Robert Pollard, best known for his work in Guided by Voices, has with his project Circus Devils readied an album for November release, entitled Escape. The album will be the band’s thirteenth full-length studio release. Below you can stream “Eye Mask of Leaves”, a jangly, lo-fi acoustic number off of the album. The music is described as an audio “Twilight Zone where dream time and real time intermingle. For best results, listen late at night with headphones in a dark room.”
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The Memphis, Tennessee folk trio Memphis Dawls, comprised of Holly Cole (guitars and vocals), Jana Misener (cello and vocals), and Krista Wroten (viola, mandolin, accordion, and vocals), has already made a significant splash prior to the release of its forthcoming LP, Rooted in the Bone. Though the band has yet to release its first full-length they have opened for legendary acts like Emmylou Harris, as well as more recent musical innovators like Jack White. “Skin Like a Cage”, a cut off of Rooted in the Bone, is both a cozy fit within the recent upswings in folk music and a throwback to the vocal harmonies of Linda Ronstadt’s best records.
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.
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.