Spirit Was Release Stranger to the One

Having been a fan of LVL UP, I’m definitely interested to see what Nick Corbo is doing with his Spirit Was project, particularly as his debut album looms on the horizon. To me, listening through the latest single, it feels like he’s sort of finding his path as he builds the songs. He starts this one off really quietly, almost like a field recording made to be used later, leaving the song fairly open as his vocals begin to take control of things. Textures get added, carefully, however, almost giving the nod to personal discovery as Corbo makes his way through the scenery of his musical world. Suddenly, the riffs that were merely foreshadowing in the song’s opening crash in, giving the track this almost crashing metal feel, though Nick’s voice feels very Bazaan here, providing some lineage to his sound. Definitely enjoyable to see him find his way, even in his own songs. Heaven’s Just a Cloud is out on October 22nd via Danger Collective Records.

Experimental Pop From Airhead DC

Washington, D.C. native Vishal Narang has been working on his project known as Airhead DC for several years now and he has just announced a new album under the moniker. Previewing the new material is this new single called “Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle” which is a delightful bit of melodic, experimental pop music. It’s like if Generationals had a bit more guitar and some fancy lady vocals as well. I dig.

Airhead DC will release new album Crush Hi on October 26th via Danger Collective Records.

Stream New EP From Field Medic

Kevin Patrick makes some beautiful music under the recording moniker Field Medic. His music brings to mind ATH approved bands like Gambles or a stripped down version of Mountain Goats. It’s clear that his music is recorded with a lo-fi sense about things which makes the music feel more intimate and personal. If you’d like a large sample size of his music, you can stream his new EP below. It was just released via Danger Collective Records and can be purchased in cassette form or digitally on bandcamp.

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Digging on REXX

rexxWhoa! You’ve got to get into REXX. It’s like spastic proto punk, except there’s this huge undercurrent of pop sensibility brooding beneath the angular discord of squalling guitars. Personally, I think the rhythm section needs a medal; it’s the precision drumming that really brings this track success. It almost sounds like the band are bringing about a flavor akin to Les Savy Fav, but it just so happens they’re a tad more upbeat. Just going to play this song as many times as I can before the release of their To Communicate EP, which comes out this Friday via Danger Collective Records.

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New Music from MELT

meltMELT have been on my radar for the last few months, but as we wind down the year, I’m really looking forward to the release of their debut, Riffer. It’s an interesting approach, based on this single…a world where post rock and dream pop collide. The chords wrap themselves around one another, while the vocals are released with a soothing tone that almost sinks beneath the mix. It’s almost heavy, but not quite, offering up enough melodic intoxication to keep me from turning away. Look for the debut on November 25th via Topshelf and Danger Collecitve.

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Another Enjoyable BOYO Track

boyoJust a few weeks away from the debut release of the BOYO LP, and it seems fitting that we have one last single to share with you before it hits. This is another track that offers up another installation of the chilled vibes that seem to be coming our way as the release of Control nears. Musically, it seems pretty casual, with nothing to complex, but in stripping it down to the basics it allows for the harmony to achieve ultimate success. The more I press play, the more this song realizes its addictive potential; I can’t stop playing it again and again. You can grab the record on August 26th via Danger Collective Records.

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Enjoying Listening to BOYO

boyoI’m addicted to voices. Perhaps because I was never great at playing instruments, I’ve always gravitated towards voices, be they beautiful or peculiar. On this BOYO tune, it took me a second to really immerse myself…that was until the vocals entered. Clearly, there’s a bit of an effect on the voice, yet there’s something that feels angelic. Eventually, it drew me into the arrangement of the rest of the track, the way vocals are pushed up by swelling strings; I also took note of the casual attitude throughout. Control will be the debut album, being released on August 26th via Danger Collective Records.

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