Blue Hawaii – “Reaction II”
released 11 February 2013
The sparse, ethereal sound is complemented by Director Melissa Matos’ keen eye.
Grass House – “And Now For The Wild“
single, out 25 June on Marshall Teller Records (pre-order)
Holy incredible production! Grass House keeps rolling along and getting better. “And Now For The Wild” is mired in darkness and despair. Guitars drip with reverb and bleak, almost angry, lyrics fuel this single. They plan to release a full-length recording in September.
Herdwhite – “Procreator“ [free download]
single released 8 June 2013
Based in Berlin the Manchester UK native cites Röyksopp, Depeche Mode, Sigur Ross, and Pink Floyd as influences. “Procreator” and several other tracks shared on SoundCloud offer clear evidence of these influences. This is very solid experimental electrpop.
Inch Chua – “Artful Dodger“ [free download]
out 27 August 2013
“Artful Dodger” was just odd enough to catch our attention. At times cacophonous, it’s oddly enchanting and recalls the early work of The Dirty Projectors. Fans of Railbird will enjoy other tracks from Singapore’s Inch Chua. Check her out on SoundCloud.
Nick Jaina – “Strawberry Man“ [free download]
from A Bird in the Opera House
released 23 March 2010
I was lucky enough to see Nick Jaina in an intimate environment (Greenville’s Tipsy Teapot) a couple of years ago. He was the epitome of laid back, and what a backing band he had. “Strawberry Man” is a great example of his music: smart lyrics, easy feel equals absolutely delightful. It’s not new, but it followed another track I was scoping out today.
Olympic Ayres is teasing us….Bastards!
Looking forward to this:
WhoaBear – “Long Time“ [free download]
released 11 June 2013
The duo from Lynchburg, VA combine elements of psychedelia, electropop and hip hop to form their sound. This is not a wise crack–they sound like a serious Flight of the Conchords.
Jack Wilson – “Cowboy“
from Spare Key
out 18 June 2013
I’m guessing the chorus is inspired by Tom Robbins’ Skinny Legs and All. This is such a well-crafted song–great arrangement, beautiful harmonies. Stream all of Spare Key over at American Songwriter.