Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat

Armand Margjeka – “Hummingbird” (The Birmingham, AL by-way-of Albania based singer-songwriter released his long-awaited sophomore album, Hummingbird this week, as a joint effort by Communicating Vessels and PIPEANDGUN Records.  His rootsy, emotionally-charged Americana is layered with shimmering synth-led atmospherics and is highlighted by his soulful, world-weary voice and memorable melodies.)      

Le Rug – “Harold Camping” (This week marks the release of Press Start (The Collection), the complete 31-track compilation of Brooklyn singer/guitarist Ray Weiss’ (Butter the Children) post-punk project Le Rug.  Released digitally and on limited edition cassette by Fleeting Youth Records, the dynamic collection bursts at the seams to contain each of his 3 earlier albums along with 2 more recent EPs that are full of scuzzy, unhinged guitar-led post-punk that is laced with psychedelic synths and a fun, quirky pop sense.)      

Stagnant Pools - “You Whir” (The Bloomington, Indiana-based brothers, Bryan and Douglass Enas recruited likeminded producer Matt Talbot of 90’s alt-rock pioneers Hum to reinforce their noise-addled and fuzzed-out shoegaze-leaning dream pop sound on their sophomore album, Geist released this week via Polyvinyl Records.  The opening track here stands out as a swirl of sludgy guitars, pounding drums and melancholic Joy Division-like vocal melodies.)  


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