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Phantastic Ferniture, “Gap Year”
heavy indie guitar propels this captivating song with vox that sound like Juliana Hatfield.
Sydney, Australia solo artists Julia Jacklin, Elizabeth Hughes and Ryan Brennan decided it might be fun to form a band while celebrating Jacklin’s 24th birthday.
Jacklin said: “Ryan never played drums in bands, Liz had never been a lead guitarist, Tom didn’t play bass and I’d never just sung before.”
Hughes added: “We wanted a low level of expertise, because a lot of good music comes from people whose passion exceeds their skill.”
Phantastic Ferniture’s self-titled debut album will be out July 27, 2018 on Transgressive.
Isla Craig , “Love Song”
–a gorgeous, meditative song with ethereal vocals and varied instrumentation with organ, saxophone, bass and synth. It’s a dreamy eclectic soundscape, a genuine auditory treat. I’m looking forward to hearing the entire album from the Toronto-based multi-dimensional vocalist and songwriter.
The Becoming, the third album from Isla Craig, will be released on June 22, 2018 on Pleasence Records.
- The Becoming
- Out Of A Dream
- Love Song
- I’m Lost
- Faraway Blue
- Who Am I
- The Becoming (reprise)
- Bird Of Paradise
- There Is A Hole
- Messages (garden Edition)
If you’re in the mood for some moody indie rock, check this out.
Singer/songwriter Salim Nourallah will be releasing a double-album, Somewhere South of Sane, this fall on Palo Santo Records. Nourallah calls it “the work of a functional crazy person.” The Dallas, Texas-based musician plans to put out four pre-album “bundles” that will include tracks from the album as well as previously recorded but unreleased material or acoustic re-workings of tracks from past albums. Each bundle will be accompanied by new online video content.
Bundle one, entitled North and set for release on June 1, 2018, will include a track from Somewhere South of Sane (“Relief”) as well as a re-recording of 2015’s “The Bullies Are Back” and the devastatingly beautiful “Totally Lost.”
Bundle two, entitled West, is set for release on June 29, 2018. Included on this release are two tracks that will also appear on Somewhere South of Sane – “Moving Man” and “Going Through The Motions,” as well as a bonus track from the album sessions called “We Were Made to Fall Apart.” The video accompanying this bundle is a clip for the song “Moving Man,” shot entirely by Nourallah’s 8-year-old and 14-year-old kids. It will premiere the week of June 25th.
“I took my sweet time making Somewhere South of Sane,” Nourallah says, “so I figured why not continue the trend and methodically enjoy the pre-release months? I also had almost an entire extra album’s worth of tracks I left off because a triple record felt excessive. I will be releasing that bonus material in each of the pre-album bundles we roll out.”
–a wonderful happy/sad song with cool bouncy beat and wistful vocals. The Brooklyn band’s new album, Sun Machine, will be out August 24, 2018.
Kalmia Traver – lead vocals/baritone saxophone
Alex Toth – trumpet/vox
Dandy McDowell – bass
Maddie Rice – guitar
Adam Dotson – trombone
Jenn Champion, “Time to Regulate”
–a beautiful collision of sweet vocals and deep beats from the Seattle indie pop artist. She said: “Sometimes you are sad and you just want to dance about it.” The full-length album Single Rider,will be released Friday, July 13, 2018.
If you like Amanda Palmer, you’ll like Eliza Rickman. The talented piano player, writes weird, dark and beautiful chamber pop songs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music and orchestration. Rickman is currently on tour. I saw her perform six years ago!
Sarah Blasko, “Read My Mind”
If you like Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos and St. Vincent, you might like Sydney singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko. Her sixth studio album is Depth of Field. She wrote this gorgeous, heartfelt and rather infectious song, “Read My Mind,” for her son.
Sarah said: “Read My Mind is about unspoken connections, the special ways we communicate with people we love. It was written about my son Jerry & the wonder experienced in getting to know him & looking after him when he was very small. It was as though he was not yet human, very primal, so switched on to me & I to him. We communicated in a very unique way. He spoke to me in a kind of half-speak that was so adorable & I felt like we understood each other perfectly.”
La Luz, “Mean Dream”
New video and another dreamy cool single from La Luz who are on tour now and will be at Once Ballroom in Somerville, Mass. on June 6, 2018. La Luz is: Shana Cleveland [vocals/ guitar], Marian Li Pino [drums], Alice Sandahl [keyboards], and Lena Simon [bass].
It’s a great year for GenX with so many fantastic artists and bands touring in 2018 . In August (my birthday month), CAKE and Ben Folds hit the road together for what seems like a solidly fun double bill. The tour kicks off in Boston at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, the best summer venue.
CAKE’s Vincent DiFiore said: “Ben Folds has been a friend to us, a tour partner in the past, and for a long time we have had great respect for him. CAKE is looking forward to expressing our identity through music this summer, and the chemistry of our evening together with Ben and his band will be an inspiring jolt for us and the audience.”
Ben Folds said: “CAKE — my rough contemporaries, comrades and heroes — to me, they make universal, poetic, identifiable music with a groove. I’ve learned a lot from these guys and I’m proud as punch to be on tour with them this summer.”
AUGUST TOUR DATES:
13 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
15 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
17 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
18 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
19 – Richmond, VA – Classic Amphitheatre
21 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
22 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
23 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bank Center
25 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park
“Sugar Still Melts in the Rain,” Sarah Mary Chadwick
–if you like Amanda Palmer, you probably like Australian visual artist and songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick. It’s a beautiful altfolk song with sparse piano and bold speak-singing which conveys heartbreak and emotional depth—“I float here on a cloud of pain but I would do it all again.” Sugar Still Melts in the Rain [Sinderlyn] is due out May 11, 2018.
“Rounded Sound,” Roxy Rawson
–Bay area artist and classically trained musician Roxy Rawson impressively fuses varied elements and vocal stylings for an artistic, eclectic result. She studied violin and piano at University of Paris VIII. Rawson’s vocals remind me a bit of St. Vincent. Her full-length album Quenching the Kill is out March 23, 2018.