Track Premiere: Port Lucian’s “20z”

Track Premiere: Port Lucian’s “20z”

Today, we're excited to premiere the newest track from Philadelphia bedroom pop artist Port Lucian, "20z".   Queer musician (and self-described "hermit) Portia Maidment, Port Lucian follows up earlier 2020 singles "Give It Up" and "Full Control?" with "20z", a track most obviously inspired by turning recently turning 20 and the combination of uncertainty at [...]

Leaaves Shares “Spun, Pt. II”, Announces New Cassette ’12 Worlds’ on Strategic Tape Reserve

Leaaves Shares “Spun, Pt. II”, Announces New Cassette ’12 Worlds’ on Strategic Tape Reserve

Today, we're thrilled to share "Spun, Pt. II", the new track from NYC ambient/drone artist Leaaves, as well as announce his upcoming album on Strategic Tape Reserve, 12 Worlds.   It feels like just yesterday that we first covered the music of Nate Wagner in our premiere of "This Is a Frozen House...", and then [...]

Medium Soft Shares “Waterfall”, Announces New Album ‘AM in the PM’

Medium Soft Shares “Waterfall”, Announces New Album ‘AM in the PM’

Today, we're excited to share "Waterfall", the newest single from UK singer-songwriter Medium Soft, as well as announce his follow up to March's Paradise Slums: AM in the PM. "Waterfall", and by extension AM in the PM, represents a stylist shift from Paradise Slums, largely owed to the acquisition of a '90s Technics keyboard bought with funds made from [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Dead Friends’ ‘Shirley’

Album Premiere/Review: Dead Friends’ ‘Shirley’

Dead Friends Shirley (Wallflower Records) Today, we're excited to premiere the new LP from Edmonton rock band Dead Friends, Shirley. The sound of Dead Friends is not one so far removed from the likes of many popular modern garage rock acts such as Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and The Growlers, but it's also not [...]

EP Premiere: Plum Anderson & The Varunas’ ‘Jetplane 76’

EP Premiere: Plum Anderson & The Varunas’ ‘Jetplane 76’

Today, we're thrilled to premiere an exclusive version of the collaborative split EP between synth jazz act Plum Anderson and psychedelic soul band The Varunas: Jetplane 76.     A loosely conceptual project based around the idea of being on a jet in the '70s, Jetplane 76 is mentioned as being particularly indebted and in homage to '70s [...]

Video Premiere: The Lice’s “Blank Tape on the Radio”

Video Premiere: The Lice’s “Blank Tape on the Radio”

Today, we're thrilled to share the music video for "Blank Tape on the Radio", the Banders single from COUNTERZINE favorites The Lice.   Long Beach "shitgazers" The Lice quickly followed up their April 1st album Hoarder House UFO (check our premiere of single "Serial Killer") with another new track in "Blank Tape on the Radio", a feature song on [...]

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

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

Editor's note: This album was originally released by MUZAI Records and since been removed from the label's catalog. As such, we've edited links and info accordingly. Medium Soft Paradise Slums (Not on Label) 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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]