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Maybird's Colorful Visions on Their Debut, Things I Remember From Earth

Maybird's musical vision is made for a future that relies on pulling from the past. Toy-sounding synthesizers, acoustic guitars plus distorted and processed guitars, and the chorus-like harmonies that make their music sound a bit like it's from a retro movie give the band cinematic flair. The band has a taste for writing truisms, and perhaps their nostalgic sound adds to the emphasis. The story behind their debut album, Things I Remember From Earth cuts to the core of the human experience in terms of what people are searching for and come to find self-evident. The journey to writing the album comes from Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan as a crucial source for inspiration. The philosophical themes surely inform the thoughtful hooks, which sometimes admonish looking too far into the future. 

A key influence behind Maybird is the reputable rock band Dangermouse, who helped them release the EP Turning into Water after discovering them in 2016. The four-song EP Unraveling followed soon after in 2017 with the help of producer Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. The clash and eventual concoction of these experiences resulted in the songs on their debut, all of which are tinged with the right amount of apathy that ultimately makes their music so cool.

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Susan Moon

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New Birdspotter Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

A Garden Everywhere You Go, the latest album from Birdspotter, is out now via Bratislava, Slovakia's Z Tapes. Delicately delightful, experimental folk-pop springs forward. Those gentle, sonic layers establish a sense of intimate proximity, which grips as it grooves. Discover meaning in the minute moments.





Column "I & II"

Psych Pop supergroup Column recently released a video for “II” from their debut 7” “I & II” which is due out on August 16th via Grand Jury.

Column is Cadien James of Twin Peaks along with Dalton Allison, Jake Hirshland, Javier Reyes, Matt Williams, and Wes Toledo all of Post Animal.

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New Track: "Say" - Arch of Love

Consisting of Chelsea Brennan and Chris Schackerman (Literature, Mercury Girls, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Arch of Love recently dropped a new single, “Say,” via 6131 Records. The song stretches in a silky, synth-pop manner, but despite the smooth progression, Brennan voices concern over poor, conflicting communication. That coasting instrumentation contrasts with the turbulence within the relationship. The duo will be performing this Sunday, August 4 at Ortlieb's, on a lineup that also includes Crozet and Hibou.





New Track: "Higher Than A Flying Cloud Castle Made of White Light" - Pretend Collective

Pretend Collective’s self-titled debut album is scheduled to arrive on September 13 via The Giving Groove. The ensemble recently shared a new single, “Higher Than A Flying Cloud Castle Made of White Light”. A multidimensional, sonic tower arises as hypnotic, vocal harmonies unfold. It's a graceful, psych groove that draws the listener in and suggests that you should stay for a while.

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