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Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster Shares New Single “Take Heart, Take Care”

Jun 27, 2019

Fayetteville-based singer/songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster has shared the title track from his forthcoming album Take Heart, Take Care, due out August 30 on Big Legal Mess Records. The track is a gentle exhortation wrapped in the fineries of sun-baked folk with taught lyricism and gentle piano accents. 

Florist

Florist Share Video for New Track “Time Is A Dark Feeling”

Jun 25, 2019

Brooklyn-based indie pop band Florist have shared the transportive new video for their new track "Time Is A Dark Feeling." The video features a slideshow of images that embellish the frail and vacant qualities of the song. Florist recently announced the release of their third album Emily Alone due out July 26 via Double Double Whammy.

Oh Sees

Oh Sees Announce New Album Face Stabber, Share Epic New Track “Henchlock”

Jun 25, 2019

The ever prolific and restless California garage-rockers have announced their new album Face Stabber, due out August 16 via Castle Face, and along with it they have shared a truly face melting 21 minute freak out called "Henchlock." Face Stabber is the follow up to last year's Smote Reverser and will be a double album. 

The band will tour behind the album this fall. You can find those dates on the band's website.

Tracklist:

1 The Daily Heavy
2 The Experimenter
3 Face Stabber
4 Snickersnee
5 Fu Xi
6 Scutum & Scorpius
7 Gholü
8 Poisoned Stones
9 Psy-Ops Dispatch
10 S.S. Luker's Mom
11 Heartworm
12 Together Tomorrow
13 Captain Loosely
14 Henchlock

Caroline Polachek

Caroline Polachek Shares New Video for “Door”

Jun 19, 2019

Caroline Polachek (ex-Chairlift member) has shared her debut track under her newly minted solo project, the first to go by her birth name. This track is the first piece of new music to come from Caroline since her 2017 album Drawing the Target Around the Arrow, released under her CEP moniker. Previously, Polachek had also released music under her Ramona Lisa moniker with 2014's Arcadia

Despite being her first proper solo appearance, it is quite collaborative in nature. The track was written and produced by Polachek, Danny Harle, Dan Nigro, and Jim-E Stack. The video features Polachek warping through portals in mirrors and screens with lush CGI and some sweet Greyhounds.

Planet Giza

Planet Giza Share New Video for “Ace Boogie Energy”

Jun 14, 2019

Montreal-based hip-hop/producer trio Planet Giza (Rami B, Tony Stone, & Dumix) have shared their new video for their track "Ace Boogie Energy." The track comes from their album Added Sugar released earlier this year on the group's own label, which featured Mick Jenkins and a track co-produced by Kaytranada. 

The video, directed by Touchemoipas and inspired by Paid in Full, features the group hanging in a house while the camera veers kaleidoscopically through hazy rooms.

Maria Usbeck

Maria Usbeck Announces New Album, Shares Lead Single “Amor Anciano”

Jun 12, 2019

Brooklyn-based electronic artist Maria Usbeck has shared her lead single, "Amor Anciano" off of her sophomore album, Envejeciendo, due out August 16 on Cascine. The album follows her Caroline Polacheck produced 2016 debut Amparo

The track is full of the warm space and soft glow of Japanese ambient music interpolated into a Latin dance context. The inspiration for the track came after "having two different conversations, one with my grandmother, the other with an elderly man I met in New Zealand" Usbeck says in the press release for the album. "They both talked about their long lost loves, about the ones who got away, as if they could've lived entirely different lives if they chose the other person to spend them with. It wasn't a regretful conversation, just older people reflecting on past romance and letting the stories play out a bit." The track features snippets of the interview she conducted with her grandmother.

Envejeciendo, (Spanish for "aging") is a concept album "exploring the universal obsession with youth and our preoccupation with growing older."

Envejeciendo Tracklist:

01 "Adios A Mi Memoria"
02 "Un Cabello Gris"
03 "Obscuro Obituario"
04 "The Machine"
05 "Amor Anciano"
06 "Secret In Japan"
07 "Retirement Home"
08 "Nostalgia"

Younghusband

Premiere: Younghusband Share New Song “Modern Lie”

May 14, 2019

British trio Younghusband are releasing a new album, Swimmers, on June 7 via Opposite Number. Previously they shared its first single and opening track, "Translation," which was one of our Songs of the Week. Now we are pleased to premiere the album's second single, "Modern Lie." It may be a jaunty indie pop song but, as its title suggests, it's about confronting the truth about yourself. It's also a song so nice they recorded it twice. Listen to "Modern Lie" below.

Frontman and songwriter Euan Hinshelwood had this to say about the song: "It's about giving into fallacies, internal and external, without too much resistance. Believing things about yourself and others that just aren't true, like you no longer know where the start or end point of anything is. And then realizing you probably shouldn't take things so seriously all the time, and just be a bit lighter of thought."  

Of recording the song, Hinshelwood says: "We recorded this song twice, at the very beginning of the album session and the very end. So it's the first and last song we recorded for the album. Two very different versions. Which kind of works with the subject matter."

Swimmers is the band's third album, the follow-up to 2015's Dissolver. Hinshelwood set up a studio in a barn in Greenwich, England, which is where Swimmers was recorded.

In a previous press release Hinshelwood had this to say about recording the album: "I didn't play the songs to the guys before. For the majority of the record the band had only heard the songs on the day of recording them. We then went over the top of those bare bones but at the core of it I wanted to get something loose and gritty."

Hinshelwood also had this to say about Swimmers: "There were so many things we liked and disliked about our first two records. We thought we'd try and find a middle ground. I wanted to bring us back to that place between the first and second record but with more confidence in songwriting. Maybe being a bit more extreme - a bit more emotional extremity and openness." 

Read our 2013 interview with Younghusband, as well as our 2015 interview with them.

Younghusband UK Tour Dates:

Friday 14th June - Rough Trade East, London
Saturday 15th June - Soup Kitchen, Manchester

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Versus

Versus Share Video for New Track “Invisible Love”

May 03, 2019

New York City-based indie rock icons Versus have shared another video, this time for their new track "Invisible Love" off of their EP Ex Nihilo out today. 

Ex Nihilo marks the bands' first output since 2010's On the Ones and Threes which came out via Merge. Recently the band had performed at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and are slated to perform opening for Ex-Hex on May 9 at Elsewhere Space in Brooklyn. Without revealing too much, the band have also shared that this EP will be preceding "future cryptic releases."