Though just starting less than a year ago, the upcoming Mall Walk EP reveals the band to already be compulsively listenable and exceptionally sophisticated. Just a few months after the band’s inception, the trio started working with producer-engineer Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Terry Malts) at San Francisco’s Ruminator Audio Studio to create an EP that is alternately infectious and gritty, spare and expansive, world-weary and inspired. The collaborative self-titled Mall Walk EP will be released tomorrow (October 14) via singer-guitarist Rob I. Miller’s small label Vacant Stare Records. My Old Kentucky Blog premiered the first track, Teen Missing.
Drummer Nicholas Clark and bassist Daniel Brown represent the muscle behind the EP, whereas Miller takes a deliberately restrained, tactical approach to guitar playing. On Teen Missing, the cyclical exchange between bass and drums promises something surfy and rollicking, only for the song to conclude with two minutes of anarchic guitar that subverts expectations considerably. With Treadmill, the band constructs a huge, immersive space with as little as possible while Miller describes life as a boring slog through semi-comical disappointments. Yet the repeated refrain, Life is just grand, I know, conceivably becomes less sarcastic as the band finds release within the song’s repetitive phrasing. The track that best represents Mall Walk’s maturity, the concluding Pales in Comparison possesses a simplicity and apparent effortlessness you typically expect from a band that is many, many years old.
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Run Boy Run are set to release their new album, Something to Someone, on 28 October.
In anticipation of the wait, the string heavy, bluegrass specialists have released their next single, Wild Bill Jones, which features some stellar string work and gorgeous vocals from multiple female voices.
The band uniquely features a few siblings (sisters, brothers) and has lots of fans. They’ve built up a grassroots following much like Trampled By Turtles did and the album was produced by producers Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers) and Jerry Streeter (Elephant Revival).
Having cut their teeth on numerous projects throughout high school and college, Atlanta natives Jason Travis and Joey Patino formed Sealions in an effort to reach through the apathetic din of modern guitar rock and grasp something inventive and invasive. Sealions draws equal inspiration from the fuzzy guitars of 90’s West Coast alternative, the bubbly synthesisers of English new wave and French house and the vocal harmonies of 70’s American super-pop groups. Joined by drummer John Craig and bassist/guitarist Keith Edmiston in 2009, the band continues to float genre lines unapologetically between dance and rock music.
Sealions Number One Lover EP artwork
Their newest release, Number One Lover, shows a new side of the band, a five song EP of the band’s catchiest tracks to date produced with the aid of Jason Kingsland (Band of Horses, Washed Out, Cults). Number One Lover EP was released today (9 September) via Atlanta collective Deer Bear Wolf. The striking video for first single Honey filmed over a weekend in a warehouse in Atlanta, has premiered on Gold Flake Paint. The blog says of the minimalistic video: “…creating a juxtaposition which instantly grabs, the brilliant song is constrained only to one dimly lit warehouse space, the exuberance of the rich melodies shown only through the stylistic performance of the lone dancer who twists, dips and weaves to every radiant hook and every pulse of percussion.”
The tracks of Number One Lover came together over a number of sessions in Atlanta in 2013 and represents a band at its creative zenith. “[Kingsland] is a great producer”, Patino says. “It took working with him to figure out how to be a rock band. That’s all we did growing up and I think we forgot what it was like to be a young kid thrashing on a guitar.” The opening synth salvo of Honey, the driving, propulsive beat—and thrilling, eventual riffstravaganza—of Luster, the otherworldly majesty of Thieves, the slow build dance party of Diamonds, the heartbreaking tear-jerk of Setting Suns; taken as a whole, Number One Lover is an infectious titan that toys with convention and embraces an affinity for dance.
On their debut album Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do, London trio Flowers, consisting of singer Rachel Kenedy, guitarist Sam Ayres and drummer Jordan Hockley, synthesise the kinetic energy and raw vulnerability of their live shows into fourteen deceptively simple pop songs.
Exploring the gamut of emotions that accompany coming of age, Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do’s tracks carry listeners from heartbreak to carefree happiness and everything in between. Do What You Want To, That’s What You Should Do will be released September 9 US via Brooklyn based Kanine Records and September 8 on UK’s Fortuna Pop!
Following the premiere of angelic track Joanna on Stereogum, the band has shared the beautiful and haunting video for the track which was composed of footage the band found on the BFI National Archive YouTube page. The video, using footage titled “When a False Step Means Death” from 1921, spotlights a woman named Marjorie Hillick, dancing across an uncompleted New York skyscraper with a smile on her face. The image juxtaposed with the heavenly and operatic sounds of the track make for an eerie yet striking viewing experience.
The band has also announced they will be performing at the 2014 CMJ Festival (all confirmed shows below). First, Flowers will have their record launch party September 8 at St Pancras Old Church in London.
Youth (Reissue) is a new version of Swedish indie pop band Simian Ghost’s 2012 widely acclaimed album, now with five additional bonus tracks.
Formed in 2011 by musician and visual artist Sebastian Arnstrom, the band’s debut album Infinite Traffic Everywhere topped the Critics Chart in Sweden. Now expanded to a five piece including brother Erik Klinga on drums, Mathias Zachrisson on guitar, Maja Agnevik on additional vocals as well as Wilhelm Magnusson on bass, the band has shared stages with Mount Kimbie, SBTRKT, Tony Buck and Niki & the Dove among many others.
The five new tracks onYouth, reissued by Austin’s Red Eye Transit, offer up more of the band’s signature sweet pop sound; from the honeyed harmonies of 2012 which recently premiered at CLASH to the joyful breeziness of Echoes in Your Heart, the new Youth tracks exhibit the musical qualities that have earned them the title of “one of Sweden’s most interesting pop acts to come out this year.” (Noisey).
Simain Ghost are celebrating the charming video for the title track Youth on The 405; the video was filmed during the band’s inaugural US trip to South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. To achieve the timelapse imagery, the band rented out a trampoline park for the day while the festival was going on and produced a bittersweet video that conjures up the feelings of the breezy summer ending.
Youth (Reissue) is out September 9 2014 on Red Eye Transit.