Chicago Reader Says Sunny War Overflows With Power

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Chicago Reader Says Sunny War Overflows With Power

Chicago Reader writes that Sunny War’s Simple Syrup, which hit a new peak at #42 last week at NACC, “follows a busy period when she launched a downtown chapter of Food Not Bombs, participated in Black Lives Matter protests, and released a couple EPs and a few singles.” On the record, recorded at Hen House […]

Great Dark Wonder Gushes Over Beams’ New LP

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Great Dark Wonder Gushes Over Beams’ New LP

Beams‘ Ego Death, according to Great Dark Wonder, is a record “you cannot afford to miss… all ten tracks are simply stunning.” On the new album, the Toronto-based sextet’s sixth, “Beams move in a bold, new sonic direction, where loud guitars taking center-stage, while leaving enough room for the airy acoustic instrumentation that has defined […]

Electric Sound of Joy and Exclaim! Share New Braids Songs

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Electric Sound of Joy and Exclaim! Share New Braids Songs

“Braids never disappoint,” writes Electric Sound of Joy about the new “Slayer Moon” / “2020” double A-side, telling readers that “as ever, this new release has serious emotional heft to go with a fierce intelligence.” Check the tracks out here. The singles also got some coverage in Exclaim!, which also has stories provided by the […]

Indie For Bunnies Is Into The Pet Parade

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Indie For Bunnies Is Into The Pet Parade

Italian website Indie For Bunnies is into Fruit Bats‘ new album The Pet Parade, and in a recent review writes (in a loose translation provided by Google) that “This is not an album to be underestimated. Try to listen to it and every day it will seem more beautiful. Let yourself be captivated by the […]

New Music From The Fratellis

Posted on Apr 6, 2021
New Music From The Fratellis

If you thought you knew The Fratellis, think again. Half Drunk Under A Full Moon, the Glasgowian trio’s sixth album, is a kaleidoscopic delight full of surprises, from its flamboyant title track and lush songs steeped in brass and strings to twists on the stomping sing-alongs for which they’re known. “There was a definite sense […]

The Indie Machine and Turn Up the Volume Gush About Beams’ New LP

Posted on Apr 6, 2021
The Indie Machine and Turn Up the Volume Gush About Beams’ New LP

Though it’s early, The Indie Machine predicts that Beams‘ Ego Death might be on its “albums of the year list.” Check out their blurb on the album right here. Turn Up The Volume is similarly stoked about the LP, bestowing “Album Of The Day” honors upon it last Monday. “If you switch from jangly pop […]

Sunny War Speaks With The Vinyl District And Rock and Roll Globe

Posted on Apr 6, 2021
Sunny War Speaks With The Vinyl District And Rock and Roll Globe

“It doesn’t happen often” WFDU’s Evan Toth writes, “but every once in a while I drop the needle on a record and can feel something special happening; a sort of groundswell. As if something is growing, or getting ready to burst. This was my experience when listening to Sunny War’s new album, Simple Syrup.” Toth’s […]

Braids’ New Singles Earn The Approval of Stereogum and Guitar World

Posted on Apr 6, 2021
Braids’ New Singles Earn The Approval of Stereogum and Guitar World

According to Stereogum, both of the new Braids tracks we recently serviced to radio – “Slayer Moon” and “2020” – “tap into the same sort of cascading, high-stakes melodrama that [last year’s LP] Shadow Offering excelled at.” Check them out here. Guitar World says “Slayer Moon” is an “essential” guitar track, writing that “Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s serrated lead […]

Broadway World Shares “State Of Decay” By Max Foreman

Posted on Apr 6, 2021
Broadway World Shares “State Of Decay” By Max Foreman

Broadway World has shared “State of Decay,” from Max Foreman‘s debut solo EP Underground. Foreman told BW that the song “is about that feeling of metamorphosis-part fatigue, part reawakening to the world around us. The lyrics depict nature gently reclaiming its territory, clawing away at the edifices of city life. The song observes a sense […]

The Arts Desk Compares Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains To Benjamin Biolay and Belle and Sebastian

Posted on Apr 6, 2021
The Arts Desk Compares Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains To Benjamin Biolay and Belle and Sebastian

The Arts Desk contends that “Frànçois Marry’s sixth album as Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains evokes warm days spent lounging in fields of clover reflecting on friendship, places visited and journeys which could be undertaken. Banane Bleue’s 10 tracks are unhurried and delivered as if Marry had just woken up… If Benjamin Biolay had a UK […]

Folk Radio Points Out Sunny War’s “Remarkable Depth” As She Aims For NACC Debuts This Week

Posted on Apr 5, 2021
Folk Radio Points Out Sunny War’s “Remarkable Depth” As She Aims For NACC Debuts This Week

As Folk Radio UK observes, Sunny War “is a woman of remarkable depth. She is also a woman who doesn’t shy away from dealing with difficult topics, seeming almost drawn to them.” A few of these difficult topics make their way onto War’s newest LP, Simple Syrup, which is going for NACC Top 200 and Folk debuts […]

Higher Plain Says Beams Present “Psyche Folk-Rock At Its Finest”

Posted on Apr 5, 2021
Higher Plain Says Beams Present “Psyche Folk-Rock At Its Finest”

In its 9.5/10  review of the new Beams LP, Higher Plain Music writes that Ego Death is “psyche folk-rock at its finest.” Comparing the Toronto band to Tanya Donnelly and praising “how harmonious the musicians are,” the site says the album is fantastic due to its “attention to detail.. [and] some killer riffs.” Read the […]

Popmatters Says There In Fact Is A Cure For The Wintertime Blues: Fruit Bats

Posted on Apr 5, 2021
Popmatters Says There In Fact Is A Cure For The Wintertime Blues: Fruit Bats

Once again, thanks to all the stations that helped Fruit Bats‘ The Pet Parade hit #3 at NACC last week! Each one of you made a difference: AM 1700, CHMR, CHYZ, CKUA, DMPulse Media, Inhailer Radio, Iowa Public Radio, Jefferson Public Radio, KALX, KAXE, KBLU, KCSU, KDUR, KEUL, KFFP, KGLT, KMUD, KNNN, KRBX, KRCC, KRJF, KRSC, […]

New Music From Braids

Posted on Apr 1, 2021
New Music From Braids

Less than a year after releasing Shadow Offering, which got plenty of radio support around North America, Braids is revealing two brand new songs titled “Slayer Moon” and “2020.” The new tracks were premiered by the band during their WWWorld Premiere live concert, a streaming event hosted on their YouTube channel. According to the band’s Raphaelle […]

Grimy Goods Appreciates The “Free-Flowing Radiance” Of Sunny War’s Songcraft

Posted on Apr 1, 2021
Grimy Goods Appreciates The “Free-Flowing Radiance” Of Sunny War’s Songcraft

Grimy Goods writes, “Folk phenomenon Sunny War is an artist who fervently puts her all into her music. Her songs glide across your ears with a free-flowing radiance that sucks listeners in. Her new album Simple Syrup is aptly titled as it has that same light sweetness. Her innovative 11-track release touches on themes that […]

Exclaim Digs The “Clean, Purposeful, and Well-Constructed” Nature Of The New Beams LP

Posted on Apr 1, 2021
Exclaim Digs The “Clean, Purposeful, and Well-Constructed” Nature Of The New Beams LP

“Though the band is generally rooted in harmonious psychedelic folk,” writes Exclaim! about Toronto-based sextet Beams, “their third full-length album, Ego Death, is, as the name suggests, a more intense move. Instead of lacing the album with pastoral, banjo-based tunes, doom and gloom take precedence here, creating atmospheres that are more ominous and unsettling than […]

Spectrum Culture Says Fruit Bats’ New LP Is The Work of “Pros In Their Pocket”

Posted on Apr 1, 2021
Spectrum Culture Says Fruit Bats’ New LP Is The Work of “Pros In Their Pocket”

On Fruit Bats‘ new LP The Pet Parade, Spectrum Culture writes here, “each song feels familiar in some sense, but Eric Johnson makes them his own. The Pet Parade essentially comes off like listening to pros in their pocket. Johnson and Josh Kaufman knew what they were doing when they recorded the album.” The Pet […]

Glide Mag Praises Melpo Mene’s “Vocal Charisma”

Posted on Mar 29, 2021
Glide Mag Praises Melpo Mene’s “Vocal Charisma”

Glide Mag recommends the newest single from Melpo Mene. “Cutting with vocal charisma, we are warmly welcomed into Melpo Mene’s eclectic world on ‘Wrong At Last’ as he swirls in a sonic landscape encompassed by fuzz bass, acoustic guitar, and refined synthesizer shimmering. An enlightening effort, ‘Wrong At Last’ blends indie-rock vocal movement with a […]

Austin Town Hall Shares Max Foreman’s “Underground”

Posted on Mar 29, 2021
Austin Town Hall Shares Max Foreman’s “Underground”

Austin Town Hall has the video for “Underground,” the title track from longtime Bouquet and Tenebre member Max Foreman‘s debut solo EP. “On the title track from his forthcoming Underground EP, you get a glimpse of the musical landscape he straddles on this release; he seems to draw from both his electronic background and his […]

Mike Viola Stitches Together Super 8 Clips For A New Video

Posted on Mar 29, 2021
Mike Viola Stitches Together Super 8 Clips For A New Video

Mike Viola just released a new video from his Godmuffin LP, and it can be seen on Rock and Roll Globe. “Sometime in the early 1970s, he tells the site, “my oldest brother Larry bought a Super-8 movie camera at this electronics store called Summit in Brockton, Massachusetts. Funny thing about the first rolls of […]

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