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Mosses – “Another Plan”

After just a touch of what the band had in store on last year’s Microdose entry, Mosses embarks on a new full length for Anyway Record that springboards off of that EP and lands in a lush valley of sound that’s verdant and kaleidoscopic. Spinning slowly through shads of green light, the debut single, “Another Plan” finds Ryan Jewell and Danette Bordenkircher treading through Eastern paths. Their voices intertwine in ebullient layers, casting a glare of sunny harmonies atop the gallop of hand drums and the chime of guitars. The song is pensive and at times almost ceremonial, but in the end it also winds up celebratory. The duo are not alone in their travels here, they bring along Meg Baird to fill in their sage-singed choir of voices and add the violin of Eve Lenker. The song is accompanied by a video, cut from images the pair shot on tour meshed with swirls of paint for a visual that matches the song’s sun salutation reverence. The record ekes its way out March 6th from Anyway. Keep peeled for that one, this is only a taste. The whole thing is just as engrossing.

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Mr. Elevator – “Sylvia”

Been slowly sinking into the environs of Mr. Elevator’s latest batch of psych-pop and its finally taking hold. The band, anchored by Oh Sees’ Tomas Dolas, swims in the same magenta-hued waters that float recent releases by Morgan Delt, Jacco Gardner, or The Paperhead. Organs obscure the folds of “Sylvia,” filling the song with shimmer and shine that’s locked to a propulsive beat. There are underlying elements are ripped from the kind of Library Music burbles that filtered through the end of the ’60s and they work nicely with the intrigue-laden video for “Sylvia.” Dolas gives some insight to the track / vid below.

“Without giving too much away “Sylvia” was inspired by a book I put off too long to finally read. It was also one of the songs on the record that I was thinking about cutting because it just didn’t feel right. We ended up keeping just the drums and taking a different approach to it redoing everything else around it. It was the last song to make it before turning everything in to get mastered. The intro that happens now is the tail end of a portion of a drum fill from the intro that ended up getting scrapped. The video was done by Logan Feser, a video artist who recently moved to LA who also did a video for us on our last record. We were back and forth on ideas and I proposed a sort of short film idea and he came back with a whole script and cast/props and all that he put together!“ The band’s on a West Coast tour now. You can catch ‘em at the following dates.

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Peel Dream Magazine – “Pill”

Without fully emerging from their haze, Peel Dream Magazine’s sound comes into focus on their second LP for Slumberland. Following an EP that began the process of finding clarity from the shoegaze soup, the band edges closer to a sound that they’ve been hinting at – mixing the murk of Chapterhouse and Adorable with the propulsive charms of Stereolab. The video accompanying “Pill” is a mash of purples and oranges rendered under hypnotic distortion. The visual is a perfect pairing for the song’s subtle crush of fuzz, a sound that creeps up from the feet and is on top of the listener before they can slow its hold. Lock into the band’s pillowy riffs and somnambulant cool in the video above.

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Sir Richard Bishop – “Celerity”

With so many great fingerpicked albums over the last couple of years its hard to believe that it’s been almost five years since there was a Sir Richard Bishop LP. Well, a proper LP that is. SRB doesn’t sit still for long and there have been countless collaborative LPs, split releases and mover over the interim, but its been since 2015’s Tangier Sessions that a true, dedicated solo venture has come down the path. Though to be fair, this one reaches back even further in his DC catalog for an anchor point, feeling very akin to his ’07 untouchable classic Polytheistic Fragments. Like that record he’s back to using a different instrument to approach each track. Though it seems like this one’s going to go deeper than that record ever did, dabbling in some digital splashes and music concrete. Check out the first cut “Celerity” from Oneiric Formulary out 4/17.

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Elkhorn – “Electric Two (Part B)”

Elkhorn’s latest is a longform exploration of improvisation, set to tape with the band’s friend and collaborator Turner Wiliams one snowy night, shut in from the outside. The band’s releasing bits of the two sidelong pieces in the runup to the album release and they’ve let out one of my favorite portions today. Paired with a dizzying time-lapse, “Electric Two (Part B) locks the duo’s guitars with a sonorous drone — with the strings playing against one another like overlapping winds in the storm that raged outside the windows, the biting cold as constant as the oscillating tone underneath. As acoustics give way to the chemical burn of electric fuzz, the track brings on that familiar feeling of doom that’s woven between the bars of Elkhorn’s works from last year. This is vital, raw piece of work that’s among their best. Check out the video above and look out for that LP on 2/7.

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Dire Wolves – “Myriads”

Another superb, smokey cut from Dire Wolves’ upcoming Centripetal Force LP, I Just Wasn’t Made For These Set Times, surfaces today. “Myriads” creeps out of the cobwebs with a séance slink. Anchored by the beguiling vocals of Georgia Carbone, the song hovers in air, hanging like a fog over the listener until the cold compress of its spell is broken. Arjun and Geoffrey spar on violin and guitar respectively, adding to the dizziness of the track that’s highlighted here in the Sheila Bosco-directed clip. As with many of the Wolves’ best cuts, this one is built to grow – a longform lurker that blossoms from quiet menace into a force of ecstatic expression. The band’s latest lands February 9th.

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OCH – “NU:64”

Out of the ashes of Flowers Must Die springs OCH. Some (though not confirmed who or how many) members of the band have sprung forth under the new moniker and are working through the detritus of the German Progressive collapse. Locked to a groove that’s as insistent as a heartbeat, the band washes the rinds of their sound in synth tones that hearken to Harald Grosskopf playing homage to Cluster and Popul Vuh. While there’s a Kosmiche nature to “NU:64” its just smoke above the propulsive motor. The band’s album is hard to parse into pieces – winding up more of a soundbath that’s best experienced in the whole, but this nugget is a damn good entry point. Check out the video by Fredric Ilmarson above and begin to sink into the band’s primal ooze. The record lands 2/28 on Rocket Recordings.



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Cable Ties – “Sandcastles”

Super happy to have this track in the box today. Cable Ties have long been simmering in the Aussie underground and have positioned themselves as one of the most ferocious bands in the country. I’m pretty sure that RSTB yelled out every single that came through the channels in the last couple of years hoping that everyone would share in the joy, pain, indignation, and invigoration that the band embodied. Seems like someone else was listening.

The band are expanding their reach with a new record, Far Enough, released as a split between their old home at Poison City and Merge here in the States. The first single “Sandcastles” takes on the gatekeepers of activism who are more concerned with language and codes of behavior than inclusion and change. The song, like so many of their others, simmers with a barely contained bile. When singer Jenny McKechnie turns her sonic sweep on a target, there’s no mercy, no restraint. The band are heirs apparent to X-Ray Spex and Au Pairs, a guiding force for a new generation. Damn glad they’re out there steering the rudder of change. Far Enough lands March 23rd on Merge.



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Mapache – “Life On Fire”

Shortly after bringing the country croons of their eponymous 2017 LP back into print, Yep Roc announces a new LP from Mapache, From Liberty Street, due out March 20th. The distinctly West Coast duo spent their last record distilling the country-folk foldings of Flying Burritos, Gene Clark, Beachwood Sparks, and The Byrds, and they’re continuing to find footing in the salt-scrubbed eddies of similar terrain on “Life On Fire.” With veteran collaborator Dan Horne (Cass McCombs, Allah-Lahs) in the mix, they settled down into a home-recorded setting that only gives the songs more intimacy. “Life On Fire” is practically reclining in its urge to strip the stress from your day. The song dips just below the horizon, squinting against the afternoon light and letting the bittersweet bliss sigh out in every direction. If you missed the last LP, catch up and get this on your calendar.



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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – “Reducer”

Couldn’t be better news this morning than a new Pigs x 7 release on the way. Their breakout, King of Cowards commanded the turntable over here for quite some time. 2020 needs a little shake on the foundations and the thunder rumble of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs is perhaps just what the universe ordered. They continue to give an inroad of accessibility to their sludge-huffer hammer throw, and while “Reducer” is bound to flatten a few to the floorboards, its also gonna get stuck in your head. The band’s long been exhuming the Monster Magnet x Sleep formula and this launches their stoner-sludge straight into space, lighting the way like a comet. The new LP lands at Rocket on April 3rd. Get prepped.



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