Posts Tagged ‘KRO Records.’

It’s only been three or so weeks since she unveiled the brilliant “The Baby Reimagined” a remix version of her album “The Baby” but Samia is already back in our ears by way of “Questions.” Featured on the upcoming Sister James EP I Hate It Here, Pt. 1, it’s a quiet-loud ripper that channels “Where Is My Mind?” if mainlined with millennial malaise.

NY-based multi-instrumentalist Quinn McGovern, aka Sister James, has spent much of his coronavirus lockdown working on new music. He’ll be sharing some of it as a new EP, “I Hate It Here Pt. 1,” due out April 16th via KRO Records, the label founded by Lawrence and Yves Rothman, to which Sister James just signed recently.

The EP’s first single is a collaboration with Samia, a striking track called “Questions.” It begins with a droning, shoegazey swell before descending into a sweet but sluggish acoustic melody, as Quinn sings softly, painting a picturesque image of a dream-like, ethereal countryside. Soon, the drums pick back up, signaling Samia to accompany Quinn on the chorus.

The collaboration between the two NY musicians came to fruition after Samia heard and enjoyed the track when Quinn played it in a Portland backyard while she had been touring with his band. “I was totally blown away,” Samia recalls. “Quinn has influenced so much of my song writing over the past 3 years; we’ve written together and demoed most of my songs together. I feel very lucky to get to be a part of this song three years later, after it’s already inspired so much of my work and feels like such an integral part of our music community.”

“Hearing her music since we met on that tour has given me so much of the inspiration that I have depended on while approaching my own music,” Quinn says of Samia. “I couldn’t imagine an easier artist to work with, and the idea that her voice is gracing one of these silly songs is so special to me.”

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Marissa Nadler has released a new single, and it’s a collaboration with John Cale. Listen to “Poison,” plus another new Nadler song called “If We Make It Through the Summer,” below (via KRO Records). Marissa Nadler said of the collaboration in a statement:

Sometimes it’s best not to know in advance; that’s what I continually remind myself about how this duet with legendary songwriter John Cale came together. Had I known that Justin [Raisen] and Lawrence [Rothman] would arrange for Cale to sing “Poison” with me before I wrote or recorded it, I cannot be certain I wouldn’t have become frozen with hesitations and second-guessing.

How do you even start to go about writing a duet with a member of the Velvet Underground? Surely I might have nervously changed the lyric that accidentally namechecks a title of a Velvet Underground song (“Run Run Run”), at the very least. For me, Cale is one of the most influential rock musicians, remaining admirably hard to pin down. His appearance on this song was a complete surprise to me, but the instant I heard it I knew that this was the way the song was meant to be heard.

Marissa Nadler’s latest album, For My Crimes, came out last year.

Song written by Marissa Nadler

Guitar, vocals- Marissa Nadler Featuring guest vocals by John Cale.

LA-based band, Kills Birds, have released their self-titled, debut album via KRO Records. A fuzzy, incendiary record of jagged guitar-driven melodies and slow-burning dynamics, they have marked the occasion with a brand new video for the track Volcano.

Watch it below and check out the previously released singles, Jesus Did, Worthy Girl andOw.

Kills Birds is a Los Angeles-based rock band. What started as a secret project between vocalist Nina Ljeti and guitarist Jacob Loeb, Kills Birds evolved into a band when Fielder Thomas (bass) and Bosh Rothman (drums) joined in 2017. Shortly after, the band began performing around Los Angeles. With Nina’s urgent and raw stage presence and Jacob’s feral guitar melodies, anchored by Bosh and Fielder’s monstrous drums and bass, the band quickly generated buzz for their thrilling and unpredictable live performances.

In 2018, they recorded their debut album with Justin Raisen in only eight hours, to capture the magnetism that their live shows are known for. In late 2018, they released their first single, “Worthy Girl,” which quickly garnered the attention of the legendary Kim Gordon, who gave it her stamp of approval. The response the track generated is rare for a first single, but Kills Birds has nabbed just that. Their unforgettable blend of emotionally charged performance and deliberate musicianship, is what makes their debut album mandatory listening.

Our debut record is out September 20th on KRO Records.