STAG - "COLORADO/SUICIDAL"
StaG is the pop leaning indie-rock project of childhood friends Matt McGuire and Will Walden. They've recently finished writing music for their upcoming LP, Don't Check Out and have just shared the first single. The creative brainchild known as StaG combines pop hooks with danceable electronic beats and subtle atmospherics that culminate in their live shows as a non-stop set of catchy, rhythmic indie-pop and finely tuned musical interludes, all building to an epic emotional climax. StaG takes life’s emotional complexities and turns them into an uplifting piece of art that’s part a longing look out a rain soaked window and part an unhinged dance party. At its heart is the deep bond of friendship between McGuire and Walden – a couple of lost kids who couldn’t be more excited about helping each other communicate through music. Listen to “Colorado/Suicidal” now.
THE GROMBLE - "BY CHRISTMAS"
Following on from their upbeat, electronic-infused single “Real Sympathy”, The Gromble are pleased to share with you a slice of twinkly Christmas magic in their stand-alone new track “By Christmas”. "This is our first ever holiday song, falling somewhere between an experiment and a labor of love,” the band explains. “The song relies more on synths than any of our previous releases, using a vintage Prophet T-5, MOOG Voyager, and Crumar Performer. The song started out as an attempt at a 32 bar classic-style Christmas song, which is reflected in the lyrics of the first verse. Beyond that section it devolves into our normal fare, hopefully blending some of the sounds and feelings of classic Christmas music with some modern sounds and instrumentation, bringing with it a structure that is less rigid and maybe less reasonable." Hailing from the warm shores of California, five-piece band The Gromble grew up playing together in various bands and has established the kind of rare synchronicity that has helped them carve out their own idiosyncratic niche: a charming blend of orchestral alt-folk and indie rock.
COASTGAARD - "WELL ADJUSTED MAN"
There is something timeless about the music of Coastgaard that, while playing to a listener’s sense of nostalgia, still feels fresh, current and innovative. On their upcoming sophomore release, Devil On The Balcony, the band has meticulously arranged dynamic chord progressions over immediately engaging rhythmic motifs, reminiscent of 50s and 60s rock and roll, to form the foundation of what will undoubtedly be a breakthrough record. Coastgaard’s music, both lyrically and in the overall soundscape, takes on a very cinematic quality. Each song on Devil On The Balcony takes the listener through a distinct scene, or moment in the overall story of the record. The influence of surf rock luminaries like The Beach Boys and The Ventures (as well as that of the more recent surf rock revival) is apparent in the beachy vibes scattered throughout the record. "A Well Adjusted Man" is the first single from Coastgaard's upcoming sophomore LP, which will be out on February 26th via eOne Music. The song follows the inner monologue of a man who vacillates between brooding self-reflection and self-assured potency. The verses are moody and introspective while the chorus is more upbeat and poppy.
CHAPELL - "GIVING HER MORE"
Chapell has shared the debut single, "Giving Her More" from his upcoming album, The Redhead's Allegations. The album is a longtime in the making and was made possible with the support of music-greats like Prairie Prince (Journey, The Cars, Todd Rundgren), Sarah Gregory (The Gregory Brothers), Riley Osbourn (Kenny Wayne Shepherd band), George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt's band), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Sakai Smith and Nikita Germaine (Train), and it was produced Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads. Drawing seamlessly from influences such as Bryan Ferry and Elvis Costello, Flaming Lips and Neutral Milk Hotel - this is music for discerning adults. Look no further than the lineup used on the album: cello, fiddle, organ and a full horn section sweep over – and the lyrics both celebrate and vilify NYC as the backdrop for some heartfelt storytelling. The Redhead's Allegations is out March 4th, but you can listen to “Giving Her More” now.
THE BESNARD LAKES - "THE PLAIN MOON"
A Coliseum Complex Museum, the new album from The Besnard Lakes, is due out January 22nd on Jagjaguwar. The band already shared the stunning lead single, “Golden Lion,” along with an epic live video from Pop Montreal where they performed with a 17-piece band. “Golden Lion” was also released as a 12” EP, accompanied by the B-sides, “The Motorway” and “In The Forest.” Now, The Besnard Lakes are back with another instant classic, “The Plain Moon.” It’s a soaring, shoegazing monster of a track. Fifteen years into their career, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, The Besnard Lakes have created a concise record that expands upon the luscious vocal harmonies, dense guitar-work and classic 70s melodicism for which they have gained huge critical acclaim. They’re unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. The Besnard Lakes are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep and rich catalog in the 21st Century.
DAMIEN JURADO - "EXIT 353"
Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien Jurado’s new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012’s Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latter’s National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us on the Land, out March 18th on Secretly Canadian, completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths. There was no grand scheme to make a trilogy at the outset. Exuberantly prolific, its creator simply wanted the first record to be “a quick snapshot," says Jurado. "Maraqopa is this peaceful place I can go to in my mind. A little bit psychedelic, but you’re not using substances. The brain is such a powerful thing. In that uncharted territory I was able to tap in and find this place, which was called Maraqopa, similar to the fictional towns in television or books.” Today, you can listen to the song "Exit 353.”