Ash – “Buzzkill”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2018

Longstanding Irish rockers Ash will return with their seventh studio album Islands which will be released on May 18 via Infectious Music.

The song chugs along with the expected power-pop that you’d expect from the band and that you wish Weezer would still make. It’s a charming single that seems perfectly suited for listening on a nice summer day.

Find a stream of “Buzzkill” below and pre-order the new album over on iTunes
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red steppes – “I Did Not Speak It”

By Will Oliver, February 22nd 2018

red steppes is the Oakland-based project of singer-songwriter Nika States. Her songwriting has a fine sensibility to it that sees her write in a way that captures a distinct time and place that is personal and most importantly, true.

She’s gearing up to release her new album A Mouth May Grow and has shared it’s first single “I Did Not Speak It,” a lovely folk tune that tells of a salt marsh in the town of Rawbridge that she was introduced to by her mother. In essence, a song that shows how music can take us back to places important to us, or ones that we used to know.

It’s a lovely song and one that you can enjoy below via it’s official music video, directed by Cooper Kenward.
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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 — with 1 comment

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.

We’ve had our eye on Forth Wanderers next move ever since we caught their great performance last year at Baby’s All Right. Today the Montclair, New Jersey band have announced that they have signed to Sub Pop, who will release the bands sophomore album (which is self-titled) on April 27 (preorder here).

The band also shared the first single “Not For Me,” a track that expands on their previous rock palate and offering even more fuzz and production that only gives their sound an even bigger feeling than ever before. These guys are making the sorta of rock songs that resemble some of the best stuff released in the 90s. While there’s an immediacy to their sound, there’s also something about their songs that benefit from a few extra listens to let it all sink in and truly appreciate.
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Hibou – “Fall Into”

By Will Oliver, February 2nd 2018 — with 2 comments

Hibou is the project of Peter Michel, formerly a member of Craft Spells. Fans of theirs will find plenty to love in Michel’s airy electro-rock that has a life of his own.

He will return with new album Something Familiar which will come out on March 2 via Barsuk Records. He’s recently shared the album’s stunning single “Fall Into,” a song that packs a hell of a punch.

It instantly showcases some air-tight production that allows its funky bassline and 80s synth lines to do their work, totally paving the way for his floating vocals. Just when you think you know where “Fall Into” is going it shifts gears and becomes even more expansive to the point where you’re wondering why Hibou isn’t a much bigger name yet. But based on “Fall Into” and the promise of the rest of the record, it’s only a matter of time.

Find the official music video (directed by Kelia and Luca) for “Fall Into” posted below. If you dig what you hear you can preorder the album here.
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Totally Mild – “Lucky Stars”

By Will Oliver, February 1st 2018 — with 1 comment

Melbourne, Australia group Totally Mild will release their new album Her on February 23 via Chapter Music.

Last December we shared the album’s single “Today Tonight.” They’ve since shared another cut from the album, the heartbreaking ballad “Lucky Stars” that shows off the bands dynamic power and range. The official music video captures the barebones intimate nature of the ballad with an emotional powerhouse of a live performance by vocalist Elizabeth Mitchell.

Find the video posted below and the album is available to pre-order now on their Bandcamp page.
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Paul Zinnard – “Tracy Stacey and Me”

By Will Oliver, February 1st 2018

Paul Zinnard is a Madrid-based musician who makes rock ongs that have an old-school ring to them. Zinnard is gearing up to release his new album Songs for a Better Past and has given us a taste of the record with lead single “Tracy Stacey and Me.”

While the song may not be reinventing rock and roll, it captures the effortlessly cool and charm of Dire Straits and gives it a pleasant new take that is very much his own.

Enjoy the music video for “Tracy Stacey and Me” posted below and find more on Paul Zinnard at his official website.

Language Arts – “With Me”

By Will Oliver, February 1st 2018

Canadian art-pop duo Language Arts are currently working on their third studio album with producer Joel Stouffer. If the rest of the tracks are as good as their latest offering, “With Me,” it’s sure shaping up to be a good one.

“With Me” is a shimmering effort led by its bassline, some dreamy instrumentals and appropriately sweet vocals that compliment it all nicely. The track was released through it’s official music video, which was directed by the team of Luke Mistruzzi and Maya Annik and filmed all over North America.

Enjoy the video for “With Me” below.
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tUnE-yArDs – “Heart Attack” (Music Video)

By Will Oliver, January 26th 2018

Merrill Garbus has returned with her latest album as tUnE-yArDsI Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, which was released last week via 4AD.

Today I’m sharing her music video for the record’s single “Heart Attack.” The song is given some well-choreographed dance moves to go along perfectly with the very dance-friendly influence that is felt on the track. Mimi Cave directed the video which you can find posted below.
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