South East London duo “Normal Average People” have released their second single “Lemo // Memo.” This follows their debut “Baggy Ankles.” Proving the band have immense versatility, “Lemo // Memo” is more melodic than its raucously confrontational predecessor, and features a hint of 60’s Psychedelia all while maintaining their Alternative/Post-Punk style. “Lemo // Memo” will appear on the band’s upcoming E.P. The Moon Salon which will be released on August 26th via “Blitzcat Records.” The E.P. is named after the rehearsal space of the bar members Sam and Emil used to work at where they would sneak back in after the bar would close and bring out amps they had hidden during the week. This is going to be a wild E.P. to say the least. You can listen to “Lemo // Memo” below:
Chicago Post-Punk/Noise Rock band “Ganser” are set to release their new album Just Look at That Sky this Friday via “Felte Records,” and today the band have shared another new track off the upcoming album titled “Projector.” About the track, vocalist/keyboardist Nadia Garofalo states that “It’s what happens when someone becomes so far removed from general society that their thoughts become a Dunning-Kruger Effect echo chamber of pseudo-wisdom and self-affirmations. Connection and perspective gets lost, but that echo becomes louder and often public. We shot this the day after “SXSW” was cancelled. We didn’t know what was coming, but we knew it wasn’t going to be good.” You can watch the music video for “Projector” below:
Song: Life Goes Fluently
Genre: Pop/Alternative Rock/Indie Rock/Indie Pop
We’re all guilty of dwelling in the past. Caught up in the could haves and should haves. Many of us reminisce over simpler or happier times, but though acknowledging the past is important, it’s also more important to focus on the present. To lay the groundwork for the future, and to strive to grow and improve. As simple as that concept may be, it’s also very complex, because us as humans have such a vast memory that it’s hard not to live in the past where we’ve invested so much time and emotions. There’s a reason why the old saying “life goes on” rings true, and on her new single “Life Goes Fluently,” up and coming artist “Greysha” captures this feeling in a way that isn’t exactly happy-go-lucky, but also isn’t exactly pessimistic or self-deprecating. Instead, she has created an immaculately produced guitar-driven ballad that finds her diving deep into her realizations and acknowledging that she herself is guilty of dwelling in the past. She’s letting us know that she’s right there with us, instead of waving her finger at us. It’s clear that young love is the main focus on this track. It’s youthful and can be naive, but that’s what makes it so charming. I’m very much looking forward to what she does next.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
“IDLES” are set to release their upcoming album Ultra Mono on September 25th via “Partisan Records,” and today the band have shared a a new track off the album titled “A Hymn,” which is a noticeable departure from their previous singles “Mr. Motivator” and “Grounds.” “A Hymn” is a slower track that features a steady and moody tone with reverbed guitars reminiscent of their early EPs and semi-Industrial atmospherics. Lead singer Joe Talbot sounds subdued but no less impactful as he sings words of self-reflection with a refrain of “I want to be loved. Everybody does.” You can watch the music video for “A Hymn” below:
South London trio “PLAY DEAD” are just two singles in and they already show much promise. It’s safe to say we can add the band to the list of Post-Punk scholars who bring innovation to the beloved genre along with “IDLES,” “Shame,” “Hotel Lux,” etc. The band’s second single “Shaun” was released today, and it’s even more infectious than it’s predecessor “Whitstable,” raucously delivering a “Garage Rock” grunginess while the band sings about member Ollie Clarke’s nan’s boyfriend who is described by the band as “a gentle giant with a short fuse who got arrested for punching a man off his bike in Brixton. He enjoys pies, pints, and Coldplay.” Very few of us are lucky enough to get our own theme song, and Shaun now has the perfect one. You can listen to “Shaun” below:
Artist: Furrowed Brow
EP: Dead Dead Dead Still Digging
Genre: Post-Punk/Art Rock/Indie Rock
Label: Notes From Underground
With an infinite supply of wit and a deliciously sardonic sense of humor, Manchester band “Furrowed Brow” have given us their debut E.P. Dead Dead Dead Still Digging. Is this a gift, or a curse? Well, are you fluent in sarcasm? Can you handle lyrical content expressed from the point of view of someone who is being both cynical and ironically hopeful while they lay the absurdity of us humans flat out on the table? Can you handle the idea that the listener, myself included might completely misinterpret their music while the meaning goes over our witless heads? Can you handle the idea that you might delve too far into the lyrical content to decipher meanings that might not even be there? If this is confusing to you, then I can assume you’re not interested. Carry on. If an unclassifiable combination of Punk with glamour, a brazen humor, colorful synths that evoke the spirit of bands such as Magazine or Live at the Witch Trials era The Fall, strong Manchester lingo, and a vocal delivery glamorously rambled like Mark E. Smith with glitter, then this is an album for you. This music has no boundaries, and yet, it’s not shock for shock’s sake. There is a method to their madness. There is a reason why they made a track like “Killed Myself and the Kids” so damn catchy to the point where it’ll have you walking around singing along to the chorus for days while people raise their eyebrows at you, (I wouldn’t recommend doing that) and it’s up to you to find the reasons why. As for me, I see them as a fearless and refreshing band that brings a relentless bite back to Rock & Roll. A band as intelligent as they are appreciative in comedy while they analyze the human condition in a cleverly satirical way instead of waving their fingers at us. They’re classy, but not afraid to rough us up a bit, and that’s a juxtaposition you don’t usually see in contemporary music. I’m excited, but I also feel a little insulted, and I love it.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
We still have to wait a couple of months before we’ll finally be able to hear the new “Ganser” album Just Look At That Sky, but today the band have released another taste of their upcoming album and it’s the closing track titled “Bags For Life.” About the song, the band have stated “It’s about how strange the end of the world would be on the internet.” Name a theme more fitting right now. Ganser’s new album Just Look At That Sky will be released on July 31st via “Felte.” You can listen to “Bags For Life” below:
Genre: Indie Rock/Post-Punk/Noise Rock
It’s hard speaking about mental illness sometimes. The fear of alienation from others is something that plagues your mind when dealing with a mental illness. That along with overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, self-hatred, nihilism, depression, and existentialism are all things that can prevent someone from letting people in, but one creative outlet to exorcise your demons is music, and Bristol UK based band “Mazmere” most definitely face the cycles of mental illness head-on with no compromise on their new E.P. MBJDEBNRBM. This music is pure raw energy with manically noisy instrumentation that perfectly reflects lead singer Jake Sinetos’ deep dive into the darker parts of the human mind. You know, the parts you try to ignore and distract yourself from with whatever form of escapism you fancy. This music can be ugly, but I mean that in the kindest way possible, because ugly music isn’t always a bad thing, in fact there is much beauty to find in macabre art. The beauty in this E.P. is found in its fearless lyrical content that instead of coming off sounding like a motivational speech, tackles the complexities of your inner-voice that isn’t always so optimistic. That in itself is uplifting, because once you embrace your demons and continue to fight them, you can seriously take on anything, and the representation of that through this music is exhausting yet liberating. This is most prominently expressed on the track “Skeletons.” “This house is full of medicine that gives you no cure. You’re bouncing off the walls again. You’re twisted with fear. Fear of yourself is worse than what is real, so find your demon, and cut him a deal” sings Sinetos. This is the albums biggest tearjerker as our protagonist gives us a tour of this cycle in his mind, a cycle that isn’t for the faint of heart, but is necessary to understand those less mentally fortunate. Once this track erupts with its musical climax, it’s hard not to feel like you’re floating as your demons either begin to decay, or ride with you. It all depends on your interpretation. Without sounding too inaccessible, this E.P. is brutally honest, and that’s something we should all strive to explore in music.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Song: Aros Am Byth
Genre: Indie Pop/Psych-Pop
Label: Libertino Records
Welsh artist Dylan Hughes under his “YNYS” project makes the kind of dreamy music that takes you on a meditative journey with a juxtaposition of sunny day “Indie Pop” and night time melancholy. His new single “Aros Am Byth” is no exception, but this time around he incorporates 70’s Italian Disco synths to create a lush tune that is as attention grabbing as it is humble. Instead of going full-on Disco, Hughes utilizes these synths to fit his distinct musical world he has created, and my does he pull off this sound well. About the track Hughes has stated “The vibe I was trying to get was Jeff Lynne taking over the studio after being at a Tame Impala listening party.” Well, mission accomplished because this sounds like an “Electric Light Orchestra” ballad from an alternate universe or “Tame Impala’s” younger brother, and it’s modern enough to not sound too anachronistic. It’s both a fun and tender tune.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Artist: The Earflower Experiment
Song: Emerge (feat. Aman Saxena)
Genre: Alternative Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Indie Rock
New Delhi artist Astaaq Ahmed has proven himself to be an imaginative visionary with his project “The Earflower Experiment.” His music tells a story while he instrumentally delves into a myriad of genres that maintains his Psychedelic Folk style but isn’t limited as he incorporates clever production techniques and sound design. His new track “Emerge” featuring producer Aman Saxena solidifies his talent. On this track he metaphorically sings from the perspective of someone escaping an ocean as he nearly drowns, and this symbolizes getting out of a toxic relationship. While he sings over melancholy acoustic guitar, we hear waves and splashes from this metaphorical ocean as the track builds into a feeling of being reborn as he is now free. The track then smoothly transitions into a guitar lead final act that can be compared to a band like “Pink Floyd” as the Psychedelia makes itself more prominent and closes the book of this beautifully sentimental story. This is Ahmed at his most vulnerable, and yet he embraces the negative aspects of this relationship embedded in toxicity to recognize his self-worth. This is thoughtful music at its best.
Written By: Steven Sandoval