Out of Nyack, New York comes a foursome with steady rock beats supporting a hint of New Wave heartache. Even their name, Regret the Hour, elicits a tinge of melancholy. Their latest release is ‘The Living Remember,’ a follow-up EP to ‘Another Lonely Year’ which garnered 40,000 YouTube views. Regret the Hour has been playing NYC venues with members, Nate McCarthy (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Ben McCarthy (lead guitar/vocals), Jesse Yanko (bass/vocals), and Anders Fleming (drums/vocals).
Together for a decade now, Silversun Pickups are best known for
*swelling shoegaze atmospheres – “Lazy Eye”
*explosive rock — “Well Thought out Twinkles”
*groovy fuzz guitar – “Come Back Kid”, and what Girl on Guy host Aisha Tyler called *ferocious dreampop – “Panic Switch”
‘Neck of the Woods’ takes on a new direction all together.
Although Aubert stated in a recent KROQ interview that this album sounds to him “like a horror movie,” the dark vibes are not as obvious as on SSPU’s December 2011 EP, ‘Seasick.’ Rather, Aubert’s subsequent description of the album was more accurate: “It sounds like a desire to want to get in but you can’t. Or a desire to want to pull out something from the center into your fringe.”
Old time music becomes new with a western edge – in something that might be labeled ‘saloon rock.’ While no particular genre may presently fit, The Chorderoys, a South Carolina band now relocated to Austin, has a sound that is low country, folksy, and bluesy. They’re somewhat akin to Band of Horses, but genuinely have a sound all their own. The Chorderoys are comprised of brothers Greg and Jon Denn and Andrew Simmons. Their September release, ‘No Man’s Land’ is a four track EP recorded at the renowned Arlyn Studios.
‘I was born strange, with a comet’s name, trying to find a way to exist on this place.’ This is the opening statement by vocalist Haley Bowery on the Manimals’ upcoming debut album, ‘Born Strange,’ due June 19th. Fast-paced rock and roll accompanies seething reckless vocals to produce a modern day glam driven punk style.
Shortly after forming the Manimals in early 2011, Bowery released her homemade EP, ‘Side of the Hill’ and embarked on a Springtime solo tour of the US and Canada (with fellow singer-songwriter Matthew Pop). Together, Haley & The Manimals have been making their rounds of the NYC downtown clubs for the past year. Haley Bowery is joined by Patrick Deeney (guitar), Joseph Wallace (bass), and Attis Clopton (drums). The album also features Matthew Pop on keyboards.
Coinciding with the Spring equinox, liturgical readings announce, “A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it.” This Easter season, Lowlakes releases a four-track EP which begins like a call for hope amidst a grey fog. Carrying a cinematic quality, Lowlakes presents a rare mix of melody and ambience. Frontman Tom Snowdon takes flight in dreamy sequences while remaining in a low hover just above ground.
This Australian group originally from Alice Springs relocated to Melbourne for the EP production. Lowlakes’ new self-titled EP was recorded live and mixed to tape in Kunsthaus Records’ private analogue studio. Continue reading
Life’s journey is best when made with someone whom you trust, a person you can learn from and hopefully teach occasionally. Elika fuses fuzzed-out textures and geometric electronics while forging a pathway through Love, Tragedy, and Defeat.
The Brooklyn duo, Evagelia Maravelias and Brian Wenckenbach, have been recording and releasing music since 2006, the most recent being ‘Snuggle Bunnies.’ Featuring soothing vocals mingled with washes of distant, dreamy synths and guitars, Elika’s March 2012 release (Saint Marie Records) is titled ‘Always the Light.’
The Campbell Apartment release titled, ‘In,’ (Nov 2011) features catchy melodies and a down-home attitude, thus drawing comparisons to bands as various as Weezer and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Formed in New York City in 2007, The Campbell Apartment thrilled when their debut album, ‘Insomniac’s Almanac’ was named by The Village Voice as 2008’s 4th best album. Since then, the group has relocated cross country to San Francisco. Ari Vais is the singer/songwriter who is joined by Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter who also acts as producer; Martin Schneider contributes as bassist and Ed Burch plays drums.
Australia’s Oliver Tank creates otherworldly atmospheres through combining real instruments and computers in his fittingly titled EP, ‘Dreams’ realeased through Yes Please Records (November 2011). Oliver Tank recently flew to Iceland to attend the Airwaves Festival after winning FBi’s Northern Lights Competition. ‘Dreams’ has garnered air time on UK stations BBC1 and BBC6. Also, the U.S. NPR station featured the EP in their top 5 bandcamp albums of 2011.
With repetitions acting like a slow motion strobe light, the music sets a semiconscious mood, creating the feel of experiencing life frame by frame. Aptly, the focus single is “Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion” which is beautifully portrayed by electronic glitch pop mixed with the folk Irish sounds of uilleann pipes. Continue reading