Monday, February 29, 2016

Stream It From The Mountain: Somos – First Day Back

Somos, the Boston-based indie-rock quartet recently released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, First Day Back via new label home, Hopeless Records.  Their excellent 2014 debut album, Temple Of Plenty (Tiny Engines Records) was on my Top 10 Albums list that year and they expand upon their taut, rhythm-driven alt-punk sound by experimenting with electronics and synth-smeared atmospherics alongside vocalist/bassist Michael Fiorentino’s clever wordplay and melancholic yet highly-melodic melodies.  
“Violent Decline” with its twinkling guitars and tumbling drums and first single, “Thorn In The Side” with its chugging, bass-led rhythm and soaring, sing-along refrain stand out among an album full of standout tracks.  First Day Back shows Somos growing into their skin and experimenting with their sound but the energetic essence of the band is not lost and they have improved greatly on the promise of their debut with this sophomore-slump busting release.        
Stream First Day Back here:

Friday, February 26, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Fullbloods – “Kind Of Gentleman” (K.C. indie-poppers Fullbloods released their sophomore album Mild West today via High Dive Records.  The quartet trades in a nostalgic yet modern brand of indie-pop inspired by 70’s soft rock legends like Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan combined with warped vintage synth lines, jangly guitar lines and catchy, velvet-smooth melodies throughout.  Check out the spaced-out Theremin-like synth squiggles and charming vocal melodies of the standout track here.)

Future Elevators – “Alabama Song” (Future Elevators is the solo project of Birmingham, AL-based multi-instrumentalist Michael Shackelford (The Rewinds, The Grenadines) and after touring and recording over the years with local favorites such as Maria Taylor and Through The Sparks, he has recently released his self-titled debut album through Communicating Vessels.  The excellent album arrives fully-formed; crafted with insight from his experiences with an eclectic yet cohesive sound that incorporates dusty folk, blues, forward-thinking R&B and hints of 70's glam and disco alongside 60’s psych-pop for a very promising debut.)

Witching Waves -  “Twister” (The London post-punk trio - Emma Wigham, Mark Jasper, and Ed Shellard - released their sophomore album, Crystal Café today via Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records.  On it they whip up a furious blend of noisy, fuzzed out guitar tones and frenzied rhythms with catchy dream-pop appeal.  Check out the tone-setting opening track and standout single here with its twisty early Sleater-Kinney-like riffs and riotous melodies.)    

Friday, February 19, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Marlon Williams – “Hello Miss Lonesome” (The New Zealand based singer-songwriter with the golden croon is set to release his eponymous debut album today via Dead Oceans.  The blues-soaked country-leaning brand of noir-ish folk-rock displayed on the album makes for the perfect backdrop for his barroom-Beatles melodies and smoothly soaring and emotive voice.  A must hear album this year.)

Ra Ra Riot – “Absolutely (Dim Sum Remix)” (The Brooklyn indie-poppers return this week with their fourth album, Need Your Light, via Barsuk Records.  The experimental new album produced by Ryan Hadlock and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij is beaming with joyous synth-pop melodies and delirious dance floor-ready rhythms.  The upbeat standout single heard here is boasted by a slick remix from Paris electro duo Dim Sum.)

Obscura – “The Monist” (The German progressive death metal vets recently released their highly-anticipated new album, Akroasis, via Relapse Records.  No extreme metal subgenre is left unearthed for a sound augmented by elements of jazzy fretless bass lines, savvy yet monstrous riffs.  The standout track here combines heavy Morbid Angel-like sludge with cosmic Cynic-like passages into the perfect blend; showcasing their talent with yet another forward-thinking yet visceral album.)  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Head And The Heart – “LIVE at The Berkeley Greek Theatre”

In late 2014, hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Let’s Be Still released by Sub Pop Records, The Head And The Heart live streamed a sold-out concert at Berkeley, California’s Greek Theatre. Filmed in HD, the concert was directed and filmed by renowned rock photographer Danny Clinch and is now made available to purchase via TourGigs on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download. 
They absolutely slayed the crowd with engaging renditions of favorites taken from both of their albums including, “Rivers And Roads”, “Shake”, “Lost In My Mind”, “Ghosts”, “Summertime” and thirteen others for a captivating performance from a band at their peak. 
Currently, the band is working on their highly-anticipated third album with hopes to release it later this year.  This live concert film is the perfect antidote to the anticipation.       

Watch the trailer here:
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