Chicago’s Hooray! makes quiet introspective instrumental tunes that help thoughts wander.
“All my songs are made in one sitting. If they don’t get finished during that period of time, then they remain that way… (This makes for lots of unfinished/empty/demo-ish songs.) I like to think it’s not because of laziness, but because when I record a song it’s made purely from what I feel at that moment. And since I’m so all over the place and inconsistent with my thoughts & feelings that to try and revisit those feelings becomes nearly impossible. These songs are my attempt at capturing those feelings and thoughts and keeping them in a little jar. These songs are moments of my life that I’ll never get back.”
Get the bedhead remedy on Bandcamp.
mp3: Hooray! – bedhead remedy
mp3: Hooray! – lost boy lane
Hooray! Links: Bandcamp | Last.fm | SoundCloud
Brooklyn’s Preludes make soft sparse echoey dream pop. If you’re looking for build ups and explosions and fireworks to compliment the softness of songs…don’t listen to these folks. Preludes’ music is tempered and hushed the whole way through…perfect for a space-out or a meditation.
mp3: Preludes – The Well
mp3: Preludes – In Central Park
Preludes Links: Bandcamp
Craft Spells’ Gallery EP comes out on May 15th via Captured Tracks. This is the first gorgeous synth pop trip from it:
Craft Spells Links: Facebook
Today we’ve (the PORTALS crew) announced our first SXSW showcase (the #2 traveling showcase). IT’S RAD + AWESOME x ∞ !!!! March 15th is the date. 1PM-10:30PM is the time. And it features these cool cats: Galapagos, Corduroi, Selva Oscura, Men In Burka, Candy Claws, CAVES,Chrome Sparks w/ Steffaloo, Secret Mountains, You Won’t, TOPS, Triptides, Caddywhompus, Time Wharp, Dreams, Young Pharaohs, Arrange, Hundred Waters, Blackbird Blackbird, and The-Drum. Damn that’s nice. It’s a 2 stage affair at 2305 Riverside Farm, Austin TX brought to you by the fine folks over at ex.fm and The Basic Fund. Much more info can be found over at PORTALS (including info about a shuttle to and from the event) and you can RSVP here. Also look for a dope mixtape to go along with this sometime next week.
Honeydrum is back with a new time capsule cassette rock sound in “Stranger Calls”. Devour some dimly lit lo-fi.
mp3: Honeydrum – Stranger Calls
mp3: Honeydrum – Night Runner
Honeydrum Links: Bandcamp | Vimeo | Facebook | Tumblr
Its Monday…a rough one I might add. Fitting that the first thing that I blast my ears with is some beautifully loud garage rock from the Sheffield 4 piece Best Friends. They have a new EP Throwing Up coming out on March 26th via Art Is Hard. It’s nothing complicated, just raw and elevating. Stream the full EP now via bandcamp or DL this little jam:
Best Friends Links: Bandcamp | Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook
So it feels like spring has sprung early…in February? WTF? So global warming is happening so let’s roll with the punches and slide into the slightly warmed jangly rock vibes of Santa Cruz/Orange County home recorder GRMLN. Grab First Phase on bandcamp…meanwhile…
mp3: GRMLN – Summer Nights
mp3: GRMLN – Relax Yourself (Dolphin Cry) - this song totally reminds me of a classic 60s era rock song – if someone can tell me that song I would be ever so happy – its DRIVING ME MAD!
GRMLN Links: Bandcamp | Facebook