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EDEN: Cvlt Nation premieres “Gehenna” from blackened noise / post-metal project [Announcement + Promo]
“The First Circle” is the debut album by Blackened Noise / Post-Metal project EDEN. The album is set to be released in digital format via Brucia Records on July 30th 2021.
Toad the Wet Sprocket Announces Highly Anticipated New Studio Album STARTING NOW
Beloved Platinum-selling American Alternative Rock band, Toad the Wet Sprocket, are set to release their first new studio album in eight years, STARTING NOW (via The SRG/ILS Group), available everywhere on August 27th. The ten song collection explores finding hope after life’s uncertainties force us to change and learn how to survive on a new path.
Crystal Murray shares unapologetic “Like It Nasty” via Because (Shygirl, Logic1000)
“Like It Nasty” is an unfiltered glimpse into Crystal’s current creative state: high energy, raw, intimate, expressive, provocative. Calling to mind early Kelis, the accompanying visual (directed by XYZ) is Crystal in her element: fashionable, formidable, confident and in touch with every last inch of her body as she navigates a laser-protected assault course and cat-walks down a security camera-filled corridor.
To mark its release, Christopher is also announcing his first real round of tour dates since the pandemic hit and sent him home packing right after he’d kicked off an extensive 18-month tour in support of his previous album, February 2020’s Ben Harper-produced Best of Luck. For a touring artist who’s accustomed to (and depends on) life on the road, this announcement couldn’t come fast enough. This round is East Coast focused as we ease back into normalcy, but keep an eye out for more dates soon — and by all means, let me know if you’d like to catch him live anywhere along the way.
Lucid Express Share New Single/Video “Hotel 65” | Debut LP Out July 16 Via Kanine Records
The “Hotel 65″ video is crafted as a collage of footage taken from the band’s travels in their native Hong Kong, as well as in Vietnam, Japan, the UK and the United States. These flashes of scenery reflect the lyrical turns of the song, while being interspersed with the words themselves scrawled onto mirrors, notebooks and paper scraps. ”
Ada Lea shares new single and video “hurt” | Out now on Saddle Creek
Today, Montreal’s Ada Lea (the moniker of Alexandra Levy) presents a new single/video “hurt,” her first new piece of music since 2020’s woman, here EP. “hurt” lives in a snowy Montreal winter, a city that Levy calls home and lives and breathes through her music. It thrums with bass and brooding keys, as Levy uses frank language and imagery: “somebody hurt me badly, now I’m stuck in a rut / now I don’t know my body / I could say it or say nothing at all / take a walk or take none at all / get on a bus back to Montreal / tell my friends or say nothing at all.” When the song hits its peak, her voice is carried by a swirl of strings and quick-tempoed keys. In the accompanying video, directed by Monse Muro, Levy sits at a decorated table, awash in desaturated colors. Peculiar images and colours flash through as the song grows in intensity.
THY CATAFALQUE Streams New Album ‘Vadak’ in Full
Avant-Garde entity THY CATAFALQUE is now streaming its tenth full-length, ‘Vadak,’ in full ahead of Friday’s release!
Toronto Rapper Shad Announces new album ‘TAO’
Melodic Death Metal Unit HIRAES Drops Third Single, “Eyes Over Black” + Official Video
Today, to stir the anticipation even more, the powerhouse combining the full force of all four instrumentalists formerly of Dawn Of Disease (Lukas Kerk, Oliver Kirchner, Christian Wösten and Mathias Blässe) with the powerful vocals of Britta Görtz (Critical Mess, Ex-Cripper) sets free its third exciting melodic death emergence with razor-sharp single, “Eyes Over Black”. HIRAES’ explosive new offering smashes in with catchy hooklines and immediately marks a sonic reminiscence of late In Flames. The song comes along with a powerful music video, shot in a crushing live set-up to demonstrate the inexorable strength of the band even more and gives a glimpse of what fans can expect when HIRAES are finally be able to smash stages worldwide!
PLANNINGTOROCK Announces ‘Gay Dreams Do Come True’ EP – Out October 29th!
Acclaimed artist, singer-songwriter, producer, composer, director, and DJ Planningtorock – aka Jam Rahouja Rostron – will be releasing their new EP, Gay Dreams Do Come True, on October 29, 2021 through their new label, Human Level, via PIAS. Comprised of three celebratory, joyful, sweet house tracks, Gay Dreams Do Come True is Planningtorock’s aural mission to own their queer happiness, and to share that joy with anyone who wants to listen. The EP’s euphoric title track, destined to be a new Pride anthem, can be heard now. About the track, Planningtorock says, “This song is a dedication to my love, my wife Riinu and too the Black trans women who fought for the rights we have today as queer, gay, non binary lesbians.”
Praises (ffo Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, Portishead) | Shares new single / EP – August 5
Crowe previously found success at Cvlt Nation, Xtra Magazine and Exclaim but this new EP – out August 5 – really levels up on some of their eerie, electronic goth tones which to me, draw on the likes of Nick Cave, Annie Lennox’s avant-gardism, Rachel Goswell’s shoegaze and Patti Smith’s poetic delivery.
Today, Mississippi-born, Texas-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Jason Eady has released a new song “French Summer Sun” from his forthcoming album To the Passage of Time, available August 27. The song, recorded in just a single take, is a stark and moving reflection on the human cost of war through the lens of Eady’s own family history. Holler interviewed Eady about the song and said it “…showcases his storytelling prowess. Just when you think the song is going in one direction, he surprises you with a haunting epiphany.”
Today, East London based five-piece Roscoe Roscoe shared the music video for their new single “Jacob’s Ladder.” Under The Radar said the “brilliantly psychedelic summer romp”, “explores the band’s more trippy and explorative side. The thick instrumental haze equally recalls ‘90s shoegaze and modern dream pop stylings, while the droning melodies are pure ‘60s era psychedelic bliss. The video equally evokes this side of the band, using otherworldly visuals and colorful kaleidoscopic animations to create new bizarre visual landscapes.”
This body of work comes entirely mixed, produced and recorded by Evan, partially in his NY apartment before he had to decamp to his parents’ place in NJ due to Covid (which is where he ultimately completed it). It’s a lovely fusion of country-folk-tinged psychedelia, it definitely holds some comparison with the likes of Andy Shauf and Angel Olsen, but also with the slightly more psych-indie shades of Kurt Vile, Jacco Gardner and Cory Hanson.
Wye Oak find peace within chaos on new song “Its Way With Me”
Ahead of Wye Oak’s debut online concert next week, the Durham-via-Baltimore duo are sharing a new single and music video! On “Its Way With Me,” Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack knowingly revel in the unknown, with Wasner gazing “to the warmth of a future I cannot see” as Stack’s polyrhythms propel the song to powerful heights. The song’s equally gorgeous video, a single uninterrupted shot by Spence Kelly (who created the video for last month’s “TNT”), is a must-watch featuring Wasner and a bunch of helpful hands.