Friday, April 6, 2018
The members of Firestations are Mike Cranny, Laura Copsey, Martin Thompson, Giles Littleford, and Tom Hargreaves. The Year Dot is out now via Lost Map Records.
Bandcamp for The Year Dot
Lost Map Records page for The Year Dot
Thursday, April 5, 2018
I don't know what kind of freedom McMahon is looking for, if any. Maybe it is just the freedom you grant to yourself to look at the past, remember, judge, and forgive. Maybe it is the freedom to clean out the corners of the emotional attic and move on with life. Maybe it will give you a journey to freedom, as well as immediate pleasure. And you'll dance -- even if you are crying. McMahon has said that "[y]ou make art to make good art, you don't make art to get accolades." While we appreciate the sentiment, we believe that good art deserves accolades regardless of expectations, and we suggest that Freedom deserves accolades -- and your ears. Suggested listening approaches: (1) Earphones; or (2) Driving at night with a good audio system.
Freedom is out now in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Sacred Bones Records. See the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for Freedom
Sacred Bones Records
Bandcamp for Nathan & Eva
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Soccer Mommy rocks out on a few notable tracks, and several more boast a well-constructed loud/soft dynamic. But this album still has a dominant foot planted in the singer-songwriter universe. While we personally look forward to further movement into the noisier space in future work, we are by no means complaining. Allison is an artist that conveys vulnerability and angst with an impressively deft touch, and her chosen arrangements, while often restrained in volume and pace, are richly detailed to make the killer point as sharp as possible.
The players on Clean are Sophie Allison (guitar/vocals/bass), Julian Powell (lead guitar), Nick Brown (drums), and Gabe Wax (keys/bass/guitar/drum programming/percussion). The album is out now via Fat Possum Records.
Bandcamp for Clean
When not answering to Pictish Trail, the artist also answers to Johnny Lynch (and perhaps other names as well).
Lost Map Records page for Future Echoes
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Frankie Cosmos are Greta Kline (guitar/vocals/songwriting), David Maine (bass/vocals), Lauren Martin (keys/vocals/guitar), and Luke Pyenson (drums). Vessel is out now in digital, vinyl, CD and cassette formats via Sup Pop.
Bandcamp for Vessel
Sub Pop page for Vessel
We are unabashed fans of the bittersweet tunes by singer/songwriter/poet Mark Martyre, so we are happy to present his little two-song record, Southern Soul Sessions. The songs were recorded and released to mark the start of Martyre's 2018 tour. Track 1, "Wait", features Stacey Dowswell, who will be performing with Mark on tour. "Never Forget You", the second song, features Matt Antaya.
Southern Soul Sessions is available now as a digital download.
Bandcamp for Southern Souls Session
Monday, April 2, 2018
Mondays -- how to deal with Mondays is an age-old problem. I expect that even our cave-dwelling ancestors dreaded the beginning of the work week ("No, woman! Grul is too hungover to hunt wholly mammoth, me must sleep longer." [Citation omitted]). However, in our struggle to survive, and serve our higher calling, we venture into the week nonetheless. The secret to such heroic perseverance is external stimulants. In our case, this Monday morning is brought to you by Baker Island. The Newcastle upon Tyne noise pop band has gifted us with Always, 1995, a forward pushing blast of well crafted tunes to jump-start the week. Consisting of the closing song from their most recent LP, Restless Legs, and three new worthies, it is just what our office psychiatrist recommends for beginning the day.
Always, 1995 is out now in cassette and digital formats via Philophobia Music.
Bandcamp page for Aways, 1995