Dreadnought is so immersed in the ‘70s progressive rock and folk that when you hear their hushed, acoustic passages you immediately assume they’re from England. Then the black metal kicks in, and you don’t know what to think. It turns out the band is from Denver, and they’ve done a wondrous job combining classic prog and extreme metal on their forthcoming new album Bridging Realms. Led by the sumptuous dual lead vocals of Kelly Schilling and Lauren Vieira (who also play flute and keyboards respectively), Dreadnought showcase all sides of their eclectic sound on the gorgeous 14-minute composition “Odyssey”, which we’re very pleased to premiere here at PopMatters. It’s like a collision between Comus and Agalloch, and is not to be missed.
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Gainesville, Florida band Ancient River released their latest album Keeper of the Dawn back in April, which, true to their form, continues their journey into the real of shoegaze, dreampop, and psychedelic rock. They recently joined forces with artist Xevi Soler to create a video for the track “Stay With Me”, and what resulted is an extraordinary, surreal little short film that’s equal parts dreamy and gritty.
Questions (2015) is the perfect title for David Bronson’s latest album. Throughout nearly a dozen songs, the New York-based singer-songwriter examines life in all its seasons, occasionally posing a direct question in the lyrics. “Does it give your heart a beating?”, he asks on “Task”. In the context of the song’s gripping musicality, the answer is a resounding yes. “Task” stands apart amidst Bronson’s thoroughly laudable set of original compositions. While no one mood overstays its welcome on Questions, “Task” brings a dose of acoustic funk to the mix. Producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Etta James, Aerosmith) ensures a seamless blend among all the elements, making “Task” the album’s most essential track.
A former member of the indie rock band Ravens & Chimes, Rebecca Rossi has since formed Krystalmath, and the singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist feels right at home in the dance pop realm, especially on the gently pulsating new track “Say That You Love Me”, which we’re pleased to premiere today. Instead of morphing into a one-dimensional club banger, the New York musician reins in the track just enough to focus more on the voice and the hook without compromising the song’s propulsive sound.
After a five-year hiatus Atlanta band Sleep Therapy returned this past January with Dirt City Swans, the first of four new EPs planned for release. Next up is Creatures, which comes out today, and we’re happy to premiere “This is Power”, one of its four new tracks.