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P.E.

The Leather Lemon

    P.E.’s sophomore album, ‘The Leather Lemon’, ushers in a new era for the New York band. A wild ride through chewy bubblegum pop, sweeping synthetic orchestrations and mutant club beats, the album slides ever closer to the fully-realized pop sensibility only winked at with their debut album, ‘Person’ (2020), and subsequent releases.

    Recorded primarily at Schenke’s Studio Windows in Brooklyn, NY, ‘The Leather Lemon’ was cultivated from a fertile creative period between spring 2020 and summer 2021, which also yielded 2021’s acclaimed ‘The Reason For My Love’ EP.

    Digging into mystery, romance and sex appeal, the album centres its sound within a Bermuda Triangle of dance music, electronic composition and experimental rock. Members Jonathan Schenke, Bob Jones and Jonny Campolo play within pop parameters, building upon free-form collaboration to create a fluorescent groove machine that harnesses the energy of their frenetic live shows.

    Singer Veronica Torres explores her softer side, expanding her vocal repertoire from spoken word and jagged growls to cherubic and sensuous psalms.

    Sax virtuoso Benjamin Jaffe’s chiseled experimental tone is heard in an extended solo of true romance in ‘Tears in the Rain’, a sombre surrealist duet penned by Torres and Andrew Savage, singer/guitarist of Parquet Courts.

    It is a reckoning record for the times; an album of psychedelic resurfacing, real-time response to world events, and soft, sympathetic magic. This is a collection of songs shaped by five individuals who embrace music-making as a way to centre themselves in times of uncertainty; it’s resilience and imagination given shape. ‘The Leather Lemon’ is a true sweet-and-sour listening experience, an album as bright and clear as it is fractured and fun.

    “Drum cuts feel sharper and lighter, bringing a sense of structure... sensuality suits them well” - Pitchfork

    “A skittery piece of post-punk with blithe vocals and saxophone squawks and brittle bits of synth” - Stereogum

    “A sultry, infectious, off-kilter groove” - Brooklyn Vegan

    For fans of Primal Scream, Parquet Courts, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Depeche Mode, Gang of Four.

    TRACK LISTING

    Blue Nude (Reclined)
    Contradiction Of Wants
    Lying With The Wolf
    The Leather Lemon
    Tears In The Rain
    The Reason For My Love
    Magic Hands
    New Kind Of Zen
    86ed
    Majesty

    Bambara

    Love On My Mind

      With ‘Love on My Mind’ - the six-song mini-album, mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Tennis, Parquet Courts, Johnny Marr) - Bambara condense all the energy and darkness that have made them so compelling and rearrange it into something defiantly new.

      Opening track, ‘Slither in the Rain’, all hissing high-hat and spectral synthlines, is a true statement of intent. It’s minimal and atmospheric, foregrounding Bateh’s raw vocals as he introduces one of ‘Love on My Mind’s main characters years after the events of the album are over, a lonely man who throws bottles at airplanes and dances a two-step in the pattern of a figure-8. While Bateh has always been adept at character sketches, tracks like ‘Slither’ introduce a newfound vulnerability that runs true through the entire album and cause the songs to hit on a more human level.

      Similarly, ‘Point And Shoot’ - in which each stanza describes the louche, lawless scenes of “rooftop girls / standing shoulder-to-shoulder, naked figures with their hips / cocked,” busted up jaws, and couches full of burnholes captured by the snapshots of ‘Love on My Mind’s female lead - displays an autobiographical intimacy that is not as apparent in Bambara’s previous releases. This tenderness is echoed on ‘Birds’, a rare love song (from which the EP’s title is derived), and album closer ‘Little Wars’, a gripping finale of loneliness and isolation.

      But while these songs may display a softer side of Bambara, it’s important to note that they haven’t lost the thrill of what attracted so many people to them in the first place. ‘Mythic Love’ (featuring vocals from Bria Salmena), with its driving bassline and ricocheting guitar lines, brings to mind past rave-ups like ‘Serafina’ and ‘Sunbleached Skulls’ but obliterates them in the process, while ‘Feelin’ Like A Funeral’ - a dangerously oscillating tale of a city knifing - is probably the most thrillingly anthemic song the band have ever recorded.

      Taken together, ‘Love on My Mind’ amounts to another massive step forward for Bambara - the boldest thing they’ve ever done - and the sound of yet another breakthrough.

      “Engrossing, dark and irresistible… an adventurous group, who just keep getting better all the time.” - CLASH

      “Never anything less than captivating.” - Upset

      “What Athens, Georgia bunch Bambara do, they do very well… the trio’s commitment to the dark side is never in question.” - DIY

      “Bambara are ice cold and sharp as a knife’s edge.” - Loud & Quiet

      “Brooklyn based doom-mongers delight… the trio go further than most in their quest to rattle.” - Q (4/5)

      For fans of Daughters, Protomartyr, IDLES, King Krule, Ice Age.

      TRACK LISTING

      Slither In The Rain
      Mythic Love
      Birds
      Point And Shoot
      Feelin’ Like A Funeral
      Little Wars

      Lily Konigsberg

      Lily We Need To Talk Now

        Lily We Need To Talk Now is a record Konigsberg has been slowly chipping away at since 2016, revising and re-recording the songs over the years. The eleven-track collection is her first proper full length, following her anthology of EPs and unreleased tracks, The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now, released in 2021 by Wharf Cat Records. The new record is catchy the whole way through, like much of her poppy and plainspoken indie rock output that’s made her a fixture of the NYC underground in recent years. Her voice twists and turns and dashes around her clever wordplay in new ways; there are hints of power-pop, pop-punk, and downtempo introspection, all dotted with easter eggs of winking humor.

        True to its title, this collection of songs is like a check in with herself. “On “That’s The Way I Like It,” with backing vocals from longtime collaborator Paco Cathcart, she reflects on the feeling of “struggling with someone you love, and how you can get all evil about it, like a brat, like a baby.” On “Proud Home”, she sings one of the records boldest earworm hooks (“You’ve got a lot of fucking things to be proud of!”) and tries to comfort a friend who has a crush on her mom. “I really cracked myself up with the lyrics,” she says. “It’s kind of a Stacey’s Mom riff. I decided it’s a dedication to Adam Schlesinger [of Fountains of Wayne].” “Roses, Again” is a new take on a familiar Lily tune (originally on Good Time Now) re-recorded at the request of her current live band, who have evolved the song on the road.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 - Beauty
        2 - Sweat Forever
        3 - That’s The Way I Like It
        4 - Alone
        5 - Don’t Be Lazy With Me
        6 - Proud Home
        7 - Hark
        8 - Bad Boy
        9 - Roses, Again
        10 - Goodbye
        11 - True

        Lily Konigsberg

        The Best Of Lily Konigsberg Right Now

          A musical omnibus, ‘The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now’ is the first widely distributed Lily Konigsberg physical release, as well as the first vinyl treatment for EPs ‘Good Time Now’ and ‘4 Picture Tear’.

          The collection loosely parallels the melancholic narrative behind the latter, where a mental break triggered Konigsberg’s depersonalized sense of her past self. Of the ‘4 Picture Tear’ EP Konigsberg says, “I would look at this photo booth picture I took with Matt [Norman] and cry because I thought I was looking at the person I used to be in that picture and that that person was gone.” In retrospect, these EPs feel like distinctive vignettes of Konigsberg’s progression as a songwriter, each version of her past self-tethered by an invisible thread to the present through musical alliances and fervent introspection.

          ‘Owe Me’, a song Konigsberg never felt fit on any of her previous releases, now serves as an opening curtain call. “Thank you all for coming to my show,” Konigsberg says to an invisible audience’s applause, “If you didn’t know, now you certainly know.” It’s a transportive moment that combines Konigsberg’s patient steps into the underground pop limelight with her exceptional ability to connect with a diverse and talented cohort of creatives.

          One third of egalitarian art-punk outfit Palberta, the Brooklyn-born and-based Lily Konigsberg has occupied her time with music since her early childhood. “Basically I was born and immediately started wanting to be a rock star,” she says.

          “Even before she became a fixture of the New York underground, Lily Konigsberg was staking out her place in local music.” - Pitchfork (Rising Artist, 2020)

          “A crisp, catchy, and concise bit of 90s-indebted indie rock” - Stereogum

          “The freewheeling, flitting melodies underline the precision of Konigsberg’s songwriting: She knows what she wants to say and she is methodical about how much to reveal.” - Pitchfork

          “Warm and direct but tough to grasp, untraceable” - Tiny Mix Tapes

          TRACK LISTING

          Owe Me
          To Hold It
          Rock And Sin
          7 Smile
          At Best A #3
          It’s Just Like All The Clouds
          I Said
          Summer In The City
          Good Time (demo)
          Lily’s National Anthem
          Waterfall Snake Juice
          Talk To Me W. Birds
          Roses
          North Porsche
          I Don’t Like The Name
          Big Tall Grass (demo)
          Opening The Day

          Profligate

          Somewhere Else

            ‘Somewhere Else’, Profligate’s first album since 2014, deftly balances seeming opposites - chaos and composition, melody and noise, programmed and live instrumentation.

            Featuring contributions by LA poet / musician Elaine Kahn and Chrissy Jones, this diverse yet cohesive album walks the line between dark pop and noise.

            “Synthesizers flutter airless and inviting and are grounded to solidity with brooding and distinguished bass” - Impose.

            “‘Black Plate’ features Kahn's lyrics and vocals, around which Profligate’s teetering synths and atonal crackles swirl like snakes on acid.” - The Fader.

            “Different facets of noise and structured arrangements that ebb and flow brilliantly and make for a fresh experience on every listen.” - Impose.

            “Based on the striking and natural contrast between pop and noise, distorted and clean sounds, the strident but functional and amazing juxtaposition of the ethereal slightly gloomy Elaine’s voice and Noah's crispy and discordant electronic textures” - WhiteLight / WhiteHeat.

            “You could never quite call Noah Anthony’s music hi-def, but this delectable slice of post-punk pop comes close.” - Resident Advisor.

            “Mixes noise, industrial and new wave synth pop.” - Warzawa.

            “A tense industrial track with tearing and bubbling sounds that, in context, are actually kind of soothing.” - The Fader.

            TRACK LISTING

            Somewhere Else
            A Circle Of
            Enlist
            Lose A Little
            Black Plate
            Jet Black (King Of The World)
            Needle In Your Lip

            The County Liners

            Mary Jane Dunphe & Chris McDonnell In The County Liners

              ‘Love Letter’, the opening track from The County Liners’ debut mini album, cuts “Lucinda Williams’ own particular strain of lonesome” with “Rolling Stones swagger” (NPR) to set the tone for a collection of five “country-rock songs that buck like an old pickup” (NPR).

              The County Liners started in Mary Jane Dunphe (Vexx, CC Dust, CCFX) and Chris McDonnell (CC Dust, CCFX, Trans FX)’s country home in Olympia, WA in the winter of 2016. Longtime friends and collaborators, Chris and Mary Jane began writing 80s / 90s inspired country tunes when Mary Jane found herself bedridden with a debilitating ankle injury. Riley Kendig, also living with Dunphe and McDonnell, and Mirce Popovic (Trans FX) joined the band to help arrange and perform these deeply personal songs.

              “Loaded with broad desert plains and cloudless skies and open roads and a time lost in memories of blood and industry” - Impose

              “Deeply grooved, intelligently written and electrified by immediacy” - Autumn Roses

              TRACK LISTING

              Love Letter
              Walkin’ Out
              Maria
              The County Line
              Oklahoma

              Honey

              New Moody Judy

                As their first release featuring songs written collaboratively by all three band members, it only makes sense that Honey’s sophomore LP New Moody Judy was recorded with the intent of perfectly capturing the dynamic, human energy that’s a vital component of their sound.

                From the opening track, "Wage Agreement," – a song featuring a repeating blues lick framing verses that could either be about begging your boss for more hours or fighting with everything you have to not fall out of love – Honey make it clear that even with its ferocious riffs and careening rhythms, New Moody Judy’s message is one of empathy. “Through that front door / I’ll find anything but love” Dan Wise sings from the gut – what person hasn’t experienced the futility of trying to escape from a feeling like that. Equally relatable, if slightly more uplifting, is the message of the album’s first single “Dream Come Now”, an anthem to never giving up on your dreams even when they seem out of reach. Sonically, the song displays a new level of concision and brute heaviness previously known only to those who have seen Honey play live: the pummel and swing, the rave-ups and come downs -– the sound of perfect rock and roll, music always on the edge of spinning out of control.

                From the tight jam giving way to a thrilling cascade of riffs that fuel the rush of "Hungry" to the ender-ender blowout of "Peggy Ray," New Moody Judy sees Honey giving everything to the music, and in doing so they create an LP that is meant to be felt all the way through. A band can't swing this heavy without heart, and New Moody Judy is about staying sensitized; about not numbing yourself to your relationships and the world around you even during the times that everything seems to be going to hell.

                TRACK LISTING

                Wage Agreement
                Dream Come Now
                New Moody Judy
                Spped, Glue
                Hungry
                Bagman
                Power
                Wage Too
                Peggy Ray

                Coca Leaf

                Deep Marble Sunrise

                  Coca Leaf was a collaborative birthed in the hot Florida swamp years ago. ‘Deep Marble Sunrise’ was sculpted from a series of brain-fried studio sessions in NYC taking place in the summer 2015. The manic ramping-up and the inevitable comedown intertwine here. The party and the empty vacuum that follows.

                  For this album the group is comprised of multiinstrumentalists ZZ Ramierez (Ukiah Drag, Destruction Unit), David Vassalotti and Carson Cox (Merchandise) and Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Missionhubble). The cuts follow their impulses freely, coming up with a strange combination of hard funk, jazz, noise, no wave, free improvisation and dub.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  New Soft Dawn
                  No Light Bleeds The Den
                  Twilight Haze
                  Riding Ice
                  Marbled Sunset
                  Glaze

                  “A tarnished, shouty clangor that recalls Mission of Burma, Wire circa ‘Pink Flag’, Pylon…” - Pitchfork

                  “The Five Boroughs’ most vicious singer with any real songs behind her this decade” - NME

                  “Louche post-punk, all starkly angled guitar lines and minimalist beats” - Noisey

                  “The energy and swagger of a cocky young ruffian” - DIY Mag

                  “Ripping apart at the seams and bursting through with unnerving vitality” - Stereogum

                  ‘Untitled’ is the debut album from “New York City’s buzziest new band” (NME).

                  This follow up to their cult classic, eponymous EP documents WALL’s rapid ascent from a relatively unknown entity to a hard-playing, highly sought after act on the NYC underground circuit and beyond.

                  From the pensive minimalism of ‘River Mansion’ to the fervent satire of ‘High Ratings’, the barely nascent four-piece captures the nervous energy of a city defined by constant change.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  High Ratings
                  Wounded At War
                  Sonic
                  Save Me
                  Turn Around
                  River Mansion
                  Charmed Life
                  Weekend
                  Circus
                  Everything In Between

                  After releasing two critically acclaimed albums that evaded the trappings of contemporary psychedelia, Jackson Scott’s heavily drone-rock and shoegaze influenced new outfit Votaries reasserts that an unabashed indifference to musical trends continues to suit his songwriting.

                  Undulating guitars and lyrics that wantonly explore themes of eradication, annihilation, temptation, rage and paradise, recalling Spaceman 3’s drugtinged insouciance, while ethereally layered vocal harmonies pay homage to the singular production achievements of pioneers like My Bloody Valentine.

                  The resulting sound is somehow greater than the sum of its parts. Songs like the rhythmically propelled ‘Delusion’ and the punchy, bass-driven ‘Rainbow Death Revisited’ explore territories not yet charted by any of the greats and show that ‘Psychometry’, transcendent as it may be, is merely a hint of what is to come as Scott continues to push his musical boundaries.

                  “The Asheville-via-Pittsburgh native hasn’t yet learned how to hold back, and here’s hoping he never does…” - NPR

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Annihilation Generation
                  Trick Tomorrow
                  All Mine
                  Second Sister
                  Delusion
                  Succumb
                  Lucifer Inverted
                  Your Bed Is Melting
                  Rainbow Death Revisited
                  Ritualized


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