Sometimes the best works of art are created in the most harrowing of moments. Such was the case for singer-songwriter Beth Bombara through the development of her upcoming album Map and No Direction. The Americana artist has previously described her upcoming record as written over “a couple months of a can’t-quite-get-out-of-bed, always-tired-but-can’t-sleep kind of depression”.
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Steve Horowitz: This is a truly adorable video and an endearing song. Muppet love! And damn, D.R.A.M. has an infectious grin. Musically the song is infectious pop with a not so innocent-innocence. The catchy hooks and beat make the time go fast and before one knows it, one has to play the song again. There was a time not so long ago where the word “cute” was used as an insult as in “Don’t get cute.” D.R.A.M. redeems the term and makes an appealing plea for its return as a compliment. Kudos are in order! [9/10]
Boise, Idaho’s Oceans Are Zeroes play an atmospheric brand of post-rock rooted in ambient music that can capture the vastness of wide-open landscapes, even the colors of the light and space. Oceans Are Zeroes’ music is deeply reflective and beautiful, while melodies are punctured with both melancholy and wonder. The band is set to release their self-titled debut album on April 17th, and we’ve got the gorgeous first single “Inside” that will thrill fans of Sigur Rós and Radiohead. Any band that can translate experienced sounds of nature into song with such finesse and beauty as Oceans Are Zeroes is headed places in my book.
Paul Carr: The first release since Nabuma Rubberband sees the band kick back with a deceptively simple ode to the pleasures of getting stoned. It’s a suitably woozy atmospheric track featuring crisp, undulating synths and lolling, drowsy beats. It’s a very polished sound with unhurried, whispering vocals that give the song a certain ‘80s vibe. The whole thing is allowed to drift and swirl, like clouds of smoke as they drift into the night sky. [7/10]