Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Astronaut Husband - Then & Now - 2014

the best kind of formula; hushed vocals, expansive guitars, constant build... 
Now that's what I call shoegaze. Cool release.

People//Talk (formerly So Sexual) - Merseyrail Soundstation Session - 2014

People//Talk formed in a pub in January of 2012 under the original name of So Sexual.

What started out as a few friends who had previously played in bands together thinking that maybe it’d be fun to write a bunch of songs and play a gig (which they did in the space of the first month), has 2 years later proven to have a little more longevity than any of them might have anticipated.

Within that time frame the band now known as People//Talk have developed their own distinct identity, drawing upon elements of post/punk and new wave whilst delivering a contemporary, accessable sound.

For those who are already familiar with and enjoyed the bands previous works as ‘So Sexual’ you will be pleased to find that a change of name doesn’t mean a departure from the overall sound.

For those of you listening to People//Talk for the first time here’s what you should know-
This new release contains 5 tracks written between winter ’13 and Spring ’14.
The EP explores the highs and lows of romantic entaglement. A universal theme set against a bright musical backdrop that compliments each twist and turn of the lyrical subject matter.
For fans of: The Chameleons, Interpol, The Cure, New Order

Brideshead - The Mermaid - 2014

Lets Say We Did - Such a Shame EP - 2014

While managing to drift their way from Stockholm to my ears, Let’s Say We Did have punched out a sound that feels incredibly overlooked. Like an emotionally afflicted Stephen Malkmus, “(Won’t You Please) Tell Me Something” scathes the surface of that old familiar Pavement sound in executing something so soothing and wounded all at once. It strikingly matches the album art for their new EP, Such A Shame, for which this track is from. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lesser Strays - Heaven to Hell - 2014

Excellent release...

…I'll fly from this city, escape from your eyes 
Paint my sorry ink against the sky… 
Heaven to Hell is the 3rd extended play release from the Portland based indie band "Lesser Strays
The title and content is born from the observation of the fluctuating quality of the human experience. We step in and out of moments of heaven and hell, as well as the stagnant points in-between. To travel back and forth from both places, is simply to live.

Craig McBrine - Letters - 2013

I like music that doesn't try to be more than it is... These pillow penned songs keep it simple, straight forward, but possess a wonderful sentimentality...

Letters is about the years 2010 to 2013. A lot happened. Letters reveals my deepest fears throughout those years, fears that I've now grown out of. But it reveals something that happens to all of us - change. The defining moments in our life that shape us into who we will be. And for me, that was Letters.

From Bandcamp: Kenneth McBrine Great Music. Hard to explain without bigger words so think of it as a bubble on the outside of a bubble, expanding at a fast rate until it explodes in amazingness. Favorite track: The World is a Hologram.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Car Seat Headrest - Nervous Young Man - 2013

Copezone: This record is refreshing from start to finish. I like the throw back fuzz and feel of the vocals. It's like discovering a gem that got packed away in a garage somewhere. I hear some good old Leonard Cohen in the vocals and lyrics, with some Lou Reed despair and attitude! The band gives lyrical nods to the likes of Neil Young and the Chambers Brothers. Instant fan!

xingbee: There are artists you love, and there are artists that "amaze" you. Car Seat Headrest falls into that second category. Everything this guy writes is genius and impresses me beyond words. Somewhat reminiscent of The Velvet Underground, but completely unique. A gem, really. Do I tell everyone I know about this artist or savor it like some secret treasure (eh that's selfish)? Oh and the outtakes album? It's *even better* than Nervous Young Man. Thank you Will Toledo, you are truly talented!

Isla Norman - Too Many Love Songs! - 2012

I am a nineteen year old singer songwriter from New Zealand, and have just released my second album entitled "Too Many Love Songs!" My music is most often associated with the word "quirky," which I choose to take as a compliment.

My songs are upbeat and positive, written mostly for the ukulele in a sort of "dear diary" format. My biggest influence is Ingrid Michaelson.  

Hellolisa - We Got it for Cheap - 2013

We are a band, we are 7 and we are friends, since 2005. We live in Collioure, the most beautiful little town on the Mediterranean sea.
We are playing indie rock / Alt folk, in an indie pop mood, so if you like Belle and Sebastian, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Arcade Fire...
We are unsigned and looking for a beautiful label who will help us to spread our vibes