The Tambourine Girls are a four-piece band from Sydney, Australia. Formed by ex-Deep Sea Arcade guitarist Simon Relf, the band released their debut EP 'The End of Time' in 2014, and followed up with their debut, self-titled LP in 2016. Frontman Simon Relf has toured extensively as a solo act supporting Dustin Tebbutt and Megan Washington, and the band are set to release their second LP in early 2018. "You Don't See Me" is the first single from that second LP. The album is the first ever to be recorded at Golden Retriever Studios in Sydney, run by Simon Berckelman (The Philadelphia Grand Jury) and was engineered by Tim Whitten (The Go Betweens, Lupa J, The Church, Augie March) and mixed by Nick Franklin (Australia, Richard In Your Mind, Matt Corby). "This track is my take on Bob Dylan's 'Talkin World War III Blues.' There's a line in there that could save the world if it were considered more often: "I don't blame him too much though he didn't know me," explains Simon. The song has a driving, robotic rhythm contrasted with sweeping synth-like guitars and a loose, almost conversational vocal melody. The tension is released in the final verse with the bittersweet resolution: "I think you loved me completely in darkness, so that's where I'll be.""You Don't See Me" was released through MGM on 11/17. with an intimate NSW launch gig at Sneaky Possum in Chippendale on 11/23.
Ali Murray is a songwriter/musician hailing from the cold and rainy Isle of Lewis in northern Scotland. Equal parts grandiose and humble, effervescent and melancholy, spatial and solitary, Ali’s dark blend of acoustic folk, atmospheric post-rock, and dream pop is as beautifully depressing as it is introspectively invigorating. His lyrics, which speak of longing, loss, and various degrees of emotional turmoil we can all relate to in some way, speak volumes themselves but are also wonderfully complimented by moving melodies and expansive soundscapes; Ali proves himself to be a creator of an incredibly vast array of sound for a single person. An artistic channeler of all spectral ranges of human emotion, Ali Murray will appeal to any and all folks looking for that faint, but visible light at the end of the tunnel.
'Only Wind' is the new 4-song EP, featuring Canadian songwriter Stephanie Ratcliff on guest vocals and Luke Cowan on piano.
"Twigs" is the new single from Pittsburgh-based folk-pop artist Alex Stanton (townsppl).
The track comes via Alex's forthcoming full-length of the same name, out on 11/10. On the track, Alex describes it as "about the experience of being a kid and how being carefree is a skill. It’s about how as an adult being lost or outside of your comfort zone maybe feels like a bigger deal than it should. There is a thread throughout the album about characters being dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood, as well as a bit of a future dystopian backdrop."
townsppl is Alex Stanton’s performing and recording music project, a folk-pop venture with imaginative lyrics and song concepts. A keen multi-instrumentalist, Alex works with crap parlor guitars, '60s 2-knob tube amplifiers, Chinese and American ukuleli, his grandmother’s upright bass, an open piano that he describes as “intune-ish”, found percussion implements (he’s particularly interested in those that go “kssh” or “doonnmm”) and plenty of layered voices.
An entrepreneur and lifelong inventor, Alex builds his songs like little contraptions, tinkering to find the right balances of wood and wires, and of polish and scuff. While the dressings vary from the ornate to the austere, Alex’s north star is melody, especially those that are simple, relatable, and memorable. The words are at once earnest and wry with subjects include stargazing existential pondering, out-of-body vignettes and microscopic love songs to Alex’s sweet one.
Come show time Alex performs with 0-10 other people including backup singers and some tangly and dynamic vocal arrangements. townsppl has performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, South Park Amphitheatre and a number of other official and DIY spaces in Alex’s hometown of Pittsburgh. 2013’s care and feeding cracked the top 3 of WYEP 91.3’s top local albums list and was acclaimed for it’s state of the art hand assembled packaging, which could be cut and folded into a 14” venus fly trap sculpture (if you’re willing to cut the CD in half).
Alex is also the owner and founder of Sunburst School of Music, which since 2011 has helped thousands of kids and adults in the Pittsburgh area discover their passion for music.
Nicole Rodriguez is a singer/songwriter always drawing inspiration from the road ahead. Recording and performing under the name Pearla, the young artist recently released a debut EP, If You’re Not Alright Now, which had tastemakers comparing her stylings to Alanis Morisette and Ani DiFranco.
Now, Pearla is getting ready to unveil a standalone single, “Somewhere,” a bold new step forward that blends the more natural sounds of her previous statement with Sylvan Esso-style beats and electronics. The song, a collaboration with producer Jon Buscema, finds Pearla grappling with a sense of self that seems lost as it continues to develop.
Since the EP drop, Pearla has begun to establish herself in the NYC scene including a spotlight performance at The Wild Honey Pie’s The Beehive at Northside Festival.
Released a week ago from today, single "On My Own" is a piece of twangy, ascending beauty from Boston-based act TOLEDO
When Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Daniel Alvarez de Toledo were just small lads, they started playing guitar in the nearby town to attract listeners. Now, the two seasoned musicians are gigging and giggling their way to success with their new band TOLEDO. With a blend of traditional and modern sounds, TOLEDO is an indie-pop, sailor-shanty, pirate-rock band from Boston, MA. Collaborating with visual artists and animators, the band is a multifaceted machine. Stay tuned to hear new content from these goons every month.
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.