Four years removed from their debut album Found in the Forest and two years after the Ursus EP, Alaska-bred and Portland-based band Animal Eyes are set to release their second full-length album Where We Go in September.
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Best known as the bassist in North Carolina post-hardcore band Alesana, Shane Crump felt the need to branch out on his own with a side project. More specifically, events in his personal life spurred him in that direction, so he created the Ivory, whose debut EP Gloom came out last week. Much more melodically inclined than the scream-leaning Alesana, Crump places more focus on anthemic, piano-driven contemporary rock, and the first single “I’m a Mess” is a good indication of what to expect. Alesana fans should gravitate towards it – while not as loud its sense of melodrama is very similar – and any fan of mainstream rock should as well.
Formed in 2013, Los Angeles trio the Battlefield specialize in a sumptuous blend of folk, Americana, classic country, and the adult contemporary side of pop music. And even a little ragtime. Lively, rustic, and soulful, Matt Ducey, Jenny Weaver, and James Addison trade lead vocals and serve up rich harmonies on their debut album Tipping Point, which we premiere in its entirety today.
When it comes to the RIYL (“recommended if you like”) sections of press releases, you take such publicist hyperbole with a grain of salt. So Atlanta native Sydney Eloise is geared towards fans of Natalie Prass, Neko Case, Rilo Kiley, Fleetwood Mac, and Phil Spector, huh? Thing is, when you hear her new track “Tell Me What I Want to Hear”, from Sydney Eloise and the Palms’ debut album Faces, every single one of those boxes gets checked. Timeless and contemporary, it’s a gorgeous, extraordinarily simple track that utilizes a classic pop formula to perfection, making it sound fresh and vibrant. It deserves to be heard, and we are elated to premiere it here at PopMatters.
Formed not long after Leo London was tracking piano for Michael Finn at a Portland studio, the Domestics are built around the dynamic the two musicians bring, not only on an instrumental level, but lyrically and vocally as well. The two dig deep into their own troubled past – London’s drug-addicted parents, Finn’s battles with mental illness – to create something both cathartic and uplifting. The lilting “Wait Forever” is a beautiful example, its melancholy masqueraded by its gentle indie pop, and we’re glad to premiere it at PopMatters.
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