We have a bevy of delicious treats for you on the February 27th edition of the Saturday Sampler. Not just little morsels, but some mouth-watering, memorable, three-course audio meals for you. To get things started, we have an artist who will knock your socks off.
Ali Beletic – “Stone Fox” (Sonoran Desert via Brooklyn, USA)
If the leather-clad, rock ‘n roll biker chick stereotype had an ideal poster girl, it would be Ali Beletic. An artist by trade – she creates large-scale installations, exhibits and sculptures as well as runs her own print/online magazine – this multi-talented singer tears up the audio terrain as much as the dusty Sonoran Desert trails where she rides her motorcycle. The raw emotion she channels into this single is a full-throttle display of badass swagger with a deeply feminine sultry streak. “Stone Fox” is a bluesy, gritty adrenaline boost, so crank this one loud to revive your spirits and rattle your bones.
BaronBane – “How Does It Feel To Let Go” (Stockholm/Gävle, Sweden)
After their 2011 debut album, LPTO, was widely acclaimed in their home country, Sweden’s BaronBane are setting their sights abroad. Their latest single, “How Does It Feel To Let Go”, will at the very least grab people’s attention about the intelligent darkwave art they’ve been creating for five years. Brooding yet beautiful, cataclysmic yet breathtaking, “How Does It Feel To Let Go” matches the mysteriousness of Kate Bush but set to a soundscape that is more ethereal than anything the Brit legend has crafted. Be enchanted, be amazed by BaronBane.
Honduras – “That Old Feeling” (Brooklyn, USA)
They sound like they’re from Manchester, but Honduras comes from Brooklyn. Their blistering post-punk-rock sound resonates with the power and intensity of Eagulls and METZ with the infectious qualities of Cloud Nothings. Their new single, “That Old Feeling”, is awesome, like effing awesome. It’s one of those throbbing tracks where every note, every beat pounds you directly in the chest, causing every movable body part to uncontrollably sway. The harmonies on this track, though, are surprising, adding a “dreamy” element to this gritty track.
“That Old Feeling” is from Honduras’ forthcoming new EP, Gathering Dust, which drops on March 4th.
Honduras are Pat Phillips (vocals/guitar), Tyson Moore (guitar/vocals), Josh Wehle (drums), and Paul Lizarraga (bass).
KALEIDA – “It’s Not Right” (London, UK)
Like an oncoming train that is picking up steam, KALEIDA, the young duo from London has had a huge past twelve months. About a year ago, they were hidden gems and now Christina Wood and Cicely Goulder are selling out venues across the UK and Europe. Their stars should brighten even further with the release of their second EP, Detunes. From that album is the stunning “It’s Not Right“. This stuttering and bleak track sees KALEIDA channel The Eurythmics, except darker, more haunting, and more ethereal. It’s a devastatingly brilliant track from their equally great EP.
Kevin Morby – “I Have Been to the Mountain” (Lubbock, TX, USA)
Folk/rock singer-songwriter Kevin Morby rails against police brutality and senseless killings on his new single, “I Have Been to the Mountain.” Inspired by the 2014 death of New York City resident Eric Garner, the former Woods bassist holds nothing back in either the lyrics, the music, or the video. “That man lived in this town / till that pig took him down,” he sings to the accompaniment of soulful backing harmonies and mariachi-esque horns. Few protest songs have ever sounded so upbeat. It’s a testament to the talents of this 27-year old who cites Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Lou Reed as influences.
Kyle Craft – “Lady of the Ark” (Portland, USA)
The newest voice to emerge from the ever-booming Portland music scene is indie rock singer/songwriter Kyle Craft. His fresh sound fuses the spirit of Bob Dylan with the swagger of Father John Misty for an edgy, irresistible result. The Louisiana native moved to Portland to pursue music. There he received guidance from new label mates, Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel (The Helio Sequence), who helped mix his debut album.
The Limiñanas – “Garden Of Love (feat. Peter Hook)” (Perpignan, France)
Fifteen months ago, we profiled The Limiñanas, an awfully underrated and underappreciated psychedelic-rock band from the South of France. It appears since that time they’ve won some huge fans, including former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook. It’s been a while since they’ve released new music – more than two years – and they’re getting ready to release their new album, Malamore. The lead track is a collaboration with Hook entitled, “Garden of Love”, which is a gentle yet vibrant tune love tune. And if you’re wondering if the Joy Division influences can be heard, of course they can be with Hook’s echoed bass lines. But the star is Mari Limiñana, whose voice is whispery soft yet smouldering. If this track doesn’t pique your interest in the band, then wait until April 15th when Malamore drops via Because Music.
Marissa Nadler – “Janie In Love” (Boston, USA)
To say we are fans of Marissa Nadler would be an understatement. Whether she’s covering Black Sabbath or Father John Misty, contributing to a tribute to Jason Molina, or writing original music like her 2014 epic July, she has amazed us. Her latest single, “Janie in Love”, retains the spatial and heavenly soundscapes that won us over early on, but there is a subtle difference in her approach this time around. The clashing of cymbals, the deep bass lines, and the glistening guitar plucks add a fuller and more heart-pounding sound that will stay with you long after the final notes. “Janie in Love” is yet another example of the gorgeous and masterful work of one of music’s most underrated stars.
Moons Of Mars – “Psycho Lover” (Los Angeles, USA)
A pulsating rhythm section. A driving melody that erupts into a euphoric explosion of immersive sound. A song that is incredibly infectious and mind-altering. “Psycho Lover” by LA-based electro-rock duo Moons of Mars is everything we love about a track. The song is reminiscent of the blistering indie-rock of Portugal. The Man with traces of Muse’s expansive textures. The song is like your first cup of coffee in the morning, providing you with a burst of energy that carries you through the day.
Moons of Mars are Giovan Polanco and Mario Polanco. Hear also their awesome single, “X”.
Night Moves – “Carl Sagan” (Minneapolis, USA)
The ’70s era was full of polyester clothing, bushy sideburns, and big, loud rock sounds. Thankfully, Minneapolis band Night Moves embraces only the latter on their latest single. “Carl Sagan” has plenty of retro guitar layers that are reminiscent of Steely Dan, but what really shines here are the vocals. It’s an audio flashback with a modern focus, electrifying and thoroughly enjoyable. John Pelant’s falsetto question in the chorus of “How long you gonna feel this way?” can only be answered with “a long, long time.”
“Carl Sagan” is from their upcoming Pennied Days album that releases March 25 on Domino Records. This follow-up to the 2012 album Colored Emotions was produced by John Angello, who has worked with Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, and The Walkmen. The band kicks off a North American tour April 12 in their hometown.
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