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Hosannas Leaks Track from "Then & Now & Then"

 

Hosannas, formerly known as Church, are only a little over a month away from seeing the release of their Hush Records full-length Then & Now & Then. Cursory listening sessions with the advance of the album reveal a lush, melodic soundscape full of acoustic guitars, lots of echoed vocals, and layered keys, specifically in opener "The Sea."

Subsequent spins have uncovered even more sonic noodling from the Portland quartet. There's an innocence employed here, with tempered digs into early '00s Merge motifs, as well as a (hopefully) prevalent sense of purpose. It's all pretty intoxicating stuff, even if its oft-lauded tag of psych-pop doesn't really fit.

But be warned: The first leaked track, "Happiness," is the least indicative tune for the purposes of considering listening to this album, but is still a decent listen. Give it a whirl below...

Take our word for it, and get your hands on the full disc or download when it's released on May 11th.

The band will hold what's likely to be one of the most anticipated Portland album releases of the year on May 9th at Mississippi Studios. Opening will be the amazing Tu Fawning, and Ah Holly Fam'ly. $6, 9 p.m.

- Ryan J. Prado

   

The Swimmers Can Do More Than the Doggy Paddle at JB’s April 3

Philly quartet The Swimmers’ upbeat pop debut, Fighting Trees, was enough to warrant some local fame. With last November’s People Are Soft, singer-songwriter Steve Yutzy-Burkey and fellow bandmates changed directions and crafted a laid back LP heavily influenced by 80’s New Wave. From the echoed and uttered intro of “Save Me (From the Brightness)” to the atmospheric swell of “The Bells,” The Swimmers songs are magnetically sweeping and equally moving. The energized handclaps of “Give Me Sun” drips with undertones of early Spoon (circa Girls Can Tell) with vocals fashioned after New Wavers like Toni Basil and Gary Newman with a splash of Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. A terribly fun track, “Give Me Sun” competes with the buzzing shred of “Drug Party”, making the most of humming riffs and quintessential tambourine. As catchy as Girls’ Lust For Life but with a higher grade of maturity and skill, The Swimmers’ sound, much like our current weather, is warm, exciting, and rare.  Catch ‘em tonight with BC Camplight, whom you maybe seeing for the last time, and Le Fits at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/helloswimmers - Dianca Potts

 

   

YAWN @ SXSW

At SXSW this year YAWN caught the eye and ear of a lot of folks. Here is some footage of their performance at Levis Fader Fort courtesy of the WILD honey pie. They will be performing at Abbey Pub on April 13th with Caw! Caw!.

   

Daniel Knox @ Old Town School

Everyone I know who has heard the songs of Daniel Knox has fallen in love with his brand of music. He is an undeniable musicial genius and he is opening for The Watson Twins on April 4th at Old Town School. If you missed it you need to check out his live session with Coach House Sounds.

   

Cast Spells Go Vinyl

Cast Spells has been everywhere lately and on May 4th Dovecote Records will release their debut ep, Bright Works and Baton on clear vinyl. There will only be 500 copies pressed so you should preorder your copy today. This 12” edition will include an additional track “All Brass” which was not included on the Sargent House release.