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Meggie Lennon (ffo Melody’s Echo Chamber, Helena Deland) | Shares new single / Announces debut album
The album is out via the Montreal DIY label, Mothland on July 9. The record features contributions from Gabriel Lambert of Elephant Stone (MIEN, The Black Angels) and Jules Henry of Super Plage with production helmed by Samuel Gemme who worked on Junior, the latest record from Sub Pop-signed Montreal band, Corridor.
With honest lyrics like I knew from the beginning, that you’d be the won winning, so I’ll just say congratulations, “You Won,” already a hit amongst TikTok fans, is sure to resonate with anyone who has gone through a breakup.
Media Jeweler share “Helicopter”
Founded in Orange County before rising to greater prominence in Los Angeles, Media Jeweler are a band who have long pushed to the outer edges of the art rock scene they’ve been a fixture of for going on half a decade. From their early days sharing stages with artists like Palberta, Palm, Yonatan Gat and Anna Meredith, their dramatic, technically-adept and largely instrumental sound has been turning heads. Their mesmeric live performances initially attracted the attention of Brooklyn’s Fire Talk Records (Dehd, Mamalarky, Pure X), who released their 2015 debut $99 R/T Hawaii and their 2018 full length 1-800-SUCCEED to wide acclaim from outlets like Pitchfork, NPR, VICE, Paste and Stereogum, who drew comparisons to artists like Slint, Dimemberment Plan and Built To Spill while praising the bands “carefully-honed art rock” (VICE).
Matthew Lewellin a/k/ MAntis Releases New Music Video “Let Love Be”
Matthew Lewellin has released a new single and music video “Let Love Be”. Matthew Lewellin a/k/a the stage name MAntis, is a singer, songwriter and charismatic performing artist from southern CA. Matthew has performed in various cover bands and projects; and concentrates on original material. He fuses heavy and melodic guitar, with powerful soulful vocals; and is making an impression in the digital marketing world of music.
OPHIDIAN I Premieres New Single, “Spiral to Oblivion”
The band comments on the new album and track: “‘Spiral To Oblivion’ was among the first songs we wrote for the album and has been a band-favourite since its inception. With this song we wanted to make a very death metal oriented song but keep prominent focus on the attributes we were striving for with the album and sound of the band as a whole – memorable melodies and solid structure & composition. To sustain apt harmonious guidance, the guitar leads and melodies became a centrepiece of this song. As with many other songs on the album the guitar leads serve as the central source of melody and are present throughout the bulk of the song. We feel that we ended up with a full-force, tech-death banger that we can’t wait to play live. Our friend Ásgeir Helgi did a great job on the video; capturing the spirit and essence of OPHIDIAN I.”
Matthew E. White Announces Long-Awaited New Solo Album ‘K Bay’ Out 9/10 Via Domino, Shares Lead Single/Video “Genuine Hesitation”
The single’s visual counterpart is a Super 8-shot album trailer directed by White and Shawn Brackbill, which previews the LP and introduces the friends and collaborators across Richmond, Virginia that played key roles in its creation: Spacebomb’s trusted house band (bassist Cameron Ralston, drummer Pinson Chanselle, and orchestral arranger Trey Pollard), along with multi-instrumentalist Alan Parker, keyboardists Devonne Harris and Daniel Clarke, and engineer/mixer Adrian Olsen. The LP was produced by White and recorded between his beloved Kensington Avenue home studio (and album namesake) K Bay, Richmond’s Montrose Recording and his own local institution, Spacebomb Studio. K Bay finds the singer/songwriter, bandleader, and musical polymath expanding every facet of his creative process and harnessing the full power of his community, culminating in the best record of his career.
WAZE “Games feat FABER” OFFICIAL VISUALISER
Surfacing with a formidable groove-ridden soundtrack backed by South London-based singer FABER, Waze has clocked numerous viral tracks as Waze & Odyssey – their bootlegs immediately pounced upon by tastemakers from Jamie Jones to Duke Dumont, bagging themselves an Official UK #3 record and 120M streams in the process.
Award-winning trio KARMACODA release their ‘Traps’ video
The Trio have 3 Davey Awards for their video for ‘Blue’, the Best Dance/Electronica HM award for the International Songwriting Competition
and the Best Independent Song from the Independent Music Awards and have had their creations placed in several film and TV scores.
FFO: Massive Attack, Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Glass Animals plus Sia, Adele, Hope Sandoval and Alicia Keys.
VC Pines releases video for ‘Concrete’ – the title track from his brand new EP, out now
Speaking about the new track VC Pines aka Jack Mercer says, “This was the first song I wrote during lockdown. I thought back to nights out and all the different emotions that rise up and die down on a heavy night out. Its inevitably a love song. Love for romance and a love for the night together. When you find a sense of love that stops you in your tracks Concrete curling, to stone Im turning, and also comparing the different needs, wants and characters from London nightlife – city queens, in limousines, they all crawl, for ugly things, but you paint, pretty scenes, as I pluck, damaged wings. I love the image the saxophone paints of a lonely sax player playing under a streetlight in thick London fog.”
Cinematic Electronic Producer Douran releases his ‘Midnight Breath’ video
Multi-talented cinematic electronica producer and composer Douran has shared the video for his organic track ‘Midnight Breath’ via Allo Floride Records on the 1st of June. The song is taken from his recently released EP, Avalanche, which contains both the A-side of his original work and a B-side of remixes. Avalanche was preceded by the title-track, accompanied by an exclusive remix by Parisian Electronic/ Dance artist Joachim Pastor as well as ‘Inertia’, accompanied by an exclusive remix by the legendary Brazillian underground artist Gui Boratto. Gui Boratto has credits on countless releases for major and independent record labels and previously worked with Massive Attack, Goldfrapp, Moby and the Pet Shop Boys). The EP also featured unique remixes by Ryan Davis, Koelle and Fluida.
Blurry The Explorer Share “Limited By Jelly” feat. Kalmia Traver
Of the song, Traver shares: “I wrote the lyrics for ‘Limited By Jelly’ early on in the pandemic when I was all alone and thinking about tiny virus bodies under fingernails and in our nose hairs, and how a virus carries a message for our immune systems–a message from beyond that can wreak havoc at the most intimate and the most massive of scales. I was thinking of this message as a reality wave that rolls through us as a collective, and we have a choice to ride it. As a survivor of cancer, I am very interested in honing my ability to listen to what my body has to say. Because of the violence of capitalism and the culture of white supremacy, our body knowledge has been cut off from us, and in this time we are finding ways to remember. We’re limited by the jelly that we are, but inside the jelly there is infinite discovery and eons of wisdom. Music is one really great way to remember and rediscover this wisdom. I am so thankful to have been included in this piece.”
“‘Chance’ is a song based on those moments when I denied my true feelings for someone out of fear of rejection, and therefore didn’t allow someone to take a chance on me,” says Hayley. “I hope this song empowers people to push past their own self-doubt and realize how worthy they are of love.”