Surrender by Lockets (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
‘Lockets‘ is a track made from beguiling beauty and wonder. Synthy bedroom pop is the key factor here. As you set your eyes upon the album art, stare into the purples and oranges that make up the background, I honestly believe that it’s the music in physical form. Its kind of strange how a picture can sum up 3 minutes and 47 seconds of sound but, here you have it. This is a late night track, please play at dusk and add it to your playlist immediately. [Free Download] @LeahLovecat
In Basements by The Sea Life (Washington D.C.)
‘Shoot Me Down‘ embodies the straightforward and heartfelt tone of this entire EP. But as the band recommends, listen to In Basements in its entirety to really appreciate what The Sea Life has done on the follow up to The Sea Life EP. Once again, they cut to the core of common emotion with music that is relatable and affecting. Maybe this is easier to achieve with a somber song like the opening track, but even the more upbeat tunes get at the heart of things. [Free Download] @AshleyCanino
Posted in A: Canino, C: Best New Music, C: Free Music, T: LP/EP
Tagged DIY, dreampop, in basements, lo-fi, shoegaze, the sea life, the sea life ep, Washington D.C.
Blood on the Mound by House Of Fallen Stars (San Diego, California)
I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this. House Of Fallen Stars remind me of a darker Ladyhawke. That electro/dreamy sound but with a side that’s kind of mysterious. ‘Blood on the Mound‘ hooks you right from the start as you get a chill right down your spine from the eerie chant of “open your eyes, you belong to me”. House Of Fallen Stars have made me want to venture into that spot right under my ribcage, dig out some of those dark feelings and set them to 3 minutes and 18 seconds of electronic ‘darkwave’. @LeahLovecat
Rough Demos by Lazyeyes (Brooklyn, New York) *
Being able to debut new music is something I count as a privilege, so I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I get this right. Lazyeyes are a fresh new band from Brooklyn who are showcasing what frontman, Jason Abrishami, describes as “a beautiful wall of sound”. He continues, saying “Alex, Paul and I wanted to create a very powerful sound that would both translate very well live or recorded.” ‘Weight‘ is a perfect representation of this concept. I love how they call this a “rough demo”. In my mind, there is nothing that sounds more pure than something self recorded. There’s a magnetism underneath the vocals and guitars that make you focus on those 2 minutes and 54 seconds as if it’s the last bit of sound you’re ever going to hear. Not only are Lazyeyes sweet but they have a hint of lust. Something that makes me think their music is going to be very popular in the heat of the summer. With an EP due within the next couple of months, it seems selfish of me to say that I’m not satisfied with just one track. I should be patient…..oh well, I can deal with being called selfish. @LeahLovecat
Singularity by Hollow & Akimbo (United States) *
I’m going to try to contain my enthusiasm when I write about Hollow & Akimbo. I have a feeling that I am going to fail miserably. I have fallen in love with this band. I immediately loved ‘Singularity’ and I must have played it a dozen times. It was one of those situations where I was afraid to move onto the next track for fear that it wouldn’t match in quality. However, ‘Molecule’ was just as exciting as it’s companion track. Hollow & Akimbo mix post-rock psych to create their encompassing sound. I continue to sit in awe at my laptop and I continue to hit the repeat button. I don’t think I’m ever going to get sick of this. @LeahLovecat
‘Uneven Ground’ by Greater Empires (August 3, 2012)
As a whole, ‘Uneven Ground’ is one of the most relaxing chillwave songs I’ve heard. Similar to Slow Magic, but more elemental with added vocals and although the music may take the moniker of ‘chillwave’ the vocals do not. With the outgoing timbre of a 90′s pop rock singer (insert name here), Greater Empires gives more than just a soundtrack for life.