"Of Gentlemen & Cowards" formed in 2010. As a band they 've seen ups and downs, including an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman and an ill-fated cruise ship gig that both broke their collective heart and yet transformed our sound into a more soulful one. Through it all, as Of Gentlemen & Cowards they 've persevered their optimistic outlook.
'Make It On Your Own' started as a song about coming home after being away, and seeing your city and your life from the outside as you hadn't seen before. "Of Gentlemen & Cowards" wrote it as a reminder to themselves of all the things they love but also the things they wish to change. During the two years they spent writing and recording this record the song took on a larger meaning for them and became a mantra for their band. You are never gonna get anywhere if you're waiting for a big break, and to truly be happy you'll need to reevaluate what success means to you. The music video follows four stories where the characters set out to accomplish their goals big and small, and though the outcome may not always be life changing, the act of pursuing the goal is celebrated as accomplishment in itself.
Phil Jamieson of Caspian had this to say about the new songs: "Castles High, Marble Bright" was conceived, written and recorded alongside the collection of songs that would become Dust and Disquiet, an album that sought to capture the dialogue between a newly found, furrow browed cynicism and a fractured but unbroken sense of stubbornly epic, dramatically determined optimism that we've been trying to emulate with our music for 12 years. The 60 minutes of Dust and Disquiet ended up speaking a bit to both; Castles..." speaks exclusively and entirely to the latter. We find ourselves over a year later touring behind this collection of songs still, with over 150 shows in 30 countries across 3 continents in the can. With the end finally in sight as we look to close out this 4 year chapter together, "Castles High, Marble Bright" is our North Star, our way home, and our celebration of that decision to fully embrace the above dialogue head on, all the while finding that, indeed still, hope lies within.
"127 North" is the sound of 6 guys playing in a room together on a Friday afternoon, and is in some ways the least ambitious thing we've ever committed to tape. Free from the grip of over arrangement, overdubs, click tracks, excessive chin stroking and the like, "127 North" is what a Caspian song sometimes sounds like in its infancy. It's a vulnerable moment for us to introduce people to a song that exists in this kind of limbo, somewhere between improvisation and a fully composed piece of music. It's an honest moment and all a part of the process, of course. Maybe it's time to invite people behind the curtain a little... there's some old couches, a few beers and maybe a few high fives back here waiting for you. Some days are less serious than others, and that's quite alright with us.
Caspian is about to kick off their upcoming tour with The Appleseed Cast.
Fear of Noise is a three-piece band mixing the sounds of post-punk, jazz, noise and psychedelic rock music. Inspired by a healthy diet of Joy division, Radiohead, king Crimson, Charles Mingus, The Residents, and This Heat, fear of noise strives for making expressive music with an edge of dark humor. The band has been confronting live audiences since 2011, and releasing fine goods since 2014.
Blister - 01:34 Lunacy on Horizon - 06:09 Flight of the Red Shoe - 04:15 Chest of Internment Drawers - 05:43 Spider Pills - 03:57 Lost in Solution - 06:17 Smooth Talk Rough Planet - 08:34
Section is the moniker of writer/producer Danny Belgrad, a 21-year-old studying philosophy at Yale University. He makes hazy, ethereal indie-pop laced with dreamy synths and somber melodies. He also loves 8-bit Nintendo music and is an aspiring time traveler. "I've been writing music on guitar and piano for many years, but never sought out to self-produce music," Belgrad explains. "At a certain point, I became enthralled with the idea of realizing a singular creative vision in music, something that I felt was the defining characteristic of current indie music. To that end, I began producing and mixing music in early January. Radiohead and Wilco have long been my favorite artists, but Grimes and Tame Impala are certainly the most inspiring figures to me, considering that their records are born from individuals who write, produce, and mix their own music. I'm also obsessed with Computer Magic and Porches, but they haven't conquered the world in the same way haha," he continues. "I suppose I call my project indie-rock, but I'd be lying if I said I completely understand the distinction between synth-pop/dream-pop/indie-pop/electro-pop, etc. I guess I could also be any of those also.
For the last few years NO TERRAIN has traveled the world, performing stunt shows. During his travels, he wrote the No Terrain EP. When he returned, his friend and producer, Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Dilly Dally, Weaves, Austra, many many more) and him sat down in the studio to put all the pieces together. The EP comes out on the 18th of November.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.