Premiere: Let Go with Magic Magic Roses’ Cathartic New Track “Dusk”

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For over a half a decade, San Francisco’s Magic Magic Roses, the trio of Sarah Simon, Kate Sweeney, Sam Berman, have been putting out some of the most genuine and affecting dream folk in music. At the end of the year, they are slated to unveil their third full-length, titled Dusk, through Seattle label Plume Records. Produced by Simon’s sister and La Luz member Lena Simon, the album finds the band experimenting more with textures and tempo, while bringing in additional musical components with contributions from Bill Patton on pedal steel, the previously mentioned Lena Simon on percussion, keyboard, and backup vocals, Damon Bennett on Bass, and Morgan Henderson (of Fleet Foxes) on flute and stand up bass.

According to Simon, they were trying to make a “concerted effort to write songs that were more lively and optimistic, but ended up on the dark side from time to time.” They call the title and closing track “Dusk,” which we have the pleasure of introducing, the “darkest song” on the album, however we find it to be precursor to hope and optimism that often follows moments of desperation and despair. Sonically, it would be hard not to bring up comparisons to Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval’s static vocal delivery. The song resonates quickly and melds well with the autumnal winds and colors outside your window. Listen below, but do yourself a favor and check out their previous releases well at Bandcamp.

Watch the Video for “Nobody Else” from Swedish Duo Wy

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Wy is the duo of companions and lovers Ebba Ågren and Michel Gustafsson hailing from Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö. Recently, they released their debut EP Never Was through Stockholm-based label Hybris. You hear hints of Jesus and Mary Chain sad, shoegazey guitars blended with the minimalistic emotional and sonics heard in the music of The xx. Regardless of how you want to categorize or describe the collection, it is ideal noise for the gloomy days of November and the oncoming winter. The video for “Nobody Else” was self-directed and produced by the pair. Find it below along with a stream of the complete EP.

Ellie Herring Connects with Yaeji on “Swim Me”

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Lexington, KY’s Ellie Herring recently announced a new EP, What a Joy, scheduled to drop on November 17th through Joel Ford’s Driftless Recordings. She packaged the announcement with the ravey “Wheels On.” On the latest reveal from the release, she hooks up with Seoul born, New York City-based Yaeji for vocals on what is a softer alternative to the more feverish offerings scattered throughout her output to date. Let’s call it a soft banger. There is no word on a physical release, although we would love to see her entire catalog get the vinyl treatment, but you can pre-order the EP via iTunes.

Ruby Haunt Share Visual for “Orphan”

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LA’s Ruby Haunt, creators of one of the best and underrated albums this year, just dropped a Lost in Translation-esque video for their immensely melancholy and meditative song “Orphan.” If you are like us and mourning the results of the election, we probably cannot recommend a better album to throw on in the backdrop. Their is a contemplative nature to all of their output. You can purchase their LP Sugar at Bandcamp along with the rest of their excellent catalog.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 11/8/16

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Homeshake – Call Me Up
Dream Chief – Can’t Shake U
The Mary Onettes – Juna
Foreign Air – Better For It
The Darcys – Coming Up For Air
Still Corners – Currents
Ellie Herring – Wheels On
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Star Stuff
Bonobo – Kerala
Kool A.D. ft. Toro Y Moi – Visualize
Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win
Chris Cohen – It’s Not So Hard (NRBQ cover)
Foxygen – Follow The Leader
Vaguess – My Dead Friends
Phern – Pebble
Methyl Ethel – No. 28
Joel Rampage – Bleed
Moon Duo – Cold Fear
Our Girl – Sleeper
Arima Ederra – In My Garden
Blisss – Fai Yen
Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like
Squirrel Flower – Not Your Prey
Alexia Avina – Song 36
Maggie Rogers – Dog Years
La Sera – Queens
STRFKR – Tape Machine
Leisure – Moonbeam

Bambi Lou Soothes Sad Feelings With the Lovely “Call Waiting”

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Bambi Lou is the Montreal trio Geneva Gleason (vocals, keys), Georgia Peach (guitar, harmony), and Brontë Jane (bass, harmony). Their only song to date (at least that we are aware of) is the swaying, delicate “Call Waiting” sonically conveying those melancholic emotions felt when a relationship is in a state of flux. It is simple in delivery, yet manages to unravel many layers of depth. Expect their debut EP sometime in the early half of next year.

Stream “Pebble” from Montreal’s Phern

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Phern is the Montreal collection of members from Moss Lime, Sheer Agony, Each Other, Soft Cone, and Lantern. They have dropped a few tracks over the past year, including a flexi 7″ earlier this year through Fixture Records. On November 25th, the same label will be putting out the band’s debut album called Cool Coma. The first reveal from the album comes in the form of “Pebble.” As you might expect from a project hailing from Montreal, the sound blends disjointed, eccentric melodies that somehow maintain a pop appeal. If you are a fan of Hoops, Mac DeMarco, TOPS, etc., you should probably check them out.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 11/1/16

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

The Radio Dept. – Keen On Boys
Andy Shauf – Early To The Party
Devendra Banhart – Mara
Muuy Biien – Bitter Blessings
w. baer – Vampyr
Ekkah – Can’t Give It Up
Black Marble – Woods
Hazel English – Make It Better
Merchandise – Crystal Cage
Slumbers – Battle
Maria Usbeck – Jungla Inquieta (Jensen Sportag remix)
Ellie Herring – Wheels On
Donny Benet – Working Out
The Undercover Dream Lovers – Good Luck
Goat Girl – Country Sleaze
Sporting Life – Nothing To Hide (ft. Devonte Hynes & Wiki)
Bill Baird – Your Dark Sunglasses Won’t Make You Lou Reed
Matti Jarrvinen – Vuokot alla Jaan
Emily Reo – Stronger Swimmer
a=f/m – Illusions
Erin Tobey – I’m Young
Desire – Don’t Call
Cemeteries – Carnivores
Kevin Krauter – Fantasy Theme
Jim James – Here In Spirit
Fog Lake – Rattlesnake
Weyes Blood – Generation Why
K I R B Y – Loved By You