Friday, March 10, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

The Yugos – “Weighing The Heart” (Rising Cincinnati band The Yugos are set to release their third album, Weighing The Heart this week, making their label debut for Old Flame Records.  Recorded in part by members of former Cincy psych-poppers Pomegrantes, the new album blends wiry, jittery 70’s punk and New Wave rhythms with surf-rock riffs and ridiculously catchy dream-pop melodies for their best, most assured album yet.)  

Black Map – “Run Rabbit Run” (The Northern Californian trio - consisting of vocalist/bassist Ben Flanagan of The Trophy Fire, guitarist Mark Engles of dredg and drummer Chris Robyn of Far - are releasing their stellar sophomore album, In Droves, today via eOne Music.  Combining the best attributes of their former bands, they create a hard-hitting hybrid of alt. rock and post-hardcore that focuses equally on raging rhythms and spacey guitar atmospherics alongside soaring, anthemic vocals for a sound that feels both nostalgic yet totally modern.)

J.E. Sunde – “Prism” (The Minneapolis-based art-folk singer-songwriter’s sophomore album, Now I Feel Adored, is out today on Cartouche Records.  The album opens with a beautiful and inspiring acapella duet with Monica Martin of Phox and continues with warm, lushly arranged folk music that has traces of 70’s singer-songwriter faire and chamber pop with the spotlight on Sunde’s poetic lyrics and pliable voice.)  

Nova Collective – “Ripped Apart And Reassembled” (Nova Collective is the new instrumental prog-jazz project from bassist Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me, guitarist Richard Henshall and keyboardist  Pete Jones of Haken and drummer Matt Lynch, who has played in Cynic and with Briggs in Trioscapes.  For this project, their heavier, metal-leaning elements fade into the background just a bit to allow for their complex and twisty prog-rock tendencies and 70’s jazz-fusion as well as their classical and world music influences to take the spotlight.  The result is a cosmic roller-coaster of rhythm and instrumental prowess.)  
Watch the playthrough video of “Ripped Apart And Reassembled” here:


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