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A Sheerly Prime Debut

The debut EP from dark soul duo Sheers is a beautifully ideal soundtrack for lamenting creativity and moments of vivid self reflection.

We premiered the first track from Lily Breshears and Grant Pierce, the brains behind the project, back in early August. "Depth" presented orchestral r&b, jazz and hip hop elements as a tease into the EP's other three tracks, reaffirming Breshears' actual depth as an emotional intellect, classically trained musician and the project's driving force.

Piano riffs and paced drumming start out the EP on "In Case," as Breshears' deep croon swiftly establishes itself as a partaking instrument. At times her voice barrels with full-toned body and when accompanied by Pierce's cymbal play and gradual beat buildup (also heard on closing track "Kristoffer"), create heavy texture with only few tools.

Sheers will be joining Skin Lies as supporting acts for Seattle musician Benoît Pioulard's album release show this Tuesday at Holocene. Until then, get acquainted with Sheers below.





PREMIERE: Ky Burt - "Deep Dark Woods"

Capturing the true tree-lined spirit of the Pacific Northwest, the newest single and video from multi-instrumentalist Ky Burt, "Deep Dark Woods," expands on the calming aura of the nature surrounding us, both visually and sonically.

Recorded in a tiny house along the Willamette River in St. Johns, "Deep Dark Woods" applies classic American roots style with an avant-indie-folk breath in expressing the contrasting vulnerability and self-actualization experienced in solitude and times of strife. The song's video, which shows Burt performing live at Fluff & Gravy and exploring through the local woods of Macleay Park, was shot by Brianna Barrett and does a mighty fine job at conveying the curiousity of journeying through Oregon's shrub.

"Deep Dark Woods" comes off of Burt's debut EP The Moon & the Sea, due out October 4th. His release show for the EP will be held this tomorrow, October 1st at Alberta Street Pub.





Batya unveils songs from debut EP, plays Rockwood on 11/12

In her debut EP (to be released soon, but most tracks are available for streaming on her Soundcloud pageBatya passes an important litmus test for any emerging songwriter: being able to convincingly convey emotion. A self-described dream pop artist, the 19 year old New York artist introduces herself with "What's my name," a track that walks the line between folk and pop ballad. Batya's best asset is her haunting, ringing yet expressive voice, which drips with sadness in a way that resonates well with the song's somber tone. Her lyrics too do a good job of conveying the track's emotional qualities, as she asks herself a series of existential questions that remain unanswered. It's a promising start for a young artist, and its hopefully one she'll be able to capitalize on for future efforts. You can check out her track below, and catch Batya live at Rockwood on 11/12. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

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Kuroma releases 'The Dark Horse Rides Again' LP at Union Poll 10/5

From the sound of it, psych-pop band Kuroma's latest release, "Perfect Girl," might have been written under the influence of a serious summer crush. Starting simply with a strumming acoustic guitar, the track slowly builds, erupting into rich layers of orchestral instrumentation - is that the sound of soaring love? Though the arrangement gets more complex as the tune progresses, "Perfect Girl" manages to remain grounded, courtesy of Hank Sullivant's dulcet vocals hovering over the mix. The result is a tune that sounds as if it was plucked from a mid-60's summer top 40 chart. Stream "Perfect Girl" below and catch Kuroma playing with the Acrylics at Union Pool on 10/5- Olivia Sisinni, photo by Ansely West

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Foreign Air drops new single "Better for It" and play U Street

With soaring vocals and infectious backbeats, DC-based Foreign Air brings you "Better for It," the latest single from the alt/synth-pop duo. Starting with simple, delicate piano, the tune's momentum gradually builds, eventually doubling down and releasing into lush layers of instrumentation by the time the chorus hits. "Better for It" is ripe-for-radio ear candy, and we'd be shocked if you're not humming along with the hook by the track's end.  Stream "Better for It" below, and catch them at the U Street Music Hall 10/27 with the Strumbellas. - Olivia Sisinni

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