Posts Tagged ‘Still life’

Former Pains of Being Pure at Heart bassist Alex Nadius leads Los Angeles band Massage whose debut album, Still Life, was produced by Jed Smith (My Teenage Stride) and will be out June 25th. Opening cut “Half a Feeling” has a definite Jesus & Mary Chain vibe to it.

The kind of music Massage makes — sunny, bittersweet, tender — is less a proper genre than a minor zip code nested within guitar pop. Take a little “There She Goes” by the La’s, some “If You Need Someone” by the Field Mice; the honey-drizzled guitars from The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love”, a Jesus & Mary Chain backbeat, and you’re almost all the way there. Indie pop, jangle pop, power pop—whatever you call it, pushing too hard scares the spirit right out of this sweet, diffident music, and Massage have a touch so light the songs seem to form spontaneously, like wry smiles.

Still, on their sophomore effort, Still Life, they manage to take a quantum leap forward in song writing, production, and depth, all somehow without seeming to try. These 12 deft songs are full of late-summer sunlight and deep shadows, pained grins and shared jokes, shy declarations of love and quietly nursed heartbreak. Still Life resurrects a brief, romantic moment in the late-’80s, right after post-punk and immediately before alt-rock, when it seemed like any scrappy indie band might stumble across a hit.

The result is the finest batch of songs they’ve ever produced. From Naidus’ velvet-lined JAMC tribute “Half A Feeling” to Ferrer’s Let It Be-era Replacements-tinged lament “The Double” to Romano’s “In Gray & Blue,” these are gold-standard indie-pop gems from emerging masters of the form. The lyrics are downcast, empathetic, and quiet, little sketched portraits of evanescent feelings. “I got half a feeling/you’re not the one who’s really alive,” Naidus sings on first single “Half A Feeling,” while overdriven guitar churns up dirt clouds and the do, do-do, POW drumbeat sends the song racing towards sunset. “At the end of the world/Where were you?” he wonders on “At the End or the World,” a simple, affecting plea for pure companionship and love as structures large and small crumble outside.


Massage is:

Alex Naidus: Vocals, guitar
Andrew Romano: Vocals, guitar
Gabrielle Ferrer: Vocals, keyboards
David Rager: Bass
Natalie de Almeida: Drums

Releases June 25th, 2021

Katie Ellen’s debut album, 2017’s Cowgirl Blues, saw frontwoman Anika Pyle kicking against the traditions and norms that come with adulthood—namely, love, major life changes, cohabitation, and domesticity. She penned the anti-marriage anthem with “Sad Girls Club,” a standout track that featured the defiant heartbreaker of a chorus: “Sad girls don’t make good wives.” On the Philly band’s new, five-song EP, Still Life, Pyle is still trying to wrap her head around these things.

On opener “Lighthouse,” Pyle reckons with warring thoughts—wanting to be brave enough to swim into life’s uncharted deep end, but feeling tied down by the anchor of fear and anxiety. Later, on the EP’s title track, she surrenders to the idea that love is more powerful and wild than our capacity to tame it: “You can’t make love stay / Do your best to hold it in place.”

Musically, Pyle flexes a few new tricks she’s trying out, like on “Still Life,” where her voice spirals into borderline operatic delivery, a far jump from the quick and dirty style she cut her teeth on in her former pop punk project Chumped.

Still Life is out on Lauren Records.


released June 3rd, 2018

Still Life by Little Cub.  Vinyl LP, CD.

South London trio Little Cub will release their debut album “Still Life” on 28th April on Domino Records. Marrying a wry, worldly and subversive form of diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, Still Life announces the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born into

Here’s a sombre reflection on life in 21st century England, with an equally dystopian music video to accompany. The band hail from south London, and their debut album, Still Life, drops at the end of this month on Domino Records.


Kevin Morby’s previous releases Harlem River and Still Life were among our favourites and he has recently signed to Dead Oceans who will release his new long player next year. In the meantime, in support of his autumn touring schedule (UK dates below), they’ve announced a 7″ slated for release this September.

Kevin Morby, former bassist for the band Woods, has announced Dead Oceans as his new label home. Though the indie folk artistpromises a full-length debut on the label sometime next year, he’s celebrating the signing now with the release of a new 7-inch single, ‘Moonshiner’ and ‘Bridge to Gaia’. ‘Moonshiner’ is a shambling folk number, relying on some sturdy piano work to keep itself upright and a set of steady, strumming strings to keep it on pace.

UK Dates:
Mon. Sept. 7 – Bristol @ The Louisiana
Tue. Sept. 8 – York @ The Fulford Arms
Wed. Sept. 9 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club, Games Room
Thu. Sept. 10 – Glasgow @ Broadcast
Fri. Sept. 11 – London @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sat. Sept. 12 – Manchester @ Albert Hall

Moonshiner and Bridge To Gaia are two previously unreleased gems, and the former which we have streaming for you, is inspired and influenced by one of Morby’s favourite contemporary books .


Back in October 2014, Kevin Morby released his second solo album, Still Life. Its title seemed steeped in irony, as the record comprises tunes written during 2013, a year he spent on the road with his bands Woods and also The Babies and  then in support of his solo debut record, The incredible listen Harlem River. Kevin Morby had also recently moved cities from New York to Los Angeles. Kevin Robert Morby is an American musician. He is best known as the former bassist of Woods, and the songwriter and guitarist of The Babies. He released his debut solo album Harlem River in 2013, and his second album Still Life in October 2014.

Two weekends ago Morby and his crew came through Bandwidth’s off-site studio, the Wilderness Bureau, and treated us to a short set in front of a trippy installation made by creative arts  BLK CHVRCH.

KEVIN MORBY – Still Life – CD/LP


Kevin Robert Morby is an American musician. He is best known as the former bassist of Woods, and the songwriter and guitarist of The Babies. He released his debut solo album the wonderful  “Harlem River” in 2013, and his second album “Still Life” in October 2014.

17-year-old  Kevin Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs.

He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and room mates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012.

Following his move to Los Angeles, Morby recorded a collection of songs with Babies producer Rob Barbato which were intended to be an homage to New York City. Released in 2013 by Woodsist Records, the eight-song collection was called “Harlem River and became Morby’s debut as a solo artist. The album also features drummer Justin Sullivan (The Babies) as well as contributions from Will Canzoneri, Tim Presley (White Fence), Dan Lead, and Cate Le Bon.

While on tour, Morby wrote songs that were later featured on his second album, Still Life“. The album was once again produced by Barbato and released on October 14, 2014

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Kevin Morby – Still Life: Former Woods bassist and songwriter/guitarist of The Babies, Kevin Morby surprised everyone last year with a stunning solo debut, “Harlem River”. Capitalizing on that momentum, Morby wasted no time releasing its follow-up, “Still Life”, a coastal gem of ragged folk-rock. Morby showed a brilliant capacity for songwriting with “Harlem River’s” title track and has matched that greatness with this year’s “Parade,” a moment of pure pop perfection,


Expect to see Kevin Morby‘s outstanding 2014 release, “Still Life”, on many best-of lists at the year end. Since striking out on his own with the debut solo “Harlem River” last year, the former Babies frontman and ex Woods member has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting songwriters of his generation. At Morby’s first solo show he debuted several of the forthcoming Still Life tracks. Nine months later, Morby was at the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade in Brooklyn ready to acquaint us with more songs from the new record. Though Morby arrived onstage last and after midnight, most of the crowd had stuck around to catch him,  he rewarded the faithfull with a poised set that showed his tour-worn comfort with the newer songs. He also played a classic number covered recently, Bill Fay’s “I Hear You Calling”. Morby’s sound congeals increasingly well with the West Coast move that in part prompted his solo breakout; his songs feel like a breeze blowing across your face as you lie on the hood of a car in a beach parking lot, staring at the coast. It was a fine way to end the night, not to mention this incredible showcase.

From the new album “Still Life” due out on October 4th on Woodsist Records, Kevin Morby was a bassist in Woods, singer songwriter guitar and vocals for the wonderful band Babies. Kevin will be playing the Musician in Leicester 21st September.


Former Woods and The Babies guitarist Singer Songwriter Kevin Morby, A song taken from his second solo album “Still life” a little bit of saxophone and some great tinkling piano drive this tune along Kevin is playing at the Musician in Leicester