Indie Rock

JOBS' experimentation stays controlled on "Opulent Fields," new LP out 8.7

“Opulent Field,” the latest video by NYC experimental quartet JOBS, feels simultaneously complex and minimalistic. Utilizing repetitive instrumental elements (namely guitar and cello), in tandem with a tightly-wound electronic percussive overlay, JOBS’ sound is hypnotic yet never overindulgent, relying upon precise interweaving of acoustic and synthetic parts to craft dreamily distant indie rock. Moreover, the band’s give-and-take approach to performance and the decision to keep their sound grounded makes for an intrepid-yet-quiet listen — stream it below, and keep an ear out for the band’s forthcoming endless birthdays, out August 7th.

   

PREMIERE: TALLBIRD detail friendship vibrantly on “Battery,” new LP out 9.25

The music of Brooklyn-based indie pop duo Tallbird is a consistent blend of idiosyncratic and sincere, marked by joyful subject matter expressed in a manner that’s warm and, occasionally, fluorescent. Take new single “Battery” as an introductory smattering of the band’s colorful approach to sound collage — bombastic horns, a marching rhythmic core, and sweet vox by Erica Marchetta-Wood converge in maximalist fashion, yet the sound is never overwhelming and feels ever-familiar. It’s fitting then that the song’s subject matter deals with having an extremely extroverted friend who can be, in a sense, a “bit much” at times; give it a listen below and keep an eye out for Tallbird’s forthcoming record Lost Pet Poster Temple out September 25. Photo by Erica Marchetta-Wood

   

SituationChicago

SituationChicago is a project from Quiet Pterodactyl is a designed to help support the "independent music venues of Chicago so artists always have stages on which to perform". They released is fantastic complilation consisting of a mixture of new and live recording from local artists both big and small today, July 31st.

The complilation features contributions from the like of Marcus Atom, Rich Jones, Justice Hill, Ok Go, Jeff Tweedy, White Mystery, and so many more.

   

Bellhead "Unicorn Bones"

Bellhead has released their debut EP "Unicorn Bones". This is the Darkwave duo consisting of Karen Righeimer and Ivan Russia (of Mr. Russia).

The duo released their first two singles "Fire Control" and "Runaway" in 2019, but delve into whole new depths for this album.

   

Strange Lovelies "You Could Live or You Could Die"

Strange Lovelies recently released their latest album, You Could Live or You Could Die. The band also released a video for the album's opening track ""Black Leaves".

This is the work of Michael Slovenkay (Vocals/Guitar), Christopher Bartone (Guitar), Jim Drake (Bass/Piano/Backing Vocals), and Jonny Drake (Drums/Organ/Backing Vocals).