Montreal based Broken Muse, have just released their S/T debut album. Largely the work of singer/songwriter Mark Goodwin, the ten tracks are a slick take on Americana and alt-country, with superlative vocals from Mariana Gianelli. Upbeat, rock driven country, pulses with excitement, as the band takes itself through an essentially live recorded studio album. The performances are inspired and the resulting record is tight and totally compelling. This is an absolute must have. Stream and buy Broken Muse at the link below.
Monday, June 19, 2017
North Carolina's Silber Records brings us Cottage Mess, the new album from Moodring. The eight tracks are atmospheric experimental music that pushes song structure boundaries where melodic and dissonant passages interplay with unique textures. This is an album about musical exploration with a near classical feel. A must have. Stream and buy Cottage Mess at the link below.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Songs About Love and Depression is the new album from Swedish band Dark Continent. After releasing two albums from 1989 - 1993, the band reunited in 2013. The 10 tracks here showcase a band that is in touch with current music, with a sound that incorporates elements of post-punk and altrock. The songs have a radio ready feel, a familiar vibe, strong hooks and lyrics that deliver a message. Watch the video for album track Love Hate ADHD, then stream and buy Songs About Love and Depression at the link below.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Lisbon Lux Records have released Always Loved, the debut full length from Montreal artist/producer Das Mortal, aka Cristobal Cortes. The ten tracks are an imaginative interpretation of 80's synthpop. Featuring dark vocals, deep synthpads and catchy rhythms, this album is a perfect blend of old and new. Staying true to the sound developed by bands like Depeche Mode, Human League and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, the album glistens with sterling production and songs that are intimate with the listener. A definite must have. Watch the video for album track, Risking My Life, then stream and buy Always Loved at the link below.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Austin punks, Institute, are back with a new album Subordination; their fifth release and sophomore full length album, Released on Sorry State Records, the nine tracks see the band expanding out of the punk genre, with sounds that remind of classic Black Sabbath, glam rock and other influences, all the while staying true to the punk ethos. Flawless production, exceptional performances and great songs are the hallmark of this album. This is an must have that should be in everyone's collection. Stream and buy Subordination at the link below.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Eric Anders has released, Eleven Nine," a ten track anti-Trump masterpiece that sees all album proceeds donated to Lambda Legal. The album is an eloquent, considered response to the horrific election of a racist, elitist moron to the presidency. With a classic singer/songwriter sonic vibe, compelling lyrics and tasty instrumental performances, this is an album that speaks to the despair the election caused, while delivering a strong musical experience. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Eleven Nine at the link below.
Monday, June 12, 2017
The Simian Syndrome is the debut album from Chicago duo Grape Juice Plus. Featuring Barry Bennett on drums, keys and vocals, and Eric Klotz on guitar, these guys are not the usual guitar drum rock duo like Black Keys or Japandroids. What you get is a highly original, experimental band that pushes the limits everywhere. This is an album of edgy, discordant, improvisational music, with plenty of depth, ranging from rock cliches to African tribal rhythms. This is one of the most creative albums so far this year and will challenge listeners at all levels. A definite must have. Stream and buy The Simian Syndrome at the link below.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Scottish label Bearsuit Records have released L + R, the new album from artist/producer Ippu Mitsui. The eleven tracks deliver an experimental based electro pop experience that is large with unique synth pads and interesting melodies, embedded in a package of recognizable genre sounds and cliches. With an adventurous bent and a glitchy finish, this is an electronic journey of depth and interesting sonic twists. Stream and buy L + R at the link below.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sparkle Tip is the new EP from Chicago brother/sister duo Zigtebra, on indie label FPE Records. The five tracks are edgy, rock leaning synthpop, with a bit more depth than is usual for this genre. Originality in the songs and arrangements highlight a strong and varied album, that will appeal to a wide swath of the indie community. This is a definite must have. Stream and buy Sparkle Tip at the link below.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The rather anonymously titled EP II, is the new release from Toronto band Ruby Cikada. The six tracks roam a wide range, with sounds drawn from folk, psychedelic and indie rock, and touches of blues and jazz thrown in. What this yields is a bit of an uneven album that, while enjoyable, is also difficult to feel connected with. The production is understated and could use some real energy in the tracks. Overall a good album, but also one that will not stand out from the crowd. Stream and buy EP II at the link below.