New music for your ears including Royal Headache, Ducktails, Angie, Homeshake, CHVRCHES, Last Dinosaurs & more!
LAST DINOSARS – APOLLO (DEW PROCESS)
‘Apollo’ is a shimmering slice of pop with effervescent riffs, sunset solos and a bass line that will drive you straight to the dance floor. Lead singer and guitarist Sean Caskey explains, “It’s about the scene in The Matrix when Neo is offered the red pill and the blue pill by Morpheus. The moment in time when someone who's curious about something more, to take the dive on the edge of uncertainty into an alternative life.”
HOMESHAKE – GIVE IT TO ME (STRANGE YONDER)
Homeshake is the pseudonym and solo project of Edmonton-born, Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar. “Midnight Snack” was recorded this past summer with Jackson MacIntosh at the Drones Club in Montreal. Musically this time around Sagar trades in his guitar for synthesizers and a drum machine, developing vocal arrangements from loops he created for his solo set. He pulled influence from house pioneers like Chip E and Mr. Fingers as well as Japanese pop starlets like Chiemi Manabe, slowing down the tempo with his own homemade drowsiness. The resulting collection is an eclectic tangle of personal anecdotes steeped in an everlasting reverence of D’Angelo and R Kelly.
SZYMON – MEDUSA (EMI)
A bright, brilliant talent, young Newcastle artist, Szymon Borzestowski worked tirelessly through 2008, honing his skills on early bedroom production equipment and makeshift gear. Borzestowski built lush layers of guitar, bass, woodwind, drums, synth and samples in his humble home-studio, under the moniker of his first name. Whilst Szymon lost his long-running struggle with depression at the age of 23, ‘Medusa’ still proves to be a stunningly hopeful offering and remains timeless in its sound.
JULIA HOLTER – FEEL YOU (DOMINO)
‘Feel You’ has enough punchy narrative flair to animate a multi-act play in miniature, or an American short story—a tale of woman on her own in motion, a sensory meditation on the push-and-pull of blissed-out urban chaos. Julia Holter stars, an affably forgetful protagonist who sings of finding anonymity in a raincoat; it seems she would dance and fall with grace, elegant but charmingly imperfect, not unlike Frances Ha. She is fleeing home: "My first thought was/ There are so many days of rain in Mexico City," Holter sings, punctuating each bouyant syllable, building more momentum than usual. "A good reason to go/ You know I love to run away from sun." (She knows when to stay in and get things done.)
CHVRCHES – LEAVE A TRACE (LIBERATOR / GOODBYE)
‘Leave A Trace’ is an exceptional calling card for CHVRCHES’ new record – displaying the band’s expanded sonic pallet, it mixes darkness and light with one of their biggest tunes to date, and some of Lauren Mayberry’s darkest-yet-defiant lyrics yet, in her own words: “a middle finger mic drop about not being told what to do”.
DUCKTAILS – SURREAL EXPOSURE (DOMINO)
Recorded in several cities as Matt Mondanile's other band Real Estate was touring in support of Atlas, “St. Catherine” makes one thing clear right out of the gate: You can take the boy out of the Garden State, but you can’t take the Garden State out of the boy. Mondanile has been upholding this truism for the better part of the past decade with both of his bands, nurturing a wistful, contemplative sound that, while far from the heartland rock New Jersey holds dear, will still strike a chord with anyone who has ever gone down the shore.
ROYAL HEADACHE - ANOTHER WORLD (DISTANT & VAGUE)
Royal Headache have shared a second song from their upcoming album, High. "Another World" is a little more typical of the new album (and Royal Headache) than "High," a ripper that recalls the poppier side of UK punk. (They have always reminded me of The Undertones.)
ANGIE - DOWN FOR THE COUNT (RICE IS NICE)
Angela Garrick aka Angie has always been the badass girl in a band--Southern Comfort, Ruined Fortune, and Straight Arrows, to name a few. When she released her first solo LP Turning as Angie, we saw a different side to her; that album seemed to say, this is what I’m feeling and doing, this is everything. “Down for the Count,” on which Angie plays every instrument besides drums, is the second single from her forthcoming LP "Free Agent" which comes out September 4. It is unequivocally badass.