Snowblink are an absolute must-hear in the new music landscape. Toronto transplants originally from San Francisco, their sound is subtle and sophisticated, and the songs are instantly alluring. Their debut, 'Long Live,' earned them widespread acclaim and spots opening for Jeff Tweedy, Timber Timbre and other greats. Their second record, 'Inner Classics,' is forthcoming on Arts and Crafts, and today we get a sneak peek at the single 'Black and White Mountains.'
Anna Rose is a singer-songwriter who balances the grit and attitude of pure American rock 'n' roll with gorgeously constructed songs and a softer emotional center. Today she offers up a free download of the song 'Behold a Pale Horse,' the title track from her upcoming record.
Matthew E. White dropped into the music world this year with a big beard, big hair, a single called 'Big Love' and a big sound. His debut album, 'Big Inner,' popped out fully-formed with what sounds like decades-old wizened Americana, as if it could have been released any time between 1974 and now and been equally well-received at any point along the way. Today we get a free download of 'One of These Days,' one of the album's gems.
New York City's the Galaxy Queens carry an interesting story, having come together as four Midwest transplants in Brooklyn who didn't form with the ulterior motive of making it big in the big city. Some old friends, some new, and all with backgrounds that can be traced west to Minnesota, Ryan, Greg, Sean, and Dylan holed up in a rehearsal space with no illusions of grandeur about why they were going to create what they were going to create. It was just about good, no frills, warm rock music for fans of Ryan Adams, the White Stripes and Doug Martsch.
Skies Alive is part of the post-hardcore, post-emo scene springing out of Minnesota in the latter half of the 2000s. Today we get a free download of the epic track 'The Black List' from their 'Til I Die' EP.
Chase King makes bittersweet Americana-tinged songs that feel both timeless and totally contemporary. He recorded his new album 'South Tropical Trail' in Los Angeles, and you can picture the melancholic sun streaming in through the curtains as you listen -- perfect stuff for a Saturday morning download. Grab his single 'Misty' here.
Magic Hour is the solo project of former Walter Meego producer Colin Yarck, and his new debut, 'Remember Harder,' is simply excellent. Mostly electronic, the album is bathed in tones so warm you'll want to jump in and roll around, and the songs are so instantly seductive you'll hit repeat as soon as the record ends. Today we get a free sample of 'So High.'
It's official: Boy-girl Brooklyn duos with a penchant for minimalism are officially a thing. And Shy Hunters are a thing you need to hear. Today, their second single, 'Stained Glass House,' is on offer for free download.
At first blush everything about Wintersleep (except maybe their outfits) seems like it'd come from north of the Wall in 'Game of Thrones' -- their band name, their icy-blue new album cover. And actually, they do hail from the north -- Nova Scotia, to be precise. But if you're thinking minimal, icy shoegaze, you're on the wrong track. In fact, their new single 'Resuscitate,' from their fifth full-length 'Hello Hum,' is a warm and irresistible indie rock tune, and its influence hails from a different climate entirely: Ethiopia.
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