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Andy Cook - Red Lights
Andy Cook - Red Lights

Andy Cook - Red Lights


Boasting a sound that harkens back to classic American songwriters, Minnesota-based Andy Cook arrives with a 22 minute, echo-drenched, desert rock odyssey entitled, Modern Man. His jangly accompaniment and chilly baritone make an appealing listen off the bat, and the compelling nature of his music deepens as he begins to lyrically scratch the hard-won truths of our hyper-digital age. While the twang is certainly turned up to 10, Cook grounds his compositions with a keen sense of dark and direct lyrics, conjuring up Timber Timbre, Real Estate and even Kurt Vile at times. It is expansive and idiosyncratic, heady and earthy, all at once. The perfect pick-me-up for the unofficial day-tripping desert hipster.

Mike Olinger on March 21, 2018
Half Waif - Torches

Half Waif - Torches


The second single, “Torches”  from Half Waif’s upcoming release, Lavender, bares the fiery angst we are forced to face when feeling the searing energy found in the world. “‘Torches' opens with the terror of a world that burns, tempered by the cool reminder of an undying coast somewhere nearby,” Nandi Rose Plunkett says of the song. The song was written days after the 2016 election, while driving through Texas on a stretch of highway, and it is not surprising that the underlying fear of how society will be affected by an entire country’s decision manifested itself through a blaring synth-pop track. “Torches” glows with spirit, using triumphant melodies that could be found in majestic quest games, reminding us that even though “the landscape burns,” there is crisp balance that can be found everywhere.

Deanna DiLandro on March 19, 2018
Deanna Petcoff - Terribly True

Deanna Petcoff - Terribly True


There is a certain freedom that comes with finally admitting the truth to yourself, that allows you to move forward from whatever was keeping you stagnant. Toronto based singer-songwriter Deanna Petcoff just released her debut single "Terribly True," where we hear this moment actualized. In her very impressive first release, Petcoff confronts feelings that may have been pushed beneath the surface for a while. This song is about realizing you are not actually in love with a person, but with the idea of being in love. The tension within this realization is not sugar-coated in Petcoff's lyrics, when she sings, "I would trust my instincts/ But they lie to me like I lie to you." Despite this confusion and obvious vulnerability, there is something quite liberating about this song. Leaning toward a classic sound, Petcoff says, "I'm always thinking, 'what would a 1960s soul singer do?'" Her vocal oozes with emotion and power as the song carries us away to a place with a little more clarity. If this is any hint at what the rest of her project is going to sound like, then we cannot wait to watch it unfurl.

Nicole Rodriguez on March 19, 2018
The Saxophones - Picture

The Saxophones - Picture


“Picture,” The Saxophones new track, sounds like the sad part of a spaghetti western. Trem-saturated guitar ostinato and plenty of woodwinds (naturally) create a rugged and vast musical landscape. The Saxophones’ forthcoming record, Song of the Saxophone is out June 1, 2018. Pre-order it here.

Kaycie Satterfield on March 19, 2018
picoromanesque - Out of Our Hands

picoromanesque - Out of Our Hands


Nashville and New York-based folk-rock group Picoromanesque is releasing their first EP and we have been granted the go-ahead to premiere their first single, “Out of Our Hands." The band’s genre is a pairing of vocal harmony-stuffed baroque-pop (a la Fleet Foxes) with modern indie rock along the lines of Japanese Breakfast or Soccer Mommy. “Out of Our Hands” is a superb example of acoustic easy-listening that your parents could sink their teeth into while also being edgy and quirky enough to have a solid case against the scrutiny of your average new music snob. Picoromanesque is composed of long-time collaborators Kolson Pickard and Pavo Pavo’s Ian Romer and their debut self-titled EP will be released May 18.

Bobby Lewis on March 16, 2018
Tiger March - Nobody

Tiger March - Nobody


Los Angeles power couple Annie and Matthew Gleason make music together under the name Tiger Marchand have just released their newest single "Nobody." Like a harmonious duet between Beach House and Passion Pit, the spritely single fills your imagination with airy guitar strumming and fairylike synths straight out of your sweetest dreams. Under the surface, however, it tells a story of standing up to someone that hurt you and letting them know they’re no longer welcome. Annie brightly croons, “You’re nobody and you’re not my friend,” over and over, like she believes in herself for the first time. Their LP, Hold Something, drops March 23 and here’s hoping it’s full of deliciously tunes like “Nobody.”

Brett Myers on March 16, 2018
Our Girl - Our Girl

Our Girl - Our Girl


British trio Our Girl recently released a self-titled single that scores points in spunk, quality and relevance. In a world addressing the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements, this song seems to be the simple reminder to all women: "Don't be so kind" if it means sacrificing your own comfortability. In a plea for honesty and openness, ("I'm fine, are you okay?/ You promised to tell me how you were") "Our Girl" seems to be written for those of us who would rather not vocalize how we actually feel. While making it sound easy, Our Girl mixes both big rock and roll vibes and a tough theme to make a song that voices frustration. Nevertheless, it ends in a somber and gentle way, making us remember that sometimes these conversations occur in the quiet moments, away from the campaigns and the headlines, with the comfort of a friend who will listen.

Dara Bankole on March 15, 2018
Cut Worms - Don't Want To Say Good-bye

Cut Worms - Don't Want To Say Good-bye


"The cut worm forgives the plow" is a famous quote from English poet William Blake. Though it has gone through many interpretations, the implication is that sometimes, there must be sacrifice in order for any growth to happen. Cut Worms is also the name for New York's Max Clarke, whose rock music takes on Romantic and Symbolist poet tradition to talk about his own personal situations. "Don't Want To Say Good-bye" is the first single from Cut Worms' upcoming album Hollow Ground set to be released May 4 on Jagjaguwar. "Don't Want To Say Good-bye" feels like a song that could have been written at any time in any place. It tackles that very specific feeling between not knowing "if it's real or just pretend" and not wanting to leave someone behind. In just under three minutes, these complicated emotions rise to the surface in the guise of high-spirited guitars and catchy melodies. And though no one ever really wants to say good-bye, sometimes that is the only way for us to grow. 

Nicole Rodriguez on March 15, 2018
Prelow - Fun To Give In

Prelow - Fun To Give In


A relatively simple track from this New York-based due, Prelow, “Fun To Give In” evokes that lazy Sunday vibe; it’s like lying around and thinking about all the stupid things you did over the weekend. “Fell out of my mind today/ I kinda like the view,” floats along above the ambient choral chords and Space Invaders-like sound effects. The beat keeps you in this mood throughout the whole song, and the dreamlike state is reinforced by the cloud of synths in which the duo immerses you

Grace Eire on March 14, 2018
Hero Fisher - Lonely

Hero Fisher - Lonely


Isolation beautifully swallows British singer Hero Fisher whole in her newest single, “Lonely.” And despite such a simple, revealing title, the track is anything but straightforward. Like loneliness itself, it burns slowly like a desert sunrise. An electric organ and frizzy synths haunt the backdrop of Fisher’s fragile vocals akin to something that could score the sci-fi show Westworld. The sparse beat saturates an emotionally barren landscape with dread while also honing on the singer’s very personal story of depression. Similarily, it’s a song that could silence a stadium full of fans as well as orchestrate a night at home alome sulking in the solitude of modern life. Fisher’s sophomore album, Glue Moon, drops later this year and if “Lonely” is just a taste, then the final product will be a haunted house of gloom.

Brett Myers on March 14, 2018
Exitmusic - I'll Never Know

Exitmusic - I'll Never Know


For fans of all-encompassing textures, we have a real heartbreaking treat for you! Exitmusic started out as a shoegaze project between newlyweds Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church to document their romantic journey. Their marriage recently came to an end, but the duo managed to put together one last record called The Recognitions (out April 20) with “I’ll Never Know” as its first grandiose single. Spacey synth pads crash along a minimal electronic beat like ocean waves on top of a blown out bass guitar, but it feels like a slow motion, colorless day on the beach. Her words almost indecipherable, Palladino’s voice cries through extraterrestrial distortion as if drowning in her own sorrow as it all becomes too much by the end of the song. It’s an impeccably produced track that could fuel the same amount of emotions with or without lyrics. What a shame that such beautiful music had to come from such pain.

Brett Myers on March 13, 2018

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