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Death By Unga Bunga – “Soldier”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2018

Norweigan rockers Death By Unga Bunga return this Spring with their fifth album, So Far So Good So Cool. It will be released on April 6 via Jansen Records but you don’t have to wait to hear it’s first single, “Soldier.”

The track dives deep into 70s rock and roll with plenty of crunchy goodness that is totally infectious and feels readymade for a night out on the town. Someone needs to make a tour happen with both them and White Reaper, like yesterday.

Stream “Soldier” below and you can preorder the album right now on their Bandcamp.
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Kunzite – “Vapors”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2018

Kunzite is the new collaboration between Mike Stroud of RATATAT and Agustin White of White Flight. We recently shared with you their debut offering “Monks” and today we are sharing “Vapors,” another track from their debut album Birds Don’t Fly, which will be released on March 2 via Sol System Records.

It’s another colorful electro-rock fusion that is tailor-made for some late night summer listening. It’s a feel-good jam that fans of Ratatat should have no problem connecting to.

Find the entertaining music video for “Vapors” below and find the album available to pre-order over at their Bandcamp.
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We Are Scientists – “One In One Out”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2018

Brooklyn’s We Are Scientists recently announced the release of their sixth album Megaplex on April 27 via 100% Records.

The group recently shared the album’s first single “One In One Out,” a track that fans of the band will have no problem warming up to. It does a lot of what the band has been doing for the past decade, diving deep with one of their signature hook-filled chorus that is right in their wheelhouse.

Find the official video posted below, which was directed by Jedidiah Mitchell who also handled the visual effects. The band have also announced some new tour dates, including a performance at Bowery Ballroom on June 16. Tickets are currently on sale here.

Ed Ling – “Waiting For Sharks”

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2018

London-based singer-songwriter Ed Ling is preparing the release of his forthcoming sophomore album Aside From Sadness and has shared its first single “Waiting For Sharks.”

The album was inspired by emotions and some unexpectedly positive events set in motion following the sad death of Ed’s father in 2005. He had this to say describing the lovely folk tune which could’ve made a fitting piece on the Garden State soundtrack with its melancholy and reflective nature:

Ten years on, I wanted to reflect on how life had changed for the better and that in many cases, Dad’s death was the catalyst for that change. That’s where the album title, “Aside From Sadness” came from.

Enjoy a stream of “Waiting For Sharks” below and if you like what you hear you can buy it now over at his bandcamp page.
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Ritual Talk – More Than I Can Mention

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2018

Brooklyn’s Ritual Talk have just released their new standalone single “More Than I Can Mention.” It starts off as an enthusiastic slow-burn folk rocker, teasing some sharp guitar work and production as it slowly teases much more. Before you know it, it slowly expands into a much bigger art-rocker that still carries over those same impressive vocals, just with a totally new world supporting them. The group somehow manages to combine elements of folk, psych-rock and art-rock into one immediate and catchy three-minute wonder.

“More Than I Can Mention” is their first release via their own Sonosoma Records and can be found ready to stream below.
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Haley Heynderickx – “Worth It”

By Will Oliver, February 10th 2018

Something tells me Portland’s Haley Heynderickx is going to have a breakout 2018. We first shared her music on here late last year with her lovely track “Oom Sha La La,” taken from her debut album I Need To Start A Garden, which will be released on March 2 via Mama Bird Recording Co.

Today she’s released the latest track from the album, the powerful and sprawling folk effort “Worth It,” a track which fans of Angel Olsen should fall in love within no time. At nearly 8-minutes, it takes the listener to a faraway place and packs a hell of an emotional punch throughout every devastating second of its dramatic run.

Enjoy a stream of “Worth It” below and stay tuned for more on Heynderickx very soon. Her album is up for preorder on limited vinyl right now.
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Chloe Foy – “Flaws”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018 — with 2 comments

Chloe Foy is a singer-songwriter based out of Gloucester, England with a natural songwriting ability that calls to mind the beauty folk talents of Laura Marling. The reason why is pretty obvious on her staggering lovely “Flaws,” a track taken from her 2017 EP Are We There Yet?

She will make the trip to Austin this year for SXSW but as we all can relate, the trip is very expensive. So Foy has taken to PledgeMusic to try and raise some funds and offer some nice rewards in exchange. You can find the campaign here and if you can spare the money, help her get to SXSW.

You can grab a taste of “Flaws” below and find the whole EP available to stream or buy at Bandcamp.
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Blue Cast Catalyst – “Passenger Pigeon”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

Blue Cast Catalyst is a New York City music collective fronted by psychedelic-pop composer, Adam Trull who is joined by a rotating cast of performers who help bring his vision to life. Trull, originally from New Hampshire, is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer.

He’s releasing his new album Cubist Collar on March 2 and the first single is “Passenger Pigeon,” a track that sounds like a mix of the most Panda Bear influenced Animal Collective songs mixed with a bit of Fleet Foxes as well as a bit of The Beach Boys. It wonderfully mixes some modern elements to give these classic pop structures a vibrant and colorful new feel.

Enjoy a stream of “Passenger Pigeon” below and if you dig it, purchase it here.
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All The Luck In The World – “Contrails”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

All The Luck In The World are three Irish songwriters, Neil Foot, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr, who are currently based out of Berlin. The trio is gearing up for the release of their new album A Blind Arcade and has recently shared its powerful single “Contrails.”

Rooted in some classic elements of folk rock that starts off with a gentle emotive hum, it soon blossoms into something even grander. There’s a fragility to it all that gives a raw personal connection that rings true throughout. It didn’t surprise me to read this thoughtful description from the band themselves about the origins of the song:

Contrails was one of the first songs we started working on for this record. We were demoing it as early as Summer 2014, but it ended up taking a while to finish, as we had a few versions with variations on the lyrics. The lyrical framework for the song came about as a result of us giving some time to the thought that peoples lives often cross paths in such arbitrary situations, and that meaningful connections can occur even in seemingly fleeting moments. We thought about the idea of mapping the trajectory of peoples lives, and how these chance encounters would be little intersections in these paths, and that’s sort of what got us thinking about how it looks when the contrails of planes cross paths in the sky. That and the fact that we had written some verses about being in an airport made us think it felt like a nice title.

Enjoy “Contrails” below and you can pre-order the album on iTunes.
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Blushing – “Bliss”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

Austin natives Blushing recently returned with their new 5-song EP Weak (via Austin Town Hall Records) featuring some dreamy shoegaze such as the very appropriately titled “Bliss.”

It’s a song that finds beauty in the spaces in-between the guitar fuzz and vocals, utilizing tempo and the pauses to envoke as much feeling as everything that fills the gap in-between.

It’s a wondrous trip to take and one that you can find posted below. The whole EP is available to be heard and purchased over at their Bandcamp.
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