“the perfect ballad…an intriguing sound…accompanied by an even more intriguing music video”
Gloom Balloon premiere “Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom” with Vents Magazine. Stream the first single from their sophomore LP, Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom, Under the Stars and the Moon, out September 1st on Maximum Ames Records:
The song is the center piece of the record. It’s all about the stages of falling in love. It’s a lot of stories rolled into one and I had to write this one to make me believe I could even start thinking about making a new record. The production is like all my musical influences wrapped into a big box with a tag that says ‘I love you, now pull me into the bathroom and kiss me already!’
In the six track EP, Shells communicates both the pensiveness and the peace – lyrics that have the edge, with calm tunes and a delicate voice that provide the hope. ‘Fragments’ is the tune that will draw you in with a lush orchestral movement at the beginning, segueing into an easy beat with words that are weary with hope.
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.
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.
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.
Ghettoblaster Magazine premieres Foxholes’ S/T album full stream, out on CD, vinyl, and digital formats on May 26th!
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.”
Verbicide Magazine premieres Foxholes’ single “Revelations,” off their forthcoming self-titled album coming out May 26th.
GroundSounds premieres Foxholes’ new music video “Sunny,” off their self-titled album out on May 26th:
The concept came from this fear of having a mind debilitating disease in the later phases of life where you can’t readily access memories and can no longer live independently. For the video, I wanted to put a (little) lighter spin on it and do this Thelma & Louise type thing where an old man and his granddaughter go out for an afternoon for some fun but things escalate…
Atwood Magazine premieres the new single “Tightropes”:
Jesse Etc.’s “Tightropes” is an eclectic mix of futuristic synth pop and nostalgic melodies with the epic plea to choose love over fear…Jesse Etc’s songwriting and producing are nothing short of pop bliss. It’s Passion Pit, meets BØRNS, meets obscure bands from all across the docket, creating a sound that is uniquely its own.
The Wild Honey Pie premieres the new music video by The Shivers — watch the beautiful “Heaven’s Cryin’,” with visuals captured entirely by drone in the Catskill Mountains, complete with abandoned hotel from the 1800’s, icy cliffside picnic and Keith Zarriello in a lookout tower.
Northern Transmissions premieres PLEASURES’ trippy “Luscious Wave” music video:
“‘Luscious Wave’ is…about falling in love and never wanting to be apart. It celebrates people in our lives who make us feel like we can do anything by bringing out the most honest version of ourselves.”
Pancakes and Whiskey premieres “The Dirty Shed,” the stunning new music video from The Shivers, directed by Tara Violet Niami (artist). The single is from the forthcoming album ‘Grey Romantic,’ out on Valentine’s Day with a release party on 2/18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Stream the album and celebrate the album release on February 18th at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
Check out The Shivers in The Village Voice.
Check out The Shivers on Brightest Young Things.
Watch the music video for “Heaven’s Cryin'” at The Wild Honey Pie.
Watch the music video for “The Dirty Shed” at Pancakes and Whiskey.
Verbicide Magazine premieres “Shaky Knees,” the new single from Nashville’s Apollo Wild:
The whole song is about connecting to and loving your past, but not allowing that to keep you from jumping headlong into your future. It’s a tale of fear, anxiety, nostalgia, but also of exploration, understanding, growth, and ultimately, of conquering. I suppose that, in short, “Shaky Knees” is my love ballad to Texas, to youth, to family, and to the future.