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La Bonte throws some shade on new single “American Dance Bands”
Today La Bonte shares his second single / video, “American Dance Bands.” The song will appear on his debut LP, Don’t Let This Define Me, out on the Anxiety Blanket label on Aug. 27.
After a decade of playing in punk and hardcore bands in Southern California, Garrett La Bonte started La Bonte in 2015 to explore his impulses for work grounded in patience: slow resonances, discomfitting absences, and wayward, creeping catharses.
ALICIA WALTER (OSHWA) DROPS NEW SONG + VIDEO
Alicia Walter, the former leader of Chicago-based art-rock outfit Oshwa, has a new album on the way and today she’s dropped a new song / video from it. “Suit Yourself” features a familiar funk riff cushioning Walter’s diva demands and playful take on facing one’s own mortality and choosing to make the most of it. The Falyn Huang directed video follows suit as the NYC-based artist sings and dances around a beautiful, old house in upstate New York.
Mysterious Italian production duo Boulevard Tells have shared their electric new single, “Good Time”. Bursting on the scene in May with their debut single, “Lose Myself”, which has quickly rocketed to over 100,000 streams (and counting), the independent act look set to have an even bigger hit on their hands with this latest release.
Formed by Matteo Berardi and Davide Berardi, the duo showcase the full range of their talents on “Good Time”, with the track spotlighting their sophisticated production skills, as well as their noticeable songwriting abilities – their knack for insanely addictive toplines can be heard on the track’s anthemic chorus. Setting the tone for the song with its title, “Good Time” is a euphoric feel-good track about making the best out of life and is bolstered further by the soulful vocals of Grammy-nominated featured artist Jimmy Burney. With the track firing on all cylinders – lyrics, production and vocals – it makes for a truly fascinating listen.
ILLUDIUM release first single and details of new album”Ash of the Womb”
ILLUDIUM are now unveiling the melancholic video meditation on the natural world ‘Soma Sema’ as the first single taken from their forthcoming album “Ash of the Womb”, which is slated for release on October 15, 2021. The Californian dark dreamgaze act headed by singer and guitarist Shantel Amundson is also revealing cover art, tracklist, and further details of the new full-length below.
Mac McCaughan announces new solo album, shares “Dawn Bends” featuring Yo La Tengo and Jon Wurster
On September 24, Mac McCaughan will release The Sound of Yourself, his second full-length under his own name. Pre-order the record today on CD, LP, and pink and orange swirl Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, and get tickets to one of McCaughan’s full-band performances on the east coast, too!
Canadian Stoner/Doom Act Slowpoke Release New Single “Sid The Cat”
Out Now: Melin Melyn share new Welsh language surf-jam ‘Dewin Dwl’ // Debut EP due August 17th // Announce Green Man performance
Today, July 20th, Welsh oddballs Melin Melyn share new single ‘Dewin Dwl’, and announce their EP ‘Blomonj’ will now be released on August 17th via Bingo Records, a few weeks before their appearances at Green Man & End Of The Road Festival.
Saul Share “Looking to Fight” Video — WATCH — Plus Band Returns to the Road
Blake Bedsaul pulls back the curtain on the deeper meaning behind the song, saying, “‘Looking to Fight’ is a moment of introspection. Ask yourself this: Am I the hero or the villain in any given situation? After a long hard look into how I was dealing with my emotions, I realized that I was the villain of my own story. But don’t just apologize. Take responsibility for your actions and own up to them. Make the change to be someone to fight for — not against.”
NOW That’s What I Call Music!, the world’s bestselling multiple-artist album series, showcases today’s biggest hits across chart-topping numbered volumes and themed releases. NOW’s latest numbered volume, NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 79 will be released on CD and digital on August, 6th. NOW That’s What I Call A Decade 1980’s will also be released on CD, digital and as a Walmart exclusive vinyl on August, 6th.
Rockshots Records: Sound The Drums! Symphonic Folk Metal AEXYLIUM New Single “The Bridge”
Italian symphonic folk metallers Aexylium are sharing their first single “The Bridge” from their forthcoming album “The Fifth Season”due out October 29th, 2021 via Rockshots Records.
The opening track of the full length, “The Bridge” is an instant war call, a powerful rush of drums, symphonic speed, and heaviness to immediately convey this clan’s followers ready for battle.
Proving his knack for writing chart-ready, sincere pop with ease, Robert has hit the spot once again with ‘Self,’ with its breezy laidback beat, completed by Robert’s and Emma’s distinctive vocals. The song is about fighting the inner monologue that tries to ruin every good situation you put yourself in. Robert Grace: “I love this song so much because it’s about me. It IS me essentially. Super personal, super raw.”
Hear John Moods’ newest single, “Meet Me In My Dreams”, off his upcoming EP, So Nice, that’s out August 6th on Arbutus Records.
After many years of playing in the band Fenster (so far producing four LP’s and the film Emocean) Jonathan Jarzyna adopted the moniker John Moods, releasing his debut full-length The Essential John Moods with Mansions and Millions in 2018. Now, having completed his first solo tours, he returns with So Sweet So Nice, which will be released as two EPs: So Sweet on April 16th and So Nice on August 6th. This diptych will ultimately culminate in one vinyl LP, to be released in physical format on August 6th.
Julia Bardo Debuts New Single/Video “No Feeling” via FLOOD
Brescia, Italy-born, Manchester, UK-based artist Julia Bardo today shared a captivating video for her new single “No Feeling,” which previews her forthcoming debut album Bauhaus, L’Appartamento, out September 10th via Wichita Recordings. The upbeat track snaps with the dynamic bite of PJ Harvey or St. Vincent, and its accompanying Georgie Brown-directed clip—premiering today at FLOOD Magazine—is a gorgeously styled depiction of feeling stuck in an endless loop of responsibilities. “‘No Feeling’ is about doing things just because you exist, not because you want to actually do them,” explains Bardo. “We’re trapped in a cycle of rules in society: you must have a job, go out, drink, talk to people, be sociable, believe in something, and do what other people do in order to survive in this world. Sometimes even the most mundane tasks seem too much to handle.”
BASTARÐUR Signs to Season of Mist, Shares New Album Details + First Single
Tryggvason comments: “Four years after writing the first riff, two years after the main recording session, I am super happy to finally unleash this album into heavy metal land. It’s a childhood dream come true to make a full blown hm-2 crushing metal album. One might say, my personal tribute to Entombed and Motörhead.”
Evan Wright (ffo Jacco Gardner, Cory Hanson) | Shares new single on Solitaire
This body of work comes entirely mixed, produced and recorded by the California-born, New Jersey-raised, now New York-based Evan, partially in his 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 which holds some comparisons with the likes of Andy Shauf and Cut Worms, but also with the slightly more psych-indie shades of Kurt Vile, Jacco Gardner and Cory Hanson.