Discover The Hidden Shelf and New EP Cut It Short a Year Ago

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The reason behind the name is because I have yet to share my work so far with most of my close friends. I don’t care if they manage to find them at one point, but when they do, I hope for the experience to feel like they’ve found, at the least, an okay book or an artwork or what have you from a “hidden shelf” in a corner. – Minji Kong

Not everything with social media is bad. This past weekend, we happened to be directed to Philadelphia project The Hidden Shelf, the moniker of singer/songwriter Minji Kong, through Tyler Andre. To say we instantly connected would be an understatement, as we haven’t stopped spinning it since. The three tracks that comprise Cut It Short a Year Ago could easily stand on their own individual merit, but collectively showcase an artist slowly coming to her own identity on top of an already robust catalog of music that spans only to the middle of last year. The songs are subtle in delivery, but nuanced in their construction as small notes of sound are precisely woven together creating a bubble of emotion and introspection. It goes without saying, we can’t wait to hear more.

Major Murphy Announce Debut LP, Stream New Track “No. 1”

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After honing their craft on a couple of excellent EPs, Grand Rapids trio Major Murphy have announced their debut long-play aptly named No. 1 slated to drop on March 30th via our homies at Winspear. The collection if full of lighter tendencies recalling the ’70s soft-rock heard from the back of our parent’s car, however with sensibilities aligned with current guitar-driven trends offering a familiar comfort when listening. In addition to the previously heard “Mary,” the band has offered up the title track to the release available for streaming below. The album is available for pre-order now on all formats, including a very attractive limited edition pink vinyl, here or via the band’s Bandcamp.

For those in and around the Bloomington, IN area, you catch the band along with many other talented artists as a part of their label Winspear’s review this Thursday along with several other upcoming dates. Current itinerary is below.

Tour Dates:
1/25/18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
2/17/18 – Traverse City, MI @ The Little Fleet
3/13-3/18/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
4/09/18 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
4/12/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
4/15/18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
4/18/18 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
4/21/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
4/28/18 – Toledo, OH @ Pau Hana

Listen to “Wallowa Lake Monster” from Sufjan Stevens

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Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell album was our favorite from 2015, so you know we are stoked he is releasing a new collection of outtakes, remixes, and demos from the Carrie & Lowell sessions under the title, The Greatest Gift Mixtape. “Wallowa Lake Monster” is the first reveal from the 11-song set. The tracks is as beautiful and haunting as any cut from the Carrie & Lowell album is seasonally appropriate both lyrically and by title.

Premiere: Brandon Whyde // Come To Jesus

Brandon Whyde

I would often walk into a Fountain Square bar and there would sit Brandon Whyde…relaxed, beyond cool, smiling and being smiled back at by the prettiest lady in the room. I couldn’t help but admire his aesthetic. He was (is) cool, but he was also, maybe surprisingly to some, shy and kind, and if you broke through with a little effort, easy to talk to to.

Whyde is a soulful singer-songwriter with a penchant for mourning and reflection. His whiskey-infused voice tells tales that sometimes will make you weep and other times will make you holler in celebration. He’s seen his fair share of success, in his early career. He’s opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, Lady Antebellum, and Nathaniel Rateliff, and he even sang at Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl’s wedding.

Whyde ultimately decided to leave Indianapolis. He headed to the greener musical pastures of Nashville, Tennessee to create his third album, “Silver Apples of the Moon,” which he’ll release on September 19th. When he wasn’t working on the album, he was co-writing songs with Grammy-winning country songwriter Clint Lagerberg and modern Americana music stars Jamie Kenney, Tony Lucca and Stone Aielli.

Whyde’s new album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and it includes some of the veteran musicians who helped The Shoals earn acclaim as a hotbed of musical talent. Spooner Oldham, who played keyboards on Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and Bob Wray, who’s played bass on more than 30 #1 country hits, are just a few of the artists appearing on “Silver Apples of the Moon.” Today, we premiere the first song and video from the album, “Come To Jesus.”

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Julien Baker Announces New Album, Stream “Appointments”

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Having slowly built her profile after the release of her great debut album Sprained Ankle, Julien Baker has announced the follow-up, Turn Out the Lights, scheduled for released on October 27th via Matador Records. Recorded at Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, the LP “embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health,” according to the press release. “Appointments” is the first unveiled track from the album and it is an absolute stunner without hyperbole. It is a next level track that is certain to further expand her continually growing audience.

Premiere: Stockholm’s Grapell Announce Debut LP, Stream “We Can Only Blame Ourselves”

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Over four years since their music appeared online and two EPs later, Swedish duo Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh aka Grapell are readying the release of their debut long-play titled Crier on November 3rd via Roll Call Records (album artwork below). As one could possibly take from the album’s name, it draws from themes of love and heartbreak with compositions so thought out unmet deadlines and delays became a standard part of the recording process done their rehersal space and Erstrand’s house. “We Can Only Blame Ourselves” is the first single and characterized by Erstrand a “reminder to all the lovers out there” full of delicate, unabashed soul carried by rhythmic piano and covered in a coppery sheen that hits just before sundown. Simple sophistication comes to mind when describing their music and this track is no different. It sounds like song that could have been created at any point over the last 40 years making it timeless, yet refreshingly organic and nuanced in a time laptop producers get most of the attention. Listen to the song below.

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Kelela Unveils New Single “LMK”

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After what feels like a long wait, Kelela has finally revealed her proper debut LP, Take Me Apart, is coming October 6th through Warp Records. With that reveal via her Instagram, she also dropped the first single “LMK” and it does not disappoint. Everything about it feels big and should catapult her to next level status in terms of her audience. Pre-order here.