Bridge Underwater is an indie/pop band from the greatest town I’ve never really been to, Philadelphia, PA.
Recently the band released Send Me All Your Love EP on CD and digital download. These brilliant, dreamy pop tunes have an unforgettable 80′s sound with a vibe that’s brand new. And it’s easy to pick up on the band’s influences without it being too overwhelming.
These songs would fit in on any John Hughes’ movie soundtrack. You know, at the end when Samantha Baker kisses Jake Ryan or when Keith and Watts kiss. Swoon.
Anyway, my favorite track on the EP is “I Love You.” That ending guitar riff really does it for me.
If you come here regularly, you know I’ve been taking it easy for the past 3 weeks due to real world stuff. I haven’t been totally inactive, though. Back in mid-November, I asked some of my favorite local music writers if they would be interested in participating in a collaborative year end piece. They all agreed, and we have been working on it intermittently since then.
Basically, we set out to have a conversation about the year in music, with an emphasis on Atlanta music since that is where we are all based. You are going to get to see the results next week, in a multi-part post that will be rolled out over the course of a few days.
I’m calling this a blog-a-thon, but some of the participants wouldn’t consider themselves bloggers. It is more accurate to consider us a group of Atlanta-based music fans that maintain spots on the internet where we can write about music. That doesn’t lend itself to a catchy name very easily, though, so I’m sticking with blog-a-thon.
Here are the participants and where you can find them on the internet:
This new True Womanhood track, “The Grey Man”, is melodically distorted. And it’s quite gorgeous to listen to. The band ran ”vocals through the malfunctioning tape delay and replaced the guitars with melotron strings and samples from an old tack piano.” True Womanhood has created a truly unique and individual sound.
Listen :: The Grey Man
Stay tuned to the band’s Tumblr and SoundCloud. They have some new and exciting things up their sleeves and I can’t wait to hear them.
Looking for the perfect gift for your musically obsessed friend or family member? Well, Father/Daughter Records is having a 21 Days of Holidaze sale. Here’s the deal: order all three of Father/Daughter‘s current 7″ releases (Family Trees, tooth ache., and Levek) for just $21 and it includes FREE USPS First Class shipping in US & Canada. Each order will include a free F/D 1″ button set, digital downloads of all three records and a zip download containing three addition tracks from each artists. By the way, Levek’s track is a very special version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, that’s sure to be a staple in any holiday music mix. And if that isn’t enough, the nice people at F/D will also gift wrap your purchase for free and throw in some other goodies for you!
Skip the mall. Hell, skip Amazon and head over to F/D for this amazing gift.
And keep an eye out for amazing things coming from F/D in 2011!
Today is the day I decided to sift through my inbox. And I’m glad I did. I found a treasure from Washington D.C.-based band True Womanhood.
It’s easy to hear the influences of The Smiths and Joy Division. And they do a fantastic job mixing their influences with exciting drum beats, synths, and vocals to create a brilliant sound all their own. True Womanhood‘s debut EP, Basement Membranes, was released earlier this year on the Baltimore-based label Environmental Aesthetics. A full length is due out soon.
I’m excited to announce that Levek aka David Levesque is releasing a 7″ on Father/Daughter Records. This self-titled 7″ is the first release for Levek and it’s coming at you on November 16. “Look on the Bright Side” is the A-side, “Slow” is the B-side and the record, limited to 400 is pressed on red vinyl. Red vinyl! And check this out, each vinyl order will include a digital download bundle with both songs from the 7″ and his previously unreleased song “Chief” as well as two brand spanking new tracks.
I could ramble on for days about how great Levek‘s sun soaked tunes are (seriously, great.), but I think you should take a listen and let this lovely tune warm you up. Then head on over and pre-order the 7″. Links and whatnot will appear below.
This EP is the first in a series from Athens-based musician Luke Johnson and sound engineer Sam Kim. The two met at a Broken Social Scene show and found out they had something more in common than just the same taste in music.
The two started this project in 2009 as a sort of music collective, like Broken Social Scene, but this project came with a cause behind it. Johnson chose Athens’ charity Nuci’s Space, a philanthropic organization that specializes in providing low cost mental health counseling to the music community says Emergent Heart’s website. One is the first in the series and it’s available for free at Emergent Heart. Johnson asks that you download the album and make a donation to Nuci’s based on what you think about the music. And don’t worry, if a donation isn’t possible this time, you can help raise awareness for Nuci’s Space and Emergent Heart by simply telling people about it and encouraging them to participate.
For more information about Nuci’s Space please visit http://www.nuci.org
God Bless the Internet.
About a week or so ago, Holy Spirits started following me on Twitter. I still get the notification emails from Twitter about my new followers, so, I obviously had to check this Holy Spirits out. And believe me, it was the best decision I made all day. Holy Spirits is the Brooklyn-based band that is literally blowing my mind with their amazing take on making music. “Tongues” was the first song I heard and I was completely amazed by how they made this song work. It begins with a bang and goes into silent breaths and Ooo’s, followed by gorgeous harmonies into a chorus rounded out by hand claps. If this isn’t art, then I don’t know what is.
Each demo on the band’s MySpace is a separate masterpiece and they all fit together like paintings in a gallery.
For fans of Grizzly Bear or Local Natives. You really need to head over to their MySpace and listen for yourself. Your browser will not leave that page for days.
A band like Local Natives only comes around once in awhile. I can hardly put into words how I feel about their music. From the intriguing percussion to the beautiful harmonies, this band has done nothing but amaze me every time I hear a song or see them perform live.
An encore Daytrotter session was released today. In this session, the band has reworked three of their already gorgeous tracks, “Sticky Thread”, “Wide Eyes” and “Cubism Dream”.
Go check it out here and download it for free.
Listen :: Cubism Dream (Daytrotter Session, July 26, 2010)
And if for some reason you don’t own Gorilla Manor yet, you should probably head to your local record store and pick up a copy. It’s available now on Frenchkiss. Local Natives are also hitting the road this fall with The Love Language (west coast dates), The Union Line (east coast dates) and Ruby Suns (east coast dates). Check out their Myspace for details. I know I’ll be seeing them at the Atlanta show on October 15.