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There’s Talk – ‘Bathed Water Moon’ [EP]

Dreamgazers There’s Talk have posted ‘Soundry’, the third single/video from their ‘Bathed Water Moon‘ EP (out February 23). The band grew from the work of Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist Olivia Lee, who sings, plays synths and guitar. The trio released their debut EP ‘Tiny Strands’ in 2013, and have reunited with engineer Ian Pellicci (Yann Tiersen, Rogue Wave, Hauschka) for their latest recording.

Olivia shared the back story of ‘Soundry’, “The Soundry was a darling, ephemeral art collective housed in a converted garage – the only one of the sort in my Virginia hometown. I was an angsty teen who absolutely lived for it every week, each time trying actively to contain my excitement at the sights and sounds of other misfits and weird music lovers. I devised new covers, secretly sandwiching my own songs, to share at the weekly open mic where I met the host, a charismatic soul with an authoritative humor reminiscent of Jack Black: Sean Meyers. In a short time we played an avante ambient folk show at a dive in D.C. together, contributed noises to a haunted house soundtrack, and he encouraged me to put together my first show of my own songs at The Soundry.”

“I eventually moved to San Francisco for college and Sean checked in often to hear big city tales and see when I’d come back and play. In our last exchange I promised soon. I was heartbroken to hear he had been taken too soon in a motor accident. Sean lives alive in the currents and my heart, and I laugh to myself when he sends me an extra farty sound through the VCA.”

There’s Talk – ‘Bathed Water Moon’ [EP]

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Pure Violet – ‘Glass’

Pure Violet returns with the dream popper ‘Glass’, the follow-up to the ‘Numb’ and ‘Garden’ singles (released last year). It’s the work of vocalist/guitarist Chadwick Johnson, who is also a big part of Hundredth (who recently delivered ‘RARE’). It’s an interesting listen for Hundredth fans, it has a similar character despite being almost opposite of the band’s output. Hear more when the South Carolina solo artist releases his debut full length later this year.

Pure Violet – ‘Glass’

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Reighnbeau – ‘Fingertips’

Reighnbeau returns with a new collection of songs called ‘Fingertips‘, featuring ‘Beside’. The New Mexico soloist has crafted a series of warped and wonderful sketches. It’s not particularly long but works well as a single listen. Pretty sure Reighnbeau (aka Bryce Hample) rarely sleeps, every time I blink more tunes pop up. Always interesting.

Reighnbeau – ‘Fingertips’ [EP Stream]

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You’ll Never Get To Heaven – ‘Images’

Canada’s You’ll Never Get To Heaven served up their third album ‘Images‘ on Yellow K earlier this year. It turned out to be one of the most compelling ambient/dream pop releases of 2017. The duo is Alice Hansen (singer and classically trained pianist/violinist), together with Chuck Blazevic (producer and monome master). Together they crafted 2012’s self-titled debut and the follow-up ‘Adorn’ in 2014. Their latest is a little less abstract, with ghostly compositions showered in reverb and hypnotic vocals. ‘Images’ has several interludes and surprises wedged between more pop-centric creations (such as the title track and ‘Beyond The Clouds’). The latter is a simple but brilliant tune, that sounds a little like something The Cure might’ve done in their early days. ‘Images’ is unrepentantly chill, which may turn off some listeners. However, ambient fans can go in knowing what to expect, because if you’re in the right mood then ‘Images’ is a meditative marvel. Stream in full below…

You’ll Never Get To Heaven – ‘Images’ [Stream]

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Reighnbeau – ‘Hide’ EP

Reighnbeau constantly drops new tunes and 2017’s ‘Hide’ EP further cemented his impressive catalogue. The Albuquerque, New Mexico-based artist (Bryce Hample) teamed up with Madeline Johnston (Sister Grotto) for the recording and subsequent tour. Madeline’s voice is all over the hypnotic EP. Reighnbeau’s work uses electronic/ambient sounds with layered, glitchy styling. Fans of Ulrich Schnauss or Mark Peters should find something to like here.

Hample explains the creative process; “the title track started with my voice (me recording while improvising in my practice space) and developed fully when Madeline and I started rehearsing live for a tour. The other songs all grew out of sounds from this song. The synths on ‘Grey’ are my voice run through my guitar pedals.” If ‘Hide’ scrambles your eggs, check out Reighnbeau’s Bandcamp page because there’s plenty to discover.

Reighnbeau – ‘Hide’ EP [Stream]

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Channeling – ‘Self-titled’

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Illuminated Paths have released the debut (self-titled) album by Channeling, and it’s a fantastic listen. I don’t often share ambient / experimental / drone, mainly because it’s not my strong suit, but this is just too good to pass up! It’s the work of New York’s Andrew Osterhoudt, who conjures soundscapes that should sit well with lovers of shoegaze or vaporwave. Channeling proves that synthesizers and reverbs make good friends! FFO: How To Disappear Completely, Survive or Boards Of Canada.

 
Channeling – ‘Self-titled’ [LP Stream]

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