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Decisions

    Decisions are a new punk band from New York City and this EP is their first official release.

    The house punk band of Bushwick’s socially conscious bastion The Silent Barn, Decisions craft songs that rail against yuppies (‘Gatekeeper’), creeps (‘Trapped’) and the gentrification prevalent in New York’s 5 boroughs.

    While these tracks range from fast ultra-catchy punk bangers to sprawling hard rock developments (‘Rusted Shut’), there is not a wasted note on these four tracks and we bear witness to a new band with a the rare quality of an incisive attack whose message is entirely of the moment.

    In their short career Decisions have played with the likes of Parquet Courts, Palberta and KAG.

    Bambara

    Shadow On Everything

      Bambara are a Brooklyn based dark, noise / punk band with a Western slant. The trio consisting of twin brothers Reid (vocals / guitar) and Blaze Bateh (drums) and childhood friend William Brookshire (bass) formed in Athens, GA, deriving their name from a character in the cartoon ‘Aeon Flux’. They moved to a basement apartment in Brooklyn where they recorded their ambitious debut album ‘Dreamviolence’ (2013), their sprawling noise-collage EP ‘Night Chimes’ (2014) and their snarly, apocalyptic sophomore album ‘Swarm’ (2016) to much acclaim.

      Although Reid plays all the guitar on their records, Bambara recently added two guitarists to their live shows, allowing Reid to sneer and stagger around the stage as he sings unhindered by instruments.

      2017’s equal parts somnambulant and sultry Sleeprydr 7” was aptly described as “psychedelic rock that hits like a dream despite undoubtedly seeking to soundtrack nightmares” (-Stereogum). Thankfully, Slow Sundown, Holy Motors’ debut full length release, finds the Estonian dreamcatchers utilizing a similar sonic palette ranging from dark psychedelic pop to shoegaze-inflected western music. But while Sleeprydr, much like 2015’s Heavenly Creatures 7”, provided only a fleeting glimpse into the dreamscape that their music evokes, Slow Sundown’s eight tracks offer a more immersive experience for those brave enough to take the ride. While the guitar lines from lonely cowboy ballads like “Honeymooning” could easily serve as the central themes for unwritten Morriccone scores, dystopian anthems like the rhythmically propelled “Signs” break new ground for the band and demonstrate that Holy Motors are not bound by their influences. Thematically the album is comprised primarily of sad love songs centered around the idea of motion – the motion of a satellite orbiting a planet, the motion of a passenger riding shotgun in a car – as it relates to stellar-scale and existential isolation. Produced by Merchandise’s Carson Cox and recorded at Brooklyn’s Kutch1 Studios when the band was visiting the US on tourist visas, Slow Sundown is a beautiful alien artifact that definitively delivers on everything we have been promised by Holy Motors’ work to date.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Mine says: I have not been as excited about a new band or record in a long time. While Holy Motors have certainly not reinvented the wheel they are brilliant at what they do, and that is making hazy, slightly psych-y music that is sure to put you in a melancholy mood. Haunting female vocals and shoegaze-y guitars make this album the perfect soundtrack for a night drive, but it sounds just as good from the comfort of your own couch. Promise!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Indies Exclusive LP Info: Available to independent retailers as a hand stamped and numbered deluxe LP format with poster.

      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.

        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

          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.

            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.

              Wet Hair

              The Floating World

                With The Floating World, Wet Hair return to the spotlight with a kinetic collection of 6 sizable tracks that represent their most exciting and beautifully-produced efforts to date. On their latest (the trio’s first release since 2012’s Spill Into Atmosphere LP), the Iowa City-based veterans revitalize their hybrid psych / krautrock sound, masterfully working shimmering synths swells and fiery drum and bass grooves into pointed explorations of growth and texture. Working in a style that has traditionally drawn excitement from longwinded sonic build-ups, Wet Hair keenly sculpt their jams so the electric musicality only highlights the pop vocal leads. Tracks like “Dear Danae” and “Revealing” revel in their allusion to noise-pop of the aughts, offering up simple, ear worm melodies that shine in the frantic orchestration. “Endless Procession”, the record’s 8-minute long jaunt, works through a haze of twittering synths toward the ultimate goal of full-blown catharsis and ensuing decay. Meanwhile, cuts like “Through The Night” and “Lift The Stone” show off Wet Hair’s rock-solid rhythm section as they syncopate and shred support for crunchy synth melodies. Years in the making, The Floating World oozes a self-evident aura of quality and craftsmanship as Wet Hair serve up some of the brightest gems in their already expansive catalog.

                “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.

                Urochromes

                Night Bully

                  Catchy hard-hitting drum machine punk featuring members of The Sediment Club and GLOSS.

                  B side features a remix of the title track by Boy Harsher, plus a digital-only bonus track.

                  “As much acid induced hardcore as it is scuzzy lo-fi thrash” - Post Trash (Best New Music)

                  “Loaded with pummeling rhythms and frontman Jackieboy’s thunderously resonant vocals.” - Impose

                  “76 seconds of rabid, loud, fast guitar music” - Pitchfork

                  “An anxiety-ridden psychedelic punk nightmare. It’s fucked, but it rips” - CLRVYNT

                  Carson Cox, Sam York & Austin Brown

                  Fire Dance

                    Wharf Cat Records present the ‘Fire Dance’ 7” by Austin Brown (Parquet Courts), Carson Cox (Merchandise) and Sam York (WALL).

                    This release features artwork by Wharf Cat founding father Sam Falls.

                    The ‘Fire Dance’ 7” is producer Carson Cox’s ode to downtown New York City. On ‘Fire Dance’ and ‘Rene’ the three collaborators channel the glitzy sheen of Sam Falls’ shimmering cover artwork on tracks that resonate heat like august concrete in the city.

                    These tracks are constructed from spliced disco rhythms, modulated synth lines and searing guitars with Sam and Carson’s fevered vocals pulsing from all sides.

                    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


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