Oakland-based indie-folk group The Minnesota Child has just released "Stay With Me," the latest single off of their forthcoming Fireflies EP.
(Brooklyn, NY) Ethan Buckner (aka The Minnesota Child) picked up the guitar at 16 and started writing songs after he witnessed death for the first time. Inspired by the reflective and soulful songwriting of Sam Beam, Paul Simon, and Justin Vernon, Ethan channeled his own grief and love into his newfound passion for poetry and melody. At first, he saw songwriting as a purely personal exercise, but after being encouraged by close friends, he began performing and eventually recording his songs.
Now, The Minnesota Child is gearing up to release its most expansive work to date in the form of the Fireflies EP
Buckner chose the pseudonym of The Minnesota Child in 2011 while on a cross country roadtrip, because “the songs I write evoke a yearning for home, whether that lies in a place, a person, or a community.” The Minnesota Child released his first EP The Captain in November 2013, after moving to Oakland, CA, where he still lives. The five-track record is a dramatic soundscape of love, hope, and memory.
Fireflies, will be The Minnesota Child’s first full-band EP. Produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Blondie) and Matt Buckner, the album features an expansive sound. Fireflies is set to be released in early 2018. The record infuses Ethan Buckner’s soulful songwriting with lush harmonies, intricate instrumentals, and powerful rhythms to produce a full symphonic sound to take on the open road or a hike in the woods.
"Mountains” is a song about wholeheartedly pursuing your passions, while straddling the fragile line between ambition and humility. Everybody wants to be successful, and sometimes we go to great lengths to achieve the success that we so desperately desire. However, it’s important to remember to keep our egos in check. We must be kind to each other and to ourselves. It’s easy to let your goals and aspirations consume you to the point where it brings you and everyone else around you down. “Mountains” is about never giving up, whilst withstanding the pressure to compromise who we are in order to be successful.
"The Sled will be released in just a little over one month and we can’t wait for you to hear it. We recorded it during the spring at Chalet – a wonderful, cottage-like studio, just outside of Uxbridge, ON. The release of this record will mark one year since half of our band put down their torches – a year that demanded patience, persistence, and resilience. The universe often taunts us to throw in the towel, but we’re fighters. We will never extinguish the fire, and The Sled solidifies that resolution. "
Dt Surgeon is an alt-indie band hailing from Kippens, NL, Canada. It began as a writing project by musician Stuart Gallant in the fall of 2017. Along with former band mates the Album "Small Town" was subsequently recorded in november 2017 and released in January 2018.
The album centres around the pitfalls of seclusion and isolation that exist in rural life. It interweaves between themes of depression, drug addiction,love, and death. Sometimes melancholic in nature, the album incorporates poppy melodic lines delivered by a standard vocal, guitar, bass, drum setting. It is an exercise in melding indie or early emo-ish overtones with 90's based alt-rock guitars. It is music at it's most fundamental, riddled with emotion. If you enjoy all things 90's reminiscent "Small Town" may be up your alley and worth a listen.
Fresh from recently relocating to New York City, Stav G is releasing her new single "My Sheltered Room" to coincide with the move. The track offers a scathing attack on the machinations of war and an open desire for dialogue and coexistence amongst people. All this is delivered with her signature mix of venom and melody.
Reed Four is an original 90's inspired experimental indie-rock band with hints of blues, folk, and shoegaze. Founded amongst friendships and random degrees of separation, they form an amalgamation of complimentary genres that spawned their sound and style. Those familiar with the sounds of Pixies, Radiohead, Florence + The Machine, and Alabama Shakes should feel right at home with Reed Four.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Andria Reed, a veteran in the local music scene of Evansville, Indiana, had already written and recorded her first acoustic album titled "Bedford to Bellemeade" within a year before the formation of Reed Four. Her goal was to turn the album into a much bigger sound. She had a mutual musical admiration for colleague/guitarist, Joe Vowels, and they began collaboration on the concept. The two instantly bonded and began forming the roots of what would become Reed Four's first album. Matthew Hyneman (drummer) and Josh Case (multi-instrumentalist), already familiar with Andria's work, soon joined the two. Within a year, the group began rehearsing and self-recording Reed Four's version of "Bedford to Bellemeade."
Reed Four's version of "Bedford to Bellemeade" was self recorded at Joe's house every Sunday from March 2013 through December 2013. It was then passed on to Mike Boren where he spent the next 2 years carefully mixing and mastering it in his free time. The album art was conceptualized from passing around music video ideas and playing off of recurring imagery sang throughout the album. Aaron Tanner of Melodic Virtue then brought this concept to light by creating the surrealistic imagery that decorates the album's cover. The album is loaded with "emotionally-charged, indie rock melodramas"..."that confronted life's struggles head on." - Tommy Ellis, News4U Magazine
During the waiting period of the mastering process, in Andria's spare time she became interested in filming and video editing. This led to the band making their own music video trilogy that tells a summary of the album's story when played in chronological order. Andria filmed and directed each of these videos. On September 13th of 2016 the band released their self produced music video for their first single "Drive". They then successfully released their debut album "Bedford to Bellemeade" worldwide on September 24th 2016. Each member of the band had a small cameo in the second music video for "Old Piano" released on May 23rd of 2017. The final music video for "How I Feel for Me" was released on December 13th of 2017 marking the final project and closure for Bedford to Bellemeade.
"Bedford to Bellemeade" is available on many major music distribution services including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, and several others.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.