JP’s Music Blog reviews Tomten’s album “Cremation Songs”

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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.’

Vents Magazine premieres Shells’ single “Treading Water”

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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.