Though he may not be a household name, Keith Kenniff's evocative, distinctly American music has become quietly ubiquitous in the past few years, often appearing on NPR, in films, on TV, and in ads for Apple, Facebook, and Google among others. Recorded over the course of three years, the material on his new album Sometimes functions as a journal, documenting brief moments in Kenniff’s day when he could turn to the piano as a source of solace and unending creative possibilities. Kenniff wrote and recorded everything on the album with the exception of the track “A Word I Give”, which is a collaboration with preeminent Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, who once described Goldmund's music as “…so, so, so beautiful.”
After self-producing his first two records, Lushlife has teamed up with enigmatic production trio CSLSX for Ritualize, which also features contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Freeway, Marissa Nadler, RJD2 and more. In conjunction with the album’s announcement, Lushlife and CSLSX are sharing a stream for Ritualize cut “Body Double,” which premiered on Ezra Koenig’s Beats 1 show here.
Despite the physical distance that separates them, Jared and Michael Bell’s brotherly connection sounds more tenacious than ever on their new album Split Stones. Throughout the album, the duo explore the power of disparate halves coming together to form a unique whole. The idea serves as an analogy for Jared and Mike’s relationship, Lymbyc’s sound, and the mind/body dichotomy. Check out the album’s title track below, which premiered on Stereogum here.
On his latest effort Dimming Awe, the Light is Raw, the 27-year-old producer and composer continues dissolving the borders between his disparate-yet-beloved psych, hip hop, and ambient influences. Gorilla vs. Bear premiered the first single “Jotu” calling it “…an ominous, warm and absolutely thunderous track that works as a perfect intro to the record’s glorious synthesis of dusty hip-hop vibes and cosmic free jazz spirit.” Check it out for yourself below.
We’re proud to welcome Air Waves to the WV roster with the release of their new album Parting Glances! Gorilla vs. Bear premiered the first single, calling it "…moving…" and "...subtly heartbreaking...". You can listen to the song and check out their post here, and read what Stereogum has to say here. FADER premiered the second single "Horse Race" featuring Jana Hunter of Lower Dens. Check it out below. +
Everybody’s A Good Dog is the first true realization of Shaun Fleming’s Little Shop of Horrors -meets-Aladdin Sane vision, recorded in a proper studio with an assortment of guest artists, horn section, and string ensemble (all firsts for Fleming). The resulting 11 tracks are a sky-scraping sound kaleidoscope, touched with euphoric instrumentation and dark lyricism. Check out the frist single “Everyday” which premiered on Streogum below. +
Heather Woods Broderick has joined the WV family! Her forthcoming album Glider will be available in July. NPR premiered the first single "A Call For Distance", and and host Bob Boilen says "It is ethereal and perfect. I just madly love this record." You can hear the song below, or check out the full show here. +
Landscape Dream is Abram Shook’s follow-up to 2014’s Sun Marquee, an album Texas Monthly called "…compelling, weird, and lovely." Applying what he learned through writing and recording Sun Marquee, Landscape Dream demonstrates how much Shook’s songwriting and production acumen has sharpened over the past year. You can check out the first single “Understood” which Stereogum calls “…dreamy…refreshing…” here, and below you can listen to album standout “Perfect”. +
To celebrate their new album Infinite House, Ava Luna premiered the record’s first single “Billz”, which you can check out via Pitchfork or stream below. The band has two release shows planned in their native Brooklyn and will be spending most of the spring and summer on the road. Details for those tours will be announced shortly. +
Native Texan Travis Johnson has lived, worked, and created in the ever evolving Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for over a decade. His band Grooms practiced, and recorded at Brooklyn’s Death By Audio for seven years (first as Muggabears, then as Grooms) before they were forced out of their spiritual and literal home. A little over a year before, with the band’s income not providing enough money to support any of it’s members, bass player and co-writer Emily Ambruso went on hiatus from the band, leaving Johnson as the only original member. Despite these unfortunate blows, Johnson soldiered on, soon recruiting Jay Heiselmann on bass, and actor/comedian Steve Levine on drums. +