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Majken is an LA based singer-songwriter of Danish origin. Says her inspirations are Leonard Cohen and Velvet Underground which are two good inspirations to have. Her music comes off as hazy brand of 70s inspired pop music. Check out a couple of tracks on her upcoming debut, due out on 8/25. Here’s some info via the PR machine.

Majken wrote and recorded Dancing Mountains on a journey between gritty Los Angeles, romantic Paris and the simple, laid back feel of the Nordic Fjord, where she spent her childhood. Influenced by experimental rock legends such as The Velvet Underground and the sensibilities of master songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Majken creates experimental pop with accessible themes and song structure. Her collection of dreamy songs contain raw, emotive lyrics, cushioned by indie beach rock and a vintage Europop vibe. She’s inspired by wild nature, breakfast in bed, the various cities she’s visited and called home and the people in those places.

Dancing Mountains reflects on vivid dreams, fond memories and restless nights. Majken’s sultry vocal melodies, intoxicating layers of sound and surf rock guitar come together to create an ideal soundtrack for a summer daydream. Album track “Everything’s Wild” encapsulates this feeling, inspired by floating wild in a bizarre dream state – not alive and not awake. “A Little More Time,” produced by Cody Crump, is about a hazy heartbreak while “Fainted Love” reflects on a summer fling, through rose colored glasses and introspection. All songs were written by Majken, with the majority produced in collaboration with Jesse Nolan and Maxime Sokolinski. “You And I” was produced by Fingazz.

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I didn’t think any tune off Sleep Well Beast was going to top their first single, The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness, but low and behold they’ve gone and done it with Carin at the Liquor Store. And the video below captures the tracks so beautifully in hues of blue and white.

I’m three tracks in, including Guilty Party and it is really shaping up to be something special. I’ve been enjoying the full breadth of their catalog in recent weeks. I’m going to go out on a limb to state that this will be among their best work. I’m counting the days down until I see them at the Opera House in Chicago.

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Back in 2014, Mark Kozelek said that War On Drugs was equatable to beer-commercial music. While he’s entitled to his opinion, I would say that’s rather absurd. I have also drank whiskey, tequila and even some wine while listening to War On Drugs.

As we edge closer to the release date and they keep on releasing new tracks, it feels like every one is better than the one before it. The latest to see the light of day is Up All Night. It probably is the grooviest tunes that I’ve heard them do. By now half the album is out and about; and my God this is going to be something special. Granduciel could literally make fart noises for the other five tracks and I’d still give this album two thumbs up.

Better music writers than I will write longer and more in-depth pieces on them. But rest assured, this will be one of the best albums of the year. Here’s a little more on the album from the PR team.

For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs’ frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker—but, above all, to busy himself in work. Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today’s modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates – bassist Dave Hartley, keyboardingRobbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez — continuously throughout the process, the result is a “band record” in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration and exuberance, Granduciel’s gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights.

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Widowspeak announce Expect The Best for 8/25

by Woody on August 10, 2017

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Based on the first couple of tracks, the band seems to have put a little more emphasis on the backbeat. The prior albums were based on Molly Hamilton’s hazy vocals over Robert Earl Thomas’ wandering guitar; something I was down with but it’s nice to see the band spreading their wings a bit. Expect The Best will see the light of day on August 25th via the fine folks at Captured Tracks. Here’s what Hamilton has to say on the album.

Hamilton says of the album, “In the past I’ve felt compelled to write songs that are more optimistic than I’m actually feeling, as if I could make it true, as if everything in the past was significant or beautiful in a way, even if it was painful. But the truth is that not everything makes sense, and not every day of your life is an experience of clear cut emotional clarity,” says Hamilton. “I struggle with this compulsion to pull away from people, pull away from the things I enjoy doing, and sometimes literally picking up and moving away when I am feeling uneasy and anxious about my future in a given space, physical or mental. Social media these days can exacerbate that as well.”

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The Districts – Popular Manipulations (album review)

August 9, 2017

Photo Credit – Pooneh Ghana The Districts are one of the best young bands out there today and one of the best live acts you’ll have the pleasure of seeing live. After 2015′s A Flourish And A Spell, my hopes for Popular Manipulations were pretty high. In my mind, I wanted another dozen ripping bluesy [...]

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Cold Specks announces Fool’s Paradise for 9/22 release

August 8, 2017

photo credit: Neva Wireko Cold Specks, aka Sadan Hussein, is back with her 3rd effort – Fool’s Paradise. I’ve had a soft side for her music since catching a set down at SXSW a few years back. Here’s some more info on the album that will see the light of day on 9/22 via Arts [...]

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Bully signs to Sub Pop, set to release Losing on 10/20

August 7, 2017

Credit: Alysse Gafkjen The force of nature known as Bully are following up on their phenomenal debut, Feels Like, with their sophomore effort Losing. They’ve been on a bit of a whirlwind since arriving on the scene and have now signed with the venerable Sub Pop in what seems like a natural fit. Here’s some [...]

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Joseph Childress announces s/t album 10/6/17

August 7, 2017

Photo Cred: Michael Bordelon Admittedly, I had kinda lost track of Joseph Childress since hearing his debut The Rebirths a few years back. So it was a nice surprise when a couple of new tracks popped into my inbox. Based on the first two tracks, this is going to be a pretty darn good album [...]

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Tyler Childers – Purgatory (album review)

August 4, 2017

A few years back, I saw Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires perform in the backyard of The Blackheart during SXSW. The music was arresting, literally demanding your attention. It was clear that his music had moved on to a different plane. That’s happened a couple of times these last few years when hearing an artist [...]

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Katie Von Schleicher – Shitty Hits (album review)

August 3, 2017

Photo by Nick Jost It took me a while to come around on Katie Von Schleicher’s debut. It isn’t an album that jumps up and demands you take notice. It takes a few listens to notice some of the nuance of Von Schleicher’s writing and production. While her music has hints of Angel Olsen and [...]

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