NEW MUSIC: Engine Summer – Outside The Curtain

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There’s a strong LCD Soundsystem sound on this track from the Chicago band Engine Summer. It comes from their recently released EP Indiana. There’s more than just that particular influence going on here though. Bits of post-rock and post-punk are built into the DNA. Skronking guitar notes warble and scatter and the groove is of the utmost importance, much as it is with other contemporary acts such as Parquet Courts. There’s also a Kiwi connection here with the mastering of the new EP done by Dion Lunadon of A Place To Bury Strangers, The D4 and Nothing At All!

NEW MUSIC: Baroness – Borderlines

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Baroness have announced their new album Gold & Grey will be released on on June 14 via Abraxan Hymns/Cooking Vinyl Australia.

“Our goal is, was, and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound,” offered Baroness founder, guitar player and vocalist John Baizley. “I’m sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I’m positive we could never again replicate. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We’re all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few ‘firsts’ for the band, and we’re thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises.”

Baroness is John Baizley (vocals/guitar), Gina Gleason (guitar), Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums).

1. Front Toward Enemy
2. I’m Already Gone
3. Seasons
4. Sevens
5. Tourniquet
6. Anchor’s Lament
7. Throw Me An Anchor
8. I’d Do Anything
9. Blankets of Ash
10. Emmett-Radiating Light
11. Cold Blooded Angels
12. Crooked Mile
13. Broken Halo
14. Can Oscura
15. Borderlines
16. Assault on East Falls
17. Pale Sun

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NEW MUSIC: Walking Bicycles – ESP

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Here’s some psychedelic rock courtesy of Walking Bicycles out of Chicago IL. ‘ESP’ comes from their forthcoming LP Chooch (April 26th), their fifth album from a 15 year career.

There’s a cool production approach to the track with an echo chamber kind of vibe giving it a noisey, hard-surfaced clatter that adds a post-punk tension which complements Jocelyn Summer’s anguished recitation. Great rhythm section too!

NEW MUSIC: Earth – Cats On The Briar

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Earth released their last LP, Primitive And Deadly. The great news this morning is that a brand new album, Full Upon Her Burning Lips is set for release on May 24th.

Earth are Dylan Carlson on guitar and bass and Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion,

Here’s the first taste of the album with the track ‘Cats On The Briar’. It’s typical Earth though there’s more body and swirling melody to this compared to some of their more desolate work.

“I wanted this to be a ‘sexy’ record, a record acknowledging the ‘witchy’ and ‘sensual’ aspects in the music… sort of a ‘witch’s garden’ kind of theme, with references to mind altering plants and animals that people have always held superstitious beliefs towards. A conjuror or root doctor’s herbarium of songs, as it were,” Dylan Carlson says of the record’s aspirations.

Preorder Album

1. Datura’s Crimson
2. Exhaltation of Larks
3. Cats on the Briar
4. The Color of Poison
5. Descending Belladonna
6. She Rides
7. Maidens Catafalque
8. An Unnatural Carousel
9. The Mandrake’s Hymn
10. A Wretched Country of Dusk

NEW MUSIC: Black Camaro – Out In The Rain

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This track from Las Vegas quintet Black Camaro kicks off with a mean streak of post-punk, tumbling and angular rhythms courtesy of a great bass-line. Things straighten up after that – more melodies, ringing guitars and atmosphere enters the fray. It’s knotty, dynamic and burns a hole in your synapses with its blend of dark vibes and the lighter elements courtesy of the guitar and electronic sounds they utilise.

‘Out In The Rain’ comes from their brand new LP Protocol Of Dreams. Out now on streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

NEW MUSIC: Sorry, Marshal – Neenah

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Good tune this one! ‘Neenah’ is by Sorry, Marshal, the musical project of Greg Pamer from Baltimore, Maryland. It has a really nice light touch whilst still utilising a rush of distorted guitars. It’s both indie rock and shoegaze but the melodic song-based end of that genre’s spectrum. Super catchy stuff and it comes from his four-track EP1 which you can find on Bandcamp and other streaming services. I’m hearing a bit of Wedding Present and some of the 90s indie bands out of New Zealand in the sound of it.

 

NEW MUSIC: Tallboy – Invisible Hand

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Tallboy hails from the Philadelphia-area and is the one-man recording project of musician Nick Rossi. ‘Invisible Hand’ comes from his seven track EP Life is Terrible and Everyone is Insane which casually and energetically throws quick-fire guitar songs into the aether, overflowing melodies tumbling over the edges of the songs that recall Husker Du, R.E.M. and Buffalo Tom. Invigorating and concise songs that cut to the chase.

NEW MUSIC: Mark Moldre – Fever Dreams I

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Mark Moldre returns with the first taste and title track of his forthcoming new album Fever Dreams. This album has been a long time coming and it follows the fine An Ear To The Earth from 2013.

‘Fever Dreams I’ is a jaunty, noisey and unsettling journey into the psychology of virally-induced broken sleep. Moldre’s previous releases have been more melodic and often folkier in nature where this track points to a wider embrace of noisier textures and a wider palette of sounds, Distorted guitar sprays hard panned from the right speaker while a competing and complementary banjo adds a manic, fevered quality to the song and the rhythm section marches on with ominous insistency.

Hit up Moldre’s Bandcamp page for a free (name your price) download of the track.

Fever Dreams I

I’ve got these Fever Dreams they keep me up at night
I’ve got these Fever Dreams they keep me up at night
And as my mind fills up with darkness
Well all that I can wish for is the light

They say a storms a’comin – lightning divides the night sky
And the trees they are a howlin’ – lightning splits up the night sky
And the electric impulses in my brain
Mean I don’t even hear when it starts to rain

And from my bedroom I hear the opening of a door
There’s a tappin’ at the window and the opening of a door
Slow footsteps moving closer
Creeping slowly ‘cross my kitchen floor

Am I sleeping?
Out in the back yard someone’s weeping
Misconception
These dreams have altered my perception
Fears intersected
Even my sleep is now infected

And old man Bellfield is sharpening his axe
Yeah old man Bellfield by the woodshed is sharpening his axe
And as the woods grow ever darker
Mr Bellfield is covering his tracks

I’ve got these Fever Dreams they keep me up at night