Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

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To celebrate the impending release of Crescendo‘s sophomore album ‘Unless’ (out February 19) we’re sharing the first public stream of the album cut ‘Pressure’! It’s an exciting collaboration with Frankie Soto (of Surf Club / formerly Craft Spells) that crosses genre lines with dream pop, jangle and shoegaze. The Los Angles trio knows how to marry noisy edges and accessible melodies, giving their gritty sound just the right amount of sugar! Case in point, the lead single ‘Repulsor’ that was featured on our 2015 “best of” comp. No doubt the dreamgazers will reach a much bigger audience this time round with support from The Line Of Best Fit, Consequence Of Sound and The Deli Mag. It’s only been a few years since Crescendo’s debut ‘Lost Thoughts’ but they’ve grown creatively and stretch their sound on ‘Unless’.

Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

Gregory (guitarist / singer) explains, “Pressure was one of the last songs on the album to be tracked and produced. It was apparent that we all felt it (Olive, Jess, John Kunkel; Producer / The New Division), and I were feeling the universe tugging to complete the record. At that point we decided to take the energy from the pressure… and transform it into creative power. As an artist your mind will play tricks on you and say, “everyone is counting on you to write the record of the year for your genre, so you better deliver.” … we knew better, and we settled on being ourselves. You can witness our attempt in the songwriting, mix, instrumentation, and the lyrics… It was an absolute pleasure working with Frankie of Surf Club, as he is not only our friend but also has an incredible live set and releases…” Preorder Crescendo‘s ‘Unless’ on vinyl, CD or digital via We Were Never Being Boring!

Crescendo – ‘Repulsor’

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DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’

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Captured Tracks delivered ‘Is The Is Are’ this week, the long-awaited second album by DIIV. So far the press has praised the record, but there’s also plenty of fans calling it “samey” and “bland” on Reddit. It was always going to be tough following up their amazing debut ‘Oshin’, so you best just decide for yourself! ‘Is The Is Are’ covers more ground but loses some subtlety and invention in the process. Nevertheless, it’s recommended listening.

 
DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’ (Selected Cuts)

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Savage Sister – ‘Speechless’

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Savage Sister is known for their densely textured dream pop and indulgence in never ending reverb! Last year the Chicago outfit shared the ‘Cocoon’ single and this week dropped their latest full length ‘Speechless’ (available here)! The trio harken back to late 80s dream pop with punchy drums, and somewhat elusive compositions with heavenly vocals. Savage Sister’s Michael Tenzer has also been busy of late with the side projects Eyes Behind The Veil and Lazy Legs.

 
Savage Sister – ‘Speechless’

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Sound of Ceres – ‘Hand Of Winter’

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Former Candy Claws band mates Karen and Ryan Hover have announced a new project called Sound Of Ceres that includes members of The Drums and Apples In Stereo. It’s crazy to think it’s been almost three years since Candy Claws gave us their otherworldly album ‘Ceres And Calypso In The Deep Time’! Needless to say, it’s fantastic to have new music from the Colorado pair. ‘Hand Of Winter’ is grandiose, moody and cinematic. There’s big things ahead on March 4 when Sound Of Ceres deliver their debut full length ‘Nostalgia For Infinity’ through Joyful Noise Recordings. Beautiful artwork too!

 
Sound of Ceres – ‘Hand Of Winter’

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The Morelings – ‘No Sign’ [Video Premiere]

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The Morelings present the final visual installment from their debut EP ‘No Sign’ (available now). The Philadelphia dream-pop duo have teamed up with director Bob Sweeney to create a 1940s/50s inspired video featuring layered images of vocalist/bassist Kedra Caroline and guitarist Mathew William. A fitting swan song for the EP and a reminder that 2016 holds much more for The Morelings; a debut full length produced by Jeff Zeigler (Nothing / The War On Drugs / A Sunny Day In Glasgow). More soon!

 
The Morelings – ‘No Sign’ [Video Premiere]

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Candace – ‘New Future’

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Is/Is have changed their name and remerge as Candace, the news comes with fresh dream pop (out this March via Found Object Records). The Portland, Oregon trio (Sarah Rose, Sarah Nienaber, and Mara Appel DesLauriers) have evolved their sound, now raw and honest, starting with aptly titled ‘New Future’.

 
Candace – ‘New Future’

Visit Candace @ Found Object Records.