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Slow Caves - Poser
Slow Caves - Poser

Slow Caves - Poser


2017 was fantastic year for Slow Caves. The Colorado surf/indie rock quartet, consisting of two pairs of brothers, toured all over the country playing nearly 100 shows. And with the release of their new song, “Poser,” they’re out to do it again. They’ve started the new year off with an honest yet cheery declaration: “I’m a poser, I’m so free!” Getting a little attention in the world of independent music comes with an insurmountable list of requirements (anyone else having nostalgia fatigue, too?). Slow Caves hangs on to the older influences and images they love (“Acid wash is the classic posh”) and if that means they’re not cool, then consider us posers, as well. Make sure to check out the band on tour starting at the end of January.

Brett Myers on January 17, 2018
Hovvdy - Cranberry

Hovvdy - Cranberry


The Austin duo Hovvdy’s new single, “Cranberry,” is an exercise in emotion through minimalism. Doubled vocals sing over hushed guitars, as a bright synth steeps the song in memory. According to Charlie Martin of Hovvdy, “Cranberry” is about becoming a “better listener and, more generally, being willing to make changes in yourself to be a better person, friend, partner.” It’s a rare song that is at once deceptively simple and disarming.

James Liance on January 16, 2018
The Shacks - Audrey (Spending All My Time With You)

The Shacks - Audrey (Spending All My Time With You)


The Shacks are a refreshing burst of sunshine in these dreary winter months, and tracks like “Audrey (Spending All My Time With You)” are like a warm hug amid the relentless cold. Perhaps it's their youth (the band is barely in their 20s), but there is a refreshing simplicity and idealism to their sound. They harken back to the romanticism of ‘90s shoegazers Slowdive, who, unsurprisingly, were also influenced by the same ‘60s bands that are present in The Shacks’ sound. More sunshine, please!

Jenny Gumbert on January 16, 2018
Tiny Fireflies - 2040

Tiny Fireflies - 2040


“Here we are again / Haven’t I said enough?” Dream pop duo Tiny Fireflies’ newest single, "2040," begins with this ghostly sigh of despair. They’re trudging back into something familiar and it hurts, but it is also transcendent. For five minutes, "2040" explores that one heartbreaking thought. Something is about to claw at the heart again, and they know they can survive it, but it never gets any easier. As with any dream pop track, the subject remains purposefully ambiguous. This song isn’t about something tangible. It’s about a moment that could happen today, tomorrow, next week, or maybe even in the year 2040.

Brett Myers on January 16, 2018
S. Carey - Fool's Gold

S. Carey - Fool's Gold


Wisconsin’s S. Carey is back with this new single from forthcoming album, Hundred Acres, set to be released February 23. The tune starts with mellow guitars and soft vocals reminiscent of his bandmate Justin Vernon. It grows slowly and subtly as the song progresses and Carey sneaks an atmospheric pedal steel, delicate pianos and a droning bass into the mix. The end result is a warm and dreamy soundscape that perfectly welcomes the image of "sapphire skies" painted throughout the song.

Jack Sasner on January 15, 2018
Frankie Cosmos - Jesse

Frankie Cosmos - Jesse


Frankie Cosmos' first single "Jesse" off of upcoming album Vessels was released this past Friday. Greta Kline does what she does best with this song, taking her dreamy voice and at times obscure lyrics to bring you along in her dreamland. You'll love the building guitars tastefully juxtaposed with the lightness of her voice but there's no getting away from this song's honest and relatable lyrics about failed love, hopes for oneself and what moving on looks like.

Dara Bankole on January 15, 2018
Refs - Boarding It Up

Refs - Boarding It Up


Don't be fooled by REFS' small social followings; this music is the real deal. Brooklyn based Zachary Lipkins' REFS has melded pop with a myriad of textures to create beautiful synth confessionals. He has only released four singles, but a couple have already been featured on HBO's "Girls," The CW's "Riverdale" and MTV's "Scream". This new single builds off of the projects R&B/synth-pop sound with a emotional rawness akin to James Bay. Lipkins' vocal control is not only impressive but incredibly emotive, bubbling all of his feelings into the track so that we too, are filled to the brim. Though we don't know much about REFS, Lipkins' anonymity and short collection makes these releases all the more anticipatory. We can't wait for more.

Natasha Cucullo on January 12, 2018
Lukas Frank - Shame (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Lukas Frank - Shame (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)


This ultra somber and haunting song co-written by Lukas Frank and Phoebe Bridgers and can be found on the fourth episode of the new Netflix show Godless. With the repeated line "Where is God now?" heard various times throughout it under the grimacing Western sounding guitar tones, it's the perfect fit for a show about outlaws in the Wild West or if you just like really sad music.

Dara Bankole on January 12, 2018
Typhoon - Rorschach

Typhoon - Rorschach


Typhoon is back with their fourth album, Offerings (out tomorrow), which will also be their first album since 2013. The main man behind the band, Kyle Morton, has discussed how he's interested in the loss of memory, both on the individual level and collectively as a society. “Rorschach,” the second track on the album, speaks to that theme (“How you gonna hold on to your memories?/ How you gonna hold on when you know that you can’t?”). Based on the track list, this album is sure to be a journey through the emotional phases of loss, with “Rorschach” marking a cathartic moment of frustration about the circumstances that you've been presented with. 

Jenny Gumbert on January 11, 2018
Goodfight - Florida Room

Goodfight - Florida Room


Goodfight’s self-proclaimed genre “is what it is,” and this single, the title track from their recently released album Florida Room captures that feeling perfectly. It is slow and beachy — with a guitar twang reminiscent of Mac Demarco and complementary, dreamy lead vocals mixing so pleasantly as they slowly croon each individual word. Florida rooms are typically filled with windows to let in light, and Goodfight brings that same vein of openness to their work. “Florida Room” lingers on more beautiful moments, like the “warm days in June” — the memories of which keep us warm through the winter. Goodfight has delivered another sweet, earnest and catchy melody with "Florida Room," and these moments are equally as abundant throughout the entire album. 

Hannah Maier-Katkin on January 11, 2018
Kat Cunning - Wild Poppies

Kat Cunning - Wild Poppies


A swaying pop track with Americana hues, “Wild Poppies” is Kat Cunning’s musical contribution to a queer reimagining of The Wizard of Oz. The Broadway star’s take on the pivotal film suggests an alternative ending to Dorothy’s journey, where she abandons her return to the sepia-framed Kansas in favor of a more permanent stay, transfixed within the scarlet, opiate-infused poppy field. With the gaudy glimmer of the emerald city set in her sights and a dizzying new desire to “bloom,” Cunning wistfully frays at the edges of a technicolor dream, sparking a truly promising artistic vision in the process. "Wild Poppies" precedes the release of Cunning's debut EP this year.

Shane Dutta on January 11, 2018

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