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Oh Malô - Don't Look, Don't Stare
Oh Malô - Don't Look, Don't Stare

Oh Malô - Don't Look, Don't Stare


Brooklyn-based experimental rock band Oh Malô is back with new single, "Don't Look, Don't Stare," their first release since debut album As We Were in 2016. This song is a jittery and robotic plea for escape — grounded by driving percussion and nuanced with alien-like voices, especially powerful when repeating "I just want out," over and over again. Oh Malô creates a world that seems familiar at first, with an alternative rock sound that can be happening in any room on planet Earth. This world slowly transforms into something strange and twisty until it engulfs us completely and spits us out in new territory. This song is a bit of a departure from their previous releases, but one that feels so promising, as if the band is really on the brink of a sonic world that is uniquely their own. 

Nicole Rodriguez on February 2, 2018
Matt Dorrien - Baby I'm So Lost

Matt Dorrien - Baby I'm So Lost


Portland singer-songwriter Matt Dorrien takes us back to the days of crooners singing in dimly lit nightclubs with his new single "Baby I'm So Lost". With a jazz-infused piano playing, muted horns and a soft confessional voice, Matt tells us how without his lover he's "moping the hours away." The beauty of this song is seen in the mixing of a universal feeling with a classic sound in a world that hasn't shown much appreciation for this style in recent times. "Baby I'm So Lost" shows us that these songs are more than just backing tracks in the montage scenes of our favorite rom-coms, they're living and breathing works of art by themselves. So if you're already starting to feel the "I'm single on Valentine's Day blues," just trust that Matt Dorrien gets it. 

Dara Bankole on February 1, 2018
Palm - Composite

Palm - Composite


If Animal Collective were a surf band, they would sound like Palm. “Composite” is a display of the Philadelphia math rock project’s greatest strengths: complex syncopated playing, interlocked and constantly changing time signatures and classic psych-rock vocals. The result is something that both blissful and truly original.

James Liance on February 1, 2018
Why Bonnie - Made Of Paper

Why Bonnie - Made Of Paper


The next time you see inches of snow on a beach, play Why Bonnie right away. The Texas-based quartet recently debuted their first single, “Made of Paper,” and it’s hard to imagine such an immersive piece of freezing cold surf-rock. It’s light, fast and sweet like the best of Best Coast, but there’s something blue and grey languishing under the surface. The song serenades us with “the pangs and comforts of nostalgia,” as lead singer Blair Howerton described to “keep you blissfully unaware of the scary future that lies ahead.” And with an unstoppable energy and gentle background strumming, the song achieves exactly that.

Brett Myers on January 31, 2018
Toledo - Crane Song

Toledo - Crane Song


What comes to mind when you think of folk music? Gentle guitar strumming? Nature? Bon Iver circa For Emma? How about comic books and space? Well, that’s what Toledo wants to pair with their angelic take on folk-rock. The Boston duo has released a song that’s every bit as sweet as the best folk music out there. As well, they toss in just the right amount of fuzz, forest sounds and sparse, booming bass before stepping forward into a soft surf-rock beat. The song comes with artwork depicting classic comic book imagery of a melodramatic moment before a man (maybe a superhero?) and his lover kiss for the first time. With lines like “you can make me fly to you,” perhaps the track is an ode to the purest of love songs. 

Brett Myers on January 31, 2018
Greg Jamie - This Life

Greg Jamie - This Life


Greg Jamie’s jostling and gritty single, “This Life,” is an anthem of weary self-determination. Recorded at home in the depths of a brutal Maine winter, Jamie’s strong weathered voice sings of “Work[ing] hard to try to forget all the things that stop me dead.” However it’s the brilliant distorted bass-line, a darker version of the familiar “boom-chick” rhythm, that makes this song so powerful and haunting. By expanding on well known folk motifs, Jamie has created a modern traditional from a bygone era.

James Liance on January 30, 2018
Ceramic Animal - So Familiar

Ceramic Animal - So Familiar


“So Familiar” by Philadelphia rock band Ceramic Animal brings you to a big, echoing room full of lights bouncing off of rippling water — at least that’s what it feels like. This psychedelic slow jam full of reverb-heavy guitar licks and a steady, old school drum beat howls with the relentless optimism of a familiar love. It’s an incredibly bright tune, which is dialed into the easy, slow gait at which it carries along. The build from verse to chorus, sprinkled with a guitar solo here and there, leaves you feeling satisfied. It could go on forever and you’d be ok with that. In fact, at the end, the band suggests that it could keep going on and on; the tune slyly modulates to another key as it fades away.

Grace Eire on January 28, 2018
The Radio Dept. - Your True Name

The Radio Dept. - Your True Name


Swedish dream pop duo The Radio Dept. have been crafting melancholic tunes even longer than titans in the same genre such as Beach House. As they approach the 15th anniversary of their debut album Lesser Matters and launched their own independent label, they’ve released a gentle song entitled “Your True Name.” According to the duo, the song is about “faith in a way, not divine but utopian, believing in something that will probably never be.” With a track record of addressing plagues such as corporate greed, the song manages to feel like realistic and hopeful at the same time. They know there’s a plethora of problems in the world, but that doesn’t mean things can’t get better any time now.

Brett Myers on January 28, 2018
Bodies Be Rivers - Rattled

Bodies Be Rivers - Rattled


There’s an understated brawn to Bodies Be Rivers’ lead singer Lauren Smith’s glassy voice. The Brooklyn-based quintet is set to release their LP Things I’ll Tell You When You’re Older on March 2. “Rattled” is an earworm. Melodicism, rock-opera-esque guitar tones and dramatic peaks and valleys create an emotional soundscape behind a bittersweet lyric. Smith describes the song as reflecting "that topsy turvy feeling when you leave behind a version of yourself and step into another incarnation, finding an eventual equilibrium within a new relationship." Enjoy this taste of what Things Ill Tell You When Youre Older has in store for you, and if you love it like we do, you can pre-order the album here

Kaycie Satterfield on January 26, 2018
American Pets - Bad Dream

American Pets - Bad Dream


Los Angeles indie-rock band American Pets make their debut with this feel-good new single “Bad Dream." Including members Eric Cannata and Francois Comtois from much loved band Young The Giant, American Pets experiments with a more playful sound, drawing on self-described nostalgia comparable to the feelings of "watching Rocco’s Modern Life on a Saturday in 1997." This first single is undeniable, with a driving rhythm and infectious melodies that may find their way into your dreams tonight. Be on the lookout for upcoming EP Doing The Best We Can due to be released February 16. 

Nicole Rodriguez on January 25, 2018
Nap Eyes - Every Time The Feeling

Nap Eyes - Every Time The Feeling


Nap Eyes have always been fond of thoughtful rock. Their first two albums received praise for their seamless ability to combine relaxing, The Velvet Underground-style strums with almost self-deprecating introspection that’d make you want to just give them a supportive hug. Their newest single, “Every Time the Feeling,” is ready to move forward from their existential thoughts. In fact, it feels like they grown so introspective that they’ve started to question why they’re so introspective. But, perhaps this was the turning point that signaled such a change. The riffs feel warmer and more content than ever, as well. The song steers close to pop territory, but is that such a bad thing for such a sensitive and compassionate band?

Brett Myers on January 25, 2018

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