Earlier this year, Angel Olsen put out her great album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, and you thought you’d have to survive off this for awhile as far as tunes from this lady go. But you’re in luck! She’s announced the deluxe version of said album and it includes this extra track, “May As Well,” which has this sleepy, almost lullaby vibe going for it. It’s a short little number, but in its two and a half minutes, Olsen manages to encapsulate an old-timey sound with her emotive voice, that’s nostalgic to say the least. I’m really enjoying this number, and so you should be to. Have a listen and pick up Burn Your Fire For No Witness Deluxe Edition on November 18th.
Sadly, the great run of tunes that came out in 2014 is drawing to a close, so we’re already getting into the jams that will get us through an Ebola-filled 2015. One of those that caught my attention was the dreamy electro-scape pop music coming from Color of Light. It’s the project of Sean Neuse, who formerly operated as Backseat Dreamer (that name was a bit too much of a giveaway), so you can turn this song on, put some headphones over those ears, then find yourself drifting into some quality REM sleep. Look for Memory to come out on January 6th of the newest year.
These boring little pages of ours have seen several songs pop up from Trans Upper Egypt, so I figured why not give you the opportunity to listen to their whole new self-titled LP? It’s music of the psychedelic sort, with the vocals often obscured in the mix while bass lines rhythmically bounce along. Me? I dig the album; it’s different in a sense than a lot of the other “psych rock,” so it alone wins points for that in my book. Monofonus Press will be releasing the album next Tuesday, but be a smart consumer, and listen in before you buy.
Soliti Music is on a roll this week, with a video from Black Lizard earlier, and now the announcement of My Heart Strings, the new effort from Ghost of Jack Nance. This tune is filled with noisy plodding guitar and a vocal that seems to echo through the caverns of your mind. It sort of sounds like if you took Beat Happening and wrapped it up in this dense collection of atmospheric noise…and I mean that in a really good way, I promise. You’ll be able to grab the new EP on November 28th, but while you’re waiting indulge a bit by rocking THIS VIDEO at work.
Man. I really have been craving some good soft tunes to ease me into the fall, or lack there of. This new album from Angelo de Augustine has been doing the trick pretty well, offering up some really incredible tunes. It’s not necessarily sad bastard music, though there’s an intimacy in the way the music has been recorded that likens Angelo to Elliot Smith (as I’ve mentioned before). You can even hear the buzz on the strings, which is always a favorite touch of mine. Look for his album Spirals of Silence on November 18th.
Really been stuck in a musical rut. Feel like the last few things I posted were all up in the same vein; I love that style, but I needed something a little bit different. For me, this little drifting piece of pop music from Hunck is perfect to help me overcome my blues. The London band just have this feeling that provides this chilled out warmth; it’s almost exactly what I was looking for. I say that, and yet I’ll probably post a bunch more rock and roll songs tomorrow. For now, just let your day wind to a close with this great little number.
Download: Hunck – Something Missing [MP3]
Last year I was really digging the sounds of Audacity; this was fueled on by a great performance I caught of the band during SXSW. That being said, I’m surprised I missed a new tune and 7″ announcement from the group, which has been billowing about for a week or two. The band is one of those that offers up two sides of things, hitting fast and heavy or bringing some pop stylings…this round they’re landing more on the side of fast and heavy, and even a little brash. I’m game for it all when it comes to this band, so check it out. You can grab the Counting the Days 7″ on December 2nd from Suicide Squeeze.
Earlier this summer I brought you a discovery, Scooterbabe, who I hit upon by way of looking into Athens Intensified. The band often get classified as a noisy indiepop act, and that’s definitely present in their sound, though I also hear other elements like Braid or Promise Ring in their newest EP. If you know me, you know that all those elements are certainly things I’m interested in, so I’m excited to share a tune with you. I have a sneaking suspicion that there are others who love this sound as much as I do, so head over to the group’s page now and pick up their new EP, along with a great digital booklet.
Download: Scooterbabe – Last Year Was Alright [MP3]