Archive for March, 2018

March 31, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/366838292/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

As huge fans of both Alex Winston’s solo project and Max Hershenow’s role in MS MR, we were ecstatic to find out the pair had united on a new side project named Post Precious late last year. The duo made their debut with Timebomb, giving us a vibrant thrumming effusion that immediately captivated and scintillated. And now, they’ve finally returned with their second single, Lose Myself, an equally riveting burst of sharp pulsating beats and Alex Winston’s ever ravishing voice. Lose Myself was co-written with Ryn Weaver (we’re really hoping to get new music from her soon, too). It’s a spectacular eruption of off-kilter pop and dark electropop. Lose Myself is Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac meets Robyn dance pop, “precious” through and through. Find the single on iTunes, here.

March 31, 2018

We’re absolutely delighted that a music friend with fine tastes has introduced us to this Sacramento project, Topograf, otherwise we might have missed out on the newcomers’ first single, I’ll Know, an airy chiming, pellucid sparkling enchanter that reminds us of early Savoir Adore and San Francisco’s Cathedrals. The song also arrives with a charming music video. I’ll Know’s ambient indie pop is like a multi-layered chiffon dream, punctuated with resounding drums and ensconced in effervescent synths. Here’s to hoping we’ll hear from Topograf again soon, because this first treat is divine. Keep up with Topograf on their website, here.

March 31, 2018

Much beloved Canadian indie pop band Stars are back with a darling new tune named Ship To Shore, accompanied by a Natalka Proszak-directed music video crafted out of found super 8 footage. The veteran band has also expanded their 2018 North American headlining tour and confirmed their appearance at Lollapalooza this summer. They’ll be at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco on June 16th. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make it out since the last time I caught the charismatic outfit was some years ago when they did a several day stint at intimate Slim’s. Ship To Shore is out on Last Gang. You can stream/save the track, here.

March 31, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/414392718/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

Plush, rosy shades of music bliss “color” our hearts and leave us warm and flushed on Time, the latest from British indie quartet Colouring. Alt pop, indie electro, and synthpop intertwine on the fabulous tune, which enthralls with the sleek vivaciousness of Youngr the gooey 80s lushness Great Good Fine OK. Time is the first single from Colouring’s debut album, expected later this year. You can also stream the smooth ravishing song on Spotify, here. Keep up wit the dashing quartet via their Facebook, here.

March 30, 2018

How we missed out on new Halcyon Drive earlier this month is rather puzzling, but let’s just chalk it up to the chaos that normally envelopes us during the month of March due to SXSW and a flurry of other events/occurrences. I think I’ve found a new meaning to apply to the term “March Madness”. Fortunately for us, the Melbourne based indie rock group has unleashed a music video for their compelling new single Silver Ray, which immediately caught our attention and captured our hearts with its rambunctious percussion, grainy howling vocals, and crunchy hooking pop rock. We’ve been fans of this band for several years now, and Silver Ray quickly reminds us why our penchant for their music has never faded and will surely continue onwards. Those in Australia can jam out to this rambunctious tune live by catching Halcyon Drive on the remaining dates of their tour. Tickets are available, here.

March 30, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/417774168/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

It’s possible you haven’t heard Nightseason’s debut song yet, despite the buzz it seems to be drumming up across the new music scene. Your ears will thank you now that we’re ready to dive into the duo’s first single on Noon Pacific, an infectious blast of left-field pop and atmospheric shimmering indie rock named Nothing Calms My Mind. The rather mysterious American project already has a debut EP readied, which they wrote over emails without ever meeting in person (thank you, digital age!). Drummer-turned-producer Patrick Zeinali had a vision of the voice he wanted for his new project. He came across Jordan Caiola’s raw howling vocals while surfing through Spotify, and it struck a chord with what he was searching for. The pair also found common ground over tough break ups and a desire to put their emotions out while making a fresh mark in the alt rock scene. That five track EP will be arriving later this year. Stream/download Nothing Calms My Mind, here.

March 30, 2018

Los Angeles based duo Lean enraptured us a few months ago with funk tinged rock on Heatwave after having made their acclaimed debut in 2017, and now they’ve already revealed details regarding their debut full length! Years, which will be out on May 25th, features this fantastic first single, Inaction, a twangy chugging The War On Drugs meets retro-hued, infectiously rocking TEN FÉ sort of timeless jam. Stephen Johnson of Lean explains: “‘Inaction’ is different from other Lean songs because it’s not about any specific personal experience or people. It’s just a general impression of how all people are and particularly some of our worst qualities.” Inaction can be found on Apple Music, here, or Spotify, here.

March 30, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/416824005/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

The Family Crest continues to be a shining beacon of light right here in the Bay with their orchestral indie rock, which has seen some stylistic blossoming this past year, too. We have, after all, been incredibly addicted to th sultry grooving funk of their prior single Mirror Love, and now they’ve released a fabulous new tune named Take Tonight from their forthcoming album “The War: Act I”, too. The orchestral whirling, prismatic blooming song is like Devotchka meets Edward Sharpe. On April 12th, The Family Crest will headline San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall before taking their explosive live show on a national tour. Find out more on their website, here. “The War: Act I” arrives soon on April 6th. 

March 30, 2018

If you’re up for some chills and some goosebumps (in a pleasant way, of course), I highly recommend you dive into this new Manchester Orchestra track, stat! The band from Georgia gave me one of my favorite alt rock albums of 2017 in A Black Mile to the Surface, and now they’ve presented us with an exquisite The Avett Brothers cover, too. Melt into tenderly heart tugging No Hard Feelings, of which Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull explains: 
“Rob and I became obsessed with this song last year. It is truly one of the best songs that I’ve ever heard and it got to a point where I was listening to it repeatedly for several months straight. Simultaneously analyzing these layered lyrics while being emotionally floored at its weight and conclusion. I think the only way we could exercise the song’s grasp on us was to attempt a cover. We hope you enjoy.” 

Manchester Orchestra – Andy Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince – will hit the festival circuit this summer, beginning with the Shaky Knees Music Festival on May 5th. The band is also confirmed to perform at Hangout Music Festival, Boston Calling Music Festival, Bottlerock, Bunbury Festival, Governor’s Ball Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, and more. You can find their new cover on iTunes, here.

March 30, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/418005024/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

I can never resist a good Lord Huron song, and there sure are plenty of those to enjoy, considering the Michigan folk rock outfit’s prolific career this decade. Their third full length, Vide Noir, will hit the shelves on April 20th. And we now get to sway to the melancholic amble of new song When The Night Is Over, of which singer songwriter and producer Ben Schneider says: 

“We wanted this song to feel something like a Raymond Chandler story, a desperate search through a rain-soaked, neon-lit city. The groove section in the middle is one of my favorite passages on the album.” Fluttering orchestral strings join up with a steady paced beat and Lord Huron’s signature reediness on the aching song. You can pre-order Vide Noir, here

Additionally, the band has made the additional seven songs off Vide Noir available to stream at geo-locations across the US, Canada and UK. Locations include hikes, national parks, beaches and even a volcano. Head to followtheemeraldstar.com for more information. Who wouldn’t love a beautiful hike, with new Lord Huron songs waiting for us as a reward? It sounds divine to me.