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Debut Millennium Development Goals/Under Blood Red MOON-LITE EP Available for Streaming & Download

Millennium Development Goals/Under Blood Red MOON-LITE - or MDGUBRML - is the project of Derek Liedel (ex-Katana Girl). From the jump, Liedel introduces joyful moments of fever-dream meltdowns, fitted within the album’s well-executed synthesis of lo-fi folk and house music. History of Chemicals sounds like a Spotify shuffle that gets occasionally interrupted by absurdist departures into transcendental noise, starkly contrasting the bliss of familiarity with the existential challenge of the unknown. In a small amount of time, the EP offers plenty of cheerful headspaces and a good bit of indie pop splendor that’s also playfully disassociative. Take it for a spin. - Josh Kelly





New Mack Enemy EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

A tormenting surge of psych-punk is welded together on Ow My Mynd, the latest EP from Mack Enemy. A degree of instrumental menace surrounds and streams ahead as the primal vocals rain down. Unrelenting intensity blends within a trippy, celestial component, creating a bridge to a new place of discovery. The immediate jolt of each song spins off into the mystery of the unknown. Who knows what will present itself next along the path.

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New Track: "Body" - Roya

“Body” is featured on Egg, the new EP from Roya. The track emerges out of whispering vocals and guitar strums as a lo-fi buzz fills out the room. The momentum/strength builds as the line “so just try to pretend like you don't know my body” is emphasized and repeated, becoming a mantra of sorts. Whether the song is a monologue directed at an individual, who isn’t listening, or represents a separation or conflict between one’s thoughts and physical being, there’s a magnitude in its simplicity.





Telefones' "Castle Factory" is a new gritty jam

 I felt myself start to head-bang in the powerhouse-intro of Telefones "Castle Rock", which says something. It's fascinating when the recorded music of a punk rock band accurately replicates what they must sound like live. This is no small feat- trying to convey the sound of a dark, sweaty venue, gritty guitars battling with the vocals and having a riff-off with the drum kit, IN HEADPHONES, is nearly impossible. Or so I thought. Telefones seems to have mastered the art of punk rock recording, so for them I'll take my hat off. Keep your ears open for their 7" record, which comes out 9/21. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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reality something's "Life Noise" is lofi alt-rock at its finest

Aesthetically and sonically, reality something are so intentional and consistent that it almost doesn't line up with the genre: lo-fi alt rock. The band is fronted by Elena Franklin, whose vocal timbre instantly reminded me of the B-52s. reality something recorded their debut at guitarist Kingsley Brock's home studio, which gives the record the grit and fuzz characteristic of the genre, but organically. That's the thing about this band: their songs are arranged well and the instrumental textures are locked in, but it isn't because of 'studio magic,' it's because at their core, reality something are excellent musicians. Be sure to catch them live at Exit/In on 9/6. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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