[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.

Premiere: The Tins New Song “Boulder Soul”

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2019

The always reliable Buffalo indie rockers The Tins are back with a brand new single entitled “Boulder Soul” and have bestowed us with the honor of premiering it with you today.

The track kicks off with a bouncy bassline that opens the way for the bands duel guitar attack, one that delivered with a summery warmth to it that is excellently paced, putting the listener well at ease.

The band still find new ways to hone in their sound and grow as artists, with some of the best vocal work to date from Michael Santillo. And the integration of bassist Justin John Smith to the lineup has fleshed out their sound in the most pleasant of ways, perfectly heard on the entirety of “Boulder Soul.”

You can find “Boulder Soul” streaming exclusively here today and it will be available to purchase/listen on streaming platforms tomorrow.

Enjoy the track below.
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Premiere: High Tropics – “Feel The Same”

By Will Oliver, February 13th 2019

Australia’s High Tropics are a band that has been on our radar since 2017, giving us plenty of reasons to keep believing that the future of rock was in good hands.

Today we have the extreme privledge of premiering their brand new single “Feel The Same.” The rock anthem keeps that Strokes-like rock pedigree going, with a confident polish that they wear well. “Feel The Same” was produced by Elliot Heinrich (Future Jr) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher), who help them expand their sound to even greater heights, bringing out the best vocal performance from Josh Stewart to-date.

The song is readymade for long summer days spent on the road with the windows down and good company by your side.

The band have already opened up for fellow rising stars Middle Kids and performed at major Queensland music festivals including the Big Pineapple Music Festival and the Caloundra Music Festival. High Tropics will be back on the road in the coming months in support of their new release and should be ones to watch the rest of 2019.

Enjoy your exclusive listen to “Feel The Same” below.
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