Only a day away from the release of their new LP, and Night Schoolhave convinced me of their talents with the release of “Marigold.” It’s a track that really hits home for my listening tastes, be it the voice or the guitar work, I’m hung up on it all. The vocals have this dreamy drift to them, draped angelically atop the bounce of the drum work; I like how there’s real clarity in the lyrics despite that ethereal vibe. And, of course the guitar work is perfect; it has that angular sharpness our friend Stevsie (Tres Oui/Mean Jolene) always weaves into his songs, and its presence here definitely adds to my intoxication. Disappear Here is out tomorrow via Graveface Records.
Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks, out of Savannah, GA, have a new video out just in time for the beginning of Spooky month of October. The track, “Lost My Head,” is a blistering surfy – psych, electric guitar driven number and the accompanying video is a fast paced trip in the woods. This video is taken from the band’s most recent Graveface Records release, which came out about a month ago. Take a peek of the video and then go stream the rest of the album.
The story behind Kid Dakota‘s most recent album, Denervation, are quite tragic…from the loss of a dear friend to physical impairment. But, if ever there were a silver lining, then perhaps this album is just that. You can hear Darren Jackson coming to terms with his experiences in this tune, yet there’s hint of promise at the end of the tunnel. What I’m fascinated is the way the song moves; it begins heavily, with sharp guitars chopping down, then slowly fades into another the stripped down solitude of the song’s middle. Eventually, the tune slowly exits the building, but the impression is one you’re not likely to forget. Look for the new record on February 9th via Graveface Records.
Pressing play on the latest tune from Bummerville immediately finds your hair blown back by a fuzzy distorted guitar and an effortless feeling of cool. The vocals here are hidden a bit in the mix, but you can still easily feel the swagger pouring through your speaker. In the best fashion, the song swings in in just under two minutes, crackling through your speakers with just enough to keep your ears satiated. The band, led by Daniel Brady Lynch, will be releasing their first proper LP, Bottom Feeder, on January 26th via Graveface Records.
Over the last month I’ve really been on the Whispertown hype train; I might even be the engineer. She’s just dropped yet another single from her forthcoming I’m a Man, and I think this track offers a glimpse at another side of what her new record will offer. While her first two tracks seem to channel Jenny Lewis style pop, this track feels like its the best track that the Sandwitches never wrote. I particularly love the way she delivers the various verses. Look for her album on September 1st via Graveface Records.
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I can’t tell you how excited I am for people to spend the rest of the year fawning over this wonderful Whispertown record. She just dropped another single, which has me staring longingly out my window, wondering what’s to come. Her quick vocal delivery on this tune is a marvel, only punctuated by heavenly backing vocals. Morgan Nagler has this power that draws you completely into the song, and you’ll find that I’m a Man is filled with such rare quality…so much so that you might not listen to anything else; look for it on September 1st via Graveface Records.
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In case you haven’t heard of Morgan Nagler, rest assured that many of your idols like Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch have. Her project Whispertown just announced a new album, I’m a Man, which will come out on the first day of September via Graveface Records. I really like the slight tonal adjustments she makes mid-syllable, and while her voice attracted me from the start…it was the care to the details that really drove the message home. Strummed guitar is aided by strings, accompanying vocals and a maneuvering guitar that’s surely going to charm even the most casual listener. This one’s a winner.
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I no longer need the Slowdive association to love Monster Movie (though it doesn’t hurt). For me, there’s something very special in it, almost like a heavier, less electronic version of the Radio Dept. Guitars swirl through your speakers, gunshot drums pound in the distance, but the pleasant quality of the vocals is what really drew me into this song. As the track fades out there’s great little echoes of beautiful noise, warmly wrapping around the innards of your ears…a treat for sure. Look for Keep the Voices Distant to come your way on March 31st via Graveface Records.
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Christian Savill is probably having a rad month. One of his projects, Slowdive, announced their return triumphantly. Now, his other long-running act, Monster Movie, has announced a brand new album. These songs have pummeling drum work and a darkened tone via the guitar squall that echoes in the distance. But, listening through and through, you can hear the group propelling into the realm of beautiful noise pop. Yeah, it’s loud, but there’s a sense of hope exhibited throughout, making all our lives infinitely better. Keep the Voices Distant will be released by Graveface Records on March 31st.
Seems like this is the month for all things Hospital Ships, especially here at ATH. We interviewed Jordan about SXSW, as well as featured several new songs from his forthcoming LP, The Past is Not a Flood. We’re fortunate enough to offer you another special treat today, with a live video of his song “Nothing to Hide.” This is perhaps one of the album’s most personal songs, as well as the most direct in its simplicity. Here we have Jordan working over a piano with his fragile voice carrying the track. The video’s pretty naked emotionally as well; I love seeing him completely lost in the song, as you’re likely to feel the same. Look for the new LP on March 11th via Graveface Records.