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Monday, Apr 27, 2015
Prime for clapping and singing along, "Higher and Higher" is one of the catchiest numbers from Toronto musician Jeen's new record, Tourist Deluxe Edition.

“Higher and Higher”, a bonus track on Jeen’s (Jeen O’Brien, also of Cookie Duster) forthcoming Tourist Deluxe Edition LP, starts out unassumingly. Its hushed opening immediately brings the word “lo-fi” to mind, but not long after this the chorus kicks in, with a drumbeat and a catchy vocal that makes this sound like the kind of tune ripe for singing and clapping along to in a live setting. Like the rest of Tourist, “Higher and Higher was recorded in a lo-fi setup in Jeen’s Toronto attic, but “lo-fi” here does not denote a lack of life or vivacity; far from it, in fact.


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Monday, Apr 27, 2015
Trails and Ways' latest jam, a funky indie rock number with dreamy four-part harmonies, is "Say You Will", a tune from their forthcoming Pathology LP.

The sound of the Oakland, California rock outfit Trails and Ways is described as “a fascinating mix of the melancholy of bossa nova, the fearlessness of basement indie rock, driving grooves from the end of disco, and the slick shine of radio pop.” Such eclecticism is on full display with “Say You Will”, a cut from the group’s new album Pathology. While indie rock in the present day is known for its disaffected, somewhat ironic and detached tone, “Say You Will” is a refreshingly funky jam that melds danceable grooves to ethereal vocal harmonies. The accents of Nile Rodgers-esque guitar tone are just the icing on top of the cake.


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Friday, Apr 24, 2015
Seattle quintet Ivan & Alyosha's "Modern Man" is a driving, earnest rock number that you can find on their forthcoming LP, It’s All Just Pretend.

It’s All Just Pretend finds the Seattle outfit Ivan & Alyosha expanding from a quartet to a quintet, with drummer Cole Mauro joining Pete Wilson (bass), Tim Kim (guitar) and founding members Tim Wilson (lead vox, guitar) and Ryan Carbary (guitar, piano). While the allusion to The Brothers Karamazov in the band’s name might suggest a certain highfalutin literary pretension about their music (a la the Decemberists), but such is not the case. Nor, however, is their music All Just Pretend. As the album cut “Modern Man” (stream it below) evinces, these five musicians are in the business of writing straightforward and honest music. It helps that it rocks, too, as the ‘70s classic rock tone on “Modern Man”‘s guitars evince.


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Friday, Apr 24, 2015
Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Rosenblume channels Greenwich Village and Laurel canyon folk in his latest EP, All Through the Fire, All Through the Rain.

After two years in the making, All Through the Fire, All Through the Rain EP, by the Liverpool-based Rosenblume, is now ready for the world to hear it. Although he hails from the city that wrought the Beatles, Rosenblume earnestly and successfully channels the multi-varied threads of ‘60s and ‘70s American folk, particularly the scenes in Greenwich Village and Laurel Canyon.


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
With her latest album, Weeping Cherry, singer/songwriter Ambrosia Parsley has crafted a set of songs that are "basically conversations with dead people."

The stateside release of Weeping Cherry, Ambrosia Parsley’s full-length debut, has been a long time coming. Parsley is perhaps most well known for her role in the Americana outfit Shivaree, which was active from 1997-2007. Some folks in the world have been fortunate enough to hear her first complete solo statement, as Weeping Cherry received its worldwide unveiling through a French release in 2013. Now, however, this eclectic, singer/songwriter LP—one that bridges the styles and tonalities of indie folk, jazz, and even soul (“Skin & Bone”)—will see a broader United States release next week. Stream it in its entirety below.


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