red steppes is a project by Californian songwriter and visual artist Nika Aila States who will see the release of her sophomore record in May. Fans of Joanna Newsom, Phoebe Bridgers, and Fionn Regan will find her first release A Mouth May Grow (Native Cat Recordings, 2018) a welcome treat. Her second full-length from Native Cat Recordings, Arcs, is a lyrical meditation on migration, quiet hope, and comfort. Stream the first single below and keep an eye out for more soon!
Denver-based band Porlolo have shared a new song today, one that was inspired by band leader Erin Roberts’ recent experience quitting her full-time job. Substream premiered the track today, warning that the song “will make you hum along and groove a little bit while at the same time hyping you up until you feel you can run through a brick wall.”
ATL synth punk trio Shouldies will have a new LP out on Graveface Records subsidiary NeverNotGoth on March 22 and today they’ve shared new track “running” over at Wussy Mag today. Vocalist/lyricist Yancey Ballard spoke with Wussy about his inspiration behind the track, stating “Being a comfortable trans person, maybe just a person in general, in the South relies on destroying your environment’s influence on you, destroying the cis heteronormative design that constantly reminds ‘you are not one of us’, an idea that invaded my thoughts when initially coming out because I craved some sort of normality and understanding, not necessarily to be cis, just to be understood.”
Preorder is available via the Graveface Bandcamp.
California trio Night School have announced a new record, Disappear Here, for release on Graveface Records this spring. The first single is streaming today on Billboard and the album is available for preorder via the Graceface Bandcamp.
“Disappear Here has a lusher ambience and more pronounced, and at times muscular and even psychedelic, indie rock feel.” - Gary Graff for Billboard
Brooklyn quintet Earthquake Lights have just released the newest single from their upcoming LP Distress Signals over at The 405. The band combine elements of jazz with their indie rock tendencies and make music that’s easy to get lost in, confirmed by The 405 when they say, “Overall it's a subtly disorienting experience in the most positive of ways where everything comfortably blurs together and washes over you and pulling you into its vortex.” Take a listen below on Soundcloud, stream it on Spotify, or preorder the album via Bandcamp.
Newscast, a new duo comprised of Hayden Boyd and Sal Almakky, release the first official single from their upcoming EP. "Undercover" walks the line between 80s new-wave nostalgic dance bop and sentimental ballad, with pulsating synths and lush melodies. The track explores a tumultuous restart to a relationship; feelings not only of hope, but also of fear, when one party wants to go public with the romance, but the other is leery of getting back into a relationship. With soaring choruses and earnest lo-fi synth grooves, Newscast deliver a dance-worthy and lush pop track, premiering on Substream Magazine.