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The Drums – Blood Under My Belt

The Drums

It’s been quite a hiatus for The Drums, but it shouldn’t all be doom and gloom as they’ve just dropped new single, ‘Blood Under My Belt’.

Lo-fi sounds and jiggly guitars lead the track that frontman Jonny Piece has been written to an ex-lover, confessing his wrongs but also his love.

‘Blood Under My Belt’ is taken from the ‘”Abysmal Thoughts”‘ album, out on 16 June via ANTI-. Pre-order here.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Hazel English

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Playlist: Someday River

Someday River

Someday River

Someday River are a psych folk band from Florida, who have been together for just one year.

Greyson Charnock, the band’s primary songwriter and frontman, says that their new EP, ‘Sleeping Sideways’ is about “finding good in the face of an insane world” and notes “accepting mistakes and carrying on” as another key theme on the release.

The boys put together a playlist for us. Listen below.

TOPS – Way You Want To Be Loved
This song is an instant go-to for gatherings with friends. A real mood setter… sexy track! I recommend the song “Sleeptalker” from TOPS as well, among others.

Levek – Black Mold Grow
Another song chock full of vibezzz – show this song to someone and they will trust your musical judgment for eternity~~ also see “Look on the Bright Side”

Jude Shuma – Wandering
Up and comers from Chicago, this group just put out a three song EP in December and it is repeat-worthy to say the least. Lo-Fi basement grooves for days.

Local Natives – Past Lives
Most recent single from Local Natives has a massive-bassy presence making it a pure feel-good necessity.

SWIMM – All the Time
Atmospheric ethereality, this song paints a feeling.. it’s the one you’re looking for. Florida-born boys making waves in the Psych/folk/indie world.

Goldensuns – I Feel This Place
Salt Lake City/ LA Transplants, the new Goldensuns EP really holds water, and luckily so. It’s enough to get us through the heat of the summer.

The Shouting Matches – Gallup, NM
Nostalgia in a pure form, this song takes you back wherever you want to go. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon flexing his artistic range with this band, auto-tune not included.

Pinegrove – Old Friends
Found this song on YouTube, immediately hooked.. Pinegrove has several really incredible arrangements. I also suggest “Aphasia” and “Cadmium” among others. Check out some acoustic renditions from this NJ group on-the-rise.

Chad VanGaalen – Peace on the Rise
This tune rolls slow and steady through an apathetic dreamworld.. There is so much subtlety and intentionality behind the arrangement, I think that’s what keeps me coming back.

Sego – Wicket Youth
Contemporary, Pop Sensible, Avant – Sego always delivers on the art-music.. Here’s one of their most catchy tunes. Their songs rise to a new level when you see the videos that accompany them, aaaand go!

Robert Cray – Do That For Me
After hearing this song nearly 15 years ago at a soup kitchen in Atlanta… It was stuck in my head until I more recently discovered who/what it was by Googling the lyrics. Thank goodness I found my way back to this song. The arrangement and musicianship are a ripe source of inspiration for me.

Van Morrison – I’m Not Feeling It Anymore
Van at his finest here. No introduction or explanation needed… an absolute classic, Sunday morning pick me up.

Vulfpeck – Wait for the Moment
Sometimes you want the funk, sometimes you want the soul. Take both from Vulfpeck.. This band has some serious chops, and they do it all while having a damn good time. Positive vibrations are unavoidable on any track of theirs.

Fat Night – Someday
Orlando/Chicago boys really showing range with this track. Soul/Funk with pop sensibilities and a touch of Calypso combine for this unique song. Their live performance can border on Acid-Jazz. Look out for these guys; they are on the rise in a real way.

Julien Baker – Something
I am so enamoured with Julien Baker; her multiplicity of live recordings on you tube go to show that she is the real deal, voice and guitar work that you can rely on 100% every time. All of her songs are moving in their theory as well as delivery.

Nick Mulvey – Fever To The Form
A well know artist from England, Nick Mulvey doing what he does best with this song; potentially a perfect formula of restraint and production. Delivery and Control; this song has one hell of a progressive build for a folk tune.

Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
Heard this song on some random indie playlist a couple years back. Dustin Tebbutt has his focus and his ideas in order. Beautiful and simple, this arrangement does it for me.

Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
This is the original version of the song. Released in 1987, it was at the top of the pop charts as an A CAPPELLA SONG!! That blows my mind. Unconcerned with rhyming lyrics, its all about meter and imagery with this song.

Milo – Going No Place (feat. Elucid)
Milo is an intellectual rapper to rival all others… follow up this song by checking out some others of his. Along with some serious collabs, his lyricism is sharp witted and rich in symbolism as well as contemporary culture reference. Hip Hop at its finest.

Steely Dan – Reelin’ In The Years
Rounding out this playlist, arguably one of the best songs ever written.. Steely Dan was an obsessive band in the studio, and thank god, because we can enjoy this recording forever.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Washed Out, The Drums, ROOSEVELT, Yellerkin, Night Drive, Carousel

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Graveyard Club – Nightcrawler

Graveyard Club

Graveyard Club

Graveyard Club are a dreamy, yet dynamic four-piece from the US who like to write gothic-romantic music that tackles bittersweet themes of nostalgia, love, and death.

The band originally started as a duo, comprised of founding members, Matthew Schufman (vocals, synths) and Michael Wojtalewicz (guitar). The twosome began the project, inspired by a unique list of shared interests; the classic short stories of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, the music of Ryan Gosling’s little-known band Dead Man’s Bones, and a fascination with both 50’s crooners and 80’s pop music.

Listen to the anthemic ‘Nightcrawler’ below.

Sounds like: Editors, White Lies, Spector

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Hazel English – It’s Not Real

Hazel English

Hazel English

Hazel English is an Australian songwriter who currently resides in Oakland, but dreams of blissed-out adventures in California.

Her reflective lo-fi track ‘It’s Not Real’ is an ode to staying genuine and conjures up filtered images of a long lost summer in the Brigitte Bardot era.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Washed Out, Beach House, The Drums

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Day Wave – Drag

Day Wave

Day Wave

Day Wave released his highly anticipated debut EP entitled ‘Headcase‘ earlier this month, and today he releases his first-ever music video for ‘Drag’.

It is a glistening, sun-kissed track and the music video takes us on an adventure with Day Wave throughout his stomping grounds in the Bay Area.

Day Wave is the one-man recording project of 25-year-old Oakland based Jackson Phillips and one half of synth-pop duo Carousel.

North American Tour Dates – PRESS HERE for tickets
8/4/15 San Francisco, CA @ Phoenix Hotel
8/8/15 San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar – Outside Lands Aftershow
8/19/15 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/15/15 Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
9/17/15 Vancouver, Canada @ Imperial *
9/19/15 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/21/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
9/23/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock *
9/24/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar *
9/26/15 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
* supporting Blonde Redhead

Sounds like: The Drums, Washed Out, Jagwar Ma, Night Drive, Carousel, Caribou, ROOSEVELT, Yellerkin, Blonde Redhead

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Day Wave – Total Zombie

Day Wave

Day Wave

Oakland based Day Wave (aka Jackson Phillips) is back with ‘Total Zombie’.

His second track follows suit as a surf pop ballad with thought-provoking lyrics of slight melancholy.

Expect a debut EP out shortly…

Sounds like: Washed Out, Jagwar Ma, Night Drive, Carousel, Caribou, Summer Heart, The Drums, ROOSEVELT, Yellerkin

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