On the second single and title track off debut EP ‘New Bones,’ Shells show ambition, honesty, and an incredible way of reflecting upon past experiences and learning from them…Writing about heartache is definitely not a new feat, but it is hard to find someone who addresses the topic with such maturity as Shells do.
I’ve been listening to the new Ride and Slowdive albums quite a bit lately and this song falls in nicely with its Brit-influenced shoegaze, swirly sound. There’s lots of layers with the opening part establishing a gentle calm while an underlying guttural churning bubbles up to maintain the soothing vibe.
“Limbo’s Daughter” is an engaging and quite timeless sounding song. At the heart of the song are some most agreeable vocals and harmonies, however the musical arrangement and fine musicianship nudge the song up, making the forthcoming album a very interesting prospect.
“…there are certainly large swaths of dreamy pianos, fizzy vocals, and mellow guitar licks…but there are instances…[of] rock’n’roll. The piano switches to Jerry Lee Lewis. The guitars get crunchy…”
Download the 2nd single from their forthcoming album CREMATION SONGS, out 7/7/17 on Plume Records on LP/CD/DL.
I wrote ‘Cloud Man Calling’ after doing some music with my friend Shenadoah for this theater event called The Crystal Palace. It was a bizarre interactive tour through this old building in Seattle with different characters and winter-themed rooms. We had our synthesizers set up in this stairwell where we played little jingles wearing these stupid silver suits with our faces painted white. After the performance, I liked the idea of writing a song about Cloud Man–whatever he/it is, still a mystery to me.
“The melodies are great, the instrumentation is flawless, and vocals are solid.”
Get It On Vinyl reviews Tomten’s forthcoming album, out on July 7th from Plume Records.
The Autumn Roses reviews Shells’ new single “Treading Water”:
“Tinged with melancholy and melodically complex, ‘Treading Water’ is her generous, intelligent and brand-new single…”
Emerging Indie Bands reviews Foxholes‘ S/T album:
“Solidly scored and equally deftly delivered tracks…The compositions thread the multiple guitars through each other in intricate patterns…[‘Foxholes’] is a well formulated collections of songs.”
Foxholes’ S/T album is out today on LP/CD/DL! See how far they’ve come since their first gig opening for Holy White Hounds in this interview with Cityview Magazine and celebrate with them at Vaudeville Mews tonight with Gloom Balloon and Tires.
JP’s Music Blog reviews Tomten’s forthcoming full-length Cremation Songs, out July 7th on LP/CD/DL from Plume Records:
Tomten’s beautiful songwriting is felt in the wonderful presentation of ‘Laurent’s Tomb’ and the lush, grand sound of ‘For The Worse.’ They experiment with their sound on sixties-inspired ‘King Of Viridia,’ before finishing their new album with the quiet, “dream pop” of ‘Leaving Joyous Gard’ and the steady, soft rock tones of ‘Still Life With Sylvie.’
Chad Taylor of CultureMyth sat down with Foxholes to talk about the new album, the upside of recording with someone who knows you, and the release show tomorrow night at Vaudeville Mews with Gloom Balloon and Tires.
Vents Magazine premieres “Treading Water,” the first single off the debut release from Shells (Kansas City singer/songwriter Riley Brown and producer Ready Astronaut):
“…upbeat melodies and haunting vibes that reminds you right away of bands and artists such as Wolf Alice and Regina Spektor.”
Postpartum depression at 22 is what opened my creative floodgates. I started writing most of the songs on New Bones right after my son was born when I was feeling a little bit blue and only changed out of my pajamas once a week (maybe). A couple songs came from ideas that I’d held onto from a painful experience in a relationship involving infidelity. In early 2015 when I started writing New Bones I was a new mother, newlywed, recent college-graduate living in a family member’s basement with my husband, who was trying to finish graduate school. I would say that “melancholy” is a theme that ties the lyrical content of the EP together, but not all of the songs sound like total downers. I carried the mentality that all of these doors had suddenly slammed shut in my life but writing this music brought peace that I desperately needed during that time.
HiFi Noise shares Foxholes’ S/T album.
Ghettoblaster Magazine premieres Foxholes’ S/T album full stream, out on CD, vinyl, and digital formats on May 26th!
Heartbreaking Bravery shares Tomten’s new single “Limbo’s Daughter,” off their forthcoming album Cremation Songs.
Atwood Magazine premieres “Limbo’s Daughter,” the first single off Tomten’s forthcoming album Cremation Songs, out on LP/CD/DL from Plume Records on July 7th.
“‘Limbo’s Daughter’ is dazzling, an infectiously hypnotizing ode to ill-fated love that invites us deep into Tomten’s psychedelic dream pop world.”
LVL to the Room features PLEASURES and their new music video “Luscious Wave”:
My senses were on fire from their crisp neon sound, flecked with dirty, grungy, raw, emotion and hyper-processed audio…And the music video for their single “Luscious Wave”… OOF. The concept is so trippy, so cool, so different from anything I’ve ever seen before. It allows for deep reflection and interpretation, while also being easily accessible and visually stunning.
Verbicide Magazine premieres Foxholes’ single “Revelations,” off their forthcoming self-titled album coming out May 26th.