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Hayfitz's "Daylight" is a somber, ambient folk journey, new LP out 5.29

Listening to “Daylight,” the latest single by New York folk artist Hayfitz, feels in many ways like exploring an old, abandoned house. Atmosphere-inducing artwork aside, what begins as a hushed, almost secretive track gradually expands to become a rich offering that showcases songwriter Brandon Hafetz’s aptitude for layered, chilled instrumentalism; every nook and cranny is filled with echo-laden guitar arpeggios or ambient synth. As the track progressively brightens, however, Hafetz’s falsetto remains a tethering force, with lyricism that details the difficult chats that are oftentimes necessary. “[The song] serves as a constant reminder to have the scary, sober conversations, even if it means letting your guard down,” Hafetz said of the track via email, a sentiment fitting for his abidingly somber vocal performance. Give it a listen below, and keep an eye out for his forthcoming LP Capsules, out 5.29. Photo by Sam Cope

   

PREMIERE: Pictoria Vark's indie expands on "Good For," plays Pete's Candy Store 4.19

The hallmark of Pictoria Vark’s 2018 EP self titled was the abiding minimalism that permeated most of its tracks, which created a space in which listeners could ruminate on her lyrics against a muted backdrop of sauntering bass lines and restrained, bright power chords. One year and a good deal touring later, her latest single “Good For” finds the young artist filling in the gaps, laying down intricate, interwoven guitar work in a way that feels, instrumentally, far more active and alive, yet never to the detriment of her songwriting chops; still present is the soft power inherent to her engaging voice and words. Part of what makes “Good For” the expressive offering it is comes from the song’s percussive vamps, which build energy over its three and half minute run time — paired with sliding electric guitar accents and underlying acoustic strumming, it evokes a mild, folk rock energy that’s expressive and lush. Stream our premiere of the track below, and catch Pictoria Vark at Pete’s Candy Store on April 19th.

   

Alt Rock

Time: 
07:00
Band name: 
shockmop
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/shockmopnyc/
Venue name: 
Rockwood Music Hall
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From the Submissions: Otra Vez "Vexations"

Two dudes, a four track, and a singular microphone are the driving force behind vexation, the debut offering by lofi, “tropical country” duo Otra Vez — and that’s really all they needed to make a groovy, kickass record. Endowed by the charm of its palpable crunchiness and compressed vox and available for four dollars and twenty cents on Bandcamp (nice), the album skirts being defined as silly or serious; members DJ O’Loane and Sean O’Hara seamlessly switch between ditties detailing past relationships (“death by 1000 cuts”) and stoney meditations on the virtues of selling out (“fat sandwich”), their detuned guitars and easygoing percussive lines in toe. Recommended for fans of Makeout Videotape, Soko, and John Dwyer deep cuts, give it a listen below, ideally on a rooftop with a couple of buddies, and catch Otra Vez at Our Wicked Lady on April 2nd.. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Indie Rock

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Gorgeous
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/thisbandisgorgeous
Venue name: 
Our Wicked Lady