Friday, April 30, 2021

Now That's What One Calls Music, Theoretically

Warning: Don't get your hopes up. This isn't a comeback. 

A ton of friend's stuff has come out while I've been busy pushing my own single/album pre-sale, and it seems a lot easier to make a blog post here, than to make several different social media posts. 

So without further ado, here's a bunch of new shit you should seriously sit down with:

The new Ilithios video is a great expression of the sadness that comes with happiness, especially when you're yearning for the past.

The new Cedarwell album is a moody and beautiful record that places roots-y acoustic ballads in an incredibly sophisticated soundscape.

Early Spring's new release is a collection of lofi tracks that rarely clock in over 2 mins. It pairs some aggressively unrefined production with sparse beats and mellow vocals. It sounds like an early Magnetic Fields album if it were recorded in the style of the noisier Psychocandy tracks.

No More Summer Songs from Phantom Handshakes is a bedroom dream-pop gem that definitely merits a listen and a download. Dare I say, these might indeed be someone's summer songs.

Atlas Engine's new single is also a little dream-poppy, with lush textures and a driving bass line. There's something excitingly maximalist about the production. Give it a listen.

Our new label-mates, WE ARE JOINERS, came out with this energetic bedroom punk track. If you've had enough bedroom pop after PHs and AE, this is the shot you need.

Ok, ok, we're not done with dream-pop yet, though the new Veda Rays video has a dark goth-rock feel. Maybe I just think that because of the graveyard shots in this vid. Makes me want to communicate with the dead.

And maybe we're not done with bedroom pop either. Another label-mate, Sock Jock released this track today, and I hear shades of Frente! in it, which might be a reference lost on everyone, but I really liked Marvin the Album.

Introspectre by A Very Special Episode is a full on sonic stampede that will leave you wanting for more. Luckily, there's a full length album on the horizon.

And last, but certainly not least, NOICE dropped a new LP.  A bunch of well-written tracks from local hero Jamie Frey and the NOICE team, it's a great sounding album with a bunch of songs that will get stuck in your head. Listen to it ALL NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT.