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Andrew Bird - Distant Stations
Andrew Bird - Distant Stations

Andrew Bird - Distant Stations


“I sing lost songs from nowhere,” John Darnielle wrote many years ago. In a new compilation album, Andrew Bird covers the lost song “Distant Stations” from the Mountain Goats’ record All Hail West Texas. The record, entitled I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, features renditions of the Mountain Goats songs by artists such as Laura Jane Grace and Mothers. “Distant Stations” is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the original, pairing Bird’s sweet sensibilities with overdriven guitar and Darnielle-esque spoken word lyrical delivery. Pre-order the entire album here.

Kaycie Satterfield on March 5, 2018
Mount Eerie - Tintin in Tibet

Mount Eerie - Tintin in Tibet


During Mount Eerie’s 2017 tour for A Crow Looked at Me, following an hour singing about the unspeakably tragic death of his wife, Phil Elverum would close each night with the same song. Looking past the audience in front of him he would address her by name for the first time: “I sing to you, Genevieve.”

And so opens “Tintin in Tibet,” the first track on Mount Eerie’s forthcoming album Now Only. Picking up right where A Crow Looked at Me left in both style and narrative, the song first meditates on the absurdity of singing to someone who no longer exists, and walking “out the door to play them on a stage.” But like an elastic band it snaps back to memory as Phil remembers how they first met.

Assisted by a cascade of nylon-string guitars, dry bass and a steady kick drum, Elverum recalls their instant connection in concrete terms. He remembers sleeping on the floor of Genevieve’s apartment to be woken up by oranges and kissing. He remembers their shared solitude on the islands of British Colombia, and reading "Tintin in Tibet" on her lap in French, waiting for a boat to pick them up. The vignettes described are heavenly and precious like the events of a graphic novel. But as listeners we know that this love was real and experienced, and we also know too well how this ends.

James Liance on February 26, 2018
Hibou - Malison

Hibou - Malison


Hibou’s spacey arrangements have started to take shape. Whereas his debut album maturely described the listlessness of his teenage years, his new material aims to tackle more adult issues like anxiety. According to Hibou’s Peter Michel, crafting music has been “such a relief when [he] began to experiment and communicate the effects of [his] anxiety with textures and poetry.” Today, he releases a new track, “Malison,” that tackles the anxiety of being abandoned. There’s still a dash of dreaminess from his past material, but he sounds much more secure in his insecurity. His vocals no longer swim in a sea of reverb. His sings right to you, begging for his love not to leave him. Out on March 2, his sophomore release, Something Familiar, just wants to make sense of something familiar to many of us. 

Brett Myers on February 23, 2018
Wet Leather - Make It True

Wet Leather - Make It True


Phoenix are still an active band, but had they disbanded the joke could be made that Wet Leather has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of Phoenix. While the band could be considered NYC's response to Phoenix, this band manages to put their own electro-rock spin on the French electro-pop outfit's sound. They are hot off the heels of the release of their debut EP, Present Lives, and "Make It True" is a strong example of Wet Leather's compelling take on synthwave.

Bobby Lewis on February 22, 2018
Sarah Klang - Mind

Sarah Klang - Mind


Swedish singer-songwriter Sarah Klang let out a chillingly beautiful single called "Mind" last month. With its slow-tempo and simplicity, the listener is able to enter the dark and lonely world that she creates within her soothingly sultry voice and her melancholy lyrics. "Mind" speaks to the difficulty of constantly having that special someone on your mind and how much harder that becomes when you're loving them from far away. The repetition of the words "He's on mind / He's on mind / All of the time / All of time," create the personal and introspective effect of feeling as if you hear the constant loop of the thoughts of him that play in Sarah's head. Take a listen and see how in the most effortless and humble way, "Mind" bears the make-up of a classic.

Dara Bankole on February 22, 2018
SPINN - After Dark

SPINN - After Dark


SPINN, a group of young men from Liverpool, embodies guitar-pop through and through. You almost forget that you’re listening to pop music at moments throughout the song, even though it very much ticks all the boxes of the genre. Their style is so cohesive, from Andy Power’s lead guitar filling the song with catchy riffs, to Sean McLachlan’s jaunty bass line, to Louis O'Reilly’s energetic drumming, to Jonny Quinn’s vocals proudly accentuating the distinctly Scouse accent, it’s much more than just another indie-pop / dream-pop / jangle-pop / whatever-pop tune.

Grace Eire on February 21, 2018
Great News - Told

Great News - Told


Move over 1970s garage rock! It’s time for another era to shine! If you grew up with the oldies radio stations, grinning and dancing to the larger than life rock and roll of the 1980s, then it’s no news that Great News will be your next obsession. The Norwegian trio soar through the clouds in this preview of their upcoming debut LP, Wonderfault, and not just sonically. It’s a track that calls its audience to take control of their life and ignore what others tell them to do. Through a mountain of reverb and angelic background voices, “Told” could transport a full dance floor of lost 20-somethings to heaven for four minutes of bliss. If this is what the 80s revival sounds like, then, hopefully, it’s here to stay. Just leave the mullets and shoulder pads in the past.

Brett Myers on February 21, 2018
Henry Green - Shift

Henry Green - Shift


“Shift” by electronic artist and producer Henry Green is a sonic plunge into the unknown. With his breathy vocals always on top of a light ambient beat, Green pulls us in and out of the track, keeping us on edge one moment while throwing us over the cliff in the next. It is in this action of falling that he sings about throughout the track where the production truly shines; where the music captures us and holds us in a moment of stasis during the lapse of verse. His debut album Shift comes out March 30, and I expect we will be seeing much more of this Bristol-based artist in the months to come.

Nick Arcos on February 21, 2018
Citris  - Driving Me Crazy

Citris - Driving Me Crazy


After hearing the first verse of Citris’ “Driving Me Crazy,” you wouldn’t expect the chorus to be as fantastically grungy as it is. A song that keeps you on your toes, even when you know what’s coming, is the mark of a very talented group of musicians. Written by Angelina Torreano and arranged by Chris Krasnow, both on vocals and guitar, this track will have you digging deeper into Citris’ archives and itching for more new music. They’ve flawlessly combined so many genres and written such relatable lyrics with their newest release, there can only be more good things to come.

Grace Eire on February 21, 2018
DEGA - Mirrors

DEGA - Mirrors


Like a sip of lemonade on a hot California summer day, indie music doesn’t get much more refreshing than DEGA’s “Mirrors” off of Lemonade Records. The airy guitar riffs and background synths paint a picture of a road trip along a glowing, neon sunset in a John Hughes movie. Incidentally, the band described the track as one about “getting lost in the obsessions of chasing love.”  It’s a very specific image for such a simple idea, but that’s how you know they’ve done something right. The husband-and-wife duo has already made a few waves with their moving brand of pop music. “Mirror” serves as another showcase for their warm harmonies and groovy arrangements, one that excites us more so for their upcoming debut album. Get ready, because they’re the next band you won’t be able to get out of your head.

Brett Myers on February 20, 2018
Benjamin Lazar Davis - A Love Song Seven Ways

Benjamin Lazar Davis - A Love Song Seven Ways


A jack of all trades, Benjamin Lazar Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, arranger, composer and producer. In fewer words, Davis is a well-rounded musician. Widely known for being a member of the band Cuddle Magic and for his collaborative albums with other reputable artists, Davis is flying solo with the release of his debut (solo) album, NOTHING MATTERS, set to drop May 4th.

The first single off the album, “A Love Song Seven Ways,” is an indie-pop reverie. A soliloquy of sorts, David paints falling in love as a refuge of hope in a tattered, less-than-ideal world. His voice is soothing and sweet, and makes us feel like all will be okay. 

Natasha Cucullo on February 20, 2018

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