A Place to Bury Strangers Announce Synthesizer

This year we’ve seen a slew of singles coming from A Place to Bury Strangers, so it should be no surprise to folks that there’s a new album on the way, titled Synthesizer. Opening with this screeching guitar, you can hear the band drive into the realms of swirling-twirling noise, but beneath that, you hear a charing drum pattern, setting the backbone for what’s coming your way. Wailing walls of noise shatter through the space, but the vocals hang heavy in the midst of it all, shouldering the slight hint at melody as the song churns out discord in magnificent fashion. By pressing play you’ll find yourself straddling the world of danceable rhythms and waves of experimental noise, and you’ll thank us for it later. Synthesizer is out on October 4th through Dedstrange.

Alan Sparhawk Returns with White Roses, My God

Alan Sparhawk has been hinting at a new release on his socials for weeks, and we’re finally able to hear what he’s been working on for the release of White Roses, My God. Always shapeshifting in Low, Sparhawk here dives deep into electronica, evading proper vocals in favor of effects to create a more industrial, cold nature. Perhaps all of this is due to “a record borne of grief,” but even in that realm, Alan manages to build something thundering and powerful, though with that, those heavy synth notes do feel like anxiety is being piled upon the listener/artists. Definitely intrigued to see where the whole of White Roses, My God will take us; it drops September 27th via Sub Pop.

Pocket Full of Crumbs Drop In My Hands I Hold a Lucky Cricket

Another week and another great track from San Francisco and Cherub Dream Records. First, I’d like to applaud CDR for dropping releases on old school Tuesdays; I hate Friday drop dates for albums. Now…the below song from Pocket Full of Crumbs offers the perfect blend of slacker ethos and grungy vibes that rattle the speakers upon pressing play, which is a lot of what you’re going to expect when you press play on In My Hands I Hold a Lucky Cricket. Those of us inclined to love crashing discord will certainly hear the appeal, while the vocals settle you down; it’s like a scene where the vocals are the kid on the couch while the rest of the world swirls and moves in double speed around them. Loving this jam, so crank it up and stream the whole LP.

Tears Run Rings Announce New Album

If you’ve been following the world of modern shoegaze/dreampop in the United States, and you’re one of those nerds who cares about labels (like me), then you definitely know who Shelflife Records is. Did you know that the label founders also have a band, Tears Run Rings? Well, you should, as today’s announcement of a new record is actually their 4th! Our first little tastes gives us the textbook sound, albeit one that allows for plenty of monosyllabic notes to kind of hover as a textured layer. That’s their area of expertise too, as they create this majesty of layers, using their musical arsenal to build this audial landscape that you an hear in 3D. But, be sure to stick through the whole of the tune as they take several opportunities to bliss out that powerful sound. Everything in the End is out on September 6th.

Merce Lemon Shares Backyard Lover Video

We’ve had Merce Lemon high on our radar for some time here at ATH, and with her most recent work, it seems like the rest of the world is catching onto that vibe too. That star’s only going to rise when folks listen to “Backyard Lovers,” the latest single from the forthcoming Watch Me Drive Them Dogs Wild LP. Through this song, the absolute vocal control is stunning, particularly the way the voice can rise up to match the force, yet pull it right back to suck you into the intimate experience between artists and listener. But, there’s definitely plenty of force, with Merce letting loose a powerful “you fucking liar” before lighting up the speakers with a ripping guitar solo that jams the song to a close. Watch Me Drive Them Dogs Wild will win you over when it drops on September 27th via Darling Records.

Refrigerator Announce Get Lost + Share Fire on 12th Street Video

Some 30 years and 15 albums into their career, and Refrigerator seem to continue to push themselves sonically, fueled by the intersection where improvisation and pop crash into one another. Their opening track on Get Lost is featured below, offering up a throttling wall of noise built up by the dueling guitars fighting with one another for breathing room. Drums roll behind the battle, establishing just enough consistent tempo upon which to drape vocals; they’re presented in a spiritual fashion, creating this spiritual chant that only seems to build anxiously as the guitars continue to nip and bite at one another. Eventually the vocals give up, sitting by as the guitars furiously wail through your speakers, closing the song with one last erratic gasp. If the video seems familiar, it’s because its the artwork of Half Japanese founder Jad Fair, who also drew the artwork for the limited release of Get Lost; it will be available on August 23rd via Shrimper/Grapefruit Records.

Stream Cry About It LP from Liz Burrito

If you’ve hung out in the Austin music scene for the last decade or so, you’ve likely caught Liz Burrito performing in any number of your favorite bands such as Que Pasa or Kay Odyssey. But, this last week, while I was on vacation, she dropped her latest LP, Cry About It…and it might be one of my favorite things to come out of Austin this year. The songs bounce between country-fried ballads to dreamier textured pop tunes; I particularly keep coming back to playing “False Hope,” which reminds me of something Hope Sandoval might have foreshadowed. “Feeling Window” takes a nod from a lot of the San Francisco no-pop bands, drifting in like the haze from the agricultural burns down South. And, if you’re looking to something that feels akin to her more rock-oriented tunes, might we suggest out the closing ripper, “Spirits of the Hidden Cloud.” Get into the whole thing below.

Justin Sconza Shares There’s That Sound

If you listen to the opening moments of Justin Sconza‘s latest tune, you’re likely to put it in your pocket where you carry other acts like Been Stellar or Milly; it does open with that same wall of distortion and pop you’ll find on most sites. What I love here is that the tune quickly just shrugs it off and moves into a softer realm of poppy moments that certainly feel like they are built up for more intimate moments. Sure, the noisier bits carry weight for the masses, but I feel like Sconza really has it locked into the masses when he twists into the quieter caverns of your listening habits. If you’re enjoying this, give it a listen below, and enjoy the whole of the latest LP, Campfire.

Feeling Figures Announces New Album

If you were living under a rock, or not reading ATH, you might have unfortunately missed Feeling Figures marvelous Migration Magic LP (we tried to warn you!). But, you can do yourself an immediate favor and enjoy the Montreal outfits newest single from their sophomore LP, Everything Around You. Their ability to allow their influences to cohabitate within the confines of one track is what puts them on the pedestal, waiting to be knocked off by challengers; this tune has this bewitching pop brood to it, smashed against a wall of distortion and devil-may-care rock n’ roll moments. I loved when the 46 second mark hits and there’s this distortion wall, punctuated by joint vocal harmonies that illustrate the band’s ability to control every nuance in their craft. Everything Around You is a must have; it drops on September 27th via K Records/Perennial Death.

Being Dead Announce Eels

When Horses Would Run hasn’t even been out one year, yet Being Dead is ready to return with a brand new batch of tunes to bang out across America. Having watched the band for years (and maybe putting out a 7″), the first 45 seconds or so completely encapsulates why they’re so endearing; they pummel your ears with these huge riffs, yet while you rock, you’re completely caught off-guard by their ability to seamlessly blend in hook after hook after hook…just listen to the directional change at 52 second mark. They continue with their non-linear songwriting, moving in a more melodic folk group direction around the 1:02 mark, before soaring through those distorted metal riffs as cymbals shatter in the distance. It all melds into this slow draw that closes, giving the listener a moment to absorb and reflect. But, if you’re catching them live, as you’ll be able to this Fall, they won’t give you that rest, as they’ll be bounding off into another song before you can catch your breath. Look for Eels via Bayonet on September 27th.

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