North Carolina’s indie-Americana folk quartet, Mipso, has released their earnest and propulsive sixth studio album, Book of Fools. The album, also available on vinyl, showcases the band’s mature and confident sound.
Book of Fools, Mipso’s sixth studio album, reveals a more relaxed and confident side of the band. The album’s ten cohesive tracks blend driving rhythms with thoughtful lyricism, bringing Mipso back to their musical roots, yet somehow also further away. The group’s close-knit connection and profound understanding of each other shine through in the music. It is reflective of their years of playing together and their friendship.
Mipso also presents “Radio Hell,” a pop song that delves into the complexities of the industry they are in. It expresses both love and frustration with the state of the music industry. The track features fuzzy synths and electric guitars, taking Mipso’s sound to new and different heights.
Mipso’s previously shared tracks, including “Broken Heart / Open Heart,” “The Numbers,” and “Carolina Rolling By,” have garnered significant attention. “Carolina Rolling By” earned the band a prominent spot on Spotify’s Roots Rising playlist. “The Numbers” is a rhythmic critique of a market-obsessed culture, drawing inspiration from the world of economics.
“Broken Heart / Open Heart” is a poignant reflection on the transformation of a broken heart into an open one. The track explores the universal experience of loss and recovery, turning pain into a gift. Something many of us know all too well.
Mipso, formed in 2012, has evolved their sound over the years, blending their musical backgrounds and harmonies to create a unique sound influenced by North Carolina’s musical traditions and beyond. The band has earned recognition and popularity with each album, showcasing their growth and versatility.
As they continue their North American tour in 2023, Mipso is determined to strengthen their sound and the bond between its members, driven by their passion for making music together. The tour includes dates across the United States and Canada, giving fans the opportunity to experience Mipso’s new music and timeless favorites live.
They were also featured on the latest episode of the Midwest Mixtape Podcast, which can be heard here or anywhere you get your podcasts.
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Gileah Taylor Premieres Her Deep, Intimate Single “Dream Explorer”
Singer-songwriter Gileah Taylor premieres her intensely personal new single “Dream Explorer” from her upcoming album ‘Slow Parade.’
With her brand new single “Dream Explorer,” Gileah Taylor is offering you a deep and intimate look into her innermost being. She’s laying it all on the line so to speak, not intimidated by what it may suggest or reveal about her. The song, off of her new record Slow Parade, due out on April 26th via Velvet Blue Music, is something of a calling out.
Despite the external shell we create for ourselves or the stiff upper lip we put on, people often hurt inside. They want to be taken notice of and at least offered some attention or a pat on the back. “Dream Explorer” is about waiting to be “found” or wanting to be comforted. The song is a useful acknowledgement that despite the love we may feel from others, we still may feel alone. Longing can take many forms, even when it seems like you shouldn’t need to be longing for anything.
Explaining more about the song and her songwriting process, Taylor tells us:
“When I write a song, one of the first things I imagine is the scenery in the song. When I wrote ‘Dream Explorer,’ it was the middle of the night and it was quite dark outside. I was in my cozy living room sitting on the sofa with my old Gibson Dove and was feeling rather lost and lonely.
“I remember closing my eyes and singing, ‘Am I out in the dark again? Face stoic heart weeping…’ I could see myself in the woods. I could feel the cold night air. The song spilled out of me in a matter of minutes. The chords are very simple, so I focused on the feeling of being out there, hoping that someone would find me.
“The choruses talk about seeing a flash at midnight, but it wasn’t in the sky. It was that sharp, clean, concentrated light that comes from a flashlight. Finally, at the end of the song, we don’t see who is holding the flashlight, but we can see the light cutting through the darkness. I don’t see myself as the dream explorer. I see the person holding the light as the explorer, finding me and bringing me hope.”
With Slow Parade, Taylor embarked on a rather expansive musical adventure. She worked closely with Nashville brothers Gideon and Gabe Klein, who produced the record and, in so doing, tried to expand upon her sound. A nice, soothing chamber pop album, the record features a string quartet led by Gideon. The North Florida-based Taylor crafted Slow Parade as an autobiographical concept album about the journey of life. From an idealized and blindly optimistic childhood to choosing happiness as an adult, this album covers a lot of ground. Exploring dichotomies of depression and hope, these songs represent much growth in Taylor as a person and a songwriter. Through these songs, she encourages you, the listener, to embrace change and grow into a better version of yourself.
Slow Parade Track Listing:
1. My Vision is Coming Back
2. Still Here
3. Watch the World Waking
4. Way Out
5. Roll Over Me
6. Summer Jubilee
7. Dream Explorer
8. You Have Been Here, Too
9. Nobody Spoke My Language
10. Sweetness Surrounding
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup
OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.
The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.
Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.
If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD
Get your tickets while they last!
Levitate Music & Arts Festival Returns for its 11th Year!
Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA.
Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA. The Marshfield Fairgrounds will host the likes of Sublime with original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, Lake Street Dive, Tash Sultana, Mt. Joy, the Dirty Heads, and many more.
The music festival originally started as a surf shop’s 10-year anniversary party and is now the premier boutique music and arts festival for the region. The festival features national and local acts while including the arts with vendors and installations throughout the grounds. The festival is a family-friendly event, including a kids zone with interactive activities.
On top of bringing together the East Coast community, one percent of each ticket sold will go to the Levitate Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by creating and conserving access to music, art and the outdoors.
With the reunion of Sublime and several powerhouse appearances, this year’s Levitate is sure to be a must-attend event. The festival runs from July 5th through the 7th, 2024. Tickets are on sale now here. See you there!
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