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Brighten Your Day with jeremyneither’s “Cassette Tapes and Neon Signs” Music Video

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Pleasant remembrances, fond memories, sentimentalities… The good old days! It all goes a long way towards moving us forward in life, getting ourselves to the next day and maintaining maybe just a hint of sanity along the way! The charismatic and talented singer, songwriter, and performer jeremyneither is playing right off of these themes in his brand new music video for “Cassette Tapes and Neon Signs.” With its dynamic colour palette and old-school roller derby party setting, this is an energetic affair that feels very retro, with the type of carefreeness that we could all use a good shot of.

As the title of the song suggests, “Cassette Tapes and Neon Signs” implies that you can take what you loved about your past experiences, inject them into your current existence, and whatever else about the past you weren’t fond of, you can just dispose of. That story is visually reflected within the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s aesthetics evident throughout the video.

Explaining to us how the video became such a retro and nostalgic affair, jeremyneither shares, “This video was generated by synchronicity. I kept running into people who roller-skated, wanted to do it in a music video, were already involved in the film industry, wanted to make a retro music video, or some combination of the above, and I am so grateful to have had such an incredible crew to work with on my directorial debut.

“Nostalgia turned out to be the perfect vehicle to capture the song’s message, that you can take your favourite touchstones of the past, whether personal or cultural, and bring them into a new future while discarding those that do not serve.

“It is so easy to get stuck in the past, at least for me. This song and video were my catharsis as I walked the line of letting go of old patterns while holding onto memories I truly loved. I hope it makes those of my generation living in the tension between vintage aesthetics and progressive values feel seen.”

Borrowing from the past and infusing it into our present is a common theme that has found its way through jeremyneither’s new EP, NEITHERWORLD. Released on March 26th, the theme of the singles is that pain and loneliness can eventually lead back to healthy relationships and authenticity. Previous single “Demons” suggests we look to our vices as teachers to learn from, rather than enemies to be fought and avoided. Based in Los Angeles, jeremyneither has taken a multimedia approach to his artistry. He is intent on constructing an audiovisual world of raw honesty, mindfulness, and activism, all cornerstones of this new set of six songs. He has become well known within the Southeastern United States and has previously had the honour of opening for James Supercave.

As we all rebound from lost time, jeremyneither has got the right idea to learn from our pasts to better our futures.

NEITHERWORLD Track Listing:

1. Demons
2. Among the Humans
3. I Can’t Believe (spoken word)
4. You’re Making Me
5. Find (spoken word)
6. Cassette Tapes and Neon Signs

Artwork for ‘neitherworld’ by jeremyneither

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The Eighty Six Seas – ‘Scenes from an Art Heist’ [Album Review]

Overall, this album does exactly what it sets out to do in encapsulating a fictionalized version of a famous art heist. Well done, The Eighty Six Seas!

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The Eighty Six Seas ‘Scenes from an Art Heist’ album artwork
The Eighty Six Seas ‘Scenes from an Art Heist’ album artwork

On February 23, 2024, The Eighty Six Seas released their first 11-track full-length album, Scenes from an Art Heist. Each track on this album is meant to represent a fictionalized story of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

The first track sets out an eerie aura that aligns with the track’s title, a dedication to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The next song is a quick switch up from the first, with flighty strings and a whispered voice from lead singer Nick Stevens.

Moving on to track number three, “Coffee and Art,” you’ll hear a faster-paced, nearly techno piece that feels like caffeine hitting your bloodstream for the first time in the morning. Their next song, “Jenny,” is a piano-led ballad spotlighting Steven’s melancholy voice. With “Lonely Afternoon,” the track transforms back into the techno feel of “Coffee and Art,” but with a darker twist.

The next song, “Cat/Mouse,” sounds exactly as you’d expect—like a tense cat-and-mouse standoff, with the music accenting this push-and-pull dynamic. “Hey Little Bird” is more or less an instrumental, with occasional lyrics included, but it is clearly meant to be the interlude.

Moving on, we arrive at a track called “The Day I Die,” a techno piece with a fabulous crescendo after its quiet beginnings. Following that, “The Eighty Six Seas” provides its track, “Portrait of a Smuggler,” which quite literally encapsulates the feeling you have while walking through a park on a sunny day.

Next, we come to “Ghost in the Cityscape,” which has darker undertones, a sorrowful cello, and a slower tempo. The final piece is titled “Frames,” which will remind you of a love letter saying goodbye or a beautiful lullaby. Overall, this album does exactly what it sets out to do in encapsulating a fictionalized version of a famous art heist. Well done, The Eighty Six Seas.

Scenes from an Art Heist Track Listing:

1. For Isabella, March 1990
2. Scenes from an Art Heist
3. Coffee and Art
4. Jenny
5. Lonely Afternoon
6. Cat / Mouse
7. Hey Little Bird
8. The Day I Die
9. Portrait of a Smuggler
10. Ghost in the Cityscape
11. Frames

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Release Date: February 23, 2024
Record Label: Independent

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Alternative/Rock

Glixen – “foreversoon” [Song Review]

On “foreversoon,” Glixen created a song where youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear,

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Glixen “foreversoon” single artwork
Glixen “foreversoon” single artwork

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.

Glixen, photo by Jesse Beecher

Glixen, photo by Jesse Beecher

Run Time: 3:43
Release Date: February 9, 2024
Record Label: AWAL Recordings

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Dance/Electronic

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.”

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Mieko Shimizu, photo by Ruta Zemmere
Mieko Shimizu, photo by Ruta Zemmere

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.

For more information on diz_qo, check him out online here. To check out more of Mieko’s work or to pre-order the upcoming album, click here.

Mieko Shimizu ‘My Tentacles’ Album Artwork

Mieko Shimizu ‘My Tentacles’ Album Artwork

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