Energy & Strength is the brand new release by Philadelphia’s End Christian and is out today via Translation Loss. Although heavy, the music draws from a diverse range of sounds, including the darker reaches of shoegaze and dream pop with dark doses of electronic sounds that float above and beneath ethereal vocals, creating soundscapes that run the gamut from meditative to jarring.
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“Space Wizard” is the new video from Low Flying Hawks. Directed by Victoria Franco, the short film perfectly encapsulates the stark but impactful nature of the group’s music. Meditative without being married to lengthy drones, tuneful without landing anywhere near the realm of commerciality, its fierce inventiveness and independent spirit stand in sharp relief to a wave of musical acts more dedicated to staying true to a genre than an individual musical vision.
British indie pop artist Nick Mulvey studied music in Havana, Cuba and then came back to London to focus on ethnomusicology at the University of London. During those years he hooked up with the musicians that would form Portico Quartet. In 2001, he went solo and released his debut, the 2014 Mercury Prize-nominated First Mind. In advance of his second record, Wake Up Now releasing September 8th via Harvest Records, Mulvey released his latest single “Mountain to Move”, an anthemic sing-a-long number that one can imagine huge concert crowds singing right back to him.
“Snow” is the new single from Akron, Ohio trio Ledges. Informed as much by the indie/alternative pop heard on the group’s 2014 EP The Indian Summer as it is ‘80s pop the song takes listeners on a broad, cinematic journey that’s continued across the outfit’s upcoming LP Homecoming, due out September 1. The album follows one character across stages of loss, love, redemption, and doubt.
Billed as sludge pop and desert rock, Nashville’s Oginalii follows in the footsteps of other hallmark female indie trailblazers like Mitski and Sadie Dupuis by confronting rock ‘n’ roll patriarchy and toppling it.
Fronted by Emma Hoeflinger (vocals) and Karalyne Winegamer (drums), the duo brings the goods with a slow-burning, brooding track in the form of “Substance Abuse”. Simultaneously ethereal and soaring while also embracing a hazy and mired grunge, the psych-rock soundscape that Oginalii manages to develop here is impressive by any measure. It’s all stapled together by the strong vocal show Hoeflinger puts on over its searing chorus.