Posts Tagged ‘progressive rock’

May 16, 2018
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A new Australian duo named Arroyo unveiled their debut single Please Just Let Me Know earlier this month, and they immediately reeled our hearts in with the moody brooding, dreamy sailing gem. The track is lifted from their forthcoming debut EP, Maiden, out late this year. Arroyo’s slick rolling vocals might remind some listeners ofJames Vincent McMorrow and Mansionair, while I find that the meditative shuffling timbre of their electro-charged rock song also seems to weave together elements from Local Natives, Alt-J, and Phoria. The meticulously constructed, thoroughly intoxicating introduction to this exciting new duo will be met by an accompanying music video in the coming weeks. We’ll be sure to share on Twitter when that happens. 

January 17, 2018

New Zealand native Britt Rion casts a spell on us with her single C H I M A, an entrancing mix of progressive rock and dark tribal pop that feels somewhat like Kate Boy’s glacier electropop mixed with a bit of Grimes’ ethereal art pop and some of Elliphant’s gutsy spunk. Ever since she was a child, Britt Rion has been obsessed with the mystical, and music has always been an escapade. Her brand of dreamy indie music is embellished by both her prodigious guitar skills and sharp production forte. Debut single C H I M A is a victorious and triumphant assertion, and it arrives via a self directed video exploring a parallel universe. You can purchase C H I M A from iTunes, here.  

January 16, 2018
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Usually, when you hear the phrase “it’s me not you”, it’s at the end of a relationship during a particularly painful moment. It hurts, like a knife digging in, or a slap to the face, fashioned as a thinly veiled alibi for wrecking your heart. But take away the “it’s” and we’re left with Me Not You, a far different experience as we’ve learned over the course of the past year. NYC’s Me Not You, the band that arose out of the ashes of indie pop darlings Little Daylight, just finished an epic sold out tour around the U.S. and Canada with Gary Numan, and they need no alibi or excuse, apology or atonement, for how they make us feel with their distinctive brand of synth effusive rock and pop. In fact, we’re riddled with joy and intoxication over their new single, Everafter, the lead off song from their upcoming EP Reckoning 2, dropping on February 23rd. It’s a spacey atmospheric, sleek whirring suspension, reminiscent of Metric and Haerts. If every “me not you” we heard after a failed relationship was as sublime as Me Not You’s music, I’d aim for heartbreak rather than happily “ever after”, every time. Re-visit Me Not You’s prior singles on Soundcloud, here.

January 4, 2018
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Celestial falsettos and a sparse yet inebriating, spacious and meditative soundscape greets our ears as we visit back with Low Island. The Oxford quartet has presented us with a transcendental experience in the form of their latest single, I Know You. We float away in a daydream to this pellucid beauty, a fine blend of indie rock and dynamic indietronica that brings together the atmospherics of Bon Iver, the dulcet vocal appeal of The Temper Trap’s Dougy Mandagi, and the ornateness of Pinback’s progressive rock. I Know You can also be streamed off of Spotify, here. Stream more of Low Island’s music on Soundcloud, here.

December 22, 2017

A new acoustic video from Picturesque has belatedly keyed me into the alt rock quartet’s music. The band released their debut album Back To Beautiful over the summer, and they’ll be hitting the road early next year with Silverstein and Tonight Alive. Album single Honestly immediately hooked us in with its rambunctious metal plus emo tinged post-hardcore and cinematic rock. Its sheer power and force as well as its resounding vocals reminds me of bands like Manchester Orchestra, Coheed and Cambria, and 30 Seconds To Mars. It’s a high voltage, hard hitting combination with a melodious arc. Watch Picturesque’s new acoustic video for Honestly below. The Kentucky based band’s debut album can be purchased from their website, here.

December 13, 2017

Texas project Cross Record and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg surprised us a few weeks ago by partnering up and announcing a new band named Loma. Accompanying the news was first release Black Widow, an icy haunting, willowy gusting beauty that came with an eerie visual accompaniment. The trio will be releasing their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop, which I’ve heartily pre-ordered today after hearing their second single, Relay Runner, an avant-garde krautrock infused experimental piece that draws us into a deep hypnosis. It’s an edgy and restless meditation, strange and delightful in every way. You too can pre-order Loma’s debut album, here.

October 27, 2017
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I know we’ve said it plenty times before, but if you missed out on Klangstof’s debut album Close Eyes To Exit, you’ve made a massively egregious mistake. The Dutch/Norwegian band thoroughly impressed and entranced with their genre defying full length last year, which went criminally under the radar, at here in the U.S. Klangstof’s forthcoming EP, Everest, due out November 3rd, is your chance to redeem yourself. We heard the outfit go velveteen electro-soul on the surprisingly groovy title track earlier this month. Now float away in deep introspection to their brilliant new single, Resume, a progressive rock and electronic opus that feels more like Radiohead and Phoria in its dark and profound consistency. Klangstof wrote the song in response to President Trump’s proposed travel ban. The project is currently on an extensive European tour, find out more on their website, here

September 28, 2017
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Luscious guitars line this fabulous debut from a new four piece out of Germany named Floral Shop. Florid indeed is the mellifluous and progressive art rock and electronica that dances through our ears on Around. I couldn’t help but gravitate to this spectacular introduction to a very promising quartet. Around is like an ambrosial mix of Foals, Radiohead, and Wild Beasts. We’ll certainly be looking forward to more from Floral Shop. Around is available from iTunes, here.

August 22, 2017

MUTEMATH are well on their way to releasing their fifth studio album Play Dead after having given us one of my favorite 2015 albums, Vitals, as well as an immense remix album named Changes last year. The ever experimenting and unpredictable Big Easy rockers take us on a vociferous ode to chaos and pandemonium with new album taster War. Crashing cymbals and a tightly wound mixture of progressive rock, spacey psychedelia, and bluesy electro rock takes us on a dynamic joyride. Paul Meany’s buttery voice is a gripping contrast to the song’s grittiness. War is a poignant depiction of the struggles happening in today’s America. Though its been a fan favorite during the band’s sets, its release as an official single can’t be timed better. You can find out more about how to pre-order Play Dead ahead of its September 8th release date, here.

August 9, 2017

If you haven’t already heard by now, English rock veterans The Horrors are coming back with a new album named V on September 22nd. The latest treat they’ve shared off the album is a progressive pop gem named Something To Remember Me By, and I’m falling head over heels for the tune. The Horrors will be fusing elements of dance and euphoric trance with their classic sound on V, and this is more than apparent on this prismatic whirling new single. The entirety of the record, including the new single ‘Something to Remember Me By’, was recorded in London with producer Paul Epworth (FKA Twigs, Lorde, Rihanna, Adele, London Grammar, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, U2 and Paul McCartney). Get up and dance as we await September 22nd. The band will be following their album release with a full tour in the UK in October. Perhaps they’ll make their way across the pond after that. One can hope. Pre-order V, here.