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[new]: Seratones – “Sun”

By Will Oliver, April 1st 2016

Seratones

Louisiana soul-rockers Seratones will release their anticipated debut album Get Gone on May 6th via Fat Possum Records. Today they’ve shared the energetic and sun-soaked new single,”Sun.”

Imagine Alabama Shakes pissed off and playing the diviest bar imaginable. There’s an unshakable urgency to the main guitar riff of “Sun” that hits hard as all hell and doesn’t look back for even a second. Those who claim that rock and roll are dead clearly just need to look a little bit harder.

Stream “Sun” below and check up Seratones upcoming tour dates, which include supporting dates for The Dandy Warhols in New York later this month.
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Flaunt – “Restraint”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2016

Flaunt - Restraint

Mysterious art-rock outfit Flaunt is the split operation of Justin Jennings and Joseph Vitterito.

The pair hail from different parts of the country (Colorada and Maine, respectively), the duo come together to former experimental act Flaunt. They will return this year with new album Rave Noir on March 18, and have released the albums first single “Restraint” to give fans a taste of their new direction.

“Restraint” begins with an airy chilly ambient atmosphere, before finding a jolt with an electronic beats that soon transition into a alt-rock kick. The track transitions to different areas of genre pretty seamlessly, showing off a range of sounds and emotions that work to varying degrees. The various stylistic changes take a few listens to fully adapt to, but once they do it provides some interesting results.

Check out “Restraint” below.
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[new]: Day Wave – ” Stuck”

By Will Oliver, February 16th 2016

Day Wave

Day Wave will return with new EP Hard To Read on March 4 via Grand Jury Music. Copies of the EP are packaged with his great debut Headcase EP, forming a little mini-album sampler of all of Jackson Phillips’ with the group work to date.

Today he shared EP single “Stuck” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 “World Record” show. It’s yet another dreamy excursion from the group who delightfully find ways to conjure up warmer feelings that are well needed and appreciated during days of cold temperatures and snowfall. It’s amazing that Phillips has already created a signature sound for his music when he hasn’t even technically released his album yet. It’s a testament to his work as an artist, and an encouraging sign for things to come.

Stream “Stuck” below and find his interview with Zane Lowe embedded right after that. Physical downloads of the EP are available to purchase here, as well as digitally from iTunes here.
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[new]: Day Wave – “Gone”

By Will Oliver, January 18th 2016

Day Wave

Jackson Phillips and Day Wave had a great 2015, and the look to keep the momentum going strong with a new EP titled Hard To Read coming out March 4 via Grand Jury Music. It will be packaged along with last year’s Headcase EP to form a great 1-2 combination almost serving as a showcase for their eventual proper full-length.

Based on new single and EP track “Gone,” Phillips is continuing his winning ways. “Gone” taps into some well needed feelings of summer-inspired melancholy and nostalgia. He hasn’t released a full-length album yet, but he already has developed a signature sound that is instantly recognizable as his own.

Enjoy a stream of “Gone” below.

Intoducing: Sam Seeger

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2015 — with 1 comment

Sam Seeger

It’s not that often that I am able to share local artists from Rockland County, which makes me excited to share the work of Sam Seeger with you guys today. You may remember a post we did last year about his previous band Man From Glove. Since then, he’s started his journey as a solo artist, recently releasing a solo EP of his own entitled Coffin Fashion. So he’s not new to scene, but maybe his journey as a solo artist is new to you.

It doesn’t take long for Sam to impress on the EP, with opening track “Drumbeat of the Apocalypse” flashing some serious riffs, very much in the league of Jack White’s early days with The White Stripes. Second track “Empty Mind Man” is rooted in classic rock influences, but separated by the unique personal stamp that Sam is able to give each performance. “Advencha!” captures the glorious crunch of 90’s era Beck, showing Seeger’s incredible range and ability to tackle many forms of the genre with relative ease. There’s some impressive guitar work on his EP, combined with the drumming of Rosie Slater of New Myths combining to create a mature and impressive effort, one that deserves some serious attention.

The full EP is able to purchase (and stream) over at bandcamp. I’ve embeded a stream of “Drumbeat of the Apocalypse” below, as well as a cool interview clip with Sam put together by Fuck The Warm Sound. Enjoy both below.
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Harriet – Bent

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2015

Harriet

I’ve been sharing the songs of Los Angeles quartet Harriet for some time now, but it’s not until the early days of 2016 that we get to hear their first official full-length album, American Appetite (January 29 on Harvest Records to be exact) .

The group have recently shared the beautiful and sprawling album cut “Bent.” It doesn’t take long for it to create and maintain a feeling of atmosphere, keeping the mesmerizing feeling and sense of place until the very last second. It’s a wonderful listen, the sort of song that will act as a warm comfort during these upcoming chilly months. If the rest of the album can deliver in such a way, it will be one of the first can’t miss records of the year.

Stream “Bent” below, and check out the home-movie style music video that the band release as well. It was directed by the band’s very own Alex Casnoff.
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[new]: The Tins – “Summer Jazz”

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2015

The Tins

Buffalo-based trio The Tins are as reliable as they come. Whenever I see that they have a new song or release on the horizon, I rest comfortably knowing that it will be yet another winner from the group.

They’re gearing up to release their new EP Love On Strike, and have released the typically terrific new single “Summer Jazz,” as the first official taste from the release. It’s as strong and assured of a moment from the group yet, who self-produced and recorded the song, along with the entire EP, at their makeshift apartment studio. The group dive straight into the tight weaves of their hypnotizing groove and take us along for the ride, a magnetic and catchy wonder.

Stream the song below, and be sure to catch their next stop in NYC which will come at Elvis Guesthouse on November 15.
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Mleo – “Ridiculous”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2015

Mleo

Los Angeles quartet Mleo released their debut album Sunken City last year, but have no plans of slowing down.

They recently returned with their fresh new single “Ridiculous,” a sweet infusion of indie pop and rock, creating a delightful listen with California engrained deep into its DNA. The song is carried home by the strong vocals of singer Audrey Reed whose voice works wonders alongside the groups sharp instrumentation. There’s a lot of joy to be found here.

Stream “Ridiculous” below and if you like what you hear, grab it on iTunes.
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Beirut – “No No No”

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015 — with 1 comment

Beirut - No No No

It’s always good to get new music from Beirut, which makes it very exciting to announce that Zach Condon’s group will make their triumphant return with new album No No No on September 11 via 4AD.

Today they released the video for the ultra charming and very Beirut first single “No No No.” It’s an instant winner that is all too perfect for summer listening.

The video was directed by Brother Willis, who captures the band at their quirkiest with an live performance that goes awry. It’s a good time.

Check it out below, and if you’re free this Sunday night grab tickets to their show at Bowery Ballroom. The show was just announced and tickets are still on sale. It’s a little more intimate than their show at Radio City this fall.
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Ransom Scenery – “Slowly Spinning”

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015

Ransom Scenery

Ransom Scenery is a group that Springfield, Illinois duo Drew Lowery and Chaepter Negro began online, originally established through email. Soon enough they came together to create their debut album, Ear To Ear, which they self-released earlier this year through bandcamp.

Their goal was to create a collection of sounds that knew to genre, with warm melodies, rich soundscapes and interlacing layers. You can say they accomplished that with one listen to their track “Slowly Spinning.” It takes you on a visual and almost meditative journey, as if you’re floating into a complete and new world. It’s a wondrous trip, with vibes of Alt-J felt throughout.

Stream “Slowly Spinning” below.
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