In this season of gratitude, we get an EP from one of the most grateful artists making music, Otan Vargas. This NYC artist recently vowed via Facebook to “work hard and save enough money, so I can tour from east coast to west coast and even out of the country.” He made this public promise not to expand his music exposure or increase merchandise sales. Call it instead a gratitude tour – “Then I can finally thank each one of you in person,” said Vargas to his fans.
Alexx Calise asserts that she absolutely is not crazy. This statement comes a year after her hauntingly beautiful Sound of Cancer project release, ‘No Vampires in Gilroy.’ The ‘AC3’ EP, released November 13th was produced entirely at Calise’s Los Angeles home (with the exception of drums) by Alexx Calise and her producer, Wes Michener.
‘AC3’ is five tracks featuring Calise at what she does best: take you from heavy party rock tunes, such as the jumpin’ “Not Crazy” to the deeper, more pensive songs like “Outta Here” which sympathizes with confusion yet emits enough compelling rhythm to get “through the night.” Continue reading
Listing inspirations as diverse as Jameson whiskey and Saladworks entrées, Joe Sheairs admits that he is inspired by much more than other band’s music. Sheairs is joined by Andre Comfort to form Voletta, an electronic shoegaze band formed in 2004 and based in Philadelphia. Voletta seems to reside in a dreamy nebulous area, where emotions take precedence over the details of reality.
The duo’s releases comprise of one album and several EPs, the latest of which is titled, ‘A Big Mess,’ a three-track collection of B-sides and live recordings. Here’s a brief description of each.
‘The Collapse’ (2004): Hear a bit of powerpop in “Snap Bracelet”, a tinge of psychedelia in “Hypoglycemia”, and a nice dreampop ambience in “Pocket Full of Empty Film Canisters.”
‘Sign Language’ (2006): If Smashing Pumpkins were to do something more along acoustic lines, at least without the multi-layered guitars, it would sound something like this.
‘Voletta’ EP (2010): This is an amazing mix of 80s artrock with 90s powerpop, and layered shoegaze guitar fuzz.
‘Soft Focus’ (2011): Smooth and compelling, this EP features electronic beats, layered with fuzz guitar behind breathy vocals. Groovy industrial vibes alternate with explosive shoegaze soundscapes to create a pervasively powerful sound.
Voletta singer/songwriter Joe Sheairs spoke with Resonance about inspiration, clarification, and reworking songs. Continue reading
‘Pink Skin’ marks the 10th self-release of R. M. Hendrix, a Cambridge artist who describes his songs the way wine connoisseurs describe drinks. “This song is amber and tastes of cinnamon, oak and leather,” he says of “The Last Days of Black.” “This song is orange and tastes of rare meat and honey,” a less-appealing description referring to “Staring into the Sun.” Of “Lipstick and Perfect Hair” Hendrix notes, “this song is pink and tastes of sea salt and citrus.” Whatever your music preference, Hendrix promises to fill your senses with aromatic swirls that will cheer and inebriate. Psychedelic overtones are coupled with hints of effervescence, resulting in relaxed confidence. Crafting songs since 1998, Hendrix joined with Jason Martin of Starflyer 59 to master the new 3-song EP. Hendrix spoke with Resonance about bombastic elements, seasonal moods, and the New English sound.
Her Vanished Grace presents a shoegaze powerpop blend which the group has been perfecting since the early 90s. Comprised of Nancy Nieland, Charlie Nieland, Maria Theodosiadou, and Billy Loose, this New York based band boasts a dozen releases. Their latest is a ten track album titled ‘Star-Crossed,’ featuring guest appearances from members of Dead Leaf Echo, Black Sugar Transmission and The Invisible Kid.
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.