Posts Tagged ‘symphonic rock’

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.”

April 8, 2017

I’ve been a bit obsessed with this song of late, particularly after hearing it soundtrack the trailer for a fascinating film named A Ghost Story. I Get Overwhelmed comes from Los Angeles project Dark Rooms’ recently released self titled album, and it’s a dream pop meets electro rock beauty to behold brimming with emotion. The artist’s breathy give I Get Overwhelmed a tangibly human quality. We can feel his torment rushing out of the song, a symphonic build up of ravishing instrumentals and cinematic flourishes. I Get Overwhelmed reminds me of The Antlers, with a touch of Perfume Genius and a sliver of early Youth Lagoon. You can stream Dark Rooms’ self titled album via Soundcloud. If you’re curious about the trailer for indie film A Ghost Story, check it out, here.

February 23, 2016

British band The Magnetic North unveiled a new single today, a gorgeously airy, symphonic beauty named A Death In The Woods. Like it’s name might suggest, there’s a certain gloominess to the alt meets post-rock tune, but it exhibits that glumness with a soft, gentle whimsicality, its dimly lit dreaminess like an overcast day full of intrigue that eventually opens up into a vivid expanse of spirited vitality. A Death In The Woods, like the rest of The Magnetic North’s forthcoming sophomore album, was inspired by the town of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, a town famed for its Transcendental Meditation movement in the 80′s that made it a unique hub of new residents and much activity. The Magnetic North’s new album Prospect Of Skelmersdale will be out March 18th. Pre-order here.

February 12, 2016
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Over a year ago, droves of fans, including myself, were gutted when Manchester’s WU LYF announced that they were broken up. Fortunately, its brilliant members have gone on to form many different projects in the course of the past year, including LUH, a synthwavey outfit formed by Ebony Hoorn and former frontman Ellery Roberts. After appearing on the scene with two passionate cuts, they disappeared again until now. They resurface with a slow burning, gradually building cinematic number named I & I. Ellery Roberts’ gruff vocals are a welcome, familiar comfort to my ears, his expressive bellowing near heartbreaking when paired with the vast beauty of the orchestral song itself. 

November 24, 2015
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It’s a moodier, more glum world of indie rock that surrounds us on Manchester band MONEY’s beautiful single I’ll Be The Night. The folk and chorale imbued gem is the second single from the quartet’s sophomore album Suicide Songs, due out January 29th via Bella Union. Stirring harmonies, raw vocals, and morose lament move mountains on the lonesome yet tenacious song. The lead single revealed from Suicide Songs is also a spectacularly mournful treat. Stream You Look Like A Sad Painting On Both Sides Of The Sky below, and stew in more of the aching sadness and beautiful strings of MONEY. Pre-order Suicide Songs on iTunes.

September 30, 2015
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The Lonely Wild are about to release their sophomore album. Though it’s not out until October 2nd, you can stream Chasing White Light in full right now on Baeble Music. In the days leading up to the release, the Los Angeles based folksy and orchestral rock band has been leaking some splendid tunes off the record, and I’ve been planning to share Hunted with you for awhile now. As before, their symphonic styling and passionate delivery brings to mind Devotchka, but with a dose of earthy rawness and some Arcade Fire spirited drive. Hunted is a riveting, gripping song off a fantastic album recorded right here in San Francisco with John Vanderslice. 

August 5, 2015

I liked the idea of this project even before I listened to EL VY’s first song. You see, this new band is made up of two amazing musicians, from incredible bands I love. EL VY is The National’s baritone slinging Matt Berninger and Ramona Fall/Menomena’s brilliant indie rocker Brent Knopf. They’ll be releasing their debut album as EL VY on October 30th via 4AD. Off Return To The Moon comes the very first taste of their combined wizardy, the magnificent title track. It’s an amalgamation of Berninger’s signature weathered vocals and a more punchy, bright indie rock funk, with plenty of the symphonic, harmonic properties I’ve always loved about Ramona Falls (who I realize I miss very much). And boy, do I love it. So much so, that I pre-ordered the album from 4AD earlier today.

June 18, 2014
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Early this year, I was all but glad to come upon an incredible indie symphonic folk rock band from Texas named Mother Falcon. The act sports, at once, a whopping 17 members. Soon afterwards, they played Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, but I was sad to miss their set. Just the sheer size of their band and the orchestral folk style of their music greatly remind me of Typhoon, a band I love very much, and when I saw Typhoon live, they filled up every nook and cranny with their huge, beautiful sound. I have a feeling Mother Falcon would be a similar experience. Today, Mother Falcon’s video for sweeping song Marigold debuted on NPR. The song, and its adorable video, are huge, loud, bold treats.

New The Polyphonic Spree

August 1, 2013

Many membered Texas symphonic pop band The Polyphonic Spree are planning to release their first proper album of original music since 2007’s The Fragile Army. The album will be named Yes, It’s True, and it’s out on August 6 on Good Records. Why is this good news? Well, just listen to their new song Hold Yourself Up. It’ll fill that choral and bells craving you just might have. It’s a fantastic, mega bright, super uplifting song.

New The Polyphonic Spree

August 1, 2013

Many membered Texas symphonic pop band The Polyphonic Spree are planning to release their first proper album of original music since 2007’s The Fragile Army. The album will be named Yes, It’s True, and it’s out on August 6 on Good Records. Why is this good news? Well, just listen to their new song Hold Yourself Up. It’ll fill that choral and bells craving you just might have. It’s a fantastic, mega bright, super uplifting song.