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WENDY JAMES- Releases Music Video For‘The Impression Of Normalcy’ + Announces UK Tour Dates
This statement of intent is, in Wendy’s words, “a perfect speed-punk moment in the last quarter of the album! Originally I’d written it more in the vein of Nirvana: quiet verse, loud chorus and I guess it was mid-tempo. Having started in on recording rehearsals, James Sclavunos put his sticks in the air, from behind his drum kit and said “Can we speed this fucking song up?” So… we went to the extreme and basically thrashed and shredded this song out, I then edited it down so it’s a perfect three and a half minutes of pop speed punk!”
Paul Leary issued his debut solo album The History Of Dogs in 1991. And now, thirty years later he’s releasing the follow up Born Stupid. Thirty years may seem like an oddly excessive length of time between albums, but that’s apropos, as nearly all the highlights of Leary’s legendary career have been odd and excessive.
BINO RIDEAUX AND BLXST RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “POP OUT” FROM SIXTAPE 2
With a one-two punch of laidback flows and hypnotic melodies, Bino Rideaux has quietly shaped the next era of West Coast hip-hop. Growing up in South Central, he crafted his 2015 independent project, Life Is Like A Movie, out of a D.I.Y. studio in his grandmother’s house. Gaining traction around L.A., he co-founded Out The Blue Records and dropped music at a prolific pace. Penned in the wake of his homie KP’s death, “100 Days 100 Nights” caught the attention of the late Nipsey Hussle. He featured on Nipsey’s tracks “Clarity” and “The Field” before they teamed up on the 2017 joint project No Pressure.
BREAKOUT UK DUO A1 x J1 RETURN WITH NEW SINGLE “BABY” FEATURING DENO
Another summery slice of what it’s like to be teenagers finding their feet in a post-pandemic world, “Baby” further marks out their distinct rapping/singing tag-team and sensitive relatability. The song’s delicate piano and minimal beats stand out in a world of tougher sounds like grime and drill, as does its subject matter. “Guys put too much pressure on trying to have romantic relationships,” says J1. “You don’t need to focus on girls.”
“Summer is always a blast for folks in Quebec. That feeling at the end of winter when the sun is out, the snow is melting and last season’s accumulated garbage appears below! It’s a promise for better days. The feeling is wonderful.” reflects Sami Stern from the band, adding “Jamie from Pale Lips/Reta suggested we use this as the name for our LP, and Jamie only ever has good ideas. She is brilliant.”
JASMINE THOMPSON IS “happy for you”
London-based singer-songwriter Jasmine Thompson has announced today’s premiere of her joyful new single. Written by Ingrid Andress and AJ Pruis “happy for you” is available now via Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services –
Asa Moto Drop Synthy New Single “CACAO”
Since debuting on Soulwax’s imprint, DEEWEE in 2016, the Belgian duo have steadily released a series of acclaimed EPs across the last five years. Now with their fourth instalment for the label, ‘Martino’ EP, Asa Moto serve up some of their most refined work to date, expertly disregarding genre boundaries and conventions for an eclectic blend of off-kilter yet highly considered sounds grounded by sublime pop sensibilities.
Watch Seafoam Green’s visual for ‘Swimming In The Paint’
‘Swimming In The Paint’ is an instantly loveable quirky slice of psychedelic pop driven by a groovy organ with the distinctive swirling fun machine keyboard/clav sounds of Spencer Pope colliding beautifully with the band’s vocal harmonies. More info below.
Raye Zaragoza + Grammy Nominated Seth Glier Duet
Seth Glier’s new album The Coronation is an invitation to forge a new, more beautiful world out of the current chaos. “For most of my adult life, I’ve held the belief that humanity is right around the corner from something transformative,” Seth explains. “If we could only see that our separateness is an illusion, then a future of global cooperation and interdependence would be undeniable. As the coronavirus locked down the world, I watched this long-held belief inside of me becoming a reality right before my eyes. The dolphins returned to the Venice canals, and millions of children saw the stars for the first time. I wanted this album to feel like a roadmap towards reunion in a reconnected and repairing world.”
Swiss metalcore/progressive five-piece SINEQUANON shared new single “Dogma”
“New” Swiss metalcore/progressive five-piece born 3 yars ago as a solo studio project before to become a “real” band with the arrival of 4 members a couple of months later, SINEQUANON will released this fall its debut album called ‘Hope Brings Us Together’, produced by Kris Norris (Darkest Hour, Threat Signal, Scar The Martyr…).
Electric Blue Yonder share the 1st single off of their upcoming album
Americana UK debuted the first single off of Electric Blue Yonder’s upcoming album, Mourning Sounds, which comes out on September 29. Watch/share the video below, and then stream and download the full album for early review.
Lowertown Releases Official Video For New Single “The Gaping Mouth” – EP Out 9/16 on Dirty Hit
Lowertown is comprised of 19-year-old bandmates and best friends Olivia Osby and Avsha Weinberg, who have quietly built a cult following while garnering praise for their moody riffs and lyrics about the trials and tribulations of becoming a young adult. From ad hoc, folky lo-fi soundscapes to more lacquered offerings, Lowertown’s unique brand of indie music is at once nostalgic and futuristic, chaotic and orderly, wise and young. Olivia, the self-taught singer-songwriter, and Avsha, the classically trained multi-instrumentalist, achieve success in their music through their symbiotic collaboration style, imbued with joy and respect.
Briar “Breathe Fire” Music Video
Out Today: Katelyn Tarver – “Shit Happens”
With Patrick Jones (Billie Eilish, Meg Myers, Maya Hawke) serving as DP on the video, the song was inspired by a podcast episode of Unlocking Us with Brené Brown — Tarver explains: I think it’s true that pain brings growth, but I also think it’s true that bad things happen, and it might never make sense. I think there’s freedom and catharsis in admitting that.
Velvet Chains share new single feat. Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses on lead guitar
Las Vegas rock outfit Velvet Chains have announced their upcoming record, Icarus, by sharing their first single “Tattooed”. Icarus is expected to arrive on September 24, 2021 via FYPM Music exclusively on all streaming services.
AZRA Shares Kill Bill-Inspired Music Video for “Dirty”
Directed by ZANE, the “Dirty” music video is both an exciting and explosive cinematic production that includes captivating dance choreography. It was shot in Downtown Los Angeles and incarnates neo-Victorian aesthetics paired with actors dressed for a masked ball, an allegory to the deceptive negativities in the world that we must face and overcome. The video features a surprise cameo from AZRA’s Maltese puppy, Blueberry, as well.