We had a chance to sponsor Glowing House's EP release a few weeks ago. Although it was a chilly snowy night, a exuberant crowd got to see some amazing sets from Anthony Ruptak, The Raven and the Writing Desk, and headliners Glowing House.
Looking for something to do on Wednesday, head down to Larimer Lounge for this awesome explosion of ear ecstasy!
XXYYXX is the name of Orlando, FL's 17 year old producer, Marcel Everett. Marcel works out of his bedroom creating harmonious music that provokes emotion and transmits vivid images of peace and still sadness. His full-length releases are available for digital download on Relief in Abstract Records.
Everett himself described his music as "Doing drugs on a freeway ... underwater." in an interview with Relief in Abstract Records. His post-dubstep, future garage, experimental lo fi sound lends itself to a variety of sounds, allowing Marcel to remix indie artists and big names like Usher.
Snowden will be making a stop at The Larimer Lounge on February 26th in support of No One In Control. Be sure to catch them, tickets for the show can be purchased here.
Southern by birth and rearing, northern by political disposition and weather preference, Jordan Jeffares is no stranger to oscillation. In the six years that passed since the release of his band Snowden’s first full-length, Anti-Anti (Jade Tree), Jeffares has shifted his base of operation from Atlanta to Chicago, then back, up to Brooklyn, and then down to Austin. When you throw in touring the U.S. and Europe, the scenery changed a lot around Jeffares in recent years. Through all the tumult of relocating, Jeffares has been crafting (and re-crafting) Anti-Anti’s follow-up, ironically titled, given its auteur’s dedication and perseverance, No One in Control. The album will be released by Serpents and Snakes, the Nashville label formed in 2009 by the Kings of Leon, who tapped Snowden to support them on a 2007 tour. The label’s mission is to support hard-working bands it believes in. With Jeffares, the imprint has found a kindred spirit who exemplifies its ideals. Jeffares tracked most of the record on his own in Atlanta and New York, before trekking to western Michigan to join forces with producer Bill Skibbe (The Kills) and build out the sound in the studio. Skibbe mixed the record, and Alan Douches (Kurt Vile, The Twilight Sad) handled the mastering.
Perhaps due to its extended incubation period, No One in Control diverges from the Lower East Side Britpop dance party motif of its predecessor. It also moves away from the wryly observant, barfly narrator, opting for a guide occupying a more mature, plaintive, and, at times, existentialist headspace. It’s a bit of a taking stock record. Anti-Anti’s tracks begged to be remixed, emphasizing pulsating rhythms that undergirded Jeffares’ strident assertions about the pointlessness of hipster ideals or the evocative nightlife scenes. In contrast, No One in Control stays truer to the genesis of all Snowden’s output—the seemingly hermetically sealed cocoon that Jeffares escapes to when doggedly transforming an abstract concept into a piece of music. It’s headphone music for the creative class.
To call the contents of No One in Control “bedroom songs” is to be reductive. Like Bon Iver, Jeffares is a master of creating the singular mood of a man alone with his thoughts. While both evoke the snowy cold that Jeffares prefers as the ambience to his writing sessions, the landscape that Snowden’s music scores is decidedly boots-on-ground urban compared to Justin Vernon’s ear-muffed pastoralism. Snowden’s latest arrangements are a swirl of textures that waft and then envelope the percussion and rhythms at their core, as exemplified best by the ethereal “Anemone Arms.” The epic title track acclimates the listener to the gauzy chamber pop featured in much of the rest of the record before exploding into a synth-encrusted rock gem that Snowden’s fans will recognize as the band’s calling card. The first single to be released from the new work, “The Beat Comes” creeps towards an aural crescendo while Jeffares simultaneously emotes dread and loathing with relief and acceptance through one of his more uptempo vocal performances. At the heart of the doubled vocals and studio accouterments that add depth to “Don’t Want to Know Me” is a song that seems to have had its start as a jangly ballad reminiscent of The Clientele’s oeuvre.
While roots have been pulled and replanted over the past six years, band lineups have gone through several iterations, and labels have come and gone, Jeffares has managed to keep his focus. He credits his stalwart supporter and earliest patron, his brother Preston, for keeping him focused in moments of frustration. With his older sibling’s sage stewardship, Jeffares has put together the most sonically sophisticated collection of tracks he’s penned and constructed to date—effectively moving beyond influences such as Interpol, The Zombies, and The Clientele to carve a niche of his own in the post punk landscape. [VIA]
When I first started writing this article, I was really really excited about a new act I had heard about and couldn’t stop listening to! Apparently 2013 has plenty of new, exciting music in store for me, because in a matter of a week I realized that this was going from a one band article to three. Consider this “Maddie’s Musical finds of January”, something I wouldn’t do unless I felt like there was really something to share.
I will be the first to admit that I tend to fall into musical ruts and get stuck listening to the same bands and the same old favorite records over and over again, fearing the tedious search for new, exciting sounds. Recently I’ve had not one, not two, but THREE songs from bands I’ve never even heard of before catch my attention - something I haven’t had happen in a long while. Here’s a list in no particular order of three new songs from three new artists that are playing three shows in Denver in the next three months that I have been excited to share with you:
ATLAS GENIUS. Their name itself is unusual and exciting, but this Australian duo has a very unique, multi-dimensional sound to their music that is unlike anything else I’ve heard in awhile. Maybe it’s because I’m subconsciously getting tired of these huge 7+ person bands with even bigger sounds, but Altas Genius’ subtle, catchy rhythms and even more dynamically building songs feel very refreshing. Their four-song EP, titled Through the Glass is currently available on iTunes and Spotify, so listen away! Be sure to keep your eyes out for my review of their full length record, When It Was Now, which will be released February 19th, just in time for their concert date here in Denver opening for Imagine Dragons on March 23rd.
IAMDYNAMITE. This band is just so catchy and dance-y I didn’t even know what to do with myself the first time I heard their single “Where Will We Go”. The two person group from Detroit bring the same fun, catchiness to their music that fans fell in love with in The Fratellis back in 2007. With poppy rhythms, unique harmonies, and a sound that takes you back to the good ol’ days of traditional rock n’ roll, it’s hard to not immediately fall in love. If it takes you longer than the 30 seconds it took me to get hooked, the name of their record (SuperMegaFantastic) should reel you in :) You’ll be able to catch these guys opening for Sum 41 next weekend at The Gothic Theater (Sat. Jan. 26th). Tickets are still on sale, and only $20 in advance, so don’t miss your chance to see a band I’m sure will be gaining huge attention throughout 2013.
A SILENT FILM. Another unique name that I’d never heard before, but their certainly left me interested to hear more. Their current single “Harbour Lights” has some fun “whoa-ohh” parts that get you singing along the very first time you hear it. A more slow-paced band, their lyrics are interesting, and their songs are dynamic like scenes from a romance movie. This band just announced a date in Denver at the Larimer Lounge on February 20th. For those of you who are into a bit more slow-paced, melodic tunes, these guys are for you!
With the year just starting, there will be plenty of new bands and songs to gain your attention, but these are just the three that have caught my ear early on in the new year. We’re a lucky city to have not one, but all three of these bands visiting in the near future, so make sure to get to at least one of these shows and support some new and up-and-coming acts.
Cheers to a new year and new music!