No, T0W3RS is not an acceptable spelling for the game of Scrabble. And no, “Cups”, the latest song by the Raleigh, North Carolina project T0W3RS, is not a cover of the Anna Kendrick song of the same name. Instead, it’s a fun little tune that moves from spacey, echoey synths in the beginning to a joyous latter section, accented by some plinking percussion. Despite the name of the album that it’s on, TL;DR (internet lingo for “too long; didn’t read”), “Cups” is a song that wastes no time at all getting its point across.
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The Brooklyn-based Americana group the Lone Bellow has just announced it will release its newest, yet-to-be-tiled sophomore album in early 2015. While you wait for details on the forthcoming record by this exciting young band, you can stream the first tune from the record, “Then Came the Morning”.
Stream “Then Came the Morning” via SoundCloud at this link.
The Jacksonville, Florida based group that calls itself Sunbears! (yep, exclamation point included) is set to release its new LP, Future Sounds in the coming month. Having already premiered the tune “Now You’re Gone”, these psychedelic rockers are offering up another track off the record, “Laughing Girl”, which you can stream below. Featuring a striking contrast between huge, driving guitar riffs and lo-fi vocal production in the verses, the song operates on a key contrast that plays upon the highs and lows of its lyrical matter.
Having already caught attention in their native Los Angeles for their charming, baroque pop-esque sound, Wartime Recitals are bound to go to bigger and better places now with the release of their self-titled debut EP, which you can stream below. From the beautiful piano parts of “Bad Dances” and “Short Hair” to the delicate vocal harmonies of “Ribbons”, Wartime Recitals displays a kind of joyous spirit that makes it an effortless listening experience.
Iris Belson and Joseph Walker go by the name Linus Young as a recording duo. Walker says of the band’s moniker, “Linus Young was a family friend who lived in New Orleans. He was an older gentleman, but decided to stay during Hurricane Katrina. His house ended up flooding and he drowned, and so we picked up that name to keep his legacy alive. He was a very sweet soul. It felt like the right fit.” And pay tribute to Young the band does; Category 5, Linus Young’s debut LP, is a bold statement of intent that’s both very much a product of its time and constantly thinking about how to do things differently.
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