As evidenced by my posts about Los Angeles based MILLY over the last couple of months, I am clearly digging everything the band has been releasing. As if I needed more reason to promote this band, they go and drop a song like “Marcy”, and I’m once again all aboard the hype train. This one is a little slower and more downtrodden when compared to previous singles, but I can see how this would fit in perfectly amongst an album of hits. This record is clearly going to be taking up spots in all our year end lists.
MILLY’s new album entitled Eternal Ring comes out on September 30th via Dangerbird Records.
Los Angeles based outfit Milly is quickly becoming one of my favorite new artists to emerge this year. The duos upcoming album, Eternal Ring, has been hitting me with all the feels for early aughts and late 90s style post-emo music with hints of slackerdom and guitar rock. If any of those sounds and styles sound intriguing to you, might I suggest you check out the bands latest single “Ring True”. I love the way this band can pull off these sort of subtle, mellow moments and then kick it up a notch with some loud guitar.
Danny Noguieras is an LA based songwriter, engineer, and producer who has spent years touring with indie bands and recording big names like Built to Spill, Together Pangea, Little Joy, and The Regrettes. Though much of his career has been spent supporting the songwriting of others, Noguieras has also quietly spent time creating tunes under his own project No Win. Now it’s sort of a solo project, but his new album also features some friends he brought along the way to collaborate on the production of No Win’s new LP Dodger Stadium (Jeff Enzor & David Jerkovich are both heavily involved).As we anticipate the August 19th release date, have yourself a listen to new single “Hit the Line” and soak in the carefree, indie rock meets pop vibes. You’ll be glad you did.
MILLY is a Los Angeles based group who make their very own brand of slacker style, post-emo themed rock music. A lovely example of their style can be found with this brand new single called “Nullify”. It features a sort of early Smashing Pumpkins guitar sound mixed with bits of slower, emo driven bands like say American Football. However you want to label them or brand them, it’s a rocking track for your Thursday morning.
I wonder if people are overlooking Murray Lightburn because he led the Dears…one of the many great Canadian acts everyone adored in the 00s. If that’s the case, then they’re surely missing out on something truly special, as Murray’s composition here illustrates what a great craftsman can accomplish. His guitar playing is almost hushed, letting it sort of ride on the back of his vocals; it allows him to really pull at every emotion within you as his voice billows through your speakers. This is a timeless classic, and it’s only just dropped; excuse me while I go press play one more time (or ten, probably). Look for Hear Me Out via Dangerbird this Friday. Also, because it seems like everyone is…Murray will be in town with his brilliant voice for SXSW.
I feel like Murray Lightburn and the Dears never got the praise they deserved. For me, I’ve always loved him, even more so when he climbed into the crowd at the Parish many years ago to belt out notes midsong. Here, on Murray’s latest single from his forthcoming solo work, we get the gentle side of Lightburn; he has this angelic way of hanging notes out there in the air, letting them sort of quiver at the tip of his tongue. And, of course, it’s a Murray production, so he’s surrounded himself with these gentle and lush arrangements that only accentuate the magic of his voice. His new album, Hear Me Out, will be released by Dangerbird Records on February 22nd.
The brothers Rosen have probably been dreaming of big things since they were kids, and now the duo known as Cones have signed to Dangerbird Records. That news also comes with a purely fun bit of pop to signal their arrival into the big leagues. It almost starts off with this psychedelic leaning electropop, though that quickly moves aside for a silkier pulse that works the groove in from beneath. There’s a smoothed calm to the vocal delivery, particularly in the repeated chorus at the end…definitely adding to the hook factor. More news to come on the brothers in the near future!
I’ve made it quite clear over the years that Slothrust is a personal favorite band of mine. I’m not sure the band is in the “can do no wrong” category, but they are surely close. As many of you already know, Slothrust have a new album coming out called The Pact on September 14th via Dangerbird Records. We’ve already heard some music from the new album and today the band offered me this new video for “Double Down”. Some of you may have seen or heard the song already while we were holding off to get a quote from the band about the new video.
Leading lady Leah Wellbaum had this to say about the video:
“The video for Double Down is really centered around levitation and magic. Its about not knowing your own powers, and having them pour out of you in unexpected places. Other-worldly strength is going to manifest for people differently, and youve got to learn to harness it and let it feed you, not drain you.”
Whew. It’s been a hot minute for me as I bounced out of the country for a couple of weeks. Now back in the country and wading through a massive amount of missed music news, not much has been doing it for me other than this new track “Peach” from our Boston based friends in Slothrust. This band has been growing on my radar for a couple of years now and this track might finally blow them open. Hey but if it doesn’t, I’ll continue to enjoy them in my secret little music world.
I’m already starting to put together a list of anticipated albums for 2018, and it sounds like Holly Miranda just added her name to the list. Her performance on this song is pretty stunning, especially when accented by Kyp Malone, who takes on few verses on his own. Perhaps the best thing about this track is that the duo leave a big space behind the delicate guitar and vocals; it draws the listener deep within the confines of the track, rolling them over and over in melancholic pop. Look for a new album from Miranda come February of next year.