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new music: Swarming Branch; Luca D’Alberto




Swarming Branch, “Zsazsur’s Real Estate Song

Upbeat, catchy and quirky single. I get a bit of a Folk Implosion and OK Go vibe from this Columbus, Ohio based experimental electro/indie/folk project of singer/songwriter Andrew Graham, drummer Lon Leary and a rotating group of collaborating musicians. The new album from Swarming BranchSurreal Number— (SofaBurn Records) is out now. The album was produced by Rob Barbato (Drinks, Kevin Morby, Peaking Lights).



Luca D’Alberto, “Endless”

Full throttle new wave classical music in this gorgeous, atmospheric song. Luca D’Alberto is a classical composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist [violin, viola, violectra, cello and piano] from Italy. Endless [7K!] is out now. The album was produced by Martyn Heyne (Nils Frahm, Lubomir Melnyk, Peter Broderick, Tiny Ruins and The National).

About the album title, Luca said: “Endless is a secret place, a place where we can be free to remember everything, without being afraid, without limits. A place where we can let go of ourselves, without thinking, where we can allow our bodies to rest peacefully and find the courage to live the noisy silence of our lives.”

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new music: Connor Desai; Thayer Sarrano


Connor Desai, “Killing the One Who Believed in Your Love”

— comfortable, soulful vocals combined with meaningful lyrics provides candor and intensity in this song about a woman’s independence and self-identity. Desai explained: “The decision to reclaim oneself often requires women to grieve someone who is still living, or an ideal which was part of them.”

Connor Desai earned a masters in teaching and works as a music teacher. The Seattle-based musician’s new EP, Sister, is out now. Feminists take note.


Thayer Sarrano, “Thieves”

Thayer’s vocals sound a lot like Hope Sandoval and the song’s arrangements may remind listeners of Mazzy Star. The ethereal, swirly music instantly takes you to emotional depths both gloomy and exquisite.

Athens, GA-based psych/shoegaze/dream-pop artist Thayer Sarrano grew up in a seminary as well as the swamps of southern Georgia. Classically trained as a child, she writes poetry and instrumental compositions. She started collaborating with friends and worked as a studio/touring session player with of Montreal, Dead Confederate’s T. Hardy Morris, Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven, Dave Marr, David Barbe, Kuroma and more. Her new LP is called Shaky.

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new music: The Ladies of the Night; Parson James

The Ladies of the Night, “Sad Time for Music”

Margaret Cotton’s potent and gloomy vocals [parts Garbage’s Shirley Manson and parts Lykke Li] combine with a meditative melody for this gorgeously reflective and intriguing song from the southern California band. It’s a song which reflects today’s popular music. Bassist James Turner stated: “We want to continue where the great songwriting left off in the late 70’s. Musically, only rich songwriting can give you goosebumps.” Under band interests on its Facebook page: Cunnilingus. Coffee. Cannabis Vapor. Classical Music.

The Ladies of the Night is:

Buddy Price: Lead Guitar
Margaret Cotten: Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
James Turner: Bass Guitar
Al Wilde: Keyboard
Melvyn Grant: Drums

Parson James, “Sad Song”

The soul pop artist’s catchy new song addresses the realities of a relationship not working out. It’s about being yourself and being confident in yourself despite heartbreak. It’s a positive affirmation that not every relationship works out and it doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you if it doesn’t. “And you were no good for me and I was no good for you.” Parson James shines with crisp vocals, an impressive vocal range and cool song crafting.


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new music: Liam McClair; Art D’Ecco

Liam McClair, “Hunted”

Honest, heartfelt and gorgeous folk pop song.  Confident and honest vocals reach in to grab you hard and not let go. You’re in it with Liam McClair. He’s got you.


Art d’Ecco, “She’s So Hot”

Supercharged song which blends 12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitars, moog synths, and a horn section. packed with flair and attitude. the single is off Art D’Ecco’s debut album Day Fevers. For the past three years, Art d’Ecco has lived in a cabin on the Gulf Islands, a remote group of islands off the coast of British Columbia, Canada and Washington state. d’Ecco He started working for his father’s business and embraced the semi-isolated lifestyle. When he began taking care of his grandmother, who has dementia, he played piano for her. This drove him back to songwriting.

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new music: George Sarah; David Trull

George Sarah, “Min and Sarah”

Just the relaxing, exuberant song I need right now. Exquisitely emotional, positive vibes and pure art. A talented Los Angeles electronic composer and multi-instrumentalist for 30 years, George Sarah has scored 28 episodes for the Discovery network. What a lovely, perfect pairing. He creates songs using a bank of synthesizers and drum machines as well as a trio of live strings. Gorgeous. The upcoming EP Min and Sarah [Flat Field Records] is out June 17, 2016.


David Trull, “Dark Magic”

Honest bluesy folk from St. Louis based indie singer-songwriter David Trull. Soulful vocals and melancholy arrangements effectively swirl about on this track from Trull’s debut album Coin Toss. For creative inspiration, Trull quit his office job to tackle the Camino de Santiago– an ancient 500 mile pilgrimage route across France and Spain. This song makes you want to wander about and admire your surroundings. To be in the moment.

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new music: The Stooges’ James Williamson and The Bellrays’ Lisa Kekaula colloborate on new single


Genuinely sweet and unexpected when a renowned punk rocker comes out with a gem like this one. The Stooges’ James Williamson joined forces with The Bellrays’ Lisa Kekaula for “I Love My Tutu.” The song combines world beats and reggae. Tutu is a Hawaiian word for grandmother and this song celebrates the relationship between grandmothers and grand-children. The B-side “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are” was inspired by the children’s classic book Where the Wild Things Are. Proceeds benefit homeless children in Hawaii via Project Hawai’i. The 7″ single will be released on vinyl on June 17, 2016. Pre-order here.

Of the single, James Williamson said: “I wrote ‘Tutu’ one day while playing ukulele for my own granddaughter and finished the lyrics with my wife over the weeks to follow. My family and I spend a fair amount of time on the Big Island of Hawaii and have a first hand understanding of the deep relationship that children have with their Tutu’s in Hawaii. I wanted to have Lisa Kekaula sing it not only because she is a fabulous talent, but also because she is part Hawaiian herself and, in fact, her niece and nephew (who live on Maui) are the kids singing backups at the end of the record.”

Williamson plans to release more singles this year.

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new music: My Gold Mask; The Philistines

My Gold Mask, “Connect”

If you like Dum Dum Girls, Metric and Chvrches, then you’ll definitely like electro-pop trio My Gold Mask. Dance-y beats with introspective lyrics. This black and white video suits this song about finding one’s place [“sometimes I wish I could disappear”] when one battles anxiety or anything that makes it complicated and challenging. More often than not every one of us feels that we just don’t fit. My Gold Mask masters that upbeat/downbeat thing perfectly. A brew of sounds, a tempest of emotions. pure and true. The Chicago-based band’s album Anxious Utopia [Moon Sound Records] is out now. Also interview from three years ago.

My Gold Mask:
Gretta Rochelle (Vocals, Percussion)
Jack Armondo (Guitar, Vocals)
James Andrew (drums)


The Philistines, “A Twitch of the Death Nerve”

Superb band name. superb song name. Definition according to Webster’s II: Phil-is-tine n. 2. A smug, materialistic person, esp. one who is indifferent to artistic, cultural, or intellectual values. Every artist’s nightmare. Those people that say they aren’t “into music” or that they “don’t read.” Come on! How is that even possible? Now the title. Being the weirdo over-educated, under-employed woman that I am, Already have bachelor’s in English/ Political Science and master’s in Journalism and then attended several semesters of nursing school and earned an associate’s in Medical Assisting. So according to Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary a nerve is: “A fiber made of linked neurons that transmit electrical and chemical signals between the central nervous system and body tissues.” If there were such as a thing as a death nerve, you can imagine how unsettling and painful a twitch of it could be.  This song is impressively guitar-heavy, layered, lush and psychedelic. The chorus: “How does it feel. How does it feel. Baby do you or don’t you?” is totally grooving. The six-band band from Kansas City blends old-school melodies with new-fangled arrangements making its sound super fresh.  The Philistines album The Backbone of Night [The Record Machine] will be released on May 27th, 2016.

The Philistines: Kimmie Queen (vocals); Cody Wyoming (guitar/vocals); Michelle Bacon (bass/vocals); Steve Gardels (drums); Rod Peal (guitar); Josh Mobley (keys)

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