Sounds on Sunday 22

Greetings all, it’s a bumper week this week, with seventeen new tracks for you. Have a listen and let us know what you think, in the comments below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Kevin Pearce – Heartbeat Mind: This is Essex based singer songwriter Kevin Pearce’s new single Heartbeat Mind, released recently. “After a busy year of touring the UK and writing his new album So On, he’s back with an intriguingly dark and foreboding track, featuring Dean Honer of The Moonlandingz – the riotous supergroup made up of members of Fat White Family.

Chris Elliott – Westward Bound: “Hi … I used to be in a band called Leisure that toured with Girls for their “Album” tour some years ago. We have since broke up and I have been working on writing and recording my own music in Boston with a similar sound. My first single is an indietronica / rock song, think a mixture of Sales, Tame Impala, Yeasayer, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”

The Birthday Letters – Lesser Evil: “I have an excellent new track with vibes reminiscent of XTC and Aztec Camera. It’s via The Birthday Letters, the alias for southeast London songwriter Joseph Hughes, recording & performing under the name since 2011… Hughes says this track is “inspired by a dream in which Donald Trump has a Shakespearean epiphany, dreamt up under the influence of a Portuguese surfing accident. I wanted it to sound like future surf music for the hungover.””

The Venisons – Heart: “We are a 5 piece band that is trying to combine the grittiness of old-school country with some indie rock vibes. This is the link to Heart, which seems to be our biggest hit from our recently released EP.”

Goldkey – Mountain: Mike Horn is releasing his debut single, Mountain, under the alias Goldkey on 17th March. “The track combines a modern, indie perspective while maintaining the grace of a standalone singer-songwriter. Horn is born and raised in Queens, NY and currently resides in New York City where he teamed up with long-time producer, Ben Rice (Degraw Sound – Brooklyn, NY) to establish a solitary sound with influences ranging from Beck and Jeff Buckley to Radiohead.” Also on Spotify:

Øyvind Weiseth – Inside Our Minds: Øyvind Weiseth is a “Norwegian born singer who takes inspiration from artists such as Kings Of Leon, and Bernhoft. His single ‘Inside Our Minds’ sees him showcase his brand of guitar driven indie pop alongside featured vocalist Hege Nesset. His previous release ‘Hold On’ was played on radio in the US, Germany, Australia and UK. Before that, ‘Eventyr’ received airplay on Norwegian radio including NRK1 and NRK Møre. He then embarked on a nationwide tour before heading to New York City to play at Rockwood Music Hall. ‘Inside Our Minds’ … will be available worldwide on 24th March 2017.”

Michelles – All Is Forgiven: “Michelles’ long awaited sophomore album has been tweaked and twisted within an inch of its life, and is finally ready for release. Clocking in at just under forty minutes, these ten songs range from fuzzed out garage rock stomp to shimmering psychedelic pop, toeing the edge of prog-rock excess, with the whole mess overflowing with space and atmosphere. Recorded throughout 2015 and 2016 in various spaces in Chicago, ‘Dark as a Daisy’ is a step forward for Michelles, featuring more prominent keyboard usage, expanded song structures, and a blatant disregard for what can be considered rock music in the 21st century. The first single ‘All Is Forgiven’ was recently released, on February 12th.

Distant Mountains – Get Your Fair Share: From the upcoming EP A Small Few. “Scott Lord and Paul McCorkle are the main forces behind the San Francisco based band, Distant Mountains. They’ve been playing together in various projects and capacities in the Bay Area for 4 years. Distant Mountains was a project started after the break up of their previous band to make the type of music they’ve always wanted to make; sonically adventurous and outside of easy to peg genres … the goal of “A Small Few” was to capture a live band sound and feel. All songs were live tracked with minimal overdubs added after. The EP was tracked and mixed at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and Oakland.”

Azu Yeché – Plastic Life: “The brand new single from London-based singer, songwriter and musician Azu Yeché … ‘Plastic Life’ was produced by long term collaborator Tony White (Zero 7), and is the title track from Azu Yeché’s forthcoming sophomore EP which is due to be released in April. The record is a beautiful fusion of pop, soul and folk music, about finding the courage to speak your mind and not having to live in silence. Known for his distinctive singing voice, compelling song-writing and glorious live music experiences, Azu Yeché has been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, SoulBounce, London Live, BBC Introducing and the MOBO Awards in recent years.”

Jen Gloeckner – Row With The Flow: “Jen Gloeckner will be releasing her new record VINE on April 14 … The record has been picking up nice radio play and reviews worldwide. A few highlights include “Vine/Firefly”, “Breathe”, and “Row With the Flow”, featuring John Ashton from the Psychedelic Furs, Angela Mattson from In The Valley Below, and Henry Padovani, original guitarist and founding member of The Police … VINE was recorded and produced by Jen in her bedroom, and mixed by Brian McTear (Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, etc.) at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia.”

Rory Lavelle – Poor Pride: Rory Lavelle is a Belfast-based songwriter specialising in “dark, brooding acoustic alt-rock”. This is from his debut album Waves, due to be released on April 1st. He has experienced previous successes with bands Sparks Fly and Indigo Fury, but this will be his first solo long-player. More here:

Lusterlit – Ceremony: “My name is Charlie Nieland … I’m in a duo called Lusterlit with Susan Hwang.  We are part of Bushwick Book Club, in Brooklyn, a rotating group of songwriters and performers of all kinds putting on regular shows featuring new music, art and snacks inspired by a chosen work of literature. Susan founded it in 2009 and I’ve been a participant since 2013. Susan and I have been playing and recording together for several years and we released a couple of albums that I produced in the fall (HOPEFUL MONSTERS and  EVERYTHING IS SATEEN: FIVE SONGS INSPIRED BY VONNEGUT) and formed Lusterlit to perform our songs about books. We alternate lead vocals and harmonies while supporting each other on guitar, bass, synth, traditional Korean drum, accordion and more.” This is from the new EP, “List of Equipment”.

Some Speak of the Future – Whatever: Danish duo Astrid Myrup (vocals) and Lauritz Carlsen (vocals and guitars) – “The song is about how life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it – even though we try to control everything, things just tend to happen in a way we couldn’t imagine. So in a way we just have to step out into “whatever” and hope for the best… The video is recorded in the same studio, where we recorded the song – it has a different and more low-key vibe than our previous videos – that goes with the acoustic feel of the song. Whatever is the third single from our November-release EP “The Low Tide”.

Lindi Ortega – Til’ The Goin’ Gets Gone: “The award-winning, alt-country Canadian presence, Lindi Ortega is back with a new EP – Til The Goin’ Gets Gone – set for release on 17th March, and it’s her most atmospheric and resilient body of work to date.”

Ola Sweet – Big Sleep: “From their new album Santiago, Boise (Idaho)-based Ola Sweet make no apologies for their love of big loud guitars. “The Thick Sound” is what fans have come to call the analog stew that constitutes the ingredients in Ola Sweet’s vintage-inspired sound that may just be more classic rock than self-proclaimed indie rock. But don’t let their fundamental rock roots lead you to believe their big reverby vocals and fuzz-forward guitar tones are anything less than comfortable in a playlist shuffle next to The Black Keys, The Dig or My Morning Jacket.”

R.Missing – Kelly Was A Philistine: From the new EP Unsummering – “Unsummering, the first release under their new moniker R. Missing, expands on The Ropes’ previous palette of Morrissey tinged lyrics and darkwave. Unsummering manages to be even more isolated lyrically than their famously nihilistic previous work, fully embracing complete detachment. Musically, fraught guitar and synth textures paint an image of an unstable world, held together only by tightly quantized electronic drum beats.”

Cowards – Chosen: “With debut album ‘Teeth’ finished, 2016 saw Cowards begin the complicated process of translating the album in order to play it live. They had created an album out of subdued falsettos, acoustic guitars, industrial electro, undulating pastoral soundscapes – and a subconscious obsession with bones and body parts – using a brass band, field recordings, ad-hoc choirs, guest musicians, and vintage synths they didn’t own. Overcoming these limitations and re-inventing the songs was no easy task, however the process has resulted in the band arriving at a point where they’re ready for live performance; Cowards will launch their album at their debut gig on April 15th 2017 at Manchester’s Deaf Institute.”




5 thoughts on “Sounds on Sunday 22

  1. Yes, a really lovely set so far. Makes you realise how much good stuff there is out there, that can slip by unnoticed! Thanks Ali…

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