Friday, August 28, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Static Daydream – “The Only One” (On the heels of their promising debut EP released just last year, the new project of Paul Baker from Skywave and Jamie Casey is set to release their self-titled debut album today as a joint release from shoegaze authorities Saint Marie Records and Moon Sounds Records.  The duo creates an earth quaking guitar-heavy swirl of noise that is contrasted perfectly by the blissful dream-pop, 80’s synths and 60’s girl group melodies that shine through the cracks.)    
Stream the harmony rich and synth-smeared opening track here:

Beach House – “Sparks” (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally return with their highly-anticipated fifth album, Depression Cherry, out now on Sub Pop.  The new album boasts less live drums and slightly simpler arrangements but the dream-pop duo still fills the room with a soaring, shimmering atmosphere of caterwauling guitars, buzzing vintage synths and lilting pop melodies especially on the standout single heard here.)  

The Atom Age – “It’s A Mess” (After giving away their Free EP in 2013, the Oakland band released their long-awaited third album, Hot Shame this week via Asian Man Records.  The album was co-produced by Blag Dahlia from likeminded punk outlaws, the Dwarves and is full of feral fury with 60’s-inspired garage rock and anthemic old school punk colliding with elements of surf rock, vintage organ and tenor sax thrown in to the snarling chaos for good measure.)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Free Download: Kid Cadaver – Roam EP

Kid Cadaver is an emerging indie-pop trio hailing from Los Angeles and last week they released their second EP, titled Roam as a free download via their website and Bandcamp page. 

Led by the Passion Pit-like synth-pop of the Game Of Thrones-inspired standout single, “Keep Well” and the twinkling 80’s synths and jangly guitars of lead single “New Friends”; the new EP is filled to the top with catchy and exuberant sing-along hooks, driving beats and emotionally-charged lyrics.  Another standout is the opening track, “Ropes” with its chiming melodies and matching soaring falsetto vocals.  

Stream and download the Roam EP here:

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Friday, August 21, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “I Need Never Get Old” (The Denver old school soul and R&B revivalists led by the burly, blues-soaked croon of frontman Nathaniel Rateliff are set to release their stunning self-titled debut album today via legendary label Stax/Concord Records.  Expertly produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen) the timeless album is highlighted by blasts of jubilant brass, infectious stomp and clap rhythms, swells of vintage organ and fun, sing-along hooks.  Also, be sure to catch their energetic live show on their nearly sold out tour with fellow Denver band Land Lines.)
Stream the reverb-rich Motown-inspired rave-up here:     

Publicist UK – “Cowards” (Featuring members of Municipal Waste, Revocation, Goes Cube, Discordance Axis, Freshkills and Burnt By The Sun, including the towering powerful baritone of vocalist Zachary Lipez, the “supergroup” quartet creates a deeply melodic and atmospheric brand of dark, heavy post-punk on their excellent debut album, Forgive Yourself, out today via Relapse Records.)
Stream the theatrical, statement-making opening track:

Myrkur – “Mordet” (The once-enigmatic Danish one-woman black metal band Myrkur - Amelie Bruun of indie rock band Ex Cops - lures you in with the breathtaking beauty of her siren-like voice and straight up pretty and hauntingly atmospheric piano-led passages before the contrasting visceral brutal heaviness steamrolls you over like nothing else before it.  Her highly-anticipated insta-classic debut album, M, is out today via Relapse Records, was co-produced in Norway by Garm (Ulver) and features guest spots from Christopher Amott of Arch Enemy and members of Mayhem and Nidingr.)  

Stream the noise-addled thrash metal-inspired and Christopher Amott-guested standout here:

Friday, August 14, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Good Life – “Everybody” (Today, the side project of Tim Kasher from Cursive released, Everybody’s Coming Down, their long-awaited fifth album via Saddle Creek.  This time around, the quartet featuring Tim, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, Ryan Fox, and Roger L. Lewis mostly ditched their acoustic-heavy folk-pop sound for something more diverse and dynamic, incorporating noisy psych-rock and colorful synth-pop as the backbone for Kasher’s distinct lyrical sensibility, resulting in an engaging collaborative effort that makes up for the 8 year wait.)

Black Fast – “The Coming Swarm” (The emerging St. Louis metal band recently released their stunning sophomore album and label debut, Terms of Surrender, via eOne Music.  With monstrous technical riffs and thundering blast-beat led rhythms, their sound is a gruesome dissection of 90’s-era Florida death metal and old school 80’s thrash with elements of modern metallic hardcore topping it off.)     

La Luz – “You Disappear” (Last week, the Seattle surf-punk revivalists led by frontwoman Shana Cleveland released, Weirdo Shrine, their second album via Hardly Art.  The new album was recorded by likeminded producer/engineer Ty Segall in a converted surf shop recording studio and is highlighted by its careening reverb-rich psych-surf guitars, droning vintage organs, swooning four-part doo-wop vocals and hip-swiveling rhythms.)

Friday, August 07, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Mynabirds – “Semantics” (With Lovers Know - her new album under The Mynabirds moniker - the chameleon-like Laura Burhenn has created her brightest and best album yet.  Out now via Saddle Creek, the album progresses her folky sound with retro-minded yet futuristic elements of glass-slick 80’s synth-pop, hip-hop and R&B-inspired electronic beats and layers of gauzy guitar alongside her memorable hooks and smooth voice.)

Small Feet – “Gold” (The Swedish folk-rock trio - led by the  mystical Neil Young-like croon of Simon Stalhamre - released their highly-anticipated debut album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean, this week with Barsuk Records.  They craft a melodically-rich and emotionally-charged brand of hauntingly atmospheric Americana that recalls Fleet Foxes and Band Of Horses.)   

Deaf Wish – “They Know” (After eight years together and flying just under the radar, today the Melbourne quartet brings the Pain, on their new Sub Pop released album that should garner them the attention that their noise-leaden and punk-fuelled guitar rock deserves.  Recorded in a few short days in just three takes or less, the album captures the fury and finesse of their live shows through short energetic blasts like the minute-and-a-half long standout single, “The Know”, heard here.)