vanwyck, molten rock

vanwyck, molten rock

Breezy, ethereal vocals. Light as a feather instrumentals, a warm and inviting soundscape. All of these factors are involved in VanWyck‘s newest full-length release, out today. The project, titled Molten Rock, is comprised of twelve impossibly beautiful tracks, inspired — in part, at least — undoubtedly by the folk of yesteryear. A slow, steady pace is established with first track “Supermarket Line”, and continues into “Lead Me On”, while “Rock Carver” brings with it more assertive instrumentals and a raspier take on the vocals.

“Make of Me” slows everything down to a crawl, gorgeous and sprawling in its soundscape. It is here that we take pause, to realize how important it is to note the comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Nathalie Merchant that VanWyck’s debut album drew, and to notice the way the music has evolved in the space and time since that album was released in 2018. As we roll into “Carolina’s Anatomy”, we feel an attraction to a new love the way this song seems to convey.

Have you ever been this close to feeling no remorse
and being where you want to be

“High School Gym Wall” is even more delicate than its predecessors, something we never would have guessed by its title. Haunting in a way that impresses, it perfectly introduces “Be It to the End”, which brings with it a darker, more theatric atmosphere. “Breakfast Room Revelation” is layered, a ballad of sorts that holds as one of our favorites from this collection.

“The Boatman Calls” and “Like an Ambush” are both solidly beautiful tracks, leading into “The Rock Steady Creeper” which is also impossibly relaxing in its disposition, despite the title. VanWyck expertly rounds out the album with twelfth and final track, the title track, which has the sonic feel of witnessing molten rock cascade down a landscape. The lyrics are descriptive, painting an intense picture, comparisons we all have the capacity to feel.

This album, if nothing else, urges you to feel. Whether by its intense and relatable lyrical content, or its lavish soundscapes. Experience it in full below, and let us know how you feel on Facebook!

Keep up with VanWyck here.

christine smith, meet me on the far side of a star

christine smith, meet me on the far side of a star

Christine Smith is a songstress capable of bringing both a hint of gothic-inspired sounds and inspired lyrics. Her new 9-track release Meet Me on The Far Side of a Star is no different, catapulting its listener into a slightly whimsical existence. Starting out slow and steady, an absolute ambiance is created with “This Love”. The piano leads the way into “You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore”, and an ear that has never witnessed Smith’s music can sense a very theatrical disposition almost off the bat. And perhaps that’s the magic about Meet Me on The Far Side of a Star, as it feels as though all of these songs could be written into a stage performance. Both “Trying Not to Fall in Love” and “Happily Never After” could both be read as tongue in cheek, though the genuine attempt to avoid love is a real thing that many people grapple with.

“Feels Like Yesterday” brings the nostalgia in like a train at high speed, while the title track brings the tempo up slightly more than its predecessors. “I Know This Moon” feels like a lullaby, and wonderful caress compared to the other tracks that are part of this collection. It might appeal to the increasing number of people who are starting to follow moon cycles a little more closely, and become something almost sacred for some. “Very, Very” feels just as delicate, while “We’re Never Going” is the perfect final track, as there is a sense of finality not only in its title, but also in the structure of the instrumentals.

How wonderful to feel like this audible journey closes out as perfectly as it could. Enjoy the album in its entirety below, and be sure to let us know how you’re feeling about it on Facebook!

matthew heller, temple moon desire

matthew heller, temple moon desire

If you’re looking for something to add some spice to your autumn flavor (is there really ever enough spice though, really?), look no further than indie musician Matthew Heller‘s new full-length release Temple Moon Desire. This album opens its listeners up to thirteen tracks full of emotion and raw talent. The lyrics are poignant — songs about staying vulnerable and open in a world so full of hate and mystery bring about a necessary reality check –, the songs create a sonic ambiance all their own, and with the last chords come a deep longing for more.

That’s what good music does to you. It reaches into your soul and guts you. Matthew Heller has done this, with an array of tracks that really show off his brilliance as well as his resilience. If only all of us could create such beauty.

Keep up with Matthew Heller here.

delores galore, new growth

delores galore, new growth

Alright, we are way overdue for stepping back in time with a killer soundscape to aid us. Packed to the brim with disco-era synth flare, Delores Galore‘s new album New Growth sounds a little more old school than one might assume when dissecting the album title, though it has a fresh spin with relatable lyrics and a fun, carefree feeling. (Truly, this is exactly what we needed to help us along through these slightly-more-serious months as we all meet year-end goals and continue to kick ass to end this decade right.)

“One Touch” gets us in the mood with husky vocals, glittering reverb and a vocal spoken breakdown that is equal parts honest and soulful. “Corpse Inside” has more of a psychedelic tone to it, a track that brings the tempo down, and the feelings out. “Still We Stay” follows it, much more 80s in nature, and just as magical as its predecessors. This one has an instrumental tempo that is slightly off-kilter when lined up with the vocals. This slight difference creates an otherworldly atmosphere for the duration of this dance track.

“Don’t Stop Me Now” has a very techy opening, with a soundscape that makes us feel as though we have been dropped inside an original Nintendo console to fend for our lives. The frantic feeling the instrumentals create is only slightly offset by the smoothness of the vocals, creating a balance similar to the song before it. Delores Galore rounds out the release well, with the slower tempo’d “Circles”. It feels epic, and should we find it placed in a Stranger Things-esque period piece, we wouldn’t think it out of place.

Get a sneak peek of New Growth below with “One Touch”, and keep your eyes peeled for more!

Keep up with Delores Galore here.

teleportal, devour

teleportal, devour

Rock collective Teleportal – comprised of Johnny Rossa (Vocals), Beth Liebling (Vocals and Bass), James Bourland (Guitar), and Ric Peterson (Drums) – just released a theatrical, 11-track album titled Devour that does – if not specifically that – really provide an attitude all its own. While the instrumentals of “Space Bone” introduce the collection with a dark soundscape, it lightens with the layering of new instrumentals and lighter vocals. Eventually a wailing note makes this song into what it is, and we’re transported back in time while also being pushed significantly into the future. “The Plague” has an undeniably frantic feel to its sound, energizing in its disposition, while “Disaster” evens out the tempo a bit for a more traditional rock sound. “Mansions” slows it down to that psych rock soundscape, giving us whirring guitar parts we didn’t even realize we were craving until now.

“The Organizer” dips back into classic rock, a little more of a ballad. We’re pleased with the way it pulls Rossa’s vocals to the forefront, providing this heartbreaking feeling we wouldn’t otherwise get from a different set of pipes. “Slither on the Ceiling” brings with it a funky feeling, the vocals rough and enticing. “Velvet Math” definitely feels more technical, with computerized sounds throughout and an otherworldly vocal presentation. While “Pull the Trigger” has a title that might feel a little more morbid than its predecessors, the crashing cymbals and punk rock feel make it fit right on in with several genres, including garage, punk, and classic rock.

“Ruins” slows everything down as an instrumental track driven by a classic drumbeat, while “Eel” does seem to exist in a watery, psychedelic soundscape. (The intentionality behind the undertones of the songs and their title pairings is almost poetic in itself, don’t get us started here.) “Gamma Dust” is quite possibly the perfect ending to this collection, as from beginning to end you feel an eery connectedness to the scattered percussion, haunting vocals, and layers of sound. Soothing, chaotic, intense.

Keep up with Teleportal here.

oston, sitting at the kids table

oston, sitting at the kids table

Indie pop songstress OSTON recently released a new 6 track titled Sitting at the Kids Table, a highly relatable and intrinsically beautiful collection of songs that will leave you craving more. From the first lines of first track “bad” to the very last moments of “last time”, there is an energy to this work that is all her own. With raspy, well-balanced vocals, OSTON has created an entirely distinct sound to the entire album with just the presence of her vocals.

Songs like “give up” and “bad” employ earthy percussion and While “leading me on” is a smooth pop track with a subject matter that is absolutely exhausting, “way we say goodbye” brings us back to a good mood, in both lyrical content and a bass line that never quits. OSTON wraps the release up with “last time”, which is a future hit pop track if ever we’ve heard one. As we praised before, her vocals are more than enough to carry this song, with Mariah Carey-esque range, and the tempo makes this the perfect song to dance with your sweetie to. The bittersweet topic is something to sit with if you’re in a weird, introspective mood, but it’s presented in such a sultry way that you can enjoy this in an array of atmospheres.

Push this song to radio, guys. And as a whole, this release shows OSTON’s promise. We can’t wait to see what’s to come.

Keep up with OSTON here.