Twin Within consists of Steve McKay and Alex Samaras out of Hamilton, Ontario (CAN). Together their voices have a natural affinity beyond technical ability, and recall classic duos like Righteous Brothers, Walker Brothers, or Simon & Garfunkel.
Bernie comes from a place of discovery, with Steve McKay relaying, “Writing melodies and coming up with arrangements comes really easy to me, but writing lyrics is tough. When we were writing songs for this record, I was listening to a lot of Elton John and thinking about that whole Bernie Taupin lyricist-partner thing. It’s like it would be so much easier if somebody else would write the lyrics for me and I could just hammer out the hooks”. Describing the writing process, he continues, “We were going for a bit of a James Taylor vibe with the arrangement – it’s just an acoustic guitar, tic-tac bass, piano and floor tom. We specifically recorded this with a classical music engineer, Kirk Starkey, with the hope that he might pull a little more out of the acoustic instruments and the Church where we recorded. I think he did a pretty good job”.
Their debut record “Horizontal Lines” is out July 10th on Hidden Pony Records.Bernie HypeMachine
The new ten-song labor of love, “Points of Light” from San Francisco dream-pop three-piece SENTINEL arrived on June 2nd after a year-long effort of writing, recording, and mastering, which has really paid off.
The release comes at a great time close to the Summer Solstice and when there has been some really great planetary displays up in the sky during these warm summer nights. The album title and art aptly ties into the band’s album description on “how constellations in the stars are a form of connectedness to the universe. Like stars in these constellations, we are all individuals tied together by fate, love, struggle and loss to shape our stories, like shapes in the night sky.”
Sentinel keeps the mind actively dreaming across a number of exceptional tracks, with the rock solid instrumentation from Dennis and Billy and the lovely vocals of singer Tarabud helping tie it all together. Some of our favorites include the inspiring pop song, “Wonder Reeling”, a native american inspired wonder, “Yahmanee”, the Freddy Jones-esque daydreaming riffs behind “Shiloh Sky”, with a special nod toward a blanket of stars dreamt up in our minds eye listening to the guitar-work on “Voices Say”.
You can pick up the outstanding new album through Bandcamp and CDbaby at the provided links below. It’s printed on Earth friendly packaging, featuring our favorite album art to date, and designed by their drummer, Billy.
Happy 4th to all our listeners here in the USA!Counting Stars HypeMachine
The Silhouette Era’s second full-length, “Beacons” practically defines Northern California’s own brand of surf pop; not that of hot summer nights, but of freezing dawns and the sobering ennui that can only be found when you look, bleary-eyed out into an infinity of grey sky and ocean.
Carlos J Gonzalez is practiced in the art of saying goodbye. These ten tracks grapple with a whirlwind of death and heartbreak. Nothing could sweep through tragedy so sweetly as perfect melodies of wet guitars and Gonzalez’s subdued, airy vocals.
The record was produced by Jay Pellicci at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. It will be out this month on Breakup Records.Exhale HypeMachine
“In 1999, Neil Golden, a piano-obsessed, Beefheart-affected, South Carolina native, moved to Athens, Georgia, to play in a band, and it all started from there.” [from bio]
Matthew and Me is a singer-songwriter from Devon, England who recently released his first single ‘Patterns‘ last November 10. Today’s featured track is a slightly more downtempo version remixed by David Rowntree, but equally as compelling.
You will definitely also want to check out the new single ‘Kitsune‘ at the Soundcloud link further below. It followed the release of ‘Patterns‘ in late 2014 and is one of the best tracks we’ve heard in 2015 thus far.
The songs were reportedly recorded during DIY sessions in the bands hometown of Totnes.Patterns (David Rowntree remix) HypeMachine
“[…] The ‘Eyelid Kid’ EP is set to be out sometime in late 2015 following the consecutive release of a music video for each song. ” [band bio]
Thad Kopec released “Guardian”, the second single from his forthcoming EP The Ridge, on May 19th. A cinematic indie folk narrative with instrumentation at the core, the song chronicles the journey of a son in search of his father while “the guardian questions his motives”.
Sweeping horns invigorate the imagination, while a percussive fluidity pervades the instrumentals due to the addition of Alex Plasket on trombones. The addition of Molly Parden’s vocals bring out a mysteriously lovely element to round out the song’s depth. Kopec says, “I wrote the song with just an acoustic guitar, but once I started adding instrumentation, I realized there was a lot of room to just play with the sound and make it feel like a musical journey as well as a lyrical and emotional one.”
For fans of: Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Father John Misty
[via Green Light Go]Guardian HypeMachine
We’re huge fans of Albert Einstein here at the Network (well I am anyway) and when a band releases a single with the title which was his description of Quantum Entanglement, well it really got my attention. Check it out here on technologyreview.com
DIV I DED was created by multi-instrumentalist Filip Helštýn towards the end of 2013 along with lead vocalist Viktorie Marksová. The band’s sound is inspired by melancholic pop and lo-fi folk which subtly breathes through layers of bittersweet melodies and foggy guitar fuzz similar to the Creation Records sound.
Fleeting Youth Records also has a free compilation of 22 great tracks from the first-half of 2015 that you can get at by following the compilation link below.Late Awakening HypeMachine
Kotomi is the music project of Lauren Hillman, an electro-pop indie artist based out of the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. You may recognize the name as she has released several excellent songs of her own including a few stunning collaborative tracks with one of our favorite Canadian artists, Germany Germany.
Today’s gorgeous lo-fi pop single was released a few weeks back on the 2nd of June, and you can keep up to date on the latest on her newest efforts at the social sites below.Bright Side HypeMachine
“tiny cuts is the collaboration between film-maker AJ and music producer Gavin Bushell. Based in Wales, they create original tunes across a range of genres, including rock, pop, folk and indie.” [bio]
The album was recorded with orchestral arranger and director, Joshua Stamper, and mixed by Daniel Smith (Sufjan Stevens). An undertone of delicate vulnerability is delivered with a strength and measured veracity through graceful orchestration and experimentation, simultaneously expressing curiosity and wisdom.
For fans of: Laura Veirs, Natalie Prass, Joanna Newsom
[via Green Light Go]Quiet Moments HypeMachine
Formerly the voice of LA based indie-pop/Americana heroes, Last December—who rose to prominence in the late ’90s—Peter Argyropoulos collected numerous accolades for his songwriting and producing. Their music was (and still is) regularly featured on network TV shows and films. After teaming up with veteran producer-engineer Brian Malouf to co-produce Last December’s acclaimed 2007 full-length, “Hailstorm“, Argyropolous quietly began writing new songs for a solo project.
He eventually took on the stage name of Pete RG and honed his voice to a powerful deeper register, beginning the transition to becoming a more successful singer-songwriter. His excellent six-track “Lightning Strikes” EP was released earlier this year on February 9th, with an acoustic music video of today’s featured song embedded further below.Still Here HypeMachine
Today’s Dose by French Cassettes is from the compilation, which is to be released June 23, 2015
Pomegranates were a indie rock band based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 2006 up to about 2012 they issued three albums and three EPs, with a load of touring that went on between. 2012 saw the release of the fourth studio album “Heaven” with Austin based label Modern Outsider. From the looks of it they successfully funded the entirety or at least a good part of it through a Kickstarter campaign.
Today’s feature, the single “50’s” from the album “One Of Us” was issued on 10/26/10 via Afternoon Records. Sadly the group broke reportedly broke up in 2013 although their quality music still strongly lives on. It also appears they’ve been sending out some overdue Kickstarter packages in the last few months and they may still be playing the occasional secret show now and then. Anyway, enjoy the track and keep up to date with their periodic updates at their Facebook site below.50s HypeMachine
Today’s Dose is a single from their earlier released EP Celestial available for free from BandCamp.
23 Jun – NOTTINGHAM – Chameleon Arts Centre
28 Jun – SOMERSET – Glastonbury Festival (BBC Introducing stage)
01 Aug – DERBYSHIRE – Y Not Festival
Tiny Rhymes is a indie/chamber-folk group with members from Canada and Buffalo, New York. They are releasing the lead single “Arrows” as a free download off their upcoming album which arrives officially in one week on June 23rd.
Band lead Sharon Mok has always played piano, but decided to pick up the guitar for this current batch of songs, and set out to create melodies influenced by her childhood experience with both Chinese opera and classical music. While writing and recording in Buffalo, she met cellist Katie Weissman and they instantly hit it off. Weissman’s diverse technique and smooth, dark melodies added necessary dimension to the songs.
Check out the live performance of “Arrows” further below and several other great videos through their YouTube profile.Arrows HypeMachine