Monday, March 28, 2016

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Multiple Cat – “David”

The Multiple Cat, the Quad Cities based indie-rock trio led by singer-songwriter and producer Patrick Stolley – also co-founder and engineer of the popular music site Daytrotter – recently released a new album, Intricate Maps via Catouche Records.

Previously, Stolley laid out an insightful track-by-track commentary for the album here:

Today, we are honored to premiere the video for the tragic yet bouncy new single, “David”.  The minimalist, mostly black and white visuals were created last summer by director Atom Burke during his art residency at Residency 108 in Germantown, NY. 

Get lost in the transfixing slow-motion shots of extinguished matches, fraying string and other hauntingly hypnotic visuals here:

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Friday, March 25, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Through The Sparks – “The Driveway” (The long-running Birmingham-based psych-pop band led by frontman Jody Nelson recently released Transindifference, their long-awaited third album and label debut for Communicating Vessels.  The new album proves to be worth the wait and sees them upping the ante on the catchy pop melodies and lyrical positivity to go along with their eclectic prog-leaning brand of psych-drenched folk-rock that incorporates krautrock rhythms and elements of glam and country.)     

Eureka California – “Cobwebs On The Wind” (Today via Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records, the Athens, Ga based garage-punk duo consisting of Jake Ward and Marie A. Uhler have released Versus, their third album in as many years and first recorded in a studio where raging, energetic rhythms, 90’s-inspired fuzzed-out guitar crunch and power-punk melodies collide.) 

Sean Watkins – “What To Fear” (Hot on the heels of last year’s solo effort, All I Do Is Lie - his first in over a decade - the singer-songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and founding member of the influential Americana trio Nickel Creek recently released his new solo album, What To Fear.  Out now via Thirty Tigers, the album is highlighted by his warm, organic folk-pop that sets the scene with touches of country and lively bluegrass and allows for Watkins to weave in his emotionally-charged political and religious themed narratives.  His sister Sara guests along with keyboardist Benmont Tench.)    

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

crashride - crashride

crashride are an emerging Montreal-based electronic music duo consisting of composer and sound designer Jean-Sébastien Côté (Robert Lepage, Wajdi Mouawad, Daniel Brooks) and composer and guitarist François Therriault (Indiscipline, Pole Volt, Chapeaumelon). Together they blend textural electronic music with wide-scoping elements of Tangerine Dream-style New Age, nuanced dream-pop and prog-rock and jazz-inspired guitar for a progressively experimental sound that recalls Massive Attack, Air and Yes.  Their self-titled debut album was recently released digitally via their Bandcamp page and physically via Note Musik.  The album’s icy textures and cool cinematic soundscapes are the perfect chilled out soundtrack to your winter blues, no matter what climate you call home.    
The album opens with a short ambient introduction titled, “Two To Three” complete with a bubbling synth pattern and an ascending melody that helps set the tone for the rest of the songs to come.  “Father” quickly follows with a slow, waltz-like rhythm and washes of cosmic synths that evoke desolate images of being stranded on an icy, planet.  The standout track boasts guest spots from guitarist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie) and legendary bassist Tony Levin, who has recorded and toured with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson and John Lennon.  Of course the duo’s music lends itself well to cinematic endeavors and the video for standout track, “Half Duplex” with its towering skyscrapers and fast-paced city scenes stands out with a clicking, Motorik rhythm and several extended prog-rock inspired guitar solos.  Led by pretty piano, standout track “Maniguruma” shimmers with iridescent synths and soaring EBow guitar as guest vocalist Frédérike Bédard (Robert Lepage, La La La Human Steps, TNM/Moby Dick) and violinist Jean-Philippe Goulet (Swing, Indiscipline) imbue a pretty, cinematic haze to the track that rivals only Sigur Ros in the beauty department.  The oceanic ebb and flow of “Venice” is highlighted by jazzy guitar runs, strange synth sounds and a head-nodding beat.  “Ostankino” opens with a dreamy interlude of stormy stair-stepping piano and guest guitarist Dave Randall’s (Slovo, Faithless, Dido) acoustic guitars before giving way to a stuttering rhythm and highly melodic guitar lines that contrast nicely with the brooding bass-led undercurrent.      
Next, the duo puts their own spin on Alain Morisod’s “Neige” and their version stands out with beautifully sung French lyrics from Bédard backed by a propulsive beat, cascading guitars and glassy synths for an 80’s-inspired synth-pop and trip-hop hybrid.  With three MacBooks and the blinking lights of their keyboards as the only light source, a live performance video was filmed - and can be viewed via the band’s Youtube page - for the song, “Different 8”, which meshes perfectly with the glimmering atmosphere and swaying melodies created by EBow and the Chapman stick on the track.  Sung in English, “Art Of Choice” combines soaring strings and a glitchy beat with an extended piano outro for a passionate 80’s prog-pop ballad reminiscent of Peter Gabriel.  The haunting yet beautiful “Ohne Worte” builds tension before releasing with squealing keyboard freakouts and features a silky string arrangement ready-made for a movie soundtrack.  On the other hand, the more pop-leaning track “Hold Me Tight” offers up lush layers of psychedelic vocal melodies that swirl and swoon skyward, recalling the classic rock-indebted indie rockers and fellow Canadians, The Besnard Lakes.  The twelve-track album closes out with the blooming kaleidoscope of synths and guitars of the aptly-titled “Feel”.   
With their promising self-titled debut album, Canadian electronic music duo crashride have crafted an innovative brand of electronica that feels both freshly modern and warmly nostalgic for a time when electronic music was first being born; capturing the wide-eyed wonder and sense of experimental freedom of that era.  Honestly, it would be enough if crashride was just a studio project but the duo plans to tour and that is just icing on the cake.         

Stream crashride here: 

Friday, March 18, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Damien Jurado – “Exit 353” (Today via Secretly Canadian Records, the ever-prolific folk-rock troubadour Damien Jurado has released Visions of Us on the Land, his twelfth album and third and final in a trilogy that started in 2012 with Maraqopa.  The epic 17-track album was produced again by Richard Swift and builds upon Jurado’s unique folk-driven indie rock sound with surreal lyrical imagery and dreamy pop-laced psych-rock ornamentation to match.)     

Nada Surf – “Believe You’re Mine” (The veteran band led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Matthew Caws recently released their long-awaited eighth album, You Know Who You Are, via Barsuk Records.  Now a quartet with the addition of guitarist Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), they continue to make shimmering, emotionally-charged and super-catchy indie-pop over two decades into their brilliant career.)  

Entombed A.D.  – “Midas In Reverse” (Vocalist LG Petrov, an original member of the Swedish death metal legends, Entombed, put together a new version of the band under the moniker, Entombed A.D.  Their sick second album, Dead Dawn is out now on Century Media and continues the onslaught with their signature hybridization of sludge-thick “buzzsaw” guitar riffs and death-and-roll grooves.  Look for the band on tour throughout the spring.)

Friday, March 11, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

JOESPH – “My Master’s House” (Out now on his own Eyebrow Palace Records, is There Comes The Lord, the debut album from the new solo project of Joey Cook formerly of Cincy psych-pop band Pomegranates.  Drenched in vintage organ and a jumpy rhythm, the first single here is the perfect introduction to his catchy and quirky brand of soulful psych-rock that is laced with folk, country and Krautrock for good measure.  Lyrically, Cook imagines living alongside Jesus with vivid imagery.)    

Mirror Travel – “Aasim” (The New Mexico-by-way-of-Texas psych-rock trio have released their new album, Cruise Deal this week via Modern Outsider Records.  The album’s 6-songs capture their hypnotic hybrid of shoegaze-informed post-punk and fuzzed-out dream-pop with guitarist Lauren Green’s blissful vocal melodies leading the way through the noise-addled swirl.  Check out the incendiary opening track here.)  

The Sky Catching Fire – “Monsters” (The Sky Catching Fire is the Laguna Beach-based duo of singer-songwriter/street performer Thomas Monroe and drummer Steve Ybarra.  They recently released their promising debut - the Blue EP - which showcases their acoustic-based yet highly energetic punk spirit and socially aware lyrical commentary alongside their catchy yet off-kilter melodies and yelping vocal style that recalls early Modest Mouse and the Violent Femmes.)     

Friday, March 04, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Keeps – “I Don’t Mind” (The Nashville psych-pop band, consisting of Gusti Escalante and Robbie Jackson, released their long-awaited debut album, Brief Spirit, today via Old Flame Records and limited edition cassette via Winspear Music.  Their nostalgia-inducing sound combines shimmering 80’s guitar-pop with taut yet jangly college rock and swaying New Romantic melodies for a stunning album well worth the wait.)

Heron Oblivion – “Your Hollows” (Heron Oblivion is the San Francisco-based psych-folk supergroup-of-sorts featuring Meg Baird of Espers, Noel Von Harmonson and Ethan Miller of Comets on Fire and Charlie Saufley of Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound.  As this standout track proves, they lull you into a trance with their laid-back pastoral folk-pop then suddenly burst into squalls of heavy, feedback-drenched psych-rock on their excellent self-titled debut album out now on Sub Pop.)

The 1975 – “Love Me” (The Manchester-based quartet’s ambitious, new 17-song album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it was recently released via Interscope Records and is built upon an unashamed, neon-lit 80’s-inspired pop sense as the insanely catchy standout single here recalls the slick, soulful funk-pop of Peter Gabriel’s So.)