The Black Lamps recently released their debut album through Of National Importance Records. Today’s Dose is from the album.
“The Black Lamps are an alternative post-rock and ambient guitar band from Barnsley, South Yorkshire with a deep history. Members Greg Firth (bass), Dean Ormston (drums), Lyndon Scarfe (guitars and keyboards) and Liam Stewart (vocals and guitars) have played their part in many a celebrated band throughout the previous three decades” [bio]
Today’s Dose comes from Shirley Said, and is half of their double A-side Merry-Go-Round / Salvation out on March 23rd. Originally from the town of Latina, near Rome Italy, now based in London UK, the electonic duo are Giulia Scarantino – voices, synths & Simone Bozzato – guitars, electronics.
See Shirley Said live:
15 February: The Old Queen’s Head, London N1
26 March: The Finsbury, London N4 (official single launch party)
Edinburgh UK (via Oklahoma, US) indie artist Adam Howard, otherwise known as THE DUKE OF NORFOLK, released his debut album “Birds… Fly South!” this past February on the Mint 400 label, and while upcoming season is still a few months out, we’re happy to feature the excellent first single from the album ‘First Day of Spring’ here on the Dose.
We also hope your enjoy the corresponding new video which we’ve embedded further below. The track itself is described as standing in slight opposition to Ode to Winter, the 4th track on “Birds…”, and is about the relief that Spring brings. Adam wrote it on the first warm day after a hard winter they had a few years previous.
RIYL: Josh Ritter, Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Johnny FlynnDownload First Day of Spring HypeMachine
Five songwriters (Scott Rouse, Lizzie Clapper, Jason Vivrette, Ciara McAllister & Sean Alexander) who comprise Hidden in the Sun spent weeks secluded in the California Redwoods to create an ethereal debut album Seven Seasons. Today’s Dose San Francisco Blues is from the album, which was just released January 20th.
Mark Di Giovanni, otherwise known as PLASTIC HANDGUN, is an independent musician and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada who just released his first full album on January 11th that was composed entirely of experimental indie rock songs. “Involuntary Memories” was recorded over a 4 month period at the very end of this past year and touches on sub-genres like psych rock, post-rock and dream pop. He cited a few major influences in this endeavour, namely Animal Collective, Sunset Rubdown and Atlas Sound – as well as others.
The featured track “Introverts” takes the listener on an interesting ride, the seemingly symbiotic and dynamic musical layers leading toward the final moments as the surreal dreamlike world solidifies taking the song to wide-eyed heights into its final notes. Introverts is a stunning single, and we recommend partaking in the entire album, which can be downloaded through the band’s social sites below.
Album cover art by Cover art by Patricia Zimecki (anakami.com)Download Introverts HypeMachine
Vincent Colbert explores themes of pain, addiction and self-doubt on his debut EP, Stranger in My House released January 20, 2015. Stranger In My House encapsulates a phase in Colbert’s life after moving to Michigan where he felt uneasy in his own skin and uncomfortable in his own home. [GLG press release]
Not too long ago a Croatian native informed us there’s not much you can do in their town of Karlovac except for taking long walks by its rivers and apparently “recording songs about ordinary love.” This comes straight from the perspective of a local solo outfit, ‘Someday I Will Miss You’, who had put together two excellent tracks this past January (‘Hold On’ and ‘Dreaming’) and a third track dubbed ‘Winter July’, released a few months later in August. They are all presumably for the band’s upcoming debut EP which I don’t think had an official release date yet (as far as I can see).
Today’s feature, ‘Dreaming’ has a gorgeous languid build, an intriguing composition of synth meets shoegaze instrumentation that has the most satisfying payout to all those who drink up the lo-fi song in its entirety. You can also find a self-titled track and a work in progress through their Soundcloud page with more goodness to follow, no doubt.Download Dreaming HypeMachine
Reading UK five piece The Fleas have released Born To Run, a track taken from their Telling Tales EP, which will be out in April.
“The Fleas are a Reading-based five-piece who meld vintage influences and fresh grooves, landing somewhere between The Kinks and the Pixies. Their heady brew of expansive indie pop and funky folk-rock is elevated by an ear for inspirational melody, resulting in an irresistibly feel-good sound incorporating elements of The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Elvis Costello and Kirsty MacColl. Vocalist Piers peppers his lyrics with worldly wisdom, his voice embellished by gorgeous three-part harmonies from percussionist Bernadette and drummer Mannie, who, with Woody on double-bass and Chris on guitar, form an Anglo-Argentine backbone that infuses the band’s indie instincts with touches of Latin and jazz. The Fleas’ set at Manchester’s In The City was one of a hatful of sought-after festival slots, and the band have been aired on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio, as well as performing two sessions for BBC Introducing. A forceful live proposition to boot, The Fleas are one bug you’d do well to catch this winter.” [bio]
Today’s featured artist is Calgary, Alberta singer-songwriter Cam Penner and a track from his fifth quality effort, ‘To Build a Fire’. ‘Memphis’ is the sixth song on this stellar 10 song folk/americana release from 2013.
Cam’s songs look to come from the life experiences starting when at eighteen Penner left small town life to wander the highways and back roads of North America. A year later he found himself in Chicago serving mystery soup and stale bread to two hundred and fifty homeless men a day. Next, a women & children’s shelter, then youth shelters and detox centers, thirteen years. Cam would spend cathartic hours writing and playing his guitar, exorcising his emotions through music and eventually decided to become a full time touring artist.
His inspiring bio best states that ‘To Build a Fire’ is full of hope. It’s full of love. It’s electrifying and provoking. It’s full of everything we should be looking for, not only musically, but in life.Download Memphis HypeMachine
Huxtable are a 2 piece riff rock band based in Kilmarnock Scotland, formed in early 2014. The duo of Jordan Yates and Marc William Brown released their debut release as a mini-album in July called “We Are Huxtable”. The track dubbed “Attack” is from this first mini-album and is very solid effort, hitting a roaring level of musical urgency along the lines of RATM or even Cleft, and cementing their place among bands to watch in this next year.
The duo have just announced their first Glasgow headline show which will take place on 28th February at The Admiral Bar and it sounds like they’ve got a new EP release planned out and currently in the works. Be sure to check out the official video below and get the latest news at their following social links.Download Attack HypeMachine
Today’s Dose by London UK based The Vultures is from their upcoming album Three Mothers Part 1 which will be released on February 9 2015 on Ciao Ketchup Recordings. We’ve had a sneak preview, and its worth waiting for. It is a follow up to their double A side Vlad/Cancer (video for Cancer below) and has been described as “this sensual, sinister and proudly singular record is an orchestral post-punk masterclass in noirish songcraft.”
“The Vultures are an evenly split male/female sextet whose members descended on London from five countries spanning three continents. Comprising three-part vocals, cello, violin, viola, bass and drums, the band bonded over a shared belief that rock’n’roll has become stiflingly dull. The Vultures are anything but, eschewing guitars, synths and digitalism in favour of intense in-the-flesh performance. The group’s darkly gorgeous soundscape is sculpted from a broad range of material, encompassing influences from Bjork to Blondie, Serge Gainsbourg to The Pixies, and resulting in innovative and impassioned alternative songs that are set to contaminate the public consciousness in 2015.” [bio]
Katie Buchan (aka Best Girl Athlete) is a 15 year old female indie-folk artist from Aberdeen, Scotland. Her father, Charley was the pivotal inspiration to her musical career. Growing up watching her father perform in various bands, Katie had always played a part in offering critical comments for her father when he needed an honest opinion about his songs. Charley began writing for himself just over the last few years, anchoring his style in contemporary Scottish folk, and with Katie’s involvement has begun to veer towards a more pop direction, whilst firmly retaining that folk element.
Talk comes from Carve Every Word, Best Girl Athlete’s debut album, releasing in the United States under the Minty Fresh label. She’s got a forthcoming American tour in support, and a UK release to boot via Fitlike Records on 2nd March 2015.
[via A Badge of Friendship]Download Talk HypeMachine
“Rip-roaring country-punk sextet QUIET QUIET BAND [from London in the UK] have unveiled their eye-catching video for ‘Battery Human’ [below]. A thrilling concoction of raucous aggro-folk, ‘Battery Human’ is the first single from Quiet Quiet Band’s debut album ‘Low Noon’, which will be released in March.”
Walla Walla rock band Chastity Belt has just released the excellent featured single from ‘Time to Go Home’ the first full length for the label Hardly Art, seeing its release date in a few short months on March 24th.
Chastity Belt consists of four friends – guitarists Julia Shapiro and Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott, and drummer Gretchen Grimm. They met in a tiny college town in Eastern Washington, but their story began in Seattle where they packed into a cramped practice space and emerged with their debut album, No Regerts.
Recorded by José Díaz Rohena, the upcoming release of Time to Go Home sees Seattle four-piece Chastity Belt take the nights out and bad parties of their past to their stretching points, watch the world around them break apart in anticipatory haze, and rebuild it in their own image with stunning clarity before anyone gets hung over.
[via Hardly Art]
“Having already established a huge fan base within the synth scene, US-based electro synth pop duo, Crozet is back with a dreamy cover of I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen.
“An ode to the ’85 original, the track’s gentle drum beats and smooth vocals work perfectly over a video so effortlessly cool that it looks like it was taken straight from the Boss’s film collection.
“Beginning as a late night musical outlet during the last year of college for John Helmuth, Crozet was formed with the much needed help from long-time friend and musician Sean Lee. Creating an epic wall of sound, built out of huge drums, creamy layered synths, reverb-drenched vocals, and rich guitar tones, Crozet’s musical direction blends emotional John Hughes’ style film scores with an influential synth-pop background.” [press release]
Auditorium is the musical project of Los Angeles based Spencer Berger, and today’s Dose is his new single.
Spencer says “When I was a kid, I performed onstage from the ages of 9-12 with a variety of large, sweaty, golden-throated dudes like Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in front of thousands. Nowadays, I perform by myself in my bedroom in front of my old He-Man action figures. It’s not quite as grand, but it’s less sweaty, and a good deal more cozy.”
Gabe Reasoner of Cedar Rapids Ohio starting creating music at an early age, his first project beginning at five years of age when recording a cassette with his dad. From that point he caught the music bug and he’s been a part of numerous recordings and projects, the latest being ‘Hunter Dumped Us Here’, encompassing who Gabe is. He sent us a great quote to describe this newest project:
“I strive to bring a blend of emotional post-hardcore and singer/songwriter style, sometimes electronic and sometimes acoustic. This project is not just about music, it is about helping people get through times in their life where they need someone. With all instruments and vocals written and performed by me, listening to an album is truly capturing who I am.”
While HDUH released his debut, Ribcage in March of last year, followed by the Key EP in June, today’s featured song comes from the Split EP between Hunter Dumped Us Here and A Young Man. This song is written from the emotional viewpoint of a tree. The feelings of being born, raised, forgotten, cut down, and used, are feelings that are relate-able to real life. This song is meant to illustrate the full course that a tree may take in its lifetime. The song starts off as a seedling, steadily surpising the listener as the song takes on a life of its own during the growth of the song and progression toward the climatic core as the tree and story reach new heights. It eventually slows down again, discarded, used and ready for another seedling to be planted. Its a great idea and is conceptually well done.
Hunter Dumped Us Here is now undertaking work on a full length where he will poetically retell your stories of sadness through music. If you’ve got a good story to tell, please hit him up at the social sites below.Download The Life and Death of an Oak Tree HypeMachine
Oakland based Waterstrider just released, on January 4th, a new single, White Light. It is the first single off their upcoming debut album, as yet unnamed, and will be accompanied by Calliope as part of a AA side single to be officially released January 29th.
Melbourne songwriter The Outdoor Type writes of modern Australian suburban life. Sonically, a blend of alt-country guitars and analogue synth drones, his music is reminiscent of home-grown artists from the late 80’s.
We love this fresh new country-laced independent effort recalling the uplifting jangling sounds of Paul Westerberg or Real Estate, the quintessential type of music that best fuels those lazy sunshine filled summer or in this case, snowbound winter daydreams.Download Are You Happy HypeMachine
Today’s Dose is by Smoking Ghosts, “a 3-piece band suctioned onto the face of San Francisco with affiliate tentacles in Mexico City, San Jose and Brooklyn”. Its the opening track from their their album Flores de los Muertos available from BandCamp on a ‘name your price’ basis.
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