Single & Lovin' It Vol. 40
By Mixtape Mandi
TIM DARCY - "STILL WAKING UP"
Tim Darcy, best known as the guitarist and vocalist for the Canadian rock band Ought, will release his debut solo album, Saturday Night, on February 17th via Jagjaguwar. He’ll kick off a North American tour the week before the album’s release. Following the release of debut single “Tall Glass of Water,” Darcy now presents another standout number, “Still Waking Up,” in which a Smiths-esque melody builds upon an underbrush that recalls 60s AM pop and country. Directed by Meg Remy (U.S. Girls) the accompanying video for “Still Waking Up” perfectly captures the romance of the song as Darcy croons about the realization of a lost love, “You are a flashing light, something about the way you blink your eyes tells me that you’re not ready, tells me that you’re still waking up alone with too many years left to plan.” Darcy's unmistakable, commanding voice and lyrical phrasing are vital to the entirety of Saturday Night. Throughout, he over-enunciates. He makes mantras out of molehills. He whoops and croons, all the while he presents an evident softness and an accompanying musicality. While there are moments that take their strength in sparseness, Darcy is unafraid to paint in economic technicolor as his wry lyricism floats nimbly upon chorused guitars and the occasional synthetic artifact.
TEN FE - "ANOTHER WAY"
Ten Fé unveiled one last track from their debut album Hit The Light, titled “Another Way.” "We wrote this song in the height of summer in the Black Country and recorded in the depths of winter in Berlin,” says Ben Moorhouse. “Like 'Elodie' it was influenced a lot by the films we were watching at the time - bleak, expansive portrayals of America. We kept returning to the image of a character stood out in the deserted street of a small town, singing up to the silhouette of a girl in the window." The sonic of the Ewan Pearson-produced track is bright and heartening whilst the feel of the song is more desperately emotive. Moorhouse and Leo aka Ten Fé released their last single "Twist Your Arm," a bluesy-electro-stomper produced by Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), which was NME's New Music of the Day, Line of Best Fit's Song of the Day and Hype Machine No. 1. The band was awarded the PRS Momentum prize and will be on a world tour in spring and summer. They have amassed over 6 million Spotify streams across their first handful of singles and have had 6 singles top 2 of the Hype Machine. Ten Fé's debut album Hit The Light is released on February 3rd.
HIDEOUT - "I GOT YOUR MESSAGE"
Hideout is Manhattan-based songwriter Gabriel Rodriguez, who's also a longtime band member of Cults. His sophomore album, So Many Hoops / So Little Time, is set to release on February 3rd via Small Plates Records. It’s been two years since the release of Hideout’s debut album Rookie, and in that time many things have changed for Rodriguez; most tragically, the passing of his brother. So Many Hoops / So Little Time deals with grief in different spectrums –– the album ranges both sonically and lyrically from whimsical space-pop to crushing acoustic vulnerability. There isn’t a singular concept or message, but the deeper you delve into Hideout’s world the more you feel nostalgia and a sense of loss. Hideout began as a recording project. The majority of Rookie was recorded while on the road with Cults. Rodriguez took advantage of the downtime by tracking songs in hotel rooms or at friends’ homes. Mixed by Loren Humphrey (Nice As Fuck, Guards, The Gloomies) at Stockholm Syndrome Sound Studio in Bushwick, New York, the recording process for the new album was far more linear than Rookie. The album evolved predominantly at Rodriguez’s apartment while the surrounding turmoil of loss sunk in. Emotionally charged, he turned to the art of songwriting & storytelling to help navigate through the many answerless questions. Now a fully realized band, Hideout has been performing live with a rotating cast of New York musicians over the past year. It’s just the beginning. Check out the catchy album opener "I Got Your Message."
ACCEPTANCE - "HAUNTED"
With just under a month until the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, newly reunited Acceptance continue building impressive momentum. The Seattle rock band may have called it quits over a decade ago, but they have since emerged reinvigorated and armed with a flawless new record, Colliding By Design, which drops on February 24th via RISE Records. The songs are exactly what fans have been waiting for. Some lucky fans were recently able to catch Acceptance performing new music for the first time at recent headlining and support dates with Yellowcard and One Ok Rock, a sold-out holiday show in New Jersey with Taking Back Sunday, and the So What Music Festival’s Spring event in Dallas. The band also put on stellar acoustic performances with Rolling Stone and Billboard that had the Facebook Livestream audiences impressed. As they inch towards the record’s street date. Acceptance wanted to share more music for their fans across the globe. They have unveiled a uniquely cinematic music video for their evocative single, “Haunted.”
THE WEEKS - "TALK LIKE THAT"
Easy, the highly anticipated new album from rising Nashville-via-Mississippi band The Weeks, is set for release April 7th on Lightning Rod Records. The new video for “Talk Like That,” the album’s first track, debuts featuring live footage shot entirely by the band’s own drummer, Cain Barnes. The Weeks recorded Easy over the course of two weeks at Memphis’ Ardent Studios with producer Paul Ebersold. The band left Nashville to record in order to disassociate themselves from their everyday routines in the city, and to find a halfway point between their two homes old and new, Mississippi and Nashville. "Memphis has always been the capitol of North Mississippi to us," says guitarist Sam Williams. "We went there to be at Ardent. We knew [Ebersold] had learned everything from John Frye and John Hammond so we figured that was the spot. It’s important to keep those historic studios alive and not let them become museums." Of the record, frontman Cyle Barnes says, "We called it Easy because every time I make music with these guys, it’s easy. It feels good. But the other side of it is there’s nothing easy about being in a band. There’s nothing easy about staying together for ten years and still wanting to make music. We have the hardest and easiest job on the planet. But it works for us." Thematically, Easy explores new ground for the band. Bassist Damien Bone explains, "We just wanted to make a rock record. We weren’t as concerned making it a southern rock record. The southern thing is always going to part of what we do." Formed when its members were in high school in Jackson, Mississippi, the band self-released its debut EP Dog Days in 2006. More than ten years and a handful of critically acclaimed albums later, the band has relocated to Nashville and toured extensively worldwide with Kings of Leon, The Meat Puppets, North Mississippi Allstars, Local H and many more.
HOMESHAKE - "KHMLWUGH"
Homeshake's highly acclaimed new album Fresh Air is almost here. We've been given one last peek with his third single “Khmlwugh” before it drops next week on Sinderlyn. Homeshake is musical project of Peter Sagar, born in the bleak isolation of the secluded prairie city of Edmonton, Canada. Sagar worked with friends in a number of local bands before picking up and moving to Montreal in 2011 to begin recording under the Homeshake moniker. Following numerous releases, Fresh Air continues Sagar's exploration of dreamy, down-tempo bedroom R&B and draws inspiration from such disparate artists like Sade, The Band, Broadcast, Prince, and Angelo Badalamenti. As the title Fresh Air suggests, Sagar's songs were created to clear his listeners' minds of negativity.
CODY CRUMP - "I THINK I LOVE YOU"
Los Angeles' Cody Crump is back with a new EP, Hola, due out March 17th on Binasaur Records. In the wake of Crump’s last EP, Death, which released in May 2015, fans will notice an evolving sound and story arch. The five tracks that comprise Hola take the listener on an unconventional journey through a relationship - no awkwardness spared, no vulnerability hidden. The bittersweet honesty of the lyrics pair with feel-good synths and fuzzy vocals. With help from his friend Danz (Computer Magic) and from LA-based actress Alexandra Lemosle, this collection of songs highlights the space between cultures and languages and how that effects our interactions with people in our daily lives. The entire EP only took a couple of months to make and Crump recorded everything at home, then tracked drums with close friend, Jason Ganberg to wrap up the tracks. The 19-track album that preceded Death, called Good Luck, released in 2013 and like Hola, takes the listener through a relationship from start to finish. This new EP, however, shows a bit more of a playful, fun-loving side to Crump's artistry.
VAGABON - "MINNEAPOLIS'
Vagabon, the moniker of Lætitia Tamko, has shared "Minneapolis" a new single from her anticipated debut album Infinite Worlds, due out February 24th via Father/Daughter Records. Within the songs of Tamko there are infinite worlds: emotional spaces that grow wider with time, songs within songs that reveal themselves on each listen. Tamko is a multi-instrumentalist and a producer, recording since 2014 as Vagabon. On her forthcoming debut, she hones her singular voice and vision with an unprecedented clarity. Infinite Worlds builds upon Tamko's stripped-down demos that have been circulating online and throughout the independent music community for the past two years. Infinite Worlds was recorded at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, New York with engineer and co-producer Chris Daly. Tamko and Daly worked closely and tirelessly in his studio through the winter into the spring of 2016. The album's title references a book of poetry by Dana Ward called The Crisis of Infinite Worlds, a book Tamko found particularly inspiring during her recording process.
TALL HEIGHTS - "SPIRIT COLD"
US progressive folk duo Tall Heights have announced “Spirit Cold” as the next single to be lifted from their debut major label LP Neptune, out March 2017 on Sony Music Masterworks. “Spirit Cold” is the follow-up to the release of their debut single “Horse To Water,” and is an expansive, dynamic track that features the heart-wrenching vocal harmonies of core members: cellist Paul Wright and guitarist Tim Harrington. The track is emblematic of their vast and rich sound that has its roots in songwriting’s past, as well as the extensive and dramatic modern soundscape they create in their songs – so much so that US media, such as the Wall Street Journal and NPR, have drawn comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel, Sigur Ros and Bon Iver. The duo at the heart of Tall Heights honed their craft busking on the streets of Boston, having grown up in the neighboring town of Massachusetts. Their beginnings in this form have shaped their constantly on-going evolution as a band, as Harrington says: “It taught us to be lean and mean and effective with just two voices and two instruments. It made us consider vocal tone and the way voices can mesh and interact.” Their debut major label LP Neptune is a far more lush construct than those early acoustic days.
PALMAS - "FLOATING IN THE DARK"
Adding a kaleidoscopic layer of retro funk to their baroque indie sound, PALMAS have premiered a new single, "Floating In The Dark." With trumpets courtesy of Billy Aukstik (Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires), "Floating In The Dark" finds PALMAS adding captivating new rhythms to their signature vintage-inspired maximalist indie rock. "Floating In The Dark" follows PALMAS' shimmering new single "Flowers" - the first since the band's explosive 2015 debut EP To The Valley. The track garnered praise for Nylon, Noisey and more, and PALMAS closed out 2016 with a feature in Adidas' Rising Artist campaign. PALMAS began when guitarists Matthew Young and Adam Cantiello exchanged their favorite classic surf rock records online while living across the country from one another, finding an enduring influence in the technical artfulness and youthful spirit of 60s pop. With the addition of singer Kurt Cain-Walther's inescapable soulful croon as well as the musical stylings of Eric Camarota and Pat Degan, the group harnessed a once lost romanticism to create a sound that completely captivates audiences and ushers in a new phase of modern indie rock. 2017 is set to elevate the band to new heights with a debut album on the way.
WINSTONS - "WITHOUT YOU"
Winstons’ new single "Without You" will be part of a release slated to come out later this year. The band released two EP's in 2015 entitled Turpentine and Black Dust. The new single comes out via Grand Jury. Winstons is a garage-soul duo out of Virginia, residing in Brooklyn. They love blues songs and dance songs with drums, guitar, harmonies, and a harmonica. Their live show is raw and earnest, with a dynamic juxtaposing devotion and depravity. Their sound has drawn comparisons to Screaming' Jay Hawkins and The Cramps.