Blurred City Lights – ‘Volker’

Blurred City Lights have dropped their second album ‘Volker‘ featuring the electronic bliss of ‘Don’t Let Go’ (as sung by Rose Berlin). After many years the collaboration between Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO) and Polish multi-instrumentalist Jarek Leskiewicz (Sunset Wrecks, Opollo, SPC ECO) continues to sound immediate. The pair have been crafting fuzzy soundscapes together since 2013’s ‘Neon Glow’ and their latest is a worthy addition. The album art is fantastic too, admittedly it gives me Bladrunner feels! Jarek explains the inspiration, “Dean was always very stimulated by evocative visuals and right away pointed at the first one and said that it should be the cover art for our new release. I agreed. I think that image motivated/inspired us quite a bit and sealed the fate of the record as a creative vision that must be completed.”

Blurred City Lights – ‘Volker’

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Luca Mar – ‘Exit’

Here’s a release that totally flew under my radar; ‘Exit’ by Luca Mar (released late 2017). It’s the work of Seattle duo Christian Jorgensen (vocals) and Brock Jorgensen (guitar). Last May the pair dropped out of school and quit their jobs to write and record ‘Exit’. Life choices. I respect the conviction, however their parents may think differently! Anyway, check out ‘Rise Up’ which I think is really impressive, stream the rest here.

Luca Mar – ‘Rise Up’ [from ‘Exit’ LP]

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June Pastel – ‘Without A Phrase’

It’s been a hectic week, and while you may have been busy lapping up the new releases from Ride and Lowtide, there’s plenty of other gems that deserve attention. Case in point, June Pastel. It’s the work of Venezuelan-American Anthony Peña. The Baltimore solo artist produces breezy bedroom pop, which has been compared to Craft Spells and Wild Nothing. June Pastel will release his debut full length this summer through Native Sound. Get acquainted below!

June Pastel – ‘Without A Phrase’

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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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Candace – ‘Rewind’

Candace have posted a fresh video for their single ‘Rewind’, lifted from their forthcoming long player ‘New Ruins‘ (available March 2). The Portland-based band is Sarah Rose (guitar/bass/vocals), Sarah Nienaber (guitar/bass/vocals), and Mara Appel DesLauriers (drums/vocals). The trio have been making music since 2009 (under the moniker Is/Is) before changing their name to Candace in 2016. Long-time collaborator Neil Weir produced the album, which follows last year’s ‘Horizons’ 7 inch. ‘Rewind’ is perfect for those who like it downbeat and hazy!

Candace – ‘Rewind’ (‘New Ruins’ LP)

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