Premiere: COTE – “Restoration”

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2018

COTE is the project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Taryn Randall. COTE descends from a timeless, song-driven rock tradition of smart, heart-driven songwriting, put on full display on her new single “Restoration.” It’s just her and her guitar and the track casts a haunting shadow and spell that lingers long after you’re finished listening.

Today we have the honor of premiering the beautiful “Restoration” with you ahead of its release. Its simplicity is a part of its charm and why it is able to deliver the goods and connect on such a human level that seems so hard to find in music these days.

The track is off her forthcoming debut album, which will be celebrated with a hometown show at Union Pool on November 28.

Enjoy a listen to “Restoration” below.
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Premiere: Castle Pines – “Woo Hoo”

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2018

Castle Pines are a four piece band from Corona, California who capture the heart and soul of summer on their delightfully good new single “Woo Hoo.” Set to appear on their new album Por Vida, if any of the songs are half as good as this track, it’s set to be a great one. Better yet, we have the honor and privilege of premiering this amazing track for the first time anywhere.

The track is absurdist realism in a conversation lyrical narrative, relying on mostly the mundane, moving from every day to monumental events in a person’s life. Told in a satirical and comical way, the sort of way that we use to help combat adversity. The track was partly inspired by Albert Camus’ novel “The Stranger” and partly based off of actual events that happened in singer Leandro Barrientos’ life, the song breathes with a sense of fatalistic optimism of not letting these situations prevent us from holding onto hope.

“Woo Hoo” works because of the contrast of vocalist Barrientos talking us through a story and the stunningly catchy “woo hoo’s” behind it all. This one is a real indie anthem that deserves to be blasted as you cruise effortlessly down the highway with the windows down. It’s a killer track and quite frankly, one of my current favorite tracks of the entire summer.

Find the premiere stream of “Woo Hoo” posted below and grab a copy for yourself right here.
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Premiere: The Tins – “Sundried Mind”

By Will Oliver, May 3rd 2018 — with 1 comment

Photo Credit: Emily Finlan

As long as this blog has existed, it seems that Buffalo, NY trio The Tins have found a way onto these very pages. With every new release, the band has taken the next logical step forward, finding a way to add depth and maturity to their sound while also still keeping very much true to themselves. This remains true on their brand new single, “Sundried Mind,” which we have the absolute honor and privilege of premiering today.
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Last year British indie rockers Flyte released their debut album The Loved Ones, which was far and away one of our favorite albums of the year.

After seven long months on the road touring in support of the record, the band took a break at the Isle of Wight in December, where they wrote and produced two completely new songs (which were produced and mixed by longtime friend and collaborator, Burke Reid). This session resulted in “Moon Unit” and “Victory Girls,” the two songs which we are honored to premiere to you today.

“Moon Unit” chugs along with a soothing energy that effortlessly builds up to deliver a chorus that is every bit charming and addictive as all the best Flyte songs are. Its title is a nod to Frank Zappa’s daughter and an ode to the songs their parents would listen to on cassette during long drives.

Then you have “Victory Girls,” a song that showcases the simple, yet efficient use of just their lush vocals and dreamy guitar work providing something that feels completely timeless.

Most impressively, while both efforts have no problem working their magic on a listener fairly instantly, they also have a special growing power that allows them to sound even better with each subsequent listen.

These two songs will surely be showcased when they finally bring their tour to the United States for the first time for both SXSW, as well as long-awaited headlining performances in both Los Angeles and New York (at Mercury Lounge – grab tickets here)

Enjoy the exclusive stream of both songs below as well as their upcoming U.S. tour dates, posted right after.

Flyte U.S. Tour Dates:

Tue, March 13 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Killing Moon & Reverb Nation w/ Metro UK – Seven Grand
Wed, March 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Showcase – Central Presbyterian Church
Fri, March 16 – Austin, TX – SXSW – British Music – Latitude
Sat, March 17 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Best Lil’ Big Fest – The Tiniest Bar in Texas
Mon, March 19 – Los Angeles, CA – School Night – Bardot
Wed, March 21 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Premiere: Househats – “Stop”

By Will Oliver, February 1st 2018

Househats are an indie-punk outfit from Melbourne, Australia who have released a glorious new single with “Stop.” The track channels the garage-rock and post-punk glory of acts such as Parquet Courts, with a confident approach that gives the slacker anthem a bit of extra life and style as it goes along, never ounce losing an ounce of steam along the way.

This garage rock gem is a preview of what fans can expect from Househats’ debut album which they’re gearing up to record. Today we have the honor of premiering “Stop” to the world and are absolutely thrilled to introduce you guys to this great track and a band that is very much worth adding to your ones to watch list.

Find the exclusive stream of “Stop” below
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Premiere: The Tins – “Lifeline”

By Will Oliver, October 17th 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since I first discovered The Tins after they performed live at my school and wowed me with the songs off of their impressive debut EP. A lot has happened since then and it’s been great to see the maturity and growth that the band has experienced in that time.

The Buffalo-based trio is planning to self-release their new EP City Lies, which sees the band take yet another step forward in a new direction that is no doubt a giant leap forward for them as musicians. Take the dreamy slice of heaven that is the EP’s lead single “Lifeline.” It features some of their most gorgeous vocals to date and with a loopy, almost druggy groove that could have emerged from the 60s if not for it’s lovely synth work.

I am honored and proud that we have the pleasure of premiering “Lifeline” which itself isn’t being digitally released until on October 27. You can enjoy the single in all it’s glory from the stream below and let it hold you over until the whole EP is released on December 8. If you’re in the Buffalo area, you can join the band for their EP release party at the Lockhouse Distillery on October 20.
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Sam Seeger is no stranger to this blog, the local Rockland County resident has been self-releasing a great set of tunes for some time now. Growing up in a household full of talented artists: filmmakers, painters and fellow musicians, Sam was always on his way to create something of his own in the world of music.

Over the years he’s self-released his material, getting better and better as an artist with each and every release. Today we have the distinct honor of premiering his brand new 3-song EP Doin’ It All The Time and let me tell you, it’s his finest work yet.
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Only A Visitor are an art-pop quintet from Vancouver who are gearing up the release of their new album Lines on June 16. Today, they have given us the honor to premiere their brand new music video for the album’s new single and title track.

The lush song is full of colorful vocals and arrangements that are as delicate as they are soothing. Think a mix of Dirty Projectors with female led vocals as well as the shape-shifting arrangements of Grizzly Bear and Tune-Yards. The video which features many imaginative animations put together by video artist Roxanne Nesbitt is a lovely visualization of the track which winningly brings it to life in visual form.

Check out the video below, and for more information on the band, head to their website.
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Premiere: Kamron Bahani – “Depersonalization”

By Will Oliver, May 1st 2017 — with 1 comment

We last caught up with Rockland County rapper (a hometown guy for us) Kamron Bahani last year when he returned with new single “La Leggenda.” If you don’t know Kamron, we’re here to help you correct that. His style is reminiscent of the golden era with a contemporary twist. He can do it all: have fun, be lyrical, make you smile, make you hate, all with the fundamental reasoning that human emotion correlates to expressionism.

He’s back this year with a new concept album DSM Vl that revolved around mental disabilities. The first offering from this exciting project is “Depersonalization,” a track that tackles multiple personality disorder. It’s a dense topic, not one to be taken lightly, but Bahani takes the sad subject and tries to deliver a fun track anyway.

The song is produced by Blu Majic, and features the natural evolution of an artist who continues to grow with every new release. If you track all the posts we’ve done over the years on this blog, back when he was rocking the Kuhlamity moniker, it’s amazing just how far he’s come.

We are proud to have the exclusive first premiere of “Depersonalization,” which you can stream right now below.
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[U.S. Premiere]: Brass Phantoms – “Waiting Up”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2017 — with 2 comments

It’s good to get back into the game of premieres, especially when it comes from an exciting new band from Ireland. They’re known as Brass Phantoms and although they may be new to you, they’ve already made quite the impression in their neck of the woods.

Last year they released “City Of Wolves,” a song which garnered them play on their national broadcaster RTE, eventually leading to a slot on BBC Introducing, along with various live sessions. They’re now being booked for various “Ones To Watch” showcases, and even some summer festivals playing alongside the likes of Manic Street Preachers and Tom Odell.

Today we bring you the U.S. premiere of their music video for their rather great new track “Waiting Up.” It’s a sharp and memorable piece of guitar rock that has that slick sound that reminds of early Two Door Cinema Club. The group have this rather larger than life sound that they skillfully hone in on. They toy with breaking it out in full force, but show some well appreciated restraint and keep it a tight affair, that has me addicted coming back for more.

For those of you in Ireland, they headline their own show in Dublin at The Workman’s Club on April 20. For the rest of us, keep an eye on these guys, they’re ones to watch. Enjoy the video posted below
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