Montreal’s Kandle Osborne has those melt your eyes freeze up your heart kind of vocals…and that’s what propels her debut EP. It’s pop rock taken to another level when her voice rolls in. Check out the S/T EP on bandcamp for pay-what-you-want….meanwhile:
mp3: Kandle – All That I Need
mp3: Kandle – Small
Kandle Links: Bandcamp | Facebook
Des Moines’ Mentalease is the solo project of Spencer Harris. His tunes mosey in and out of thick shoegaze meets bedroom pop world…and sometimes end up in the glorious Kurt Vile-ish realm. Needless to say – it’s good music. Bandcamp is the place for it, but check these first:
mp3: Mentalease – “Levitate”
mp3: Mentalease – “Smoldering Spoken Smoke”
Mentalease Links: Bandcamp
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