“Blinding Sights (Left Me Cold in the Night)” is off Yellow House's brand new EP, 'A Carnival of Fears', which chronicles the severe juxtaposition of expectation and reality in young adulthood. It is an intimate journey through the first contact with love, alienation, disillusion and politics. Emile van Dango (aka Yellow House) wrote, produced, and performed the album's tracks in his home studio by himself.
Compiled through years of home recording and writing, 'A Carnival of Fears' is an "all scars bared" approach to detailing a young musicians journey from teenage folky, to the fruition of a young man settled firmly in his unique unapologetic vision.
Yellow House is the recording project of Cape Town based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Emile van Dango. After years of venturing through the endless genre waves which flood the Cape Town music scene, yet never quite feeling at home, Emile instead opted to dream up his own unique universe.
Yellow House serves as the embodiment of all that Emile could sink his teeth into during his formative years as a young songwriter and producer. Having spent a couple years honing his craft as a folk musician, Yellow House carves out a broader space, a home of artistic experimentation and endless possibility -- a haven which currently exists as the headquarters for Emile’s new dream-pop/psych-soul visions.
"Flowers on the Moon" is more complex that it might seem on the surface. It's not just a dreamy pop song-- it's an invitation to imagine what we can't see. All of these different flowers-- visions, colors, and perspectives-- could exist together like they do in my dreams, but that's a world we have to build ourselves, from the ground up. We need to imagine, first, in order to create.
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, REIGHNBEAU is the work of visual and sound artist Bryce Hample. Frequent collaborators include Colleen Johnson (Twig Palace) and Madeline Johnston (Sister Grotto). The act concocts hypnotic tracks that incorporate heavenly, oft-wordless vocal melodies with swelling layers of melodic beauty for a very gripping effect. Middle Boop Mag described the sound as one that "shift and sift like sand between fingers - sinking through with an odd satisfaction and surreal beauty as you interact with thousands of grains of ancient earth and animals, ground into silt after billions of years."
REIGHNBEAU's new EP, Hide, was created alongside Madeline Johnston, who has been a longtime collaborator for several years. In the past two years, Johnston and Hample have performed live and toured together as REIGHNBEAU. Johnson's own project, Sister Grotto, has a new album coming out this year as well (Midwife). Her vocals feature throughout Hide, and the track "I Want Love" specifically is comprised almost entirely of her voice. The duo of REIGHNBEAU will be touring this fall.
As for the EP's self-titled track, Hample explains that - much like most tracks on the release - the song starts with human voice samples. "The title track started with my voice (me recording while improvising in my practice space) and developed fully when Madeline and I started rehearsing live for a tour," Hample elaborates. "The other songs all grew out of sounds from this song. The synths on "Grey" are my voice run through my guitar pedals. The compositions of "I want love" and "I don't want it" started with Madeline's voice."
The new track “Mysteries of Nature” speaks for Mouth Breather – politically, socially, passionately, romantically. A track that, like lighting at a dive bar, illuminates crucial features while still leaving many mysteries to be discovered. Mouth Breather released a new music video to accompany the song on YouTube.
“Mysteries of Nature” grew out of a funky bass-line I laid down while jamming with some friends last summer. Simple, yet catchy enough that every other part of the song just seemed to naturally fall into place. There wasn’t much planning that went into the video either. The director, William Wilkinson, and I used an old TV zoom lens and a sequin curtain to capture a glossy, zoom-heavy 70s visual accompaniment."
PILLARS is an American four piece indie rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed in early 2015 by guitarist/vocalist Marc Ertel (former member of Spicolie, The Bowels of Judas, Heathens) and bassist Nason Frizzell (former member of ReVera, Asking Autumn), they quickly recruited Justin Williams (former member of ReVera, Asking Autumn) and Zach Frizzell (former member of Anapparatus). Each member comes from various musical pasts and this diversity has fostered a unique sound that blends indie rock, post hardcore, and alternative rock. PILLARS have become very deliberate in pushing to defy the normal restrictions of a definable genre with renewed vigor and passion.
The Great Long Distance is an audible recollection of the first 12 months of a long distance relationship, including the highs and lows and moments in between. It is a journal without words, each of the 12 tracks representing each month respectively. Inspired by the format of NIN's "Ghosts I-IV", the album is a sonic tapestry of different moods and themes, with various recurring motifs and the subtle melding of synthesizer and samples; the result something not quite classical, ambient or electronic - rather, an eclectic blend of the three. For fans of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and later Ulver
In order to excel in the independent music industry, an act has to define itself as especially unique with a sound quite unlike anything else in the community. This is a tall order, one that isn’t easily filled by acts entering variations of rock music due to the immense amount of bands flooding the scene right now. Palehorse/Palerider, a “doomgaze” trio from Denver, has released an EP entitled ‘Burial Songs’ that does a surprisingly superb job at separating itself from the pack. Let’s delve into it.
Even though the independent rock scene is quite inundated with new acts, there’s always a welcome place for an outfit that changes the formula enough to be consistently interesting and worth taking notice of. The New York-based alternative rock group Voices from Deep Below attempts to do just that, fusing together a variety of styles into a surprisingly coherent sound. Their new record, “I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear”, is a five song album that navigates alt-rock, experimental, and borderline metal and progressive influences all at the same time.