Adobe & Teardrops premieres Laura Oden’s single “Try Not To Cry”:
Alaska-based Laura Oden has previewed her upcoming album with ‘Try Not to Cry.’ Oden’s remarkable vocal performance makes this song, an attempt to grapple with a crushing loss, an arresting experience. Oden brushes against the confines of folk music and weaves jazz-like intervals into her delivery. This meditation is sure to stay with you after the last note fades and it has me excited for the full album.
Thanks to Vents Magazine for premiering the opening track off Anchorage, AK singer-songwriter Laura Oden’s forthcoming album Peel Back Another Layer, out January 6th on CD/DL:
The first single and opening track, ‘The Best Things In Life,’ was written as the closing song for a Creative Placemaking event in Anchorage called The Urban Conflux, conceived of and produced by Laura Oden. This was a large-scale experience in which 30 events were planned all over town and the public was invited to join, only to be interrupted mid-event by musicians who lead participants of all 30 events to town square park for a two-hour retelling of the history of Anchorage through original music, spoken word and movement. ‘The Best Things In Life’ was the finale, performed on a cloudless 70 degree day to hundreds of residents and visitors.
The Boot is premiering “Chicago,” the new single from fast-rising Nashville/Eureka country singer-songwriter Matt Jordan:
A mid-tempo country-rock song, “Chicago” is wistful and brooding, with lyrics that paint a vivid picture: “Fall growing in with the winter breeze / Hands in my pocket on a crowded street / Thinking about when your fingers locked in mine / I wander by the bay where the waves hit the wall / Remember that summer just before the fall / When everything was going great ’til you said goodbye.” The chorus of “Chicago” adds to the tune’s melancholy feel, as Jordan confesses, “I hear the skyline lights are awful pretty / But I can’t find the good in nothing since I let you go / I’m just a wishful-thinking boy stuck in the city / Talking to your ghost / Dying in Chicago.”
Atwood Magazine premieres “Lock-Out Time,” the first single off debut album I Want To Be Your B from Because:
“Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City) pushes us to dig into our imaginative cores on debut single ‘Lock-Out Time,’ a technicolor tapestry of thought & sound. (via Plume Records)”
My Old Kentucky Blog premieres the new single from Magic Magic Roses — listen to “Dusk” below, the title track from their forthcoming album, out next month on Plume Records:
“Sonically, it would be hard not to bring up comparisons to Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval’s static vocal delivery. The song resonates quickly and melds well with the autumnal winds and colors outside your window.”
Hear the beautiful new track “In Time,” the first single off Dusk, the forthcoming album from San Francisco dreamy folk band Magic Magic Roses due out at the end of the year on Seattle’s Plume Records:
I started writing ‘In Time’ on a plane to Hawaii, and much of the song takes its cue from being there and searching for shells on the beach. It’s a funny activity, because you are searching and searching and sometimes you don’t find anything, and sometimes you think you’ve found something spectacular, and then you take it home and you realize it’s just a normal rock or something. You have to trust that the ocean will bring you some wonderful treasure someday. I was thinking about this process as a metaphor for relationships…the song again relates to the idea of reckoning – recognizing when something isn’t right and moving on…throwing it back in the ocean!
Check it out over at Vents Magazine!
Head over to The Vinyl District to watch the new music video from SIRES for “My Everything,” a track about destructive obsession—obsession with image, people, and perfection to the point where anything less than perfect violates your looking glass self. “My Everything” is off the forthcoming album Soul For Sale, out October 21st on Station 1 Records:
With a booming drum beat that goes back to early rock, covered by overlaid choruses and harp strings, the new track from the Iowa band SIRES carries legacy in its sound, even as its big production video looks at something more modern—cyber bullying and its effects…the band isn’t long for merely the cornfields of central Iowa.
Matt Jordan’s new single “Take the Lead” premieres today at The Shotgun Seat! Check out the “strong and sultry” track.
Head over to Impose for the premiere of the new music video from PLEASURES!
“With their new video for ‘Gemini Twin,’ PLEASURES hold nothing back. Directed by Robert Jensen, a stop motion video takes the viewer into desolation and desire, a constant amalgam of confusion– exactly what the song’s subject matter entails.”
SPOILER ALERT: This music is unlike anything you’ve ever heard…Cubits have come out of the gate with guns a’blazing, immediately introducing listeners to a unique blend of hazy, entrancing melody based music that pulls from any number of genres to create something that is all its own.
Fantastic piece from Atwood Magazine, premiering “Oh Well That Ends Well,” the debut single from Fairfield, Iowa electronic shoegaze trio Cubits, who will be hitting the road with The Mailboxes next month.
The Alternate Root Magazine premieres Levi Parham’s new music video “I’m Behind Ya” off his new album These American Blues, out now on Music Road Records!
“I had been talking to a friend who was struggling with personal dilemmas, and the words ‘I’m behind ya’ just came out. Sometimes, just having someone on your side can make the world of difference.”
Exclaim! premieres the music video for “She’s Into Me,” the first single from SIRES forthcoming album Soul For Sale, out October 21st from Station 1 Records:
“‘She’s Into Me’ is the first offering from the upcoming record, and on the surface it takes inspiration from a PBS documentary about the Dave Clark Five. The subtext, however, adds much more depth and darkness to the deceptively upbeat sounding tune.”
SkullsNBones.com premieres the new music video from Druids — check out “Dreams of a Surface” off their new album Cycles of Mobeum, out now from Sump Pump Records. Pick up a copy at http://druidsiowa.bandcamp.com!
Brightest Young Things premieres Deaf Poets‘ music video for “What Am I To Do” — the single, out now, will be on their forthcoming full-length album, out later this year through Smallish Music Group.
Glide Magazine has the full stream of The Watters‘ new album Great Unknown, out this Friday:
The 10 songs on the album are thick and soulful, at times reminiscent of groups like the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Fleetwood Mac, and even a similar spunk to contemporaries like Lake Street Dive. Ultimately, the tunes on Great Unknown are as fun to dance along to as they are to jam in the background while sipping wine with friends on a summer night.
The Current premieres Fury Things‘ music video for “Bahia” from their tour-only cassette EP Bahia.
Performer Magazine premieres “DNA,” the new single from The Watters from their forthcoming album Great Unknown, out on July 1st:
This song screams against being a corporate guinea pig. I tried to compare the seductive associations used by mainstream corporations that make us believe cars and computers are ‘sexy’ to that of a ‘perfect’ human being. It’s hard not to long for that perfection in things…However, the veneer of perfection is a dangerous one.
There are hints of lonesome, Western expanse to the album, which finds Parham wrestling with, as he says, the changing face of the American Dream…On ‘These American Blues,’ Parham travels through an America both mythic and all-too-real. It’s a cross-country journey of an album, so what are you waiting for? Hit the road.
Elmore Magazine premieres the full stream of the forthcoming album from Levi Parham — These American Blues is due out on Music Road Records on June 24th.