Crescendo – ‘Unless’

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Last month we were lucky enough to host the first listen of Crescendo’s ‘Pressure’, a precursor to their second album ‘Unless’ (out now via WWNBB). The L.A. outfit has carved out a catchy selection of cross-over songs that combine dream/jangle pop and shoegaze, without really giving in to any of those genres. An impressive achievement for such a young band. The twelve track release has been praised by The Line Of Best Fit, Impose and Brooklyn Vegan; jump in below.

Crescendo – ‘Unless’ [Album Stream]

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Be Forest – ‘Glow’

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Be Forest started 2016 strong with a European tour and a sold out flexi single ‘Glow’ (through Coward Records / We Were Never Being Boring). The Italian dream poppers released the fabulous ‘Earthbeat’ back in 2014, here’s hoping another full length is just around the corner!

 
Be Forest – ‘Glow’

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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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Brothers In Law – ‘Middle Of Nowhere’

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Brothers In Law return with ‘Middle Of Nowhere’ taken from their forthcoming second album ‘Raise’ (out January 29 through We Were Never Being Boring). It’s a darker and deeper sound than their 2013 LP ‘Hard Times For Dreamers’. Since then the Italian trio have toured alongside Slowdive, Wild Nothing, Still Corners and Dum Dum Girls, as well as adding a new member; bassist Lorenzo Musto. Good to have them back!

 
Brothers In Law – ‘Middle Of Nowhere’

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Be Forest – ‘Earthbeat’

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This week Italian dream pop outfit Be Forest deliver their second album ‘Earthbeat’ (via We Were Never Being Boring). In addition, the four piece have announced a string of European tour dates. Since releasing their debut album ‘Cold’ in 2011 Be Forest have evolved, this time round it’s a much warmer, outward looking album. With the addition of synth specialist Lorenzo Badioli, the group is now a four piece, enabling a broader scope. But rather than adding an electronic layer, this has had the opposite effect, as Lorenzo opts for organic keyboard sounds (vibes, bells and only an occasional electronic swell). ‘Earthbeat’ also favours percussive rhythms, Drummer Erica Terenzi mixes it up throughout, keeping time with toms and shakers rather than the familiar sound of the hi-hat. This is where the Native American influence of the record really shines through. ‘Earthbeat’ is a breath of fresh air, a well considered collection of songs and one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. It’s also proof positive that an endless swathe of effects pedals isn’t a prerequisite for the genre. Not that that’s a bad thing! Highly recommended.

 
Be Forest – ‘Earthbeat’ (Album Stream)

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Be Forest - 'Earthbeat'
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