With the rising success of her friends and tour mates Mitski and Japanese Breakfast along with her fantastic 7″ from June, it is no surprise there were a lot of labels looking to secure the services of Melina Duterte, better known under the name Jay Som. Ultimately, Polyvinyl won out and are planning to get the ball rolling on November 18th with the reissue of her great collection of tracks (some finished, others not) from last year, Turn Into, as a precursor to her proper debut LP expected sometime in 2017. If you didn’t stumble upon the release the first time around, you can acquaint yourself below and pre-order the limited edition cassette or vinyl here.
While we are still digging into their fantastic LP, Mode, from earlier this year featuring one of our favorites songs “Dans Un Autre Reve”, D.C. born, LA-based Brett announced a new EP, Die Young, through 10K Islands. While the EP won’t drop until the fall, first song “California Nights” is ideal for the summer as the four-piece capture the romanticism of the warm months when the sun goes down and those memorable nights that carry until the son comes up again.
Twist, the Toronto project headed by primaries Laura Hermiston and Holy Fuck’s Brian Borchedt and rounded out by a rotating wheel of musicians, have formally announced their debut LP, Spectral, to drop on August 26th via Buzz Records nearly 2 years after the release of their first song back in 2014. Their sludgy mix of surf-rock and punk fits quite nicely alongside standouts from last year Bully and Dilly Dally popping an aura of unkempt appeal with every strained guitar chord and anthemic chorus. Their latest song “Can’t Wait” is arguably their best to date with the song highlighting an intense scowl of attitude within Hermiston’s vocals. You can pre-order the album now via Buzz Records Bandcamp.
Yesterday marked the release of great sophomore LP, No Hitter, from sneaky Boston-based duo Petite League, whom unloaded one of our favorite debuts and overall releases last year with Slugger (we are still waiting on the vinyl to come out for that one). From start to finish, there is not filler on the album and maintains an energy of punk, emo, and power-pop roots, while allowing a breather or two with softer, casually chill tracks “Rasberry Seeds” and “I Met You Before.” The latter proceeds the very-Nirvana sounding closer and bonus track “Guetta,” which serves as one of our many favorites from the record and provides a great bookend of the LP with stronger cuts “Annie” and “Zookeeper” holding up the opening duties. After filling up our eardrums with the release over and over again, it is painfully obvious Petite League is a project everyone needs to have on their radar and this album should most definitely be blazing in the background of whatever trouble you get into during the summer of 2016 and beyond. Grab it now via Bandcamp.
Back in March, chameleon Stockholm, Sweden artist Sarah Assbring aka El Perro del Marset the stage for a new album, named Kokoro, to be released later this year with the reveal of the song “BreadandButter.” Today, we have the pleasure of formally announcing a release date of Assbring’s fifth studio album slated to drop on September 16th. The album could be her most personal and ambitious to date with every visual, sound, costume, and so on painstakenly thought out to the furthest degree with much of the influence stemming from, according to Assbring, “listening to Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian pop music for the last three years.”
With the announcement, she also provided an alternate Karaoke themed video for the previously mentioned “Breadandbutter” keeping in with the Far East motif of the album. You can find the clip along with Assbring’s brief thoughts on emotions of the new LP. It is available for pre-order now via iTunes and physically via The Control Group.
‘KoKoro’ is about the vulnerability and the strength of the heart. What the heart is exposed to, both internally and externally. The heart cannot be protected. Not from pain, not from happiness. Not from love, not from corruption. I’ve been thinking a lot about issues such as “who am I if the social norms, expectations and pressures I carry were to be stripped away?” Hard? Soft? Or maybe both?
In a time that seem to go backwards humanistically and morally, seeking to put up walls rather than tearing them down I realized I wanted to make a borderless album that belongs nowhere but has a universal voice and a universal heart. -El Perro Del Mar
After dropping a teaser clip featuring the song “Come 4 Me” last month, the Darkwave Duchess, ABRA, has officially announced her latest EP, titled Princess, and scheduled for release on July 15th via True Panther Sounds/Awful Records. Each track on the EP was written, recorded, and produced by ABRA mostly in the comfort of her bedroom closet. “Crybaby” is the first official single from the collection and it is a bonafide banger with influences from ’80s pop, dance, and r&b. Spin it below.
Clams Casino has announced what I guess you could technically call his debut album (he has mixtapes and and EP prior to his name) titled 32 Levels ready to drop on July 15th via Columbia Records. To commemorate the moment, he has also share a video for the heavenly first track “Blast.” The visuals for the track were done by Strandloop. There is no pre-order yet for the LP, but expect that very soon.