Having grown up in the Fox River Valley region of Wisconsin, Amos Pitsch is certainly no stranger to the frigid temperatures and rural holiday traditions of the Midwest. It's the place he chose to reside, record, and draw inspiration from for his first solo album titled LAKE EFFECT.
Washington, DC's Dove Lady have already released one of the year's best albums in the form of One, but the band's alphabetical series of EPs must continue and we're thrilled to share the latest installment, E. The series allows the duo to create with complete freedom and without pressure, an ongoing voyage into the depths of their elastic post-punk and experimental creativity.
As Angel Olsen proves over the course of her new compilation Phases and many artists before her have, these collections not only are an opportunity for the artist to give insight into the creative process, but also let us hear a batch of songs that might be strong, but may not have fit into the thematic or stylistic arcs of their LPs or EPs.
The Today/Tomorrow EP, comprised of "Waking Up On Time" and "Going To Sleep On Time," act as a parallel, a pair of heartbreaking songs that divide their sentiments between self-hate and self-improvement. Just as Fatato's lyrics slow drip depression on "Waking Up," there's an understanding that things will be better on "Going To Sleep," but it isn't any easier.
When Sam Potrykus was 16 years old, he went on tour with his brother, hitting up over forty states across the country. At the time, he never could have imagined that tour would be the beginning of a life that includes running a music website, a monthly newspaper, co-founding a non-profit organization, and curating a music festival now in it's ninth year.