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January 2015
Bonsai
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
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COIN Release New Single "Run"

Check out this brand spanking new single from indie-rock outfit COIN. The song was released in conjunction with their mini-tour supporting Grizfolk kicking off January 29th.  "Run" is a bright, pop number about being young and bullheaded. Their debut album is due out this June; produced by Jay Joyce, it's sure to capture the synth-driven energy that has built COIN's reputation thus far. Keep up with the COIN crew at www.thisiscoin.com.

 

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Waterfall Wash EP Release Show at fooBar 1.31

Waterfall Wash will finally be releasing their debut EP, "Foreign Chords" on January 27th, after almost five years since their inception in 2010. Their folky storytelling has evolved over time, an assemblage of instruments have been collected (you won't find many groups with a dedicated autoharpist) and a sense of the dramatic has been honed. The handful of singles Waterfall Wash have released over 2014 are marked with flourishes from a multitude of influences, like screaming electric guitar solos in "Landmark" and a twee acoustic tune leading into fiddle and all the handclaps in their most recent tune, "Visions." Throw in their penchant for Chicago's jazz underground, and that's alot of sound to be packed into one EP. We're excited to hear how it fits.

Waterfall Wash is having an EP release show this Saturday at fooBar with kidDEAD, Rales, and The FUTURE. Show starts at 9pm, and cover is $5.

  

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Congatulations to Ambrose Way, Our New Artist of the Month!

We got so caught up in the launch of our Best of 2014 poll (check out our nominees in the box on your right and vote for your favorite) that we neglected to tell you about the handsome gentlemen gracing the top of our website. We first heard about Ambrose Way when they were part of a Palaver Thursday at fooBar, and cited some of their 60's-styled acoustic numbers as perfect reminders that spring is around the corner. The four have just finished an album, Pop A, and it is most definitely worthy of the term 'epic.' The album tears out of the gate with a Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Queen influenced instrumental, and keeps up the same vibe for the next 26 minutes through slow jams and more spirited rockers.  We're partial to "Little Mexico;" the horn-driven opening makes us think of Chicago. There's definitely some clever tag waiting to attach itself to these guys, something along the lines of "Big Band psych-rock," but, you know, cleverer. Check out the full album here. -Terra James-Jura

 

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