Stream Miserable’s Striking Debut Album Uncontrollable

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“It’s about the apology I deserved but never received. It’s about misunderstandings, frustration, lack of closure. At times I wanted to give up on writing this album. I felt sick, graceless. Finishing it seemed unattainable. I promised myself I would leave the past behind me once it was completed.” – Kristina Esfandiari aka Miserable

Uncontrollable, the beautiful and gut-wrenching debut LP, from Kristina Esfandiari of King Woman and Whirr under her solo moniker Miserable, as it currently stands, will go down high on our favorite albums of 2016. It is impossible to not respond and relate to the raw sadness and pain conveyed in the charring lyrics and disorienting guitar work that blurs from moments of chaos to uneasy stillness each song to the next. While immediate in its connection, the album plays out like a knife slowly being pushed deep into the center of your soul. According to Esfandiari in speaking to Spin, the album’s title and overall feel were a direct reflection of the lack of control she felt at the time of its creation. Out today, you can stream the album in full below and pick up the album through The Native Sound.

Stream New Album Home Alone from Portland-Based Jeff Haley

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Sometimes you have to look no further than the backing musicians from some of your favorite bands to discover new music. Thus is the case of Portland-based Jeff Haley, who is probably know most notably at the moment as the bass player for Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing project. Home Alone is his new album released today courtesy of Savannah, Georgia label Furious Hooves. Recorded in his basement, the LP captures precise, slightly hazy guitar-driven pop burning in a softer glow, yet similar vicinity to the previously mentioned Wild Nothing. While we have yet to be able to dig into it with repeat listens to offer a more detailed review, we are certain you will dig it as much as we have so far. Listen below.

Premiere: Stream New EP from Bloomington’s Daguerreotype

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As we have mentioned countless times as of late, Bloomington, IN is quickly becoming a hotbed for eclectic and varying musical experiences. Most notably, there have been a collection of friends and musicians intertwining within varying bands (many can be found here) with Drew Auscherman-fronted Hoops gaining the most attention to date.

Daguerreotype, however, may be just as compelling with the previously mentioned Auscherman handling drum duties this time around for roommate Jack Andrews (guitar, vocals) with the lineup rounded out by Tommy Muldowney (guitar, vocals) and Ty Maguiness (bass). Following their hazy first tape, we unveil their self-titled volume 2 EP available soon on cassette courtesy of Circuit Public Broadcasting. While it is hard not to see the commonality in sound and texture between the projects, Daguerreotype tends to bring more 1980’s new wave romanticism in fold. Regardless, if you like one, we suggest you to give the other a listen.

U.K. Duo Let’s Eat Grandma Announces Debut Album, Streams New Song “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms”

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Just as with their name, there is something slightly twisted, yet undeniably curious about the off-center pop of Let’s Eat Grandma, the teenage duo of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth hailing from Norwich in the U.K. On June 17th, they will be dropping their debut album, I, Gemini, onto the world via Transgressive Records. While the previously released album opening track “Deep Six Textbook” presented a delicate beauty far beyond their young ages, new track and cleverly titled “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” (inspired by graffiti found behind their college bearing the same phrase) brings their appealing weirdness out in full force. It starts of normal enough, only to transition into an irresistible freak-pop groove.

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Stream SALES’ Long-Awaited Debut LP

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In addition to being an unofficial holiday for certain members of society, it also saw the long-overdue release of Orlando duo SALES’ debut long-play nearly three years after they turned heads with their debut single “Renee.” Since then, they have consistently pushed out melodic, minimalistic affairs presenting emotions laced with romanticism and melancholy. The self-titled album maintains this aesthetic brilliantly without sounding tired and redundant.

For us, the album couldn’t come at a better time as we tend to find ourselves soaking and relaxing in the sun more frequently with our headphones on. From start to finish, the album presents a constancy and cohesiveness that allows your mind to drift away with each song offering neutral backdrop to whatever thoughts may occur at a particular moment. Each song’s adaptability to varying emotions that occur in everyday life might be its greatest strength. Stream it below and be sure to order the album on vinyl via their Bandcamp.

Pearl Charles Shares Video for New Song “Phases,” Releasing Record Store Day Exclusive of Debut EP

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Tomorrow, April 16th, will mark the 10th year of audiophile’s version of Christmas, Record Store Day. While it can be argued that the original purpose of the day has fallen to the wayside, there is always a slew of limited editions or albums never released on vinyl that always get us out to our favorite local record shop. Smoky psych-folk singer Pearl Charles and her self-titled debut EP from last year being pressed on vinyl for the first time by Kanine Records is probably our biggest must-have for this year. In addition to being on gold colored vinyl, the release will also feature new song “Minds a Mystery” (video found below) along with live versions of EP tracks “Night & Day and “You Can Change” live from Los Angeles.

Not to settle, the LA resident will also be including new song “Phases” as small indie label Super Fan 99’s selection for Sensible Record Labels Compilation Volume 2 featuring selected songs from 10 UK labels and curated by Alcopop! Records. The compilation will be limited to only 500 pressings.

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Yumi Zouma Announce Debut LP, Share New Song “Keep It Close To Me”

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New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma have unsuspectingly come to the forefront of those crafting soft-spoken, precisely crafted pop gems that are as much danceable as they are wistful. After what seems like forever, the quartet are finally ready to drop their debut full-length, Yoncalla, via the perfectly curated Cascine label out just in time for those endless summer days on May 27th.

As is standard with most album announcements, they have unveiled the lead single for the album titled “Keep It Close to Me.” The song is quintessential Yumi Zouma with a bit crisper production than some of their previous material. You can purchase the album on limited edition vinyl (with the first 500 orders receiving hand numbered grey 7″s featuring two outtakes from the Yoncalla sessions that will appear no where else) here. Listen below.