Tuesday, September 07, 2021

New Entry: VLURE Reveal New Single "Show Me How To Live Again"

Glasgow post punk/synth/electronic five-piece VLURE have revealed their new single "Show Me How To Live Again".

The song is out today (September 7) through So Young Records. Get it here.

From the band "This is a song about hope and looking forward. It’s for all of us regaining our footing when chaos, uncertainty and insecurity is all that’s become known to us over the past eighteen months. We find ourselves violently thrust back into the youthful abandon of dancehalls, gaffs, smoking areas and basement venues as if nothing had ever changed, and never will again. This is a love song for reclaiming the lost nights, and for the loved ones who helped you through them. To brighter days. At the end we must begin again."

Stream it below.


Watch: Phantom Limb Unleash Music Video For "Dumbo Returns"

Birmingham, AL  indie rock/alt band Phantom Limb have unleashed the video for "Dumbo Returns".

The song is taken from their upcoming sophomore album 'Pastoral', which will be available on November 16 through Earth Libraries. Get it here.

As summarized by frontman Andrew Laningham, "'Dumbo Returns' is basically meant to be the sonic representation of my anxiety surrounding 2020, particularly about COVID. I wrote a version of this song about two years ago, but ended up scrapping it and never recording it. I decided to revisit this song when writing Pastoral. I redid the whole song and rewrote the lyrics to reflect my headspace of March 2020 (which was pretty disoriented and fucked up). The song ended up being about how my anxiety led to having these paranoid thinking patterns. It’s about how my anxiety led to more bizzarro anxiety, kind of replicating itself in my brain like the world’s worst Xerox machine. 

I was listening to a lot of minimalist composers while I was recording Pastoral, like Steve Reich, Terry Reilly, and LaMonte Young. One of the techniques they use a lot in composition is phasing, which is basically taking two identical musical phrases, then speeding one up slightly to create these rhythmic, echo-y effects. That music really spoke to me and reflected how my anxious thoughts felt. I used that technique in the main synth line of 'Dumbo Returns' to mirror how my mind felt at the time. I also found a sample of someone singing “Am I doing enough?” that I put in the bridge of the song.  I was questioning whether I was doing enough to stop my anxious thought spirals, so that sample was supposed to represent some sort of attempt to break out of paranoid thinking. 

Prior to 2020, it was easy for me to look down at people who fall into paranoid thought patterns (think conspiracy theories or whatever), but after having panic attacks and an anxiety disorder, I was surprised with how quickly my mind went into a lot of dark, paranoid places. 'Dumbo Returns' is about me struggling with that, and trying to pick up the pieces after a mental break."

Watch/listen below.

New Entry: Film School Unveil New Single "Stratospheric Tendencies"

Los Angeles shoegaze/psych/alt band Film School have unveiled their new single "Stratospheric Tendencies".

The song is taken from their upcoming sixth studio album "We Weren’t Here", out September 24th via Sonic Ritual. Pre-order your copy here

Stream it below.


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Yard Act Announce Debut LP 'The Overload', Stream Title Track

Leeds indie rock/punk band Yard Act have announced the release of their highly anticipated debut studio album 'The Overload'.

The 11-track record was produced by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) between Bristol and Leeds earlier this year, and will be out on 7th January 2022 through Zen F.C./ Island. Pre-order your copy here.

The Overload is a record of great dexterity and curation, the output of a band who were raised on a 00s digital-revolution buffet of wide musical influences. Growing up on US MTV Hip-Hop, minimal 70s No-Wave and sharp-witted British indie, Yard Act benefit from this rich tapestry of musical near-history, using it to create something that feels like more than a trendy pastiche.

“Lyrically, I think it’s a record about the things that we all do - we're all so wired into the system of day to day that we don't really stop and think about the constructs that define us,” says vocalist James Smith. “But also beyond that, it's kind of exciting, because there’s still so much we don’t understand; how a hive mindset is forged, how information spreads, how we agree and presume things without thinking. Some people think more than others, but a lot of this sloganeering - 'I'm on the left, I'm not wrong' - doesn't achieve anything. Gammons, Karens, Snowflakes, whatever – I find it all so boring. I'm just not into that.”

While time-travelling in parts sonically, The Overload weaves a very-2021 storyline. Across the album’s 11 tracks, an unnamed character – a bricolage of characters that Smith has met, imagined, or himself been – finds himself in quite the financial pickle, ricocheting from desk job to desperate illicit activity to police investigation, before culminating in the kind of half-cut personal epiphany that even the most law-abiding among us could relate to. Bookended by cheeky cameo’s from ‘Fixer Upper’s' Graeme and a clear structure of four parts, there is no getting around it — Yard Act have written a soap opera.

The Overload is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.

Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for new single "The Overload" below.

The Overload Tracklist:
01. The Overload
02. Dead Horse
03. Payday
04. Rich
05. The Incident
06. Witness (Can I Get A?)
07. Land Of The Blind
08. Quarantine The Sticks
09. Tall Poppies
10. Pour Another
11. 100% Endurance

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New Entry: Soot Sprite AIr New Single "Alone Not Lonely"

Exeter, UK bedroom pop/shoegaze/indie rock band Soot Sprite (lead by Elise Cook) have unveiled their new single "Alone Not Lonely".

The song is taken from their upcoming EP 'Poltergeists', which will be out on October 29th through Specialist Subject Records. Pre-order your copy here.

‘Alone Not Lonely’ sees Elise Cook arrive at a moment of revelation, where she finds herself flourishing outside of relationships that never served her. “This was one of those epiphany moments, where I realised that alone I was not only okay, but I was thriving, and it wasn’t down to anyone else except myself. It was that realisation of self-love and owning my accomplishments in life. It came out in this form of pure joy that I needed to put into song.”
Poltergeists is an EP about false love – from its hopeful and reckless beginnings to its inevitable chaotic disintegration. Throughout the tracks, Cook consistently calls herself into question, yet thankfully resolves her insecurities with a profound maturity. Soot Sprite may only be at the start of their exciting journey, but their achingly poignant music is already winning them new audiences far and wide, and their relatability clearly resonates with new listeners and fans alike.

Stream it below.

Poltergeists EP Tracklisting
01. Assisted Thrills
02. Accolade
03. It's Summer and I Don't Feel Like Smiling
04. Night Thirst
05. Alone Not Lonely
06. Poltergeists

True Faith Announce Debut LP 'They Can Always Hurt You More', Stream "Gestalt"

Boston coldwave/post punk/darkwave band True Faith have announced the release of their first full-length album 'They Can Always Hurt You More'.

The 9-track album, produced by True Faith and Dereck Blackburn, will be out on November 2 through A La Carte Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Speaking about the record's creative process, vocalist and guitarist Travis Benson, explains: “While this album is a testament to our own personal experiences with mistreatment and abuse in the medical system, I think it really speaks to a greater theme of labor exploitation across all disciplines … I could sense the limitations I would have as a solo project, both from a technical aspect but even from a creativity aspect—I find it best to have others to bounce ideas off.

Quentin and I have played together before, and I knew that his style would really complement mine well. His addition has been an asset in the terms of writing, which I feel is evident when you compare the material on the cassette vs the LP.”.

Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for their new single "Gestalt", below.

They Can Always Hurt You More Tracklist:
01. Moral Hazard
02. A Reason
04. I Wanted More
05. Comfort Measures
06. The Passion
07. Something
08. Gestalt
09. Hornace

New Entry: The Parrots Release New Single "It's Too Late To Go To Bed"

Spanish rock/garage pop/surf duo The Parrots have released their new single "It's Too Late To Go To Bed".

The song is taken from their upcoming sophomore album 'Dos', produced by Tom Furse (The Horrors) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Temples), set to arrive on October 29 through Heavenly Recordings. Pre-order your copy here.

Watch a visualizer below.