PILLARS is an American four piece, primarily instrumental, post-rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. PILLARS has played alongside established instrumental bands such as Pelican, and indie juggernauts, The Appleseed Cast, The Get Up Kids, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I am No Longer Afraid to Die, We Are Scientists and more.
PILLARS released their first full-length album through the In Store Recordings label, titled "Of Salt and Sea" on December 15th, 2017. “Of Salt and Sea" marks the band’s most complete release to date, while also marking their first entirely instrumental collection of songs. "Of Salt and Sea" exhibits a distinct mesh of musical colors on full display, as the band takes listeners on a aural voyage full of thoughtfully crafted peaks and plunges. From the towering movement, that shares the name of the album, “Of Salt and Sea” to the succinct yet stunning piece “Subtract/Submerge,” the album delivers a rejuvenated post-rock sound that pushes the boundaries of the genre to stratospheric new levels.
"Of Salt and Sea" is available for digital download, in addition to a limited edition pressing on vinyl, which was mastered by Adam Gonsalves (has also mastered albums for Pelican, Elliott Smith, Neurot Recordings, Epitaph Records).
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.
Showcasing a deft mix of jangle-pop and synth-laden pop, "Human" is a captivating new track from dream-pop trio Raised By Dinosaurs . Think Wild Nothing's guitar work combined with the lush nocturnal synth edge of Chromatics. A South American dream-pop trio based in San Francisco, Raised By Dinosaurs exist to ponder the “everyday fear of being irrelevant.” Their first EP 'Night Terrors' (released 11/23/17) is a tragically upbeat exploration of a wiser yet more jaded persona that evolves as youth and vitality begin to fade. Collaborating remotely from Brazil, guitarist Henrique St.Clair incorporates an experimental dreamy tone to the melodies, distancing the group away from the upbeat nature of pop and towards a gloomier, more self-reflective vibe. Singer/songwriter Marcello Manso haunts lead vocalist Sol Diaz through each track like the shadow of a memory she struggles to let go of, her own voice gradually degenerating into the electronic composition of the songs, becoming like technology and trends, unavoidably obsolete.
Raised By Dinosaurs is the creative brain child of longtime friends Marcello and Henrique. As Henrique entered into a new phase of his life, becoming a father, the two took it upon themselves to record music that addressed the fear we all must deal with in time, the anxiety of that life is perhaps meaningless. “Human “ was written to express empathy to the new generation that will eventually also become obsolete. “Human” is soothing and sweet, a lullaby from one generation to the next.
Gibberish is the experimental-psych duo of Derek and Lorie Bromley. Formed in their spare bedroom in Arkansas before moving to Los Angeles (where they now reside), Gibberish started out with looping live drums through effects, with Lorie playing bass and keys and Derek rounding things out with a melody and guitar after looping some sort of distorted beat. They enjoy surrounding their songs in textured, spacey blankets, but having a core of rhythmic, lo-fi percussive sounds anchoring the wafty synths and sparkling guitars.
“The new album Kneehigh was written right after we moved from Arkansas to Los Angeles,” the duo explains. “It’s about being in a sort of survival mode that we also felt was mirrored in a lot of ways by society at large around this time.”
“Feet Wet” begins in a luxurious psych-pop haze, gently leading to mellow vocals just prior to the one-minute mark, after an exotic and shimmering introduction of fluttering acoustics and sweeping vocal harmonies. The next four minutes showcase a budding, gorgeous sound that breaks around 02:23, though just briefly until it unleashes cathedral-sized psych-pop bliss in the final minute. It’s an excellent, majestic effort that shows what Gibberish do well: developmental psych-pop with a magical feel.
Kayobe has just released his new single "Sun Don't Shine".
"My new single “Sun Don’t Shine” started as you can imagine: on a rainy day. I came back to my home studio after writing the day off otherwise and started messing around. Eventually, I came up with the beat, which was inspired by minimal dark electronic and hip-hop influences. After I came up with the beat I met and connected with Olive B. We went through a bunch of beats and ideas the first time we met up. “Sun Don’t Shine” really grabbed her attention so it was the first thing we decided to collaborate on. We wrote the lyrics on the track and her voice ended up being an incredible fit for the style of the song; her character really soared over the minimal nature of the beat.
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.