Brooklyn via Oakland artist red steppes have shared a new single from their forthcoming full-length for Native Cat Recordings via The Deli, who compare her styled finger picking to that of Kaki King. The artist states that the song is her way of coping with chronic illness in a society that discounts the testament of women's bodies. She wrote the gorgeous track to "keep an account of who I am when I’m not in the worst of it and trust her to carry me through when I am." She goes on to say the song "is for anybody who’s had to commit that kind of radical trust, for whatever reason." Stream it below and preorder the album via Bandcamp.
Oakland’s Night School have a new album coming out this Friday on Graveface Records. Today, they released the video for the track, “Marigold,” which is a shimmering step into a shoegaze dreamland. The Oakland outfit have crafted a hazy track with honeyed vocals and reverb soaked guitars. The Deli calls the track a hit: “it’s not only a charming shoegazing dream, it’s a sweet homage to California landscape with a heavy hint of mystical witchiness.” Check it out below and head over to The Deli SF to read up on the video.
Evan Thomas Way & The Phasers have shared the title track from their upcoming Lung Records LP, Long Distance at Glide Magazine. Glide had nothing but great things to say about the song, which comes from the record that’s due out on May 3rd via Lung Records. Equal parts americana, shoe-gaze and psych, the song focuses on the feeling of adjusting to a new life in a new place. Long known as the key songwriter for the Parson Red Heads, Evan Thomas Way steps into his own project once more to craft poignant songs about what he knows, imagined from a different perspective. Head over to Glide to read up on the release and listen to the song below.
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.