Monday, July 16, 2018

Jonathan Bree

New Zealand artist Jonathan Bree makes a kind of dreamy and smoky classic pop.  It feels indebted to the sounds of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s alike, an amalgamation of everything that's come before.  Check out the swooning "You're So Cool" below and the accompanying all-timer of a video.  It's equal parts creepy and fascinating.  Then grab the "Sleepwalking" LP here via Lil' Chief Records.


Molly Nilsson

It looks like we've got new music from the wonderful lo-fi synth pop artist Molly Nilsson headed our way in October.  It seems like we just got a new record from her, but i'm not complaining.  I get older and older and time moves faster and faster.  Anyway, check out the video for "Serious Flowers" below and be on the lookout for the upcoming "2020" LP soon from Dark Skies/Night School.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Major Murphy - Strangers

Hey folks, i got to see Michigan 3-piece Major Murphy perform at SXSW earlier this year, and they were great.  And now the band has released a cover of The Kinks' "Strangers," will all the proceeds benefiting the Fianza Fund, an organization that supports and aids migrants who have been detained at the southern US border.  Listen below, get the song here, and visit the organization here.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Myrrors

August sees the release of "Borderlands," the latest album from Arizona psych band The Myrrors, and judging from out first taste, the haunting and ominous "The Blood that Runs the Border," we may be in for dark tome, blood cast to the sands of the desert, and all of the heartbreak and menace that that entails.  Listen below and pre-order the record here from Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Mesarthim

Always nice to get new music from Australia's cosmos inspired black metal band Mesarthim, so here's their latest, epic "Coma Wall."  Listen below and get it here.


Friday Horror Trailer - Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Beak> - Brean Down

A new album from Geoff Barrow's Krautrock band Beak> is headed our way in September on the artist's Invada label.  The ">>>" LP continues the band's penchant for crafting woozy little bits of fuzz and rhythm.  Listen to "Brean Down" below.


Roy Montgomery featuring Liz Harris

New Zealand guitarist and composer Roy Montgomery has been making music for a while now (he is pushing 60 after all), and the artist has a new album, "Suffuse," headed our way in the very near future (August!) which features a whole slew of guest vocalists (stemming from Montgomery's distaste for his own voice).  Guests include Julanna Barwick, Purple Pilgrims, and Circuit Des Yeux's Haley Fohr among others.  And our first taste of the record features gorgeous vocals from Liz Harris, whom you may otherwise know as Grouper.  Listen to "Landfall" below and pre-order the album here from Grapefruit Records.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Good news everyone!  It looks like we've got some new music headed our way from the wonderfully named stoner psych metal band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs coming our way in September.  Listen to the crunchy "Cake of Light" below and pre-order the "King of Coward" album here from Rocket Recordings.


George Clanton

I first heard Brooklyn artist George Clanton's particular brand of hazy, bouncy, thowback pop rock jams on a whim a few months ago whilst digging around for tunes online.  And now we've got a full-length album headed our way next month.  Listen to "Dumb" below and order the "Slide" LP here from 100% Electronica.


Cigarettes After Sex

Smoky, breathy Brooklyn band Cigarettes After Sex released a new single yesterday, a dreamy and hazy bit of moody pop called "Crush."  It's gorgeous and haunting and should be on your headphones right now.  Listen below and get it here from Partisan Records.


Hatchie

Here's some dreamy pop music from Australia's Hatchie, whom i saw earlier this year at SXSW, but had kind of forgotten about.  Anyway, the artist has a little bit of a Cocteau Twins vibe going for her, and we're always down for that kind of thing around these parts.  Listen to "Sure" below and get the "Sugar & Spice" EP here via Double Double Whammy.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jorge Elbrecht

Following the wonder "Here Lies" LP from earlier this year, New York artist Jorge Elbrecht has a new EP headed our way next month.  First track "Down in Flames" has a real dark synth pop vibe going for it.  Listen below, and pre-order the "Happiness" EP here.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Kevin Nichols

There's a real '90s alt-rock thing going on with what California artist Kevin Nichols is doing, and i am here for it.  Take a listen to the title track of the artist's latest album, "I Don't Wanna Die but I Wanna Die" and dig on that "120 Minutes" vibe.  Download here from the artist, and snag a cassette here (while they last) from Open Door Records.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Bambara

Brooklyn 3-piece Bambara make a moody, brooding kind of psychobilly post punk, all dark and echoed guitar licks and menacing vocals beckoning you into the desert at night.  The "Shadow on Everything" LP is out now (get it here), but go ahead and get hooked on the album opening "Dark Circles" below.


Kadhja Bonet

Over the last few weeks, i kept seeing the cover art above all over the place, sprouting up on blogs, websites, and record stores, and i finally got to checking it out.  Whoa.  "Childqueen" is the latest from LA artist Kadhja Bonet, a hypnotic and intoxicating mix of jazz, funk, folk, and psychedelia.  It's a summer soundtrack for walking into ocean at sunset, the horizon melting into the sea in oranges and pinks.  Listen to the title track below, and get the record here from Fat Possum.


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Warm Drag

Warm Drag is the duo of Paul Quattrone (Oh Sees, !!!) and Vashti Windish (Golden Triangle), and the pair create a kind of warped and dubby version of psych rock, a lo-fi and trippy mess of sound.  A self-titled record is due sometime later this summer from In The Red, but in the meantime, check out first single "Cave Crawl" below, with a warbled video to match.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Beastmaker

I don't know who Beastmaker are, but the Fresno stoner metal band just released 8 EPs of bong ripping riffs and mean psychedelic mayhem.  Let's call it music to take acid and ride a motorcycle to.  Get all 8 of the EPs here from the band and listen to "Night of the Eagle" from "EP.8" below.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th!

Try not to blow yourselves up today...unless you're an asshole.  Then go ahead.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Roar

Phoenix artist Roar makes a kind of baroque psychedelic pop, but with a lo-fi and dreamy aesthetic, the kind of music you listen to with your eyes closed and the sun on your face.  Latest album, "Pathétique Aesthétique" is available now (get it here), but go ahead and listen to "Wondering Why" below.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Slift

French psych rock band Slift have a new album headed our way in September.  Check out the fuzz explosion of "Fearless Eye" below with accompanying trippy video, and get the "La Planete Inexploree" LP here from Howlin' Banana.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hoover iii

LA band Hoover iii, which includes members of Mind Meld and Numb.er, makes face melting, Krautrock aping psych rock.  The band's new"Guillotine" 7" comes out soon from Permanent Records, which you can pre-order here.  Listen to acid drenched, desert wandering B-side "Taste in High Life" below.  It sounds like getting lost in a Jodorowsky film.


Laure Briard

French singer Laure Briard first came to my attention a couple of years ago with the artist's wonderful "Sur la Piste de Danse" LP, and now she's got a new EP of Ye-Ye influenced psychedelia for our listening pleasure, this time around with a hint of Tropicalia in the mix as well.  Listen to "Coração Louco" below and get the album here from Midnight Special.

Graham Reznick

The good folks over at Burning Witches Records continue their 2018 sweep with yet another outstanding release of synthetic wonder.  Graham Reznick's "Robophasia" is music made by computers for computers, all with a big retro bow tying it together.  Listen to "The Score" below and grab the album (quickly) here.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Futuropaco

Ah, that library sound aesthetic, the likes of which has served everyone from underground acts like Belbury Poly or Maston to absolute legends like Broadcast and Stereolab, retro notes of psych and jazz and Krautrock meshing to create something that sounds familiar as hell, yet brand new.  Futuropaco, the project of Justin Pinkerton, makes this kind of noise in spades.  Check out "La Torre Cade" below and pre-order the self-titled record here from El Paraiso.


Exploded View - Raven Raven

September brings us a new album of warped post punk from the Mexico City based Exploded View, and the always hypnotic vocals of the Nico-channeling Anika.  Things feel icier this time around on the "Obey" LP, to where you can practically see your breath while listening to "Raven Raven."  Check it out below and pre-order here from Sacred Bones.


Dilly Dally

I caught Toronto band Dilly Dally on a whim a couple of years ago at SXSW, and the group's '90s alt-rock aesthetic just hit all the right buttons for me.  New album "Heaven" is headed our way in September on Partisan which you can pre-order here.  In the meantime, watch the video for "I Feel Free" below.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Constant Smiles

And now for some lo-fi, shoegazey, bedroom psych pop to float around and get lost in for awhile.  Massachusetts artist Constant Smiles will provide the sounds and echoes.  Listen to "Thoughts of the Past Take 3" below and download the "Lost" album here.


Death Bells

Here's some Echo and the Bunnymen-indebted, jangly guitar rock from Australian band Death Bells.  The group's new "Echoes/Move Through Me" 7" is out now on Burning Rose.  Listen to both tracks below and snag a copy of the record here.


Mass Gothic

Mass Gothic, the solo project of former Hooray For Earth member Noel Heroux, has now become a husband/wife duo with the addition of Heroux's partner Jessica Zambri into the mix.  New album "I've Tortured You Long Enough" is a kind of spousal back and forth and drops on Sub Pop at the end of August.  Check out opening track "Dark Window" below and pre-order the record here.


Friday Horror Trailer - Baskin




Thursday, June 28, 2018

RIP Harlan Ellison

Sad news folks, as it's being reported that renowned author Harlan Ellison has passed away at the age of 84.  Do yourselves a favor and read something by the celebrated writer as soon as possible.  RIP Harlan Ellison.

"For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered."

Emma Ruth Rundle

Red Sparrowes and Marriages member Emma Ruth Rundle has a new solo album of brooding slowburners headed our way in September on Sargent House.  Listen to the goth-tinged dark and heavy folk of "Fever Dreams" below and pre-order the upcoming "On Dark Horses" LP here.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hater

Man, the Swedes sure do know how to do pop music.  Synthy pop band Hater have a new record, "Siesta," headed our way in September, and i'll let the descriptor on the group's Bandcamp page describe it, as it's way better than i could ever do:

Resolute in their sound, ‘Siesta’ is the perfect soundtrack for that summer romance and the inevitable break up. Heartbreak has never sounded so sweet!

That pretty much sums it up perfectly.  Listen to "It's So Easy" below (not to be confused with the G n' R track) and pre-order the record here via Fire Records.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Marissa Nadler

September brings us a new album of dark, goth-tinged folk from Marissa Nadler.  Pre-order "For My Crimes" here from Sacred Bones, and listen to the moody and somber album opening title track below.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Still Corners

Dreamy pop duo Still Corners have a new album headed our way in August and first single "Black Lagoon" is an airy delight.  Watch the video for the song below and pre-order the upcoming "Slow Air" LP here from Wrecking Light.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Friday (Thursday) Horror Trailer - Christine

I'll be taking a couple of days off to visit with my sister for the next couple of days, so here's this week's Friday Horror Trailer a day early...


Uniform

Industrial noise duo Uniform is now a trio, and aside from having just released a collaborative album with The Body a couple of weeks ago, the band now has a new record on the horizon as well.  "The Long Walk," inspired by and named for the Stephen King novel of the same name, utilizes those same themes and abundant cynicism to decry late stage capitalism, organized religion, and the overall ugliness of the human condition.  Watch the video for "The Walk" below and pre-order the record here from Sacred Bones.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sam Gendel and Sam Wilkes

I only just discovered the experimental electronic jazz of saxophonist Sam Gendel a couple of weeks ago, and now the artist has another new album out, this time around as a collaboration with like minded musician Sam Wilkes.  The duo crafted the unassuming and bubbling "Music for Saxofone & Bass Guitar," a slowburn of improvisation using the aforementioned sax and bass as well as some electronic ambience and tones.  Listen to album opener "BOA" below and snag the cassette here from Leaving Records.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vicktor Taiwò

I caught Vicktor Taiwò on a whim during SXSW at an Innovative Leisure day party, and was quite blown away by his dense, atmospheric, and smoky brand of electric soul and R&B.  His album "Joy Comes in Spirit" came out a couple of weeks ago on the label and it's definitely worth a listen.  Check out "Shovel Moonlight" below and get the record here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

ORB

Australian heavy psych band ORB have a new, as of yet untitled album heading our way sometime in the near future.  For the time being, they've released a song from said album for our listening pleasure, the thumping, crunchy "Space Between the Planets."  Listen below, and be on the lookout for that record soon from Flightless.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

New Parents

New Parents is the project of former Sore Eros (hey, i remember them) member Adam Langellotti.  The artist does a kind of lo-fi bedroom take on psych-tinged folk rock.  Listen to "Well" below and get the "Transient Response" album here.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Babe Rainbow

Here's some sunshiny psych pop from Australia's The Babe Rainbow.  New album "Double Rainbow" is out next month on Flightless.  In the meantime, watch the wonderfully childlike video from "Supermoon" below.


Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread

Maryland's Michael Nau makes a kind of country, folk, and psych indebted Americana, dusty old pop songs that sound like love letters to a bygone era of sound.  His latest album with The Mighty Thread, August's titled "Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread" begins with "Less Than Positive," a little bit of wall-of-sound pop folk that's got Lee Hazlewood's influence all over it.  Listen below, and pre-order the record here from the artist.


Colin Stetson - Hereditary OST

Easily one of the most amazing artists i've been lucky enough to see perform in the last decade is the extraordinary saxophonist Colin Stetson.  Mostly known for his work with indie rock groups like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, the artist really hits his peaks when he goes at it solo, creating all manner of haunting an exhilarating sound with his sax.  And recently, he was tapped to score the new horror film "Hereditary," which if my fellow horror hound friends are to be believed, is something quite terrifying.  Stetson's music is the perfect atmospheric match to keep the chill in your spine and goosebumps on your flesh.  Listen to "Funeral" below and get the album from Milan Records.


Empath

Noisy Philly band Empath are set to release a new 7" next month via Get Better Records.  "Environments" was conceived as a short project combining elements of warbly pop with natural field recordings and a whole lot of fuzz, with Side-A representing wind and Side-B representing water.  Watch the video for "Polyfoam" (the wind side) below and pre-order the record here.


Laurel Halo

Laurel Halo has been making odd and unique electronic music for a number of years now, and next month sees the release of her latest, "Raw Silk Uncut Wood," a collection of instrumental songs incorporate cello into slow and meditative sound explorations.  Listen to the title track below and get the record from Latency.


Father Murphy

Back in April, experimental Italian duo Father Murphy released their latest (and possibly last?) album "Rising: Requiem for Father Murphy," a thick and heady collection of dark folk and psychedelia.  The album plays off like some kind of contagious religious hysteria, all speaking in tongues and gyrations from the rafters.  Solemn psych dirges play alongside and within ominous field recordings and ritualistic pagan harmonies all with the fervor of worshipers in a centuries old cathedral.  Eat the body.  Drink the blood.  And listen to "Gradual" below.  Then get the record here via Ramp Local (if you're in the US) or here via Avant! (for everywhere else).