Single & Lovin' It Vol. 37
By Mixtape Mandi
DIET CIG - "TUMMY ACHE"
Diet Cig are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album. Entitled Swear I'm Good At This, the album will be released on April 7th via Frenchkiss Records. The band shares the first single off the album, the highly infectious "Tummy Ache." Diet Cig is guitarist-vocalist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman. The two have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman's other band for a lighter. The New York duo have since released the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. Swear I'm Good At This accumulates Diet Cig's tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are. Swear I'm Good At This was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, New York with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City.
SLOWDIVE - "STAR ROVING"
After 22 years, Slowdive return with “Star Roving,” their first new material since 1995’s Pygmalion. Featuring Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, Nick Chaplin, Rachel Goswell, and Simon Scott, “Star Roving” embodies the effortlessness for which Slowdive is known: as the song progresses, it expands and contracts in ways that feel infinite. Slowdive released their debut album, Just For A Day, in 1991 via Creation Records. The highly revered Souvlaki followed in 1993 and Pygmalion in 1995, and then the band disbanded. In the 22 years of their virtual disappearance, compilation albums have been released and the core members of the group have gone on to join other musical endeavors. In 2014, Slowdive announced that they had reunited and more new music would follow. Upon the release of new single, “Star Roving,” the band has also announced signing to Dead Oceans. Halstead says, “When the band decided to get back together in 2014, we really wanted to make new music. It's taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it's with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash Star Roving. It’s part of a bunch of new tracks we've been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started. We hope folks enjoy it.”
N-A-I-V-E-S - "CRYSTAL CLEAR"
Alt-pop duo N-A-I-V-E-S are an eccentric group from London who bare the sound of Metronomy lost in a jungle captured by the imagination of Henri Rousseau. Volcanoes, mountains and psychedelic textures are some of the aesthetics for the video for “Crystal Clear.” The evolving visuals convey similar themes to the soundtrack with repetition and colors that ablaze and expand on the gravity of the group’s experimentation. N-A-I-V-E-S’ exotic pop sound blends hook laden synths with huge tropical beats and funk bass perfectly showcased in “Crystal Clear,” the new vibrant single and equally flamboyant video. The song pushes their sound boundaries even further in uplifting electro pop affair confirming the band’s ability for powerful sense of intrigue with their intricate production. N-A-I-V-E-S have their sights set on releasing their self-titled debut album in January 27th. With the release of their debut album in their headlights, the duo have already gained an impressive live reputation in the UK with support slots for the likes of Friendly Fires and Mystery Jets. Their previous singles “W.I.G.O” and “Fashion Pineapple” garnered them extensive radio airplay from the likes of BBC London and Amazing Radio and have been reverberated on the high streets from the likes of Topshop and H&M.
ANALOG CANDLE - TRIER
Hailing from New York City via England, Chicago, New Orleans and Boston, ANALOG CANDLE is an expressionist, avant-garde dream-pop collective formed by producer and songwriter Callum Plews. Originally from England, Plews was inspired to create ANALOG CANDLE after collaborating with an array of musicians while living in the magic and bustle of New Orleans. The project began over six years ago, after Plews realized he was more comfortable with the concept of others performing and interpreting his creations than he was embodying them completely himself. Bringing together performers from the realms of avant-garde, folk and emo, the initial group began recording at Plews’ bedroom studio, and self-released a number of songs online under the moniker, ANALOG CANDLE (a reference to the Arcade Fire album Neon Bible). Influenced by the early albums of Animal Collective and Broken Social Scene, experimental-pop outfit Xiu Xiu, acts like Arcade Fire, Beach House and the surrealist and absurdist creations of literary heavyweights like Haruki Muramaki, Franz Kafka and Sylvia Plath; the ‘art-rock’ collective is also largely dedicated to the hybridization of pop music and production technique. In this way, after settling in New York City, the Winter ’15 EP became the culmination of a variety of cultural and musical viewpoints. Themes of reminiscence and rejection sit alongside concepts of expressionism, and throughout the EP, heightened emotion is given a front seat over exact realism in the form of piercing lyrics that twist and linger like smoke-trails. Winter ’15 EP is due out February 3rd.
NE-HI - OFFERS
NE-HI shares the video for their new song "Offers," the title track off their forthcoming album, out February 24th on Grand Jury. Stylistically, "Offers" presents the band in a different light. Known for their punchy guitar and bass and nimble drumming, here they are replaced with an utterly expansive sound, broadly stretching out and into singer Jason Balla's almost chanted vocals. Balla explains that "Offers" is "our attempt at conjuring the spirit in the first moments of ascent. In the midst of a long night, it came spontaneously with equal parts joy and catharsis." Born in Chicago's vibrant DIY scene during the summer of 2013 three friends from college, Balla, Mikey Wells, and James Weir, linked up with drummer Alex Otake with the purpose of scoring a friend's film, which resulted in the formation of NE-HI. They tapped into what Balla calls the scene’s “wild, young energy,” playing go-for-broke at its home base. But quickly the band’s disparate influences - Wire’s post-punk, Springsteen’s everyman anthems, along with echoes of dreamy atmospheres of Dave Roback’s Rain Parade and the jangly buzz of Kiwi pop legends The Clean began burning through. On Offers, the band takes those basement-forged instincts and refines them; lets its guitars explore new angles, and focuses its songwriting. The result is, we daresay, a stunner if not a statement that there is a wide range of post-punk possibilities yet to be explored. Offers drones, it captivates with soaring pop, it shimmers with atmosphere, always changing, looking. It finds the distant influence of forebears in cerebral guitar pop presented with a familiarity that typifies great FM rock hits.
TIMBER TIMBRE - SEWER BLUES
Timber Timbre - the Canadian trio of Taylor Kirk, Mathieu Charbonneau, and Simon Trottier, with drummer Olivier Fairfield - will release their fourth album Sincerely, Future Pollution on April 7th via City Slang. Timber Timbre's music has always traced a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. On Sincerely, Future Pollution, the band coats the stark, sensual sound of 2014's Polaris Music Prize Short-Listed and JUNO Award-nominated album Hot Dreams in an oil-black rainbow of municipal grime. It is the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time. "Sewer Blues" is an ironclad groove marked by plodding, heavy rhythm, cavernous delay, and a backdrop of starry synthesizers. Kirk's nearly spoken words seem to emit from the underbelly of urban decay, carried on the ominous air of these troubled days. Sincerely, Future Pollution stands out in Timber Timbre's catalogue of imagistic records, with the band taking a unique approach to their process of sonic invention. Kirk wrote the songs in late 2015 and early 2016, then arranged the music over a "very focused" Montreal winter with the veteran Timber Timbre members. Wresting sincerity from abstraction, Kirk submits to the cycle of self-obsession at the album's core. Sincerely, Future Pollution is Timber Timbre's document of this generation's degeneration and disarray. With Kirk as narrator, a party to the play, we get caught in the folly of the echo chamber, awed by the contrast of this gothic modern age.
STRANGE LOT - BORN
Strange Lot premiered "Born," the first single off their new effort God & Clods out March 3rd. Strange Lot's psychedelic sound channels the desert backdrop of their native Arizona. What began in the summer of 2014 as a bedroom solo project for guitarist-vocalist Dominic Mena evolved into a full band, fleshed out by Tim Lormor on drums and David Dennis on bass guitar. Last year, the band supported international acts The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tijuana Panthers, Night Beats, and Kikagaku Moyo. Their first full-length Another Mind (2015) reached #73 in the CMJ TOP 200, while The Phoenix New Times named it one of the 20 Best Records of the year. "Hints of early Tame Impala and Mac DeMarco’s nonchalance, the record encapsulates a young band discovering their sound in a pressure-free environment," praised Consequence of Sound. Drawing upon influences from the bands affinity for Ennio Morricone soundtracks, their upcoming LP, Gods & Clods, touches on the disappearance of middle class in this society. Recorded on an Otari 8-track tape machine, the tracks were mastered by Joe Lambert (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Washed Out).
ADAM TORRES - "I CAME TO SING THE SONG"
Adam Torres will release a new EP I Came To Sing The Song on February 24th via Fat Possum. I Came To Sing The Song follows Torres’ acclaimed sophomore album Pearls To Swine, released in September 2016 and which caught the attention of NPR Music, Pitchfork, The AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Texas Monthly, and more. Written and recorded at Cacophony Recorders in Austin throughout January and February 2016 during the same sessions as Pearls To Swine, the EP has a focus on songs about songwriting, and is a small testament to dedicating one's life to song. It's a personal, inward-looking short collection, marked by a deliberate, languid tempo and spacey atmosphere, as well as Torres’ unmistakable falsetto. The songs on I Came To Sing The Song were recorded live and to tape with minimal overdubs, and feature the players in Torres’ band: Thor Harris (Swans), Aisha Burns, and Dailey Toliver, with drum kit performances by Matthew Shepherd and Rodolfo Villareal III. The title track and first single include Lauryn Gould on flute.
GLASSIO - "SEARCH & DESTROY"
Glassio is reflective, alt dance-pop duo consisting of Sam Rad and Charlie P, two producer-songwriters with a mutual love for applying their singer-songwriter state of mind to genre-bending dance music. Growing up in different parts of the world (Sam between Dubai and London and Charlie in Paris) taught them the joys of fusing musical styles and genres, which was a point of bonding after being paired together for a songwriting assignment at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. They released their debut EP Poptimism in early 2016 with the lead single "Try Much Harder" finding its way to the Spotify Viral Charts. Their latest single is a dreamy electro-soul and gospel-influenced rendition of "Search & Destroy" by Iggy & The Stooges that aims to channel some much needed hope for the future of 2017 and onward. The creation of "Search and Destroy” was a happy accident that came shortly after election night. The vision then became clear to re-contextualize the aggressive Vietnam war song with a soulful and melancholy spin to reflect the current feeling of uncertainty and fear across the globe. The melancholy of the track breaks through towards the end of the single with glimmer of hope through gospel-esuqe vocals chanting the lines "baby detonate for me" as a means of dispelling the hate that has built up in the States over the past year and a half. The outcome is a dreamy, chilled out, and poignant cover of the original Iggy Pop punk smasher.
POLARCODE - "CUT YOU LOOSE"
Keyboardist-songwriter Eric Stang and drummer Mario Cerutti first met back in 2006 in the practice rooms of DePaul University’s Music School in Chicago where they studied jazz and classical percussion. Since the launch of Polarcode in 2010, the now Los Angeles based duo have played their unique brand of indie-alt-pop across the country. Every song is its own experience, featuring different vocalists over vibrant, intricate production. The 2016 minimalist, stunning black and white music video for “I Crave You” (featuring Lauren Ruth Ward) has been grabbing people’s attention around the world. Their 2013 EP Supernatural received accolades for its poignant and powerful songs. Polarcode’s new release is “Cut You Loose” featuring Taylor John Williams, who was a finalist from Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice”. Pulling from 1990’s alternative rock and modern indie pop, “Cut You Loose” blends the sounds of Sublime, 311, Gotye and The Black Keys. This soulful bluesy rock song combining Williams’ powerful and unique voice with Polarcode’s tight, funky production is sure to win the hearts of alternative rock and indie pop enthusiasts far and wide.