Apr 14, 2024

The Brother Brothers • Lonesome • 2024

Comprised of identical twins Adam Moss (violin, vocals) and David Moss (guitar, vocals), The January Album will be the duo’s fourth studio album and follow-up to 2021’s Calla Lily. Aptly named for its month-long recording in January 2021, David describes it as, “basically an ode to the time we had time to take time.” Adam adds, “Almost all of the songs were written in NYC during those first few months of the Covid lockdown and tumultuous police protests in the city. It was important to capture the zeitgeist but also just as important not to dwell on it in the music.” And dwell they do not. It’s an album that captures the intimate world around them while delicately illustrating the deep well of human experience that the pandemic forced into sharp relief.

Alice Merton • how well do you know your feelings? (feat. London Contemporary Voices) • 2024

Alice Merton has undeniably become known as the girl with no roots. In her songs, she’s always talked about celebrating life as a nomad, and making a home wherever you want it to be. With this next chapter however, her thoughts turn inward, and instead of finding a home in the outside world, she goes on an internal journey of feeling lost on the inside and asking the question of all questions: who am I supposed to be, and how well do you know yourself at all? 

Apr 11, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E21 • Fanclubwallet

Ottawa's rising indie rock project, fanclubwallet, is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Hannah Judge. Her music blends relatable coming-of-age stories with a vibrant and catchy sound. Originally a solo bedroom pop act, fanclubwallet has recently evolved into a full band, bringing a fresh energy to their live performances and latest EP, "Our Bodies Paint Traffic Lines.” Enjoy 🎙️ 

Amy O • Early Days • 2024

As a way of documenting her transition into motherhood in the early days of the pandemic, Olesner began capturing her effervescent grunge pop songs at home with the help of a four-track tape recorder. The result was the twelve songs that make up Mirror, Reflect, an intimate and exploratory work that weaves collected home and field recordings with shimmering synths and Oelsner’s playful lyricism.

Reflecting on “Early Days,” Oelsner shares “This song is processing my experience in the first year after my daughter was born. I experienced postpartum depression and anxiety and it was also the start of the pandemic. Altogether it was a really hard time. I wrote it a few years later, when my daughter was a toddler, after talking to a friend who was about to give birth. The conversation helped me reflect on how far I’d come.” 

ifitbeyourwill S03 E20 • Max Blansjaar

Max Blansjaar is an indie pop artist whose music blends catchy melodies with fun lyrics. He started out as a classically trained pianist, but now crafts lo-fi pop tunes. His debut LP, "False Comforts," explores themes of feeling like an outsider and navigating the complexities of life. Blansjaar draws inspiration from his move from Amsterdam to Oxford and then Brooklyn and back again, infusing his sound with a unique perspective. Produced by Katie von Schleicher and Nate Mendelsohn, who helped Max realize "to get straightforward. Stop chasing complexity and Follow Your Nose! Amongst others I owe a debt of gratitude to The Velvet Underground and to Elephant 6 for teaching me the power of the harmonically simple, to Beck and to Cate Le Bon for lyrical inspiration.” Enjoy 🎙️ 

Apr 9, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E19 • Longwave

Steve Schiltz, the enigmatic force behind Longwave's mesmerizing melodies, navigates the sonic landscape with the finesse of a seasoned voyager. With each chord he strums and every lyric he pens, Schiltz crafts an auditory odyssey that transcends time and space, beckoning listeners into a realm where introspection intertwines with euphoria. His musical prowess, honed over years of dedication, is a testament to the transformative power of artistry.  Longwave just re-released their 20 year old classic, The Strangest Things with a one time show at the Bowery Ballroom. Steve is currently touring with Blue October. Enjoy 🎙️ 

Longwave formed at the dawn of the New York indie rock resurgence in 1999. The Brooklyn-based band’s first release was the indie distributed Endsongs.

The band then signed to RCA Records where it released the Dave Fridmann-produced The Strangest Things. Longwave followed up with an EP, Life Of The Party, which was produced by Fridmann and future producer of The National, Peter Katis. The band would enlist John Leckie (Radiohead, XTC, and Stone Roses) to helm the production for the full length a There’s A Fire. In 2008 Longwave released Secrets Are Sinister, which Katis produced, through Original Signal Recordings.

Apr 7, 2024

fanclubwallet • Car Crash in G Major • 2020

I was driving when the airbag popped and knocked sense into me
I was crying when the shrapnel hit and cut out part of me
You were lying when the cop asked you about me

The car's on fire
With you inside
And who's to say what it means

Now your mom she is going to therapy
And your dad says you're a disappointment to me
I was drunk when I crawled out of the wreck and screamed

The car's on fire
With you inside
And that's okay with me

Apr 5, 2024

Holiday Ghosts • Big Congratulations • 2024

“Falmouth’s finest blend primal garage rock, rock’n’roll, DIY punk, blues and giddy exuberant tunefulness” The Guardian

“Retro garage-pop” Stereogum

“Full of big hooks and ramshackle charm” Brooklyn Vegan

“Holiday Ghosts’ scrappy, snappy rock & roll feels almost timeless” KEXP

“Rough hewn jingle-jangle with a heartwarming feel” Clash

The KVB • Tremors • 2024

The band explain that “Tremors is about defiance in the face of crushing waves of change. Sometimes embracing and accepting its fate, but also concern for the uncertainties of the future. During our third North American Unity tour of 2022, we experienced extreme natural events. The tour began in Mexico City with an earthquake of magnitude 7.7, and ended in the aftermath of a hurricane in Florida. These forces of nature are referenced in the lyrics and are echoed in the post-punk energy of the track with the stabbing guitars, gale-like synth pads and seismic wave-esque effected vocals.”

Tom Jenkins • 'Blame It’ • 2024

Apr 4, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E18 • Call Me Spinster

Sisters Rosalie, Rachel, and Amelia formed the trio, whose individual talents converge into a harmonious whole, Call Me Spinster. Together, they create an alchemy of sound that is both evocative and empowering, inviting audiences to embark on a  journey that transcends boundaries and resonates on a deeply personal level. Call Me Spinster showcases a profound commitment to artistic exploration and authenticity. Their music is a reflection of life’s many family complexities, offering solace, inspiration, and a sense of connection in a world that often feels fragmented and chaotic. Enjoy 🎙️ 

Potholes was recorded in the vaunted studios of Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia where Call Me Spinster teamed again with Drew Vandenberg to co-produce and engineer the record. Base tracks were recorded live as much as possible, pulling in JoJo Glidewell (of Montreal, Modern Skirts) on keyboards and piano. Countless harmonies and overdubs were recorded in Rachel’s Chattanooga bedroom, synth or solo ideas passed back and forth between band members, Glidewell, Vandenberg, and pedal steelist Matt ‘Pistol’ Stoessel.
The result is a truly unusual concoction, swirling around familiar sounds but always landing slightly askew of expected territory. The first track “Feet Are Dirty” nods to Robyn and ‘90s synth pop but with a post-punk plainness that is both wistful and honest and entirely its own brand. The second track, “Married,” trades in Rosie on lead vocals in a dreamy, almost psychedelic offering, with moments of Minnie Riperton-era Rotary Connection and Air. Other songs like “White Lines” dip into the realm of country - folk, but in an unusually understated, anti-Nashville style, pedal steel or accordion pinging nostalgia but staying out of the way. “Born in a Ditch” is a doo-op era banger, but like their effervescent first single, “Here You Are,” moves outside the trope with an unexpected twang and in this case, trumpet by Wave Magnetik. Alex Behles

Apr 3, 2024

Bored At My Grandmas House • Show and Tell • 2024

“The main overall theme of this album is connection. Connection with myself, connection with the world and connection to the people around me who I love. This album is for me first and foremost and was a way for me to internally process. 

The origin of these tracks all stem from me wanting to understand these connections and process my emotions surrounding them. The album covers topics such as the power of queer love, humanity and its ‘delusions of grandeur’,  reflection and purpose. 

It would be unwise to say that I haven’t developed and changed a lot since my EP. I’ve experienced more, questioned more, felt more and allowed myself to be vulnerable more - which I hope translates throughout the Album.” 

Apr 1, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E17 • Red Pants

On the latest episode, Jason E. Lambeth of Red Pants from Madison, Wisconsin shared how the presence of his children has influenced his approach to music, leading him to cherish the short moments he has to create, often finding inspiration from magazines  from different eras. When I asked about his spectacular cover art, he emphasized the element of chance in his work, stating that the final result often depends on what he finds. And for all those Red pants fans out there, Jason and bandmate Elsa Nekola are getting back into writing mode, aiming to release another album next year. WooHoo! Enjoy 🎙️ 

Waves of static guitar sounds, spirited pattering of drums, pensive keyboard drones, and intimately whispered vocal melodies make up the noisy indie rock of Red Pants’ “Not Quite There Yet”. The music seems to fit perfectly into the visual world that exists around Red Pants: vibrantly colored nostalgia collages, pen and ink portraits showing domestic scenes, and slightly silly stop-motion videos. There’s a kind of homely wonder to the work that is then countered by a splash of color or a subject with two sets of eyes. Like the visual art, the music washes fuzzy guitar tones next to moments of sonic destruction and pairs it all with catchy pop murmurs. BUY

Mar 31, 2024

YOU SAID STRANGE • My Own God • 2024

The EP is the fruit of exciting collaborations with friends Marvin Borges-Soares (Structures), Raphaëlle Verlaine (Metro Verlaine), Joseph Baudet. Their contributions add a unique dimension to three of the tracks. A dynamic, feminine pop touch with Raphaëlle for "My Own God." Bold elements and flamboyant flights of fancy for "Dance For No One" with Joseph, the musician and occasional saxophonist. A cold-wave dimension to "Trade Your Soul," featuring Marvin. This EP was also an opportunity to collaborate with engineers Arthur Guegan and Daniel James Goodwin. Furthermore, the project was additionally mixed and mastered by Daniel J. Goodwin

"Occasionally, we come across a band that feels like we’ve known them forever. Their music seems to have a deja vu effect, mirroring our past follies, fun-seeking behaviors, and bittersweet relationships. You Said Strange, a Giverny, France-based quartet is just that, a band new in statute but at home in the back pocket of all your recent ebbs and happy errors, an indie band that, well is properly, that."
Ones To Watch

"If you want a new band to fall in love with, this is it. You Said Strange’s latest LP, Thousand Shadows Vol. 2, is brilliant and versatile."
SPILL Magazine

Mar 29, 2024

Asha Jefferies • Brand New Bitch • 2024

Today, Brisbane, Australia based indie-pop riser Asha Jefferies shares "Stranger," which premiered today on Under The Radar. This is the final single to release ahead of her debut album, Ego Ride, due April 12th. Asha is currently here in the US, set to play a special School Night for Reproductive Rights on 3/11, six shows at SXSW, and a headline showcase in NYC. More info below. Listen to "Stranger" HEREand presave Ego Ride HERE.

fanclubwallet • Band Like That • 2024

Canadian singer-songwriter Hannah Judge, otherwise known as fanclubwallet, is stepping out of the bedroom and embracing the band on new EP Our Bodies Paint Traffic Lines.
The 24-year-old, until now proudly DIY in her approach, has enlisted the help of three close friends from the Ottawa scene (who also happen to be her touring band) for her most exciting record yet, out March 29th on Cool Online.
The first taste of the new direction as a quartet is available now in the form of lead single “Band Like That.”
“I had spent months studying everyone else’s bands,” says Hannah, acknowledging a love for the likes of Metric, Pinback, Plumtree and Alex G. “What made them so good? Why couldnt I be like them? And that’s where this new track came from.”

Mar 24, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E16 • Magana

I'm thrilled to share the exciting news about Magana's upcoming album release on the latest episode of ititbeyourwill Podcast! 'Teeth,' the second album from Magana, is set to be launched on March 25th, perfectly timed to coincide with the peak illumination of the Worm Moon. This highly anticipated record will be available through Audio Antihero Records. Magana, the solo project of talented multi-instrumentalist Jeni Magaña, has been making waves in the music scene in recent years. With a unique blend of creativity and passion, Magana's music is sure to captivate audiences far and wide with her “Witchy Rock” for the masses. Enjoy 🎙️

The sound of late-night
emotional fragility writ
large...Recalling Torres and
Sharon Van Etten at their
most intimate moments…
Magana’s parched vocal is
a complete heartbreaker.”
– The Line of Best Fit

“Through music, I have
learned the shape of
desire – contoured and
faceted, with the texture
of velvet and the sheen of
spilt oil on the blacktop. In
Magana I feel it again.” -
Collapse Board

"Feels expansive and
breathlessly travelled." –
Gold Flake Paint

Mar 23, 2024

Cosmo Sheldrake • Interdimensional (Live from the studio) • 2024

On the new tracks, Cosmo says, “‘Interdimensional’ felt as though it came almost in one long thought, but it took about four all-night sessions for it to emerge. It is another one that came to me while on a solo musical retreat in Somerset. It is about the feeling of losing the normal sense of self, and features the wonderful HOWL.”

“‘I Stitched My Mind Back To My Body’ was the first song I recorded from start to finish in my new studio. It started with me shuffling around stomping and clapping trying to find the best sweet spot on the floor for a good stomp. I like how much the sound of the space itself is present. It is a song about attempting to fuse the body and mind after centuries of unsuccessful attempts to prise them apart.”

Logan Lynn • To Be Of Use - SOFTCORE Short Film Scene 1 • 2024

“This track is a cover of one of my all-time favorite songs — originally written and recorded by SMOG — and for me, it’s about wanting to feel useful in a relationship, and in the world in general. It starts off soft and spare and slowly builds into a banger dance track. As the album opener, I wanted it to set the tone for the entire release: Find me at the intersection of masculinity and femininity, of hard and soft. This song embodies that.” - Logan Lynn

Mar 21, 2024

Tanlines • Vanishing Point • 2024

ifthisbeyourwill S03 E15 • Shaina Hayes

Raised in Shigawake, in the Gaspésie region of Québec, Shaina Hayes grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Feist, Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, traditional country artists such as Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, and modern country stars, including Shania Twain and The Chicks. After studying agricultural sciences at McGill University in Montreal, she returned to her rural hometown and began recording and co-producing her self-released debut album, to coax a waltz, which came out in April 2022. Bohsound

On her latest release, Kindergarten Heart, Shania lays down indie folk pop melodies that support her explorations of nature and her connection to it! It was a great conversation, sure to warm the soul and touch the heart. Enjoy 🎙️ 

Mar 19, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E14 • Olivia Nowadays

Olivia Nowadays, the talented musicians Kent Carson and Evan King, recently joined  ifitbeyourwill Podcast for an engaging conversation about their musical journey. The podcast delved into their inspirations, creative process, and the stories behind their captivating songs. Listeners were treated to insights into Olivia Nowadays unique approach to music-making and how they navigates the ever-evolving music industry. Their passion for storytelling through music shone brightly during the podcast as they shared anecdotes and experiences that have shaped their artistry. Enjoy 🎙️

TSDEATTOTP is Olivia at our most maximalist, merging sparkling instrumentation, candid field recordings, and frequent experimentation into sonically dense songs that evoke a sense of melancholy and wonder. The soaring shoegaze track “Be Right Back” recalls the abrupt loss of a loved one, opening with a poignant field recording of Merlin the lonely parrot muttering to himself in a room. A swirl of uncanny voices coaxed from a glitchy machine learning model features on “New Philosophy”, which paints a wry art-pop portrait of a listless urbanite inspecting a past iteration of himself. The hazy, stuttery slowcore of “First Trauma” reflects on generational wounds and anhedonia, bearing a message from the past to a grown child: “making choices makes you.” Woven through each of the album’s eleven songs is a distinct sense of someone approaching the border of their understanding, in hesitation of what they may find on the other side.

Mar 17, 2024

Dent May • "Coasting On Fumes (feat. Jordana)” • 2024

I think this album might be the purest power pop collection Dent has made, and one that really captures his talents as a pop songwriter in a classic mold. He's never flashy or gimmicky, but I think has truly emerged as a master of the form, and this record encapsulates that nicely.

 "One of indie-music's most tasteful songwriters."
"Dent May shine[s] a light on efficacy of simplicity in the face of the complexities of modern life."
"Remarkable...May doesn’t have any easy answers, but the pop hooks lure us in, inviting us to suss out these universal ambiguities right alongside him."
"Absolutely dazzling."

BMX Bandits • Hop Skip Jump (For Your Love) • 2024

BMX Bandits were formed in the Scottish ex industrial town of Bellshill in 1985 by Duglas T Stewart and Sean Dickson. When Sean left to concentrate on his other band The Soup Dragons so began BMX Bandits, not as a conventional band of the same 4 or 5 faces but as an ever growing extended musical family which has included members of The Vaselines, The Pastels, The Pearlfishers and Teenage Fanclub over the years.

Mal Not Bad • No Worries • 2024

Back in November we teased a new release from Mal Not Bad (AKA LA’s Mal Hauser) with the single ‘AP’. A track which “display[ed] a newfound depth within the [project’s] sound,” as we put it, “leaning further into electronic sensibilities while simultaneously interrogating the impact of technology, resulting in a nuanced exploration of the human experience within the digital present.” The album, This Is Your New Life, will be the debut full-length from Mal Not Bad and continues this style, expanding the sonic palette introduced with previous EP Continuous Short Feature Film with a mix of sampled and live instruments and probing to the heart of the contemporary moment.

Mar 14, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E13 • Strawberry Runners

The music of singer songwriter Emi Night, aka Strawberry Runners is characterized by its dreamy and introspective melodies, often accompanied by gleeful guitar work and grounded vocals. Their lyrics delve into themes of self-discovery, love, and navigating the complexities of human relationships. With a unique blend of indie pop and folk influences, Strawberry Runners creates a sound that is both nostalgic and refreshing. Check out their latest self-titled record and if you’re in the UK a tour is happening as this is published. Enjoy 🎙️ 

Mar 13, 2024

King Hannah • Big Swimmer • 2024

Joh Chase • Gone • 2024

Chase’s musical journey has been a winding but steady evolution. While they were raised Evangelical and originally wrote songs that grappled with leaving the church, Chase found revelations in introspective songwriting. “My brain is completely filled with the music I was raised on: Elton John, The Cranberries, Bonnie Raitt, and the Mamas and the Papas,” they say. “I will always think of my music through that template while trying to find a place for myself in the world and pushing the boundaries of that.” 

Mar 12, 2024

ifitbeyourwill S03 E12 • Jad Fair

Jad Fair's music is characterized by its raw, unfiltered energy and unconventional song structures. His distinctive vocal style, marked by childlike wonder and spontaneity, adds a unique charm to his compositions. With his band, Half Japanese, Fair has been a pioneering figure in the indie and lo-fi music scene, inspiring generations of musicians with his fearless approach to creativity. Jad just released two epic records, 100 Songs (A Master Class In Songwriting) and  Film Music clocking in with 250 new glimpses into the music of a legend. Enjoy 🎙️ 

Jad is a stunning study in contrast, with enough eerie ghouls to fill up the Shudder Channel and enough plaintive love songs to fill up the Hallmark Channel. There’s truly something for all tastes here and now you can soak it all up in one place. 

Mar 10, 2024

Jad Fair • 100 songs & Film Music! • 2024

Can an indie/punk legend create his most epic work a half century into his career? As productive as Guided By Voices and Buckethead are, neither could match Half Japanese leader Jad Fair’s quest to release100 albums in 2021 during his COVID downtime- he actually topped that goal with a whopping 160 albums then. Now he’s whittled them down to a 100-song, double album set that’s a cornucopia of words/songs/sounds. The brief, juicy nuggets of songs were crafted by Jad alone, composing the sounds via the GarageBand computer program, supplemented by his recitals and booming vocal percussion.