Hideous Towns - Value
Melbourne rockers Hideous Towns have been buried in my inbox for what seems like ages. It hasn't been "that" long, but I think now is the perfect time to share the band's third single from their upcoming debut album, Disquiet Living, set for release on Dec 2, 2016. With each listen, I've become increasingly captivated by Alana West's big voice. More more more!
Magic Magic Roses - In Time
San Fran based dreamy folksters Magic Magic Roses are preparing their 3rd album, Dusk, for an end of the year release on Plume Records. Vinyl and digital formats are planned. Kate Sweeney and Sarah Simon started out covering songs, as most bands do, bonding over Jimmie Rodgers, but soon began working on originals. Drummer Sam Berman joined the fold soon thereafter to round out the sound. And what a sound it is, stark and lovely, showcasing beautiful voices and the stories they hold. Find 'In Time' below.
Malihini - Waiting
South London by way of Rome duo, Malihini have a great story. Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo met in early 2015 in Rome, and while on a European road trip, they came up with 30 musical ideas. They spent 8 days in a Roman studio fleshing them out. Then, on a wing and a prayer, they left Rome for London, bringing with them a hard drive of songs, and their dream. Not to mention some vintage vinyl. Somewhere in that whirlwind, their debut single 'Waiting' emerged with Memphis Industries handling the release. If you are in London this month on the 25th, get on over to the Finsbury Pub for their debut performance. It's bound to be an exciting time. Give 'Waiting' a spin or three below.
COTE - Golden Hour
It wasn't too terribly long ago when I introduced you, oh constant reader, to Brooklyn based artist Taryn Randall aka COTE. She's back with another stunner, 'Golden Hour', and it follows what I said a few weeks back, her voice is timeless, genreless, gorgeous. But, Taryn, don't go to singing the phone book. I would listen, but don't do that to me. Anyway, Taryn says 'Golden Hour' is a snapshot of a very difficult, but distant time in her life. She explained, "We all have songs that transport us to a specific memory or time and this song does that for me. My life has changed drastically since writing 'Golden Hour,' but I can still tap into the same feelings of loss every time it starts to play."
Those things let us know we're alive, that we're not numb to the pain. Find 'Golden Hour' below.
Erin McCarley - Good
Nashville artist Erin McCarley has shared her latest track, 'Good'. While poppy synth music takes a while to grow on me, 'Good' was an instant like. Erin's big and playfully bold voice made sure of that. On 'Good', Erin said, “Perfectionism and fear of failure can often override our ability to speak up loud enough within ourselves, our relationships, our careers, etc… This song is about starting out in that paralytic mind-spinning state and navigating my way through it without taking it too seriously.” Give 'Good' a few spins and try not to fall in love with her voice. I dare you.
Blank Range - Gardens
I first ran across Nashville based five-piece Blank Range at the defunct Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham providing support for Benjamin Booker a few years back. At the time, I'd never heard of the band, but was blown away by 'Scrapin' and their boundless energy. What a live act! After the show, I stuck around and had a few drinks (read, too many) while talking with members of both bands. The band is back with new music in the form of an EP, titled Vista Bent on Sturdy Girls Records distributed via Thirty Tigers. They're about to hit the road again in 2017, so get an early taste of what they'll be serving up -- good old sing-along country tinged rock and roll, stream 'Gardens' below.
Barleaux - Freedom
Bedroom pop music is often some of the most honest. Most of it's written in the loneliest hours of the night, earnest and wistful at its core. Brooklyn-based artist Barleaux makes bedroom pop music, channeling heartbreak and the subsequent breakdown to form what is to be her upcoming EP, Freedom. Highly relatable subject matter, and I can't help but melt when I hear her voice. The first track from the EP, is 'Freedom', find it below.