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, [...]

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 [...]

Tape Review: Dystopiate’s ‘Demo 2020’

Tape Review: Dystopiate’s ‘Demo 2020’

Dystopiate Demo 2020 (Not on Label) Dystopiate’s Demo 2020 is a brutal five-song affair that chugs along like a freight train into ominous D-Beat terrain where 'D' could just as easily stand for darkness and dystopia as for the distortion the music embraces and revels in. A hardcore sub-genre originating in England in the early [...]

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 [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Hits’ ‘Sediment Seen’

Album Premiere/Review: Hits’ ‘Sediment Seen’

Hits Sediment Seen (Paisley Shirt Records) Today, we're excited to premiere Sediment Seen, the new album from Oakland post-punk band Hits. A fascinating note when considering the context of Hits' history as a project is how drastically their sound has shifted in the past four years. In 2016, Hits released Creatures, an under-the-radar experimental pop record. It [...]

Tape Review: DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ’s ‘Enchanted’

Tape Review: DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ’s ‘Enchanted’

DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ Enchanted (Not on Label) The 2010s were a decade where, more than ever before, our childhoods were being sold back to us. Everything from superhero reboots, Star Wars sequels, and a live-action Disney films campaign, to remakes of beloved classic games such as The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and [...]

Album Review: hawaiian air’s ‘LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES’

Album Review: hawaiian air’s ‘LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES’

hawaiian air LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES (desynchron) It takes a certain level of boldness, of confidence in your audio engineering, to name your album LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES, all caps. In doing so, you're immediately priming the listener for a high-grade audiophile experience and betting all of your marbles on the belief that above all else, your [...]

EP Review: yosho’s ‘songs for yr myspace’

EP Review: yosho’s ‘songs for yr myspace’

yosho songs for yr myspace (Not on Label) Dublin, California emo sadpunks yosho (not yoshi) open up the new decade with their most fully realized project to date with their EP songs for yr myspace, six economically written tunes filled with raw performances, self-loathing lyrics, and of course, a Nintendo reference or two. "lil' plicky" opens [...]

EP Review: El Poder de la Infancia’s ‘Live Session’

EP Review: El Poder de la Infancia’s ‘Live Session’

El Poder de la Infancia Live Session (Not on Label) While it seems to happen rarely, there's a good amount of sense to, as a band, introducing yourselves to the world with a live record. You're likely playing out before you hit a studio, and for fans, a live recording is more indicative than a [...]