Psychedelia and shoegaze meet cowboy couture. Orville Peck is one of the year’s most exciting new artists, and he’s received critical acclaim and praise across the interwebs.
Throughout Smooth Big Cat, Stone continues the overly hazy, dreamy, late summer evening pop he gave us on that debut release. It stands on its own, though, still full of swagger but with even more standout tracks than before.
“I Don’t Need Love, I’ve Got My Band” sees Swedish band The Radio Dept. reissuing a compilation of two early EPs on their new label Just So Records.
Berman was known for lyrical prowess. He was the master at painting vivid pictures–happy, quirky, sad, heartbreaking–with this poetry and adding to it equally alluring instrumentation.
August marked the 20th Anniversary of the Cherubs EP from Arab Strap, the 12″ (which recently found its way into my collection). Twenty years, and I’m just one year into truly being an Arab Strap fan. What was I thinking?!?
For its 10-year anniversary, and a few years after the band called it quits, Famous Class Records reissued “Yeah I Know” by Darlings as a highly limited 150-copy release on hand-poured colored wax.
Could we be seeing a turning point for the band? (A band, mind you, that I would elevate to the claim of being within my top five bands of all time.) Hint: quite possibly.
The compilation is very well-rounded. The tagline dubs it “An International Garage Band Compilation”, which is quite suiting as the bands included span the continents.
This isn’t a single to blast loudly. This isn’t a song for the outdoors. It’s one to play on an overcast fall day, much like today. In a place like here, a small town in NW Washington where the wind blows heavy and rain streams down icy and cold. It’s solitary, isolated. Alone.
These connections we make can be easy in today’s world (especially if you land more on the middle-ground ambivert end of introversion, as I do), but knowing and understanding ourselves may very well be the greatest challenge of all.