Oct 31, 2023

Darkplace • The End • 2023



Darkplace is an anonymous art-project that emerged on the music scene with  impressive presence and storytelling earlier this year. The music is  rooted in post punk, but incorporates a variety of other genres in ist  sound, among which Experimental Rock, Alt-Pop and Shoegaze are  prominent. The debut album 'About the End of the World'  is a monumental release, speaking not only through the medium of sound,  but also through stunningly glum digital paintings and animations. The  concept behind the album is set in a grim future, or perhaps present,  where the world is depicted through imagery inspired by real life  places, mostly centred around the bleak landscape of Stockholm's east  suburbs - but with a dark, imaginative twist.

Oct 30, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 14: Little Kid


Kenny Boothby, Canadian artist and the architect behind DYI indie pop band Little Kid joined me from his Toronto apartment to discuss his faith, his music and how he used the two in his freeing creative process. Raised a Christian in rural Ontario, Kenny explained that religion was just something that you did in small communities, but as Kenny grew up and started writing music his beliefs started to flush out many questions he had about faith, religion and being a Christian. The themes throughout Little Kid’s catalogue is spattered with religious conflict, which ultimately leads to self discovery and long sought after freedom. A great conversation.  Enjoy πŸŽ™️ 







Oct 27, 2023

The American Analog Set • For Forever • 2023


What is For Forever ?

That’s a great question. For Forever is our first album in a long time. 18 years, if anyone is counting and we sincerely hope they are not.

Is it real?

It is. On October 27th, it is. You can preorder it here, and it will ship to you on the 27th. It will also be available for streaming the following day. If you’re in Austin and would like to hold one in your hands (I’ve done this… it’s incredible), you can do this at Breakaway, End Of An Ear, or Waterloo Records on or after October 27th. 

Are these new songs?

They are! 

When was it made? 

 We started playing together again in 2013 and began work on For Forever in 2015. We finished it in 2019 and left it under the couch for a few years while the world was on fire.


Oct 26, 2023

Daniel Isaiah • Wild Life • 2023


With every album I try to give myself some new challenge. For Only One Left, I learned how to produce my own recordings at home. For my upcoming LP I learned to play better piano, and wrote all of the songs on that instrument. I work hard on the lyrics. I try to boil my ideas down into plain and simple language. The simpler the better

San Fermin • Didn't Want You To • 2023




About the song, Ludwig-Leone explains: “I had this feeling after going through a breakup, like, ‘well screw you, if you don’t want to be with me, I don’t want to be with you,’ which turns out to be a pretty universal feeling. The wordplay was fun, messing around with different inflections of the refrain to hint at different meanings.”

Oct 25, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 13: POSTDATA


Paul Murphy is a prolific Canadian musician. Fronting indie rock’s  Wintersleep is only half of Paul’s greatness, the other half is embedded in his outstanding “side-project” POSTDATA. Joining me from his home/studio in Halifax Nova Scotia we had a profound conversation about Paul’s musical process, his beginnings as an artist in eastern Canada, and how he approaches writing songs for two different styled bands.  On POSTDATA's latest record Run Wild we get Paul’s popper side surfacing, and good for us! Run Wild is solid song writing through and through, an addictive indie pop gem where the songs relentlessly building on one another making this an instant classic in songwriting and alt-aesthetic. Stay tuned till the end of the cast to hear POSTDATA’s masterful single "Look To The Stars” enjoy πŸŽ™️ 

http://www.postdatamusic.com/


Run Wild, POSTDATA’s forthcoming fourth LP, from its first springtime keystrokes, is a brilliant, technicolor indie rock odyssey. 

There is a palpable sense of magic and possibility and light to the record, even in its heavier moments. With this collection of 10 songs, Murphy has crystallized the elements he’s played with for decades: pop melodics and structure, prog-and indie-rock arrangements, avant-folk intimacy and quirk. Murphy plays the mad alchemist, precisely combining these pieces to create a record that feels like a thick, sprawling, sun-soaked magic garden, where listeners can sprint and jump and scream and laugh, and feel whatever it is they need to feel.

“I felt like it was time to take POSTDATA someplace new, and be a little more free with what it is,” he says. “I was trying to go all-out stylistically, and trying to flesh out all the differentplaces that it could actually take it. I wanted to give it more space, allow it to go wherever it needed to.”

Oct 22, 2023

Skydiggers • Bide Your Time • 2023



“These songs carry a common mood that is somewhere between wistful and contemplative”, Andy explains. “The architecture of these stories allowed us to draw on our musical influences and immerse our listeners into each song’s time and place.”


Elliott Fullam • Let's Go Somewhere • 2023



Here’s a nice spooky season surprise for ya! Elliott Fullam’s new official music video for “Let’s Go Somewhere” just dropped. Track taken from his new album End of Ways out now on Kill Rock Stars.

Animation by Creeptoons

Oct 21, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 12 • Neptune’s Core


Neptune’s Core is an all female Chicago band compromised of two sets of sisters, Sofie and Hannah Richter and Jackie and Kaitlin Cywinski. Three members joined me for a wonderful chat about their beginnings, their influences, their process and the tough themes they dabble in as a group of young women. Hot off their latest release, Called Upon, they dive head first into a classic slow/fast indie rock playbook with deeply  emotional lyrics, that empower the listener to reflection and release the many turmoils we are faced with daily. Neptune’s Core are a young up and coming band that needs to be on your radar, three records in and they are only becoming stronger songwriters. Check out their single Inside at the end of the cast. 
Enjoy πŸŽ™️



"Their age belies the sophistication of the songwriting and instrumentation... classic alternative era with delicate fragile quiet moments exploding into loud dynamics... I hear some Soccer Mommy and Snail Mail influences but what I don't hear are artists still in their teens" Jim DeRogatis, Sound Opinions reviewing the Evolving album as a Buried Treasure 



Oct 20, 2023

Ducks Ltd. • "The Main Thing” • 2023



“The Main Thing” sees Ducks Ltd. embark on their most collaborative effort to date. Featuring Ratboys' Julia Steiner on backing vocals alongside Dehd's Jason Balla and Moontype's Margaret McCarthy, the track is propulsive, jangly and as hook-laden as any in the band's catalog. Written by singer Tom McGreevy, it concerns growing apart from a person whose views you once shared, and may be the first jangle-pop single to make reference to both professional baseball and ritual magick.

Izzy Heltai • happy • 2023


“My favorite line in this song is, ‘They were gods in my eyes, all of the people that I saw as grown up and now I am the same age as they were then and I still don’t feel grown,’” says Heltai. “I was talking to an old highschool teacher of mine, and she mentioned that when I first met her, she was the age I am now. How we view and experience the world is relative, and dictated by our own subjective experience. As obvious of a statement as that might seem, moments when that is truly brought into clear view, really stick with me.” 

Sophia Alexa • Emily • 2023




The stripped-back, acoustic quality of ‘Emily’ is a demonstration of simplicity at its very best, with Sophia’s vocals being the focal point of the song alongside the light strumming of an acoustic guitar. ‘Emily’ is the ideal track for your autumn playlist, being comforting and warming in all its mellowness and the lovely delicacy embedded deep into it. 

Oct 19, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 11 • Careful


It’s been awhile since Eric Lindley aka Careful has released a record, but with a new baby, the pandemic all whirling, the wait has been well worth it. Eric is a musical scientist/psychologist who deconstructs his songs to see why humans react to certain chord structures, certain crescendos, tapping into the depths of a composition’s truth. This reflective pulling apart and reassembly of songs makes Careful’s songs so powerful, drenched in restrain and emotion. It’s probably best he only puts out a record every handful of years because they are so profound. On Careful’s latest LP Promise/Practice, it’s a journey of the purest indie pop you'll hear in a long time. Our featured track is the sublime "White light” which you’ll hear at the end of the cast. 
Enjoy πŸŽ™️ 






The New York Times:
“Gorgeous . . . . From a tradition of unnervingly confidential, light-voiced male singers: JoΓ£o Gilberto, Arthur Russell, Lou Barlow of Sebadoh, Elliott Smith, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu.” —Ben Ratliff

Oct 18, 2023

Beatenberg • Mine Of Myself • 2023


Beatenberg online: FB / IG / TW


The South African band Beatenberg announce The Great Fire of Beatenberg, their first album in five years. Produced by Ross Dorkin and Matthew Field from the band and mixed by Nathan Boddy (Mura Masa, PinkPantheress, Gabriels), it’s the London based band’s most diverse and genre agnostic offering yet, melding far-flung rhythms and acoustic and electronic instrumentation in a melting pot of styles. It will be released on April 5, 2024 via Leafy Outlook with their biggest headline show in the UK to date at Koko on April 18.

Oct 17, 2023

Stella Rose • 'Angel’ • 2023


Gahan, 23, has plenty of creative folks to revere—her father, Dave Gahan, is the frontman for the 1980s and ’90s electronic band Depeche Mode; her mother, Jennifer Sklias-Gahan, is a filmmaker and the founder of the production company 18 Bleecker Films. But the musician is on her own sonic journey. She’s set to release her debut album, Eyes of Glass, in April, and has put out two singles, “Angel” and “Muddled Man” with her band, The Dead Language, after years of playing in coffee shops, dive bars, and local venues across the city. This week, she’s coming out with a new single, “Faithful,” a track which speaks to the range of her musical abilities. Where “Angel” is a quiet, vulnerable ballad and “Muddled Man” contains hints of electronica beneath punk rock guitar licks, “Faithful” is a dark, heavy metal song through and through. W

Oct 13, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 10 • Vines


Cassie Wieland of Vines joined me from flooded Brooklyn to talk origin story, the  writing process that found her voice and the wild life of an independent musician. Classically schooled, you can hear that fine tuning in the ambient and expansive indie pop songs. Vines uses a harmonizer to help in the creating of this minimal pop music, only adding to the depths and breath on her new record Birthday Party, an eight song journey into a mystic place of sound and reflection. We feature a stunning cover of Modest Mouse’s The World at Large at the end of the cast. Check out Vines at https://cassiewieland.com/watch-listen/



Cassie Wieland (pronounced ˈkΓ¦-si ˈwee-lΙ™nd) is an Illinois-born and Brooklyn-based composer. Praised by The New York Times as “sweetly shimmering,” Wieland masterfully experiments the relationship between intimate and massive sound worlds to achieve the “hand-made” sound she is often looking for: imperfect, but intentional. Her music has been featured on outlets including New Sounds, NPR, Stereogum, KEXP, The New York Times, Financial Times, Musical America, I Care if You Listen, AnEarful, and The Road to Sound.





Oct 12, 2023

Mol Sullivan • Eggshells • 2023


Sullivan has been writing and performing music since the age of eighteen, working mostly independently with her guitar as a songwriting partner. Her first musical inspirations met at a nexus of nineties Top 40, Americana, and singer-songwriters, crystallized by figures such as Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, and Lisa Loeb. These influences then flowed seamlessly into a love for indie songsters of the 2000s such as Mirah, whose song “The Struggle” is homaged with Sullivan’s “Cautiously.” The songwriting process behind GOOSE shows how Sullivan’s approach has developed into a discipline and craft. While Sullivan’s previous music relied on events in her life as catalysts, Sullivan no longer wants to “wait for the next heartbreak” to motivate a song. Instead of composing in a flash of inspiration, Sullivan views songwriting as more conversational now, a dialogue between herself and the music as she continually returns to shape it.


Her vocal melodies lilt and flicker above the sinuous aural silhouettes, airy in their approach, but each word is sharper than obsidian. - Foxy Digitalis

Earnest and unflinchingly intimate songs leavened with pop melodies and confident vocals - Various Small Flames

Lana del Rey meets Grizzly Bear in a Cincinnati dive bar - Post-Trash

Mol’s voice is her ultimate weapon. It’s sensitive, rangy, and capable of murmurs, shouts, and chorus-pure melodies - The Revue

Midnight Rodeo • Thank You For Your Time • 2023



“Effervescent psychedelia” Clash Magazine

“Spongy cinematic trip…wispy surf rock” So Young Magazine

“A modern day psych-pop classic” Under The Radar

“Now Hear This” The Independent


Marking their first release of the year, ‘Thank You For Your Time’ represents a slight departure from the band’s thus far signature West Coast psychedelic stylings as they continue to diversify their sound. The song lurches in on all fours, with a thunderous rhythm and a smokescreen of dense, resonant feedback and enigmatic synth - more reminiscent of modern Aussie Psychedelic Rock than euphoric 60’s Californication.

Oct 11, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 9 • David Dondero


David Dondero is a prolific songwriter.  Nominated amongst top singer songwriters on NPR in 2016, compared to such as Bob Dylan and Elliot Smith.  David is a volcanic musician, always brewing… brewing... with frequent creative explosions in his writing process, leading listeners to countless connections to truth; at times gut wrenching but always authentic expressions of humanity. His latest LP, Immersion Therapy is a covid record.  It pulls back the curtain on the pandemic, exposing the mental healthy afflictions many of us suffered.  I loved this conversation. πŸŽ™️ enjoy.







Immersion in nature or immersion in something that produces anxiety for therapy. Immersion in music or immersion in crowds full of strangers. This immersive pathway can flood your mind and force a reset or an internal confrontation. What makes you panic? What makes you depressed? What brings you into the light of love and happiness? Are you lost within’ the wrinkles of your mind? Hiding inside yourself with extreme social anxiety? Did the man at the bowling alley just smile and calmly spray the shoes with a disinfectant? Have you unraveled all the way? Spun out into oblivion? 

Oct 10, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 8 • Layperson



Julian Morris aka Layperson joined me with an open heart and a mature perspective. Julian plays a wonderful mix with chips of Teenage Fan Club and a buttering of the Byrds vibe. Our fluid conversation was rich, touching on his beginning days, musical inspirations, transitioning and the multitude of challenges musicians face nowadays. Layperon’s latest LP Massive Leaning drops this fall. Check out a show if you can, supporting indie artist is a necessity. Our featured track is a single off the new record, entitled  Black Pool. πŸŽ™️ enjoy



“Black Pool” serves as an alluring glimpse of what to expect from the forthcoming album. It is a single that irresistibly invites listeners to sing along, and it’s effortlessly captivating, making one wish the song would play on endlessly. Even with its catchy rhythm and uplifting feel, the song doesn’t shy away from its profound theme. c-heads



Oct 8, 2023

My Violence • Jesus • 2023



"Ryder intricately weaves dreams into melodies, creating a captivating musical experience"
FAME Magazine

"A sonic world built on haunting vocals and atmospheric soundscapes."
EARMILK

"Brought to life through the production and mixing prowess of Gold Star, Ryder navigates through a cinematic panorama of unique auditory terrains, including using a 1980s Omnichord for composition. Her musical narrative finds harmony in the unlikely matrimony of arco double bass dalliances, psychedelic shades of pedal steel, and the vintage charm of a Baldwin Fun Machine."
Post-Punk

"I love when artists stretch their artistic muscles by restricting the tools at their disposal. If not for that kind of self imposed restriction, then the beautiful illusory '20,000 Dashboard Angels' by My Violence would not exist in the same way [...] The result on the album and on this track is exquisitely dreamy, ethereal in tone and somehow feeling like it exists in another time."
American Pancake

Tele Novella • Funeral • 2023



"…whimsical and charming.
BrooklyVegan

"Their baroque pop with a punk rock spirit, and eye-catching visuals fit what sounds like a rather Lynchian existence to a tee.
KCRW

"...Tele Novella combine edginess and accessibility that simply holds no currency."
Sun 13

"On their third album, Texas duo Tele Novella explore personal reflection, digging deeper into the well of wounded country... melding ‘60s jukebox tearjerkers from the school of 
Patsy Cline and Dottie West with a ripple of baroque pop."
-  Raven Sings The Blues

 "Poet’s Tooth is both lyrically and musically perfect; one of my favourite albums of 2023 – no idle boast. Prepare to be equally charmed and moved with a counterculture resurgence of quality, subtle comedy and tragedy, eccentric disillusion."
Monolith Cocktail

Oct 6, 2023

πŸŽ™️ ifitbeyourwill Ep. 7 • Anton Barbeau




Joining me from the west coast of the United States, multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter Anton Barbeau is a prolific musical artist. With a massive catalogue of LPs, EPs and singles, Anton has penning tunes in his very soul. Often compared to other psychedelic artists such as  Robyn Hitchcock, Syd Barrett, XTC, Anton’s combination of surreal lyrics with pop melodies transcend a pigeonholed style, however will  forever be eclectic and true. It’s an inspiring conversation about being a musician over many decades and how life can change the real, but never the surreal. The featured track at the end of the podcast is off of Anton’s latest epic double LP Morgenmusik/Nachtschlager,  entitled “Waiting on the Radio.” πŸŽ™️ Enjoy

http://antonbarbeau.com/

"This man—Anton Barbeau—is the last true musical genius of the classic age. I like Bowie, but I often prefer to listen to Ant; I like Lennon and The Beatles, but I'll often eschew them for the brilliance of Ant. Everything he's done is ace and his last five or six albums have been perfect and true classics. And I really don't say that lightly. He's the last of the very best. I mean that."

—Drunken Werewolf


Oct 5, 2023

Joanna Sternberg • Neighbors • 2023


LAWN CHAIR • Lover And A Fighter • 2023


"Bursting into a shouty, fists-aloft chorus before zoning back to minimalism, it's quiet-loud tricks are a tried-and-tested recipe for success" 

- DIY

 

"I like this a lot. I like the deadpan poetry it uses to describe the scene and the unsettled, unpredictable, jerky nature of the music as well” 

- Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6 Music




https://lawnchairband.com/


Oct 4, 2023

Careful • Promise dance + projection test • 2023




“Gorgeous . . . . From a tradition of unnervingly confidential, light-voiced male singers: JoΓ£o Gilberto, Arthur Russell, Lou Barlow of Sebadoh, Elliott Smith, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu.”
New York Times


“Eric Lindley plays intimate, quirky songs with layered vocals that flow over warm acoustic guitar. Lindley colors his soft harmonies and restrained writing style with carefully placed electronics.”
- NPR

"A hopeless, pretty puzzle." 
Consequence of Sound


"Devastatingly intimate."
Under the Radar

"A nostalgic touch brought to life by a warm yet distorted soundscape of soft saxophones bolstered by poignant song writing"

Earmilk

"A beautiful song about a harrowing subject."

Backseat Mafia

"Eric Lindley’s songs have the power to infuse the stretch of time they occupy with a sadness that’s incidental but devastating."
LA Record

TORRES • Collect • 2023




Along with her album announcement, TORRES unveils a massive world tour. Get the moves from the Dani Okon–directed “Collect” video down now!

Oct 3, 2023

His His • Ford Econoline • 2023


Today, Toronto indie-folk act His His releases their new single, "Ford Econoline", along with the announcement of Canadian and US tour dates. The new track sports the projects signature tape warbled guitar and the gossamer soft lyrics of singer-songwriter Aidan Belo, reminiscent of home recordings from indie giants like Phil Elverum or Lou Barlow.


"Lush vocals swirl with tumbling guitar in unhurried rhythms as Belo sings of uncomplicated days."
Various Small Flames

"An intimate and introspective production..."

Earmilk

"Belo’s music exudes its own charm, more wandering and mellifluous than ethereal or haunting."

American Songwriter

"Recorded on a 8-track cassette recorder, the track embraces the nostalgic and warm tones of a vintage thrift find, while exploring themes of outgrowing ones hometown."

Dusty Organ

Oct 2, 2023

Vines • The World at Large • 2023


In 2022, Wieland began covering popular indie songs using her vocoder as a side project, unearthing the emotions lying inside of these tracks. “The World at Large” is just one example of her contemplative reimaginings. Throughout her cover of Modest Mouse’s 2004 hit, Wieland softens each beat, slowing down each peppy “ah” into a pensive hum. The song takes on themes of drifting and running away, and in Wieland’s gossamer threads, heart-wrenching simplicity amplifies its melancholy to unveil the existentialism that colors the music.