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Best from the inbox: Week 45-46

On ”best from the inbox” we gather a couple of standout tracks submitted to us via email directly from the artist/band or a small imprint. Please give them a chance to break through the waves by listening, sharing your opinion and if you like what you here, by showing your support here or directly to the artists.


John Moose – Flower

John Moose is a band with its roots in the woods of Värmland, Sweden. During the last couple of years we have been writing, recording and producing songs for our upcoming debut album. It has resulted in a conceptual album that emphasizes the human ambivalence between nature and civilisation.

The name of the band comes from the fictional leading character that plays the part of the storyteller in our music. The lyrics are describing John’s fate in this tug-of-war where he decides to leave civilisation for absolute isolation.

Flower is a love story between man and nature. It is also a story about man’s search for belonging and what he is willing to surrender in order to pursue it. The song is written, recorded and produced by John Moose. The video is made in cooperation with Roya Sarvestani and Peter Olofsson.”


Zae – Tweakin with Haydes (ft. Dominus & Masta Scheme

Zae is part of a collective calling themselves Houston Intellectuals. On his new EP 72 Hours we’re introduced to fun, shape-shifting hip hop with creative beats provided by Dollar Dom. I’ve chosen the bleak closing track “Tweakin with Haydes”, but the whole thing is worth a spin.


Irregular Expression – the void

Irregular Expression recently uploaded a track called “the void”, an experimental hip hop instrumental with a nice ambient feel. He is currently working with Italdred Records as a roster artist and an album is in the works.


I, Us, We – Sunday

California band I, Us, We recently released their lush debut EP titled Mono. “Sunday” is a definite stand-out; beautiful R&B pop with dreamy, spacious textures.


Talking Under Water – Tossing & Turning

Rochester band Talking Under Water will release their debut EP on December 2. Above is the title track that the band describes as “an ominous, bluesy number about an awkward love-triangle situation–being with a person but wanting a different person and having the person you’re with be totally cool with your pursuing person B…it’s complicated.”

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Best from the inbox: Week 42-43 2014

On ”best from the inbox” we gather a couple of standout tracks submitted to us via email directly from the artist/band or a small imprint. Please give them a chance to break through the waves by listening, sharing your opinion and if you like what you here, by showing your support here or directly to the artists.  


MISUN – SUPERSTITIONS

After countless tracks and EPs – rainging from beat-heavy electro-pop, 60’s Motown, to crude garage rock – prolific and stylistically diverse LA band Misun will release their debut album on November 11. “Superstitions” is its bounce, erratic – and absolutely sublime – first single.


Ludvig Moon – Swim Dream

Ludvig Moon’s Anders Killerud sent me an e-mail with their first EP featuring the grand, beautifully orchestrated “Swim Dream”. You can find their debut EP on bandcamp or buy it through Riot Factory (Rallye Label in Japan)


Sean O’Neill – I Know You Worry

“I Know You Worry” is the final track off Australian minimalistic/experimental folk musician Sean O’Neill’s Visions EP (out now) Recorded at Hackney’s Urchin Studios with Dan Cox (Thurston Moore, Lianne La Havas), the bio describes Sean as heavily influenced by his time spent living London  as well as delving deep into the works of various minimalist composers including Arvo Part, Brian Eno and Phillip Glass. Improvisation played a key role while recording, with the three tracks also featuring intricate additions from rising avant-garde and jazz musicians.


Mary Caroline – Such A Liar

Mary Caroline wrote me that:

“My debut studio album attempts to capture the edginess and beauty of my northern life, forging my own path in the remote wilds of the Northwest Territories. Over the past few years I’ve been busy touring extensively throughout Canada. I also spent time living in a remote trapper’s cabin on the shores of the Liard River, 600km from the community of Yellowknife. Here I learned about the old trapping lifestyle, sustenance living and arctic gardening.

In order to achieve what I wanted for this album, I removed myself from those familiar surroundings and spent this past summer recording at Hamilton, Ontario’s converted church studio Catherine North.”

Mary Caroline’s debut album Life on Earth is due out January 2015.


Toph Allen – Limits

Toph Allen wrote me the following;

“In the daytime, I’m a scientist — an epidemiologist. I work at a nonprofit in NYC, where I analyze data and build computer models to understand emerging infectious diseases. At night, I’m an electronic producer/songwriter.

I grew up in a musical household and played the violin throughout my childhood. I’ve been tinkering with electronic music since I’ve had my own computer, incrementally building a working knowledge of music production. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, though—I think that’s why it took me a while till I was pleased enough with my music to release something.

My strongest musical influences are probably in the realm of instrumental electronica. In particular: I aspire to Röyksopp’s crisp, punchy production. Jon Hopkins’s too. Artists like Nils Frahm and Max Richter do so much with stark, minimal compositions. I love the way that Boards of Canada uses interesting distortion to build atmosphere, and I love wordless music that takes you on an emotional journey, like Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky. But that stuff is just a small, biased selection of the music I love—there’s too much to mention, from pop to folk to EDM, it all shapes what I do.”

The first single, “Limits,” opens with spare synths that conjure a balearic dreamscape—one that vies for space with, and is eventually subsumed by, foreboding, jagged arpeggios of dystopian synthesizer. It forms the emotive core of the Path Dependence EP.

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Best from the inbox: Week 39-41 2014

On ”best from the inbox” we gather a couple of standout tracks submitted to us via email directly from the artist/band or a small imprint. Please give them a chance to break through the waves by listening, sharing your opinion and if you like what you here, by showing your support here or directly to the artists.  


Daisy Victoria – Nobody Dies

Daisy Victoria follows her promising debut EP Heart Full Of Beef with a new track titled “Nobody Dies”. On here, krautrock sounds (think Neu!’s “Isi”) clash with Daisy Victoria’s PJ Harvey-esque serenades. Watch for her new EP on November 3.


Olsson – Dimma

“Olsson is a package holiday to your inner self, to loneliness, to your childhood, through your parent’s home, into your future, beyond love and over the mountains, through the sun.”


Cherax Destructor – kinship (from intangible sparks)

Cherax Destructor is a bedroom producer from Sydney creating music inspired by a recent Keroucian voyage across North America. The music is lush and glitchy and you can watch the accompanying video clips documenting the experience here.


Laeter – In Spite Of Everything

“When we move forward in our thinking and evolve as a human being, we change. This is a look into my experiences of 2014 and how I’ve tried to deal with how I’m feeling.”

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Best from the inbox: Week 38 2014

Once a week we round up the best music submitted directly by the bands/artists to our mailbox.  Often without a record deal, these are the artists that justify this or any commercial-free blogs existence. Please give them a chance to break through the waves by listening, and if you like what you hear, show your support here or directly to the artists.  


American Cream – Distinguished Pets / Dark Swim

These two tracks are teeth gnashing, droney krautrock monsters from American Cream, a widely eclectic music project formed by 24+ musicians led by STNNNG’s Nate Nelson.

Bio Pitch:

“American Cream represents the very best of what can happen when the improvisational capabilities of a disparate-yet-capable pool of talented musicians are harnessed and directed by a figurehead with the vision and taste to see the possibilities that can be unleashed when those energies are focused and arranged with considered imagination.”


Black Whales – The Warm Parade

Here is some tuneful psych-pop from Seattle’s Black Whales. “The Warm Parade” is taken from the bands upcoming album Through The Prism, Gently and is out November 11.

Bio Pitch:

“Black Whales toe the line between dark, ambient soundscapes and compact, dance-worthy melodies.”


Twin Brother – Way To Be

Lighthearted, horn-heavy Americana from Millwaukee’s Twin Brother. Listen to their entire new album Swallow the Anchor on bandcamp

TOUR DATES:

9.28 Milwaukee, WI @ Hotel Foster (Milwaukee Film Festival)

10.29 Madison, WI @ The Frequency

11.15 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet (with Avi Buffalo)

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Best from the inbox: Week 37 2014

Once a week we round up the best music submitted directly by the bands/artists to our mailbox.  Often without a record deal, these are the artists that justify this or any commercial-free blogs existence. Please give them a chance to break through the waves by listening, and if you like what you hear, show your support here or directly to the artists.  

 

Present Waves – Kings & Queens

”I like the paradox of there being something present but at the same time transient. It is impossible to be in the present since it does not actually exist. It moves in waves. I liked this imagery and though that it applied well to my music. My music was based on me, in the present, recorded and writing in my room. The process happened in waves whether it was acquiring some equipment or re-writing parts. I also like that the moniker can mean other things. Discussing the latter point, all the resources I was getting and creating were literally like presents. Also, brain waves work as an image. On the whole, it is a name a like since it is a timeless concept.

Lyrically, the music explores dreaming and the moments that pass between reality and dreams, and the confusions and epiphanies that arise (think Forever Be, Torn Dress). Those songs also talk of love lost, waiting and ultimately some understanding when things come to pass. Kings and Queens is a look back on my childhood in Toronto, total nostalgia. Wakeup Shot is a song about a man who is too old to move back into the country after living there as a boy: influenced by reading Steinbeck.” – Present Waves


Jenny Dalton – Wolf Named Someday

Read a review of Jenny Dalton’s new album Black Water here.


Pr0files – Luxury

A quick background from a previous post:

“Pr0files showcase a deeper musical awareness than what you would typically expect from your average synth-pop outfit. Both in terms of lyrics and production, there’s a certain substance on display here, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s an experienced duo with a background in several notable projects. As part of the underrated duo Baby Monsters, Danny Sterbaum has created lush electronic based music for what seems like ages, while Lauren has worked with Purity Ring member Corin Roddick and in addition was a member of the now dissolved The Boy Traveler, a trio that also included pre-Skrillex Sonny More and Sterbaum.”


Brook Bentham – We’ll Be Ghosts

Find out more about 18-years old Brook Bentham here

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This week’s best from the inbox

Whealthy Ghost – “Smoke Machine”

Pete Kostrivas, the sole man behind Wealthy Ghost, released a sparse, often naked debut album last year titled Good Luck. Influenced by artists who can do more with less, the record revealed a deeply personal, bare-boned songwriter that immediately struck a chord with me. A new EP Cold Hands is due out October 21, and “Smoke Machine” is its very strong first taste.


Cull – “Magi Fuel”

Cull, a Sydney four-piece helmed by Chumpy Cull, are easiest described as an experimental psych-rock band with the ability to bleed and weep the guitar into unorthodox structures and strange tempo changes. “World Inside Your Head” proved this point by first sounding like a fairly straightforward shoegaze/slowcore song (albeit earwormy and extrovert), before mutating into an overwhelming psychedelic instrumental of euphoric riffs and noisy synth pads.

The band now follows their Bà nôi EP with “Magi Fuel”; a track even clearer in vision.

Chumby wrote me the following;

“Magi Fuel” came about after I spent a couple of months secluded in my bedroom studio, which is built under my Ikea loft bed (as seen in the artwork, which I also put together). The song basically attempts to take you through the process of an idea being formed under the loft bed, and then eventually making it’s way out of it.”


tinmouth – “Prevent Defense”

Aaron from newly formed Philadelphia band tinmouth had the following to say about their first single “Prevent Defense”;

“Last April we finished our EP One More Revelation. We immediately began writing new music for the record, and “Prevent Defense” was the first song we started, if I recall correctly. I think it started as a much faster and more abrasive version of what it is, and we struggled with figuring out something interesting to do for a bridge. I don’t think any song on the record gave me more personal frustration, as I always felt it bordered on pop-punk (a label we try to avoid). After about 6 months of going and coming back to it, we nailed that half time, soul-influenced bridge and slowed down the song overall, and that’s how it ended up where it is today.”

tinmouth are gearing up to release their debut album, Says, recorded with Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs).

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Best from the inbox

Premiere: Tim Woulfe – “Presence”

You may or may not remember Tim Woulfe’s 12” noteworthy split with Matt Kivel for his Apollonian imprint. If not, listen/read here. Woulfe has a new EP titled Presence coming out on September 23 digitally and on October 14 on Cassette. $1 from each cassette sale will be donated to the National Coalition for the Homeless. Listen to the title track below.


Astronauts, etc. – “Gravity”

Newest single from Astronauts, etc., entitled “Gravity” of upcoming Sadie EP, due out Sept. 9 on Hit City U.S.A.

Anthony from Astronauts, etc wrote me that “Gravity” “sets up as a straightforward piano pop tune before diving underwater in the chorus. The juxtaposition of traditional composition with more of a psych-pop backdrop is a reflection of the two contradictory moods that are being set against each other: the weight that accompanies betrayal, and the weightlessness that accompanies times of great change”. Enjoy!


Blue Plutos – Shadow Chateau

Blue Plutos wrote me that;

“This record (Dennett St.) is a testament of sorts to the band’s prior homebase of Portsmouth, NH. In the vein of “Greetings from Asbury Park” “Dennett St.” is the sound of the streets, the bars, the ocean and the ghosts of its birthplace; albeit in a smaller and stranger town. Think “Hotel California” meets “Twin Peaks”. It was vacationland. It was the confluence of unabated leisure and New England introversion. It was home for a while, and it needed to be documented.”

Listen to the entire Dennett St. EP on bandcamp.