Indie Rock

Gabacho "Sal De Mar"

Gabacho recently released a new single and video called "Sal De Mar". This is the third single of 2022 from the Indie Pop group fronted by Siul Reynoso.

The single comes in on the heels of the release of Gabacho's recent Audiotree session that found the group performing six songs from their first three years of existence.

   

Raavi presents their ode to "no bodies" for Hardly Art Singles Series

Interpolating from the artist’s own stated declaration of creative intention, Raavi’s “no bodies” is a song about the ontological insecurity commonly experienced by artist types who on the one hand seek self-actualization and authenticity by means of their artistic expressions and on the other seek some measure of ego-sustaining and career-sustaining public approbation and how these two goals can sometimes be antithetical to one another…

…or put into plain English it’s a song about “measuring one’s own worth” in cases where there's a little voice in your head saying things like “If I’m giving everything to this music career (or whatever), and I’m not succeeding, then where am I? And what even is success?” and where reaching the top of one figurative ladder merely leads back to the bottom rungs of the next ladder…

…thus making it “incredibly difficult to recognize where you are on your own path” in the words of band frontperson and songwriter Raavi Sita who as a self-defined queer desi may know a thing or two about what's it like not fitting into socially-imposed prefabricated categories…

…and granted you’re not gonna get all this from this lyrics alone which are more evocative than descriptive and bully for that—tho’ lines like “you hear what / they say bout me / off-kilter / the f#ck that mean?” clearly put across this gnawing sense of lack-of-fit whereas the song’s title playfully plays off the anxiety of being “a nobody” plus the denial of bodily autonomy afforded to The Other—but it’s the music of “no bodies” that to these ears communicates the theme most hauntingly…

…with a pleasingly off-kilter (whoops, sorry!) and quite catchy melodic hook and a musical arrangement that vacillates between the earthbound and the ethereal--with gritty, gravelly guitar tones set against celestial harp-like harmonics, and sustained crystalline syllables set against vocal hiccups and pitch bends, alternating overall between repetitive, self-reflective verses and interludes that soar gloriously off into the stratosphere—and if this is what ontological insecurity sounds like then at least it comes with some compensatory benefits…

…and it’s relevant here to mention that “no bodies” was produced by Justin Termotto with Ruben Radlauer (Model/Actriz, Venus Twins, Dirt Buyer) co-engineering/mixing the record and also that Raavi’s rhythm section is comprised up of James Duncan (bass) and Jason Block (drums)…

…and finally also that “no bodies” is the latest chapter in Hardly Art Singles Series with the critically-acclaimed Sub Pop offshoot (La Luz, My Idea, Protomartyr, Hunx and His Punx) celebrating its 15 years of existence with 15 curated singles solicited from a selection of the label’s favorite artists which should help bolster anyone’s ontological security one hopes. (Jason Lee)

   

Tenci "Vanishing Coin"

Tenci have released the second single, "Vanishing Coin", from their forthcoming sophomore album, A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing, which is due out via Keeled Scales on November 4th.

The single is accompanied by the fun, playful, Henry Jordan Smith directed video below.

You can catch Tenci at Sleeping Village on November 19th.

   

Push Puppets "Sometimes the Buds Never Flower"

We are proud to be able to premiere the video for the first single, "Sometimes the Buds Never Flower", from the forthcoming album, Allegory Grey, from Push Puppets.

This is the work of singer/guitarist Erich Specht, drummer Greg Essig, bassist John William Lauler, and keyboardist Kyle Magnusson.

You can help Push Puppets celebrate the release of Allegory Grey, which is due out offically September 30th, on October 14th at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights.

   

xyzxyz "Friendship Necklace"

xyzxyz recently released their debut single, "Friendship Necklace".

This is the trio of Karen Mooney, Krystal Rosenbrock and Sam Fadness.

photo by Vanessa Valadez