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Braids have been taking the time and space necessary for little miracles to occur. Burrowed in their Montreal studio, the band has spent the better part of three years crafting “Shadow Offering”, their 4th album, due out in June 2020 via their new label home, Secret City. On Braids’ fourth album, Shadow Offering, the Montreal art-pop trio is at its cleanest and most refined. They teamed up with producer Chris Walla, who teases out the rockier side of their tunes, turning the group’s taut synth reveries into glistening and forceful songs that tackle topics like abuse and desire and self-hatred. Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s voice is dizzying; she presents her fears not as a persistent dull ache but as something that is going to rip her apart from the inside out.

Unlike previous albums, Braids decided to stay close to home for the recording of Shadow Offering. Taking over a spacious sound recording studio tucked in an old warehouse, the band were able to slow down and creatively rediscover themselves. “With this album, we wanted to give ourselves time to achieve a higher caliber of artistry and collaboration,” Tufts says. No longer riding the novelty of youth, the band deliberately took time to recommit to themselves and their craft, and channel new energy into their music. They wrote 40 songs. They went through their Saturn Returns. They learnt how to support one another better. They drank a lot of La Croix.

The band sketched and re-sketched new material for eighteen months before lucky circumstance found Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) renting out space in their studio. The four began wandering into each others’ rooms, curious about each others’ projects. Typically opting for a private and insular creation process, the friendship between the four saw the band sharing their songs with Walla, and naturally resulted in Walla co-producing and engineering Shadow Offering. Pushing the band out of their comfort zone, he at once broke and unified the band’s dynamic, unearthing individual creative energy long buried over the years. With a new sense of confidence, listeners will find Braids at their most personal, unabashedly flexing through their new music.

Braids are a Montreal-based, three-piece band. Formed in 2007, they have solidified a decade-long reputation for their musical ingenuity and established themselves as one of Canada’s most acclaimed art rock bands. With Standell-Preston’s vocals as the pillar of their sound, Braids weave organic and electronic elements together amidst a lyrical landscape that is intimate and emotionally-immersive

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“I’m Less Here” is a stand-alone single released by alternative rock band Mazzy Star for Record Store Day 2014, and was the band’s first release of new material since their previous album, “Seasons of Your Day”. The track had previously been performed live under the name “It Speaks of Distance,” with its first known performance dating back to March 1994. The A-side was backed by another previously unreleased song, titled “Things”. The day before the single’s release, the band posted a music video for the track on their official Vevo account. The single was pressed on coke bottle-clear 7″ vinyl and was limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.  In the United States, “I’m Less Here” was listed as a ‘Record Store Day First‘; it was exclusive to independent retailers on the day of release, and was made available to other retailers at a later date

released as a 7″ vinyl single for record store day

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The Julie Ruin return with the album Hit Reset which expands on the band’s established sound: its dancier in spots and moodier in others, with girl group backing vocals and even a touching ballad closer. Hit Reset is the sound of a band who have found their sweet spot. Kathleen Hanna’s vocals are empowered and her lyrics are as pointed and poignant as ever. From the chilling first lines of Hit Reset (“Deer hooves hanging on the wall, shell casings in the closet hall”) to the touching lines of Calverton “(“Without you I might be numb, hiding in my apartment from everyone / Without you I’d take the fifth, or be on my death bed still full of wishes”), Hanna takes a leap into the personal not seen completely on the first album or possibly even in the rest of her work.

from the debut album THE JULIE RUN have issued some great videos,

Live on KEXP, Active Child, Active Child is the working name of electronic music artist Pat Grossi. His debut album, “You Are All I See”, was released in 2011 and garnered substantial reviews from media outlets like Pitchfork Media and Drowned in Sound. ‘Rapor EP’ Available Now.

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Hailing from London Sophie Jamieson and her band project, this track is taken from the “WHERE” Ep with echoes of Daughter organ and strings with a superb haunting melody and similar atmospherics, A heart aching beautiful song.

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At just 21 years of age Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir has become a sensation in his domestic music scene – staggeringly, almost 10% of the Icelandic population now own his debut album ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ – the English version, translated by John Grant, will be released worldwide as ‘In The Silence’ and is out now.

CHVRCHES released their highly anticipated debut “The Bones of What We Believe”. last year To promote the release of the record, the band stopped by Later…with Jools Holland to perform two songs off the album. During those latter months of the year they covered  Whitney Houston, and forcefully called out online misogyny. After all that, the Scottish trio’s next move was relatively low key Vocalist Lauren Mayberry led the band through energetic though fairly straightforward renditions of “The Mother We Share” (above) and “Lies”.

 

 

“Benji” is the sixth studio album by American indie folk act Sun Kil Moon, released in February 2014 on Caldo Verde Records. Self-produced by primary recording artist Mark Kozelek, the album shares its name with the 1974 film Benji, and was recorded between March and August 2013 at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco.

Kozelek’s songs match a mordant sensibility with a wry wit that remains unblunted by the passage of time. The sprawling ‘Among The Leaves’ from 2012 saw him playfully subverting the album format with a 17-track opus that included one song with an 18-word title. This time round, the humour is more subtle but the observations on life, and increasingly death, are no less keen. Kozelek has a novelist’s eye for detail, and right from languid opener ‘Carissa’ – a song about his second cousin – he paints a vivid world and invites you to see it through his eyes.

The ideas come so thick and fast that Kozelek has to speed up his delivery for songs like ‘Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes’, a claustrophobic meditation on the death of the serial killer known as the Night Stalker that recalls Modest Mouse at their darkest.
The album features contributions from Owen Ashworth, Jen Wood, Will Oldham, and Sonic Youth‘s Steve ShelleyThe album was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the year by Rolling Stone,

I caught Local Natives four maybe five times last year and they played wonderous sets the band seemed to be in overdrive and performances were just incredible, great musicians with greater songs.

Local Natives (previously known as Cavil at Rest) is an indie rock band based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, USA. Their debut album, “Gorilla Manor, was first released in the UK in November 2009Their sound has been described as “afro-pop influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies”. also described their style as psych folk, or new fangled folk.

At Lollapalooza the band announced that they built a new studio and are working on completing their second full length album, “Hummingbird“, which was released January 2013. produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, and though it has departed from the “battle-cry urgency” of Gorilla Manor, singer/guitarist Taylor Rice doesn’t look at ‘Hummingbird’ as a darker album pointing out moments of optimism, and attributing the altered subject matter to the changes and emotions that have come in the last few years since their debut.

In August of 2014, at a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of the Twilight Concert Series, the band announced that they had already begun work on their third studio album.

 

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I first was introduced to JMR (Joshua Michael Robinson) back in November of last year via the wonderful blogsite “Songs For A Day”. Joshua with his group, The Careful Ones, JMR is here to refresh our memories with his brand-new solo single, “Pioneer Of Your Heart”. What starts out with an acoustic guitar on the track slowly evolves into a brooding and expansive effort that incorporates vast arrays of instrumentations, and it’s safe to say with a track like this one that we wont be forgetting about the Florida-based singer-songwriter anytime soon.

Look for JMR’s debut album, “American Hell”, later this year.