Galavant with Dead Trains & cohorts in their newest video as they get off the chain gain and into your basement hearts. There’s tons of SouthWest swagger from this Boston trio – with concrete grit and dirty jean vibez permeating off of their new single, “County Road Bound/Mean Town Blues” – it’s the perfect accompaniment to listen to while working on a serious hangover.
Magic Magic play a lazed out “am I still sleeping – or awake?” version of indie glaze pop that leaves the ears floaty and heart hopeful. The unsigned Boston sextet released Tv Life in mid-January and it’s 11 tracks of fantastic – a perfect accompaniment to an unseasonably warm February as it’s psychedelic surrealness leaves you blended between the physical and the shadowland.
Recommended If You Like: Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Four Tet
Winter, a band conceived in Boston & stationed out of Los Angeles, recently released a video for “Pretender” – the chill dream vibes of the indie quartet are encapsulated beautifully by lead guitarist Matt Hogan’s direction, as you get a backseat view of what it’d be like to chum around on tour with Winter.
Recommended If You Like: Beach Fossils, Summer Twins, Ducktails
Thee Arcadians hail from Western Massachusetts, the land of dragons, and their music is as unrelenting & fierce as the tamed lizards they ride upon. These cats are young by human years, but their music is as old as the soul, and it’s this battle of complimentary conflictions that make their music fresh as hell and old as stone. This is Sorry Ma’ era Replacements freaked on Berkshire weed. This is Rock and Roll. This is really, really good. This is Thee Arcadians. This is what I want to hear more of.
- Act fast and buy We Have Come For Your Parents before it’s no more. Available via the incomparable Feeding Tube Records in a limited run of 300.
Recommended If You Like: Ty Segall, Sebadoh, Mudhoney, Berkshire Weed
The music of The Ghost of Electricity – a recording project featuring Ray McNamara; is unabashedly adventurous & unique. His upcoming EP, Bones, will be released on 2/3/16 by Spark & Fizz Records – and it’s a sonic sculpture whose psychedelic shape morphs with repetitive listens, forming a topography that makes for constant (and rewarding) change. There’s a meditative quality to the EP that is restrained in presentation but complex in composition – Zen Chaos. “The Ritual” is the opening track off Bones and shimmers you into the jangled depths this EP contains.
Recommended If You Like: Bibio, Dirty Projectors, Buffalo Daughter
What’s so enticing about Sex Dream, a solo project by Benjamin Jameson, is his steady & monotonous baritone, which is reminiscent of Mark Sandman’s legendary vocal tone with Morphine. The production’s not as complex, with a VHS nostalgic hue and easiness that make for a perfect compliment to such a strong and confident voice. Jameson describes the music as “simple/whatever” on the his Facebook page, and while simple may be apt, it’s certainly far from whatever.
- Buy “Gods/Tundra” from Bleeding Gold Records for a measly $6
At the time of this post only 8 remain from this beautiful, bone colored limited edition 7″
Recommended If You Like: Morphine, The National, Twin Shadow
It may be easy for brmfthsstm* to be alone, but it’s even easier to ease back and let the rays of “honest” layer you in a golden tan – leaving you deeper in tone & tenor than when you first laid out to bathe. It’s gentle, thoughtful, and light as a two inch New England dusting – while also warm as the orange window you watch flakes flutter and fall from – that duality is what makes “honest” better than great, and brmfthsstm* someone to pay attention to.
Recommended If You Like: Sore Eros, Sex Dream, Tomorrows Tulips