Hank May was formerly Rock Dove. His Paper Boat EP got Best New Music here at Dingus accompanied by high praise for the song-writer. Last month he released a single, now titled under the singer/guitarist’s birth name, called ‘newsong‘. It’s back to brilliance for the lush layered folk tracks that take what, to my dispair, most would call a “Bon Iver” sound and bring out power and strength. Though the track is acoustic and though the vocals capture an airy softness, the tectonic play between harmonic parts creates an unshakable foundation to which beauty and sadness, at the same time, unfold. @Dingusonmusic
Ohhhhhh Napoleon- you move like the wind. New York City’s most passionate lovers are coming back strong with a new single in, preparation for their new album, titled ‘Moonlight’- ladies, be warned. It’s the kind of rock music you can’t help but sway to. It’s the kind of rock music that transcends the oligarchy of what fuzzed out rock music is supposed to be. It rolls as long as it rocks and keeps moving, one foot in front of the next, begging to be replayed. Perhaps I’ve heard this one a few times live and that’s why there’s some in depth connection- but the truth of the matter is that ‘Moonlight‘ is a structurally sound first floor to lay on top of ‘Curtains‘.
I’ve been waiting for something like to rise up from the Brooklyn dust. Modern Dancesis just the type of thing I’ve been saying we’ve been needing. This is what music is moving towards and I can’t be more excited to see the shift in action. Teen Girl Scientist Monthly write off the chart catchy tunes that are like a burst of light in your head. It’s one punch after another. They don’t quit, the songs just keep galloping towards you and you just open your arms to welcome them. This is the future, thank goodness. @LeahLovecat
Nico, Ju. Where are you, Paris this week? What’s your new band name this month? You can run but you can’t hide. Your sound is etched into my memory and like an antenna, I can find you. Redefine, reinvent, try all you want. I will find you, eyes closed, ears open, drool running down my cheek as my brain stutters along guitar lines that pulse in a chase scene dynamic. Like I’m hooked in. Like I’m locked, trapped. And forever, you will be Il Abanico. Now let me here ALL of your new tracks. @Dingusonmusic
Soulbound Volume Eighteen by Various Artists (New York, New York *
April Fools. It’s my birthday month and I’m happy to announce that we’ll be coming back hard (super hard) with Dingus Events on April 19th. Guess who turns twenty four a midnight (4/20). Thanks to Freecandy for hosting- ya family. [deets/fb event/fyer later today]. But, far more important is another installment of Soulbound. These artists are among the modest and generous and therefor they present to you, via our humble blog, Soulbound Volume Eighteen; a completely free complilation show casing this scene; whatever thye grey amorphous blob is. You might recognize a few of our all stars and why the fuck not, every time I get that Feedly update on the drop of a new track theres a little pool of drool forming in my mouth, but you dare miss out on the newcomers. We’ve gotten back on our unlucky thirteen track listing; just tryna make your day alittle better. Thank you everyone! [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
It’s been quite a while since I felt a band I was listening to were worthy enough to receive the coveted Best New Music label. Retriever have more than earned it. With their new EP, Dead Grotty, this UK four piece are a post punk force to be reckoned with. Having played with big names such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Yuck and The Slits, Retriever have made it clear that they are on the same level as the bands they have supported. I can easily see them headlining larger venues to hundreds of screaming fans who pass each other overhead so that they can get a closer look at their beloved musicians. If you ever felt like you wanted to spend a little money on something, look no further, it’s right HERE. @LeahLovecat
Tiny Hazard in a budding flower. Perhaps the most honorable quality of this EP is it’s unrelenting ability to push and push its own music theory further into the abysse, ultimately climaxing in the great choral “Won’t somebody take me home tonight!/Oh, what is it haunting you tonight!”. The band delivers a creative blend of orchestral elements that continue rearranging themself showing the road to perfection. Tiny Hazard takes the risk of stripping itself down to the core, creating a window into the soul of the groups more epic moments. This reveal is, ultimately, what makes the album so epic but there are structural qualities not to be overlooked along side. Unlike the structural monotony of Youth Lagoons first LP, tracks like ‘Mountain Song’ completely reinvent the conventional epic build up, sometimes reversing the order in entirety. And it is this dynamic play that keeps the listener glued. @Dingusonmusic
Soulbound Volume Seventeen by Various Artists (New York, New York) *
For the first time, Soulbound has broken format. For the short month of February, we’re bringing you a slightly shortened compilation- ten tracks, pure gold. We welcome a completely fresh assortment of artists that caught our eye this winter and as we continue to develop this lengthy case study of the international DIY scene it seems appropriate now to announce officially our new website (coded by the masterful Robert Thompson) and the first edition of our quarterly printed zine. We’re going for the jugular, get your turtlenecks. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
A sliver of indie pop, No Doubt in the air, yet full of folk, honesty, culture, and tradition. This album is cohesive, rich in subtle flare and a strong back story. The music drives, ‘Muerto Vivo’ becoming, chant-like even, towards the end. My toes are tapping and I love it. Start that track with a catchy bass line, add in an upchuck on the guitar, a dandy little ditty of a lead line and a damn good vocal melody, ‘Aleli’ is the one for me. @TheSnakeRecords
It’s been a while. Every month we bring you a free to download DIY compilation hosted on our bandcamp page- a selection of the finest tracks to pass through our ranks. This months is no different. In commemoration of the new year we bring you Soulbound Volume Sixteen: A Compilation of Songs from the Blog. That’s all for now- I’m in the middle of moving (my apology for the album review slow down). [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
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