Lisel – Vanity

Despite modern society’s best efforts, life isn’t smooth. We value seamlessness: sleek automobiles and aerodynamic jets — and that’s to say nothing about what we’re willing to change in our own complexions. Still, life remains somewhat of a stumble. There is a beauty in this as well. On ‘Vanity’, Lisel embraces unevenness and finds value…

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Premiere: Kilcid Band – Leadsinger EP

Referencing Britney Spears-style headset microphones, and suggesting that they are a band in which any member is a potential lead-singer, Kilcid Band let slip something of their affection for pure pop. Their new EP premiered here is called Leadsinger. Leadsinger is a five-track sequence of emotionally engaged, intellectually sound pop that pours light onto the…

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Party Hardly – Rats in the Kitchen

“Far from modest, and far from the truth.” Party Hardly level in on the corrupting influence of one generation on the next, and the propaganda of old-world ‘value’. The new track, ‘Rats in the Kitchen’ from Leeds (UK) band feels like a polaroid image developing in front of us. The portrait here is of old…

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The Golden Dregs – The Queen Of Clubs

‘The Queen of Clubs’ is a new track from The Golden Dregs’ upcoming album, Hope is for the Hopeless – set for release on September 27th. The brainchild of Benjamin Woods is delivering a follow-up to his understated debut, 2018’s Lafayette. (You should certainly look up, and listen to Lafayatte if you’ve not yet had…

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Particle Kid – Still Going

In a catalog of cascading events Micah Nelson, aka Particle Kid, shares the developmental landmarks that we all pass in one form or another. Internal and external measures are metered out. “When I grow up I’ll be the world’s most visible invisible man.” This moment is from the ten year-old, developing mind. It’s something that…

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Lightning Bug – October Song, pt. ii

‘October Song, pt. ii’ by Lightning Bug approaches like a coming season. The change is subtle and gradual, but it steadily gains energy. Additions are measured and textures are layered on top of an ethereal core, creating something that can be felt in the air.  Lighting Bug is the project of New York’s Audrey Kang…

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