It’s the start of another new week here at PureGrainAudio so, to set you going, we’ve pulled together ten new songs, videos, and bands that have recently landed in our inbox that we think you should check out. Enjoy!
1. Traveller – “Akogare”
– German post-metalcore fourpiece Traveller have released their new single “Akogare”, their first new material since their 2017 debut EP Hourglass.
2. The Royal – “State of Dominance”
– The Royal have released a video for their single “State Of Dominance”, taken from their third studio album Deathwatch which will be released on March 8th 2019 via Long Branch Records.
3. Crows – “Chain of Being”
– London’s Crows are the latest signing to Balley Records (IDLES, Heavy Lungs, Lice) and will deliver their long-awaited debut album Silver Tongues on March 22nd. As a taster for the album, you can check out the first single, “Chain of Being”.
4. Brightlight City – “Feast on Fear”
– UK rock quintet Brightlight City have released their new single “Feast On Fear”, the first taste of their forthcoming debut album. The track precedes a run of live dates that see the band support Press To MECO, Gold Key and more.
5. Brooders – “Rinse Repeat”
– Highly-rated Leeds Psyche-Grunge trio Brooders, who recently hosted their first ever Rifffest in the city, have released their new single, “Rinse Repeat”
6. Mother Feather – “Man I Wish You Were Here”
– New York City‘s Mother Feather are kicking off 2019 with brand new video for “Man, I Wish You Were Here”. The video originally debuted at the Triskelion Arts Dance Film Festival in November of 2018 and is taken from Constellation Baby out on Metal Blade Records / Blacklight Media Records.
7. Flames At Sunrise – “Dolmen”
– Spanish Modern Metal combo Flames At Sunrise have released their brand new official VIDEO for “Dolmen”, the track is taken from the album Born In Embers out via Wormholedeath.
8. From Sorrow To Serenity – “We Are Liberty”
– Scottish groove metal band From Sorrow to Serenity have announced their keenly-awaited second LP, Reclaim, to be released 22nd March via Long Branch Records. The band have also released their storming new single “We Are Liberty” which you can check out now.
9. Kings Destroy – “Fantasma Nera”
– Brooklyn’s atmospheric, grunge, doom unit Kings Destroy, who recently announced details on their new album Fantasma Nera, have shared the title track from the record which you can check out now.
10. The Foreign Resort – “Outnumbered”
– Copenhagen pop-punk band The Foreign Resort are releasing their new album Outnumbered on Toronto-based Artoffact Records on April 5th and, in advance, have released the title-track as a new digital single.
Glixen – “foreversoon” [Song Review]
On “foreversoon,” Glixen created a song where youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear,
It’s been less than a year since Glixen released their debut EP, She Only Said, on Julia’s War Records. Still, the Phoenix shoegazers have already dug their heels into the DIY music scene and are heading out on an extensive US tour this year alongside the likes of Interpol, Softcult, Glitterer, and fish narc. Appearances at SXSW and Treefort will only further cement their reputation as a new band worthy of note.
To herald the busy year ahead, the band has released a new single, “foreversoon,” via the AWAL label, and it’s well worth a listen.
Says lead vocalist Aislinn Ritchie:
“‘foreversoon’ represents blissful moments of new love and intimacy. The song harnesses melancholy chords, layered with fuzzy red melodies and gliding guitars that pull you in deeper. I wanted my lyrics to feel like a conversation that expresses my infatuation and sensuality. Time is relentless and memories are fleeting, this song encapsulates those emotions forever.”
It’s a fair summation. Its youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear, think Ride, Curve and Slowdive, but with the fuzz cranked up possibly higher. Ritchie’s vocals certainly share that dreamlike quality of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, and with many of those bands back on the road this year, perhaps the time is ripe to inject fresh blood into the genre.
Run Time: 3:43
Release Date: February 9, 2024
Record Label: AWAL Recordings
Mieko Shimizu Premieres Music Video for “Unworldy” Single “My Tentacles”
Get stoked, cause radical multi-instrumentalist Mieko Shimizu premieres the video for the reworked single “My Tentacles.”
Radical, nonconformist Japanese singer and multi-instrumentalist Mieko Shimizu recently re-released her offbeat, unworldly single “My Tentacles.”
The single is the offbeat, unworldly title track of Mieko’s soon-to-be-released album. It is be-thronged by chimeric fusions, dysfunctional beats and startling mutations. The single is unaccompanied by an equally radical video created by diz_qo.
Speaking about the track, Mieko tells us:
“‘Emergence,’ the book by Steve Johnson, fascinated me; a colony of ants, a sprawling metropolis, and human brain cells, are all features of the unknown science of self-organisation. I wanted to cut down into society and sing a simple song about people as single cells.”
The multi-instrumentalist explains further:
“They interconnect with the multitude and conjure up a whole that is wiser together than we are individually. When my tentacles reach out and touch you, communicate with you then we become something else, something more than just an individual.”
For those who aren’t familiar with the name, Mieko has played at Sonar alongside Kraftwerk, as well as support for Goldfrapp and Massive Attack at their Melt Down Festival. She is currently an artist in residence for Wonky Plonky Electronk, an experimental, electronic live event which is touring the UK throughout 2024, the next show being on 28th March at The Cinema Room at All Is Joy in London.
Mieko has worked with an extensive range of artists, including Japan’s Mick Karn, Nitin Sawhney, Riz MC, David Cunningham, Robert Lippok and has also remixed the likes of Coldcut and Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Morning Bear Reveals Latest Single “A Simple Understanding”
John Runnels unveils the revival of his indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of new single, “A Simple Understanding”.
Denver raised and now Copenhagen based singer/songwriter John Runnels unveils the revival of his orchestral indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of a deeply personal and emotionally charged single, “A Simple Understanding.” Marking the band’s return after a six-year hiatus, Morning Bear’s latest offering provides an intimate glimpse into the mind of its creator, navigating through the profound challenges of loss, resilience, and self-discovery.
Characterised by highly dynamic compositions, Morning Bear’s music weaves together the calm and delicate stylings reminiscent of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez, while embracing the complexity and depth akin to the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and unconventional arrangements, including cello, violin, piano, and more, Morning Bear crafts a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks.
The catalyst for Morning Bear’s resurgence lies in the transformative journey of band leader John Runnels, who, after facing a series of devastating events and losses, found solace and inspiration amid the chaos. The global pandemic, the loss of three close friends in separate tragedies, a severe injury, and battles with anxiety and depression marked a period of uncertainty for Runnels, but he emerged stronger and more resilient.
“A Simple Understanding”, a continuation of the first releases from Morning Bear after a long hiatus, showcases Runnels in an intimate and vulnerable performance, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. Released at the time of year where it is most difficult for mental health, John recorded this in a single, live take during a rainstorm in a small garage in a village outside of Andover, UK, and the song captures the raw emotion of Runnels’ struggles and experiences. The lyrics delve into themes of self-loathing and finding hope in the darkest moments of life.
He says “People are often their own worst critic. ‘A Simple Understanding’ speaks to the self-loathing you feel when you have hit rock bottom. How do we find something to hold onto when we’re in the darkest points of our lives?”
Morning Bear invites audiences to join them, to embrace vulnerability and share the power of music to heal and connect. With echoes of early Bon Iver in its acoustic performance, ‘A Simple Understanding’ is a brutally honest and delicately executed piece of songwriting that is sure to resonate with listeners, John Runnels bears all in this captivating and emotionally charged offering that sticks.
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