" (which is also the title to her 2018 debut) is a potent reminder to take action when life gets bewildering.

The second song, "No Face," is a reminder to love people as kindly as you can; otherwise you'll wind up like the character No Face from the Hayao Miyazaki film Spirited Away. In introducing the final song, "Worth It," Haley Heynderickx told the Tiny Desk crowd that it was written in a basement with the belief that it would never leave that basement. With this performance now behind her and the chance for hundreds of thousands of people to hear these personal but universal songs, there will be many of us, myself included, thrilled that her songs are out in the open, ready to be heard.

Set List
"Oom Sha La La"
"No Face"
"Worth It"


Musicians
Haley Heynderickx (vocals, guitar), Denzel Mendoza (trombone), Lily Breshears (Moog bass), Phil Rogers (drums)

Nick Schofield • Ambient Architect • 2021





“soothing and pellucid, meditative and transporting.” – Paste Magazine
“gorgeous ambience” – ThrdCoast
“a peaceful tranquility that inspires deep listening and contemplation.” – A Closer Listen
“a sound that beckons for tranquility and release.” – Never Apart

Declan McKenna • Rapture • 2021



Declan has garnered praise from the likes of Billboard, USA Today, and The A.V. Club, who said, “Declan McKenna has one of the strongest cases to be made in years for continuing the tradition of McCartney-esque melodies, with simple instrumentation and addictive hooks… more swaggering, Bowie-like intensity at times, but otherwise, McKenna’s the real deal of unfiltered, organic pop songcraft arranged with the fundamentals—and little else, because it’s all he needs.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Sun Kin • After the House • 2021

 

Sun Kin is the project of Los Angeles based producer Kabir Kumar. Born in Bombay, India and raised in five different countries, Kumar’s music is informed by the intimacy and audacious vulnerability that can only exist through learning to bond through transience. Kumar has been making music under the Sun Kin moniker for nearly a decade, traveling from a psych folk project to something more rooted in a combination of the Middle Eastern and Indian pop music they grew up on with elements of Acid House, disco and R&B. Kumar’s whole life as an artist has been marked by momentum and migration. As they’ve homed in on their craft they’ve accumulated new sonic textures, new territories, and different modes of expression. This bricolage and deep inquiry into movement reaches its apotheosis on After the House, Kumar’s fourth full length as Sun Kin. It is here that they conjure together seven dance tracks designed for late night introspection.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Horse Champion • I Thought Nothing of It • 2021


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Kindsight • How I Feel • 2021


The quartet makes retro-tinged indie pop that is instantly appealing and addictive. Nina's vocals crowns the atmospheric soundscape perfectly and makes Kindsight something that's been missing in Scandinavia for a long time. 


Ghostly Kisses • Alone Together (EP) • 2021


Ghostly Kisses is the dreamy pop music of singer songwriter Margaux Sauvé.

The name ‘Ghostly Kisses’ was inspired from reading William Faulkner’s poem 
‘Une ballade des dames perdues’ and seemed like the perfect reflection of her ethereal voice.  



Advance Base • Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day (Iris DeMent) • 2021


A few months back, I was talking with my friend Mike about our shared affection for My Life by Iris DeMent, an album also dearly loved by Mike's partner, Meg. I told Mike that track 8, "Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day," was one of my favorite songs to play on the piano. Mike asked if I'd record a cover as a surprise for Meg's birthday. So, I did it. Happy birthday, Meg! 

If you aren't already familiar with Iris DeMent's original recording, you can listen here: 
irisdement.bandcamp.com/album/my-life


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Ruby Haunt • Reverse Creek • 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

The Effens • "Pavement Age" • 2021



This track captures the melody, sonic textures, loudness and simplicity that is core to our sound. Recording "Pavement Age" was an excruciating and joyful process, self produced by our lead singer Austin Nops, where we were able to exorcise the demons of perfectionism. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Alex Southey • Rosie • 2021



"Rosie" is one of my favourite songs I've ever written. This album jumps from purely imagistic lyrics, to straightforward lyrics, to stories, and back again. "Rosie" represents a leap in my songwriting. You wouldn't have heard it – at least not the same way – on my last two records.


Hearty Har • "Waves of Ecstasy" • 2021



The sons of Creedence Clearwater Revival mastermind John Fogerty have been working under the Hearty Har moniker since 2012, perfecting their crafts as songwriters and studio hands into a fully formed enterprise. RADIO ASTRO shows off the brothers' wide-ranging musicality; diversity while capturing an identifiable core sound from sibling chemistry. And plenty of hard work.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Grandaddy • 2020's Over Covers • 2020


The Fox In The Snow- I've loved this Belle & Sebastian song for ages. I had to slow it down and tame the "bounce" that it had though. 
I wanted it sweeter and sadder. That's how I hear it: sweet and sad. 

In My Room - For anyone who claims introversion as a primary characteristic and has found themselves in some sort of career that requires communicating in public, this Beach Boys song is yours. Also, scarily fitting for just being anyone out there in the year 2020.

 

Lou Berry • Part Of Us • 2021




The Inner World album follows Berry's 2016 EP, Blue Sky that found him performing alongside De La Soul and Jamiroquai across Europe. In the time between Blue Sky and now, Lou attended university and collaborated with the Clash-tipped artist, Hendrix Harris, as well as joining the roster of Le Sofa. Le Sofa is a really interesting collective of artists rising out of Paris’s bubbling jazz/hip-hop scene, it includes the likes of Lossapardo – who featured with the Parisian producer, Crayon on the Pitchfork-tipped single ‘Pink’ – and Malia Lynn who has received tips at the BBC previously.

Mt. Mountain • Peregrination • 2021



The Mt. Mountain sound is born out of long improvised jams so, naturally, much of the incoming album was recorded in a live setting in order to capture the band at their most freewheeling. ‘Peregrination’, out today, articulates their creative approach perfectly (the title itself meaning a long, meandering journey.) The result is a slow-building ensemble of shuffling percussion and Krautrock rhythms, masterfully interwoven with cascading reverb-soaked guitars and lulling flutes that lure the song into acid-folk territory.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Fliss • Comfrey and Calendula • 2020




Herbal analogy and vivid imagery provide a beautiful and tender frame for a song that explores the difficult topics of trauma, abuse, religion, and homophobia. The musical arrangements and production augment and complement the lyrics, with soft acoustic strums, walking bass lines, soaring violins, and Fliss’ magnetic, emotionally-charged voice gently guiding the listener.

The video draws on themes of water and healing, in an aesthetically gorgeous visual representation of the heartfelt song. In one scene Fliss’ friends join her for a choreographed moment in a water fountain. In another, Fliss is “baptized” in a river. The video was produced by Emma Lamarre.