Spotlight: Chelsea Rainwater – Blood & Bones

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Totally spellbound, by this clever release. It’s in total awe, that I am writing this. Everything seemed to be in its ordinary place, as this asteroid hit me in the head. I am not a fan of country per se, but when you start mixing it with other genres – I’m all there with you. This is the case with the singer-songwriter Chelsea Rainwater. If I weren’t in awe of the acoustical parts of the songs, it would increase when I heard her voice. There might not be an odd edge to it, as I am used to, but it surely fits the premise. At times, it’s hard to find someone like her, because either the voice is the greatest they usually have – or simply just the acoustic. As this is entirely different, I am flabbergasted by the singing and the acoustics. Everything that seems to hit me these days, seem to somehow be connected with spring or summer. But as this mixture transcends the boundaries, it takes with it a bit of everything – folk, country and folk. It makes me want to write poems when I listen to it. All that swelling energy, all that sincere emotional outburst that knocks you over – would be something to die for. Anyway, if you’re not yet convinced, I challenge you to at least listen to it. You can do that down below. This was released by Roadside Records on the 1st of April.

Interview with Kriss from Notes and Bolts!

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Notes and Bolts is a relatively new independent label in the Chicago area, started in January of 2012. When it comes to the label itself, they’ve got a unique feature. They put out music that is and comes from Chicago, they don’t release anything else. Compromised of a few pretty anonymous people, they’ve also started up a podcast-series for the label itself. Accordingly, they like the “weird“, “spectacular” and “bizarre“. When it comes to the label, they say they’re 67% D.I.Y. and 100% independent. Since I stumbled upon them by accident, I decided to interview one of the label-heads, and his name is Kriss. I asked him about the origin of the label, why they’re only 67% D.I.Y., what goes on behind the scene and many more things that you’ll simply have to read and digest.

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Premiere: dead leaf echo – Thought & Language

Never been, but now is. It’s time to premiere a stream for you that just came in, which in turn is dead leaf echo’s debut-LP titled “Thought & Language“. Mixed by John Fryer (4AD/This Mortal Coil/NIN) and mastered by Joe Lamber (School of Seven Bells/Deer Hunter). I must admit, I haven’t been able to pay much attention to this – since I’ve been doing a lot of things lately that have been related to other acts. But since I got this just in time, I had to write something about it. Their debut is somewhere in between new wave, dream pop and shoegaze, with glittery ambiance and joyous shoegazy feelings. Surely, it’ll be the ultimate album to begin spring with, since we haven’t really gotten rid of all the snow yet. There’s a lot of summer in it too, like a seasonal outburst of emotions. Sincere, true to itself, reeking of soft-spoken but subliminal thoughts. Including a colourful palette of differentiated riffs, easy going drums and almost an symbiosis between catchy upbeat and emotional downbeat. Ready to hit it off, but staying with you, since that’s more worth their time. Stream it down below and check out their latest video for the track “Kingmaker“, above.

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Spotlight: Mercimer feat. Lisa Gagerman – Walk At Night (Single Edit)

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Normally, I wouldn’t doubt to do it in a second. But these days, there’s a lot coming my way, so I have to sort it all out. Therefore, I’ve decided to include Mercimer and Lisa Gagerman in this post, just because the song they’ve just released, titled “Walk At Night (Single Edit)” – touches me in the right spots. Problem is, they’ve got the modernistic and more hedonistic approach to electro-pop, which isn’t something I’d normally indulge in. But with Lisa Gagermans transcendal, semi-mainstream vocals, there’s a hint of energetic and systematic fury that is simply beyond me. Encroaching in territories, thanks to Mercimer, that these modernistic acts simply don’t go in. Even though some of the repetitive vocal glitchiness is abhorrent, I like the general feeling of the song and what it’s trying to convey. This was released by the Norwegian label A New Direction Music (ANDM) on the 3rd of April.