Garlands is a Dream Pop / Newgaze (Shoegaze) band from Oakland California formed in 2014 by Bay Area musicians, Lisa Light of The Lovemakers (Interscope) and El Elle and Mikael Johnston of Mephisto Odyssey (Warner Bros.) and Dresden & Johnston. Veering left of their collective pop and dance background, Garlands is an exploration of the liminal and subtle elements of sound and melody. Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star may, Bat for Lashes come to mind upon first taste, but there are many layers within. Two years in the making, the debut album features intricate poetries and plenty of velvet-covered hooks. Swedish mixer Hans Ollson Brookes (I Break Horses) completes the sonic palette with his faraway spacious touch.
As a song, 'Damn' is about the power play between two people. The magnetism, the seduction… It’s about desire and heartbreak, about someone who has a hold on you. Red Rosamond grew up listening to stars like Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Al Green & Tina Turner. Inspired by their work, with every song she writes, she aims to be true.
Dan Caine is a guitarist from Merseyside, UK, who creates atmospheric, soulful and emotive ambient & post-rock music. "Timelessness" is a collaborative album with Musicformessier, the alias of the talented Hungarian musician István Csarnogurszky. The album was released September 26th 2016 , and according to Wagner Hertzog at Merchants of Ai "It’s a marvellous journey, and a splendid work of art. The delicate sonorous poetry and the serene appreciative melodies we found on this album certainly make Timelessness one of the best guitar driven atmospheric albums of the year."
Fake Designers is a Post Rock instrumental project from Mexico City.
The band creates instrumental songs that, suddenly, at any moment, pass from completely quite moments to energetic and loud moments. There is no more intention in their sound than letting the listener to create his/her own stories or images by itself, without the needing of a lyric to drive their thinking. It is because of these features that the audience and media have called them "Mesmerizing music creators, fake ideas designers".
Fake designers worked along with the production support of a great musician Alex Otaola for the album "Silent Revolution"
Jackson Reed's debut solo album “The November Gales EP” is out on Deadplant Records!! It was engineered by Jonas Bonnetta at Port William Sound, mastered by Gavin Gardiner at Lacquer Channel and artwork is drawn by Kyle Field of Little Wings.
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.