“Filled with sulky and haunting vocals, every song feels as its own. A perfect record for those who enjoy Warpaint or Bat For Lashes.”
The Vinyl District reviews the new LP from Tomten, Cremation Songs!
“…pleasingly Beatle-esque, a scenario that’s far less common than one might think.”
There’s something about hearing a great pop single in the flush of a gorgeous summer day that can crystalize every gold-tinted summertime moment you’ve ever experienced into three or four minutes of sustained bliss…Cremation Songs is another finely-crafted, near-perfect jewel in Tomten’s baroque pop treasure chest…Cremation Songs is, first and foremost, one gorgeous bit of songcraft.
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.
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.’
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.”
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.”
For those sad that Radiation City played their last show in December, be happy that former drummer Randy Bemrose has released a solo album, I Want To Be Your B, under the alias Because. This album has allowed the talented, local artist to fully explore an experimental sound on his own. And that new path is working, because the nine songs on this album are golden.
Eleven PDX Magazine reviews the debut album from Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City), out now on CD/LP/DL from Plume Records.
Portland Mercury on the debut album from Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City), out now on Plume Records:
These nine painstakingly crafted pop songs are enjoyably all over the place; the first four alone draw from Kinks-esque ’60s pop, ’70s breakbeat funk, bossa nova, and the textural minimalism of a Sparklehorse ballad—in fact, Because’s unifying aesthetic is this same knack for the warm, tastefully experimental production of Sparklehorse pop polyglot Mark Linkous. Most of I Want to Be Your B grooves a lot harder than Sparklehorse ever did, though, and a grab bag of psychedelia colors the record’s funnest moments…. — NATHAN TUCKER
“With His New Project, Ex-Radiation City Drummer Randy Bemrose Asks the Big Questions: Sincere explorations of what it means to be a person in the world, set to a modern update of Beatlesque pop.”
Excellent interview with Because in Willamette Week!
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)”
Thanks to For The Rabbits for including “Dusk” by Magic Magic Roses (Plume Records) in this week’s feature!
Building around a gentle acoustic-strum and rattling marching drum; Dusk is a wash of hazy, Autumnal sunshine, rich with gentle melancholy. Like fellow modern Americana-acts Hurray For The Riff Raff or Cicada Rhythm, Magic Magic Rose manage to create something that’s at once nostalgic and fresh, and show once again that this is a genre with plenty left to say.
Thanks to Belwood Music for the lovely review of “Dusk,” title track of the new album from Magic Magic Roses out December 2nd from Seattle’s Plume Records:
The latest song from San Francisco band Magic Magic Roses surrounds itself with a kind of mystical air of beauty, like a fine veil of mist clinging on in the early morning haze. ‘Dusk’, the title (and closing) track from their upcoming third album out 2nd December, will be sure to appeal to fans of such equally gorgeous and ethereal folk acts as The Staves and First Aid Kit. The sparse and wistful arrangement and the warm layered harmonies create a soothing lullaby to lure you away into a peaceful, dreamlike trance. The song’s aesthetic whispers to you pastoral tales of strolling through golden fields under amber sunsets, and of crackling fires on cold autumn nights. It’s the kind of music that you can get lost in and simply disappear for a while in some better place.