Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



The Helio Sequence – “Stoic Resemblance” (The Portland indie-rock duo of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel released their self-titled sixth album this week via Sub Pop.  The new album was written during a fast-paced and adventurous demoing process that gave the band new life as they enter their third decade together.  The thumping propulsive rhythm and poppy sing-along chorus of the standout single here is the perfect introduction to the stunning album's vibe.) http://www.heliosequence.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/subpop/the-helio-sequence-stoic-resemblance

 
Valkyrie – “Mountain Stomp” (The Virginia sludge-rockers, led by brothers Jake and Pete Adams - the latter also of Baroness – released their third album, Shadows this week via Relapse after a long, seven year wait.  The epic aptly-titled album opener, “Mountain Stomp” is the perfect blend of melodic dual guitar leads, prog-rock tangents, thunderous blues-rock riffs and soulful, classic rock-era vocal melodies for a triumphant return.) http://thevalkyrierides.bandcamp.com/

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/valkyrie-mountain-stomp

 
Tanlines – “Slipping Away” (The NYC-based indie-pop duo consisting of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm released their long-awaited sophomore album, Highlights, this week via True Panther Sounds.  After their computer blew up, they chose to focus on a more guitar-heavy approach that along with the addition of some world music vibes and some danceable hip-hop and techno-inspired beats serves the band well.  Check out the loping and jangly 80’s-indebted standout single below.) http://tanlinesinternet.com/

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Surfer Blood – “Island” (For their recently released third album, 1000 Palms, the Florida-based indie-rock band found a new label home with Joyful Noise that allowed them the creative control to create their rawest yet most poppy and polished album to date.  The standout single heard here, is filled with surf-y guitar melodies that alternate between clean and crunchy alongside a catchy, super-charged chorus.) http://www.surferblood.com/

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Gruesome – “Closed Casket” (Led by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of Exhumed along with members of Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, Gruesome pays heavy homage to the Florida death metal scene of the early 90’s with their nostalgia-inducing debut album, Savage Land, out now via Relapse Records.  Every gory detail - down to the artwork from the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Massacre, Megadeth), to the old school death metal riffs and Chuck Schuldiner-sounding vocals - is in tribute to the influential band Death.  The standout track here features a gnarly guest guitar solo from former Death, Obituary and Testament guitarist James Murphy.) https://www.facebook.com/gruesomedeathmetal  


My Morning Jacket – “Spring (Among The Living)” (Last week, after a four-year wait, My Morning Jacket released their highly-anticipated seventh album, The Waterfall via ATO/Capitol Records.  Gone is the Prince-like funk of their last album, Circuital, but always adventurous; Jim James and crew have blended ethereal electronics, Middle Eastern themes and some of James’ most personal lyrics into their already eclectic Americana and classic rock-leaning sound for one their most soulful and cohesive albums yet.) http://www.mymorningjacket.com/

Stream the haunting, bluesy force of nature “Spring (Among The Living)” here: 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Hop Along – “Waitress” (Led by the Blues-soaked powerhouse vocals of Frances Quinlan, the Philadelphia-based quartet released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Painted Shut, this week via Saddle Creek Records.  Their catchy, folk-leaning brand of punk rock incorporates grungy alt-rock guitar melodies – sounding like Janis Joplin fronting Rilo Kiley for a sophomore-slump busting album that should top many year-end lists this year.) https://hopalong.bandcamp.com/album/painted-shut    
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/saddlecreek/hopalong-waitress

 
Sam Cohen – “Let the Mountain Come To You” (Singer-songwriter Sam Cohen, formerly of Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds, recently released his debut solo album, Cool It, on Easy Sound Recording Co.  Traces of his previous bands sounds remain alongside his quirky, synth-smeared indie-rock that is laced with touches of prog, laid-back sun-drenched psychedelia and catchy, power-pop for a very promising debut.) http://www.easysoundrecordingcompany.com/store/Cohen-Band

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/easysoundrecordingco/sam-cohen-let-the-mountain-come-to-you-1

 
Calexico – “Falling From The Sky” (Joey Burns and John Convertino of genre-defiant indie mainstays Calexico recently released their new album, Edge Of The Sun via Anti-.  Much of the album was conceived in the historic Mexico city, Coyoacán to capture the Latin flavor of their Southwestern-influenced early sound.  Additionally, they are joined by a host of collaborators including, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, members of Devotchka and the Greek band Takim among others along with Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses lends his distinct voice to the soaring pop-leaning standout single heard here.) http://www.casadecalexico.com/     

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/calexico-falling-from-the-sky

Friday, May 01, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: By Light We Loom – “The Ignition EP”


By Light We Loom is the new project from Cleveland husband and wife duo Eric Ling and Shanna Delaney, formerly of indie-folk outfit Bethesda.  On their debut, The Ignition EP – out today - the duo transforms their anthemic folk rock and close-knit harmonies along with Shanna’s lilting vocal melodies into catchy beat-driven and sparkling vintage synth and loops-led indie-pop for a very promising debut. 

Stream the EP below which includes the twinkling piano and soaring vocal melodies of the title track and the vividly descriptive storytelling and cascading guitars of the spiritual-leaning standout track, “A Measure Of Us”. 



For more info: https://www.facebook.com/bylightweloom