Album Premiere/Review: Medium Soft’s ‘Paradise Slums’

Album Premiere/Review: Medium Soft’s ‘Paradise Slums’

Medium Soft Paradise Slums (MUZAI Records) Today, we're thrilled to premiere Paradise Slums, the debut album from English yacht pop/soft music singer-songwriter Medium Soft. By nature and by necessity, Paradise Slums is a work of low-budget escapism, a picturesque image of a beautiful beach with warm sands, gentle waves, and a bright sun seen at a distance through [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Quinton Barnes’ ‘Aarupa’

Album Premiere/Review: Quinton Barnes’ ‘Aarupa’

Quinton Barnes Aarupa (Grimalkin Records) Today, we’re excited to premiere the new album from Canadian experimental R&B songwriter and producer Quinton Barnes, Aarupa. For those who follow the Grimalkin collective, it's likely that your first exposure to Quinton was the "Domestika" single released earlier this, which made a strong impression with us with its soulful, [...]

Bandcamp Waived Their Revenue Share For a Day, So I Bought $200 Worth of Music

Bandcamp Waived Their Revenue Share For a Day, So I Bought $200 Worth of Music

Oh god. OH GOD. https://twitter.com/counterzine/status/1240017594805104640 Yeah. So I said that. We're all dealing with Coronavirus right now. COVID-19. Thee Big C, as it were. We're getting pretty fucked up right now, and by we, I mean all of us. Independent music especially hard. Cancelled gigs, layoffs from nine-to-fives, etc. Streaming revenue sucks. It sucks big [...]

Album Premiere/Review: R.E. Seraphin’s ‘Tiny Shapes’

Album Premiere/Review: R.E. Seraphin’s ‘Tiny Shapes’

R.E. Seraphin Tiny Shapes (Paisley Shirt Records) Today, we're absolutely thrilled to premiere the debut solo album from ex-Talkies frontman R.E. Seraphin, Tiny Shapes. For those familiar with his previous bands' output on Burger Records (2016's Bright / Sunny) and Yippee Ki-Yay/Electrify Me! (2018's Kowtow), the songs and sounds found on Tiny Shapes largely come across as the logical [...]

Mythical Motors Announce New Album ‘Leviathan Messiah’, Share Lead Single “Ring the Bells Burning”

Mythical Motors Announce New Album ‘Leviathan Messiah’, Share Lead Single “Ring the Bells Burning”

Today, we’re excited to announce Leviathan Messiah, the upcoming album from Chattanooga lo-fi rockers Mythical Motors, as well as premiere lead single “Ring the Bells Burning”.   Following last year excellent This Is What the Twilight Zone Was Preparing Us For on Fall Break Records (for which we premiered "1000 Crossing Hearts"), Leviathan Messiah sees the pop [...]

Remix Album Premiere: Barbara Morgenstern’s ‘Innocence and Desolation (The Petridisch Rework)’

Remix Album Premiere: Barbara Morgenstern’s ‘Innocence and Desolation (The Petridisch Rework)’

Today, we're thrilled to premiere a new remix album courtesy of COUNTERZINE regular Thor Maillet aka Petridisch, a re-imagining of Barbara Morgenstern's 2018 album Unschuld und Verwüstung: Innocence and Desolation (The Petridisch Rework).   One of three Fish Prints releases queued for March 7th's MiniDisc Day along with an expanded reissue of German electropop duo [...]

Darko the Super Shares “Suzy”, Talks Upcoming Steel Tipped Dove Collaboration ‘The Devil Defeated’, Daniel Johnston Influence

Darko the Super Shares “Suzy”, Talks Upcoming Steel Tipped Dove Collaboration ‘The Devil Defeated’, Daniel Johnston Influence

Evan Souza is Darko the Super, a Philadelphia-based rapper who's received coverage from the likes of Houdini Mansions, Go Radio, and Dead End Hip Hop. We asked him about his upcoming album with Steel Tipped Dove, his influences, his incredible work ethic, favorite artists, and more. We're also fortunate to be able to share the [...]

Track Premiere: Santo Paul’s “Dia de Inocentes”

Track Premiere: Santo Paul’s “Dia de Inocentes”

More Valentine's Day premieres for you! We're thrilled to share the debut single from Peruvian songwriter and producer Santo Paul, "Dia de Inocentes".   "Dia de Inocentes" was composed on December 28 of last year, a day celebrated in Latin America similarly to April Fool's Day, which plays into thematic nature of the song's lyrics. [...]

EP Premiere/Review: Blushed’s ‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’

EP Premiere/Review: Blushed’s ‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’

Blushed I Love You So Much It Hurts (goodhowareyou records) It's Valentine's Day, and we're excited to share the appropriately timed and love crazed EP from Philadelphia garage pop band Blushed, I Love You So Much It Hurts. When speaking on the group's first set of tunes since their 2018 So Cool split with Secret [...]