A lot of folks following musicians and blogs definitely have people that they adore, people that are untouchable in a sense; Corey Cunningham is one such person for me, be it in Terry Malts or, in the case of this post, Business of Dreams. On the latest single, the bass line opens heavy and pulsing, the lifeblood of the tune. It unfolds to build in driving synth work, as well as other electronic sparkles in the background. All the while, there’s Cunningham, sitting carefully in the mix, careful to hold the song’s lofty pop sensibility intact. It almost feels like something in the vein of Blank Dogs, but if it was crafted with sunshine in mind; there’s a natural vibrancy to this one. You will find this tune on Ripe for Anarchy, the new album out on Slumberland Records on February 1st.
We’re just about a week away from the release of the new Papercuts album, and the band just released one of my favorite tracks from the LP. I love the underlying energy from the rhythm section, which works in contrast to the smoky haze of Jason Quever’s voice; the guitar’s, too, carry on an energetic tone. It’s the perfect juxtaposition, allowing the listener to get carried away by the uplifting spirit, whilst still delving into moments of reflection. If you’re willing to let music carry you away again, perhaps you’ll pick up Parallel Universe Blues on October 17th via Slumberland.
You’ve heard of our adoration for Joe Stevens’ project, Peel Dream Magazine, so it might be our last chance to sample a track before the album drops at the beginning of October. I’m instantly drawn to the combination of Stevens’ voice and the warbling pulse of electronics just beneath the surface; it’s disorienting, yet captivating. We’re further drawn in when the guitar begins to playful dangle in our ears, loudly at first, then receding, only to come back to life as the song moves towards its end. No one’s making music quite as cathartic and entrancing as what you’ll find below; look for Modern Meta Physic from Slumberland on October 5th.
The opening minute of this new Papercuts tune has this bounding haze, matched by the obscured characters in the video; it’s got an infectious bounce that builds right into Jason Quever’s opening vocal lines. I don’t know what it is, but something about the way his voice is recorded just give me this imaginary sense of weightlessness; he does switch up the tone as he lets his voice fall atop the mix in what is perhaps the chorus. Eventually, the vocals fade into the background and we traverse through the video as the rest of the band come full circle back to the original bounding notes. This tune appears on Parallel Universe Blues, which is being released on October 19th via Slumberland Records.
The only thing I want to get off my chest is that not enough people are listening to Wildhoney! Today, the band shared a new single from the Slumberland Subscription Series over on NPR, which hopefully garners more deserved attention. Let’s get to that song though. It begins with a light ringing guitar, politely dancing through the speakers; it establishes the perfect setting for Lauren to enter with voice in tow. I love how her voice seems to sparkle in step with the crisp guitar notes. Then comes the rising joyousness of the momentary chorus. But, most importantly, we should take notice that the song’s crafted in various stages. The blissful openings soon makes way for a fuzzed out explosion, only to settle into this cascading atmospheric moment that wraps the song up in a warm blanket. Seriously. Go listen to more Wildhoney. And join the Slumberland Subscription!
Jason Quever has always seemed to work on his own terms. He’s recorded your favorite band, and he’s sporadically released his own work under the Papercuts moniker. As of late, he’s been hinting at new stuff, and finally it’s before us; plus, he signed with one of our favorite labels, Slumberland. The song has an interesting opening, with varying lines taking you in different directions…there’s a light-hearted bouncing line while a forlorn acoustic is strummed. It sets you up for a balancing act between two worlds, leaving the perfect opening for Quever to enter with his voice. I like to hear the intimate little details he adds to his work, and there are definitely a few hiding in here from the casual ear. So, jump right in, all the way in, and ready yourself for Parallel Universe on October 19th.
It’s Slumberland Records, and it’s Peel Dream Magazine, and it’s just really, ridiculously good. The track teases you with this keyboard wash, but listening closely you can hear the guitar work underneath. When the curtains get pulled back to reveal the vocals, the guitar becomes slightly more prominent, though not overbearing. Once you’ve combined that with the softness of the vocals, you get this beautiful landscape where you the sonic resemblance of The Clientele running down a hill to meet the stylings of Stereolab; they meet, embrace and we’re all better for it. Modern Meta Physic will be out on October 4th!
Slumberland Records has been on a roll this year, having released the latest from Smokescreens and the album of the year candidate from Tony Molina…now they’ve got Peel Dream Magazine. The band is the project of NYC-based Joe Stevens; he’s constructing this dense pop world not currently available amongst the indie scene. Immediately there’s forward movement, the song pushes as a lightly distorted guitar chug cuts through a softer percussive realm. The chorus is more of a twinkling pulse to let everyone grab their breath; this is surely where a Stereolab reference is apt. The band will release Modern Meta Physic on October 4th.
We’re riding high on the Tony Molina train over here, especially with Kill the Lights dropping in a few weeks. The latest single, and possibly the last before the LP is out, is one of the longer songs on the record, and to my ears, one of my favorites. Tony’s execution leaves him somewhere between Teenage Fanclub and Joe Pernice in my brain…and those are things that will keep me coming back to this song over and over. Sure, he might just be teasing us with 10 short ditties, but I assure you, no one is writing them better than Molina at this very moment. Kill the Lights hits July 26th via Slumberland Records.
Another day and another post related to Slumberland Records…what can you say…the labels so hot right now. Today we’ve got the latest video from newly adored Smokescreens, who are prepping Used to Yesterday for a July release. This track is a dedicated ode to the band’s New Zealand influences, where you can hear the guitars working against each other in unison to craft a melody that seeps over into the vocals. I love some of the gang vocals on this track; they’re recorded in such a way as you can barely decipher between one voice, uniting the band as a singular pop entity. The song rules, the band rules (and they’ll be touring throughout August, so be on the lookout!).