Single & Lovin' It Vol. 13

When Twin River set about writing its sophomore album, Passing Shade, the members were separated by nearly 4000 km, as singer-guitarist Courtney Ewan was living in Montreal while collaborator Andy Bishop remained home in Vancouver. And yet, despite the duo's geographical divide, they have emerged with a unified, assertive pop-rock sound. They wrote the new LP after recording the 2015 debut Should the Light Go Out, and the songs initially took the form of heartbroken, stripped-down ballads about lost love. As Ewan and Bishop fleshed out the material, the songs morphed into fiery rock scorchers that channel peppy pop catchiness with an undercurrent of atmospheric, synth-infused darkness. Bishop's psych influences can be felt in the scorching electric guitar leads, while the soaring pop melodies and introspective lyrics preserve the core of Ewan's confessional songwriting. Together, these influences combine to form a sound that is wholly Twin River. The ten songs were captured over two sessions - one in the heat of summer, the other in the dark of winter - with producer Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain) at his secluded Hive studio on Vancouver Island. Despite the emotional tumult contained in Passing Shade's lyrics, the album's lasting impression is not one of melancholy, but of confidence. It's proof of a band that has carved out its signature sound and embracing it with uncompromising assertiveness. Until Passing Shade’s release on June 17th, enjoy the video for “Antony.”

Minneapolis indie rockers ENEMY PLANES share new track for "Bare Your Teeth," which will be featured on their debut album Beta Lowdown, out March 25th via Rock The Cause Records.
Comprised of former members of Solid Gold, G.A.Y.N.G.S., and Pictures of Then, the music of ENEMY PLANES drifts effortlessly between melancholy and menace, hypnotic and hysteric, heartache and euphoria. A stirring blend of haunting vocals, dense instrumentation, and driving beats yield a "tripnotic" sound that is distinctly their own. Beta Lowdown, co-produced by Duane Lundy (ShangriLa Studios), is an experiment in juxtaposition. Lundy, known largely for his work with artists such as Jim James, Vandaveer, Sturgill Simpson, and Joe Pug, might not seem like the obvious choice for a band that operates pretty far from the folk-Americana side of the spectrum. However, there’s no doubt that ENEMY PLANES has found a soul-mate in Lundy and that this unlikely melding of musical souls is primed for breathing fresh air into a genre that is desperately searching for something unheard.

Rock duo The Dose, featuring Indio Downey and Ralph Alexander, are thrilled to announce the release of their upcoming EP out April 8th via Index Records that features their chillingly catchy single "Cold Hands." The haunting black and white music video was directed by Davis Factor and stays true to the band's name showcasing a duality in both the aesthetic and character's journey. The Dose has uncovered the ingredients of a singular style steeped in rock bombast, alternative poetry, blues rawness, and progressively metallic intricacy. It's as if the ghost of nineties Seattle started to finally possess the Spotify era. The Dose has unlocked a robust signature sound without adding any other members, resorting to digital playback, or employing backing tracks. During the summer of 2015, Downey and Alexander traded Southern California for Atlanta, where they took an opportunity to hole up in a rehearsal space for a month, honing the delivery and writing music. Armed with a bath of ideas, they spent seven days in Nashville recording what would become their 2016 self-titled debut EP. Recorded and self-produced at Welcome To 1979 and Jack White's Third Man Records, muscular riffs, double-fisted drumming, and entrancing vocals drive these six songs.

Los Angeles shredders Bleached, which features vocalist and guitarist Jen Clavin, guitarist Jessie Clavin, and bassist Micayla Grace, embrace the darker side of life with their ambitious new rock album, Welcome The Worms, out next month via Dead Oceans. Recorded at Sunset Sound with renowned producer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli and co-producer Carlos de la Garza, who helped the band perfect their fervent pop songs into fearlessly big pop melodies, Welcome The Worms presents a smarter, heavier, emotionally deeper Bleached while keeping the band’s origins of cheeky, California-punk in the forefront. The band kicks off their North American tour this Friday in Las Vegas at Neon Reverb Festival and then heads into a packed SXSW before taking their show all over the country. Check out Welcome The Worms’ highlight “Sour Candy,” an effortless hit sure to stick in your head for days!

May 6th
sees the release of Will, the revelatory third full-length album by Brooklyn experimental artist Julianna Barwick. Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, the ominous, compelling Will is a departure from 2013’s Alex Somers-produced Nepenthe. If that last record conjured images of gentle, thick fog rolling over desolate mountains, then Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm, a cathartic collision of sharp and soft textures that sounds looming and restorative all at once. Barwick’s life over the past several years has largely been lived in transit, and as such the genesis of Will was not beholden to location; Barwick worked on the album in a variety of locales, from a desolate house in upstate New York to the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to Lisbon, Portugal. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still. Will comes off of Barwick’s busiest period in her career, following the release of Nepenthe—a spate of activity that included playing piano for Yoko Ono, performing at Carnegie Hall at the annual Tibet House concert with the Flaming Lips and Philip Glass, The Rosabi EP and beer created in conjunction with brewing company Dogfish Head, and a re-imagining of Bach’s “Adagio” from Concerto In D Minor. Watch the Derrick Belcham-directed video for debut single, “Nebula” which was filmed in the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, and presents the essence of Will and Julianna Barwick’s richly complex musical fabric.


Glasgow-based duo WOMPS are pleased to announce their debut album, Our Fertile Forever, recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago with some additional tracking by Chris Marshall. The first full-length release perfectly encapsulates the band's high regard for creating heavy hitting, hook-laden, angsty-pop songs laced with clever dynamics and an attention for melody. Current single, "Dreams on Demand," is one of the tracks worth mentioning on this notable debut. Our Fertile Forever will be out June 10th via Displaced Records and globally distributed by The Orchard. Nihilism and jaded optimism converge as Ewan Grant (guitar, vocals) and Owen Wicksted (drums, bass, synths) meet resulting in angst driven, melodic hook-heavy pop songs with garage sensibilities. A hunger to be creatively honest in a country so hell-bent on condemning original ideas and self expression has driven WOMPS from working supermarket jobs to playing big stages in the short time since their formation. The band have already toured Europe, UK and the east coast of the US including performances at CMJ, London Calling and Radio One’s big weekend festivals, picking up support along the way from worldwide press including Consequence of Sound and Brooklyn Vegan.

Los Angeles' Franky Flowers premiered their new single "Corpse," and the "high energy surf-grunge piece" is available via Turnstile Music. "'Corpse' is a negative song. It describes death and all the thoughts about it: the fear, the confusion and the loathing," says Franky of the song. "There isn't any one thing this song is specifically about, it's kind of a collage of dark thoughts all splattered onto a canvas". The young band - all four are still in high school - will head to the SXSW festival in Austin mid-month for a pair of shows. Franky Flowers began when Franky was sixteen years old, who at first recorded and played solo shows using a looping pedal. He recruited friend (and high school jazz band-mate) Abe on bass, seeking to flesh out the band's sound, and today's line-up solidified with the addition of Carlos on keys and guitar, and Ellington on drums. The band is currently recording their debut full-length album, due out later this year.

Meet Julia Jacklin, who has just released the video for her debut single “Pool Party," a gorgeous lilt bristling with her tale of substance abuse by the pool. Growing up in Australia’s Blue Mountains (west of Sydney) to a family of teachers, Jacklin had always imagined she would become a social worker. But after a series of events led her head-first into music, there was no turning back. Feeling inspired, Jacklin took to educating herself: From Fiona Apple she learned to be bold with words; from Anna Calvi, the cut and presence of electric guitar; and from Angel Olsen, that interpretation triumphs over technique. Now living in a garage in Glebe, a suburb of Sydney, and working a day job on a factory production line making essential oils, the 25-year old has found time to hone her craft – to examine her turns of phrase, to observe the stretching of her friendship circles, to wonder who she was and who she might become. “When I was growing up I was so ambitious; I’m going to be this amazing social worker, save the world, a great musician, fit, an amazing writer” Jacklin recalls. “Then you get to mid-20s and you realize you have to focus on one thing. Even if it doesn’t pay-off, or you feel embarrassed at family occasions because you’re the poor musician still, that’s the decision I made.”

After receiving production credits on Yung Lean's new record, Beverly Hills producer Karman has announced a new exciting EP in the works and premiered the first single "Yew" last week. His EP titled Heaven Complex will come out early summer. At the first sign of 2014, Hunter Karman (dubbed Karman) independently dropped “2005 Forever,” including a remix from Yung Sherman and artwork by Terrel Davis. The composer then underwent a seven-show scheme: five performances in random venues throughout New York City, and the last two in Los Angeles, the final one being with Evian Christ at his Fader & IHC presented show. In April 2015, he was booked to play at DJ Dodger Stadium’s album release party but Karman suffered a car accident alongside close friend and mentor Barron Machat. For several months after that, Karman was incapacitated until releasing a new single “Cold Front” in September.  As 2016 kicked off, Yung Lean released Warlord, featuring production from Karman, among others. Most recently and most importantly, Karman has released “Yew”, along with a title for his forthcoming EP, Heaven Complex that will comprise mainly of songs that were started during his time immobilized after the accident.

Musical marvel Tal Wilkenfeld has released her new single "Corner Painter." The track, which also includes Blake Mills on guitar and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on keys, showcases the wunderkind and sought-after female bassist evolving from a virtuoso to a singer-songwriter. "Corner Painter" is an exciting new chapter for Wilkenfield, and is the first track she has released that wasn't an instrumental song, showcasing her own stunning lyrics and vocals. The young talent will be performing her new - and mostly unreleased - music while opening for The Who for their "The Who Hits 50 Tour" in North America. Simultaneously, Wilkenfield is also embarking on her first ever headline tour with dates that weave in between shows with The Who. Wilkenfield has made quite a name for herself since emerging onto the music scene as a teenager. After releasing her acclaimed, instrumental jazz debut, Transformation, she went on to tour with Chick Corea and Jeff Beck, and perform at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival. She has recorded studio projects with some of today's most respected and iconic artists within the industry such as: Prince, Ryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Toto, Todd Rundgren and Trevor Rabin. She has also performed live with Sting, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Buddy Guy, David Gilmour and Billy Gibbons.

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