Posts Tagged ‘orchestral rock’

March 30, 2018
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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 10, 2018

I can’t seem to get enough of Quiet Slang, a tangential project that Beach Slang frontman James Alex created awhile back to give us new renditions of the punk rock veterans’ anthemic music. As fond as I am of Beach Slang’s songs, I can’t help but fall heavily for the pensively orchestral sound that Alex gives us on these transformations. Come May, Quiet Slang will be dropping a debut full length named Everything Matters But No One Is Listening. This stringy melancholic version of Dirty Cigarettes is its first single. It’s both weathered and refined, and its immensely moving, too. Pre-order Quiet Slang’s debut full length before it drops on May 18th, here.

February 3, 2018
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It’s a huge, huge day when we get to listen to something new from Bishop Briggs. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter, easily one of the best voices out there in the music scene right now, has scintillated us with her fierce and resilient music from day one, and we’re elated that she’s achieved such a massive following and stupendous level of success since, all more than deserved. Though this new offering is a cover, Bishop Briggs brings all her sheer power, unrivaled grit, and vitalic fortitude, including her scratchy sonorous, sooty burning vocals, to INXS classic Never Tear Us Apart. The cover is next song released from the forthcoming Fifty Shades Freed official soundtrack arriving on Republic Records. Listening to Bishop Briggs belt out her songs never gets old. She’s astonishing and jaw dropping each and every single time, and her live presence is so mighty and omnipotent that we’re oft left wondering if she’s even of this world. Pre-order the album, here.

December 1, 2017

We’ve been fans of Oregon indie rock collective Typhoon for a very long time, and our experience with their live sets have been memorable, to say the least. From Kyle Morton’s fantastic voice, which always seems on the verge of cracking under the sheer pressure of so much emotion, to the humongous band’s sheer force as a lush orchestral union of talented musicians, Typhoon has been nothing short of astonishing. In fact, it always boggled us how they even fit their whole band on stage, and how they could feel every nook and crevice of a venue with such beautifully moving sound. As such, we’re elated that Typhoon is returning with a new full length on January 12th. Now, they’ve shared a music video for their single Rorschach from forthcoming album Offerings. Directed by Matthew Thomas Ross, it’s a frenetic visualization of human contemplation and recollection, soundtracked by Rorschach’s compelling experimental folk rock. Gentle guitar picks to emphatic strums dance about each other on the crunchy chugging, beautifully reflective song. You can pre-order a signed copy of Offerings from Typhoon’s store, here. Or you can pre-order from iTunes, here. Typhoon has also announced their list of upcoming tour dates for 2018 in North America and Europe, with a stop at the Independent in SF on February 13th. I highly suggest you get out and catch this amazing band live. 

November 17, 2017
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Scottish singer songwriter Kate Buchan just released her second album as Best Girl Athlete. The self titled release is out now via Fitlike Records. The latest single off the record is a stark, striking gem named Lucy, inspired by the film of the same name starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Luc Besson. With it, the compelling musician continues to blur the lines between folksy alt pop and orchestral indie rock, all the while bewitching us with her brittle and willowy yet sonorous ringing voice. Lucy feels honest and raw, weathered and earnest. The single arrives with a B-side named Frayed, which you can stream below. Mournful strings and gorgeous piano guide us through the poignant and sorrowful dirge. Both songs are available from iTunes, here.

November 7, 2017
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Brooklyn duo Hunter & Wolfe brings us spades of bucolic charm and heart weary folk rock on gorgeous new song Dear Annie. It’s our latest taste and the third single from Michael Maffei & Sundeep Kapur‘s new EP, Late Then Never, due out this Friday, November 10th. Their tender ballad wraps its acoustic strums, orchestral strings, and heartfelt vocals around the heart snugly, and as they tighten their hold, a misty tear or many more will likely be wrung out. Just keep a tissue handy, you’ll probably need it. Stream prior singles from Late Then Never on Soundcloud, here, as we await the full release.

August 29, 2017

Veteran Philadelphia crew Beach Slang are known for their raucous live shows and spirited punk rock, but frontman James Alex is up to some new tricks these days. In fact, he’s gone off on a tangent and announced a new project named Quiet Slang, whose new EP We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags will showcase him playing solo alongside a contributing pianist and cellist. The EP will include two Beach Slang songs as well as covers of The Replacements and Big Star. We can now listen to Quiet Slang’s new rendition of Beach Slang’s Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas, and it’s quite the orchestral yet grainy raw beauty, while we ogle a series of vintage and lo-fi footage in its music video. Quiet Slang is like a more demure and delicate Beach Slang. A cassette version of the EP will be available on Cassette Store Day this October 14th. Pre-order, here. Order on CD/LP/digitally, here. About Quiet Slang, Alex says, “I suppose we’re all chasing something that resembles salvation, something that calms our bones. Maybe this is some small slice of that. Maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s chaos in soft clothes. Maybe it’s frightened. Maybe it’s fearless. Maybe it’s both. Or maybe it’s nothing. I don’t know, but I think about this: one day I’m going to be dust. And when my soul splits, maybe this will be the thing that sneaks me through the gates. If not, well, those are the breaks.”

July 3, 2017

I’m not sure how I missed out on Hero Fisher prior to today, but you can count me a fan now that I’ve been introduced to her latest single, a gothic beauty named Sylvie which arrives with a fittingly mysterious and spectral music video. Sylvie comes from the British born, French raised, and London based singer songwriter’s forthcoming sophomore album Glue Moon. It’s a grand & evocative fusion of orchestral rock and experimental folk. You can stream/download Sylvie, here.

June 30, 2017

Guys, guys! That rumored new St. Vincent just dropped! The visionary art rock/chamber pop musician and guitar virtuoso is back! And

Annie Clark’s gone beautifully and lavishly orchestral on New York. Yes, this is more classic strings and elegant piano chords Annie, and I do still miss the angular guitar Annie, but boy is this a majestic moving tune. You can find New York on iTunes, here. Also, St. Vincent is going on tour! Find out more, here. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. The tour is named Fear The Future. Could this be the title of her next album? Hopefully, a San Francisco date will be added to the tour in the coming weeks. 

June 14, 2016

All the stringy orchestral lushness and sweeping beauty of Strange Diseases emits a very Devotchka and Arcade Fire sort of vibe, something I’m not complaining about considering my love of both those bands. Strange Diseases is the latest from Australian band Gang Of Youths, their very first song of the year after last year’s successful debut album, The Positions. Gang Of Youths will be releasing a new EP on August 19th titled Let Me Be Clear, and I can’t be more eager for it after hearing this lustrous alt rock gem. The epic anthem comes along with a glorious video made up of scopic lo-fi footage seemingly mundane and random yet so captivating and powerful.