Bio: Advent Horizon is a contemporary hybrid of 70’s prog and 90’s rock with a blues twist. Emerging from the local music scene of Salt Lake City, Advent Horizon mixes high energy performances with lyrical and original songwriting to create a unique musical experience.
We recently fine-tuned our search parameters on Twitter to dive into the morass of loose tweets and find some quality songs. THE LOSERS are four purveyors of such fine music from Greenville, Illinois, close friends who have put out a self-titled four song EP, currently free or name-your-price over at BandCamp.
This is a very promising debut, and we particularly loved the direction that ‘She Was Bad’ took throughout its five solid minutes of well thought out and somewhat dark lyrics with some excellent song structure. We foresee some very promising things for the band moving forward.Download She Was Bad
From Ufa in Russia, North Station describe themselves as an Indie funk/rock band. Their Bio reads: “There’s nothing really much to say about the band. We just started out. And I don’t believe that musicians need to describe their music. It’s music, you are supposed to listen to it. And you either like it or you don’t. It’s as simple as that. We believe that music must be free and it must be exposed not only locally but also worldwide through the magic of Internet.”
Yeesh: Because Johnny Depp Always Wanted to Be a Rockstar, and Because I’ve Always Wanted to Be Like Johnny Depp
Chicago post-punk band YEESH recorded this great single in Spring 2012 at Jennings Recording Studio, and released mid-June last year. They’ve also got a newer five song EP ‘Yeesh EP’ recorded earlier this year that was released in September (available through their store).
We came across this track on the excellent Verbal Rocket compilation #9 “Abbrasive Vignettes”, which you can get your little grubby hands on further below.
Today’s featured track was apparently released earlier in the year on June 3rd, and they’ve been kind enough to let folks also download their ‘BBATBC#1′ and ‘Courtside Baby’ EPs for free at the Bandcamp link that follows. Enjoy!Download Ylang ylang
Based in Huntington WV, Qiet is the artistic passion of Christopher Vincent, with co-conspirators James Maddox, Alasha Al-Qudwah, Lacey Hazel, Russell Snyder, Max Venoy and Raphael Godfrey, and they just released their new long player, Pet Driftwood. As Christopher Vincent plainly states: “The meaning of the album as a whole, is that often times we try to capture something and make it our property when that is far from its’ nature.” The Indie Song for all its catchiness is a parody of the current state of the indie genre where the “two chord songs with a lazy strum” are “tried and true marketing for the numb”.
Manhattan-based artist PT Walkley has a new album on the way early in 2014, but outside of this new project he is also an accomplished composer for film and television, having picked up the love for certain sounds early via the medium.
“It may sound strange, but I fell in love with the blues the moment I saw ‘Better Off Dead’ as a kid.” says Walkley. “Thanks to that movie, I heard Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” for the first time, and there was no turning back – I had to pick up a guitar.”
Like many modern composers, his early days were spent in bands traversing the congested NYC rock club circuit. A chance encounter with actor/director Ed Burns at a Lower East Side guitar shop led to the two becoming fast friends and Walkley becoming Burns’ go-to composer for a decade and counting, including work for Burns’ upcoming ’60s cop drama Public Morals (TNT). An adventurous composer, Walkley also writes all the music and voices several characters for hit Nickelodeon series Team Umizoomi and has crafted original music for Sesame Street.
If you like today’s excellent new feature make sure to drop a line at any of the links below and stay tuned for PT’s new album ‘Shoulders’ coming this upcoming February the 18th on Bathing Suit Music.
[via Team Clermont]Download Sirens
Cairo Fire formed from Side by Side (who we featured before) in Charlotte, NC. They just released their debut single “Bold & Beautiful”. They will be finishing an EP’s worth of material this year and touring extensively in 2014.
Day as #1 is the 2nd single from CHRISTIAN & THE 2120′s new album “Different Strokes/Different Folks”. Christian Smedström is always on the lookout for new songs, constantly with a notebook around and with new riffs up his sleeve. He has over the course of 25 years moved between genres from rock, to punk, stoner, blues and indie rock, continously moving in his ongoing search and development as an artist.
[via Birds Will Sing For You]Download Day as #1
‘Foreign Television’ is a one-man-band from Wales (UK), currently based in Moscow, Russia. All songs are written and recorded by Francis Allen. The project was born in 2011 when Allen, who had previously recorded instrumental music under the name ‘Snowmobile’, decided to take his music in a new direction, with the addition of vocals. The first ‘Foreign Television’ full-length album was released in October 2013. [Bio]
The album is available via BandCamp on a ‘name your price’ basis.
The Torn are from Doncaster in the UK. After producing their first music videos for the singles Tissue Of Lies and A Thousand Leeches [see below], the band are about to release their next single Take It, a demo of it is today’s Dose.
Nashville, TN based artist (via Baraboo, WI) John Paul Roney has recently released one of the best albums this year, a nine track self-titled debut that came out Nov. 22nd. We recently caught wind of one of his messages via Twitter and decided to download the free album from BandCamp.
Hard picked favorites include ‘Baby Teeth’, ‘Freshly Laundered Linen’ and of course ‘Clean Coal’, but it took several listens to even pick favorites as the album is solid to the core.
After downloading his album, make sure to give his video for ‘Baby Teeth’ a listen below, very creatively put together with some extra background audio FX thrown in to compliment the powerful visuals.Download Clean Coal
Adventuring their way across Europe these southbound Swedes now call Finsbury Park, London their spiritual home. After releasing two EPs and a couple of great self-produced videos (Basketball and I Found a Bike Today), Francobollo are now busy getting a series of new singles ready, which they are planning to release over next few months.
The first single is ‘We’re Going to Rio’, which was just released on Francobollo’s own label Moonshiner Records on November 25th. [via Sure Shot PR]
The Appleseed Collective offers up a tasty treat with their new single, “Pumpkin Pie,” and songwriter Katie Lee’s own special recipe to serve hand in hand at the dinner table during the holidays this year. The song will be available on their upcoming release, Young Love, due out January 21, 2014.
“Pumpkin Pie” serves up a silver platter of opposites attracting with a sprinkle of whimsical Andrews Sisters style harmonies, a dash of jaunty steel guitar and Dixieland rhythms, and an ounce of playful jabbing via a verse line character contrast. Lee sings, “We don’t match up like pumpkin and pie/But you’re the apple of my eye/Baby, baby, I’m sweeter on you/Than icing on a cake/So don’t you let my poor heart break.”
[via Green Light Go]Download some Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie recipe:
“Katie’s Easy Vegan & Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie”
For the crust:
2 cups crushed gluten-free snickerdoodle or gingersnap cookies (I like WOW brand, they’re soft and crumble easily)
3 Tbsp vegan shortening, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar
Combine ingredients and press into a pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes, just until brown.
For the filling:
2 1/4 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 cup full fat coconut cream (the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 Tbsp vegan “butter” (or coconut oil)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
Soften all liquid/oil ingredients. Mix the maple syrup and tapioca starch separately to thicken, then add them to all ingredients, adjusting spices to taste. Mix well, until fluffy and smooth. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. You may need to cover the crust edges about half way through to avoid burning as the pie bakes for a long time and the crust is already baked. Remove from oven when the filling seems firm, and let cool on a rack. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving. Enjoy with whipped coconut milk!
Currently based in The Hague, Netherlands, Say Yes Dog was founded a couple of years back by two Germans and one Luxembourg, Aaron Ahrends, Pascal Karier & Paul Rundel. The trio merges danceable synthesizer melodies with great beats, all brought together but Aaron’s warm vocals. [via Sure Shot PR]
Say Yes Dog release their debut EP ‘A Friend’ on December 9th.
Say Yes Dog are about to embark on a European tour. Here are full dates:
14.11 (NL) Amsterdam – Cafe Cox
15.11 (NL) Den Haag – Supermarkt
16.11 (LU) Luxembourg – MFM Festival
18.11 (DE) Landau – Unikneipe Fatal
19.11 (DE) Mainz – Schon Schön
21.11 (DE) Hamburg – Astra Stube
22.11 (DE) Stuttgart – 1210
23.11 (DE) Geldern – Seven
25.11 (AT) Innsbruck – Weekender
26.11 (DE) Köln – Blue Shell w/ When People Had Computers
27.11 (DE) Berlin – Privatclub w/ Chaplin
28.11 (DE) Chemnitz – Aaltra
29.11 (CZ) Decin – Musik Club Garage
30.11 (DE) Leipzig – Noch Besser Leben
01.12 (DE) Regensburg – Heimat w/ Asbjörn
02.12 (DE) München – Strom w/ Asbjörn
03.12 (DE) Bayreuth – Glashaus w/ Asbjörn
11.12 (FR) Paris – L’International
12.12 (DE) Trier – Ex-Haus
13.12 (DE) Offenbach – Hafen 2
14.12 (BE) Ghent – Glimps Festival
18.12 (UK) Reading – Oakford Social Club
19.12 (UK) London – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
17.01 (NL) Groningen – Eurosonic
Their bio explains ‘the album is a narrative of sorts, forged from the anxiety of growing old. It (the album) draws on personal reflections to create a story both unique and inherently universal.‘ Its definitely one of the best I’ve heard all year, with the warm vocals somewhat reminding me of defunct group, Jump Little Children. This release is solid from front to back, which is a rarity for anything we usually run across.
You can find downloads of a variety of tracks at Soundcloud and a full download of the entire special edition of the album at BandCamp, containing two exceptional bonus tunes. Highly recommended!Download Blizzard Baby
Young Braves are an English indie rock band formed in the summer of 2013 in Shropshire. Previously Arcade Parade, the band consists of Ollie Scott (lead vocals/guitar), Jakob Ferguson (lead guitar/synth), Elliot Scott (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Dan Byrne (drums/backing vocals).
Outside the apparent homage to My Bloody Valentine in the name, Japanese duo S/A/S/B/W/I have a distinct and ethereal synth pop sound that they’ve made their own. They’ve gone and released a six song EP ‘Asymmetry’ on November 11th, following on the heels of a debut EP and extra single since their formation in 2012. The new EP includes a few remixes as a well as a cover of the Mew song ‘Symmetry’, a must have.
Downloads are currently available at both Soundcloud and Bandcamp links below, including the featured single which has the one of the more interesting waveforms we’ve seen, cyclically drifting forward to the finale – very cool.Download Asymmetry
For those who missed Seander’s last record, “Til Death Do Us Apart”, it was hailed by Swedish critics who called it “shimmering, perfect pop”, “wonderful pop anthems” and “frightening and beautiful”.
[via Birds Will Sing For You]Download Shoulders
Slim Wray is a duo from Brooklyn, New York City, Chris Moran (drums/backing vocals) and Ryan Houser, aka “Howzr” (vocals/ guitar). They released their debut album Sack Lunch 11/12/13. [Looks good in US format, 12 Nov 2013 for most of the rest of us]