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Film School: Heart Full Of Pentagons [mp3]

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There’s a lot going on inside a Film School song, and thankfully it all works. From leering, pulsing guitar to brooding lyrics, the San Francisco based band have captured a shimmering, seething, and triumphant sound. With a style many say is rooted in the tradition of 80’s new wave Brit rock, Film School’s latest album Fission is more energetically lucid and accessible than their prior work spawning likeable dance beats and sweetly melancholy harmonies. At times perhaps we feel a bit lost in the cacophony, but we don’t necessarily want to be found. Rather we’re content to ramble amidst their river rapid sounds unsure of, yet serenely excited for, where they’ll take us next. Read More »Film School: Heart Full Of Pentagons [mp3]

Loch Lomond Band

Loch Lomond [Feature]

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I’ve been searching for a “perfect for a fall day” sound for a while now and with Loch Lomond I just might have found it.

Based in Portland, OR, a music Mecca that seems to be brimming with promising artists these days, Loch Lomond’s songs are swept with some-what Scottish lilted melodies and covered in strings and chimes; their music flows with a capacity for a sound that is breezy and grounded, clean and complex.

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Kelley Stoltz

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Kelley Stoltz’s new single, “I Don’t Get That”, is something of another time. One listen and we find ourselves reeling in an era when music was intended to set us off; when the sun could be felt through the speakers. A simple, rugged guitar progression and centric sultry sixties throwback rhythm feed our appetite as the kind of warm and vagrant pop music we want to hear. It’s the type of song we would’ve stayed up late to listen to, hiding our radios under our pillows so mom wouldn’t know we were listening to that dirty rock music. Though his sound is not a huge divergence from the glory days of the Brit-rock invasion, Stoltz makes pop music the way it’s remembered and hoped to be. Read More »Kelley Stoltz

The Moondoggies: Fly Mama Fly [mp3]

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In moments we hear them: soft and simmering voices leaking in through an open window singing us goodbye songs for things we’ve needed to be released from for a long time. The latest single from The Moondoggie’s, “Fly Mama Fly”, captures for us a willowy breeze of quiet assurance. There’s no reason to hurry as lilting voices carry us through energetic guitar builds met with a hazy and dreamy sixties-esque progression. A song to bring us home, to encourage us to look around ourselves and make sure we like what we see. Clean and melancholy, “Fly Mama Fly” puts us next to a campfire under the stars capturing the all too familiar feelings of both disappointment and hope. Read More »The Moondoggies: Fly Mama Fly [mp3]

Jason Ward: Bless You [mp3]

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Jason Ward

Bless you my child, you were left out in the wild and I don’t think I can come for you this time. Simplicity is everything in Jason Ward‘s song “Bless You”, and it does wonders for the playfully stinging nature of the tune; it’s as if we can hear their smiles as they sing and send us away. There’s nothing to get in our way here, only unassuming lyrics and guitar chords leaving us the freedom to sigh and breathe. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s early songs of unapologetic dismissal, “Bless You” is as dizzying and determined as a magic hour windshield glare. There’s nothing treacherous here, only the leftover pieces of an unpleasant turn of events. A poetically disarming song, “Bless You” is an alluring part of a brilliantly precise and controlled album sure to uncover something determinedly broken in all of us. Read More »Jason Ward: Bless You [mp3]

Treecreeper: November 23 [mp3]

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Sometimes music just sounds better while lying on the floor. To lay in surrender of a song is powerful; in such moments we feel no need to move, the music moves for us. Such is the experience while listening to Treecreeper’s “November 23”. Lengthy tracks are hard to do well and though this one lends itself towards predictability in rhythm and direction, such simplicity does the song well creating for us a rough and raw landscape of emotions and experience. Read More »Treecreeper: November 23 [mp3]

Shiny & The Spoon: Shiny & The Spoon [Album Review]

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Shiny & The Spoon

There is something young and lovely about a ukulele. By its simple and unassuming sound we are taken to images of sun-lit woods and sweet-air beaches. We hear a ukulele and we know something good is bound to happen. Such is the spirit of duo act Shiny & the Spoon. Comprised of Amber Nash and Jordan Neff, the two Americana folksters work whimsically together in creating bare-boned songs of hazy nights and mellow mornings, sounds capable of churning loneliness into solitude. Read More »Shiny & The Spoon: Shiny & The Spoon [Album Review]

Uniform Motion: Pictures [Album Review]

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Uniform Motion

Something in the world has shifted because yet again I am finding myself setting aside the mastery of electric guitars and songs for slower, seemingly simpler sounds, such as those of the folk band Uniform Motion. While we miss out on their rock art concept of sketches and soundscapes created during live performance, we still manage to experience a layer of unfamiliar, emotional imagery not yet touched upon by the majority of folk artists. The acoustic guitar is doused with melodies reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez, yet the intimately wispy vocals are unique. Read More »Uniform Motion: Pictures [Album Review]

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