Posts byScott Carlito

Newspoke Shares “Python Petroleum”

It’s hard to believe anyone can remain anonymous in the year 2020, but one band that can continue to do so is the folk/rock duo Newspoke. The band’s new single “Python Petroleum (or Must Be Tough to Carve up the Resolute Desk Into Firewood and Other Forms of Combustibles)” is an obvious dig towards the
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Darren Jessee Drops Remover LP

Darren Jessee is well known for being the drummer of Ben Folds Five, but his solo work is also of major significance, especially if you are already a fan. His latest album – Remover, sets him on course for his own purpose and goes a step beyond previous efforts without changing beyond recognition. This release
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Hēran Soun Releases Undeaf

Pure joy and pure honesty never elude Hēran Soun. The experimental rocker/singer/songwriter showers the listener with a multitude of emotions and projections in his debut effort Undeaf. Part odyssey and mostly unchartered territory, Hēran Soun (real name James Freeman-Turn), brings to light his own loss of hearing as a child to create a tangible, out-of-mind
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Canadian Duo Twin Flames Release Omen

There’s probably not a single musical underground as diverse as the melting pot of the Canadian indie scene right now, and to understand what I mean, you really need to take a peek at the new record Omen from Twin Flames. While hardly the only interesting Canadian LP I’ve come across this September, what caught my attention
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Lace Releases Their Debut EP

Despite what some people might tell you, it’s rather easy to develop virtuosity through repetition – just look at the metal guitarists who came in the wake of the late Eddie Van Halen’s success some forty years ago. When it comes to creating an atmosphere through a combination of poetry, tonality and rhythm, the workload
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Become “One” With Warbler BC

The Denver music scene is seeing a lot of action lately in the underground press, and if you’re curious as to why, you really needn’t look much further than the incredibly original sounds of a new record titled One by singer/songwriter project Warbler BC.  One isn’t the gypsy folk of DeVotchKa, and it doesn’t follow a poppy Christian
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Go In “Circles” With Jake Winstrom

Tennessee-born and Brooklyn, New York based singer/songwriter Jake Winstrom‘s second solo collection Circles dovetails well with the Year of the Pandemic. I believe even the more boisterous moments you’ll hear on this release are shaped by a level of intimacy Jake Winstrom has never realized until now. Much of the reason for this is because of the
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Jeff Coffey Shares His “Origins” With Us

Jeff Coffey is one of those exceptional bass guitarists that is also just as comfortable behind the microphone as he is playing the downbeat. Mentioning him in the ranks of Geddy Lee, Paul McCartney, Sting, Benjamin Orr and Aimee Mann, among others, is more than fair considering his pipes. Coffey’s album Origins – Singers And
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Rick Dorn Shows You “Great Things” With New Single

Sly yet more than inviting and warm beside the melodic components in the track, the beat in Rick Dorn’s new single “Great Things” is undisputedly a cornerstone of the track’s most cathartic lines and eruptive moments of emotionality. Framing a lush vocal harmony and a jazz-inspired bass element in the background, the percussion in this
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“Touch The Burning Sky” With David Drake

In his second official single, “Touch the Burning Sky,” David Drake makes his artistic priorities more than clear with a firm melodicism and signature music video that are almost certain to raise an eyebrow among alternative audiences this year. Establishing himself as a vocal-focused singer/songwriter, Drake doesn’t neglect to afford the backdrop in “Touch the
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Terry Ohms Is Sailing Smooth Forever

What Terry Ohms does is by way of singer/songwriter Wes McDonald as his alter image for the album Sailing Smooth Forever, as he goes by other names and also plays in other bands. Sailing Smooth Forever is not his first time on the block either, as the work of McDonald dates back many EP and
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“There Are Heroes (Stay Put Blues) By Paul Helou

Cabin fever can have a devastating effect on the spirit if not treated swiftly and properly, and in his new single “There Are Heroes (Stay Put Blues)”, Paul Helou offers up some sonic medicine of the most melodic variety alongside some very worthy collaborators. “There Are Heroes (Stay Put Blues)” is a simple pop track
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Get To Know Now Endeavor With Latest Single

Swaggering and laden with a groove as intoxicating as it is reminiscent of the summer sun at its warmest and most inspirational, there’s no stopping the chills that come pouring out of our speaker upon pressing play on the new single and music video “You Know Me” from Now Endeavor. In “You Know Me,” this
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Sonarpilot Release Unique New Single, “Fossil”

Unfolding from the silence like a distant soundwave from the depths of space, Sonarpilot’s “Fossil” takes a little bit to find its nucleus, but while its introduction is long and theatrical in both the video and the single itself, it leads us into what could be one of the most stimulating electronica efforts I’ve heard
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Ethan Gold Stuns With “Our Love Is Beautiful”

Set to a pulsating rhythm that neither pushes us nor drags behind the melodies divvied out by our leading man, the latest single from Ethan Gold, “Our Love is Beautiful,” just might be the greatest testament to his multidimensional songwriting skill so far. Where past efforts from Gold have dabbled in everything from post-punk to
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Psycho Village Drop “Unstoppable” New Single

Featuring a structured sway that starts to feel more like a hurricane than a simple rock harmony set to a solid beat, “Unstoppable” isn’t your average sonic bruiser. The latest release from Psycho Village doesn’t ride a purely-synthetic rhythm into the sunset; if anything, it scoffs in the face of such childish nonsense with its
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Nuke the Soup Release Bohemian Single/Video

Nuke the Soup’s mildly bohemian “Oceans and Mountains” doesn’t waste our time with a lot of fanciful frills; instead, this track gets right down to the business of plying us with one decadent melody after another. The harmonies that form here are relatively smoky compared to some of the similarly-stylized content I’ve seen attempting to
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Tris McCall is “The Unmapped Man”

“If you leave behind the splendor of the quarter clientele / For the flats where all the houses look alike / I could wander here for hours / ‘til the levees start to swell / But I won’t put any fingers in the dike” we’re told by a superbly poetic Tris McCall in the opening
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Toronto Tabla Ensemble Brings You “Unexpected Guests”

If you’re looking for a diverse underground, you needn’t search any further than Canada’s vast collection of indie scenes, the best of which are producing incredible new content like the latest album from Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Unexpected Guests. As its title would imply – and the video for its namesake cut will outright show you – Unexpected
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Reverse Mechanic has his “Head in the Clouds”

Devoid of a heavy overdrive and relatively crisp comparative to the other string play I’ve listened to this season, the fretwork in Reverse Mechanic’s “Head in the Clouds” might not be the most evocative element in the single/video combo, but it’s an irreplaceable cornerstone of the track all the same. Reverse Mechanic is intent on
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Become A “Midnight Cowboy” With Antherius

In a confident glide, the beautiful textures amalgamate to form the first thirty seconds of Antherius’ “Midnight Cowboy,” out this spring in both music video and single form. In the video, we look out upon a surreal, near-empty New York City, the ghostly imagery reflecting the awakening melodies rather perfectly. We’re no more than a
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R U IN, The Latest Album From The Acclaimed Heartour

R U IN, the latest album from the acclaimed Heartour, comes to us as polished as any indie synth-rock record should. There are varnished beats in “As Far As We Go,” acrylic bass textures to behold in “The Persuadable One” and light shades of psychedelic decadence in “Bubbling.” Jason Young’s voice sparkles with an anti-artificial
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Ilyah Drops An Influential New Track/Music Video

Pop music has evolved in some amazing ways over the past decade. The start of the 2010s brought about a new wave of experimental attitudes, and subsequently, a litany of new influencers who could lead the genre in a new direction. Shifting away from the plasticized loop stylizations that led the 2000’s pop generation to
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The Dead Daisies Drop New Single/Video

Oozing out of the speakers in a wild flood of distortion, we’re immediately swept away by monstrous riffs upon hitting the play button on “Unspoken.” In this latest release from superstar heavy-hitters The Dead Daisies, flexing some six-string muscle is the top priority, while fitting into the mainstream boxes set forth by critics is at
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Find “Nirvana” In New Tainted Black Single

Slowly rising from the shadows of silence on the back of a profoundly evocative guitar melody, Tainted Black’s “Nirvana” seeps through our speakers oozing emotion and inelegant tone. It’s rough around the edges and proud of it; every beat of the ensuing drum pattern springing back into place in an almost defeated fashion, unable to
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Howlin’ Whale Proves You Can Live “Many Lives”

“I’ve been a prisoner, now I am free” announces Howlin’ Whale around the 2:12 mark of her new single/video combo “Many Lives,” her vocal echoing the catharsis of her statement excellently. “Many Lives,” whether enjoyed as a music video or simply as the latest song from Howlin’ Whale, showcases poetry from an eclectic pop singer
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Hot Shot Kixxx Release Single/Video “Tadpoles”

There’s arguably never been a more diverse era in the history of rock music than the one we’re living in now. For evidence supporting this statement, listeners needn’t look any further than the new music video for Hot Shot Kixxx’s single “Tadpoles,” currently available everywhere indie music is sold and streamed. Bursting at the seams
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