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Novelty Daughter drops “Kindness, Calmness” single

The pulsing, free-flowing rhythms on “Kindness, Calmness” parallel the song’s buoyant vocals in mood if not in genre. In fact, the melding of electronic beats with lounge-y vocals leads to an overall effect that’s mildly jarring.

But lovely.

“Kindness, Calmness” is the second single from Novelty Daughter’s forthcoming LP Inertia (out November 3). There’s an almost strangeness to the work of the Brooklyn based artist that resists categorization (NPR labeled her a “jazz-electronic-pop” musician). 

“Kindness, Calmness,” as well as Inertia’s first single, “U Want What I Want” feel a bit out of step with the times, a bit outside, a bit otherworldly. And that’s a great thing. -juan leon


Pure Mids bring hazy sweetness on new single "Maybe It's Alright"

Things are looking for Pure Mids on "Maybe It's Alright." The trio of Will Gonzalez, Steve Martinez, and Daniel Jurado see acceptance as a pathway to change, a sentiment that carries weight as they deliver a catchy confection that hits an aural sweet spot. Martinez's staggered jangle tone leads the way as Gonzalez's softly drawled vocals get lost in the song's billowy groove. It charges through with a keen sense of songcraft, swung with a rhythmic drive that propels forward with a dreamy undercurrent. 

"Maybe It's Alright" is the latest single off of their forthcoming debut EP, Optimistic-ism, due out next year via Dreamtime Palace. Juan Rodríguez


Eric Anders denounces the current state of affairs on "This Fire Has Burned too Long"

It's hard to not look away from all increasing absurdity of our current political landscape. And theoretically, there's not a lot that can be said within a song to possibly address such a vast concept, but it's also a good start. Singer-songwriter Eric Anders's latest single, "This Fire Has Burned too Long," is a fiery, yet calm statement with a rustic Americana sound that inspires a feeling of reflective melancholy. It's a fitting anthem for our trying times, one that keeps a tinge of optimism even when it unapologetically calls out the sheer lack of tact that plagues our social discourse.

"This Fire Has Burned too Long" can be found on Anders's latest full-length, Eleven Nine, which was released earlier this year via his official bandcamp page. Juan Rodríguez


Moaning sign to Sub Pop, release video for "The Same"

San Fernando Valley post-punk band Moaning, who we nominated for Artist of the Month back in 2015, have just announced they're joining famed Seattle label Sub Pop. In view of the announcement, the four-piece has just released a music video for one of their early tracks, "The Same." And the track hasn't lost one bit of its visceral potency: featuring a combination of squalling metallic fuzz and thudding bass that recalls the grimy industrial chug of Manchester/Factory Records in the late seventies, singer Sean Solomon groans in a soft monotone with a resigned shrug as a practice space gets wrecked.

Moaning are working on their debut full-length record, which is tentatively slated for a spring 2018 release. Catch them opening for Metz at Teragram Ballroom on December 12. Juan Rodríguez


Egrets on Ergot release video for "Mangkukulam," debut album out on 10/27

"Mangkukulam!," chants art-punk quartet Egrets on Ergot over a relentless barrage of rolling toms and thudding bass lines. The term stands for someone who is a practitioner of low magic or sorcery in Filipino culture, a striking motif that presents an alien and uncompromising vision. Their loping, practically instrumental rhythms hit with a snarling energy without losing a keen sense of groove, casting a dark spell that engulfs your senses with each and every primitive shriek.

"Mangkukulam" is the lead-off track off of Egrets on Ergot's debut album Surfeit of Gemütlich, which comes out on October 27 via Cleopatra Records. Watch the official video below.



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