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Castlebeat's “VHS” is a summery, nostalgic trip, plays Elsewhere 2.3

Josh Hwang started recording the songs that would become his second LP while living in Irvine, California, adding the final touches once he had finished relocating to New York. While a small factotum in the album’s liner notes, it helps to explain the nostalgia-laden, dreamy elements that characterize VHS, the most recent record Hwang has released under the CASTLEBEAT moniker. The album’s surfy, occasionally psychedelic garage rock is filtered through lofi production stylings and dream pop filters, creating a palpable distance that endows VHS with a sense of pleasant, albeit faded, memory. It’s a release that encapsulates the passage of time succinctly, with Hwang’s present tense lyricism contextualized by the lush, shoegazy instrumentation that surrounds it, a bittersweet LP for anyone who has sought a new start in a place far from home.

Castlebeat will play Elsewhere on February 3rd, alongside Hala and Been Stellar. Stream VHS below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt

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New Track: "She's a Gun" - Godcaster

“She’s a Gun,” the new single from Godcaster, plants itself in a funky-glam space. The ticking of keys creates an anticipatory feel. However, it sits back in a groove, momentarily lapsing in a chase before falling back into its casual surroundings; then gets wild again. It has an eccentric, experimental aesthetic, meshing the strange with a shake-your-hips sentiment. Within a single lyrical line, a lot of territory is traversed.

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Cloud Tapes find respite on "Coast Is Clear," play Alphaville 2.3

New York’s Cloud Tapes describe themselves as “Daniel DeVito in the form of song," which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about their easy-going, occassionally abstract alternative rock. Their newest single, “Coast Is Clear!” is a Fender-heavy joyride, rife with paranoid dream visions of “abandoned coast [where] we were searching for the holy ghost” and “king and jesters… changing places,” wrapped up by a chorus in which frontman John Samaras states “we face the same old problems, day in, day out.” It’s hard to suss out the specificity of Cloud Tapes’ worries on “Coast,” but their melodic, carefree guitar work, against Samaras’ ‘whatever works’ lyricism evokes a philosophy of rolling with the punches and not sweating the small stuff, providing a much needed respite to listeners from the mounting anxieties of daily life.

Cloud Tapes will jam at Alphaville on February 3rd, supporting Tiger Oil, Vinnie Neuberg, and Seldomo. Until then, let your hair down and stream “Coast Is Clear!” below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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Gloin - Wild New Single, Lee's Palace 02.08

Lo-Fi Psych group Gloin are getting ready to release a new EP this spring. The first single has now debuted and it’s a very adventurous garage/psych tune. Thumpin’ drums set the tone off the top of "Cha Cha". Followed along by a mix of chuggin’ reverby guitar and 80’s pop sounding synth. The vocals sound like she’s singing on the other side of the hall but the angry tone makes up for that. The track switches to a laid back, surfy vibe for a minute before getting’ really heavy. This track will keep you guessing but it’s cool all the way through. Gloin plays Lee’s Palace on February 8th with Kaleidoscope Horse, TEKE TEKE and World News. - Kris Gies





Who is Wht.Rbbt.Obj?

The mysterious new garage rock duo Wht.Rbbt.Obj have kicked of 2019 by releasing their first two singles “Unlucky 13” and “Silence”. What we know is that this is a married coupled calling themselves Francis & River with other musical identities in the community. We could make some guesses as to who this may be, but we are too busy enjoying their music.

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