Portland's Evan Thomas Way & The Phasers release a third single from their upcoming Long Distance LP. A mix of americana and jazz elements bathe the track in a golden light. A tune with soft textures, it soon opens up into a soaring melancholic lament with the help of key saxophone solo:
“'Gone' was one of the very last songs written and recorded for the album. I remember immediately thinking about how perfect it would be for my friend Ben Latimer to play sax on. He’s a genius musician, and I know he could translate the emotion of the song into an expressive solo, and sure enough – he went above and beyond my expectations. It’s a simple two chord song about lost love, but I think with the help of Ben’s playing and some choice Luna-inspired guitar work from Raymond, we were able to elevate it to something really special.”
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.
Earthquake Lights have a new album slated for April 5 from which we have already been treated to several delicious tastes. Today is a special treat, though, with the new Minu Park directed video premiering at Substream Magazine. The song speaks to the frustrations we can experience as we try to navigate success in our lives, something to which most of us can relate. Songwriter Myles Rodenhouse reassures that “We all face times like this, and it’s OK to pursue dreams and to fail.”