Introducing California’s indie, Americana/folk band LA River Bend. Built upon intricate guitar embelishments, indie-folk facets and poetically pop melodies, LA River Bend have succeeded in creating an album of happy nostalgia. The four-piece, made up of Nate Weiner (Vocals, Guitar), Emily Elkin (Cello, Vocals), Branden Stroup (Bass, Vocals, Guitar) and Jacob Seldes (Drums) have honored traditions of Americana folk, by building the walls of their epic soundscapes, embracing the dynamics and ultimately developing an aesthetic unique to their own.
The band began life as backing Weiner’s solo album, ‘Ride The Sun’ where the group spent time rehearsing and touring up and down the West Coast. After spending hours recording and mixing tracks for this project, with long time friend Stroup and the addition of Elkin’s string arrangements, LA River Bend was born. With the introduction of their now signature three-part harmonies and Seldes on percussion, the new and improved band mastered their authentically rustic, yet beautifully atmospheric sound. Nate explains, “The addition of Seldes to the band is immeasurable, because I think our sound would have been less dimensional without his style of drumming."
LA River Bend’s upcoming EP entitled Run These Hills was entirely self-recorded by Stroup. Mastered by Grammy award-winning Eric Boulanger (Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, Green Day), the EP has already received the stamp of approval from industry professionals. Focused thematically on the symbolism of nature based imagery, the tracks on the highly anticipated new music depicts an artfully serene feeling, reaching emotional depths. “The calming influence of nature in LA has been a huge musical inspiration to us”, professes Weiner.
Leading single, 'Summer Wind’ is the ultimate feel-good love song. Highlighting the band’s approach of exploring the new So Cal ethereal sound, the single emits a sense of ebb and flow, similar to the motion of waves crashing and sweeping against the beach. With stunning three-part harmonies, driving drum beats and catchy Californian melodies, the song builds into a fast paced, toe-tapping anthemic chorus, where you’ll find yourself incapable of keeping still.
‘Mountain’ is the perfect combination of infectious rhythms, complex layers and uncompromising percussive elements. The track features the bands shared love of world rhythms, with it’s building crescendos, sensational string arrangements and the complementing vocals of Weiner, Elkin & Stroup, the song is certain to be stuck in your head all day long. The narrative of the song derived from the band's struggle to keep pursuing music, despite the myriad of reasons why they shouldn’t.
Whilst ‘Fighting The Night’ is a poignant and emotional narrative of one trying to cope with deep loss. Struggling with the death of his father, Weiner found himself in a state of turbulence, “I was definitely ‘Fighting The Night’, exercising the demons and guilt I felt over my father’s passing.”
With an ever-growing fan base and buzzing media interest, LA River Bend are ready to release Run The Hills and deliver their collection of relaxing, vivid, nature themed music, bringing a contemporary and fresh approach to the indie folk genre.
The smouldering talent that is Leaone continues his rise with a new track ‘Livewire’ taken from his sublime EP ‘Wild Horse Ride On’, released through Fierce Panda this October 13th.
Leaone’s sweetly sobering and sombre tracks have already seen him compared to The National and described as the missing link between Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Ray. While, on his debut ‘Oh, My Sweetest Sin’, released this summer, Leaone found himself winning support from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio1 and the local BBC Introducing teams in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as performing in support of Emmy The Great and Roddy Womble.
With his second EP ‘Wild Horse Ride On’ to follow this October, the troubadour has gathered another glittering collection of tracks for the release which have already won him fans including Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins on BBC 6Music.
With his new release supported by the Arts Council England, Leaone just keeps giving us a reason to come back, and the excellent ‘Livewire’ - produced by Pete Jarrett (who has written for Betsy and Lao Ra) - sets the perfect marker for the new release.
In the words of Leaone “the song is ultimately an apology for my sometimes fiery temper and a confession of my on-going love” and also features the Brisbane-based artist Leo Altarelli on trumpet.
‘Wild Horse Ride On’ is released on October 13th 2017 through Fierce Panda. Leaone’s first EP ‘Oh, My Sweetest Sin’ is out now.
18 Oct – LONDON – Paper Vintage Dress (w/ Chris Hornsby)
Eugene, Oregon-based quartet Spiller embrace their Pacific Northwest roots and DIY mentality. Their diverse taste provides listeners with a melting pot of rock, math, jamming and jazz. With a passion for live performance, Spiller encapsulates the spontaneous nature of improvisation while combining it with an indie-rock flare. With their latest double EP, Reuben and Coldcut, Spiller has taken their sound to the next level, both lyrically and musically.
Spiller is proud to be part of a the Eugene, Oregon community, with the music and community coming ahead of glitz and glam. They produce no-frills, wholly memorable music that is well worth checking out.
"The songs from Reuben and Cold Cut are some that we’ve been playing live for almost a year now," bassist Aidan D’Angelo explains. "Because the songs were born in a live setting, we thought it was important to capture that same feeling of improvisation and spontaneity in the recording process. To do so, our drummer/engineer (Justin) set us up over at the music school and, using borrowed gear and whatever else he could find, made a great studio for us to record these songs. We spent the full day running through the tracks and what you hear on this double EP is the result of that day's work."
"Fall of last year I got around to watching 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' the documentary on Nina Simone," explains singer/guitarist Sam Mendoza. "It was incredibly inspiring just seeing how fearlessly she used her craft as a medium for protest and empowerment. This was around post-election time, where most of my friends and family were in a state of disarray and uncertainty. That frustration combined with having watched the film left me feeling restless."
"I was (and still am) concerned about our new administration essentially giving up on the planet, specifically the possibility of seeing the EPA and natural spaces going to dust. The lyrics came right out and almost immediately messed with a guitar sketch recorded via iPhone a few months prior. Per Spiller tradition, we decided to throw a jam/improvisational section in the middle of the song. It kind of serves as a strange preface to the heavy breakdown, which really conveys the big scary feelings. I like how the song takes many different directions; it could be jumbled, but we worked on the transitions to tie it all together."
Pekoe Cat is multi-instrumentalist/producer Kyle Woolven and self-proclaimed as the artist you've never heard of. Woolven is part of the non-existent indie scene in Belleville, Ontario. His new single "A Maze" is a psychedelic trip through his many musical influences and a peek into his warped melodic mind. Pekoe's goals: create, progress, and one day reach 40 Twitter followers.
Hill's new album, Give It a Rest, is scheduled for release in 2018. The the title track was picked up for exclusive rotation on KCRW in Los Angeles almost immediately following its completion, where she was invited to make her American debut in the fall of 2015. She has since been signed to an American EDM Label (Ultra Music) as a topline writer, and completed a large body of work. The new video/single for her song ‘On Camera’ was directed by Caitlin Cronenberg.
"Working with Caitlin felt effortless. The creative approach was fluid and allowed for deviation from the original treatment, which made the whole process feel more authentic and fulfilling. Analog stop-motion - especially with Caitlin's eye for absolutely stunning still frames - is the perfect "subtle nod" to the lyric. The song is about bdsm, essentially. From the perspective of the submissive - it's about power being willfully surrendered. It was written over a trap beat but with all the experimental soul elements as an overlay."
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.