Month: March 2016

US Tour dates and new music video from Cross Record

Back in January, Cross Record released their latest record, Wabi-Sabi. The record was exquisitely constructed but simultaneously pock-marked with raw, abstract beauty. One of the raw, abstract beauties is the track, “Lemon”, for which Cross Record recently released the music video for. The track is centered upon the process of a fruit, like a lemon, withering, wrinkling and drying up in the sun. The music video, directed by Andrew McGlennon, conveys this same process but likens it to the wrinkles on an old gentleman’s face.

 

Cross Record will kick off their spring tour near the end of April. For MFL’s review of Wabi-Sabi and all Wabi-Sabi-related information, go here!

Cross Record Tour Dates
Tue. April 26 – Lawrence, KS @ Love Garden Records
Wed. April 27 – St. Louis, MO @ Heavy Anchor w/Baby Baby Dance With Me and Accelerando
Sat. April 30 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Mon. May 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Tue. May 3 – Iowa City, IA @ Trumpet Blossom
Thu. May 5 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers w/Simon Joyner and David Nance
Sat. May 7 – Fort Collins, CO @ The Wolverine Farms Letterpress and Publick House
Wed. May 10 – Portland, OR @ Analog Café w/ C^ves
Wed. May 11 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Fri. May 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Sun. May 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg w/Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
Wed. May 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Ocotillo Room
Fri. May 20 – 3TEN ACL Live

New music video and tour dates from Seattle’s Rock Votolato

Rocky Votolato is an indie/folk singer-songwriter who hails from the fog and green of beautiful Seattle. Votolato has been performing, touring and writing songs for the past two decades, initially under the name of Waxwing. In 2006 he released his first record, Makers, under his own name. Fast forward 10 years and he’s now releasing his latest EP titled, Sawdust and Shavings. According to Votolato, the concept of the EP is “casting out our demons” and realizing that there is “light at the tunnel of these songs.” Sawdust and Shavings is a record full of hope, made for healing and created based on the fact that from tough experiences, we can extract something beautiful, “a sense of purpose.”

Last month the music video for the title track, was released. The track itself hearbreakingly and hauntingly beautiful with the video in perfect compliment. The video was directed by Luca Lucchesi who worked with director of photography,  Sönke Hansen who settled on an old bunker in Berlin for shooting the video.

‘Let love be your only teacher’

 

The Sawdust and Shavings EP came out on March 11th and is available on iTunes, vinyl/cassette and Bandcamp.

Rocky Votolato is currently touring and you can catch him in these locations:

Shows

Get drunk on Colourwaves’ new single, “Night Boat”

Ryan Dodson of Sydney, Australia is the man behind Colourwaves and the origin of the musical genre, “drowse-pop.” The project began in 2011 and has been blossoming ever since, earning recognition by Triple J and PBS and support from musicians like Willow Beats and HTRK.

Earlier this year, Dodson released the first single, “Archons” off of his upcoming EP. Just last week, he released a newer single titled “Night Boat.” The track gently seeps into your ears, drenched with synths and drum machines. The intoxicating sounds of “Night Boat” seem to call to you from a dream, somewhere distant.

 

Stay tuned as the Colourwaves’ newest EP is due out this April.

New vinyl-exclusive single from SWIMM: “Mind’s Eye”

After the highly successful release of their latest EP, Beverly Hells, a fall tour with Young Empires, Bright Light Social Hour and Dr. Dog and well-received performances at this year’s SXSW, LA duo, SWIMM, has some how found time to write another song. Last week they announced the release of a vinyl-exclusive track titled, “Mind’s Eye”, which you pre-order now! It’s official release date is April 8th.

“Mind’s Eye” is decked out in SWIMM attire: bass guitar layered on thick, psychedelic melodies, beachy percussion and a ridiculously catchy chorus. The track screams something on all our minds, SUMMER!

Check it out:

New record out now from existential poppers, Delta Will

Delta Will is an existential pop group out of Toronto who makes music the way they want to make it. So many genres are blended in their truly unique musical offering: 80’s synth pop, electro, indie rock, experimental, psychedelia. I hear the likes of M83, Antony and the Johnsons, Alt-J, Depeche Mode, Joy Division and sounds from bands that have yet to exist, sounds that are completely unique to Delta Will, as they are their own.

The Toronto group is composed of Brandon Johns (keys, synth, bass), Charles Tilden (vox, guitars, samples, drum machine), Milan Schramek (bass, guitar, vox) and Lowell Whitty (drums). Delta Will began as a solo bedroom project with Charles Tilden releasing the initial EP (Transcendental Visits) in 2012 and then a followup EP (It All Glows) in 2013 in collaboration with Lowell Whitty on drums. Now the group now a foursome, released a full length titled, Weathering, on March 18th.

Weathering is a record based on exploration of consciousness, the state between dreaming and awake. According to the band, they want their music to induce an “out-of-body experience, as though we are floating around, calmly observing the world.”

Enjoy the view now. Weathering is available on Bandcamp and iTunes.

 

New music video from punk trio, B Boys: “Get a Grip”

B Boys are “three psychos” who throw their Dada-inspired music at their listeners at breakneck speed. Their EP, No Worry No Mind, now out on Captured Tracks, features 8 high speed singles that leave no room for catching one’s breath but who needs to breath when they’re listening to B Boys? No song on the record is longer than three and a half minutes and most are under three. Blink your ears and you’ll miss them.

They recently released an accompanying music video for “Get a Grip” that features a series of individuals whose eyes suddenly glaze over and they become distracted by flickers of the same image: a painting of a brightly colored waterfall that runs within it’s frame.

 

You can purchase their record, No Worry No Mind on iTunes andBandcamp.

And check them out on tour this spring!

03/25 BROOKLYN, NY – SHEA STADIUM#
04/29 BROOKLYN, NY – UNION POOL^
05/01 BOSTON, MA – THE MIDDLE EAST
05/02 WINOOSKI, VT – THE MONKEY HOUSE
05/03 MONTREAL, QC – CASA DEL POPOLO
05/04 TORONTO, ON – CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
05/05 DETROIT, MI – DONOVAN’S PUB
05/06 CHICAGO, IL – BEAT KITCHEN
05/07 ST LOUIS, MO – SINK HOLE
05/08 BLOOMINGTON, IN – THE BISHOP
05/09 COLUMBUS, OH – THE SUMMIT
05/10 PITTSBURGH, PA – BLACK FORGE COFFEE HOUSE
05/11 PHILADELPHIA, PA – UNION TRANSFER*
05/12 WASHINGTON, DC – 9:30 CLUB*
05/13 CARRBORO, NC – CAT’S CRADLE*
5/14 SECRET SHOW
05/16 NASHVILLE, TN – MERCY LOUNGE*
05/17 ASHEVILLE, NC – THE MOTHLIGHT*
05/18 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – THE JEFFERSON THEATER*
05/19 BALTIMORE, MD – WIND UP SPACE
05/20 NEW YORK, NY – WEBSTER HALL*

# WITH YUNG
^ WITH WALL & RIPS
* WITH PARQUET COURTS

 

Album Review: ‘Love is a Fridge’ by Me and My Drummer

Me and My Drummer is the work of German duo, Charlotte Brandi and Matze Pröllochs. The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey was their bold entrance into the music scene in 2012, earning them a reputation for creating shimmering electronic and ethereal sounds. Now they have released their latest masterpiece, Love is a Fridge. The record was put together thoughtfully and carefully, from lyricism and instrumentals to production. The record was produced by Olaf Opal (The Notwist). Together, the team created an album that is both sensitive and powerful, introspective and explosive, abstract and concrete.

The record opens with the subtle but dramatic beauty, “Lancelot.” It was this track that sold me on the entire album. It is a pure and gorgeous introduction to the sonic journey that is Love is a Fridge. The following track couldn’t be any different than “Lancelot.” “Gun” is an upbeat, twinkling pop track that opens up as the song progresses until it becomes a ballad with lyrics that every woman has thought at some point:

 All the women that are wondering what you’re up to tonight, let me tell them that you’re just not worth the fight.

I love that line.

Me and My Drummer really explores the electronic soundscape, utilizing interesting sounds, harmonies and rhythms on Love is a Fridge. Tracks like “Easy on Me” and “Tie Me Bananas” showcase the curiously attractive knack the duo has for this exploration as does the tribal and galvanizing, “Prague I & II.”

 

The latter half of the record comes in stark contrast to the first half which is rich in electronic, asymmetric cadences. This second chapter of Love is a Fridge begins with the undeniably gorgeous, haunting, and pungent piece, “Blue Splinter View.” It errs more on the side of folk and Americana, Brandi’s voice soaring higher than ever.

My boy please take care, kittens like you always land on their feet.

 

 

It almost sounds like a different record but this is something I adore about Love is a Fridge: the unambiguously diverse quality. Within this diversity remains the shimmering quality of Me and My Drummer, so, despite “Blue Splinter View”, “Nuts” and “Grown Up Shape” having more moments of folk-inspired sound, you can still tell they belong to Me and My Drummer.

Love is a Fridge is out now on Sinnbus. Purchase it on iTunes and Bandcamp.