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Kissed By An Animal share new animated video and song

Animated band cartoons playing along with explosive two-minute power-pop song is a can't-miss combination, and that's just what you get with Kissed By An Animal's latest release “The Good Times Are Here Again” (streaming below). Guitarist/vocalist Dima Drjuchin applies the technique of Rotoscoping to live action footage while adding a steady flow of animated flames, hearts, flowers, skulls, birds, bunnies and more to the Peter Max style psychedelic imagery. Self-directed and drawn over in Adobe Animate, the track is a power-noise-pop treat with crunchy guitar, hard-edge drumming and a fluid bassline. The first hook is reached just 30 seconds in, via a descending progression that goes “sometimes hard to be a friend when the good times are here again.” An even bigger hook arrives with the chorus stating “when no one sees you, no one is holding you back,” that get's turned into “there IS no holding back.” The riff breaks lean towards the heavy and tight Dinosaur Jr variety, adding dramatic accent breaks and a touch of pitch-bended warped guitar tones. Big dreamy background “ahhh's” lift it higher into near dream-gaze territory.

One thing is for sure, these guys deserve more than 82 friends on their Facebook page! Don't miss their live show at the Gutter on August 22.- Dave Cromwell





The pure folk of Suzanne Vallie

If you feel the need to be soothed today, take a little listen to the latest by Suzanne Vallie. Any song off the album is equally as pleasing as the last. Tracks feel like folk lullabies: gentle guitar plucking, Vallie's sweet voice, soft harmonies. Based out of Big Sur--and maybe that's where the nature-inspired songs come from--Vallie pops in and out of the Bay Area for shows with different bands, including Range of Light Wilderness, and her solo works. In fact, she'll be playing Hotel Utah this August 14. Come in for some soothing purity. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor 

 





New Sam Silbert EP Available for Streaming & Download

Singer-songwriter Sam Silbert (of Gorpho) recently shared a solo effort, simply titled Songs. The three-song EP captivates with painstakingly, brutal honesty. Creating beautiful tales of loss and heartbreak, it's a bit of bedroom-folk at its finest. Feels aplenty are captured on this brief yet poignant snapshot in time.





Clairo's star rises quickly with debut record, show set for XL Center 08.04

If you have not heard of Boston’s Clairo, you soon will: the young artist is seeping into the pages of major publications like The Guardian with her debut record Immunity. Clairo is set to seriously shake up the pop hierarchy with her lively brand of synth-pop music. Don’t just imagine synth-driven tunes, picture energetic indie-rock guitar riffs, groovy drumbeats and the reverb-tinged vocals of a young woman ready to let her emotions spill across the mainstream. Clairo’s record is a sonic chameleon taking on the best colors of today’s music landscape: Immunity has the trap beats that currently surge in Chicago, the electro-rock bubbling in New York City and the ever-vibrant pop glaze of Los Angeles. You will want to catch this artist before she is out of reach, and the XL Center in Hartford is the place to do that on August 4th. We are streaming the red hot track “Bags” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar





The Deli Philly’s August Record of the Month: Ruby Puff Of Dust - Honey Radar

Instantly stepping into a dissonant riff, “Kite Balloons” kicks off Honey Radar’s fifth full-length album, Ruby Puff Of Dust, which was released via What's Your Rupture?. The ragged, guitar-fueled inferno momentarily subsides with the vocals serving as a gentle, guiding, cooling agent. That mixture of unrestrained fire and its refreshing counterpart exhibits control within the chaotic setting, before “Tick Tock” rhythmically revs its engines and then snaps into gear with the crack of the snare. A continuous march forward gradually shifts and amplifies in intensity, as mastermind Jason Henn narrates an oddly intriguing scene. “Curve-less doctors cover you in spit. Don’t let anybody know it.”

However, a subdued softness marinates in “Song For Randolph Free”. Walking along a dusty, time-worn trail, there’s a memorable, conversational closeness that takes a personal look, before allowing the muscularity of guitar to round out the moment, supporting action to take the place of words. The wheel aggressively rolls on as “Carousel Society” instrumentally opens up. A pleasant yet cautionary tone is echoed in the lyrics. “All is good for you and me, let’s help the world enter the sun.” The track demonstrates the ability to stir and soothe, fading away before reviving into a gritty, groovin’ stomp.

While “Almanac Singer” enchants in a poetic prose haze, encircled by the hard-driving electric spark plug of instrumentation, one meanders slowly toward “Magnesium Blow-Up,” which is already in progress, with the decibel level subsequently rising. Loosely held together, a hypnotic heaviness gradually spins outward into the distance, returning and completing its cycle in acoustic form. “Smoking Boy” jumps out of the box, driven by the entanglement of steadily popping drums and wiry guitar, as the vocals etch a tunnel through the center, before drifting into the unknown as the song subsides.

“The Golden String” concludes this collection of garage-psych vignettes, with its slightly off-kilter, mystical haziness. It rides along and then goes off-roading, twisting ever further into unknown. While proving to be Honey Radar’s most pop-oriented record, Henn and company still manage to pack in plenty of surprises. – Michael Colavita 

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