Monday, September 17, 2018

Dominy and the country tinged indie rocker "Mary Don't Bury Me" is infectious

Dominy hails from Philadelphia and their latest Mary Don't Bury Me off their new EP "Dry Pleather" is a country tinged indie rocker that sits comfortably between Lou Reed, The Kinks, Van Morrison and Cracker. Love the sounds and hate (jealous) how effortlessly Dominy spews out earnest real rockers with charm, irreverent reflections and contagious hooks galore. 

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Robb Donker



The Arrogant Afterglow- multi-flavored big bad rock collabed from around the world - hear "Admission"

The Arrogant Afterglow are Loredana Ribera and Nathaniel Sokoll-Ward who write, record and produce their music apart from each other collaborating from different corners of the world from disparate locations like Bali, Doha, Melbourne, Seattle and Lisbon. 

From their website:


Nathaniel posted Craigslist ads to 60 music hubs around the world looking for a vocalist to team up with. Hundreds of responses and a handful of dick-pics later, he connected with Loredana on the Seattle Craigslist. Aside from being a kick-ass singer, Loredana was an experienced multi-instrumentalist and accomplished producer. 

Loredana and Nathaniel began writing music together as The Arrogant Afterglow in early 2018. The first single, Admission, dropped on September 14, 2018. Their debut EP ships late 2018.

Their debut single Admission while possessing post punk leanings is also very much a straight rocker with heavy metal /alternative rock bones. Loredana has the vocal prowess to get big and headbangingly bad and the agressive lead guitar work works well with any hard rock genre. I look forward to hearing more from these two. Rock on.

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Robb Donker

Montalban Quintet's - "Kisses" a shape shifting creation between alt folk, jazz pop and psychedelia





































The song Kisses by Montalban Quintet is a a kind of shape shifting creation that lies somewhere between alt folk and jazz pop, between folk fusion and psychedelia, between an intoxicating lost weekend and floating up to heaven. I thought of a strange hybrid of Ramin Djawadi, Radiohead, Sarah Jaffe, Pink Floyd and (even Judy Collins) coalesced together. Montalban Quintet is the avant classical, jazz and pop long running experiment put together by Pinback drummer Chris Prescott. It is from the new "Under The River" album. Kisses, somber yet beautiful and dark like bent reflections in black water.

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Robb Donker 

PRESS NOTES

Under the Riverthe forthcoming album from Pinback drummer Chris Prescott's Montalban Quintet will be released August 17 on  Belly of the Whale Records. For Prescott (touring drummer for Pinback since 2005 and performer/contributor with Jimmy Eat WorldRocket from the Crypt and more), completing the album after eight years of work caps a difficult and dark period resulting in a thrilling personal evolution.

"In 2014 had been chipping away at composing and working with the band," says Prescott. "But ended up putting everything on hold for two years as I uprooted my family to take care of my father who had become ill with Parkinson's disease. It was amazing to have that time with him, but it was also incredibly difficult. I no longer had a place to record music and work on the album completely halted. Sadly, a year later he passed and I decided it was time to begin anew. After months of work the new studio was done and the floodgates opened. I spent hundreds of hours working out the album, coaxing other members to record over a period of months. Finishing the album felt like the end of an extremely challenging period in my life."

For the Quintet, each time they take the stage is an element of risk. Yet the thrill of diving into landscapes where everything could as easily fall apart as coalesce remains the crucial spark that unites the longtime friends and collaborators. "Montalban Quintet is a place where I am completely honest in integrating the varied elements of my personality," says Prescott of the San Diego-based ensemble that is a spiritual center for the disparate elements of his career (student, sideman, leader, engineer/producer, punk rock fan, jazz enthusiast). 

Enlisted by Prescott to bring these slightly warped experimentations to life, Montalban members have chased the addictive freedom and creativity offered within the collaboration and its live shows. Performing and touring together at different points in Pinback over the past decade, Prescott (drums, vocals and additional guitar and piano) invited in Emmy award-winning composer Kenseth Thibideau (Sleeping PeopleHoward HelloTarentel) to hold down the bass and film and television composer Chris-Fulford-Brown to play keys. Next, having collaborated for almost 20 years with each of them, Julie Kitterman (percussion, vocals) and Greg Friedman (guitar, vocals) were natural additions.  Montalban’s heavily featured and pivotal horn section is a product of a lifetime of discovering, exploring and making music with brother Carl Prescott (trumpet) and Carl’s proclaimed telepathic musical relationship with Jim Weiss (saxophones). Carl has recorded with the Mattson 2 and various jazz groups and Weiss is the founding member of Big Time Operator and a jazz musician and educator. Finally,  Mike Stockalper (Mango Melody) was later pulled in to take on the majority of piano duties through a sustained connection while studying at the UCSD music school. Additional musicians on the album include Terrin Durfey (Bass, Vocals) of the iconic band Boilermaker and The Jade ShaderMarjorie Prescott (Cello), J.P. Hewett (Congas) and Pete Polansky (Violin).

For Prescott and the band, The Montalban Quintet is a culmination of interests and musical studies, a chance to combine musical talents but also a continual reunion of old friends. "As a drummer working on many projects, I’ve had to adapt into what is required, but when free to create from true expression the thing I would play is this,” confirms Prescott. "This is a joy."



Charlie Lane - a shiny indie pop package holds somber revelations in "The Darkest Time"

The song The Darkest Time by Melbourne (Au) singer-songwriter  Charlie Lane percolates on tight rhythms, pearly guitar lines and Lane's evocative vocals. The sound is open and feels live really which I love. It bounces and sways on indie rock / Brit pop bones but has a proto punk heart. It feels like it could of come out in the early 80's or now. The melodic sway feels easy and timeless but as is often the case with shiny packages they can hold dark secrets. The lyrics draw somber lines and Lane points out that The Darkest Time is inspired by PTSD and is dedicated to all those who have it.

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Robb Donker 



"Leaving Song" intimate revelations in this collaboration from Andrew Goldring and June Pastel

Born from a spontaneous recording session, "Leaving Song" is a collaboration between Salt Lake City songwriter Andrew Goldring & Baltimore's June Pastel. This single follows June Pastel's summer debut LP "Collages" - released through The Native Sound (6/29) and prefaces Goldring's upcoming full length, "Fluorescent Memories" due next spring.

The sound is laid back and chill built around guitar, bass, drums, ambient synths flourishes, lead lines and intimate vocal performances, hushed tones whispered in your ear. Leaving Song feels like alt folk pushed through pop and light jazz filters. So very cool. 

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Robb Donker



Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Washboard Abs' broken hearted dreamy lullaby "Never Finds You"

From Olympia, Washington (but currently in Pennsylvania, PA) The Washboard Abs' latest track Never Finds You from their 3rd album "Lowlight Visions" feels a bit like a lullaby. Bell like keys percolate with the spritely drum beat while elegant string sounds and melodic bass lines make it all soar. The vocal performance feels somber and self aware but sweetly beautiful too like a broken hearted kiss on the cheek. Lovely stuff. Just lovely.

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Robb Donker

Gringo Star pumps out deep post punk psyche rock hooks in "Back To The City"






















Gringo Star's latest single (and title track of their 5th album) Back To The City begins with a kick heavy drum beat and syncopated punchy dirty guitar pumping out a G# E B F# prog that sounds as comfortable as it sounds ultra cool. When a kind of sleepy aloof (almost barbiturate laden) vocal performance floats on top you will be fully invested, fully hooked in and start to head bop. The iconic Atlanta based band recorded, self-produced and mixed at Peter Furgiule's (vocals, guitar, keys, percussion) ATL Studio 234. Brother Nick Furgiule (vocals, bass, guitar, percussion) says: "Of all the songs on the album, this one felt the most collaborative." Peter adds, We thought it was a really suiting title for the current culture we live in. There’s been a huge ‘migration’ in U.S. cities from the suburbs back to the city.” The band is rounded out by Josh Longino (guitar, bass), and Mario Colangelo (drums).

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Robb Donker


Saturday, September 15, 2018

NYC's Black Suit Youth - single "Capitol Offense" from the upcoming "False South" album

NYC's Black Suit Youth cut deep garage rock punk tones on their latest single Capitol Offense. They hail from Long Island and this is the first single off their upcoming album"False South" on 59X Records.
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Robb Donker








"Age Of Distraction" waxes poetic on politics, social strife and the fragility of life and nature by Simon Lynge

Age of Distraction by Greenlandic/ Scandinavian singer songwriter Simon Lynge and from the album "Deep Snow" has a lightness to the musical bed but the lyrical content holds heavy issues. Lynge's vocal performance is smooth and passionate as he sings about the fragility of life, nature and the loss of the connective tissue that bonds us all together: 

“I just wanted to acknowledge the underlying anxiety of existence in this age and the longing for connection that I believe is so pervasive in modern humans... We have instant access to information, but our knowledge of the source of a meaningful life is at an all-time low. We look out of our eyes and forget to observe with our heart."

Now residing in America's Pacific Northwest, "Deep Snow" drops on November 23rd. 

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Robb Donker


Isolated Corners - "Detox" perfectly sad in a beautiful way

On Isolated Corners' Facebook page it states "I write sad and bittersweet indie songs to lay on the floor to"
which made me instantly recall when my youngest daughter was about 6 years old. The house was nearly empty as we were moving out and all that was left was a TV and one glass and brass end table. I had a boom box playing OK Computer upstairs and the songs echoed throughout the entire small but two story home. I hadn't seen her for a while and then found her silently laying underneath the glass top end table and in tears. "No Surprises" was playing at the moment and I could only surmise that the sad melodies brought her to tears even if she didn't understand the meaning of the song. 

The song Detox by UK artist Isolated Corners is one of those songs and does have a decidedly Radiohead / Thom York-esque vibe. You will have to decide for yourself if that (for whatever reason) bother you. It does not me. I am content to lay on the floor and listen to it. 

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Robb Donker


Grant Richardson - country roots on "Waiting" from Vancouver Island is blissfully real

The song Waiting by Vancouver Island (CAN) based singer-songwriter Grant Richardson (and from his debut solo album "Hard Night") was honed in a stone walled re-purposed cathedral. I love the country / folk Americana roots that you can feel deeply in this song and Richardson's vocal performance. There is something stoic, yet passionate in his vocal tones, something real and unaware of being so if that makes any sense and I love that. The musicality is so solid too and I love the tightness of the band and exquisite country lead lines. Everything is so spot on. Big love for this song.

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Robb Donker



Coyle Girelli - creates a surreal tortured love ballad on "Love Kills" and it kills

The track Love Kills by The Chevin frontman Coyle Girelli is an epic piece of music. Like a sonic piece of Pulp Fiction it feels like a tortured 50's love ballad with a post punk heart. The sweeping sound screams Phil Spector and Girelli's voice is that of rock god status ala Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. People, music reviewers (some of who are people), will refer to this work as a masterpiece and they will be right. Girelli's Debut solo album of the same name "Love Kills" on Friday, September 21. 

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Robb Donker  



The Chesterfield Band - and the universal "Home"

Home by Australia's The Chesterfield Band pulls at universal heartstrings. After all during the darkest of times coming home can rescue you. Born in a kitchen, The Chesterfield Band is a family affair with daughter and dad at the original core. What a lovely thing.

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Robb Donker




Aaron Taos- double sided "August" featuring "Summer In The City"

Aaron Taos' track Summer In The City is perfect at a house party, drink in hand and dancing slowly with that special one or special ones. Based out of Brooklyn, Summer In the City is from the double sided single called August.

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Robb Donker


the so dreamy "So Blue" by South Australia's Tales plus OFFICIAL VIDEO

The so dreamy So Blue by Tales (formerly known as The Winter Gypsy) are a 5 piece indie alt folk band from Adelaide, South Australia. So Blue is dreamy and vast with solid production with deep, deep pop grooves. 

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Robb Donker






"Les Nuits Célestes" a cool rock French treat from Lunar Landscape

The Bordeaux based atmospheric rock of Lunar Landscape on Les Nuits Célestes  might ride some familiar rails but provide a sonic rock landscape with deep grooves and punch through terrain that sounds so very good. Caution listening while driving late at night as you might go way over the posted speed limit. 

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Robb Donker



The 5 track EP by I, Aeronaut - "All Those Bright Natures Adorned In Our Prime" is as unique as it is beautiful. Like a stunning musical cyborg.

The 5 track EP "All Those Bright Natures Adorned In Our Prime" by I, Aeronaut (the moniker of Isaac Lomeli) is like a stunning musical cyborg. It is a dreamy organic mix of guitars, piano and Lomeli's pristine pure and somber vocal performance pushed through electronic manipulations. Produced so very well sometimes sounds colliding in a heady fog like dreamy shoe gaze (like on Occupying Such Pressure Spheres For Such A Brief Moment) or beats and guitar notes on the edge of dissonance like a mantra with beautiful pained vocals on More Important Things or on God's Safe, Breaking From It's Work which runs on a deep little groove until beats fall apart and come back together, deconstructed, taped back together with broken and then different time signatures and hints of Thom York-ianisms. Then take the beautiful Disconnect, But Incompletely which musically has this kind of Americana folk thing happening amidst deep dreamy synths. Images and music textures blend all together in such a provocative way. Oh, and Lomeli wrote, recorded and produced it all. Fucking love this man. Fucking love this. 

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Robb Donker





"Sunrise" by Borderline Bob plays like a dark epic movie in your brain

The song Sunrise by Borderline Bob out of Warsaw, Poland plays like a dark movie in your head. It has deep heavy rock bones but when the piano laden musical break builds it is something both dreamy and grungy and so very cinematic. Play it in the dark. From the "Frontolimbic" EP.

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Robb Donker


Get ready to move with The Eiffels on "Heartbeat"

Los Angeles Indie band The Eiffels make big musical hooks on the dance laden Heartbeat and while some have described their sound as dance rock or synth pop (fair) but that might be an over simplification. The slick and sultry falsettos, almost disco rock guitars have elements of funk and even glam rock sounds making for a blendo sound that is hard to put into one genre. Once thing is for sure their music makes you move. That is one thing we can all agree on. 

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Robb Donker


Tim Carr - elegantly crafted beautiful "Long Enough Along For The Ride" feels like an ascent to heaven

The song Long Enough Along For The Ride by L.A. based singer, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Tim Carr is so utterly beautiful that it feels like an ascent to heaven. While that may sound corny or overblown that is what I was feeling as I listened to it for the first time and then ten times in a row. The song is deceptively complex and sweet. I mean it, at first, it feels like a coffee shop folk song, instantly beautiful and captivating and then the stunning nuanced production washes over you. Whether it is the faintest of bell tones highlighting a phrase or the subtle drum shuffle or delicately placed synth of what sounds like horns / strings NOTHING is forced but (instead) sits perfectly where it should be in an elegant sort of way. According to press notes, Carr's folk based songs are inspired by African rhythms, melodies of the French Romantics and 60's pop and that is so evident here. Love, love, love this song. 

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Robb Donker

Wingtip stirs up cool vibes on "Fake It" from the upcoming "Ghosts of Youth" EP

Wingtip's track Fake It stirs up intimate relatable feelings within a dance laden beat and production. The vocal performance and cadence of the melodies bounce in a sultry, cool aloof way. This is music to cruise in your car to with the window down. 

LA-based Wingtip (Perloff-Giles) steps out of the shadow of his DJ/Producer past with his forthcoming "Ghosts of Youth" EP, due out 9/21.

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Robb Donker



United Ghosts push big buttons on "All You Sad Boys"

The song All You Sad Boys by United Ghosts has a cagey beat pulsating around vibratone-ish guitars and wailing vox. The feeling is a bit dangerous and exciting like there is a caper of the heart of mind in the works. The sound is so big too and as much as it might make you think of Sunset blvd on a Friday Hollywood night it also feels like big anthem rock played to a packed stadium. Glorious stuff. 

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Robb Donker

Friday, September 14, 2018

Gentle Ivanhoe Death Skulls reverb washed dreams on "Hairdresser"

The song Hairdresser by Stockholm based Gentle Ivanhoe Death Skulls is a reverb washed expression of young hopes and dreams with a runaway beat, pearly guitars and hushed vocals. It may, may have a patina of sadness but overall it feels like pure happiness to me. 

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Robb Donker


Mike Hazelman captivates on "Astound"

Astound by Mike Hazelman feels kind of unique and old fashioned to me (in a good way). The song doesn't beg or borrow a myriad of musical tropes or pop trends of the day but instead tells a story in an earnest way via spirited alt folk / pop guitar, strings and Hazelman's beautiful somewhat somber and kind of familial vocal performance. His story captivates and you gladly follow him ready to take in the next line. 

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Robb Donker  


Go M.A.D. for the fever dreamy "Everything"

I get M.A.D. and the track Everything is simply perfect dreamy pop wonderfully crafted and executed. M.A.D. is Costa Mesa (Ca) musician Mario Barrio who plays with Avid Dancer and Gantez. This solo project with a name that has dark roots, (mutually assured destruction) the concept that only the possibility of total nuclear annihilation can lead to world peace (hey it could work or kill us all) and Everything was recorded during an all night long recording session. If this song is the result then I bless Barrio with insomnia.

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Robb Donker



The Bright Lights are content to stay in the dark- Hear the dirty / clean indie rocker "Missing Out"

The Bright Lights are a four piece indie rock band from London. They apparently shun social media so I cannot share a picture of them but I can share the track Missing Out a dirty / clean post punk indie rocker. Maybe if enough of you get interested in their music they will come out of the dark.

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Robb Donker

"How Will Our Hero Get Out Of This One" by Fins is a silky smooth pop concoction

The song How Will Our Hero Get Out Of This One by Berlin based Fins (Andi Fins) is a vivid and so cool keyboard based song built on late 70's-ish flourishes, a light jazz framework and heavy pop walls of sound. I think of artists like the Doobie Brothers, Daryl Hall and John Oats, the much maligned Michael McDonald and even Steely Dan. Back then their brand of pop was called just that and now artists like Fins might be considered yacht pop. Call it what you like it is so silky smooth, captivating and oh so cool and I love the story telling here. Love it. 

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Robb Donker


Thursday, September 13, 2018

He Arrived By Helicopter spins on art rock axes on "Hemoglobin" from "The Shiny Hostel" album

When you listen to Hemoglobin by the art rock outfit He Arrived by Helicopter it sounds kind of fantastical like a sound track to Alice in Wonderland or the hyper reality of the 1939 Wizard of Oz movie or maybe watching that movie with the sound turned down, slightly intoxicated and listening to Pink Floyd or Pavement or He Arrived by Helicopter. This abstract artistic vision is the brain child of songwriter Christian Gibbs (aka C. Gibbs, Lucinda Black Bear) and while the exact time the idea was birthed is unknown it happened sometime in 2016 when he left NYC for more reclusive digs in the Western Catskills to get away from performing and create something all by himself mostly as embryonic instrumental shapes of all sizes to be flushed out later. Gibbs recorded in his humble dwelling near Bethel Woods where the original Woodstock took place. Trading time between this place and his Brooklyn apartment made for some interesting recordings. From country to city there may be the ambiance of birds chirping or chainsaws rattling. Some things happened as they should in instants of time and improvisation and in the end a full fledged debut album somehow happened and is due to release tomorrow. It is called "The Shiny Hostel" released on cassette format via Very Special Recordings and on vinyl via Eastern Spurs. While this all started as a side project, as fate would have it, Gibbs worked with old band members Matt Brandau, Tim Kuhl (Sean Lennon, Margaret Glaspy), Philp Sterk (Black Lillies) on the 7.5 minute epic title track "He Arrived By Helicopter."

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Robb Donker

Vöödöö big rock sound on "Ashes" is fuel for the fire

The Norwegian alternative rock quartet Vöödöö is releasing their debut album "Ashes" tomorrow (9/14/2018) on Indie Recordings and the titles track pushes big rock buttons. It has a kind of anthem like sound with moments of quiet before the big eruptions full of stalking bass lines, tasty guitar lines, drum breaks and big rock vox. It is the kind of hopeful inspired rock (with some dark elements) that you may want to play while charging up that hill for your early morning run or slaying any other dragons in your way. Fuel for the fire that burns inside you. 

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Robb Donker

Vöödöö is:
Gøran Skage
Giuliano LoMonaco
Sveinung Fossan Bukve
Stian Brungot

Dark Pop Duo Kinolectro paint up fantasies in "Rings On Every Finger"

Dark pop duo Kinolectro is Dakota Blue and Jenny Nirgends and they stir up a heady mix of art rock. The track Rings On Every Finger feels like an abstract theater piece set to music. The song percolates with guitar and synth sounds that sometimes feel like they are crying out amid industrial beats and kind of goth pop boy girl vox. Very cool and interesting.

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Robb Donker



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kyson and the blendo tropical punk pop aesthetic of "Have My Back"

The new track Have My Back by Kyson, the musical project of producer / singer Jian Kellett Liew blends tropical punk flavors with alternative folk painted storytelling. Drenched in pretty and lush pop tones the chorus sways and with a lo-fi bedroom pop aesthetic. This makes for a very self aware dreamy affair. Comfortable sounds hit you on one side and an uneasy detached punk pop beats from another time on another. Right as you start trippin it ends too soon but it doesn't matter you will just push play again and again. Liew seems to call Australia and Germany his homes. Let's hope he comes to the states soon. 

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Robb Donker


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The art pop extravaganza that is Capitano and the big bold art pop of "Dive"

The track Dive by the German band Capitano fronted by the burly peacock-ian art pop provocateur
(Canadian born, German raised, half Norwegian) John Whol blends art rock with deep pop hooks into a trippy theater of the mind. Whol's self aware and very theatrical vocal performance that moves effortlessly into gritty falsettos plays on top of a framework of heavy synths and edgy guitar lines and (on Dive) a children's choir. Whol's partner in crime and the so called brains and bones of the band is Berlin raised Fuzz Santander aided by Dyve Diamond and Mikael Goldbløm. I am loving the unabashedly artistic aesthetic here. Dive is from their "Hi" album. 

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Robb Donker

See track and Official Music Video below



Monday, September 10, 2018

Wanderwild's push and pull of "Irma" steeped in wanderlust and longing

The track Irma by Athens (GA) based band Wanderwild has a kind of intoxicated sway, part tropical punk, part indie rock with progressive tendencies propelled by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist's Matt Martin's crooning vox. His stylistic approach with artful poses and a self aware aesthetic (you can feel the theatrical pauses in his sultry tones) made me think a bit of Jonny Pierce (The Drums) and of (less so) Brandon Flowers (The Killers).  He might make you think of other singers too but one thing is for sure, his vocal performance pulls you straight into the bands orbit aided by Wes Gregory on drums, Ian White on guitar and Taylor Cotton on bass. 
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Robb Donker

Here the full album on Spotify: here
PRESS NOTES:

Wanderwild is Matt Martin, Wes Gregory, Ian White, and Taylor Cotton. The project was initially crafted as a solo venture for Martin, who used Wanderwild to house his output as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. A staple of the Athens, GA music scene, he cut his teeth playing and producing for numerous bands such as Faye Webster, Dana Swimmer, and White Violet,
Wanderwild’s debut EP, Fleeting, “[managed] to balance pop, rock, indie, and folk tendencies, with an equal emphasis on songwriting and production” (Paste Magazine).

Early 2017 found the project in exciting new territory. Quickly after the release of Fleeting, Wanderilwd transitioned form being a solo venture with a rotating cast of live players to a stage lineup of collaborators. With the addition of Wes Gregory on drums, Ian White on guitar, and Taylor Cotton on bass, the band began working on a new LP. In Due Time build on the musical and lyrical themes established by Fleeting, while also welcoming brand new aesthetics and approaches. The album was entirely self-produced been Martin’s own Kilig Recordings and Athens landmark Chase Park Transduction (Deerhunter, R.E.M., Animal Collective). 


From King Dream's Self Titled album- the audacious psyche rocker "Money + Power"




















Money + Power by Oakland's psyche rock band King Dream is big and brash with audacious double leads. Blended in the rock sound is a kind of funky R & B sway and even sultry glam tones, on top of the mic distorted vox and ultra dirty guitar leads whose melodies feel like anthem rock. Fronted by Bay Area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyon (vocals, guitar) the band is filled out by Graham Patzner (keys, violin, vocals, guitar), Debbie Neigher (keys, vocals), Scott Padden (bass, vocals) and Cody Rhodes (drums). King Dream's self titled debut album is available via their Bandcamp Page.

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Robb Donker


PRESS NOTES:

King Dream is the new project from Bay Area songwriter and musician Jeremy Lyon. Inspired by Jim James, Blake Mills, and Jonathon Wilson, Lyon spent 5 years touring the country with Tumbleweed Wanderers, a band he co-founded in 2011, releasing a couple albums and a few EPs along the way. Since disbanding in 2016, he's worked as a sideman in a slew of regional indie rock, psych/folk, and alt/pop acts including Whiskerman, M Lockwood Porter, and Lapel, while working on his debut self-titled album, out August 24th, 2018.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

London's The Shakers - and the disco rocker "Get Me Down"

The unabashedly disco rocker Get Me Down by South London's The Shakers cuts a deep head bobbing groove that cast images of disco balls cascading light on silky roller skaters and while the funk is heavy, the song also seriously lays down serious rock tones that veer toward psychedelia. Great musicality and production on this track and the boys recorded and produced it in old school DIY fashion. The track was recorded on a converted ship in London and mixed in the singer's living room. 

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Robb Donker

The Wild Blue's punk present "Booga Sugar" from the "Room 13" EP

New York City based rockers The Wild Blue and their debut "Room 13" EP is named after their Brooklyn rehearsal space at The Sweatshop. While it's latest offering named Booga Sugar feels like driven punk with serious proto punk bones the band's creative sounds run deep blending everything from classic punk to gospel to indie rock to shoe gaze to prog rock and post punk. Booga Sugar has a  scowling presence with Zach Dalva's provocative vocals somewhere in between Jim Morrison (The Doors) and Justin Warfield (She Wants Revenge). 

The Wild Blue is Edward Martinez on Guitar, Camilo Pabon on drums, Zach Dalva on vox and Mitch Raznick on bass. 


-Robb Donker 

"Room 13" is available at https://thewildblue.bandcamp.com/ (name your own price)


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Gabrielle Marlena- pretty barbed revelations on "Sorry, I Ever Fucked You" OFFICIAL VIDEO



















Evocative and compelling, full of small and large reflections, Gabrielle Marlena is based out of Brooklyn, New York and as I reported a while back her most recent EP "Easier Love" feels less like an alt folk songs than confessionals, like passages in a diary or intimate text messages between her and those who are close to her or not close anymore. The brutally honest track Sorry, I Ever Fucked You is at once so personal but also surprisingly relatable for any of us who have given all of ourselves to someone and maybe (in the end) regretted doing so. The song and video moves as a cascading series of things that have happened between two people. Somber prose falling down stairs as the bouncy chorus captivates melodically with barbed words. You will undoubtedly smile when you hear the song, watch the video and at the conclusion say "Fuck Yeah!."

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Robb Donker


Filmed and Edited by Tom Gorelik Art Direction by Haele Wolf Produced by Nina Wollberg Featuring Joel Alexander Music and Lyrics Written by Gabrielle Marlena Produced and Mixed by Katie Buchanan Mastered by Doug Schadt Copyright 2018 Gabrielle Marlena



Dot Dash - Official Video and free Dnld of "Unfair Weather" from their reflective "Proto Retro' Album



















Dot Dash from Washington D.C make music that feels like it sits in multiple eras all somewhere between 80's new wave and 90's post college rock. There are so many special musical muses during that prolific time fueled by a lot of Brit pop, alternative folk and punk tones. They are offering a free download of Unfair Weather (see Official Video Below) on their Bandcamp page from their current (6th) album "Proto Retro"-

American Pancake's Proto Retro Essential Tracks: Fast Parade, Gray Blue Green, Tamed A Wild Beast, Sun and Moon Disguise, Unfair Weather

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Robb Donker


ASHRR - Delicious Abstract Art Pop of "Sometimes" and OFFICIAL VIDEO

Push play on Sometimes by ASHRR and you can't help but feel David Bowie and Brian Eno in the mix, you might even feel Bryan Ferry or Martin Fry. What all these artist have in common is their ability to inject abstract lines into their art with all manner of musical cues thrown in whether it be proto punk, glam or funk or romantic wave. It is crafted / blended into something that populists call art pop but it is much more. It is drenched in cool and painted with an elegant overcoat. Key in this type of  art rock milieu are vocal performances that are poised, sultry, self aware and a bit aloof in the most theatrical way. This all applies to ASHRR, the L.A. self described musical collective made up of singer songwriter Steven Davis and artist / producer Ethan Allen and Josh Charles. On Sometimes, ASHRR cuts a deep bass heavy groove with sexy synths, proto punk guitar lines and Davis' comely vocals that veer unworldly all framed in an aesthetic that screams, "Mommy... we're not in Kansas anymore." I love it.

Check it out and the accompanying Official Video featuring a slightly creepy doll and be transported.

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Robb Donker


PRESS NOTES:
ASHRR –
Steven Davis (Lead Singer / Songwriter) 
Steven comes from a fascinating musical pedigree ranging from his Midwestern church roots singing gospel to his booming career as a professional adult musician. Select highlights include headlining residencies at NYC’s esteemed Rainbow Room; sharing the stage with icons as Tony Bennett and Diana Krall; and co-writing with pop legend John Oates. His originals have been featured in movies and TV including the title track to “Just Getting Started” and co-writes with John Oates. He has over 500k plays on Spotify. 
Ethan Allen – Producer / Songwriter 
Ethan Allen is an American record producer, mixer, engineer, writer and musician currently living in Los Angeles, California. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and member of the band Gram Rabbit from Joshua Tree, California. Some of his credits include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ben Harper, The 88, Tricky, Luscious Jackson, The Cult, Gram Rabbit, Sheryl Crow, Tim Finn, Brant Bjork, Donita Sparks, Meg Myers, Patty Griffin, and Better Than Ezra. 
Josh Charles – Producer / Songwriter 
Josh Charles is a critically acclaimed piano prodigy, guitarist, singer, producer and songwriter mentored by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John. He has recorded for Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Island Records and Elektra Records/Warner Music Group. Josh has produced/co-produced and written/co-written seven albums, including his own Love, Work & Money(2010) and 1974 (to be released). He has been producing sound content for Native Instruments and Splice and released the ambient “Areazone” on AWAL. Josh has many songs on radio, film and TV including several cuts with John Oates. 
ASHRR 
Currently in the studio working on their debut album, their first single "Medicine Man" was released to critical acclaim and their follow-up "Sometimes" will be released this summer.  ASHRR's first EP will be released later this fall.