Friday, April 8, 2016
We have featured Scottish band Woodenbox on these pages from time to time, but this post is about the solo work of frontman Ali Downer. Ali will release album Plastic Thrones soon, and has shared the two album songs below. Showing different facets of Ali's music, I think they portend an interesting and varied album is on the way.
The players (who is in the 'band' and who is a 'friend' sometimes isn't clear, but I doubt it matters) are, of course, Bobby Carlson (aka 'Lil Bobby'), who also is a member of Victorian Slang, which we featured last week (link), Matt Wlser, Ann Seletos, Lonna Kelley, Jay Hufman, Tony Ballz (also in Victorian Slang), and Owen Evans.
Oh, one very important additional point is that a digital download of the eleven song LP only cost $5, although you can order it in CD format as well. Skip a latte, raid the liquor cabinet, and buy We Don't Belong Together.
Link for CD purchase
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Zen Mantra's self-titled debut album will be released via Flying Nun Records.
Flying Nun Records
And since I think most of us will find it possible to fall in love with Marina just on the basis of her voice, I should warn you to play "I Hate" before writing a love letter. I've included a stream below as a public service.
Jigsaw Records' Bandcamp page for Waves
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Randolph's Leap, when all together, are Adam Ross (guitar/vocals), Adam Florence (drums), Vicki Cole (bass), Andrew MacLellan (guitar), Heather Fox (violin), Pete MacDonald (keyboards), Ali Hendry (trumpet), and Fraser Gibson (trombone).
Bandcamp for "Under the Sun" single
Bandcamp for other Randolph's Leap Records
Olive Grove Records
And due to that visceral connection, passionate performance, and truly remarkable songwriting that I'd rate Psychopomp as one of my ten favorite new releases this year. I may never delete it from my playlists.
Yellow K Records
Note that over May, June and September the band will be touring New Zealand, North America and Europe in support of Yoncalla.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Silver Matter are four friends based in Vancouver, British Columbia, who make appealingly dreamy noise pop with loads of hooks. When I first heard their music I noted the similarity with a British Columbia band named Shimmering Stars which captured my heart a few years ago (link). Thus, I wasn't surprised to discover that two of the Shimmering Stars were sharing their shimmering pop chops as half of Silver Matter. The band has self-released six songs as the Punks Grown Up (EP) on Bandcamp, and it is thick and sweet Spectorish slow dance with traces of the Jesus and Mary Chain. Totally wonderful, in our view. They are charging $5 Canadian, which if you are sitting south of the US-Canada border, is a bit of a steal at current exchange rates.
Bandcamp for download of "Remorse"
Chapter Music page for Gregor
Monday, April 4, 2016
Adieu or Die, the third album from Spanish electronic artist Aries is a warm, joyful and hyper-melodic. The songs boast layers of carefully constructed vocal and instrumental elements, offering richly adorned bedroom pop that is perfect for spring. Remarkably, it is all the work of one person, Isabel Fernandez Reviriego, who also has been a touring back up singer with Delorean, a singer on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, and a player with bands Electrobikinis and Charades. As Aries, every note and beat is hers -- multiple tracked vocals, guitar, synths and a delightful vision.
Each song has its own personality, but for me this is the kind of album that is meant to be played in its entirety. The tracks fit together like pieces of a puzzle, immersing the listener into Isabel's contented world. It is a shimmering, magical world and you won't want to leave it.
Aries "Eclipse total" [Official Video] from La Castanya on Vimeo.
Adieu or Die is out now via K Records and La Castanya.
La Castanya's Bandcamp for Adieu or Die
K Records page for Adieu or Die