SEMI TRUCKS Vs. California (Meritorio, 2021)* Tra la miriade di proposte in circolazione che presentano come riferimento un pop dai contorni nostalgici e sognanti, capita ogni tanto che qualcuna si distingua da una pur piacevole omologazione di stili e sonorità. È senz’altro questo il caso dell’album di debutto del losangelino Brendan Sepe sotto l’alias Semi…

[video of the week] Tomato Flower – Red Machine

Baltimore band Tomato Flower has introduced themselves today with a new single and video off their forthcoming debut EP Gold Arc, out February 11th, 2022 on Ramp Local. “Red Machine” is a utopian pop song that envisions global transformation. With lyrics spanning the city and country toward a vision of worldwide solidarity, the single takes the form of a compact pop single…

ALLISON LORENZEN Tender (Whited Sepulchre, 2021)* L’anno iniziato con la pubblicazione del primo singolo “Vale” si conclude per Allison Lorenzen con quella del suo album di debutto “Tender”: quel brano, che vedeva la partecipazione attiva di Madeline Johnston (Midwife), stabiliva già significative connessioni con la poliedrica artista del Colorado, non soltanto per la comune provenienza…

SHOESTRINGS Expectations (Shelflife / Discos de Kirlian, 2021) Per sua stessa natura, la nostalgia è un sentimento che si manifesta “fuori tempo massimo”, quando le vicende che ne sono ad oggetto si sono già concluse o comunque è troppo tardi per poterne modificare il corso. Forse anche per questo può considerarsi a ragione un sentimento…

[video of the week] Bubble Tea and Cigarettes – Liz

Fourth single by Bubble Tea and Cigarettes, out now via Elefant Records. Bubble Tea and Cigarettes was founded in New York City where the two members Andi and Kat met. Starting in 2019, the project took shape in the couple’s bedroom where they record and produce their songs. Their dreamy ballads take the audience on an…

CINDY 1:2 (Mt.St.Mtn. / Tough Love, 2021)* È un periodo di grande fermento produttivo per Karima Gill: pubblicati nel volgere di un paio di mesi la raccolta dei due precedenti Ep e un album vero e proprio del duo Flowertown, che la vede accanto a Mike Ramos dei Tony Hay, la musicista californiana torna a…

[video of the week] Desert Liminal – Rainbow Sherbet Sky

Taken from Desert Liminal’s album “Glass Fate”, out on Whited Sepulchre Records in November 2021. “I don’t need no southbound highway sign to tell me HELL IS REAL”. This opening line from the debut single “New Tongue” launches us into the sophomore album Glass Fate by the Chicago based Desert Liminal. Glass Fate takes us through a Lost…

SUNGAZE This Dream (Self Released, 2021)* Già un paio d’anni fa, con il debutto “Light In All Of It”, la band guidata dai coniugi Ian Hilver e Ivory Snow aveva incantato con la sua sorprendente miscela di sospensioni atmosferiche e flussi melodici eterei, che dispensavano magie dai sognanti echi shoegaze. L’attitudine dei Sungaze a una formula…

[streaming] Astral Brain – Five Thousand Miles

Taken from “The Bewildered Mind”, out October 15th 2021 via Shelflife. Astral Brain is a project initiated by Einar Ekström (Le Futur Pompiste) in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2015 he was joined by Siri af Burén (Testbild!, Band In Box) who started crafting vocals and lyrics to the instrumental pieces Einar had gathered during the previous…

[video of the week] Hand Habits – Aquamarine

Taken from “Fun House”, out Oct 22nd 2021 via Saddle Creek. Hand Habits, the project of Los Angeles-based musician Meg Duffy (they/them), is back with their new album Fun House – the most ambitious Hand Habits album to date. Produced by Sasami Ashworth (SASAMI) and engineered by Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), the record was not…

[streaming] Ghostly Kisses – Don’t Know Why

Ghostly Kisses is the dreamy pop music of singer songwriter Margaux Sauvé. The name ‘Ghostly Kisses’ was inspired from reading William Faulkner’s poem ‘Une ballade des dames perdues’ and seemed like the perfect reflection of her ethereal voice. “Don’t Know Why” is out everywhere now. “Don’t Know Why talks about a separation, the moment when you realize…

FLOWERTOWN Flowertown (Mt.St.Mtn., 2021)* Sarà anche per la loro sempre maggiore diffusione, ma capita ormai raramente che proposte che in qualche misura affondano le proprie radici nel pop chitarristico degli anni Ottanta riescano davvero a colpire nel segno, affrancandosi da quella che, da piacevole (ri)scoperta, è spesso diventata maniera con pochi guizzi. Ebbene, non è…

[streaming] Sungaze – Storm Chaser

Taken from “This Dream”, out August 13th 2021. Sungaze is an American Dreamgaze band whose signature sound lends itself quite equally to the realms of shoegaze, psych rock and dream pop, with an unmistakable western flair reminiscent of some of the popular singer-songwriters of the 60’s. The band centers around husband and wife duo Ian Hilvert…

SATOMIMAGAE Hanazono (RVNG Intl., 2021)* A seguito dell’uscita del suo secondo album (“Koko“, 2014) per l’etichetta di Chihei Hatakeyama, solitamente dedicata a lavori di sperimentazione ambient-drone, suscitò una piacevole sorpresa scoprire la setosa voce folk e il delicato picking acustico della musicista giapponese che si cela sotto l’alias Satomimagae. Dopo “Kemri” (2017), “Hanazono” rappresenta la…

[streaming] heka – (a) wall

Raised in the Italian hills but now residing in London, Francesca Brierley aka heka seeks to explore the connection between sound, space and memory by assembling recordings from different time zones and different eras to produce a compelling composite. This distinct experimental folk is expertly displayed on lead single ‘(a) wall’. As soon as the…

[streaming] Sin Fang, Sóley & Örvar Smárason – Shame

New track from the collaborative project of Sin Fang, Sóley and Örvar Smárason of múm and FM Belfast. It combines the individual strengths of three acclaimed musicians, blends melody drenched folk sensibilities with splashy pop beats. After releasing a new collaboration track at the end of each month in the year 2017, collected in the…

[streaming] Mia Joy – Freak

Mia Joy, who has already seen cosigns from musical peers such as Sharon Van Etten (“I can’t wait to hear more”), is sharing her new single “Freak” today with a beautiful animated video. On the new track Mia Joy cuts through what is, ostensibly, a melancholic breakup song delving into the toxic aspects of attachment and imbues…

[streaming] Aurora Aura – Purity

New single from the duo of Alice Fawn (vocals, lyrics) and Dustin Sebes (guitar), based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, creating ethereal enchanted dreamscapes. Following last summer’s “Ascension EP”, Aurora Aura are going to release their debut full-length self-titled album, out via Totally Real Records. https://www.facebook.com/AuroraAuraMusic