Metric bassist Joshua Winstead has been with the band through all six of their recordings and now he’s stepping out for a solo effort that will be offered as a pay-what-you-want album through his website joshuawinstead.com. MMXX will release June 3rd via Royal Cut Records and Winstead made the record as an effort to establish his own unique voice and to explore dealing with racism as an empathetic person.
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Tim Darcy, the guitarist/vocalist for post-punk band Ought, has created a new experimental, spoken word project in conjunction with Andrea-Jane Cornell, a Montreal-based music improvisor. Too Significant to Ignore, released March 18th via NNA Tapes, pairs dense and psychedelic layers of electronics and field recordings with Darcy’s surreal spoken word poetry, delivered in droll and ironic tones. The result suggests humans face existential angst, loneliness and dislocation as a result of technology’s onslaught. So much comes at us so quickly in the early 21st century, constant blips of data delivered through the myriad devices that we own, rent or borrow. This recording brilliantly evokes how that actually feels and it provokes serious thought, causing us to reflect on our place in the world as well as what it really means to be human. This is art.
Once upon a time, Gabe Dixon fronted the Gabe Dixon Band, which he formed back in 1999 while at the University of Miami as a piano-fronted Southern rock band. The band worked with Concord Records and earned comparisons to the Ben Folds Five. Fast forward to 2016 and Dixon is a solo artist with a hot new sophomore solo record, Turns to Gold, releasing Friday. Dixon still employs the rock energy, but he’s very much become an Americana artist now and the genre suits him to a tee, allowing him to get more soulful with his vocals and explore new sounds, while focusing on creating fundamentally craftsman-like songs that tell stories of peoples’ lives.
Indie pop band Coastgaard specializes in atmospheric and cinematic pop music, underpinned with surf guitar sounds from the ‘60s (The Ventures). Two members of the group come from a film background, with Matt Miller (guitar, lead vocals), Sean Glassman (guitar, vocals, keys) both working in film and video editing. Meanwhile, Paolo Codega (bass, vocals) and Brian D’Alessandro (drums, vocals, keys) are both scientists with the former being a neuroscientist and the latter a statistician. This melding of art and science pays dividends in the unique sound of the group as they use pop tropes to explore time and space in music. Coastgaard‘s new album, Devil on the Balcony, is out now and today the band is sharing the video for their latest single “A Well Adjusted Man”, a tune that relies heavily on the rhythms and moods of surf rock in how it plays with the idea of rolling waves.
Irish indie pop band Land Lovers look to the late ‘50s and early ‘60s for inspiration and focuses on creating little nuggets of delicious pop confection. For example on “Angeline”, which we are premiering today, one can hear the jangly pop guitars and pristine harmonies of the Searchers (think “Needles and Pins”). Land Lovers are no retro project though, they simply draw ideas from popular music of the past and then expand on them in a modern fashion. Land Lovers will appeal to fans of melodic guitar pop and anyone with an ear for a great hook. Like the great British pop band the Beautiful South, or Paul Heaton’s earlier project, the Housemartins, Land Lovers use ironic, critical and occasionally dark lyrics underneath the sheen of gorgeous music. It’s subversive and relevant, just what a memorable pop tunes needs.