Those of you who frequent our wee site might recognize Nessa Grasing‘s name in the notes of much-championed ATH faves, Scarves. This time however, we’re focusing on Nessa‘s solo work, offering you a bit more of a personal approach, predominantly working with the strength of vocals and heavy-strumming. On “Forest Fires” there’s a bit of a pop tinge to the tune, especially as the vocals swell to meet up with a light arrangement of strings behind. “The Desert and Your Demons” seems to be a bit more of a traditional ballad, with Nessa’s voice bringing a bit more fragility to both the tones and the storytelling; you can almost hear a breaking point for the narrator as its matched by the voice during the climax. The Palouse EP is on the horizon; we’ll keep you posted as we near the release!
It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Wimps, but they waste no time in getting stuck right in our rotation with the announcement of a fresh new record on the horizon. Like many of us, the pandemic hit hard, but it did bring with it some special moments, like motherhood for Rachel Ratner. This song just rips right in, kicking off with a furiously pounding rhythm that rushes the song through your speakers as quick as can be! Lyrically, the song celebrates being a mom, while trying to find that balance between parenting and artistic creativity. As a dad, I can definitely relate to the need to find that balance! The band will be releasing City Lights on October 13th via Youth Riot Records.
Natalie Lew has really grabbed my attention over the last few months with multiple new singles under her recording moniker Sea Lemon. First we heard the mellow and trippy “Cellar,” followed by the poppier tune “Vaporized,” and now we have this jam called “Breakdown” which features a guest appearance by Day Wave. Compared to other tracks, this one falls into a very heavy and hazy feel with mellow touches and a delicate approach to the presentation. If you have yet to dig into this singles, do it now. Do. It. Now.
Sea Lemon’s new EP entitled Stop at Nothing goes live on Thursday via Luminelle Recordings.
My pals in Advertisement are really having a strong resurgence here in late summer as they are dropping serious heat with some new singles. Already having shared the straight rocker “Victory,” the band returns today with a song more on the downtrodden side with “Nobody’s Cop.” You’ll find a more mellow approach paired with some alt-country and sort of Southern rock inspiration from the Seattle based band. Pre-orders for Advertisement’s new album Escorts are live now from Feel It Records.
Seattle’s own Natalie Lew and her project known as Sea Lemon really caught my attention during SXSW last March with her brand of dreamy and airy indie pop. Today I am delighted to share why she caught my attention with this delightful new single called “Vaporized.” Lew builds this delicate pop sound, but then also builds on it with a slowly driving and intensifying sound along with perfectly placed, and expertly written, lyrics. It’s sure to improve your day with every listen.
This single is part of a new EP entitled Stop at Nothing due out on August 25th via Luminelle Recordings.
Seattle based outfit Advertisement blew up onto the scene back in 2020 with the release of their stellar debut LP American Advertisement. Since then, only a few singles have dropped while the band toured extensively and prepped for a follow up to the debut. Well now your wait is over as the group just announced their sophomore effort Escorts with the release of this new single “Victory.” You’ll find a pure form of rock n roll that seems somewhat lost in the current landscape but is certainly welcome and fresh for this listener.
Seattle based artist Natalie Lew left a lasting impression on us during SXSW this year with her new recording project known as Sea Lemon. Sometimes booked between loud and noisy acts, it was hard to full get a hold on the tunes, but we could tell something special was brewing with the young artist. Her new single “Cellar” shows these hints of delicate sounds mixed with dreamy, airy vibes which first caught our attention back in March. This is sure to be the jumping off point for more great tunes to come this year.
Our good friend Joe turned me onto this new Iffin single, which in a way, reminds of the electronic period of Patrick Wolf…and everyone knows I loved that stuff. It’s an interesting take on modern bedroom pop, with these chords that cut in faintly, then fade into fuzz, only for this propulsive beat to jump in and steal the entire spotlight. The vocal tones are read too, bringing in this heaviness in the tones that’s disguised a bit in the mix, which throws back to 80s club bangers my sister would bring home. There’s an added single to go along with this, which bleeds over into that sort of heavy pop that folks like Peel Dream Magazine have been crafting in the last few years. Give a listen.
Telehealth seems like a band that’s willing to fulfill the promise of everything crafted in the 80s synth realm. They’ve got loads of hypnotic rhythms running through this new single, punctuated by these off-kilter notes, with all the sounds seemingly feuding with one another to grab the listener’s ear. Of course, with all those musical trappings, the vocals have to be sharp and spot on, which they are, emphatically delivered in quick bursts, which will likely recall some Devo nods at a certain point. So, if you’re into danceable post-punk with a nostalgic bent to it, might I suggest giving Content Oscillator a chance; it’s out on March 30th.
When I first turned on this new track from Seattle’s Spiral XP, I was feeling pretty targeted. The track comes in immediately with these soaring guitars, crashing, hinting at angular notes, though also with a penchant for 90s college rock vibes; the rollicking drums give the music just enough edge to hit hard. Suddenly, the curtain opens on the vocals and there’s this gooey sweetness pouring through my speakers, softened tones curling around inner ear. It’s like playful noise rock, toying with you by presenting as loud and boisterous, but secretly melodious and covered in hooks. The group will release their new It’s Been a While EP on February 17th via Danger Collective.