Swiftumz Announces Simply the Best

Over the last several years you’d likely notice a heavy San Francisco pop presence on our site, as that’s been one of the best scenes delivering works that hit right at home for me. Today, we bring you news of another act from the Bay Area, Swiftumz, who announces the new album, Simply the Best, today. And, as much as I love the foggy nature that often accompanies the vibe, this has this natural clarity and sincerity that should help you find it as endearing as I find it. There’s singer-songwriter elements working here, especially with the way you hear the stroke on the strings themselves, but you’ll also find lush arrangements and little psychedelic guitar licks lurking in the shadows. Empty Cellar Records will release Simply the Best on June 14th.

Catchy Number From Frank Ene

Though many of you likely don’t know the name Frank Ene, touring member of Fresh & Onlys, you are sure to know him soon. He’s recently been working on his debut solo album and has offered up this impressive new single “Flesh in a Womb”. For me, this is one of the most unique pieces of music I’ve heard in quite some time. Ene has taken this creatively constructed, repetitive, almost hip hop style beat and mixed in some swirling guitars to create something he should be proud to call all his own. It’s most definitely blurring the lines of defined genres.

The debut album by Frank Ene, No Longer, is out on July 10th via Empty Cellar Records.


Premiere: Pat Thomas – Alternator

Most of us have known and loved Pat Thomas for his undeniable work in indie rock band Cool Ghouls. He’s already made some music on his own, we loved it of course, and he’s about to release more new music under his own name. Previewing his new album, out today, is this new track “Alternator”. You’ll find yourself engrossed by the chill, swaying psych vibe of the short three minute song. Some may also find the message of changing the way you act or feel and accepting love/positivity in your life as vital in the current world we live in. I know I do.

Pat Thomas release his new album I Ain’t Buyin’ It today on Empty Cellar Records. You should buy it.


The She’s Drop New Video

Much has been said on ATH about San Francisco indie rockers The She’s over the last couple of years or so. It’s clear we are fans right? I’m continuing our fandom of the band with this sweet new single and video for “Sorry”. I love how this band can trick you into thinking this is going to be just simple, sort of upbeat indie rock song, but then they drop in a bridge about 2.5 minutes in with some heavily distorted guitars and power. Check it out below.

The She’s drop all female rock and roll quartet on November 17th via Empty Cellar Records.

Enjoy Another Earth Girl Helen Brown Installment

Former Sandwitch Earth Girl Helen Brown has spent this year dedicating various seasons to causes benefiting the world. She enters today with a track from the latest installment, Saturn. The opening moments really create the vibe from all the installments, as you can hear all parties having a bit of fun while a groove is established; it reeks of true collaboration collected by Heidi Alexander. There’s a smoky vocal that fills the central moment of the track, but the careful jam continues the communal value of the music…all circling back to the goal of distributing funds raised to various charities/causes. Tape versions are currently available from Empty Cellar Records.

A New Ditty from The She’s

I think the next year could be an incredible ride if you’re following San Fran’s The She’s. They’ve already had some buzz about them, but I see that getting bigger with song’s like this new single filling up their sophomore release. There are a few moments on this song when they seem to employ a nod towards the Pixies, with a guitar chord in the background that seems to work against the track’s natural progression. They’ve also got this knack for crafting intoxicating harmonies within the confines of rock standards, especially when they draw out the syllables such as the line “lost in your sunken eyes” just near the 1.20 mark. Look for their all female rock and roll quartet to hit stores on November 11th via the consistently reliable Empty Cellar Records.

Friday Folk from Joseph Childress

Yet another illustration of Joseph Childress‘ magic awaits you below. He’s graced our site many a time, but I think his powers are fully realized here. A great deal of the track operates around voice and guitar picking; he sounds fragile and open, much like Tallest Man on Earth. Suddenly, his voice soars at the 1 minute mark, rising above the mix, only to settle down and carry on with the song. Perhaps it’s a tried and true trick, but it allows the listener to seek out that soar once again (only listening below will let you discover). His self-titled album will be out on October 6th via Empty Cellar Records.

Yet Another Great Track from Joseph Childress

Clearly I’ve been fawning over Joseph Childress as the date draws near for the release of his self-titled LP on Empty Cellar Records. Today I have another reason to celebrate as Childress has shared one of the album’s standout tracks. It begins where we’ve seen him before, carrying that soft quiver in his voice as he stretches for angelic notes. But, this song builds and builds, bursting in this joyous eruption that illustrates just how far he can stretch that magical voice. A lot of folks try, but very few are able to achieve what Joseph does with this new track.

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Fresh Music from Joseph Childress

Joseph Childress will be releasing his brand new album in October, and perhaps no other song exemplifies my infatuation with him quite like his latest. Gentle strumming and the powerful voice of Childress are the most prominent elements through the first two elements. But, you can hear bending guitar lines and an almost tribal beat stomping towards the song’s end. There;s something magical about a musician capable of entertaining merely on the power of voice alone, which is why I am really looking forward to his self-titled release come the Fall; it will be released by Empty Cellar Records.

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