Friday, August 26, 2016

TRACK BY TRACK: The Conquerors – Wyld Time

After building up steam with their three previous singles, the Kansas City based psych-pop band, The Conquerors are set to take over with the release of their highly-anticipated debut album, Wyld Time, out today on High Dive Records.  Led by vocalist/guitarist Rory Cameron, the retro-minded band blends super-catchy 60’s psych-pop and blazing garage-rock for a dynamic sound that evokes the spirit of a paisley-printed leather jacket.  Standout tracks on the album include, the early Strokes-like title track, “Wild Tyme” and the Stones-like single, “Turned Me To Stone”, a howling ripper drenched in vintage organ. 
In celebration of the album’s release, songwriter Rory Cameron has provided Atlas and the Anchor an exclusive Track By Track commentary of Wyld Time that gives insight into the personal lyrics as well as the writing and recording process, and inspiration behind each track on the album. 
Stream Wyld Time and read along with Rory’s commentary below. 
Track-By-Track Commentary:
 “Yes I Know” – “Is basically the Fred Neil classic, ‘Everybody's Talkin' chord progression ramped up in tempo. This song is about my divorce and a sort of personal criticism of my ex's philosophies.” – Rory Cameron

“Wyld Time” - “Was an attempt to write a bouncy song in the vein of ‘Lust For Life’ by Iggy Pop or ‘C'mon Marrianne’ by the Four Seasons. It deals with the idea of positivism missing the point. Contrast in life is what creates the memorable moments. Basically, how can you be happy if you're never sad?” – RC

“How I Love You” - “Is one of the first songs I wrote after being in a new relationship and the feeling of finding someone who understands you. This song was influenced by ‘Anna’ by Los Saicos.” – RC

“Can't You See” – “Was mostly an exercise in song writing. It deals with communication between people or a lack of.” – RC “Guess I Was Wrong” – “Is another one about a break up, the main theme being the feeling of being burned by your own sense of certainty and trust in someone else.” – RC

“Turned Me To Stone” – “Is a song about isolating yourself after a traumatic breakup. Being jaded, emotions being concealed to prevent further hurt and disappointment…Definitely influenced by ‘Day Tripper’ by The Beatles.” – RC

“This Is It” – “Is one of those ‘lose my number’ kind of songs. Like a musical break up note.” – RC

“Too Good To Be True” – “Is kind of a pun, it's basically coming from the perspective the person you're with being too good of a person to possibly be true. It's kind of a paranoid love song that is a result of being in bad relationships. Also this song was really new when we recorded it, we figured out the arrangements and harmonies in the studio.” – RC

“I'll Get You Someday” – “Is really just a track we only did in the studio. It was pretty newly written when we recorded it. [I was] reaching maybe for an Everly Brothers kind of feel. We had recorded some other parts in the song and then stripped it down a lot. Vince's guitar is only in the bleed. The song is about there being one person out there for everyone.” – RC

 “Telling You” – “Took me about ten minutes to write. It's one of those kinds of garage rock burners that are so classic, it writes itself. The song essentially is about despite what happens to you, you'll be alright no matter what - a decision to not be broken.” – RC

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Stream It From The Mountain: Dolfish – Foreclosure American Dreams

Over the weekend, Cleveland singer-songwriter Max Sollisch a.k.a. Dolfish released his long-awaited sophomore album, Foreclosure American Dreams.   
In between albums, Max got married and moved from Columbus back to his hometown of Cleveland, in the rebuilt lakeside neighborhood of North Collinwood.  His new neighbors and new location were a big inspiration for the lyrics on the album, as they deal with societal issues and showcase the human spirit.  Musically, the album is his most polished yet with fuller, folk and blues-leaning arrangements, as the atmospheric electric piano-led album opening title track, “Foreclosure American Dreams” sets the tone.  Standouts on the album include the self-depreciating “Jack Of No Trades” and the folksy, trans-gender anthem, “A Girl Named Ted”.
Dolfish has solidified himself as one of the best, most heartfelt and socially conscience lyricists since Conor Oberst with his stellar new album, Foreclosure American Dreams.      

Stream Foreclosure American Dreams here:

Friday, August 19, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

MYRKUR  Onde Børn” (Nearly one year ago, the Danish black metal artist MYRKUR released her stunning debut album, M via Relapse Records - which showcased her “beauty-meets-brutality” brand of black metal.  Now she has released, Mausoleum, a unique EP recorded in the depths of the historic Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway.  Leaving out the brutality this time around, the new recording features stark, stripped-down piano and acoustic guitar led arrangements of seven tracks from M as well as a new song and a Bathory cover yet remains just as intense.  Alongside the Norwegian Girls’ Choir, Myrkur’s beautiful voice blooms and booms in the cavernous space for a haunting beauty that is unrivaled.)
Stream the live reworking of “Onde Børn” here:

Ages And Ages – “As It Is” (The Portland-based folk-pop collective led by Tim Perry and Rob Oberdorfer returns with their highly-anticipated third album, Something To Ruin, out now on Partisan Records.  The stellar new album, recorded in Isaac Brock’s Ice Cream Party studio - who lends his inimitable voice and guitar sound to a track - showcases a more experimental streak with strange electronics and fuller arrangements yet it still retains their lushly layered and exuberant vocal melodies, displayed on the standout album closer heard here.)

Bayside – “Enemy Lines” (Bayside, the veteran NYC-based punk rock band led by Anthony Raneri returns this week with Vacancy, their seventh album, out now via Hopeless Records.  Lyrically, the new album chronicles the end of Ranieri’s marriage and the sense of loss, vulnerability and confusion that accompanies that, though glimmers of hope remain.  Musically, that hope is found in the bright, pop-leaning and whimsical, showtunes-esque arrangements that bolster the emotionally-driven, punk-fuelled rock that has become their calling card, becoming their most dynamic and anthemic album yet.)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Stream It From The Mountain: Horseback – Dead Ringers

Horseback is the experimental solo project of Jenks Miller, also of the country-leaning N.C. indie-rock band Mount Moriah.  His new album, Dead Ringers is out today on Relapse Records and blends organic and electronic textures with cyclical Krautrock-like beats, minimalist synths, psychedelic ambiance and elements of dub and jazz for an unclassifiable, genre-defiant sound. 
Standout tracks, including the buzzing, Middle Eastern-tinged single and hypnotic opening track, “Modern Pull” and the clattering percussion of the epic, nearly seventeen minute long album closer, entitled “Descended From The Crown” make this Miller’s most focused and best album yet with the project.

Stream Dead Ringers here: