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Animal Flag frontman Matthew Politoski releases sprawling solo album

Matthew Politoski, frontman of the beloved Boston indie rock group Animal Flag, has released a sprawling instrumental solo album titled 8 Emanations, his first in over two years. The instrumental drones on 8 Emanations are entirely devoid of lyricism, or melody for that matter, and instead focus on ethereal and enveloping soundscapes, built using various acoustic and electronic instruments. Politoski’s newest work draws on influences ranging from European electronica and witch house music, displaying intuitive structures to darkly emotive and deeply stirring harmonic movements. The result is an incredibly warm and strangely inviting body of work that will take any Animal Flag fan by surprise. Stream and purchase 8 Emanations below, where all the proceeds will be donated to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. -Charley Ruddell





Pink Navel spits heady tongue twisters on “Raw Navel”

Although Pink Navel, the solo project of smooth poet Devin Bee, released his full length album Raw Navel over a year ago, the rapper/beatmaker deserves some current recognition. Bee’s particular brand of oddball hip-hop is heavily driven by a stream-of-conscious and absurdist flow of spoken word poetry, highlighted by crunchy lofi beats swaddled in background noise and quirky synth patches. Bee’s poetic content bares a stark similarity to Mike Doughty’s, the mythic voice behind cult group Soul Coughing, while his delivery resembles the smooth confidence of 2000s alt-hip groups like Aesop Rock and Blue Scholars. Raw Navel, in all of its warped obscurity, is a clever and compelling release, and a much needed breath of life in New England’s alternative hip hop scene. You can stream Raw Navel below. -Charley Ruddell

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Sundrifter release heavy, plodding new album “Visitations”

Hard rock trio Sundrifter have released their newest album Visitations, a full length followup to 2016’s Not Coming Back. The Boston three piece are most notable for their heavy approach and unrelenting walls of sound, reminiscent of grunge bands like Soundgarden and the Melvins, while also co-opting a uniquely melodic quality found in popular hard rock bands like Muse and Queens of the Stone Age. Visitations plods and stomps in a relentless march employing riff after riff of Sabbath-esque mojo, where guitars and vocals are draped in fuzz and tinged with psychedelia. Check out Visitations below. -Charley Ruddell





Noise rock group Kármán Voh release pulsing new EP “If Only Apart”

Boston experimental group Kármán Voh have released If Only Apart, the fuzzy, pulsing follow up to October’s Ill Loam. If Only Apart displays the cavernous nuances of post-rock and shoegaze, wherein each song envelops its listener in a haze of warm distortion, steady rhythms, and abstract, yet melodic vocal concepts. It’s difficult not to draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, or even contemporaries like Deerhunter, but at their core, Kármán Voh draw from a darker, more deeply personal space than their influences. Dive into If Only Apart below. -Charley Ruddell





BAERD release challenging new single “If All Goes As Planned”

Following the release of “Out Of The” in late 2017, Boston folk collective BAERD have returned with a sonically ambitious new single titled “If All Goes As Planned”. BAERD, fronted by singer/guitarist Isaiah Baerd, have a penchant for composing progressive, and often times challenging neo-folk music, evocative of modern new wave folk bands like Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. “If All Goes As Planned” plays out as more of a score than a song, jumping between mixed meters and instrumental swells accompanying Baerd’s whimsical growl. Both “Out Of The” and “If All Goes As Planned” are featured singles from BAERD’s forthcoming full length album Crete, due to arrive this Summer. Check out “If All Goes As Planned” below. -Charley Ruddell

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