Chimes- Total Sunflower

New Jersey/Brooklyn-based Chimes is a psych/slack rock foursome that revel in nothingness. While exploring dream worlds and the cinematic, they wade through pools of post-punk, psychedelia, and shoegaze, allowing rip currents of sonic expression to take them under. 

Total Sunflower is one of my favorite songs of the year. It's an electric track charged with a heavy post-punk feel on the guitars and vocals; a pummeling yet gauzy ride through wild guitar bends, pedal scuzz, and nihilistic poetics. 

This is a band to keep your ear on in 2015.

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Torche- Minions

Sludge metal gods Torche are set to release their fourth studio album, Restarter, on February 24th via Relapse Records.  

According to bassist Jonathan Nuñez, Restarter finds the band evolving but hitting harder compared to their 2012 record, Harmonicraft: “I feel that with time you kind of expand and hopefully progress. Hopefully this record is a good reflection of that. I feel it’s strong sonically and harder hitting than the previous record [Harmonicraft]. I’m happy with the last record, but I feel on this record, it’s just more solid song to song. You’ve got to move forward. You can’t release the same record over and over.”

Minions, the first taste from the forthcoming record, backs up his statement. Fueled by meaty riffs and Steve Brooks' narcotizing vocals, the four-minute plus chug burns in the best way possible. 

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Fleeting Youth Records Vol. II: Mainline 2014 (Free Compilation)

With 18 releases in 2014, Austin-based tape label Fleeting Youth Records (my label) kept themselves busy. This free compilation offers a sample from each release.

Stream/download here

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Krill- Torturer

Krill's latest single Torturer (A Distant Fist Unclenching, February 2015 on Exploding in Sound Records) rumbles from the gut of lead singer Jonah Furman as the "torturer" rips off his mask and reveals that it is Furman himself who has been ripping apart his insides with rigorous self-contemplation. The torturer is now ready for final judgement, but Furman wonders if "it's time to go back inside" and why he is even there in the first place.

Laid out over a bed of bubbling bass and buzzing guitars, Torturer is further proof that Krill transcends their goofy online presence and is a "guitar rock" band with substance. With literary-inspired themes and interesting concepts, Krill continues to grow into a band that will indeed be forever.

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ScotDrakula- Break Me Up

Break Me Up is a change of pace for a band who usually pump out high-energy garage rock. The trio slow things down and charge up a bass-heavy sound laced with crunchy grunge guitars and moody vocals that drift along with the chords until lead singer Matt Neumann shrieks his build up tension into the night. 

This song is from the Break Me Up EP side of the forthcoming double cassette release from Fleeting Youth Records (out December 16th), which also features ScotDrakula's touted Burner album.

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Crepes- Ain't Horrible

Melbourne's Crepes first step as a band turned out to be a gigantic floating leap.

The five-piece's debut single, Ain't Horrible, is pop perfection; a slow-flowing pastel colored storm that jars all the beauty and whimsy living below psych-pop's underground and pull it up to full bloom in its wash.  

While I traipse through the blotted meadows, make sure to look out for Crepes' forthcoming debut EP due for release in 2015.

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