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Keuning – “The Queen’s Finest”

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2019

The Killers’ Dave Keuning, is preparing for the release of his debut solo album (as Keuning) Prismism on January 25, 2019. Back in November, we got to hear Keuning play some of the new songs for the first time at Mercury Lounge, including some of the previously released singles that we’ve already shared: “Prismism,” “Restless Legs” and “Boat Accident.”

Today we return with the fourth release, the ballad-like “The Queen’s Finest.” It takes a simple approach but that’s part of the charm which makes it a warm and welcoming listen.

Enjoy the official music video for the song below, which was directed by Russell Sheaffer.
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Taken By Trees – “Holiday”

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2018

Earlier this year, Taken By Trees, the project of Los Angeles’ Victoria Bergsman, released her new album Yellow To Blue via ART:ERY/Shir Records.

She is closing out the year with a festival holiday single, properly entitled “Holiday,” that has that ever so festive comforting sound but also mixed with her trademark dreamy pop sound that is a nice alternative to those many typical Holiday / Christmas songs that we will soon be beaten over the head with across the next few weeks.

Enjoy a stream of “Holiday” below.
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Introducing: Joyce Kwon

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2018

Joyce Kwon is a multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles who recently released her debut album Dream of Home via ps fairy records.

Kwon both a singer and a zither player, explores the many possibilities of the folk genre, adding her own stamp to the genre with smartly crafted songs that blur the lines between folk, art-pop and even elements of jazz and world music.

Take the album’s tile track, “Dream of Home,” a heartfelt and dreamy track that shows off Kwon’s elegant vocals and patient approach that lends a welcoming hand into the album. Or take the track “Nililiya” which is a a Korean traditional song that she has given a modern arrangement, as well as elements of jazz that it blends to create something familiar yet very different in an authentic fashion.

This may be Kwon’s debut album but this is clearly an artist who has been due to release an album for a long time as she is clearly a talent that has just been waiting to be discovered and her time has finally come.

Enjoy streams of both “Dream of Home” and “Nililiya,” which are posted below and find the whole album available to stream or purchase at Bandcamp.
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Arctic Monkeys – “Anyways”

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2018

Told sees the release of Arctic Monkeys 7″ single release of “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” which features a brand new side “Anyways” as it’s b-side.

It doesn’t take long for the track to sink into the now familiar vibe of the rest of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino which feels like a bit of a Christmas-themed spiritual sibling of “The Ultracheese.” Like the comedown from a big epic night, or replaying an incredible memory in your head on a cold night with a glass of whiskey by your side.

For those who were swept up by their swift directional change on the new LP, they will be completely charmed by “Anyways” and Turner’s ever-familiar lyrical stylings. I for one, never expected to hear utter the words “go hard in the paint.”

Enjoy “Anyways” below and find the 7″ available to pre-order on vinyl here.

Seasick Steve – “Sun On My Face”

By Will Oliver, September 17th 2018

Seasick Steve will return with new album Can U Cook? on September 28 via BMG.

The blues musician has given us a new taste of the album with a simple but effective blues song that sounds like it’s from a different era, giving the watered down music industry some well-needed passion and soul.

Find it streaming below and be sure to check out the album when it drops on the 28th.
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Arctic Monkeys Cover Stephen Fretwell’s ‘-‘

By Will Oliver, September 12th 2018

Arctic Monkeys are hard at work touring in support of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino but a recent stop in New York brought them to Electric Lady Studios where they laid down two recordings as a part of the Spotify Singles series.

One was a live version of single “Four Out Of Five,” and the other was a cover of the Stephen Fretwell song “-” taken from his 2004 album Magpie and performed solo by Turner. Fretwell also played bass for The Last Shadow Puppets live during the The Age of the Understatement era.

“-” definitely fits the headspace and mood of the new era and it can be streamed below along with the live performance of “Four Out Of Five.”
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Ritual Talk – More Than I Can Mention

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2018

Brooklyn’s Ritual Talk have just released their new standalone single “More Than I Can Mention.” It starts off as an enthusiastic slow-burn folk rocker, teasing some sharp guitar work and production as it slowly teases much more. Before you know it, it slowly expands into a much bigger art-rocker that still carries over those same impressive vocals, just with a totally new world supporting them. The group somehow manages to combine elements of folk, psych-rock and art-rock into one immediate and catchy three-minute wonder.

“More Than I Can Mention” is their first release via their own Sonosoma Records and can be found ready to stream below.
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Language Arts – “With Me”

By Will Oliver, February 1st 2018

Canadian art-pop duo Language Arts are currently working on their third studio album with producer Joel Stouffer. If the rest of the tracks are as good as their latest offering, “With Me,” it’s sure shaping up to be a good one.

“With Me” is a shimmering effort led by its bassline, some dreamy instrumentals and appropriately sweet vocals that compliment it all nicely. The track was released through it’s official music video, which was directed by the team of Luke Mistruzzi and Maya Annik and filmed all over North America.

Enjoy the video for “With Me” below.
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Arni Ehmann – “Staring At The Moon”

By Will Oliver, May 17th 2017

Arni Ehmann is a singer-songwriter out of Reykjavik, Iceland, who is preparing the release of his debut album. He’s recently shared the first single from the LP, “Staring At The Moon.”

Considering he’s a new talent, “Staring At Moon” remarkably takes no time to win you over with it’s dreamy melody, and smooth vocals that hook you in with ease. It’s got it all, a nice melody, a big hook, and crisp production that puts your mind at ease. It’s got a slight 80s feel to it, in the best way possible.

Take a listen to “Staring At The Moon” below, and keep an eye out for more news from Ehmann soon.
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Silverbacks – “Dirty Money”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2017

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Silverbacks are a rock band who are gearing up the release of their new EP Sink The Fat Moon via PK Miami Records.

They’ve let go of the EP’s first single “Dirty Money” a song that immediately settles into a Parquet Courts type of groove, with calming vocals over some guitar riffs that remind of Sonic Youth. It’s a track that wastes no time hooking you in, and paying off immediately with some guitar goodness.

Enjoy a stream of “Dirty Money” below and if you like what you’re hearing, grab the EP over at Bandcamp.
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