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Fever High announces debut LP "FHNY" with Halloween inspired video for "Casting My Spell"

Comprised by Reni Lane and Anna Nordeen (two NYC artists whose solo careers were covered in this blog) Fever High just announced the November 10th release of their debut album "FHNY." The duo plays a brand of retro-pop that seems to look for inspiration in all the sunny and melodic musical eras of the past. if the synthpop of the '80s is a recurrent influence (hear 2015's break out single "Tantalized" in this regard), the preview track from the upcoming full length, "Casting My Spell" (video streaming below), reinterprets the west coast's pop sound from twenty years prior, when the Beach Boys had just broken into the scene. The other single "Good Advice," also included in the upcoming release, features more exotic influences conjuring up beach parties in the early aughts. Stay tuned for tour dates.





The Deli Philly’s November Record of the Month: Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 - American Trappist

Former River City Extension frontman Joe Michelini’s latest slew of songs is a vibrant tribute to Americana-infused indie rock, romance, and self-determination.

Opening with the effervescent sound of “Soot,” Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 seduces its listener via visceral guitar licks, yearning, melodic vocals, and straight-forward lyricism. As Michelini and Hemming’s Candice Martello croon, “Things get rough when you don’t know who you are”; American Trappist’s audience is reminded just how vital honesty is, not only with others, but with yourself as well. “Soot” is an homage to self-discovery and the trials and triumphs that go hand in hand with embracing your inner truth. Like early aughts Drug Rug meets The Babies’ Our House on the Hill, the sonic energy of it smolders, with each line reaffirming the track’s pathos with urgency.

“Fear Nothing” gradually swells to a lush and rhythmic ode to the joy that can be found in uncertainty on the brink of new beginnings. Adequately titled, the EP’s second offering is an uplifting, yet practical anthem that urges listeners to seize the day. Giving way to the bouncing keys of “Heaven,” Michelini builds the tale gradually, before it tears away at the seams with distorted riffs and reverb that eventually disintegrate into “Fireworks.” Channeling his inner Springsteen and Walt Whitman, the artist shares what feels like a love song, penned specifically for our beloved Philadelphia. Vibrant, catchy, and the perfect balance between innovation and nostalgia, “Fireworks” is a realist’s portrait of the contradictions, complexities, and brash beauty of the American Dream.

American Trappist’s songs are sincere, subtly sentimental (in a good way), and absolutely memorable. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 1 will fill your heart with warmth and light as fall gives way to winter. – Dianca London 





New Plaque Marks EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

With six tracks that leave you in tatters, Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship, the debut EP from the Plaque Marks, is a primal force to be reckoned with. Available on vinyl via Learning Curve Records and CD courtesy of Reptilian Records, the short selection from the supergroup of local heavyweights exhibits a relentless, haunting, rhythmic and vocal snarl. That chainsaw-grinding tension and power looms, before boiling over the surface in ominous, heart-pumping sludge. Kung Fu Necktie will play host to the band’s EP release show on Wednesday, November 15, with additional support from Bardus, Rubber, and Buildings. (Photo by Dan Torrieri)





New Friendship Album Available for Streaming

Orindal Records will be releasing Friendship's new album, Shock Out Of Season, on November 3; however, one can sample it early - courtesy of HyperMachine. A continuous flow of introspective, lyrical assessments loosely travels on a road paved with the timely tap and twinkle of percussion and synth, forging both unity and space. A serene sense of progress pushes these compositions forward, without abandoning the earnest imagery that serves as its foundation. Friendship and Power Animal will be co-headlining a dual record release show, supported by Tall Friend and Free Cake For Every Creature, on Friday, November 17 at Everybody Hits. (Photo by Abi Reimold)





New Shamir LP Available for Streaming

A lot has changed in our world since Shamir Bailey’s debut full-length, Ratchet, landed via XL Recordings in 2015. In a social climate heated by derision on high, a pervasive distrust in information, and an undesiring malaise out-sourced upon youth culture, the messaging voiced on Shamir’s latest release, Revelations, rings all the more pertinent to our present moment. The new LP (which is currently streaming over at NPR and officially drops on November 3 via Father/Daughter Records) is the product of soul-searching; the result is a collection of burgeoning, guitar-laden, lo-fi pop that sets the stage for Shamir to speak candidly of his experiences, while also conveying the desire to do so through a musical vocabulary that marks a departure from what the industry came to expect of the young artist. As a moment of reclamation for the Vegas transplant, Revelations is a call to action to empower a generation of disenfranchised kids mangled by financial burdens, grappling with existential anxieties and self-hate. Finding one’s voice is a solitary task, yet the result is often surprisingly resonant within a collective struggle. The result of Shamir’s inward journey is a collection of bedroom pop bliss that sounds stripped down and vulnerable, yet wholly confident in their prevailing over adversity. - Josh Kelly

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