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the beths

The Beths strike precisely the right combination of exhilaration and longing that inhabits all the best indie rock records. The New Zealand band’s impressive 2018 debut album, “Future Me Hates Me”, which we called “a confessional, shimmering slab of Pacific pop” won them the title of Best New Band of last year. Every single song has multiple moments of sunny, hummable bliss, and that’s a credit to lead vocalist and songwriter Elizabeth Stokes who writes stunningly catchy hooks and possesses a self-deprecating sincerity that’s so easy to get behind. The Beths have practically become a mainstay in the American music scene after a couple years of touring, and considering their standout performance at this year’s South By Southwest, these New Zealanders are quickly making an impression.

The Beths are unveiling their new music, With the band readying their second album the infamous second album pressure, their studio setup, new songs, touring and more. Elizabeth Stokes had this to say: Since our little album came out in August last year we have played 209 shows over four continents. We are so grateful to be back and unpack, and to be able to celebrate with friends and family what has been a wild 18 months.

“People always ask ‘are you excited!?’ and it’s a fair question, because exciting things do happen to us sometimes,” says Elizabeth Stokes, frontwoman and songwriter for New Zealand’s Beths, of the band’s new single. “Support slots, overseas tours, music releases. Stuff we’ve dreamed about for years. So the correct answer is always ‘yes.’ But the truth is that deep down there’s a tiny Liz saying, ‘don’t get excited.’ She is certain that anything good that could happen will most likely not happen, because of a freak accident. Or because somebody finally realises that we aren’t worthy, shouts ‘phony!’ and takes everything away. I wrote ‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ last year, well before everything really did get taken away. From everyone. It feels like the song has a new context, but we don’t know what it is yet. And now we all share a blurry, uncertain future.”

The Beths’ sophomore album, Jump Rope Gazers, is out July 10th on Carpark Records.

Dylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. “A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.”

“This” is Life Without Sound, the radiant, far-far-better-than-okay fourth full-length his rock outfit has recorded since he began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While its highly acclaimed predecessor—2014’s Here and Nowhere Else—came together spontaneously, in the little time that touring allowed, Life Without Sound took shape under far less frenetic circumstances.

For more than a year, Baldi was able to write these songs and flesh out them out with his bandmates drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke before they finally joined producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, for three weeks in March of 2016. The result is Baldi’s most polished and considered work to date, an album that speaks to his evolving gift with melody while also betraying the sort of perspective that time provides. You can hear it in the aerodynamic guitar pop of “Modern Act,” and feel it in the devastating wisdom of “Internal World,” a lullaby-like howler that dwells on “the fact that being yourself can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous at times.”

“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi says. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn’t realize you were missing until it’s there—hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.” “Internal World” is taken from Cloud Nothings‘ forthcoming album “Life Without Sound.” Out January 27th, 2017 on Carpark Records.

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When you are known for your rough, lo-fi recordings, it is always a bit of a risk to polish things up. rightly or wrongly, is associated with lo-fi and the diehards tend to cry “sellout!” when bands veer away from the ethos. Personally, I reckon that’s a load of hogwash. Presumably, Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings is in complete agreement. His latest track with his band Cloud Nothings ‘Modern Act’, taken from upcoming fifth album Life Without Sound, is a crisp, brisk piece of melodic rock that sees the 25 year old explore a smoother and glossier aesthetic. Drawing on some archetypes of pop punk, but enclosed in a more subtle package, the track is a boisterous, slightly melancholic track that culminates in shouts of, “I want a life / That’s all I need lately / I am alive / But all alone.”

“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi says of the new record. “But there was a point in which I realised that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn’t realise you were missing until it’s there – hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,”he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.”

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“Modern Act” is taken from Cloud Nothings‘ forthcoming album “Life Without Sound.” Out January 27th, 2017 on Carpark Records.

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“Living as a Ghost” is the first single from GEMS’ forthcoming debut album “Kill the One You Love” out October 30th. The D.C. electro pop duo GEMS are official players on the Car Park Records roster for their sophomore full-length, and they’ve polished off the excess dust and grime and honed a razor-sharp crystalline resonance. The last 3-4 years have witnessed a significant increase in interest towards clean, electronic hip hop fronted by strong female vocalists.  Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, Metric, Chairlift and many more successful acts heave heavy reverb and capacious ambient textures into the soundboard, creating an immense emotional connection to their audiences.  GEMS is confidently striding right along with the pack, throwing their own unique pop cherry on top.