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Purling Hiss breaks the typical mold of psych punk outfits use of heavy psychedelic influence and fuzzed-out electric guitar solos in their newest song, “Forcefield of Solitude.” The structurally loose guitar riffs are there, the same apathetic tone is delivered, but there’s an energy present you won’t hear on the band’s earlier tunes like “D.U.I” or “City Wide Special.” Continue reading →
Bleachers, the solo project of fun.’s Jack Antonoff, has been attracting attention with poppy hooks and ’80s-injected melodies on his 11-track debut LP, Strange Desire. One track in particular, “Take Me Away,” stands apart as a dreamy cyber-hop tune that definitely channels the influence of his collaborator, Grimes.
The Canadian producer/singer’s ethereal vocals offer a delicate contrast to Antonoff’s beats, stark screams, and dramatic build-up towards the end of the song. The song’s brevity keeps it tight, but you may find yourself hitting “repeat” at least twice. Bleachers is scheduled to play the Made In America Festival on August 30, while Grimes is slated to perform on August 31st. You can find information about MIA on our concert calendar here. You can listen to the track on Pitchfork here.
UK rock trio Alt-J have released a second song from their forthcoming album, This Is All Yours, the bluesy “Left Hand Free.” While this sound is unlike the band’s previous releases, the song practically sweats the soul and colloquialisms of a Southern rock classic with a heavy drum beat. This is Alt-J as you haven’t heard them before; though the distinct vocals are surely Joe Newman, it’ll take a second for fans of the indie group to believe it is in fact the same fellows who recorded polished hits like “Tessellate” and “Breezeblocks” on An Awesome Wave. or even the newer ambient sounding first single from their forthcoming album, “Hunger Of The Pine.”
This new direction heard in “Left Hand Free” has us curious about the rest of the album, which is set to be released September 22nd. The group’s tour hits Philly’s Tower Theater November 14th, and you can find more information on our concert calendar here.
Listen to “Left Hand Free” below.
Singer-songwriter Pieta Brown is releasing her new album, Paradise Outlaw on September 30th on Red House Records. Produced by Pieta, with frequent collaborator and partner Bo Ramsey, the album was recorded in four days at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin. The album features appearances by Amos Lee (who co-wrote and duets on “Do You Know,”, and Brown’s legendary singer-songwriter father, Greg Brown, and an experimental group of players Brown calls the Sawdust Collective.
About the album, Brown says:
On my last album, I was recording near Nashville with top-call studio musicians who I hadn’t worked with before, and exploring the idea of craft and trying to hone in on more classic forms than I had previously. Paradise Outlaw came from a radically different place. I was thinking a lot about freedom, experimentation, poetry, folk songs, bending forms and voices. I also wrote and delivered half the songs on the banjo, which was completely new for me. Growing up around many musicians and artists, often living on the fringe, I have always felt most at home among them. And that’s where I made this recording. Surrounded by friends in an underground Mid-western goldmine.
Below, stream “Flowers of Love,” featuring Vernon on harmonies. It’s a warm, welcoming, laid back song, built on a shuffling beat, delicate banjo picking and an easy back porch, soft wind blowing vibe.
Although Upperfields‘ second single “Runner” may sonically be very dream-like and whimsical, it is far heavier than it sounds. Lead singer, Shaun Gould explains in a personal essay on yvynyl how the theme for the song was inspired from a two-week hospital visit when he was 15. Gold recalls that while he was on morphine for the pain, he had vivid sci-fi-inspired dreams about “someone looking out of their confinement and longing for the free and sacred woods past the fence.” “Runner” is about someone who wants the most out of life and will not settle for anything less than they deserve. Gould explains in his post on yvynyl that the message here is sometimes it may feel scary to step out of your comfort zone, but once you do it is completely worth it.
Escape in many situations is the first brave act we must make. Instead of being cowed with our certain and present unhappiness, we embrace the hope of the unknown and launch into it.
“Runner’s” airy melody manages to lull us into the type of fantasy world that Gold created in his dream. They succeed in delivering a song that is both simultaneously carefree and serious. Quite plainly, “Runner” is an uplifting reminder about chasing your dreams and feeling free to do so.
Philadelphia artist Alex G has released a new single from his upcoming full-length album DSU. The track called “Harvey” has a wistful sound with hypnotizing harmonies and blissful music. It puts the listener in a euphoric state, but as quickly as “Harvey” starts, it ends. The listener falls down the rabbit hole and is left to struggle alone coming down from the high. Like a drug, the song becomes addictive — it’s hard to take it off repeat. Listen to “Harvey” below, and catch Alex G tomorrow night at West Philly show house Michael Jordan; information on the show can be found at its Facebook event page.