THE BRINKS – “TEMPORARY LOVE”
Newly formed alt-pop duo, The Brinks consist of New York City producer Matt Friedman and Australian singer Scott Mellis. After meeting one another in Los Angeles in early 2015, the duo started to record demos that quickly earned the attention of executive producers Pusha T and Salaam Remi that have led to the release of their first offering, the Temporary Love EP, on December 4th via Louder Than Life/Sony Music Entertainment. The debut project is a 6-track collection that is a strong first glimpse into their sonic world that is all their own, but if had to be described would sound like an effortless musical mixture of The Neighbourhood, Father John Misty and Big Data.
HARRIET – “BENT”
Los Angeles' Harriet have unveiled their new, lush ballad track, "Bent," which is featured on the four-piece's forthcoming debut album American Appetite, out January 29, 2016 on Harvest Records. American Appetite is a 12-track collection that explores the American condition, and the power and greed that it ensues. Produced by Sean O'Brien (The National, Jeff Bridges) and Tony Berg (Nickel Creek, The Replacements), the upcoming album showcases new lavish textures to band's indie-rock elements and signature, progressive pop production.
MY GOLD MASK – “CONNECT”
My Gold Mask just premiered a new track titled "Connect" and announced their sophomore album, Anxious Utopia will be out on March 4th, 2016 via Moon Sounds Records. On Anxious Utopia, Gretta Rochelle (vocals and percussion) turns her anxieties into party-like anthems that exorcise (and sometimes give life to) her personal demons in catchy, haunting tracks like "Connect." Themes of struggle, release and redemption weave their way throughout an album that lets more light into the darkness than on past releases.
IDIOT GLEE – “I DON’T FEEL RIGHT”
James Friley, otherwise known as Idiot Glee, shares his new track “I Don't Feel Right." This is Friley's second release from his self-titled LP due out January 29th via Hop Hop Recods. The album was recorded and produced by Stephen Trask (Hedwig & The Angry Inch songwriter and co-creator) and draws influence from 60s and 70s legends. Friley began writing songs as Idiot Glee in 2009 after hearing Brian Eno describe the blissful and joyous feeling that one experiences when completely lost in the moment of creation. Classically trained on the piano since the age of seven, he naturally gravitated to the keyboard and began performing his style of pop as a solo act. Throughout the following few years, he wrote and released new music in addition to touring throughout the US and Europe.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT - "Trouble"
Grammy-nominated rock band Cage the Elephant released a new song today from their forthcoming fourth album Tell Me I'm Pretty, which will be released December 18th via RCA Records. Tell Me I'm Pretty was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and The Arcs. Singer Matt Shultz said, "Working with Dan was the perfect balance to our approach. The end result was a great experience that really brought on a lot of growth." The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Florence + the Machine) and recorded at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, TN, near the band's home town of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
MARROW – “FOOL”
This year, Marrow released their debut album, The Gold Standard, and went on tour for the first time. To celebrate, the band is sharing their new single, “Fool”. The track embodies many of the styles found on Standard, with Macie Stewart’s voice serving as the lynchpin for a network of winding keys and guitar. Whether on “Fool” or on The Gold Standard, Marrow manages to collect genres ranging from jazz to folk, blending them into their own distinct style.
TEN FE – “IN THE AIR”
Ten Fé from London make "darkly romantic" electronic rock and roll described as "irresistible", "big, bold and ambitious" and "oozing swagger". The band unveiled the second glimpse of their debut album through "In The Air." The single will be released via Bad Life ahead of their first UK headline tour at the end of the month. "In The Air" is a vibrant electronic-indie number; its driving groove, insistent sequences and lyrical echoes give it a prayer- or mantra-like quality. Ben Moorhouse's and Leo Duncan's interwoven vocal, guitar and synth lines create a lush bed of harmony throughout the track. Moorhouse sings about moving on from pain, celebrating coming from the dark into the light and being ready for love again. It has a deeply cathartic message "I'm through the dark, and I'm through the rain // I'm not through with love, but I'm through the pain // Moving on the feeling in the air".
MRCH – “SPIN”
College found the members of MRCH immersed in the worlds of jazz, opera and specialty coffee. Fast forward three years and two bands later, the trio has settled into their own unique brand of electronic indie. With two thirds of the group living in Phoenix and the remainder in Sacramento, their songs are crafted primarily through file sharing via Ableton. Falling musically somewhere between the creative production and ideals of Phantogram and the smart pop of CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, “Spin” is an accessible, cerebral outing from the trio that has seen significant label interest already.
THE ALTERED HOURS – “WAY OF SORROW”
Having recorded their first EP Downstream DIY, The Altered Hours were invited to record their second EP Sweet Jelly Roll with Fabien Leseure in Berlin. It was subsequently released in May 2013 by Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings, home of psychedelic pioneers The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dirty Beaches and Magic Castles. The group released a 7'' titled Dig Early in April of this year and their debut full length, In Heat Not Sorry, will finally see the light of day early next. Melodic, abrasive, dual girl-boy vocals, a Sonic Youth-esque approach to guitar tone and crashing feedback, this first track demonstrates the antagonistic post-punk sound that they've crafted on their upcoming debut. The Altered Hours have released the psychedelic and hypnotic new track “Way of Sorrow” from their upcoming debut In Heat Not Sorry.
NAP EYES – “MIXER”
Nap Eyes are excited to announce their new album, Thought Rock Fish Scale, coming out February 5th on Paradise of Bachelors, which is the follow up to 2014’s Whine of the Mystic that earned the band plenty of early and instant high praise. The first taste of Thought Rock Fish Scale comes via the opening track, “Mixer.” The track uses the space between ringing chords to deconstruct a coed party episode—the most archaic and trite of teen pop tropes—into an analytical out-of-body experience. Nap Eyes recorded their second album, Thought Rock Fish Scale, in the living room and screened porch of a seaside family home near Pictou, a small Nova Scotian town whose evocative name derives from the Mi’kmaq word for “explosion.” Like all of their recordings to date, the album is framed by a set of severe self-imposed strictures: a mere four days to capture as many songs as possible completely live, with no overdubs, to a temperamental old TEAC four-track ¼” tape recorder.
THE CAVE SINGERS – “THAT’S WHY”
The Cave Singers are thrilled to share "That's Why," the first song off of their fifth studio album Banshee which will be released independently February 19th. Banshee brings The Cave Singers back to their original three-piece of vocalist and songwriter Pete Quirk, guitarist Derek Fudesco and drummer Marty Lunda. The album was recorded live in July of 2015 over six days with producer Randall Dunn who also produced 2011's No Witch. The record is warmly anchored in the members' creative familiarity with one another. Yet there is a new thirst to Banshee, one that can be attributed to the combination of the band taking a year off to work on other projects, Quirk's solo album and the Kodiak Deathbeds debut record, and their return to songwriting from distanced correspondence.
DIRTY RADIO – “NUMBERS”
Vancouver based Dirty Radio premiered their new track "Numbers" that showcases their unique sonic signature of pop music that fuses elements of future house and R&B. "We invited our friends Pat Lok and Ekali to come and work with us in our East Van studio and presented a group challenge: we would try and write as many song ideas as possible in a day and would never spend more than 45 minutes on something before moving on," says drummer Waspy of Dirty Radio. The band originally formed in 2010 and includes Shaddy (Singer and Songwriter), Tonez (Keyboard) and Waspy (Drums). This trio comprised of in-demand producers, talented multi-instrumentalists, and savvy businessmen promises stylish, genre-bending music.