The Giant Peach is an indie-art rock band from Middlebury VT. Their music captures a bitter-sweetness wrestled into songs late at night. United from disparate backgrounds in folk, blues, and jazz, the members of The Giant Peach came together to render these tales of stubborn love, mistakes, and repeated carelessness with a cutting honesty and an unexpected joy.
Pulling Teeth came about as easily as the title might imply. These songs were written over the course of a tumultuous and ultimately terminal romance, captured moments of the un-tempered excitement of first love – and its eventual loss. In a soft-spoken earnestness that cuts through swelling horn lines and crackling guitars, Pulling Teeth tells of the inevitable loss of innocence that accompanies lost love.
"It's a collection of songs that I wrote over the course of my first relationship and at its end," explains songwriter and frontman Harrison Wood Hsiang. "There's a lot of doubt in these songs -- questioning your past wants and actions, questioning your beliefs as your overturn them one by one by letting people down and being let down, and ultimately questioning the kind of person that you are."
"My best friend Max Shashoua and I came together to give these songs a final form. You know the gist of this already -- we recorded the whole thing in my dorm room with an SM57, a fact we're proud of, especially given how often people praise the quality of the recording these days. Maybe a fun story; we actually recorded the whole thing twice. The first time it just wasn't working. Max and I were still figuring out the details of the arrangements and the shape of the record as a whole, and as that became clearer we realized that we needed to do it properly and do it over again. So over the course of a weekend, we re-recorded the entire record (save "Coats," which we tracked live at Meadowlark Studios)."
"My longtime songwriting hero, Jasper Sloan Yip, lends his vocals to the first track, "Want." He and I connected after I covered one of his songs and he's acted as a real friend and mentor to me ever since. The first show Max and I played together, pre-Peach, was acting as Jasper's backup band."
“What I Came Here For” is the new emotional song by Luca Fogale. A well-made piece that touched our hearts.
“What I Came Here For” was written following a story my grandmother told me about being caught in a bombing raid with my grandfather in Italy during World War II. She recalled that when the attack started and they tried to find cover, one of her family members was killed, and they realized that all they could do was hold on to each other and hope to make it through unharmed.
Over the past few years of playing and sharing my music everywhere that I possibly could, I started to notice a trend. Out of all my songs, people felt the most profound connection to "What I Came Here For." Regardless of what the reason was, the song usually incited conversation – I have spoken with people who had experienced situations that were similarly devastating to the event that I wrote the song about, people who listen to it every morning to help them get out of bed, people who had made an effort to reconnect with their partner after listening to it, and countless others with a seemingly unlimited number of reasons why they were drawn to it above all else. This song has been one of the things that have helped me to remember how intensely music can connect us, which in turn has helped me to constantly rediscover the reasons why I chose to write songs in the first place.
My hope is that this studio recording of “What I Came Here For" is able to reach and connect with even more people, and in turn start even more of the kinds of conversations that I’ve been so privileged to have already had so many of."
Singer-songwriter Kaitlin Deavy and producer Alejandro Zarazúa joined forces while studying music and production, driven by their shared vision of music and human connection. These multi-instrumentalists decorate seemingly simple melodies in complex layers of indie, folk and what they call ‘smart pop’ elements. The result is a fun, interesting and accessible experience for all to enjoy.
"Tramp" is a hook-y and fluid new track from Boston indie-rockers Today Junior. It's off their new full-length album released earlier this month, 'Single Forever'.
Today Junior is a Boston based indie-rock trio known for having wild and energetic live performances. With the creative wisdom of brothers Mike and Harry O'Toole, alongside Tony Ambrose, Today Junior presents upbeat and edgy music that is instantly catchy, but also carries its own stylistic charm. With the releases of Ride The Surf (2015) and their EP Leaving Easy (2017), the band offers an addictive musical blend that has just been gaining steam the last few years, opening for bands such as: Surf Curse, Jacuzzi Boys, Homeshake, So-So Glos, Adult Books, and others. Most recently, the band released their latest full-length, 'Single Forever' on April 6th, 2018.
“We started working on the songs on 'Single Forever' in 2015, after we released our album 'Ride The Surf'," the band explains. "We are constantly inspired by all the artists we listen to and have had the opportunity of seeing and/or playing with, so all of our music comes from a lot of different places. These 10 songs reflect not only an expansion in sound and new experiences for our band, but also the conceptual idea of being alone in the world. Standing up as an individual, or feeling alone while pushing forward in this world is tough and something everyone experiences in a lot of different ways.”
“Being able to work in the Soul Shop with Elio DeLuca was an incredible experience for us. As a producer, he helped us expand the sound of our music. As a musician, he wrote and performed original parts for some of the songs on this album (“K.I.N.S.”/“Fake Intentions”/“Tramp”). He also showed us the amount of effort, time, and determination it takes to create something truly worthwhile.”
Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Matt Couchois approaches music with an ethereal touch - creating dreamy landscapes, pensive tracks that strive to be self-aware.
'‘Something More’ is a song about heartbreak & the courage it takes to end a broken relationship. It’s easy to wallow in self-pity after a break-up, but the hardest part is learning to accept what was wrong & find the strength to move forward. I wanted the production of this song to bring to life exactly how moving on feels. To me, it's like that first dive under a wave in the cold ocean. It’s painful for a second but you come out the other side feeling triumphant and wiped clean.
The EP as a whole is the sum of all the things I grappled with during a specific period of my life. I didn't want to just throw a few songs up online and call it an EP. I wanted this body of work to feel like a full length record that had an arc and a story."
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.