Built on a surf pop riff and retro charm, Okusami's vocals quickly steal the show with an anthem for anyone who is tired of being walked over.
“Painting Of Skeletal Goats Grinding Their Teeth Across The Sky,” from the record due out later this week, is a entrancing encapsulation of the record as a whole; across its 5-minute run time, Imelda Marcos eschew traditionally math-y song structures for something more sonically cohesive and understandable.
Welcome Keeping to the fold, a new band with an already stellar pedigree. The trio of Tyler Scurlock (Sharks' Teeth), Robert Landry (All People), and Greg Rodrigue (All People) recorded their debut album Ruin Value early last year with Ross Farbe (Video Age) and they're set to release it on March 10th via Community.
“Attack and Amend,” the new track from DUMP HIM, is a cool two minutes of furor, playing an unfairly catchy guitar line off of the remarkable musings of Jaclyn Walsh.
Girl Scout's "I Don't Like It" starts off with a laundry list of (potentially) bad ideas... recreational pills, guns, prolonged drug use, and suicide... and that's only the first twenty seconds of the song.
Lying somewhere between the fire alarms of Pile’s music and the unendingly impressive disorientation of Palm’s songs, “Staircase” is grounded in reality by Fitzgerald’s speak-shouted musings.
His voice, quiet but not without power behind it, floated over his guitar's running, almost percussively arpeggiated chords. I asked Weaver if he might be interested in coming out to the Macdowell Dam and shooting with us. It turned out to be windy and bright, neither of which are ideal for filming a live acoustic performance, so we walked off the side of the road over rocks covered in tiny wild strawberries and shot this video.
"The Ropes" is the perfect center piece for the EP, a syrupy pop song with inescapable melodies that border on perfection. Luca Balser's vocals are at their best as he sings tightly wound verses of bubblegum pop glory.
The record's first single "Is It Jood?" is full of esoteric beauty and lo-fi driven pop experimentations. Fish builds sounds on top of each other with warped guitars, drifting flutes, programmed beats and nature samples blending together in a fog.
Freddy Beach is a joyful fuzz band started by two of New Orleans DIY's finest, Ray Micarelli (Video Age) and Chris Rehm (Caddywhompus). Lost Weekend is filled with jangly garage rock and shimmering summertime hooks that will have you sweating even in the coldest of temperatures.
"Dolt" is a jittery track about anxiety with an abundance of energy and heartwarming sentimentality that reminds you "it's okay".
With a nod to bands like Wire and Television after a valium, they've tapped into minimalist punk's warm center, built on punchy tangled riffs and skin tight rhythms. "Dark Water" is a reflection of that, a slow burner of driving bass and guitars that appear only when its time to build tension.
"Gym Birds (Thermos Version)" is a stand-alone single and a reminder of just how great Pope can be. Recorded and mixed by Ross Farbe (Video Age) at The Thermos, the song permeates with a cold and quiet resolve.
Led by former Ava Luna drummer Alex Smith, Railings' have carved out their own art-pop sound, evident on the record's first single "Breaking The Bong". The song is built on a bubbling funk groove and an impassioned croon, soaring in with sweeping melodies and a lo-fi fluorescence.
Leading up to the compilation's release, the label has been sharing music in three song batches that offer a glimpse of the tape's wide range and its unpredictable quality. We're happy to share the third set aka "Batch #3" for you today, the stunning finale provided by Bichkraft, Zula, and Cal Fish (Turnip King).
The band is currently working on a studio album, which will include a full version of "Creatures in Flight," filmed here backstage after their headlining performance at The Thing in the Spring's Saturday night show.
Trading in his signature high pitched vocals and innocence for a more post-punk howl and a tightly wound garage rock riff, "World Psychosis" is reflective of our collective reactions, a song that isn't necessarily optimistic but most definitely reeling in the confusion of how we got here.
"Deep Double Blind" is a retro-futuristic pop nugget that features guest vocals from Weyes Blood aka Natalie Mering.
"Ashley" gets peeled back on Psychic Blood's remix, stripping the song's density in favor of an ominous aura built on pounding beats and whirring synths that focus as much on space as they do noise.
Opening with a grimy acoustic guitar line that sounds like the score to an ominous Western, "Angelina" is miles away from Brandon Can't Dance's smooth pop sounds, trading synth and sunshine for dust and heartbreak.