Premiere: Bloomington’s Sleeping Bag Reveal New Song “Doin’ It Alone” Off Upcoming LP

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Sleeping Bag, the Bloomington, Indiana project spearheaded by Dave Segedy along with live members Nick Harley and Peter Doyle, have a fourth long-play, Wet, arriving on August 11th via Warm Ratio. Tracking for the record started early last year with Segedy’s friend, Tyler Smith, on a Yamaha four track in the Secretly Canadian Distribution warehouse where they both used to work. Recording guru Paul Mahern if Zero Boys mastered it thereafter. The record is full of loose, heady rock tracks varying in intensity, but always laced with an underlying grit to keep it genuine. “Doin’ It Alone” is the first cut from the release might be the most accessible. Clocking in just under a couple of minutes, the no-nonsense song is instantly relatable conveying those moments when you just want someone to share the load and are cracking under the weight. The stream can be found below with some upcoming tour dates around the Midwest. The album is available for pre-order here.

Tour Dates:
7/07 – Columbus, OH @ Strong Water
7/08 – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail
7/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
7/13 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
9/02 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
9/08 – Hamtramck, MI @ Ant Hall
9/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
9/16 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Middle Waves Fest

Photo by Anna Powell Teeter

Premiere: Keep Shelly in Athens Return with New Album, Stream “Leave in Silence”

 photo keepshellyphilokalia_zpsxqnhy671.pngKeep Shelly in Athens, despite changes in its composition. September will see the duo, anchored by producer RΠЯ and paired with new singer Jessica Bell (replacing previous singer Myrtha, who replaced original singer Sarah P.), releasing their third full-length album titled Philokalia slated for release through their own imprint Athenian Aura Recordings. The name comes from the name for ancient Greek spiritual texts originally written for monks in the practice of the contemplative life, according to Wikipedia. “Leave in Silence,” the LP’s first single, follows in the theme of contemplation conveying massaging motions of sound allowing the listener to full drift into a world of deep, introspective thought creating a inducing sensory experience. Jessica Bell’s lyrics and vocal only take you further into a state of release rounding out he all-encompassing affair. Find the stream of the song below along with the tracklisting.

Tracklist:
1. Leave In Silence
2. Marionette
3. Game Over (Daniel’s Scene)
4. Seattle
5. Philokalia
6. We Want More
7. Dark Light
8. Believe

Toro y Moi Announces New LP, Unveils Video for “Girl Like You”

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One of the hardest workers and true chameleons in the game, Chaz Bear (fka Bundick) releasing his fifth studio, named Boo Boo, album under the Toro y Moi moniker on July 7th via Carpark Records. The album was recorded over the last year in Portland, Oregon during a trying time for the multi-talented artist. The following is a personal statement from the man himself about the LP:

After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self conscious about my position in life as a “famous” person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn’t help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real.

During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I’d listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality. I fell in love with space again.

By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof. I decided that I wanted to make a Pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became Boo Boo.

Below is a visual for the melodic first single “Girl Like You.” Pre-order the release on all formats here.

Alvvays Announce New Album, Stream “In Undertow”

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Alvvays is due to release its second full-length, Antisocialites, September 8th via Polyvinyl. Expect more lovelorn sun-spotted jangly jams done in only the charming way the Toronto quartet know how. According to lead singer Molly Rankin, “The record is a fantasy breakup arc and my life nearly imitated art.” The first cut from the release is the breakup track “In Undertow” full of introspective witty lyrics floating over top rolling waves of guitar reverb. Pre-order for the release is available here.

The War on Drugs Announce New Album, Stream “Holding On”

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As expected, after unveiling the track “Thinking of a Place” at the end of April, The War on Drugs have formally announced their fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding. If you were like us and concerned their signing with major label Atlantic Records might take them down a less than desirable path, rest easy. Between the previously mentioned “Thinking of a Place” and now “Holding On,” the Adam Granduciel-fronted project is not deviating from the sound that led them to creating one of the best albums of this past decade in their last LP, Lost in a Dream, although a bit more polish might be present this time around. Pre-order is available on all formats, including a nice deluxe vinyl edition, here ahead of the album’s August 25th street date.

Anna of the North Announces Debut LP Lovers, Streams Title Track

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Nearly three years after making their song debut with the contagious “Sway,” Oslo duo Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith, aka Anna of the North, have announced their debut LP, named Lovers, for release on September 8th via Different Recordings. The album promises to continue the crisp, shimmery production showcased in their catalog to date. It was recorded in Oslo and mixed in Copenhagen and London by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode). Also, with the release details, comes the album’s title track “speaking of the emptiness of the unrealistic promises we make to each other at the start of relationships.” The song is pristine in its presentation hooks you in once the chorus kicks in and the nostalgic synths underline the lyrics. If it doesn’t grab you immediately, it will after a few more spins. Pre-order for the LP is available here.

Soccer Mommy Signs with Fat Possum, Streams “Out Worn”

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Oxford, Mississippi’s Fat Possum have been gobbling up some of our favorite artists over the last couple of years. Their latest signee is Nashville native, NYU student Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy. We became a fan of hers with her constant stream of great songs via her Soundcloud and For Young Hearts album released last year via Orchid Tapes. To reintroduce the project to the world, Fat Possum will be releasing a mini-album collection of reworked versions of some of her old material, as well as a few new songs written and produced by Allison herself. “Out Worn” is one of those new songs and can be heard below. Pre-order of the album on limited edition White Purple Blue Sky vinyl can be found via her Bandcamp.

Dent May Announces New Album Across The Multiverse

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It has been approximately 9 months since Dent May graced us with his simply great song “Face Down In The Gutter Of Your Love” and now we finally have the announcement of the album the song is attached to. August 18th will see the release of May’s fourth album, titled Across The Multiverse, via Carpark Records. The LP is his first since 2013’s Warm Blanket. This collection of tracks promises to stay true to the eclectic stylings that brought him to prominence amongst his early fans, while bringing another layer of refinement to play. The album was recoreded in LA’s Highland Park neighborhood, with May acting as producer, while nearly playing every instrument himself. The title track featuring Frankie Cosmos can be found below. Pre-order the LP on limited butter yellow colored vinyl here.