Monthly Archives: October 2019

Superheart – Opening Credits EP [Akira]

Catch a flight to an island of sanity with the soft reverb, interesting lyrics and gentle melodies of Superheart. It’s as dreamy as synth pop gets. Release Date: 8/22/2019 Play: 1, 2, 3, 4

Alessandro Cortini – Volume Massimo [Mute]

Don’t forget to schedule your dog’s next annual appointment with a veterinarian. Get it? The cones of shame? Never mind. Nine Inch Nails keyboardist and accomplished solo artist Alessandro Cortini debuts on Mute with an assembly of filmy, subdued melodies on analog synthesizers and Ibanez guitars. It technically qualifies as music, but as to what […]

Matthew Mercury – Matthew Mercury (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut album from this VT-based group blends the sounds of modern alternative with a classic-rock songwriting sensibility. A very strong set of tunes. Start with: 3, 5, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Spoon, Arcade Fire, The Growlers, Alabama Shakes

The Snuts – “Maybe California” [Single] [Elektra]

From promoter: “The song is a true statement piece, oozing flair and elevating the band’s fresh and authentic sound.” Label: Elektra Start w/ 1 FCC: Clean RIYL: Artic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Circa Waves

Kacy & Clayton – Carrying On [New West]

From promoter: “Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous records Strange Country (which Q Magazine called “A beautiful album that nudges a classic past into a brave future”) and 2017’s The Siren’s Song (described by Uncut? as “Ageless and beguiling. A classic record for this or any other time.”).” Label: New West Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7, […]

Ivy Flindt – In Every Move [Marland]

Indie pop duo made up of Cate Martin & Micha Holland. Label: Marland Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lykke Li, Lana Del Rey, Cate Le Bon, Beach House

The Lumineers – III [Dualtone Music Group]

From promoter: “A glorious explosion that reminds fans what folk rock is really about.” Label: Dualtone Music Group Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 10 FCC: 5 RIYL: Mumford & Sons, The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy

Phony Ppl – Mozaik [300 Entertainment]

From promoter: “Liberation is both the modus operandi and main ingredient of the fearless five-man band Phony Ppl. Comprised of the cream of Brooklyn’s young musician crop, each member is a product of musical parents who gifted their children with exposure to the greatest, from Mandrill to Bossa Nova, and, most importantly, wings for exploration and self-discovery.” […]

Tegan and Sara – Hey, I’m Just Like You [Sire]

From promoter: “Hey, I’m Just Like You is an emotive and catchy pop record, but for Tegan and Sara, it’s more than that: it’s a message to fans to let them know they are not alone in their struggles.” Label: Sire Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 FCC: 9 RIYL: Jenny Lewis, St Vincent, MUNA

Somos – Prison On A Hill [Tiny Engines]

From promoter: “From the Boston-based band Somos, they combine gleaming synths and ‘80s-style percussion with driving guitar rock, much like an intersection of The 1975 and Alkaline Trio.” Label: Tiny Engines Start w/ 2, 4, 5, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, The 1975, Alkaline Trio

Cones – Pictures of Pictures [Dangerbird]

From promoter: “LA duo Cones are proud to release ‘Pictures of Pictures’ on Dangerbird Records. Recorded at the band’s own Honeymoon Suite studio, the record offers up an intoxicating blend of shimmering psychedelic exploration and muscular pop craftsmanship, complete with infectious hooks and deep grooves that simultaneously hint at everything from Big Star and the […]

Angel Olsen – All Mirrors [Jagjaguwar]

From promoter: “On All Mirrors it’s paired with huge string arrangements and bellowing synth swells that feel near apocalyptic. So we can feel Angel fully let in the goth tones that always lurked at the edges of her songs.” Label: Jagjaguwar Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5, 11 FCC: 6, 9, 10 RIYL: Lucy Dacus, Cate Le Bon, Amen Dunes

Boris – Love & Evol [Third Man Records]

From promoter: “The only thing predictable about them is that they’re always going to be unpredictable, and it already seems like that will be true of their upcoming double album Love & Evol.” Label: Third Man Records Start w/ 1, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth

City and Colour – A Pill For Loneliness [Dine Alone]

From promoter: “Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Michael John Albert Green otherwise known as City and Colour uses ambiance and mood to add depth to his normally folksy sound on his new record A Pill For Loneliness. Green’s signature soft and soulful voice is on full display, accompanied by shimmering guitar work and methodically weaving drum patterns.” Label: Dine Alone Start w/ […]

Cry Club – Sad But Make It Fashion [Best & Fairest]

From promoter: “Emerging as one of Australia’s most energetic, riled-up noise-pop acts, Cry Club are for anyone who’s ever been called too emotional, too sensitive, too much.” Label: Best & Fairest Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Pale Waves, Paramore, MUNA

Dan Luke and the Raid – Out of the Blue [New West]

From promoter: “The Brad Shultz (Cage The Elephant) produced album has blends of classic rock and doo-wop that can be heard, giving the record a beachy and sunny atmosphere while still maintaining a modern sound Label: New West Start w/ 3, 4, 9, 10 FCC: 5, 7 RIYL: The Nude Party, Twin Peaks, Ron Gallo

Floating Points – LesAlpx / Coorabell [Ninja Tune]

Sam Shepard gets down with some fancy sound machines and looks to pull listeners onto the dance floor with this double track release ahead of a new full length coming soon. Of the album, Shepard notes… I started going back to my early records and all the sounds I loved playing at clubs like Fabric […]

Burial – Claustro / State Forest [Hyperdub]

Palpable tension can be felt between the two tracks here from the veteran producer and UK dubstep pioneer. “Claustro” is crazed, rock-torching footwork, while “State Forest” is foreboding and dark. Both are good, but it’s the ambient work that really shines on this fourteen minute record as Burial ventures further into the void. Release Date: […]

Peggy Gou – Moment EP [Gudu]

Gou has done it again with thirteen minutes of satisfying house music on the first release from her own label, Gudu Records. Both tracks feature Korean lyrics over looping piano melodies, and should be well received on any set list. Release Date: May 3, 2019 Play: Both

Baby Grand – Riveria EP [Club Grand]

Stick to what you know and avoid disappointment. What we have here is sweet, safe, familiar retro lounge music filled with latin flare and harmonious strings. Can’t go wrong, really. Release Date: 9/30/2019 Play: All

Julian Zyklus – Four Dimensional Waves [Hush Hush]

As far as long format conceptual records go, it’s one stranger thing after another. The debut album from Italian electronic musician Julian Zyklus is “based on the cyclic idea of a universe born through a white hole that moves and grows through four-dimensional waves before arriving at its final black hole”. It could be a […]

NAVVI – 25O2 [Hush Hush]

After their sophomore release in 2018, the Seattle duo wasted no time pushing this 8 track, black ice translucent vinyl to market. 25O2 is a continuous house mix, recorded rather impulsively in just one week at the base of a mountain in Washington State. They’ve trusted their instincts, and embraced the nightclub. So hypnotic, and […]

Breath After Coma – Woke Up in Babel

Release date: April 5, 2019 Label: Ikaros Records The Athens 4 piece band, Breath After Coma carry influences, which vary from the garage revival of the 00’s to modern rock and roll, with characteristic riffs and mind boggling energy.  Woke up in Babel is engraved musically and lyrically with their own distinctive sound and character. Opening track […]

Gatecreeper – Deserted

Release date: October 4, 2019 Label: Relapse Records Gatecreeper’s new album Deserted is a furious mix of snarling guitars and driving, rhythmic pummeling. The band takes death metal from its 80’s Floridian roots and 90’s Swedish expansion straight into the here and now. Deserted comes out swinging with with super gross death metal that’s best played with the volume turned […]

The Number 12 Looks Like You – Wild Gods

Release date: September 20, 2019 Label: Overlord Records The fact that I listened to this band when they were in their prime dates me. It’s been a decade since we’ve heard new music from mathcore legends The Number Twelve Looks Like You, but Jesse Korman and company are back to melt faces. Last Laugher is prog-rock for […]