Wonder Where We Land is out September 23 via Young Turks.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
First discovered at Grimeys on a bellyful of hot chicken and beer - Hiss Golden Messenger's last record Haw soundtracked an excellent Nashville trip a year ago. After signing to Merge, Hiss will release Lateness of Dancers, its fifth studio album, on September 9th. With a warmness and depth - the early offerings including "Lucia" show a band and songwriter reaching their stride - though, no matter what, they will always sound better when full of hot chicken.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
With already one underrated album to his name, rising Sudanese artist Sinkane has released the second single from his forthcoming album Mean Love out September 2nd on DFA Records.
With slinky funk undertones and screaming organs Sinkane lays down a simple R&B melody to give "Hold Tight" its Rhye meets Sade sheen.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Dig some new music from Nashville's Vinyl Thief above. They have two upcoming shows in New York -- a free gigat the Brooklyn Bowl on July 21 and one on July 23 at Mercury Lounge. Rock and or roll.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Also below are exciting new tracks from Zola Jesus (signed to Mute now), GEMS, and Hiss Golden Messenger - who returns with a new Merge record 9/9.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Can't say we know that much about Montreal's Leif Vollebekk. You don't want to. There's a mystery here - a lonesome Sal Paradise meets Llewyn Davis figure traveling the country singing these plaintive ballads to half-full rooms in the middle of the plains somewhere. While the artist may not abide, or even enjoy, our romantic Kerouac-ian picture of him - Vollebekk's album North Americana paints these pictures sonically with ruminative piano lines, softly strummed guitars and a vocal delivery floating between Buckley and Morrison. It's these charms that have kept us coming back to the album for weeks, and likely weeks to come.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
a real place on the Ohio River and border to Illinois, new comer Kelsey Waldon moved to Nashville to attend Belmont Univ and today join the ranks of Stark Online female county-rock staples such as Caitlin Rose, Tristen, Nikki Lane and more. Her new album The Goldmine (June 24) ranges from the title track with its melancholic homespun narrative "I don't want the goldmine / I don't want what you got / I just want to be alright" to the fast picking pedal steel of "One Time Again" below. Just getting the album yesterday, we need to digest it a bit more - but it should be a fun one. She's doing some local touring, but national dates hopefully soon. Thanks Marissa Moss.
Friday, May 30, 2014
The new single "All White Everything" the first taste of JJ's V (8/19) - their first album since 2010's no.3 - is a plaintive, wistful, piano-based ballad that finds the Swedish duo Elin Kastlander and Joakim Benon sounding clean and fresh, yet ultimately unable to recapture the songwriting and power of any composition off of their debut and high-water mark no.2. (See similar wistful summer ballad "Are You Still in Vallda" below the new song).
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Quickly rising Florida band Merchandise has just inked a deal with indie heavy hitter 4AD for the release of their new record After the End (8/25). Their new single "Little Killer" came out today accompanied by lead singer Carson Cox's directorial-debut video. Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode and Tuxedomoon) produced After the End - while Merchandise's post-punk gothy ethos shines through spectacularly. Below the vid is the best song from their last album - "Anxiety's Door."
Bubbling under for a few years now Wolf Alice were easily one of our top live bands at SXSW this year and seem one song, one break, one TV away from roaring into public consciousness. Their new single and video dropped earlier this week along with their new EP Creature Songs. Get to a live show of theirs soon if you have the chance. STREAM THE EP.