The Saturday Sampler for April 23rd is a bit of mixed bag in that there are several names you’ll recognize, artists who have branched out to do solo albums or form super-groups. Then there is the usual mix of emerging artists, some of whom you might know but many who have yet to make their mark (but they will soon!). Now is as good as a time to discover or rediscover these artists.

 

Backward Houses – “Pseudo Sane” (demo) (Norwich and London, England)

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Backward Houses - "Pseudo Sane" (demo)

To start things off we introduce you to a Backward Houses, a trio from the Norwich and London areas. Barely a year old, this band makes soul-crushing music. They could easily have gone down the Daughter path like so many bands these days, but instead they’re traveling the indie-rock pathways that artists like Sharon Van Etten, TORRES, and Angel Olsen have laid. One of their “new” singles – it’s actually a demo – is “Pseudo Sane”, which is absolutely gorgeous. The tickling of Rob Batizon’s guitar, the strumming of Indigo Strange’s bass guitar which mimics a fluttering heart, and the stunning and immersive vocals of Neeq Serene all at first reel you into this introspective and thoughtful song. As the song builds and the intensity rises, every note and spoken word collides, thus making you feel like the protagonist spiraling into a mass of uncertainty. Such are the effects of mental illness, which Backward Houses have so adeptly conveyed on this beautiful track. And if this is a demo, we cannot wait to hear what the mastered version will sound like!

Backward Houses are Neeq Serene (vocals), Indigo Strange (bass/drum machine), and Rob Batizon (guitars/drum machine).

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Big Deal – “Avalanche” (London, England)

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bigdealIt was only last week when Big Deal pulverized us with the awesome “Say Yes”. They’re back with another fantastic song that will have you emphatically say “Eff Yeah!” “Avalanche” perfectly describes this rocker. The opening wails of the guitars and drums are crushing, and then the piercing, intensifying vocals of Alice Costelloe (or maybe it’s Kasey Underwood) just blow you away. The song is like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but magnified tenfold in intensity. We have to another “Eff Yeah!” for good measure.

Say Yes releases June 10th on Fat Cat Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Big Deal are: Alice Costelloe (vocals/guitar) and Kasey Underwood (guitar/vocals).

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Erra Project – “Hotel Rooms” (Clonmel, Ireland)

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ErraProject - "Hotel Rooms"While we start things with a familiar name, it’s time to introduce you to a new group who will blow you away in a different way. Erra Project is the brainchild of Irish duo Steffen Coonan and Ciaran O’Brien. They’ve released a couple of singles to date, including the dark and trippy “Hotel Rooms”. The song is a beautiful marriage of synth-pop, new wave, and trip-hop, where the beats and harmonies combine to form a sound that is alluring and sensual. Or in other words, what Coonan and O’Brien have here is a tantalizing project that blends Coves’ infectious catharsis with Massive Attack’s hypnotic seduction.

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Fenne Lily – “Top To Toe” (Bristol, England)

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