Portugal’s Sinistro returns with its trademark austere, emotionally-charged brand of dark, atmospheric rock. “Pétalas”, culled from the outfit’s album, Sangue Cassia, slated for a North American release of 5 January 2018, spotlights Patricia Andrade’s unmistakable vocals, as she further distinguishes herself as a formidable presence. Her deeply emotional and highly resonant delivery will invariably draw comparisons to Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, but she also proves those comparisons will be short-lived. With this release, she shows that she is far more an innovator than follower.
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Opening with a driving electric riff, Lone Kodiak‘s “Smile” is an emotional indie rocker with a progressive sound. Following partially in the footsteps of bands like the Head and the Heart or the National Parks’ recent sonic evolutions, their music is accentuated by layers of sensible pop sounds.
“What do you do when a dream becomes a lie?” is the central question of “When Cinderella Dies”, the latest single off 21st Century World (2017) by singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano. Produced by Mike Montali (lead singer of Hollis Brown), the song is among the highlights on Sudano’s sixth, self-penned solo album. Director Katherine Paige renders the story to haunting effect through glimpses of insidiously surreal imagery, glued together by Audra Bryant’s powerful dance performance.
Canadian band Gunner & Smith first hit the Americana scene with their 2014 debut, He Once Was a Good Man. Acclaimed for their deftly melding influences as near as folk and as far as psychedelic and gothic rock, the band had a successful tour throughout North America before returning to Saskatchewan to record their next LP.
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