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."
This self-produced EP is the first work by Go Ask Alice: eight instrumental tracks, composed between 2012 and 2013, recorded and mixed by Matteo Spinazzé, in collaboration with Curzio Ferri playing drums and Andrea Oggiano with his acoustic guitar. Perfection is terrible is the first verse of Sylvia Plath's poem "The Munich Mannequins". "Perfection" here is completeness, closure, inability to evolve and reborn, perfection is death. Perfection is indeed terrible, can't have a child, just as Plath's Munich Mannequins, cold marble statues, beautiful and perfect, frozen with us in a never ending present, the immense futureless present of the "capitalist realism": the end of history.
“Inches Apart” is a single from Brooklyn’s Magana, accompanied by a stunning new video from director Lauren Finerman (New York City Ballet) and backed by exclusive remixes from Frog and Benjamin Shaw. Magana’s debut EP, Golden Tongue, found praise and support from The Line of Best Fit, London In Stereo, yvynyl, BBC, GoldFlakePaint, IMPOSE, The Le Sigh, The Deli Magazine and many others.
Haunted and emotional, “Inches Apart” touches on the work of St. Vincent, Diane Cluck, Sharon Van Etten and Rebecca Moore. It's heartfelt and emotional music with ghosts whispering through the walls.
Inspired by the mesmerizing sights and sounds of Hawaii’s fiery coastline, folk singer-songwriter and talented actress Emma Charlestontakes listeners on a magical journey on her new single “Volcano.”Featuring a track produced by Olly Liu and Taylor Pollock, “Volcano” is a pulsating and dreamy piece of electronic folk that describes the view from high above Hawaii’s ever-flowing lava. “Volcano” is the fourth single from Charleston’s forthcoming EP Enjoy the Ride (June 23). According to Charleston, “Volcano” is the product of an exhilarating experience in the heart of the Pacific: “I was inspired to write it after taking a helicopter trip to see Hawaii’s active volcanoes. The feeling of being so high and floating right over one of the largest lava sites was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I sat in the front with the pilot, so I had a 360 view of this giant mass of lava as it bubbled over and made new patterns in the rock.”
Katey Morley's music follows few rules, weaving together singable yet unexpected melodies, and effortlessly fusing her lifelong love of country, folk, jazz and pop music. The forthcoming EP is a collection of songs that swell from deep sources. She is a storyteller, and her words invite the listener to see as well as hear.
“'Good Little Girls' is the second single from Katey Morley’s forthcoming EP "Then". The song showcases the timelessness of Morley’s songwriting, transcending the roots genre by adding in elements of jazz and pop. Sweeping arrangements brings an anthemic and uplifting sensitivity to the song, while every piano hit relays an intense, emotive rawness that carries the song forward into a climactic final crescendo.
Her upcoming release 'Then' was produced by Scott Currie (Gypsy Sol, Emily Haines) and Tom McKay (Joydrop, Sate, Nightcrawlers), and features the talents of some of Canada’s finest musicians: Maury LaFoy (Jann Arden, Barenaked Ladies), Dafydd Hughes (Feist, Jacksoul), Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace), Paul Mathew (Matt Barber, Hidden Cameras), Joshua Van Tassel (Doug Paisley, Amelia Curran), Jody Brummell (Shanks, Bella Clava), Louis Simao (Nelly Furtado, Mary Margaret O’Hara) Kevin Neal (Ron Hawkins, The Do Good Assassins) and many more.
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.