Check out the awesome music that we have put into automation this Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
- Blank Range – Marooned With The Treasure
Featured Tracks: 86 My Mind, Opening Band & Ember in the Ash
For Fans Of: Blitzen Trapper, Ryan Adams, M. Ward, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Vetiver, Conor Oberst, Cass McCombs
This summer, Nashville’s Blank Range released their debut album Marooned With The Treasure via Sturdy Girls Records distributed by Thirty Tigers (Sturgill Simpson / Jason Isbell). The band will hit the road for the rest of the year supporting Jessica Lea Mayfield and Tyler Childers and have just announced a run of dates in 2018 with Margo Price. Rolling Stone Country recently featured the band as one of 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know and said the album is “brimming with storyteller verses, bourbon-bathed choruses and transcendental bursts of shred by Gustafson – one of Music City’s most inventive guitarists…”
2. Vista Kicks – Booty Shakers Ball
Featured Tracks: Gotta Get Away, Gimmie Love, Fight the War & Me & Mr Reilly
Four lifelong friends from Northern California grow up obsessed with the sounds of AC/DC, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, The Bee Gees and Michael Jackson. Living within a block of each other since kindergarten, they began playing anywhere and everywhere with a stage by the age of 16, taking over supper clubs, parties, and backyard barbecues. Within a year, the band’s independent 2016 Chasing Waves EP and additional singles generated over 5 million cumulative Spotify streams and 3.2 million YouTube views. However, everything set the stage for the release of their 2017 full-length, Booty Shakers Ball, self-produced by the musicians themselves and engineered by their guitar player and vocalist Sam Plecker. Best described as a smoked-out collaboration between James Brown and Jimmy Page, it bridges eras. This is Booty Shaking Rock and Roll, says Trevor. We’re so far behind that we’re ahead; I don’t think there’s anything else like us out there. Every song is different and eclectic. We’re old soul millennials, exclaims Trevor. We’re young and wound up like everybody else our age, but our roots go deep. We’ve found an audience that’s just like us. It’s rock music that you can shake your booty to and party. That’s exactly what the first single and album opener “Gotta Get Away” offers. Hinging on bluesy and ballsy riffing as well as a simmering, soulful groove, the track opens up the world of Vista Kicks, treading a fine line between rock and funk.
3. The Sherlocks – Live For The Moment
Featured Tracks: Will You Be There?, Life for the Moment, Chasing Shadows & Blue
For Fans Of: Artic Monkeys, The Clash, The Vaccines, Kaiser
Since their sold-out UK Tour in September 2016, the Sheffield four-piece has been relentlessly touring the UK, with numerous festival dates. The band, consisting of two sets of brothers, have been steadily building a solid live following and were the first unsigned band since Arctic Monkeys to sell out their local venue, the Sheffield Leadmill. With support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Annie Mac, Mistajam & Huw Stephens, this is a young band following in the great tradition of guitar groups from their area. When asked what to expect from this anticipated debut. The Sherlocks promise: “The time has finally come…what started as a hobby has incredibly turned into a career. But this is all down to our fans forinvesting their time into our band. The amount of people calling for this album is truly overwhelming and we know this is the right time to share it. We’ve genuinely worked so hard for this and put everything into this album, down to the very last detail. Everything about this album feels incredibly special…4 lads from the middle of nowhere. This is what makes our story so special, that the people have decided to back a real band and we will be forever grateful to them for that. Our lives have completely changed over thelast few years… we started this band around 7 years ago as friends jamming a few songs out together in my dad’s garage. Over 1200 gigs later, we’re now here announcing something we will be eternally proud of. We can’t wait for you to hear it in its entirety. This one’s for you.”
4. Prolly Knot – It’s Not Anymore EP
Featured Tracks: Teeth (Never Should Have), Cleared Out & We Were Gone
For Fans Of: Maggie Rogers, Banks
In It’s Not Anymore Portland based, R&B/ Pop artist Prolly Knot (the project of previously Nashville based singer-songwriter Sam Pinkerton), makes the move from hip/hop inspired heartbreak to care-free pop music. From acoustic guitar to synthesizer, Pinkerton writes timeless singer-songwriter tracks paired with catchy pop hooks. The tracks on It’s Not Anymore addresses heavy life topics that most of us deal with- depression, coming of age, secrets, finding your identity, young relationships and more. Pinkerton’s mature lyrics and melodic tale-telling tracks are standouts due to her angelic yet weighty voice
5. Casper Skulls – Mercy Works
Featured Tracks: Mercy Works, You Can Call Me Allocator, Lingua Franca, Primeval & Colour Of The Outside
For Fans Of: Beliefs, Dilly Dally, Slothrust, Slowdive
Toronto post-punks Casper Skulls release their first full length LP with Buzz Records (Weaves, Greys). While the rough and ready post-punk and lo-fi early ’90s indie influences present on the band’s first recordings still provide the foundation, there is a sense of scale on display in their swelling guitar figures and sweeping string arrangements that is mirrored by the songwriting of dual lead vocalists Melanie St. Pierre and Neil Bednis. The real-life couple seek to represent lived experience in immense detail – engaging with a diverse palette of references, both musical and lyrical, to explore two intensely personal perspectives of emotional growth. Thematically, the album traverses various paths of self-exploration, from relationships to politics to death and grief, in a language inflected by an immersion in several generations of experimental guitar music, and an ambivalent grappling with the reverberations of a Catholic upbringing.
6. Shamir – Revelations
Featured Tracks: You Have a Song, 90’s Kids & Straight Boy
For Fans Of: Blood Orange, Perfume Genius
Shamir is Shamir and remains Shamir through and through, no matter what the universe puts him through. After quickly rising to underground fame with his Northtown EP in 2014, the DIY popstar made a sonic splash with Rachet’s lead single “On The Regular,” a poppy banger and commercial success. And what do you do if XL drops you? If you’re Shamir, you put out an album you recorded yourself all in one weekend, whilst questioning the decision to quit music. The record was called Hope and Shamir self-released it via SoundCloud during the spring of 2017, with no promotion or label support. Now, happily joining San Francisco based indie label Father/Daughter Records, Shamir is excited to share his upcoming new album, titled Revelations. Revelations is much more minimal in instrumentation & production compared to Rachet, but is even more full in sound and feeling. They’re Shamir’s Revelations, and you should listen up.
7. La Louma – Let The World Be Flooded Out
Featured Tracks: The Decline Of Nations, Hear Me Out & Aaj Mausam Bada Beimann Hai
Meticulously handcrafted over hundreds of hours of solitude, La Louma’s palette includes thickly melodic woodwinds and brass, electric guitar and bass, impatient drums, tremolo vocal undercurrents, and metaphor-laden lyrics. On Let The World Be Flooded Out, the tone repeatedly shifts unexpectedly from dramatic desperation to quiet contemplation, from a determined sprint to utter immobilization. Musically mirroring La Louma’s vagabond mind, each of the album’s richly transportive scenes are colored by carefully chosen modalities, timbres, instrumentations, and arrangements. On her debut, she explores heavy subject matter in an upbeat atmosphere, merging her classical training with her DIY queer punk ethos.