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Horsegirl Signs to Matador

Horsegirl have announced that they have singed with the legendary label Matador Records. They trio of Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them) will be performing a live steam concert tonight, April 12th, on Vans Channel 66.

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Air Devi writes songs about moving and mosquitos

Air Devi is both a band and a person which is like a PJ Harvey kind of deal. And also like PJ Harvey, she's got some serious musical and songwriting chops. Air Devi, the person, is alternatiely know as Devi Majeske and she's a violinist, sitarist, guitarist, bass guitarist, keyboardist, and a fairly recent U. Penn grad who writes cool songs that come across pretty laid back at first but then get under your skin and into your heart and head. Like on the recent single “Mosquitos in the Backyard,” a song that floats by like a big marshmallow cloud and with images of “wash lines swaying” and “lush perfume hanging” to match. Except when you dig a little deeper it's not all strawberries and cream because the song appears to either be about contracting malaria and/or it's a pretty brutal take down of a pest and narcissist with lines like “you’ll feed on anything that breathes / you never loved anything." Another clever touch is how the choruses sound a little bit like a buzzing mosquito with the chopped-up guitar chords and circling bass line on the high strings so there's much to comtemplate here.

Air Devi draws from diverse musical roots ranging from first-wave punk to Bollywood soundtracks to bedroom singer-songwriter pop to folkie psychedelia but there’s one recurring motif to my ears in how she/they often combine a blissed out vibe in the music and vocals with lyrics that are a series of sharply observed slices-of-life and streams-of-consciousness--pulling from disperate stands of thought and stands of identity and even from different languages with code-switching into French and Gujarati on a handful of songs. 

The latter Indo-language is heard on “Move Without Place," a song that rotates gracefully between styles—the Gujarati comes at the end of a sequence that moves first from ambient indie pop to a syncopated baggy beat with a Bollywood-like vocal melody and then Air Devi wondering aloud “Am I colonizable? Capitalizable?” when everything suddenly stops for a split-second and a bell chimes and then it goes into what sounds like traditional Hindustani music complete with dholak drumming, which is simlilar to a tabla but double-headed, and electric guitar and entrancing ornamented singing but then it all unwinds down to a single repeated guitar note and then back to the syncopated beat with the amibient indie pop backing and back around again. The restless musical arrangement perfectly captures the theme of the song to "move without place [and] make my own space" even if one's skin and the whole world itself is "splintered" and "sensitive."

It's all equally visceral and heady stuff--a dialectic that can be applied to much of Air Devi's music in my humble opinion. But you can make up your own mind by listening to the two aforementioned singles and then 2020’s Swanning About EP above ("No Clearances" is a particuarly lovely statement of purpose). And if you need more you can check out earlier singles like "Standoffish" and "Alchemist" and the stripped-down DIY of 2018's Chicken Nuggies & Rosé EP with some of its contents later rearranged in full-band form on Swanning such as "My Landlord Is An Asshole!" and who can really argue with a sentiment like that. And then, if that's not enough, you can dig into Air Devi's Soundcloud page and find even earlier works like the anti-Putin diss track "Kremlin Bop" that doubles as a Ramones-like sing-a-long with the title perhaps even being an homage to said band. 


But hey let’s not fixate on the past because cheap nostalgia is so 2020. And plus it'll be even more interesting to see and hear what Air Devi does next. (Jason Lee)

 





Action/Adventure "Poser"

Action/Adventure have released visuals for the lead single, "Poser", from their forthcoming EP "Pulling Focus", which is due out on April 30th via Pure Noise.

This is the Pop Punk of Blake Evaristo, Brompton Jackson, Oren Trace, Manny Avila, and Adrian Brown.

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Tiny Kingdoms "All I Know"

Tiny Kingdoms are back with a new single called "All I Know", which is accompanied by the Alex Zarek video below. This is the group's first single of 2021, sixth since releasing their most recent EP, "Realms", back in 2018.

The group blends Pop Punk with Alt Rock and Emo to create a sound all their own.

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Boot "Snow In March"

Benjamin Carbone, Lead Singer/Band Leader of Boot, just completed his first Chicago winter since relocating from Brooklyn. Once the month of March began he felt the worst was behind him and the snow had ended, but in Chicago you have to be ready for anything. The new single,"Snow In March", documents his surprise when it did indeed snow last month. We can't wait to hear what Benjamin will compose when it "unexpectedly" snows in May. Welcome to Chicago Benjamin and Boot!

"Snow in March" features Oliver Beardsley on drums, was mixed and mastered by Jake Cheriff, and was released by Paper Moon Records.

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