Today Car Seat Headrest announced their new album Making A Door Less Open will be released on May 1st via Matador Records.

“Can’t Cool Me Down” has been a part of the band’s live set for some time now and here it gets a bit of a more of electronic treatment. Which isn’t an accident, as the album is “the result of a fruitful “collaboration” between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, “Trait.””

The band actually recorded the album twice, once with live guitars, drums and bass, and then once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesized sound. These two approaches were combined during the mixing process, using elements from both sessions with additional overdubs.
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Imaginary People – “Crazy Eight”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2020

New York City-based rockers Imaginary People have returned with their new single “Crazy Eight,” which is taken from their upcoming new album Alibi, which will be released on July 12th.

The track is a groovy art rocker with a fast-paced high-energy groove that toys the line between dance and rock in a colorful fashion. The song doesn’t waste a single second without
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Phoebe Bridgers Releases “Garden Song”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2020

Photo by Olof Grind

Phoebe Bridgers has returned with her brand new single “Garden Song,” with a music video directed by her brother, Jackson Bridgers.

Although she’s kept plenty busy with her side projects Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center, his is her first new solo material in nearly three years since her release of Stranger In The Alps and it sees the talented singer-songwriter pick up right where she left off. We can only hope that this means a new album will be on the way later in the year.
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Photos by Anthony Mulcahy

Saint Motel are in the midst of the release of their three-part album The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, built to mirror the three-act structure of a film.

The band brought their tour in support of the first part of the release, which brought them to New York City on February 13th for a performance at Webster Hall along with openers Kolars.
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The Strokes – “Bad Decisions”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

Photo by Jason McDonald

It’s happening folks. The Strokes will finally return with their long-awaited new album The New Abnormal which will be released on April 10th via Cult Records/RCA Records.

We heard the atmospheric and synth-driven first single “At The Door” and now the band have hit back with a more signature Strokes-sounding anthem with “Bad Decisions.” It has some 80s classic rock qualities that have a nostalgic quality, before spanning into something that will definitely be a welcome return for fans of the Strokes older work.
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The Lebowski – “Heavy Glow”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

South African post punk outfit The Lebowski have returned with their brand new single “Heavy Glow.” It’s the second in a series of singles that they are releasing this year.

The track hits with some tightly crafted guitar work and hard-hitting melodies that are drenched in reverb and capture an 80s sound that feels like Joy Division mixed with more modern acts like DIIV or Beach Fossils.
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Marlin’s Dreaming – “Sink or Swim”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming has released the first single, “Sink or Swim,” taken from their new album, Quotidian.

The track has a shoegaze influenced beach rock sound, like a combination of the dreamy and hazy elements of DIIV and some more of the melodic polish of Real Estate. All the elements come together with the lush vocals showcased in the chorus that slowly but surely reveals it’s sneaky and smart pop hooks that soon reel you in.

Below find a description about the song from the band.

“It’s a song about detachment, the feeling of struggling to be present and feeling like I was at the whim of something outside of myself,” said frontman Semisi Maiai about the inspiration for the new song. “I wrote it over the last year where I felt like I was going through motions of living without much pre-consideration or afterthought, just simply doing things as they happened.”

Enjoy the official “Sink or Swim” music video below.

The Fin. – “Over The Hill”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

Japanese indie group The Fin. returns with new single “Over The Hill,” following the release of their Wash Away EP.

A hypnotic dark tined rocker, the track toys the line between a post punk rock sound and something of a polished shoegaze dream state that creates an emotional journey while listening. There are a few familiar elements here that all add up to form something new entirely.
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FLOWVERS – “Throwaway Generation”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

English rock outfit FLOWVERS recently released their EP Throwaway Generation which the band released as a round-up of the recent material they had released as well as “a natural end to what we would like to see as chapter 1 of our musical journey.”

“Throwaway Generation” is also an anthemic single off the EP one that has a youthful spirit and big stadium-ready ambition that captures a spirited British sound that radiates out of the speakers in earnest fashion.

Find “Throwaway Generation” available to stream below.

The Sweet Serenades – “Runaway”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

Stockholm’s The Sweet Serenades will return with their new album City Lights on March 27th.

They’ve recently released the album’s third single “Runaway, which is described as being “inspired by endless skies and new beginnings – a road trip tune. Arena Indie with big emotions.”

This isn’t far off, as the track shines through with an upbeat synth feel and a dramatic vocal performance that reminds a bit of The Killers. Produced with a polished style, “Runaway” is an uplifting anthem that feels triumphant.

Enjoy a listen to “Runaway” below.