The Farewell Circuit was one of the very first bands I ever blogged about. I still remember the exact track too.
I was an intern at the time for a local record label that had a vibrant blogging community. Part of my duties were to share often things I was listening to. “I Am a Ghost” seemingly came out of nowhere and instantly struck a chord with me. The raw guitar strumming, slight lo-fi on the vocals, and most likely the dejected content was what really got me wanting to share.
Now we’re 3 years later and the band is as solid as ever. Listen to their brand new single, “We Were Wolves,” below and be sure to stay tuned here - The brand new album drops May 28th.
BONUS: Just because I obviously had to include a download for “I Am A Ghost.”
Whew. It’s been quite the month and now it’s already August? I had a feeling July was going to escape me…
I’ve been having a very surreal year so far. I have been going through a fairly decent career shift, which explains the lack of posts lately. Two industries I’ve tried my hardest to keep separate in my life and this week I think I finally relented. Sharing on this blog almost every single day has been an amazing ritual for me, but I know deep down I’m allowed to give other things my full commitment as well. I’m reaching a balance that I’ve been searching for.
And I think that’s what we all need sometimes. To reach a balanced point, recharge from different parts of our lives, and move on. It’s a cycle and I know this lull of free time is going to be very, very short lived. I’m already jam-packing my day with things to do and it’s not even noon yet.
But I’m back y’all, ready to throw at you some great music again. is and of thesent me over some new tunes and I’ve finally been able listen to them all the way through. They’re perfect soft psychedelic electronica with plenty of vocal and guitar looping to help you coast through your Friday. Enjoy.
If you’re looking for a hell-bent, theatrical indie rocker then look no further.
Brooklyn’s own Hannah vs. The Many sings of life’s “pretty little tragedies” with a fury behind those female vocals. Putting power into the genre power-pop, Hannah & Co. are sure to be an explosive act on stage. The track below, “Muse,” contains winding electric guitars, pounding keys, and heavy hitting percussion while Hannah angrily tells the tale of past and regretful lovers.
Second album, All Our Heroes Drank Here, is set to be released January 17th. Check the Soundcloud page and official website for more music.
Got a tip this morning from the Brick + Mortar gang that they’re giving out “For Yellow Walls” for free today on their bandcamp. It’s a combination of surfy guitars, piano keys, crashing percussion and almost shouting vocals that make this track incredibly addicting.
Grab the freebie then head on over and give the rest of their album a spin. Or how about you revisit the duo’s other fantastic track, “Heatstroke” and just try to stop tapping your foot.
I wanted to wait until it was December to get this Christmas-themed track up. Friend, Bill Ricchini debuted this a couple of weeks ago and for me not being a huge fan of Holiday music, this one stole my heart. In his classic baroque-pop sound, Ricchini (Summer Fiction) paints a sweet little Christmas scene.
Thankfully this binge sesh is over. From Wednesday night, to Thanksgiving, to Friendsgiving, to all of the leftovers I have from ALL of this…it’s relieving to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve had a great week but damn does it feel good to return to normalcy.
As I re-organize my life again, this one particular track has really felt fitting for my slow-moving morning. Delaware’s Mean Lady have a talent for blending new and old school psychedelic sounds (among an assortment of other things) in a unique way. Plus, Katie Dill’s got a stellar and mesmerizing voice.
I’m loving the looping going on in “Indian Sun” off their 2010 EP, Kid Friendly. Grab that album for free here and check out their newer material like song, “Far Away” (watch the trippy vid).
Sharon Van Etten has recently released a new track from her upcoming album, Tramp, due out February 7th via Jagjaguwar. “Serpents” follows the same heavy-hitting spirit we last heard in Epic and proves to be one moody track. I’ve always dug her extremely emotive style that paints such a clear picture in your mind of what she’s trying to express.
Tramp boasts one hell of a cast of indie musicians all lending their efforts with Aaron Dessner of The National on the producing end. I’m expecting an incredible album right from the opening track. Also recently released was her 2012 tour (I can’t believe we’re already talking about next year) which you can check out here. From personal experience ..it’s a show you don’t want to miss.
I’m hearing similarities to Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell..yeah? no?
About a month ago I posted the free download of Kris Orlowski’s emotionally charged song, “Way You Are.” Since then, I’ve been able to give his latest EP, Warsaw, a heavily concentrated amount of spins. Simply, Warsaw absolutely delivers.
The singer-songwriter’s short and sweet release is just what I needed for this time of year. With a voice so full of bass and excellent folk-pop melodies you really can’t go wrong dishing out the $5 for the 4-track album that drops today. If you’re looking for free association I’d say he’s similar to the Greg Laswell and Joseph Arthur strain of musicians, but Orlowski truly has carved out his own seasoned guitar-rock sound.
Kris and his band have recently played a couple of sold out pre-release shows and filmed some fun acoustic videos beforehand. Watch the wonderfully produced “Soldier On” video below.
I’ve been loving on Vacationer since they teased my ears with their previous (and only other song) “Trip.” Good marketing guys, because I’ve been dying for some more music and FINALLY they get around to posting up another song. Actually, according to the band they’re wrapping up recording and getting ready to push out a complete release. Exciting news.
“Gone” brings tropical rhythms and light percussion over dreamy yet aching vocals. Reminds me of a surfier version of Good Old War. But, the main reason why I’m into Vacationer? Their bio:
Most people do not take vacations often enough, some not at all. Quality vacations let us recapture that feeling of childlike exploratory freedom, which we seem to experience less and less frequently as we age. We can have fun without worrying about the familiar consequences presented to us regularly in life. Taking a good amount of time away from our daily stresses allows us to return to our lives refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes next.
The eastern seaboard’s foremost relaxation specialists have teamed up to compile this unique collection of serenity-inducing sonic arrangements. The audio program you are about to experience was designed with the sole purpose of relaxing the listener and sending their mind on a well-deserved trip. No airfare needed, no reservations. Simply settle in, relax and enjoy; Vacation from anywhere at anytime.
Brilliant. Watch their music video for their latest single and nab both tracks below.
I’m really digging the hybrid nature of these Philly folks. DRGN KING takes a seat and slows things down for us this time around in “Paragraph Nights,” the title track off their upcoming record due out next month.
From drinking wine out of vintage goblets, raspy vocals, the contrasts of dark and light, and the sweet piano keys..it all simply just comes together.