“Human” by electronic songstress, ECKOES

“Human” is a gorgeous conglomeration of the joy and pride in what it means to be a human, mixed flawlessly with an incredible sampling of genres and profound clips from Maya Angelou’s poem, “I Am Human.” ECKOES’ newest track, “Human”, is sure to satisfy a spectrum of music listeners with a variety in taste.

 

 

Catch ECKOES playing this May :

12th May –  Gigslutz: Get In Her Ears Night, The Finsbury, Manor House

20th May – Vegfest, Bristol

and follow her on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, Instagram and her official website. 

Norwegian female trio, I See Rivers, releases latest single: “DA RAM”

Th gals, Eline Brun, Gøril Nilsen, and Lill Scheie, call their newfound genre, ‘float pop.’ You’ll understand it when you hear it. Genre appropriately named, their newes single, “DA RAM”, is loaded with fantastic harmonies and glittering instrumentals that most certainly give their music a ‘floating’ sound. The video is a piece of eye candy, similary equipped with glitter, bounce, and an overwhelming sense of peace at it’s end. Check it out:

 

 

I See Rivers is releasing their first EP, Standing Barefoot, next month (April), keep your ears peeled and in the mean time follow them on Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Fake Guns’ new single: “Green”

Fake Guns’ new single, “Green”, is a wild rock track that, true to Fitts’ songwriting ability, is ridiculously infectious. Fake Guns at first remained mysterious but now we all know who is responsible for the monstrously delicious indie rock they’ve been cranking out. Fake Guns is the work of Alex Fitts (of the Kickdrums, see our interview here) and Chris Wall. Following their previous releases, “Yellow” and “Blue”, the duo is back with another color of the rainbow, “Green.”

Interview: Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt

I had the pleasure of interviewing a somewhat mysterious musician, whose name I will not reveal to you but, whom creates indie folk-rock music with a refreshingly unique perspective. His musical moniker however, he is quite proud of. Inspired by a random line of text picked up from the Kurt Cobain journals, this San Diego-dwelling musician settled on the band name, Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt. Check out our interview below!

 

MFL: First off, I’ve been dying to know more about your band name! Tell me the story.

Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt (HHC): Story goes….I had signed my first album to a small label (Gulcher) before I had ever settled on a name and was really struggling to think of one. I had some really awful ones in mind at the time. I would have been 18 and was going through the Kurt Cobain journals and found the phrase “hypocrite in a hippy crypt” somewhere in there. I thought the imagery was hilarious and it really stuck out to me. Most people seemed confused by it or thought it was a very hipster title. LA weekly put it on a “worst ironic indie band names” list or something stupid like that.

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MFL: I see your based in San Diego now. Where did grow up and when/how did San Diego become your home?

HHC: I grew up In the Midwest and learned all things music there. I came out to San Diego almost 3 yeas ago and have been living with overpriced rent and beer ever since.

 

MFL: Are you a one man band? You say “we” but also say that the band is made up of one dude! Explain, I’m curious!

HHC: I’m a one-man band. I’ve written all the songs and have been running it all these years.  But I have had some friends play on albums. A good friend helped me record, produce, play piano and what not on Tweaker In the Park. Tweaker Two has that same friend along with another friend on drums. Better Days was all me I guess. New Friends has a beautiful sounding singer named Katy Kirby. It’s nice to throw some people in there and get their ideas on songs.  Also it makes yourself not look as weird if you say “we” in emails.

 

MFL: What is it like to be a musician in San Diego?


HHC: I moved to San Diego about 3 years ago and honestly it’s not the best scene for music. The mindset is…If you are really good and ambitious you go up to LA…. if you aren’t (don’t have the balls or lazy I guess) you stay in San Diego. It’s the kind of city that people move to and can never leave. Not to say it’s a bad city at all, but people get stuck here and refuse to leave even if opportunity is calling. Also there aren’t really any local labels here and some of the typical local music scene traditions don’t really exist as much.

 

MFL: When does the inspiration to write music usually strike?

HHC: It used to come from heartbreak or from random interactions. A lot of songs about lovers and the confusion that transpires. A lot of songs came from coming home drunk from a party and writing about the people I met there or the situation that happened. Most songs of mine have a small once of truth behind them. It gets a little bit harder these days and it’s a bit more calculated I guess. I really enjoy mixing morbid and upbeat concepts. I try to look for that mix in all aspects of life and put it into music.

 

MFL: How did sales go for your “New Friends” single? Sounds like you had a pretty sweet little package all set up! I’ll buy one if there are still some left!

HHC: uhhh It went good I guess. The label was willing to do a really cool release so I went with it. Stickers and buttons along with a really unique package that technically could function as a post card (if you get it you’ll understand by looking at the front and back). Still a few copies at my website. (https://hypocriteinahippycrypt.bandcamp.com)

MFL: Who are your musical inspirations and do they influence your music?

HHC: It changes over time. I think that as I was first starting to write and especially during my younger years certain artists really inspired me. So much to the point I would write songs similar in their style with little references here and there. Now days it’s a bit more self inspired. But a band that’s really doing it for me is Big Star.
MFL: Do you have plans to write another full length any time soon?

HHC: I don’t know. I have the songs and ideas. It is a lot of work. I had the idea to record an EP of all Piano songs. I have a few I have been writing like that. I have some studio time booked at a place my friend works in late March to just get some songs properly done so we will see.

 Thank you to Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt for interviewing with MFL! Be sure to follow him on Bandcamp and Facebook for more releases. 

Single premiere from Izzy Heltai: “Not Eden”

Izzy Heltai is a Boston-born folk singer now based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. With a rich and healthy reputation as a folk singer in his area, he fills his months with tour dates across the East Coast and Midwest. Today he brings us his latest work, “Not Eden.” It is part of what will be a solo release later this year. The track features the simplest melody and most basic guitar strumming, but the gorgeous vocal harmonies and beautiful poetry make up for any lack of complexity. There is a sense of sadness in “Not Eden” but it is not overwhelming. It leaves the listener hopeful, something we all need at this time. The track premieres today on Sounds and Tones Records.

 

 

Follow Izzy Heltai on Facebook and his official website and purchase his previous release with Secret Creature on iTunes.

 

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Album Review: “Rock and Roll Bye Bye” by SKATERS

As a listener, you don’t really know what to expect when the opening track begins. It’s soft, simple, echoes in the back of your mind. Then it explodes, and blasts full speed ahead. You know you’re in for a wild ride on SKATERS’ sophomore full length, Rock and Roll Bye Bye. The trio is based in NYC and recently parted ways with Warner Brothers record label to take full control of their musical product. The new LP which is due out March 24th is going to be released on the band’s own label, Yonks Records.

 The opening cut, “Just Like Your Mother”, bleeds into the hippy dippy psych-rock track, “Northern Soul.” The track rides like a smooth wave, swaying the listener back and forth, eyes closed. But, at the same time it maintains a raw quality, a bit of an edge, gritty guitar and sandy vocals, smoothed over by psychedelic strings and fading out hand claps at the end.

“Head on to Nowhere” has a bit more of a grunge feel and retro rock tune, “Song 19 (Revisited)” is short and sweet, highlighting the true diversity in sound on Rock and Roll Bye Bye. Slower tracks like “Restless Babe” and “I’m Not a Punk” offer clever lyricism to make up for the lack in speed. “I’m Not a Punk” is a sweet little ballad where the band pleads, “Come on man, I’m not a punk! I’m a punk rocker,” as these two characters really are different.

My personal favorite on the album is “Respect the Hustle.” The track has a lighthearted darkness (yes this is possible) to it, and pushes the bands focus to a more electronic feel. They sing:

 

New York, New York, New York, New York

Is the city of dreams.

Some come from far and wide to see what that means.

It’ll take your heart out just to see how you bleed.

New York, New York, New York,

It’s a heartbreak machine.

 

Deep, gravely vocals, sliding electronic beeps and boops, and interesting chord progressions make the track a unique listen.

The record rounds out with the penultimate title track, perhaps paying homage to the infamous chamber choir vocals of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones and finishes with the single, “In Your Head.” The accompanying music video follows a young teenage girl who wanders through a rainy town, dancing, kicking and stomping in frustration but at moments expressing pure bliss and resolution. The video captures the complicated innerworkings of the human mind:

 

 

 

The LP leaves you feeling satisfied and refreshed, not bored or exhausted from listening to the same genre for 12 tracks. The full spectrum of rock-related genres is visited and at the start of each track, you don’t really know what you’re in for. Give SKATERS’ upcoming LP a chance because, they’re not punks! They’re punk rockers! Rock and Roll Bye Bye is due out March 24th on Yonks Records and you can pre-order on iTunes now.