2017-10-31 04:27:00 UTC
"Twigs" is the new single from Pittsburgh-based folk-pop artist Alex Stanton (townsppl).
The track comes via Alex's forthcoming full-length of the same name, out on 11/10. On the track, Alex describes it as "about the experience of being a kid and how being carefree is a skill. It’s about how as an adult being lost or outside of your comfort zone maybe feels like a bigger deal than it should. There is a thread throughout the album about characters being dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood, as well as a bit of a future dystopian backdrop."
townsppl is Alex Stanton’s performing and recording music project, a folk-pop venture with imaginative lyrics and song concepts. A keen multi-instrumentalist, Alex works with crap parlor guitars, '60s 2-knob tube amplifiers, Chinese and American ukuleli, his grandmother’s upright bass, an open piano that he describes as “intune-ish”, found percussion implements (he’s particularly interested in those that go “kssh” or “doonnmm”) and plenty of layered voices.
An entrepreneur and lifelong inventor, Alex builds his songs like little contraptions, tinkering to find the right balances of wood and wires, and of polish and scuff. While the dressings vary from the ornate to the austere, Alex’s north star is melody, especially those that are simple, relatable, and memorable. The words are at once earnest and wry with subjects include stargazing existential pondering, out-of-body vignettes and microscopic love songs to Alex’s sweet one.
Come show time Alex performs with 0-10 other people including backup singers and some tangly and dynamic vocal arrangements. townsppl has performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, South Park Amphitheatre and a number of other official and DIY spaces in Alex’s hometown of Pittsburgh. 2013’s care and feeding cracked the top 3 of WYEP 91.3’s top local albums list and was acclaimed for it’s state of the art hand assembled packaging, which could be cut and folded into a 14” venus fly trap sculpture (if you’re willing to cut the CD in half).
Alex is also the owner and founder of Sunburst School of Music, which since 2011 has helped thousands of kids and adults in the Pittsburgh area discover their passion for music.
2017-10-30 16:23:58 UTC
Living out of a suitcase can be lonely, exciting, and mysterious all at the same time.Jade The Moon's new song “Hotels” was partially inspired by Quentin Tarantino's 4 ROOMS and the band’s real world experiences with life on the road. In writing this new single the band hoped to capture the psyche of the traveling artist that welcomes the feeling of the unknown and undone.
There's a thrill in chasing archaic moments in foreign spaces. More often than not this is where we find our inspiration.
Hotels” is from their upcoming album 11:11 which is set for release early 2018. It’s a collection of tracks best described as musical photographs. A moment in time turned dance party, true story turned love song, a daydream turned erie alt-pop lullaby.
"We hope to take the audience on an emotional roller coaster, these new songs truly reflect our stories. Although very personal and coming from very different places, our collective experiences feel somewhat universal."
2017-10-30 05:48:48 UTC
Major Love was conceived in the lamplight of London’s Bedroom Bar, in the late spring of 2015. Canadian recording artists Colleen Brown and Scenic Route To Alaska each had wrapped their first tours in Germany and the UK, promoting separate album releases. They found themselves on the same dimly lit stage in Shoreditch, 7000 kms from their home-town of Edmonton, bonding over an appreciation of vintage Harmony guitars, singalong pop/rock anthems and an affinity for the spacious, soulful recordings released on the Stax and Motown labels in the 1960’s.
Their debut album was tracked live off the floor a month later, during a summer heatwave in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Jesse Northey (Jesse and the Dandelions) on faders and keys. Contributions from multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams followed, with mixes and co-production by Toronto-based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein, along with Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano) and the singalong single ‘So Good’ mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F.
Two songs from this album have already been lauded for their song-craft. ‘Motherland’ - written essentially as a love letter to Alberta - won a province wide songwriting contest in 2015 through the ATB All Albertan Songwriting Competition, to the tune of $10,000; and the powerful ballad ‘I Love All Of You’ was a finalist in the Unsigned Only International Songwriting Competition for 2017.
These songs thrive at the intersection between Brown’s resonant vocal expression and SRTA’s spirited swagger. It is music to move body and soul.
"Our new single “Tear It Down” explores the question - is there beauty in destruction? The inspiration came after a senior’s residence in Edmonton suffered two explosions in 2011. Two people died because of the explosions - a murder/suicide. It happened across the street from Colleen (our singer) and it took about 3 years until the building finally underwent renewal, during which she had the privilege of watching it being gutted, rebuilt, and furnished. She wrote the song on a sunny spring day as she contemplated the strange disparity between the tradesmen’s jobs and her work as a musician. The song comes from our self titled debut LP which we’ll be releasing early next year. We tracked the album live off the floor in Edmonton during a summer heatwave in 2015 (with a few overdubs in Toronto throughout 2016/17) and are excited to be able to share it with you all now."
indie, hip-hop, rap
2017-10-30 05:21:42 UTC
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums.
These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair.
Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!
The setlist begins with “Law of Fives” - a rocking tune with some hypnotic time signatures and cool grooves. The guitars truly come alive, alternating palm-muting riffs with stunning leads. The keyboards and bass work in synergy, creating a blanket of low end and additional melodies over the steady drum beats.
The second song on this release is a track titled “Parlour Games”. This particular song begins with a pleasant, mellow guitar melodies, exploring a cleaner tone. This track is a great example of the band’s diverse approach - certain guitar melodies almost flirt with 60s surf and vintage blues/rock aesthetics, while remaining anchored to the band’s broad creative scope and modern sonic vision - As if Dick Dale replaced John Petrucci for a night only on a Dream Theatre tour!
Last, but certainly not least, “Mazomba” is a driven rock track that kicks in with blistering guitar feedback and an upbeat rhythm section, only to develop into a stunning melodic rock piece with a diverse approach. This song makes me think about what would happen should Joe Satriani go into a jam session with Minus The Bear! The melodies are complex, yet refreshingly accessible, due to the nature of the arrangements. On this track, I particularly love the contrast between the distorted electric guitars and the mellow electric piano tones.
Groundburst will be releasing their new full-length album entitled "Vortex Street" in 2018.
- Law of Fives - 04:37
- Parlour Games - 05:46
- Mazomba - 04:56
instrumental, rock, progressive, film, music, math
2017-10-26 05:05:52 UTC
The Sound of Ghosts are an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The five-piece collective of accomplished musicians has crafted a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and a vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies, and vintage rock’n’roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music.
The Sound of Ghosts are James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele), Ernesto Rivas (lead guitar), Phoebe Silva (fiddle) and Jon Sarna (drums). United they have pushed the boundaries of typical Americana and created an ever-evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds. Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between, Rivas explains “everyone's different perspective is an essential part to the diverse sound we create”.
The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from Leukaemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band ‘Brown Bird’ with his wife that was named NPR’s folk group of the year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him. James Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band ‘The Sound of Ghosts’ which was the title of Brown Bird’s first album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be a constant reminder of his love for music.
Their upcoming release entitled Delivery and Departure is filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience. Anna Orbison explains, “I hope it inspires people to look at the world in a little different way. Notice the things around you… that’s what we write songs about”.
Lead single ‘Train to Nowhere’ is an upbeat folky song with driving guitars, catchy hooks and story-telling lyricism. Showcasing the band’s signature sound of fiddle fueled melodies and soaring harmonies, accompanied by a powerful trumpet solo, it is assured to get listeners up and dancing. "This song is a perfect mix of what we do best”, reveals Anna Orbison. Originally inspired after watching two acclaimed Netflix documentaries entitled ‘Big Easy Express’ and ‘Festival Express', the narrative was built around the ideology of escapism and the importance of adventure. The song symbolizes the journey of self discovery and introspection.
‘Fall Apart’ exemplifies Anna Orbison’s expressive warm vocals with a toe-tapping, rhythmically contagious beat, New Orleans style trumpet, that are all tied together with a dominating bass line. ‘Fall Apart' highlights how people find solace in the familiar feeling of never being good enough. Thematically the single evokes the notion that we as a society need to learn to love ourselves and be content with who we truly are.
The Sound of Ghosts successes to date include opening for artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood, and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia. The Sound of Ghosts prides themselves on delivering an engaging, explosive yet intimate live performance, winning ‘best live performance’ at The Roswell Film Festival.
With their growing California following and authentic sound, The Sound of Ghosts are ready for their next musical endeavor with the release of Delivery and Departure due fall 2017.
americana, classic, rock, musical, theatre