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.
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.
We♥Music includes Magic Magic Roses’ single “Dusk,” the title track from their third album on Seattle’s Plume Records, in their feature “Sister, Sister”:
“Did you know that La Luz’s Lena Simon is the sister of Sarah Simon from Magic Magic Roses? Sarah, along with Kate Sweeney formed Magic Magic Roses in 2008 and released The Living Room in 2010. Sam Berman joined the band in 2011.”
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.”
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.
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.
“Bad Dream,” the second single from The Watters‘ forthcoming full-length Great Unknown, is streaming over at Songwriting Magazine!
The Bluegrass Situation premieres “Steal Me,” the new single from Levi Parham off his forthcoming full-length These American Blues, out June 24th from Music Road Records.
Heavy Blog Is Heavy premieres the new single “Capturing the Firemares” from Druids‘ forthcoming album Cycles of Mobeum, coming out on June 3rd from Sump Pump Records:
The stuff is pretty great, and has tinges of Mastodon and early Baroness all throughout it. The production is extremely crisp and cutting, which is not something I’m used to hearing from this type of band, so it threw me for a bit of surprise. However, once you understand it’s what the band was going for, you’ll be all about it.
PopMatters premieres “These American Blues,” the title track of Levi Parham‘s forthcoming full-length, due out on June 24th from Music Road Records!
New Noise Magazine premieres the first single from Druids — stream the doom/sludge trio’s “Dreams of a Surface” below, from their forthcoming full-length Cycles of Mobeum coming June 3rd on vinyl and CD from Sump Pump Records!
Pacifico is premiering a beautiful new single that he wrote for his wife and revealed to her at their wedding one year ago.
“4.11.15” premieres today on GroundSounds!
Stream the final track off Phosphene‘s forthcoming EP Breaker — “Hear Me Out” premieres on Live in Limbo today.
Songwriting Magazine premieres the gorgeous track “Rivulet” from Nick Drummond‘s forthcoming solo debut Follow the Rivulets, available on CD and digital formats on April 10th.
Phosphene premieres another new track from their forthcoming Breaker EP! Northern Transmissions is exclusively streaming “Rogue” today, which can be purchased on April 29th.