A fast-paced follow-up to a December debut tape, this hardcore three-track tape lasts just over three minutes. I love the clear vocals that you don’t hear too often in hardcore - it makes the lyrics feel more important and the voice seem like more of an instrument. There’s a lot of apparent passion in these songs - they’ll have you ready to shake your ass and pound your fists in the air. I would also recommend checking out their 2016 Demo, preaching consent and power with strong riffs and intense breakdowns. An added bonus - the art for June 2017 Promo Tape is super freaky and cute, you’ve gotta check it out.
FFO: DOWNTOWN BOYS, DUMSPELL
After a two year hiatus, Los Angeles trio Moving Maps is back with six new tracks. On their new EP, Eyes to Meet, they replace the synth they used for previous recordings with a guitar. The guitar adds color to the songs with surfy riffs and cool solos. Molly, Gillian, and Sonia share the spotlight by singing harmonies and taking turns playing the drums. Check them out if you want to feel funky and refreshed!
FFO: SHOPPING, THE RAINCOATS
Portland based trio Fantastic Plastic establish their unapologetic attitude in just two demos they released this summer. Their carefree guitar riffs and assertive lyrics were written by Mimi Leggett, Brianna Swilling, & Phoebe Grieves. The song “Band Talk” trash talks boy bands and “Embarrassing” addresses the feeling of being a woman who is called embarrassing. Spiteful but fun, they prove that music doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated to be impactful.
FFO: BRATMOBILE, SLEATER-KINNEY, BIG BLEACH
Liz Harris simplifies her classic sound for this single falling in line with her extensive discography. With just a piano and voice, Liz released this song noting that it was written to be a part of her 2014 album Ruins, but the energy didn’t seem right at the time. The track is very stripped down compared to Grouper’s signature lo-fi and ambient sound. However, her vocals are just as gentle, soothing, and strong as ever. I always find myself listening to Grouper tracks over and over, trying to make out each lyric, and this single is just the same. The song is emotional and sensitive - it feels like a heartache on a rainy day in the fall, with leaves sprinkling the ground and clouds covering the skies.
FFO: SOLEY, CARLA DAL FORNO
The Norwegian electronic duo Smerz goes for a deeper and darker mood with this new single, “Oh My My.” The track is just under three minutes but doesn’t feel long enough. I always love the production style of their vocals - especially on this track. There are lots of vocal track layers with unexpected cuts and additions - slowly sung words followed by quickly spoken lines. The bass and beat are smooth and intense, seducing you into a dream world. Ending just as soon as you are drawn in, this track will leave you wanting more, more, more.
FFO: THE XX, KEDR LIVANSKY, VIRNA LINDT
OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES
Jangly indie pop reminiscent of Frankie Cosmos and Girlpool.
Strange and off-putting electronic tracks from CA. If Cocorosie turned a bit more spooky.
Eerie track with mysterious lyrics - it will leave you feeling scared and powerful at the same time.
Big and busy band with synth, sax, guitars, and more. A fun and crazy show!
Quick and catchy tracks from St.Louis. Similar to The World, Boy Spit, Neonates.
Pop turned rock 'n roll from our hometown of Bloomington, IN. A full album of HITS!