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!

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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.

the bacon brothers @ folly theater

the bacon brothers @ folly theater

On Tuesday, October 8th, The Bacon Brothers took the stage at The Folly in downtown Kansas City, MO to a well-mannered and vibrant audience. (Even the couple dressed like bacon added a certain je ne sais quoi. For those of you wondering, yes, this would be Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, who have been making gorgeous Americana music since 1995. So, yes, your head has been under a rock and it’s time to jam out. These men have got some chops, and they’re wonderfully entertaining.

Keep up with The Bacon Brothers here.