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Premiere: Gold Record – “Affirmations”

By Will Oliver, August 13th 2020

Gold Record is the California based musical brainchild of Noah Clark, Ryan McKone, and Evan Michalski. In March they miraculously found the inspiration to be productive during quarantine and form the band. The goal: to fuse positivity, hooks, and a strong love for one another into a tantalizing pop package.

That band set out with the goal of releasing 12 EPs that will be released through 2021. They are going strong and are preparing to release the latest, Volume Four on September 11th.

Today we have the privledge of premiering the EP’s lead single “Affirmations.” It’s a colorful and sleak funk-influnced electronic jam that catches the rest of the lingering summer days before we head into an uncertain fall. It’s chill in every sense of the word with some lovely vocal arrangements as the extra cherry on top.

Find a quote from the band about the song:

The inspiration for the song came from an instrument called the RAV Vast, which is a futuristic hand drum that sounds equal parts beautiful and mysterious. We were inspired by the organic sound, and wanted to blend that on top of a contrast instrument – in this case, a synthesized beat that really slapped. That fusion made for an interesting pop-melancholy vibe that we thought sounded like “Lou Reed + Darryl Hall by way of Gold Record”. The lyrics built on the sound inspiration with a theme about feeling uncertainty, something we were feeling a lot of in the beginning of quarantine, and opening up to the signs in life that provide affirmations that you’re on the right track. The chorus is about finding those affirmations. We sent the rough song to STRNGS and he really elevated that section by adding synth bass and the strings motif that give it that added soaring quality of what it feels like to find one’s purpose and receive some validation from the universe. The post-chrous percussion follows that feeling with that expansive rush of creative energy that one gets when they “find their groove.” Capturing that feeling in particular was something that was very important to us and our process to imprint in the music, since us finding our own groove that came from focusing our creative energies together during uncertain times is what inspired this project into being in the first place.

Enjoy the exclusive stream of “Affirmations” below and find the EP available to preorder on Bandcamp.

IDLES Share New Single “Model Village”

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2020

IDLES keep the steady stream of new songs coming from their upcoming album Ultra Mono, which is due out on September 25th via Partisan Records. This follows previously released singles “A Hymn”, “Grounds” and “Mr Motivator.”

This is a fiery return to form for the band with a no-nonsense punk rocker with all the relevant political and social commentary that the band is always good for.

The single release gets a big boost from acclaimed director Michel Gondry, who directs its animated music video.

Enjoy the new music video below.

Mumble Tide – “Orbit”

By Will Oliver, August 9th 2020

Mumble Tide is a bedroom pop duo from Bristol, United Kingdom, who have just returned with their second-ever single with “Orbit.”

It’s a track that takes a confident approach to the bedroom pop sound from acts like Soccer Mommy and Snail Mail and give it an irresistible feel of their own.
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