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Premiere: Passeport – “Bengal Light”

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2019

Today we have the honor of premiering the brand new single from Passeport, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based electropop trio of Mia Carruthers, Brian Davis, and Benjamin Hines. They all met while playing in Multimagic and formed Passeport in 2016. Along with “Bengal Light,” they’ll release a set of singles that will lead to their debut EP, which will be released by Modern Outsider.

“Bengal Light” is pretty much everything good about the electro/synth-pop genre, with a big 80s inspired sound that is led by the strong vocals of Carruthers who pushes the melody forward with confidence and ease. It’s a natural pop gem that sounds crystal clear and full of life, the type of smart effortless pop music that you wish was the thing actually dominating those radio airwaves.

You can find your exclusive first listen to “Bengal Light” below, along with a bit of info from the band about the meaning behind the track.

The song itself sounds very aspirational even hopeful. Personally, as a lyricist, I have a hard time penning something that is on the nose “hopeful” in an authentic way — so, I did as I normally do, and just wrote what was going on with me emotionally. There were feelings of distrust and betrayal that I was struggling with and needed an outlet for. I put them into Bengal Light and the floodgates really opened. This song addresses some personal things I was struggling with at the time relating to losing Seb from the group, but it also applies to our current political climate. Paranoia and corruption are underlying themes. Can you trust what’s in front of you? What you see? Who you love? I think we’re all asking ourselves these questions right now.

Premiere: Mantra Love – “IDC”

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2019

Mantra Love is the Houston, Texas duo of brothers Derek and Fabian Silva. They’re back with their brand new single “IDC,” a song that today we have the great honor and privilege of premiering.

“IDC” has the cool swagger and charm of The Strokes with the more modern rock aspects of bands like Twin Peaks that give the track youthful vital energy that gives it some layers of depth and dimension.

Here’s what the song means, directly from the band themselves:

IDC is about when a person consistently uses you. They are an emotional vampire sucking you dry of every bit of empathy you have left until you just don’t give a shit anymore. You have given them all you can give and still they don’t ever return the favor. It’s always a one way street with them and you are just over it.

Enjoy your exclusive listen to “IDC” below.

[Premiere]: Elle Belle – “WKND”

By Will Oliver, June 27th 2019

(Photo by Casey Curry)

Los Angeles native Christopher Pappas has made a career as a versatile and prolific composer who has written music for NASA, composed an award-winning off-broadway musical and assembled and conducted his own orchestra, not to mention making music with his group The Everyday Visuals.

He now returns with his other proejct Elle Belle, with the release of the brand new single “WKND,” which we have the grand pleasure of sharing with you today as an exclusive first listen premiere ahead of it’s release via Little Record Company, the record label of Pierre de Reeder of Rilo Kiley.
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Premiere: Forgetter – “Maple Seeds”

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2019

Photo by Jen Meller

Forgetter is the project of DC multi-instrumentalist David Klinger, who is preparing for the release of his brand new album Parts of Anything out on August 2nd via Blight.Records.

Today we have the honor of premiering the album’s lovely single “Maple Seeds.” The track has a fragile heartbreaking nature at its start but soon transports the listener to a more psychedelic soundscape with more experimental worlds clashing with its heartbreaking folk nature.

Here’s a little bit of personal background into “Maple Seeds” from Klinger himself:

‘Maple Seeds’ is basically a breakup song. I think there are often peaceful moments of accepting a situation you don’t want to be in, surrounded by the desperation of trying to change what you can’t. Like you might be at a point where you can enjoy a few small things, but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing from here on out, or that it’s only gonna get better. Although it will eventually. I mean, probably. Or what do I know – I can’t promise anything except that I’m rooting for you.

You can get a sense of both hectic and heartfelt nature of an emotional breakup within “Maple Seeds,” a song that hits you in the core and finds way to surprise you all the same.

Enjoy your exclusive first listen to “Maple Seeds” below and find the album available to preorder from his Bandcamp page.

Premiere: Talkie – “Boring Now”

By Will Oliver, May 17th 2019

San Francisco indie rockers Talkie will release their brand new album Everything Matters on May 24th. Today we have the honor of premiering the 4th and final single shared from the record, “Boring Now.”

The single has this lush quality to it that reminds me of some of the charming work released by acts like Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin in the mid-2000s. Theirs a sweet and affirming nature to its vocals and interplay with its instrumentals that works to perfection and is an absolutely perfect way to lead into the release of the album next week.

Enjoy a listen to “Borning Now,” which is premiering below. Stay tuned for the full release of Everything Matters next week.
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Premiere: Same Girls – “Wait”

By Will Oliver, May 14th 2019

Photo by Kiyo Vigliotti

Oakland indie rock band Same Girls are an indie rock band out of Oakland who released their debut album Young Minded via Text Me Records in September 2018.

The trio of childhood friends, Taifa Nia, Tyler Valentino, and Otto Janes are gearing up for the release of their new single “Wait” tomorrow. But lucky for you, we are the privilege of premiering it one day early for your exclusive listen.
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Photo by Anna Kuelken

Bedside. is an indie rock outfit established in early 2016 in Edmonton, AB, Canada that consists of drummer/vocalist Josh Brown, guitarists Katie Manchak and Brennan St. Arnaud, bassist Cam Mickasko and frontman Josh Nhan.

Earlier this year the band returned with their brand new EP Sentimental and today we have the chance to premiere their brand new music video for its stand out single “All Gone.” It’s a catchy song but one packed with a wide array of feelings that sounds like both the manic energy of a good dance tune but also one that packs lingering feeling of melancholy.

The music video catches the energy of the song while also the wash of emotions that come with it represented with a couple who are first seen dancing the night away together and then completely distant by the end of the video.

Here’s how the band describe it:

“All Gone” is about trying everything to rekindle a spark and facing the sobering reality that there is no spark left to find. Filmed by Michael B. Macdonald and Assistant Director Anna Kuelken, in Porto, Portugal and Edmonton, Canada. Actors: Anna Kuelken and Francisco Fonseca. Dancer: Ally Kinaschuk.

Enjoy your exclusive first viewing of the “All Gone” music video below, along with some of the band’s upcoming live performance dates.

bedside. Tour Dates:

May 4- Edmonton, AB @ The Chvrch of John
June 13 – Edmonton, AB @ The Common
June 15 – Edmonton, AB @ Highlandia Music Festival

Order the Sentimental EP here.

Photo by Jen Miller

D.C.-based dream-pop outfit Humble Firehave followed up their last album Builder with a cover of Tear For Fear’s 80’s classic “Mad World.”

They have released the reworked version of the classic after living in Washington, D.C. during the Trump era, finding a new way to look at the song and focusing on the “the outrage felt by people who want to make positive change in a world marked by absurdity,” while also giving the lyrics new layers of dimension.
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Photo by Aaron Rice

LA-based songwriter/producer Chris Gale is gearing up to release his new record A Cloud on June 14th. The record was made over the past two years with his friend Brett Bullion following the dissolution of Gale’s former projects OSO and Warehouse Eyes. Gale was on the verge of giving up on making music in early 2017, losing faith in his ability to break through artistically and to make the kind of work he expected, but thankfully for us he decided to give record-making one last shot.
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Today we have the honor of premiering The Black Drumset’s brand new album, Charged, which will be released tomorrow, Friday, March 8th. The band is the brainchild of Austin-based musician Brian Willey, which he wrote and recorded during 2016 and 2018 as a “reflection of the atmosphere of modern America.”It’s the first new album release in nearly 10 years, due to Willey’s time spent as the co-founder and director of the Austin art space Tiny Park.

But he makes a grand return with the new album that comes packed with psychedelic infused tracks laced with mind-bending art rock and soundscapes that take the mind to a far-away land that is uniquely very much its own thing. These are the sort of mind-altering numbers you can see soundtracking a dystopian science fiction film.

The album’s release comes just in time for the SXSW Music Festival, which of course takes place in Austin next week and will include a performance on March 10th at the Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One showcase at Hotel Vegas.

You can enjoy your exclusive early stream of the new album below and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album right now from Bandcamp.




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