Berlin based Grimson has really been catching our ear over in the ATH offices as of late. Already we’ve been treated to two new singles over the last few months, and now we have the entire new album to stream below! Climbing up the Chimney is a showcase of all the things that make the young Aiden Berglund a true spotlight of a songwriter in the game today. He has a delicate nature to things with folk inspirations and light hints of brightness throughout the entire album. Check out this beauty below and also consider picking up a physical copy via bandcamp.
When Grimson was a young child, he began to pen the ideas of what would turn into his latest track, “Round Trip Ticket;” it was a track detailing the separation of his family across continents. But, as his songwriting proficiency advanced, notes and details turned into this fully fleshed out bit of baroque pop. From the start, there’s this swelling bounce that tosses you on the saddle and ushers you into the track; it gives the song this steady beat, allowing for the rest of the arrangement to really fill in the details. And what a great job there, as sweeping strings and Grimson’s Beatles-esque vocals seem to wrap match that bounce and build in this stunning texture. If you’re digging it, Climbing Up the Chimney is the name of the new LP, and it hits on September 1st.
Berlin based artist Aiden Berglund has a new album coming out in September under his recording moniker Grimson and I think it might just be one of my favorites of the year. Without saying too much more and spoiling the surprise, I suggest you check out this new single “Leave it Like You Found It” and see for yourself why I am so hyped on this new music. It has this very delicate and intimate beginning which lures you in with its beauty but then the song opens up with a jolt of energy to give it this highly engaging and inviting feel. Truly a lovely piece of songwriting.
The aforementioned new album entitled Climbing Up the Chimney is due out on September 1st.
For all the hype and adoration of bedroom pop as a genre, there are really very few folks who manage to capture the sincerity of the style, which is why I’m gravitating towards Germany’s Half of a Rainbow. It’s the bedroom project of Johannes Harder, who takes nods from the likes of Sebadoh or early GBV, although I hear some of the grandiose nods to Stephin Merritt in the way vocals come across at times. This one burns slow, rising to this swelling pop apex that’s completely won me over this morning. Look for a debut release from the German artist next week!
If you were looking for something that to throw on your post-punk playlist, might I suggest this new track from Berlin (by way of Manchester) outfit The Underground Youth. Those opening guitar lines tickle you, pricking your ears up before the rhythm section joins in with this bobbing groove that sets the mood for the exploratory nature of Craig Dyer’s voice. Deep and melodic, his voice feels both reflective and pained in this presentation, aided by the way the background billows around him. They’ve just finished up their 11th LP in 15 years; Nostalgia’s Glass will be out on August 14th.
Daniel Bock is writing a record about a world where “melancholy sets in once you reach your mid-thirties,” which I feel is likely relatable for many of us out there. But, despite the notion of sadness that might lead you to expect, you won’t really find that in this spirited first single from the new album. There’s an immediate push of energy through the door as the song opens, a shuffling guitar jangle with a solid steady snare snap kicking things forward. Daniel’s voice has a nice melodic softness, regaling the story of a character making those career moves that likely feel more lateral than vertical…I’ve been there for sure! If you love this jam, be on the lookout for Benevolent Tourists later this year.
We are in full on SXSW preparation mode at this point ladies and gentlemen! This is officially your last weekend before things really start to go down next week with great tech, education and film things going on around town. Then we go full force into music week right after that. GET READY. Continuing our SXSW interview series today is another one from the lads in Beatenberg. Hit the jump for all the deets.
At the very tail end of last year, Rocky Lorelei released the beautiful collection titled A Sculpture in My Hands. The project is the work of Rachel Taylor, who you might know from Spinning Coin or Hairband or Slipper, and boy are you in for a treat if you’ll lend me your ears. These 11 tunes are a mixture of introspective ballads and droning pieces of art poetry, all of which share this mixture of pastoral and naturalism, accompanied by the fragility of Taylor’s voice on the recordings. For me, there are certain standout tracks like “Tomorrow is a Star” or “It’s All on My Mind,” but there’s not a single song you’d want to skip over, each offering little intimate recordings that resonate deep within your soul. Personally, I recommend carrying these tunes with you on a nice walk through the park with the sun on your back; it’s available now via a limited cassette on Rehberge Records.
Berlin’s Matching Outifts will be releasing their debut LP this September, and the more I listen to this single, the more I’m just completely enthralled by their sound. There’s just something distinctively magical about singer Linnea’s voice; it often reminds me of Nadja from What We Do in the Shadows. There’s just so many different ways the vocals are spoken, or sung, or stopped then started. Just listen to the chorus, as the styles seem to all swirl and mix up with one another inside that brief moment. And, just as you’re sucked into the quiet joy of this song, it begins to climb just after the 2 minute mark, offering a brief, yet noisy, glimpse at what could be in store when they drop Band Made Out of Sand on September 21st via Kitchen Leg Records.
Berlin by way of Mexico based upstarts Sei Still released a stunning debut LP last year but have no plans to slow down in 2021 with more new music on the way. The first taste of new music from the group comes in the form of this driving new single “Exilio” which is the crazy melding of German style electronic music with a new wave meets gothic influence. Sort of like Cold Cave if they leaned a bit heavier into a Joy Division vibe. I do hope you dig it.
This track will appear on new album El Refugio due out on November 26th via Fuzz Club Records.