Ava Luna’s new LP Infinite House will be available on April 14th. To celebrate, they’ve 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.
Nashville’s Stone Jack Jones is back with Love & Torture, which will be out on March 17th. Like 2014’s Ancestor which The Quietus called “…breathtakingly insightful and poetic…”, and SPIN called "…undeniably compelling…" Love & Torture features Kurt Wagner and Patty Griffin, and was produced by Roger Mountenot. You can check out the first single "Circumstance."
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith studied voice, classical guitar, and piano at Berklee College of Music. She employed many of the skills she refined in college in her indie-folk band Ever Isles, but a fateful encounter with a neighbor who lent her a Buchla 100 synthesizer convinced her to shift her focus to analog synthesizer compositions. Starting with rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, she began sculpting lush and exciting worlds of sound. You can check out "Sundry" from her forthcoming album Euclid.
For 14 years, Elephant Micah’s Joe O’Connell has quietly self-released his work on CD-R and limited LPs. Despite the project’s almost secretive status, Elephant Micah’s songs caught the attention of NPR, WIRE, and Consequence of Sound, and have been championed by an impressive cohort of like-minded artists, including Jason Molina, Patterson Hood, and Hiss Golden Messenger. You can listen to "Slow Time Vultures", which premiered on The Wall Street Journal.
“Slow Time Vultures”
Erik Hall worked patiently and solitarily for four years to craft Driver, his sophomore album as In Tall Buildings. Raised in downtown Chicago, Hall played drums and guitar in high school rock bands, and then went on to study percussion and audio engineering at the University of Michigan. While in college he joined the avant afro-funk band NOMO and met His Name is Alive’s Warn Defever, who produced many of the band’s albums. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer Hall eventually went on to record and tour with several groups, including old friends His Name is Alive and, more recently, dream-pop duo Wild Belle, performing the rhythm section tracks and lending an engineering hand to their Columbia Records debut. +
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. +
Glass Ghost’s founding members Eliot Krimsky and Michael Johnson have kept busy since the release of Idol Omen in 2009. Johnson joined Dirty Projectors as their new drummer, Krimsky has been collaborating with Here We Go Magic on keys, and the duo welcomed Tyler Wood and Aerial East to the group. LYFE features Joan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, Jane Herships (formerly of TEEN), and Brian Betancourt of Hospitality. Check out "Triangle" which premiered on Stereogum. +
We’re proud to announce the deluxe reissue of Balmorhea’s debut album. The audio has been remastered, and the packaging will feature gold foil artwork. In conjunction with the reissue, we’re releasing two new songs on a limited edition colored vinyl 7″ titled HEIR. On HEIR the band returns to the simple structures and melancholic tone that colored their first recordings. You can check out "HEIR I" which premiered on The Atlantic. The band will perform two shows in Texas before Rob Lowe and Michael Muller head to Europe to tour as a duo. +
Walk Me Home is an album that finally reflects the band’s live chemistry and their diverging lives and musical tastes. It took years of traveling in different directions for Secret Cities to make an album that brought them closer together than ever. You can check out the video for "Bad Trip" which Stereogum premiered, and download the mp3, which premiered on Wondering Sound. +
Working with Justin Vernon (a friend and former bandmate who, in a 2011 interview noted that The Rosebuds make “some of the most important music in the world”) as well as Bon Iver drummer Matt McCaughan and Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn on bass, The Rosebuds created Sand + Silence, an album that radiates with the joyful energy that comes from making music with friends. +