Squalus combines elements of progressive rock, punk plus various and sundry corners of heavy music in a breathtakingly expansive sound displayed on the California outfit’s debut album, The Great Fish, out September 15 via Translation Loss. Squalus draws its members from the now defunct Giant Squid: Aaron John Gregory, Andrew Southard, Bryan Beeson and Zack Farwell have thrown their collective shoulders into this new collective with rich enthusiasm.
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Trombonist Ryan Keberle and his quintet Catharsis are one of the most versatile “jazz” groups in New York today. And not what you might expect. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Camila Meza, the band uses riveting contrapuntal arrangement for horns to frame songs that communicate directly. This new video is for Keberle’s take on the Beatles song “The Fool on the Hill” from the protest album, Find the Common, Shine a Light, released earlier this summer on Greenleaf Music.
“‘Wanted’ is about public image and the human gaze,” says Becca Richardson of her latest single.
“For the video, I played with the idea of personifying the gaze into this antagonist who is haunting me and manipulating my image, restraining my body at times, putting their fingers on me and leaving a mark.”
Artisanals frontman Johnny Delaware is formerly of Susto, a South Carolina-based band quickly making a national name for itself. The Artisanals (rounded out by Clay Houle, Steven Walker, Jordan Hicks, and Josh Hoover), is very much in the same vein, crafting hooky, personal rock that’s an equal mix of indie and classic rock. Despite being a newly-minted band, they’ve already played shows with Band of Horses, Futurebirds, and Dylan Leblanc.
On “Paper Mache”, Iris Lune‘s lead singer Ella Joy brings listeners on a vicarious journey through her mind.
As the track progresses, more layers of ornate electronic synth are introduced, and everything becomes wilier and more undone. Still, it’s Joy’s captivating vocals that remain the heart of the song and establish it as a scintillating listen. The story that she presents is dark as her character develops an illusory “paper mache love”, but it never feels hopeless.
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