Fresh Track From Nap Eyes

unnamed-9The perks of this gig are that we occasionally get to preview albums months before their arrival, and that’s the case for me loving the song below so much. I’ve listened predominantly to two upcoming releases: Pete Astor and Nap Eyes. I really listened to them, playing them hundreds of times, and this Nap Eyes effort is really great. It’s got all the things that made indie rock so dominant in the late 90s/early 00s, offering great lyrical content along with a combination of college rock nostalgia and folk flourishes. Their new effort Thought Rock Fish Scale is nothing short of an enduring album you’ll come back to time and time again; it hits on February 5th via Paradise of Bachelors.

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Catching Up with Nap Eyes

nappyWay back in 2014 we were way into Nap Eyes, and it seems the rest of the world is catching on to our love there…everyon’es really high on this act at the moment. Yesterday, news broke of their forthcoming sophomore release, Thought Rock Fish Scale. This single doesn’t have too much going on in it musically; it’s a casual ditty worked around some really relaxed guitar work and quiet percussive moments. But, what I think it striking folks is that it’s putting some literary content back into the world, which a great deal of artists seem to have shied away from…so it’s good to get something like this on the radar. Paradise of Bachelors will be releasing the band’s new album on February 5th of next year.

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Yesterday’s News: New Gun Outfit Single

gunoutfitI think people are going to be really surprised by the depth that’s present in this new Gun Outfit LP. It’s all over the map, musically, which is pretty evident just listening to this track here. Opening with a trickling bit of psychedelia, it branches out into more of a warning of impending doom. I suppose you could stretch and say the darkened edges of psych rock are ever-present, but when listening to the album as a whole, I think it’s offering much more, even some tracks that are pretty simplistic in their presentation. All that being said, it’s diversity and accessibility make Dream All Over a special listen; it’s out on October 16th via Paradise of Bachelors.

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Gun Outfit Unleash New Single

gunoutfitJust when you thought you had Gun Outfit pegged, they go and mix things up on you, tossing out a real slow burner as their latest single. Kind of sounds like the post-rock ghost of Bill Callahan, which I won’t be complaining about anytime soon. There’s all sorts of space in the track being filled in and out with guitar noodling and percussive touches to flesh out the number. Their new album, Dream All Over, definitely will be on my list of must buys, but just in case you haven’t been thoroughly convinced, give this one a listen. You can grab the album from Paradise of Bachelors on October 16th.

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Promised Land Sound Give Us A New One

988605_388342504603069_2075855350_nWe’ve given some love to Promised Land Sound in the past so you shouldn’t be surprised to see their name mentioned here again.  Today they have this great new track “Otherworldly Pleasures” for your listening pleasure.  It’s a little bit psychedelic with dashes of Americana and maybe even just a hint of folk stylings for good measure.

You can pick up new album For Use and Delight on October 2nd via Paradise of Bachelors.

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Gun Outfit Give You Mellow Folk Rock

10325577_1387509698154727_9205184690863579935_nGun Outfit are a group out of Southern California who are back with their fourth studio album, Dream All Over, which is due out October 16th on Paradise of Bachelors. From this new album they’ve shared the lead single, “Gotta Wanna,” and it’s a low-key simmering track with folk and americana influences. If you’ve ever been to SoCal you’ll understand how the track mimics the landscape there; the bluesy guitar work meanders easily through the mix while those dueling male/female vocals waft gently in, giving the track a desert rock feel to it. I’m digging this subtle jam, and I’m looking forward to more from Gun Outfit.

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Tranquil Guitar Duet Thursday

guitarThis is a little different than what I normally share with you all, but nonetheless something that deserves your attention. James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg are on their way to release their sophomore album of guitar duets called Ambsace on September 18th, but before that record comes out through Paradise of Bachelors, the gentlemen have given us a delightful track to sink our teeth into. This song below, “Up of Stairs” is three minutes and forty nine seconds of sublime acoustic guitar work, blending both folk and americana sound. This was the first song I chose to listen today, and I can say that it was a calm and serene start to my day. Won’t you join me?

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Way Interested in Nap Eyes

nappyApparently Nap Eyes is a band that’s slipped beyond everyone’s awareness, at least here in the United States.  The first reason the band caught my eye is that it features members of Monomyth and Each Other…two bands I’ve heard of and adored.  Then there’s this song; it’s fucking great.  It’s got this steady pace to it, as if the song was created simply to back the spoken word.  It’s like a modern twist on the music that nerds fell in love with…see fans of The Feelies and They Might Be Giants.  The group will re-release their hit Whine of the Mystic on July 10th via Paradise of Bachelors and You’ve Changed Records.

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Soft Ballad from The Weather Station

weatherThe tunes today have been pretty amped up, for the most part, so I was lucky to run across this really warm ballad from The Weather Station, which is the project of Toronto’s Tamara Lindeman. I really the sound of the guitar on this tune; it’s light, but there’s this whimsical touch to it, reinforced by the extra musical flourish that occurs around the 1.5 minute mark.  It doesn’t hurt that the instrumentation is the perfect playscape for Lindeman’s voice either.  She’ll be releasing her album, Loyalty, on Paradise of Bachelors on May 12th.

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Lose Yourself To This Steve Gunn Track

steveIf your week is like mine, with no end in sight, this is the perfect track for your Thursday. There’s an ethereal quality in the guitar riff that’s pretty dreamy, maybe even dreamy enough to take your mind off whatever is weighing you down. Oh you’re really digging this? Well, its only the beginning– Steve Gunn released his album, Way Out Weather on Paradise of Bachelors earlier this week and you can get your hands on it here. Have a listen to “Tommy’s Congo” below and get lost!

 

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