I release "Sonder" at midnight on my one year anniversary in Los Angeles, CA – a year that has been so painfully transformative I'm not sure I can elucidate much greater than this song.
"Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root:
pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance; it means
to suffer." -Mark Danielewski
I wrote "Sonder" at rock bottom. The mental plight that accompanies the pursuit of passion can be as equally destructive as it is fulfilling.
An individual's purpose (and moreover, turmoil) is as unique as the genetic code from which it is extracted. As I pondered this, a sense of morose engulfed me. I will never fully understand anyone's motives, dreams, desires, reasoning – as they forever exist in a foreign realm.
This notion awoke a sense of self-awareness.
I am only myself. I am the keeper of my fortune. I have the power to respond to doubt, fear, rejection, and failure on my own accord.
So I did. As much as "Sonder" is about agonizing turbulence, its fruition reveals a light in the dark."
The Pulltops are a Milwaukee-based power-pop trio with a singing drummer. Their music is best described as energetic album-rock meets power-pop delivered with a punk edge. The trio formed in Milwaukee in 2002 with the release of their first and more upbeat power-pop focused release, “8-Track”. Since then, they have added in classic-rock elements along with instrumental experimentation, resulting in a mix of hooks and moody rock. The band is primarily comprised of guitarist Tom Crowell and drummer/vocalist Mark Pierret. Bassist Steve Kerwin is a frequent presence when performing live.
"When I Was Young” is the straight-forward rock track on The Pulltops' new EP, “By Accident or Design”. Lyrically the songs takes a look at past mistakes filled with regret, yet also clings to a glimmer of hope for a chance to move forward. All of this is accented by a mix of powerful guitars, alternating vocal leads, and a searing guitar solo over a power-house rhythm section that move the lyrics along.
Belau is a fresh Hungarian downtempo music project. Their first music video won the Hungarian Music Video Festival and it has more than 400.000 views. Their first song was used by HBO in its new series and in a commercial (played in 33 countries). Their first LP was released around November which contains 12 downtempo tracks. The debut album won the Hungarian Grammy Awards in the best electronic music album category. One of their track of the new remix EP was airplayed on BBC Radio 1. In one and half year Belau had 70 concertrs in 10 countries around Europe. They played at the biggest festivals in the region, also at least 3 showcase festival in this year.
1. YOU AND I ft. SZÉCSI BÖBE (CHRIS.SU REMIX) 04:35
2.YOU AND I ft. SZÉCSI BÖBE (SUBSETS REMIX) 03:45
3.WICKED ft. ANTONIA VAI (PAPERDEER REMIX) 03:30
4.SOMEBODY TOLD ME SO ft. DALLOS BOGI (HIMALIA REMIX) 03:12
5.DOWN BY THE SEA ft. HERRER SÁRA (DAMIEN REMIX) 03:48
6.DOWN BY THE SEA ft. HERRER SÁRA (RUSTY REMIX) 04:46
7.BOAT PARTY ft. BÖBE SZÉCSI (SUPERSTEREO REMIX) 03:52
There is music that can make you want to dance. There is music that can make you happy or emotional, and sometimes even sad. But in a very niche corner of the musical spectrum dwells a type of music that can make you visualize your own story while listening to it. “Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy,” a split album by Indian music producer Arka Sengupta aka Mixtaped Monk and British ambient music legend Cousin Silas, is a record that falls into that very musical spectrum.
Bordering around ambient, post-rock and experimental music, the album blends ambient and cinematic music sensibilities of Cousin Silas with the experimental-minded post-rock sensibilities of Mixtaped Monk. The cinematic nature of the album, when listened to as a whole, can trigger your mind to imagine your own fantasy world and play out a story in it while the album acts as its soundtrack.
Matt Paxton recorded his new EP 'Hunter Street Station Blues' in early Spring of 2017. "I've found myself often coming back to my hometown to record when I needed a break from the west coast. Recently I decided to move home. Hamilton is where my label Other Songs Music Co is based out of as well as Threshold Recording Studios where the album was recorded. Not to mention it's homebase for a lot of friends and family. For the past while I've lived primarily on the West Coast of Canada. Yet, I've always drawn a ton of influence from the place and people I know back home. This first track 'Baby Don't Go' is largely about holding on to love and trying to make it all work. When writing these tunes (last year and up until early this spring), I was indeed hauling a heavy heart. It's kinda funny though, I'm happier than ever nowadays, which makes it weird singing the sad ones live, but I got this - sad songs are my thing."
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.