Friday, 28 June 2019

PINERO|SERENE share impactful song, ‘Dead Flowers’ ahead of debut EP

Alternative dream-pop duo PINERO|SERENE have premiered their single, ‘Dead Flowers’ via TMRW Magazine ahead of the release of their debut EP. The singles release date is 28th of June while the album, ‘Dark Matter’ is due to release on the 12th of July.

PINERO|SERENE draws influence from artists such as Portishead, Massive Attack, Radiohead. With their sophomore single they showcase all that is beautiful, arcane and unsettling. Meticulously constructed cathedrals of guitar set against potently rhythmic lyrics, this is war poetry at its finest. With its bones on show and chest wide open, ‘Dead Flowers’ is an unrepentant emotional exorcism  - poignant and defiant.

“‘Dead Flowers’ is the last in the chain of a four-track EP, which takes you on a journey through personal evolution. It’s about facing the fear of letting go, to make space for a new dimension of existence and perception.” - PINERO|SERENE on their ‘Dead Flowers’ single.

The duo consists of German/Filipino bass player, Cheryl Pinero and UK vocalist, Neeq Serene. Pinero is also the bassist for all-female indie rock band Friedberg.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Indie/emo quintet Marigolds release their homesick inspired track ' Nerves'

Indie/emo quintet MARIGOLDS are pleased to reveal their new single ‘Nerves’ which is out now via Beth Shalom Records. The song was released on April 26th.

With one foot planted firmly in the indie and folk world of layered guitars and complex, intertwined melodies, the band marry an ambitious, experimental edge with a sumptuous and lush wash of emo and shoegaze influences, resulting in a sun-soaked, hazy sound that provides the perfect pillow for keyboard player Lydia White’s gorgeous vocal.

As songwriter Joe Maguire explains, new single ‘Nerves is all about “the pangs of being homesick and missing interactions you used to have—how simple everything used to be.” However, in the same breath, ‘Nerves’ deals with the realisation that situations can change over time, and as people, so do we.

If there’s a key takeaway from ‘Nerves’ then, it’s that we should always try to live our lives with an internal focus on self-evaluation, as Maguire rounds off; “From personal experience, if your internal dialogue is shaped around other people having to think of you in a particular light, this can be a pathway to low self-esteem.”

In their few short years together, Marigolds have so far released two stand alone singles—’Short Shorts’ (2016) and ‘Slept Out’ (2018)—and their 2017 debut EP Asleep In The Sun.


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Jula shares dark indie pop song ' Leave'

Indie-Pop singer JULA has released her debut single, ‘Leave’ via Tall Mountain Records on the 31st of May this year. The song was written by JULA and co-produced alongside Jan Schröder.

As an emerging artist, JULA has faced many obstacles within the industry and herself as she battled to embrace the mainstream media’s perception of what she should look like. The birth of her son caused a shift in perception, allowing her to step outside of these limitations she had created for herself. The result is an artist who has taken charge of themselves and their music, bringing forth an indie-pop album with dark undertones which address this growth and development.

Influenced by her appreciation and studies of Jazz music, JULA also takes inspiration from artists such as Björk, Muse and Destiny’s Child. The resulting debut EP, PHOENIX will be released in 2019.

“It’s about a feeling I sometimes have, a weight that I carry with me. A feeling that overwhelms me, which I can not escape. I wallow in it for a while, cover myself in it and then, all of a sudden, it’s gone. It’s a very lonely feeling, very dark, but it’s not necessarily negative, it’s a part of me I have learned to accept and even appreciate sometimes; without the low, I can’t experience the high.” - JULA on her single ‘Leave’.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Brooklyn-based band UV Rays share the music video for "Existential Dread"

Brooklyn-based band UV Rays share the video for "Existential Dread," a track off their previously released EP, Try and Begin. The Deli exclusively premiered the video earlier this week, praising, "The track is from the band’s recently released debut EP Try and Begin and features beautifully intertwined electric guitars parts that play to the rhythm of a poised drum beat, and accent borderline jazzy pop choruses. The video is filled with extreme wide shots that show the band members playing their instruments, seemingly miniature to the huge backgrounds. The video’s simplicity is eye-catching and suits the track’s avant-pop vibe." Their debut EP, Try and Begin, is out now. UV Rays is currently gearing up for the release of EP2, out this summer, and will be announcing local shows supporting the record soon.

On their debut EP Try and Begin, Brooklyn’s UV Rays are a band rejuvenated. While guitarist Adrien DeFontaine once served as the band’s principal songwriter, here he has invited his three bandmates to tackle lead vocals and songwriting duties as well. As a result, UV Rays have opened a floodgate of new perspectives and influences, embracing richly melodic pop music alongside their steadfast explorations of intricate, meter-shifting rock. “I wanted the songwriting to be a more democratic experience,” DeFontaine explains. “Early on, what people reacted to was seeing the four of us playing off each other live. That chemistry, and making something together that we couldn't possibly do on our own, is what’s most exciting to me.” Try and Begin delivers big hooks alongside equally ambitious arrangements; it is as engaging as it is full of surprises.

Try and Begin is a drastic departure from UV Rays’ previous singles, both in style and intention. DeFontaine has long channeled the soaring vocals and complex instrumentation of contemporary Japanese rock bands like Tricot and The Cabs. But now those influences are tempered by, say, drummer Erica Warner’s love of Katy Perry’s stadium-sized melodies, or bassist Tim Marchetta-Wood’s adoration for the quirky arrangements of Deerhoof and Mitski. “It all filters into what we're writing,” Marchetta-Wood points out.

Throughout the EP, these seemingly disparate sounds blend together effortlessly. On the celebratory lead single “Flowerhead,” for instance, Warner sings a huge pop chorus about being “comfortable enough with someone that you can be 100% your weirdest self in front of them,” but bookends it between restrained, elegantly winding verses and visceral blasts of staccato guitar and drums. Later, “Existential Dread,” sung by Marchetta-Wood, features intertwined guitar riffs in the vein of Television, courtesy of DeFontaine and guitarist Danny Sullivan; “Boys,” written by the full band, is a euphoric blast of unabashed pop-rock that works as a poignant foil for Warner’s biting commentary.

Nowhere is the band’s skill more apparent than in their ability to make abrupt jumps into atypical meters sound approachable and downright fun. Yet these twists and turns - like on the pogo-inducing adrenaline rush of “Man Enough” - never come at the expense of accessibility; DeFontaine likens the alternative to a Rube Goldberg machine or Wile E. Coyote’s absurd, unnecessary schemes. From these deft arrangements to unexpected gushes of sweet melody, UV Rays’ Try and Begin is overflowing with the fruits of true collaboration. Now, most importantly, as DeFontaine says, “everyone feels like this band is their own.” - Max Savage Levenson

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

'Tragedy Of Physics'New album offering from alt-pop duo 'Hooked Like Helen'

Husband and wife duo Nikki and Jon Stipp are Hooked Like Helen, an Ohio-based Alt-pop act. They have just released their new EP Tragedy Of Physics, which was co-produced alongside Grammy award-winning mixer, engineer and producer Isha Erskine (Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas), and features vocals by NBC's The Voice contestant, Emily Keener.

Nikki and Jon both bring their own influence to the metaphorical musical table. Nikki’s affinity for artists such as Prince, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Carol King, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Halsey, Rihanna, and The Weeknd, blends at once while contrasting with Jon’s love for rock such as Guns and Roses, The Eagles, Steely Dan, Green Day, Rage Against The Machine, Chris Stapleton and hip-hop and alt-rock like 2pac and Twenty One Pilots. It's this blend of influences  as well as the merging of classic and current songwriting structures, that are defining attributes to Hooked Like Helen's sound.

Opening the EP, the duo twists their idiosyncratic brand of alt-pop into a power ballad on ‘Tear This Place Apart’ and allow Nikki’s vocal intensity to boil over into cathartic exultation. The track offers lyrics about the agonies and ecstasies of love, impeccably underpinned by a soundscape that reaches nuclear-threat levels, thanks to Nikki’s voice. On ‘No Turning Back’, Hooked Like Helen takes the best parts of all of their influences and make them their own, coating everything in the breathy flutter of Nikki’s voice. The track is a kaleidoscopic soundscape, confident and emotionally resonant. In terms of pure power-pop delight, ‘Beautiful World’ is hard to beat - it's one of those tracks that tap directly into your musical pleasure centre and jabs at the best bits. It is everything that pop music should be: eloquent, glamorous, spirited, with an infusion of freshness. All in all, Tragedy of Physics is full of piano hooks, intricate, rhythmic bass lines, and epic, driving drums which carry the EP through the subject matter, but with an underlying groove and a constant sense of pop.

Speaking of the Tragedy of Physics EP, Hooked Like Helen said: “Tragedy Of Physics is growing pains in Extended Play form. Recorded in our home studio and self-produced, each track reflects a step further for us into the trek toward who we truly are, what we mean, and where we want to be..”

Tragedy Of Physics EP Tracklist:

1. Tear This Place Apart

2. No Turning Back

3. Liar

4. Beautiful World

5. It Goes On (featuring Emily Keener)

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Seeker Mother Keeper release music video for 'Let It Out' starring Magda Szubanski.

Seeker Lover Keeper - beloved Australian indie folk supergroup comprising of Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby - return with the release of their stunning new single ‘Let It Out’. A powerful ode to self-acceptance, ‘Let It Out’ reminds us to be who we are, accept where we’ve come from and learn from the experiences life has thrown us.

“The song became about the fact that, while it might feel scary, there are safe spaces in this world in which a person can express their true self and feelings. It was initially written from quite a personal perspective, but the theme became much more universal as the song reached completion.”

Accompanying the track is a captivating video directed by award-winning director Natalie Van Den Dungen, who has previously worked with Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko, Justine Clarke and was behind the iconic videos from their debut album which starred Barry Otto, Aden Young and John Waters. The ‘Let It Out’ video features a mesmerising performance from one of Australia's best known and most loved personalities Magda Szubanski.

“When it came to making the video, we felt that Magda would be the perfect person to deliver this, and she certainly was. It is such a powerful and moving performance”.

‘Let It Out’ was self produced by the band and mixed by Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Rey, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent ). The single marks the first new music from Seeker Lover Keeper in 8 years since the release of their self-titled debut album. Released in 2011 and debuting at #3 on the ARIA chart, the record went gold and scored two songs in triple j’s Hottest 100 for that year. Their song, ‘Even Though I’m a Woman’, became somewhat emblematic of the band and the album.

After their debut, Seeker Lover Keeper returned, for several years, to their solo careers and lives: Sarah released three records, composed for film, television, and had a son; Holly wrote two novels, released an album, and had a daughter; and Sally relocated with her family to LA for a time, co-wrote songs with several artists, released an album, wrote a novel, and composed for television.


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