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  • OPB Music Premieres Robin Jackson, “Gospel and Grain”
    OPB Music Premieres Robin Jackson, "Gospel and Grain"

    OPB Music has the exclusive premiere of "Gospel and Grain." The single is off of Robin Jackson's upcoming album, due out on November 3. 

    “Gospel and Grain” is a new song from Portland artist Robin Jackson. He sang and played saxophone in cabaret band Vagabond Opera until the group went on hiatus in 2015. For his first solo release, “Dark Stars,” Jackson has traded Vagabond’s theatrical approach for more intimate songwriting.

    You can read the full review at opbmusic.org.... read more

  • Wes Youssi Releases New Outlaw Country Single, “Crazy Train”
    Wes Youssi Releases New Outlaw Country Single, “Crazy Train”

    Wes Youssi offers the whiskey drenched heartache single off of his upcoming album, Down Low, due out January 19 on Never Lucky Records. Just like friction fueled relationships, “Crazy Train” is locomotion going off the rails or a blazing wildfire. They can’t always be forced, rushed, or controlled, but often run their course and settle into a smolder.

    Youssi has seen his share of cups flying, plates crashing, and anything that wasn’t nailed... read more

  • 4 Targeted Spotify Playlist Ideas Your Fans Will Love

    This article appeared first on Sonicbids.

     

    Getting on spotify playlists is one of the best ways for bands to promote their music. It can also be a bit of an uphill battle to simply get a Spotify curator to add you to a playlist. You need to demonstrate you have a following on Spotify and social media and that there's interest in your music and a general buzz around you to attract these influencers.

    Over my past few articles, I’ve focused on how you... read more

  • Are You Burning Bridges to Spotify Playlisters?

    This article appeared first on Sonicbids.

    Spotify playlists are quickly becoming a major conduit to rack up streams, gain fans and followers, and get discovered. While there are endless amounts of organic, user-built playlists, there are also tastemaking, curated playlists with millions of followers.

    How do you approach those curators and land a coveted spot on a popular playlist? Before you take the first step, know that not every curator will have the most positive feedback, and scoring a placement might be a bit... read more

  • Penguin Prison Remixes Broke Royals Single, “As Long As I Can See”
    Penguin Prison Remixes Broke Royals Single, “As Long As I Can See”

    Broke Royals release the synth fueled Penguin Prison (Passion Pit, Imagine Dragons, Sia) remix of their single, “As Long As I Can See”. The song pulses with a solar flair of neon vocals and pop-drenched keyboard leads that walk through a forest of sensory overload. It is off their upcoming self-titled album, due out November 17.

    Penguin Prison makes “As Long As I Can See” a dance anthem in a style consistent with... read more

  • Atwood Magazine Premieres Jared Saltiel, “Wayward Queen”
    Atwood Magazine Premieres Jared Saltiel, "Wayward Queen"

    Atwood Magazine has the exclusive premiere of the first single from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jared Saltiel. "Wayward Queen" is off of his upcoming album, Out of Clay.

     

    Jared Saltiel’s “Wayward Queen” is an homage to the things we’ve let slip as a society, a delicate and impassioned ballad for what makes our humanity so beautiful and amazing. -Mitch Mosk, Atwood Magazine

     


    You can read the full review and stream the new single right now by going to read more

  • ash.ØK Announces January 19 Album Release
    ash.ØK Announces January 19 Album Release

    Philadelphia producer ash.ØK weaves disparate threads of genre — electronica, trap, hip-hop, folk, blues, and ambient—into a fine tapestry of sonic innovation on his upcoming album, The Unraveled, due out January 19, 2018. The diversity reigns apparent with collaborations from a wide-ranging musical spectrum of artistry to include Kid Moxie, Grammy-nominated cellist, Tina Guo (Wonder Woman, Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder), Chrysanthe Tan (Ariana Grande, Bastille, Alicia Keys), and Kaly (Buzzfeed’s Top 13 South Asian rappers) among others.... read more

  • Jared Saltiel Announces February 2 Album Release
    Jared Saltiel Announces February 2 Album Release

    The upcoming album from singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist Jared Saltiel, Out Of Clay, is a lush garden of sculpted sounds and expansive themes drawing from mythology, divination, and mystical traditions. It is the voice of an unconscious psyche articulating the “self” and tapping into universal symbols. The album, recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, is due out February 2. The first single, “Wayward Queen”, is available as an approved downloadable mp3.

    “Wayward Queen” is... read more

  • WHITE SUMMER! ‘Talk Me Through’ Single At Radio!
    WHITE SUMMER! ‘Talk Me Through’ Single At Radio!

    “With Zero in Tennis, White Summer have solidified themselves as excellent curators of a self-branded take on psychedelic rock.” - Hhhhappy.com

     
    “a bouncing hard rock number with big riffs and huge basslines,... read more
  • Karla Kane — “Don’t Hush, Darling” (music video)
    Karla Kane -- "Don't Hush, Darling" (music video)

    Karla Kane's video for "Don't Hush, Darling" features dancer/choreographer Tara Pandeya and contains an important message for all mothers to their daughters.


    Kane explains the empowering feminist message:

    "At a school where I once worked, when it was a student's birthday, they would get to choose whether to be the king, queen, prince or princess of the day. While the boys invariably chose king, the girls, to my dismay, always ended up as princess. This song is an... read more

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  • Karla Kane's video for "Don't Hush, Darling" features dancer/choreographer Tara Pandeya and contains an important message for all mothers to their daughters.


    Kane explains the empowering feminist message:

    "At a school where I once worked, when it was a student's birthday, they would get to choose whether to be the king, queen, prince or princess of the day. While the boys invariably chose king, the girls, to my dismay, always ended up as princess. This song is an anti-lullaby, meant to remind my daughter -- and all our daughters -- they can be more than damsels in distress and prisoners of the pretty pink princess industrial consumer complex. It uses the terminology and melodic style of a traditional lullaby/folk song/nursery rhyme (hush little baby, don’t say a word, mama’s gonna buy you a mocking bird) and subverts it."



    "Don't Hush, Darling"
    Music by Karla Kane (karlakane.com)
    Dance by Tara Catherine Pandeya (taradances.weebly.com)
    Directed by Ray Lin

    From Karla Kane's debut solo album, "King's Daughters Home for Incurables" (cornerlaughers.bandcamp.com/album/kings-daughters-home-for-incurables).

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  • Jared Saltiel

    Paul Corsi

    From an early age, Jared Saltiel wanted to be a fiction writer. But he got sidetracked by his affinity for music; a natural talent, he quickly picked up piano, drums, and guitar. As his singer-songwriter ambitions took shape, the college years were a time of poetic lyricism, angsty allegory and breezy pop-rock hooks. It wasn’t until he moved to New York in his twenties that the love of storytelling returned in full force, emerging in every facet of his music. As a songwriter, producer and arranger, Saltiel doesn’t just make records; he creates worlds, imbued with lush detail, and sculpted with authorial intent.

    With Out of Clay, the second installment in a series of loosely-related concept albums, Saltiel delivers a collection of story-songs about love, idealization and disillusionment. The music draws from far-flung influences — the reconstructed classical aesthetics of Rufus Wainwright, the medieval flourishes of Joanna Newsom, the dense, jazz-inflected harmony of Brazilian pop’s golden era, and the spacey grandiosity of classic Britpop. Saltiel’s intricate classical guitar and expressive vocals are adorned by an elaborate tapestry of instrumentation, featuring strings, woodwinds, harp, mandolin, french horn and a trio of women’s voices.

    A long-distance relationship informed the bulk of the songs on Out of Clay. “Something strange happens when two people spend too much time apart,” Saltiel explains. “Eventually you lose track of the real person you fell in love with, and you find yourself clinging to an ideal that you may have created.” Saltiel brings that idea to life with his imaginary storytelling, adapting mythical archetypes and his own dreams to uncover the unsettling truths of the psyche. Equal parts mystical seeker and musical auteur, Jared Saltiel is a devoted artist on a visionary path of his own making.

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  • ash.ØK

    Janelle Rogers

    Philadelphia producer ash.ØK weaves disparate threads of genre— electronica, trap, hip-hop, folk, blues, and ambient—into a fine tapestry of sonic innovation. Straddling cultures as a first-generation Indian American hailing from Philly, ash.ØK (Ashok Kailath) was as influenced by gritty boom bap of artists like Nas, Pharcyde, and Notorious B.I.G. as by the ancient music of his parent’s Indian Catholic heritage. The incongruity of continental divide and generations is what forges ash.ØK’s distinct sound, merging traditional Eastern themes and chord progressions with rich urban compositions of layered complexity.

    As a diligent student of music theory, piano, and guitar songwriting from a young age, ash.ØK later organized his church choir and covertly buried melodies by 2Pac and Wu-Tang in musical interludes between hymns. While adults in the congregation were oblivious, ash.ØK and his church peers reveled in the incongruity of East Coast hip-hop infused seamlessly into solemn Antiochian music separated by continents and decades.

    As a young teen, ash.ØK scraped together money to take his junky Casio keyboard to an analog recording studio primarily servicing heavy metal and rock musicians. He and a drummer friend recorded a four-track demo he describes as “sappy love songs from a teenage brain.” The process was transformative for ash.ØK: he was entranced by the meticulous inner workings of the studio and began methodically studying music theory, production, and song development while building out a full recording workspace that housed a soundproof recording booth and equipment dedicated to further honing his skills as a producer.

    As a diligent student in the craft of production, sound engineering, and sequencing, ash.ØK debuted his first self-recorded full-length rap album on iTunes while still in college. The album featured multiple collaborations, including renowned Philly turntablist Onedependent, Brandon Young from HBO’s The Wire, and Naledge of Kidz in the Hall and set him apart as a melodic producer with a keen mastery of live instrumentation and samples.

    His latest album, The Unraveled, examines themes of melancholia and the dissolution of love within intimate relationships. Through the use of opposing perspectives, ash.ØK embraces polarized storytelling of different factions as relationships shatter at pressure points and deteriorate from internal conflicts of the individual and their character over time. This theme is brought home in deftly crafted, artfully arranged, and lushly layered textiles of sound. With lost whispers, harmonies, and artifacts from the recording process buried deep in the mix, ash.ØK produces with this sense of discovery in mind: there are layers of complexity in the repetition.

    The Unraveled begets critical mass in its fusion of disparate genres with orchestral elements, instrumentation, and synth production. The album, which ash.ØK produced over a period of two years, features collaborations with notable artists from Los Angeles, New York, Peru, and the Philippines, some of whom have performed with Hans Zimmer, A.R. Rahman, Ariana Grande, and Foo Fighters. The Unraveled was engineered by Grammy-winning Jeff Chestak (Kanye West, T.I., Linkin Park, N.E.R.D., Justin Timberlake) and Ryan Schwabe (King Britt, Baauer, Ellie Goulding, RJD2).

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  • BLENDED GENERATIONS! ‘Hope Sweet’ EP At Radio Now!

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    Blended Generations announce their first studio EP, Hope Sweet, to be released on Friday 27th October as both CD and digital stream. Two years in the making, these six tracks of smooth soul vibe slip delightfully into the music scene. 
     
    Based on Roger Price’s poetic lyrics, Hope Sweet presents Life as an optimistic journey. The songs that comprise Hope Sweet are the product of an unlikely collaboration.  Following retirement from business, Roger Price was moved to write a series of lyrics reflecting an optimistic view of Life. Ola Milena’s carefully crafted music, her thoughtful orchestration and sympathetically selected instrumentation underpin the lyrics. 
     
    With a studio ensemble of ten talented local musicians backing Ola’s beautiful vocals, each song rises to impressive heights – making this EP a sensory and thought provoking experience not to be missed.
     
    Blended Generations will launch the Hope Sweet EP at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in Richmond, Melbourne in November 2017.
     
    Blended Generations release the Hope Sweet EP on Friday 27th October 2017 (via Ditto Music). 
     
    NOTES FOR MUSIC DIRECTORS/HOSTS
    Location: Melbourne
    Shows / Genres: Smooth Soul, Jazz, Pop
    'HOPE SWEET' EP IS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FOR AIRPLAY NOW - REQUEST A WAV

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  • Amsterdam singer songwriter, VanWyck, follows up the 2016 single that KCRW’s Chris Douridas called “exquisite” with her new single,“An Average Woman”. The title track is off the album due out on January 19 on Maiden Name Records. Hauntingly atmospheric and melodious, the songs on the album unravel in a spiral of smoky soulful vocals aching with lyrical precision of stories untold. An Average Woman is about women who are visible and hidden, sacrificing and selfish, ordinary and magical, obligated and free. It's about the mysteries lurking in the everyday. It's about creating your own universe and your own sense of belonging - and stumbling along the way.

    The lead single is about being braver, bolder, and sometimes selfish. Written in the past tense, it’s almost like a funeral song, burying the average woman in order for the creative woman to emerge. VanWyck says, “Both my grandmothers were strong women (a nurse and a teacher) who came from very humble backgrounds and had to work hard and take care of children. Being creative was a luxury that was often not allowed to them. Being in the foreground was also not something they were allowed to aspire to. One of my grandmothers was very inspirational in making me reach higher and to put all my talents to work. I keep her picture as a young girl on my desktop to remind me of the chances she never had and the way she pushed me to reach higher.”

    There were four moments in time that spurred VanWyck to write the song, “An Average Woman”:

    • An article about a seventeen year old girl who committed suicide because she thought she wasn’t special enough to exist. She kept comparing herself to Beyonce and felt she fell short.

    • Learning from a therapist friend that the end goal of most therapies is for people to realize that they are just who they are and accept that - this in contrast to promises of change, golden futures and the realization of big dreams.

    • A book by Anne Taylor where a woman disappears and the family members have difficulty describing her to the police because of her average features. It’s this averageness that allowed her to disappear.

    • Hearing a brilliant young philosopher simultaneously dig deep and build towers with her thoughts. 

    “The Average Woman” opens the album like a corset: something to hold on to when times are shaky, but also something to tear out of to find true freedom. It metaphorically allows the album to break out of that frame and unfold beyond the average. Accompanied by the award-winning bass player and arranger Reyer Zwart, lyrics and instrumentation intertwine to become a conversational narrative in a gentle dance of ebb and flow. The strings in “Red River Girl” become a meandering river, questioning the way women’s stories were often erased from history together with their names. Varying rhythms between verses and choruses on “Listen to You Breathe” tenderly ignite a push and pull of discovering something that once felt out of reach, while Zwart’s string arrangements mimic the effect of falling stars. 

    Singer, Marjolein van der Klauw, whose silvery voice is the perfect counterbalance to VanWyck’s own darker tones, also appears on four songs on the album (“My Sweetheart”, “Bring It On Right”, Don’t Talk to the Captain” and “Whole Again). VanWyck says what singing with van der Klauw evokes in her, “Whenever I sing with her the magic flows in abundantly. I write songs about my lifelong love affair with creativity. It’s like this fleeting feeling that I can’t pin down. I know it’s there, but I can’t control it, I can only submit myself to it and let it do its tricks. Try to leave the window open for the magic to wander in.”

    An Average Woman Track Listing

    1. An Average Woman
    2. Red River Girl
    3. Listen to You Breathe
    4. Bring it on Right
    5. My Sweetheart
    6. Europa Escapes
    7. To Feel Free
    8. By the Oak Tree
    9. Don't Talk to the Captain
    10. Sultan’s Square
    11. Whole again

    About VanWyck

    VanWyck’s push to reach higher formed into an eclectic musical background that has included training as a classical pianist, becoming a keyboard player and one of the first female rappers in the Netherlands in a jazz dance band, and being half of a trip hop duo. VanWyck launched a year-long project called One Song A Week after releasing her debut solo EP Tanned Legs, with the lead single “The Daughter” lauding critical acclaim from KCRW’s Chris Douridas in 2016. An Average Woman Theatre Tour is planned for 2018-2019.

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  • “Sitar, sake, smoke and mirrors,” is how The Church describe their new Wes Anderson inspired video for ‘Undersea’, the second single from their 26th album Man Woman Life Death Infinity. Ushering the song in from the ether, filmmaker Eden Mulholland carefully edited self-shot footage that the band each collected near water. The result? A honey [Read more...]

    The post “Undersea” Video out now appeared first on the church.

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    Single release: 'Star Light Head Light' by Mr Yolk
    Release date: Out now
    Label: Southend Records
    More info: Artist Soundcloud

    "An awestruck, slow-jam that tells a story of youthful amazement, rendered delightfully through patient and practised instrumentation" - The 405

    Mr Yolk premieres today the 'rapturous' new single 'Star Light Head Light' at The 405 where it was described as 'an awestruck, slow-jam that tells a story of youthful amazement, rendered delightfully through patient and practised instrumentation, 'Star Light Head Light' shows that Jones is a man more than capable of expressing his emotions aurally'. Check out the full piece here. 

    The debut album 'Self Portrait' is out November 10th via Southend Records, and was announced with a premiere of the first single 'Baker Street' at Clash, where it was described as "a wonderfully concise piece of songwriting, with its gentle undulations swiftly taking you to a quite different place." Check out the full piece here.

    Mr Yolk have also announced an album preview show in Shoreditch, as well as a launch gig in Whitechapel alongside Dog Chocolate, The Plan, and Bamboo.

    Stream 'Star Light Head Light' here.

    October 27th - Album preview - Flashback Records, Shoreditch with The Plan. More info

    November 3rd  - Album launch - Urban Bar Whitechapel with Dog Chocolate, The Plan and Bamboo. More info

    Press reaction to date:

    “The Southenders deliver on all accounts”– NME

    “Musical offerings that wouldn’t have sounded out of place in Andy Warhol’s Factory”– Noisey

    “Nods to Manchester staples collide with a ‘60s- referencing waltz, all amounting to a song supreme with confidence, finitely aware of just how freaking cool it is.”– DIY

    “Sounds like: Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth”– Indie Shuffle

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    Tour announcement: The Young'uns
    Tour dates: October 2017
    More info: Band website

    The Young'uns today share the video for 'Be The Man', a track from their acclaimed new album 'Strangers', out now on Hereteu Records. 'Be the Man' was inspired by the story of Matthew Ogston, who founded the Naz and Matt Foundation to tackle religious and cultural homophobia following the tragic death of his fiancé. Watch the video in full here.

    The Young’uns Strangers album tour – October 2017

    4  LANCASTER Dukes Theatre
    5  SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)
    6  GLASGOW Oran Mor
    7  SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
    8  OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre
    9  COLCHESTER Arts Centre
    10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
    11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern
    12 LONDON Union Chapel
    13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre
    14 LINCOLN Drill Hall
    15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club
    17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog
    18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson
    19 LEEDS City Varieties
    20 MANCHESTER Home - Folk Festival
    21 BIRMINGHAM Mac
    22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge
    24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
    27 GATESHEAD Sage 1

    Press reaction to date

    "Exceptional songwriting - an album to match their formidable live reputation" - Mojo

    "Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency - and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket" - The Guardian

    "Hugely captivating - a brilliant folk act" - Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music

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    Album release: 'Galax by Wild Ponies
    Release date: 20 October 2017
    Label: Gearbox Records
    More info: Band website

    'Galax' pays tribute to the powerful music and rugged landscape of Southwest Virginia, where both Wild Ponies' members Doug and Telisha Williams were born and raised. There, in mountain towns like Galax, oldtime American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. The stripped-back album nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), 'Galax' returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

    'Galax's track list is filled with upright bass, acoustic guitar, twin fiddles, Telecaster, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonies, gang vocals, and even some stripped-down percussion. Every song was recorded live, never once pausing the process to listen to the performance they'd just captured. It wasn't until Wild Ponies returned home to Nashville that they finally heard the wild magic documented during those mountaintop sessions.

    Bridging the gap between old and new, the album features revered Old-Time players Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer from its namesake, Galax, Virginia, and some of the band's favorite musicians from Nashville: Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman to create a modern masterpiece with traditional folk influences.

    The band will tour heavily in support of 'Galax 'with dates across US and Europe.

    Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

    Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017's Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from 'Galax', Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots. 

    Growing up, a young Doug Williams spent many an hour watching and learning as his grandfather played banjo alongside local musical legends like Snake and Kyle Dean. Although both of his grandparents have now passed away, they would surely be proud to see Doug and Telisha gathered in the shed with Snake, Kyle Dean, Kilby, and a diverse handful of the best musicians from Nashville. The result is a broad, bold approach to Appalachian music, created by a multi-cultural band whose members span several generations.

    Wild Ponies proudly dive into their old-school influences with songs like 'Pretty Bird' — a rendition of the Hazel Dickens original — and the traditional mountain song 'Sally Anne'. "My grandfather used to say, 'It oughta been the goddamn National Anthem!'" Doug says of the latter song, which kicks off the album with gang vocals and fiddle. Even so, don't mistake 'Galax' for a traditionally-minded folk album. Wild Ponies offer up plenty of contemporary material, too, building a bridge between past and present. The lyrics reflect a similar mix of old and new, with Doug and Telisha Williams writing songs inspired by family heirlooms (including a wooden-bound, 70 year-old book of poems written by Doug's grandfather, whose lines form the basis of "Here With Me"), the Catawba tree on the farm, the nostalgic pull of one's birthplace, a mother's tough lough, leaving and believing, and the cyclical natures of death and love. Although named after the town in which it was recorded, Galax looks far beyond the southwestern tip of Virginia for its source material. 

    "We didn't want to go home to Virginia and just make an Old-Time record," explains Doug. "We wanted to make something that still sounded like Wild Ponies. We asked everybody to stretch and reach towards something new, something different. We wanted to not only reconnect with our roots, but learn how those roots can also weave into our current world."

    Once everyone had arrived at the farm, Neilson Hubbard set up a makeshift studio in the shed. Just a few nice microphones in a circle. There’s no cell phone signal on the mountain. No WiFi. No distractions. Instead, everyone focused on making raw, genuine music, filling Galax's track list with upright bass, acoustic guitar, twin fiddles, Telecaster, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonies, gang vocals, and even some stripped-down percussion. They recorded the songs live, never once pausing the process to listen to the performance they'd just captured. It wasn't until Wild Ponies returned home to Nashville that they finally heard the wild magic documented during those mountaintop sessions. 

    Released on August 25th on Gearbox Records, 'Galax' salutes Wild Ponies' traditional roots while exploring new, progressive territory. It's an album about the pieces of our past that stick with us, informing our present while pushing us toward a future. An album about a town, a country, and a world that's forever spinning toward something new. An album that redefines Wild Ponies' sound, while highlighting influences that have always rested just beneath the surface.

    "We'll always be the pinball that bounces between folk, rock & roll and country," says Telisha, "and this Old-Time style will always weave its way through everything we do. It's been there from the start, even on the loudest songs we've made. It only took us a couple of days to record it, but this is the album we've been making our whole lives. We just needed the right people and the right songs to finish it."

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    Album release: 'Mirror Touch' by Wild Ones
    Release date: 6 October 2017
    Label: Topshelf Records
    More info: Band website

    Wild Ones (Portland, OR) are sharing another single in advance of the release of their sophomore album, 'Mirror Touch', out October 6th on Topshelf Records. 'Invite Me In' is a sensuous pop cut, which The Line Of Best Fit called "crisp, clean, and understated, with a funky bassline."

    Vocalist Danielle Sullivan says," 'Invite Me In' is my favorite song on our record. It's the first track that Thomas sent me that gave me a clear feeling of what 'Mirror Touch' could become. It's about living a guarded life, about constructing a false image of oneself, and how it feels to let someone in despite it all." Listen to 'Invite Me In'.

    Nylon premiered the first single 'Paresthesia' calling it "a catchy indie gem with a deeper meaning." GoldFlakePaint premiered 'Standing in the Back at Your Show' calling it "a sumptuous undertaking, one that bleeds an acutely subtle prickliness through the elegant shell of the composition which does its best to hide the such sentiments from view."

    Wild Ones delve into the bliss and burden that musicians are tasked with today: create work that captures your spirit, but do it without selling your soul. Self-produced and recorded, they walk the line of DIY oddity and polished pop sheen. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the band combines the talents of lead vocalist Danielle Sullivan, keyboardist Thomas Himes, drummer Seve Sheldon, guitarist Nick Vicario and bassist Max Stein. Growing up on Cocteau Twins and En Vogue, their sound is a mash of R&B synths, muted guitar, and somber vocal melodies. After 7 years together, they've hit their stride in creating work that poses questions about art and authenticity.

    'Mirror Touch', the band’s latest record releasing in October 2017 via Topshelf Records, explores spaces of isolation, loneliness and how it feels when the line between self and other becomes blurred. The record title refers to the condition "Mirror Touch Synesthesia" and the physiological experience of empathy. How can you know yourself, when in public you become everyone else? The songs explore the quest to maintain artistic self-integrity in an industry that seeks to homogenize. Solitary in their process of collaboration, Himes and Vicario produce the music, while Sullivan crafts lyrics and melodies, their attempt at self-preservation against the ever-changing expectations of what music should or should not be. Combining their style of upbeat melodies with a backdrop of darker lyrical themes, an inquiry into their artistic process ultimately reflects a balance between earnest head nods to their favourite sounds with a fierce loyalty to their own sense of self.

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