London singer-songwriter Sam Gillbanks, who performs under the name Gillbanks, is set to release his new EP Lend Me Your Skin on 27 November, and as you can hear on the new video for the track “Nerve”, he achieves an hypnotic blend of dreamy, bombastic Britpop and downcast grunge.
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San Francisco musicians Caleb Pate and Nephi Evans have been weaving electronic and psychedelic rock as Seventeen Evergreen for more than a decade now, and their new EP Epiphanie Solaire came out this past September. They’ve just put together a dazzlingly retro video for the cover of Captain Beefheart’s “Observatory Crest”, which you can see below.
Parlor Walls is a “trash jazz” trio comprising of Alyse Lamb of post-punk outfit EULA, avant—saxophonist Kate Mohanty, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Mulligan, Lamb’s partner in the multi-media art collective Famous Swords. We were fortunate enough to have Parlor Walls open our CMJ showcase with a totally transformational performance. The dexterity of each member, from Mulligan’s multi-tasking drumming and keyboard tapping to Mohanty’s beautifully interwoven sax playing, as well as Lamb’s full throttle command of the stage, made for as memorable a CMJ performance as any given by better known acts on the festival’s roster.
Although she’s too young to remember when alternative rock came into its own in the early 1990s, 21 year-old singer songwriter Hope Vista absolutely nails that sound on her new EP Prevail, which comes out tomorrow. With its hard-edged sound and emphasis on pop hooks (which is often reminiscent of the Matrix in their prime) it’s ironic that a sound so rooted in the past can sound like a breath of fresh air in 2015.