Another track landed on the upcoming debut record from newly signed Sub Popper, Kyle Craft. “Eye of the Hurricane,” starts us off with a piano riff that hearkens us back to a ragtime era. It’s a tongue in cheek story about infatuation in a toxic relationship sprawled across a song that’s got the sound of a horror circus with 70s glam rock vocal howls that add to the landscape. We’ve heard 3 tracks off the upcoming debut, Dolls of Highland, and you can color me more than excited to get to April 29th to hear the rest.
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At the song open, I feel like I’m stuck inside of a horror movie, screeching and horrifying noises almost sirens, which suits well a record titled, Until The Horror Goes. As the sirens relent, and the beat takes over, the song becomes infectious, and the hook comes out to play and you find this tight little electro-pop track that sounds like it could have been a work of Postal Service or Built to Spill. As the song slowly fades out, it feels as though it could have been the closing credits to a horror film directed by John Hughes, and…
I’m really into the music I’ve heard so far from Kyle Craft, you might remember him as the frontman of Gashcat. Most of the songs find influence from a past that haunts him from his formative life in Shreveport, LA. Songs of messed up relationships, jealousy, ghosts and sounds of a reckoning with his past. On “Pentecost,” Craft’s rough, raspy voice, his soaring melodies and the ecclesiastic themes give these songs a deeply impactful feeling that almost goes as far as an emotional liberation. On “Lady of the Ark,” Craft dials up the southern gothic, gospel with guitars, organs and…
Something pretty awesome is going on around this debut record from Big Thief. “Real Love,” starts as this quiet, pensive folk-tinged rock song that blows up into full blow rock arrangements that you’ll instantly fall in love with. Put perfectly by Billy Mitchel, “Pop meets hardcore, with an angel voice,” the song will shudder you down to your bones. It’s elevated rock & roll music that has me thirsty for more.
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I’ve been really into this new track from LA outfit, Alyeska. “Everglow, an alt tinged and guitar powered track thats an moody, dark, sonically emotional track with a definite tie to alt-rock era. Produced by John Agnello, (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent) the single comes ahead of their debut album which will also be produced by Agnello and released later this summer. More Alyeska Web | Facebook | Twitter
With Valentine’s day right around the corner, what’s better than a song that pecks at the frailty power we yield to those that we love. Isn’t that a romantic notion? Eskimeaux’s “Power” explores the subject, wrapped in a sleepy bedroom pop song, that’s nice on the ears, and upbeat enough to be a head bobber. “Power,” will be featured on, Year of the Rabbit, which is the follow up to Eskimeaux’s critically acclaimed debut album, O.K. Year of the Rabbit is out April 15th, and available for pre-order now, via Double Double Whammy.
Islands will return this spring with new music, with not one but two new albums (remember when Guns N’ Roses did this with the Use Your Illusion Series?), all dropping on the same day. The two forthcoming albums, Taste and Should I remain Here At Sea? will be available May 13. They’ve also released two new songs from those albums, the first being “Back Into It,” a sugary sweet pop song reminiscent of the Unicorns’ catalog, and “Charm Offensive,” a polished, synthy affair that’s got that specific Island charm and quirk that’s just right. Islands will tour the new records, stopping…
Here’s a new cut of Rayland Baxter’s single “Mr. Rodriguez” which will appear on a brand new EP, SOHO EP. It’s a sparse cut, of just Baxter some quiet solo guitar, and his words drenched in reverb. The EP was recorded at Dean St Studios in London that was previously Tony Visconti’s space for recording with T. Rex, David Bowie and more.
I think it’s important for me to present these songs in as many forms as necessary,” said Baxter. “From the quiet solo guitar presentation to the full on rock n roll display, and everywhere in-between. These songs have many colors and I wanna make sure all them colors be gettin’ heard.”
On a tip from a trusted friend, this new track from Operators fell into my lap. Operators is the new project from Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, and is the single from their upcoming debut record, Blue Wave. “Cold Light,” is a melodic, synth driven pop number, that’s anthemic and soaring. “Cold Light,” is indebted to the 80s stuttering synth bass lines, and feels both authentically modern and like it could be pulled straight out of a John Hughes soundtrack.
Operators have also announced that they’ll head out on tour in support of Blue Wave, stopping here in the city in late April.
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Los Angeles’ Harriet have given us another taste off of their upcoming record, American Appetite, which hits your ears January 29th on Harvest Records. Their newest cut, “Bent,” is much more intimate, confessional sounding track that feels more like you are inside the head of the songwriter. The song cuts deep, as any track of forlorn love song does. I’ve been waiting years for this record (originally kickstarted in 2012) and I’m super excited from everything I’ve heard. More Harriet Web | Twitter | Facebook