Friday, January 22, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Besnard Lakes – “The Plain Moon” (The Canadian collective led by Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas just released their fifth album, A Coliseum Complex Museum on Jagjaguwar.  Gigantic choral harmonies that recall 70’s California folk and thick layers of shoegaze-inspired guitars combine for an epic classic rock-indebted sound that is augmented with brighter, catchier pop-leaning melodies this time around for yet another stunning addition to their fifteen year long career.)    

Shearwater – “Only Child” (Check out the standout single, “Only Child” with its gentle, shimmering cyclical guitars that complement frontman Meiburg’s distinct vocals; taken from their ninth album, Jet Plane And Oxbow out now via Sub Pop.  The experimental new album sees the band adding in new elements such as neon-lit synths and electronic beats to their lushly layered folk-rock sound.)    

Pillar Point – “Strange Brush” (The synth-heavy dance-pop solo project of Scott Reitherman – formerly of Throw Me The Statue – is set to release his sophomore album, Marble Mouth via Polyvinyl.  Recorded and mixed by engineer Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Deerhunter) in the home studio of Kevin Barnes (of Montreal) the new album is a collection of some the most infectiously catchy and deliriously danceable 80’s-inspired synth-pop songs ever put to tape.)  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CONTEST: Coheed And Cambria – The Color Before The Sun

Late last year, the prog-leaning rock mainstays Coheed And Cambria released their excellent eighth album, The Color Before The Sun via 300 Entertainment.  Later this week, they will embark on a lengthy world tour in support of the new album alongside a reunited Glassjaw, I The Mighty and Silver Snakes. 
Lyrically, the new album is the first to feature personal themes of love and loss not related to frontman Claudio Snachez’s epic Armory Wars storyline and musically it is a little more straight-forward with catchy elements of emo-laced power-punk for a nice change of pace.

In celebration of the new album and in anticipation of the tour, Atlas and the Anchor is giving away a CD copy of The Color Before The Sun.  Just email with your favorite Coheed And Cambria album and one winner will be chosen at random on Tuseday, January 26.  Thank you! 

Stream the epic, soaring love song “Here’s To Mars” here:
Also, stream Claudio’s acoustic cover of Adele’s “Hello” here:

For tour dates and more info:

Friday, January 15, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Wray – “Pined”/”Jennifer” (The progressive Birmingham, AL based shoegaze trio are set to release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Hypatia today via Communicating Vessels.  This time around, singer/bassist David Brown’s haunting vocals play a more prominent role, rising above the caterwauling wall of sound to inject more melody into their 80’s post-punk and garage-rock indebted sound.  The album also includes their unique take on Faust’s Krautrock classic, “Jennifer”.)     
Stream the standout single “Pined” with its stuttering yet propulsive rhythm and shimmering, soaring vocal melodies here:

Bloodiest – “Mesmerize” (The experimental Chicago six-piece - featuring current and former members of Russian Circles, Corrections House, and Yakuza – released their adventurous self-titled sophomore album today on Relapse Records.  Produced by Sanford Parker and guitarist Tony Lazzara, the band deftly contrasts cinematic film score and post-rock atmospherics with thunderous riffs and noise-addled psych-metal sludge to create an impressive genre-defiant sound.)