Sounds on Sunday 33

Another toe-dip in the vast ocean of new music that’s out there, just waiting to be discovered. Hope you find something you enjoy, and don’t forget to leave your feedback in the comments below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Metaxas – Sirens: “Metaxas now calls London his home, but you might remember him as the support act of Ronan Keating. Metaxas’s determination and love of music was rewarded by a place at the internationally recognized Berklee College of Music in Boston where he honed his skills. With musical influences such as Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver and Bonobo it is no surprise that Nik has mastered a writing style that is honest, sensitive and moving. His raw, expressive lyrics and his graveled, warm voice have a powerful effect.” This is his new single.

Clemmie Williams – City of Rain: “An ode to the Pacific Northwest, “City of Rain” is a new track from rising rapper Clemmie Williams (formerly C-tre Flowz). C​lemmie​ is a recording artist, songwriter and composer from San Bernadino, California. He was raised in Tacoma, Washington. Known for the powerful vibes in his performance as well as the transparent message in his music, Clemmie’s new track “City of Rain” is an ode to his family and friends in the Pacific Northwest. Joining Konsept ​in 2011 as its first member, Clemmie has showcased the past five years as a rising act.”

Smooth Ends – Be A Man (Radio Edit): South London based 4-piece Smooth Ends evoke early summer vibes with their new single, the psych/dance stomper single ‘Be A Man’. Enlisting legendary indie producer Mark Wallis to mix the track (credits include Smiths, U2, Talking Heads and The La’s) they have delivered 3 minutes of deliciously danceable cream pop, which is as much an ode to growing up as it is a message of self-acceptance… ‘Be A Man’ follows previous track ‘Santa Ana’ which enjoyed support from EarmilkClashIndietronica, YouTube channel MOR Indie and much more.”

Foliage – Dare: “Based out of San Bernardino, California, Manuel Joseph Walker started his synth-tinged, jangle-pop project Foliage at the age of 16. He released his debut LP ‘Truths’ on Bandcamp the week before his 17th birthday. The record sold out in less than a week on physical. The recording, songwriting, and production for Foliage, is all done by Walker, who is now 19 years old. Foliage’s new record is called ‘Silence‘, and tells the story of an abusive relationship he was in. The song ‘Dare‘ is about trying to find an escape, but being held back. ‘Dare‘ is the first official single from the release.”

Beachwood Coyotes – Face to Face: (Lead singer) “Jason is tripping in Hollywood at 2AM. Having… taken acid for the first time, he (decides to) go on a night hike up the Beachwood Canyon trail to the iconic Hollywood sign. The band Jason has played guitar in since age 16 has just broken up after years of cross-country tours, and he suddenly faces an uncertain future… as he approaches the trailhead he spots a group of coyotes heading down towards him.  Have you ever seen coyotes on acid? They’re scary as hell. Jason retreats back to his apartment, wallowing in disappointment at another lost opportunity. He discovers the next morning that three decapitated bodies were discovered on that very same trail, victims of an apparent gang hit. Time of death? The exact same time he was scared away… Suddenly songs start pouring out of Jason, years and years of relentless touring providing fertile subject matter for songs about the loneliness of life on the road and the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. After bringing the hard-hitting rhythm section of bassist Drew Smith and drummer Bryan King on board along with Canadian guitar phenom Yan Clermont, Beachwood Coyotes is born… Their latest EP ‘Scrubby’ is set be released in summer of 2017. God bless those damn coyotes.”

Scott Ruth – Are You There: “…LA-based singer-songwriter Scott Ruth’s new single “Are You There.” Produced by acclaimed folk musician Noah Gundersen and recorded at X Studios in Seattle, the roots rock track brings a melancholy feel, with Ruth’s rugged vocals ruminating on a void left by a past relationship. Formerly of LA indie rock outfit The Futures League, Scott Ruth has since put down the bass guitar to further hone his craft as a multi-instrumentalist and producer. He released his hauntingly reflective solo debut The Weight of It All in 2016, and has since been touring extensively, supporting Noah Gundersen as well as headlining tours of his own. All the while, he was still finding time in the studio to be working towards his next release. “Are You There” marks a new direction for Ruth. “I’m now in a different chapter of my life, and I couldn’t be more excited to get the rest of these songs out in the open.””

Inness Hallam (ft.Skinner): “Inness Hallam is a 19 year old producer based in Leeds UK. His debut release was out in August 2016, which was a single (Fly) with a b-side (Perfect). He produces electronic music in the future-bass, house, disco and funk styles. Topsy-Turvy is the first single from his forth- coming debut EP titled ‘The Winter Trepidation‘ which will be released this summer. The track has been featured on respectable Spotify playlists: Fresh Finds by Hiptronix and Indiemono’s Deep House 2017. Blogs posts by: Plastic Magazine, Audio Drums, Djolo, College of Music, Music Is My Life, Abduction Radiation and Purple Melon Music”.

Mark Rogers – Right Here: “… singer/songwriter from Virginia. His musical history is long and varied, having grown up “absorbing” every Beatles album and learning his craft from the masters. In high school, he was a guitarist, bassist and tenor harmony singer for a DC-based bluegrass band called Tennessee Flying Goose. After college, Mark followed the chime of McGuinn’s 12-string in search of Zevon’s Los Angeles. He headed a Cosmic American band in LA and played some of the loneliest clubs in Hollywood. Mark put his guitar down in the ’90s and ’00s to raise a family in Washington, DC. In 2010, a number of factors contributed to the rediscovery of his music, not the least of which was reconnecting with “the one who got away”. Life’s funny that way. Mark has just released his first solo EP, entitled ‘Rearranged’.”

Common Tongues – Pioneer: “Dancing on the boundary between acoustic and synthetic, Common Tongues use intricate harmonies, searing violins & bubbling electronics to create absorbing live experiences and records that reveal immersive arrangements and lyrical themes of conflict, decline and rebirth. Their newest single ‘Pioneer’ from their upcoming debut album ‘Divisions’, is their gutsiest release yet. Delving into the tradition of intimate singer-songwriting with deeply personal lyrics, Pioneer also reveals a different personality of underlying electronic swells and arpeggios matched by ornate guitar licks… ‘Divisions’ was recorded with producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Kings of Leon, Paulo Nutini, The Editors).” Upcoming shows: June 18th, Daventry Weekender, Daventry; and June 26th, The Finsbury, London.

Maria Kelly – Torn Into Two: “Irish singer-songwriter Maria Kelly returns with her most poignant and honest release to date. Her debut EP The Things I Should, out now via Veta Records, is a stunning collection of emotionally gripping tracks performed with purity and grace. The EP is based around Maria’s struggle with self-expression and how, by always trying to please others, you can lose a part of yourself in the process. Maria explains, “these four songs are written about four different personal experiences, where a lack of honest expression at the outset had created a much bigger problem in the long run”. Opening track Torn Into Two immediately displays Maria’s signature fragile vocal tone as well as her incredibly earnest songwriting abilities akin to the likes of Lucy Rose and Billie Marten. Each track on the EP builds intricately alongside Kelly’s soaring vocal, with a captivating string arrangement throughout adding the final touch.”

Eric Matthews – Exactly Like Them: “Aurora, IL label Lo-Fidelity Records has released Too Much World, the long-awaited album by Eric Matthews! In 1994 Matthews debuted as one half of the band Cardinal (with singer-songwriter Richard Davies). Their self-titled album was at the forefront of the indie pop movement, and remains to this day a high-water mark of the genre. Eric followed up Cardinal’s success with the release of his solo debut, It’s Heavy In Here, which led to a second album on the label, The Lateness of the Hour (1997).  Since 1997, Matthews has continued a streak of critically acclaimed and thought-provoking orchestral pop records (and) has also collaborated with a wide range of his peers including The Dandy Warhols and the late Elliot Smith.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Sounds on Sunday 33

  1. I played everything twice and liked everything better the second time. No obvious stand-out winner, maybe a third listen is called for later…….

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