Monday, August 22, 2016

Stream It From The Mountain: Dolfish – Foreclosure American Dreams

Over the weekend, Cleveland singer-songwriter Max Sollisch a.k.a. Dolfish released his long-awaited sophomore album, Foreclosure American Dreams.   
In between albums, Max got married and moved from Columbus back to his hometown of Cleveland, in the rebuilt lakeside neighborhood of North Collinwood.  His new neighbors and new location were a big inspiration for the lyrics on the album, as they deal with societal issues and showcase the human spirit.  Musically, the album is his most polished yet with fuller, folk and blues-leaning arrangements, as the atmospheric electric piano-led album opening title track, “Foreclosure American Dreams” sets the tone.  Standouts on the album include the self-depreciating “Jack Of No Trades” and the folksy, trans-gender anthem, “A Girl Named Ted”.
Dolfish has solidified himself as one of the best, most heartfelt and socially conscience lyricists since Conor Oberst with his stellar new album, Foreclosure American Dreams.      

Stream Foreclosure American Dreams here:

Friday, August 19, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

MYRKUR  Onde Børn” (Nearly one year ago, the Danish black metal artist MYRKUR released her stunning debut album, M via Relapse Records - which showcased her “beauty-meets-brutality” brand of black metal.  Now she has released, Mausoleum, a unique EP recorded in the depths of the historic Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway.  Leaving out the brutality this time around, the new recording features stark, stripped-down piano and acoustic guitar led arrangements of seven tracks from M as well as a new song and a Bathory cover yet remains just as intense.  Alongside the Norwegian Girls’ Choir, Myrkur’s beautiful voice blooms and booms in the cavernous space for a haunting beauty that is unrivaled.)
Stream the live reworking of “Onde Børn” here:

Ages And Ages – “As It Is” (The Portland-based folk-pop collective led by Tim Perry and Rob Oberdorfer returns with their highly-anticipated third album, Something To Ruin, out now on Partisan Records.  The stellar new album, recorded in Isaac Brock’s Ice Cream Party studio - who lends his inimitable voice and guitar sound to a track - showcases a more experimental streak with strange electronics and fuller arrangements yet it still retains their lushly layered and exuberant vocal melodies, displayed on the standout album closer heard here.)

Bayside – “Enemy Lines” (Bayside, the veteran NYC-based punk rock band led by Anthony Raneri returns this week with Vacancy, their seventh album, out now via Hopeless Records.  Lyrically, the new album chronicles the end of Ranieri’s marriage and the sense of loss, vulnerability and confusion that accompanies that, though glimmers of hope remain.  Musically, that hope is found in the bright, pop-leaning and whimsical, showtunes-esque arrangements that bolster the emotionally-driven, punk-fuelled rock that has become their calling card, becoming their most dynamic and anthemic album yet.)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Stream It From The Mountain: Horseback – Dead Ringers

Horseback is the experimental solo project of Jenks Miller, also of the country-leaning N.C. indie-rock band Mount Moriah.  His new album, Dead Ringers is out today on Relapse Records and blends organic and electronic textures with cyclical Krautrock-like beats, minimalist synths, psychedelic ambiance and elements of dub and jazz for an unclassifiable, genre-defiant sound. 
Standout tracks, including the buzzing, Middle Eastern-tinged single and hypnotic opening track, “Modern Pull” and the clattering percussion of the epic, nearly seventeen minute long album closer, entitled “Descended From The Crown” make this Miller’s most focused and best album yet with the project.

Stream Dead Ringers here:

Friday, August 05, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Jenn Champion – “No One” (Jenn Champion is the moniker for the new synth-driven project of Jenn Ghetto formerly of Carissa’s Weird and S.  Her debut, No One EP - out today on Hardly Art - is a digital only release that features the moody, stripped down post-punk/synth-pop of the title track along with intriguing remixes of the track from Glitterbang, Crater, USF, SassyBlack, Breakmaster Cylinder, and Jenn’s other new side project, Malidont.)

Nomad Stones – “Dead Batteries” (The Boston-based power trio featuring Adam McGrath and JR Conners of Cave In along with Erik Szyska released their self-titled debut album today via Brutal Panda Records.  The trio creates a blistering, punk-informed blend of heavy 90’s alternative rock complete with fuzzed-out effects-driven riffs, unhinged guitar solos and catchy hooks for a very promising debut.)  

16 – “The Absolute Center Of A Pitch Black Heart” (The Southern California sludge-core veterans recently returned with the release of their seventh studio album entitled,  Lifespan Of A Moth, out now via Relapse Records.  The band remains its abrasive self with vitriolic vocals and massive, visceral guitar riffs but the new album boasts experimental elements such as the thick trash metal-inspired riffs of the standout track heard here that gives the band new life for one of their best albums in years.)   

Friday, July 29, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Amazing – “Floating” (Just over a year and a half after releasing their highly-praised album Picture You, the Swedish psychedelic folk-rock band recently released Ambulance, their stellar fourth album via Partisan Records.  The new album is a three guitar-led swirl of ethereal, dream-pop textures and melancholic melodies that feels both heavy and feather-light at once with the aptly-titled single heard here as the perfect introduction.)

Devin Frank – “Cardamom Waves” (Singer-songwriter Devin Frank - formerly of defunct Des Moines, Iowa band Poison Control Center as well as Fliight, Jowlz and Mantis Pincers – recently released his debut solo album, The Vanishing Blues via Cartouche Records.  The nine-track album is an off-kilter blend of dusty blues, fractured folk and psych-pop with Frank’s sometimes talk/sung vocals and warped storytelling for a very promising debut.)

Adam Remnant – “When I Was A Boy” (The beloved Ohio folk-rock band Southeast Engine went on hiatus over four years ago and since then frontman Adam Remnant has cobbled together a home studio and crafted When I Was A Boy EP, his debut solo recording, out now via Trailer Fire Records.  For this new EP, Remnant played all of the instruments and turns his folksy narratives on their head with personal yet relatable lyrical themes, though his distinct baritone voice and experimental take on folk music remains.)