Previous Love released their self-titled EP yesterday. The band worked with Jay Zubricky in the studio, as well as Jesse Cannon, who mastered it. The release is definitely worth your time. The band blends various rock elements into their music to bring you music that feels atmospheric, but is still grounded with its lyrics. Check out what the band has to say about the songs on the EP:
Written over long distance phone calls during the winter of 2016-2017, our debut EP focuses on some of the issues faced by us when dealing with the growing pains of starting college, making new friends, and feeling distant from home. No matter how far we were away from each other, no matter how much was going on in our own lives, we didn’t let anything prevent us from writing these five songs.
Anyone who has gone off to college, especially in a different state, immediately knows some of these same feelings. Starting over in a new place with unfamiliar faces is daunting. Now that I’m back home, that feeling isn’t as imminent as it once was, but it’s something that makes one remember what it was like.
This is a solid EP, no doubt. “Freezing In Florida” oozes with raw emotion. “Dead Ends” instantly lets you know what to expect from the full EP. Overall, this is something you should be listening to this week. I look forward to what Previous Love work on next. Give it a listen below.
Young, Planetary caught my attention last year with Wilt. This year, Young, Planetary returns with I Am the Night and You’re the Sunrise. The EP is four songs and about 12 minutes long. The EP was released on June 30th via Hidden Home Records and it’s definitely a release you should check out. It blends some hardcore, alternative, and a bit of grunge to create an intriguing sound.
The EP title comes from the lyrics in “Daybreak.” Trevor Villagrana teams up with Emily Stokes on the song to provide the listening experience with some contrast. Her voice is so different from his that it instantly catches your attention. The lyrics throughout give you a personal insight into Trevor’s life. Right off the bat, the combination of his lyrics and the music will have you hooked. Give it a listen below.
Hollerado released Born Yesterday on April 14th. The Canadian indie rockers bring a nice sound to this record. The band has been together for quite some time now, which allowed them to hone their talents. The title track kicks off the album and immediately brings a catchy vibe. “Brick Wall” provides the listening experience with some killer guitars and a bit of a classic rock feel to it. “If It Is Love” closes out the record with a great vocal melody that ties the record together nicely. Overall, the whole thing is a solid indie rock album. These guys know what they’re doing and they do it well.
Stream the album below or grab a copy of it here.
S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed. Reed received an email from John B. McLemore about his hometown in Alabama, which he called Shittown. In Netflix fashion, the series dropped all seven episodes at once.
I didn’t hop on the podcast right away, but once I did start listening to it, I finished it fairly quickly. I’m constantly telling myself that I don’t need to keep adding more podcasts to Overcast. However, since it is just seven episodes, I added it anyway. The podcast keeps things interesting and John is full of surprises.
The podcast doesn’t take quite as serious of a tone as Serial does, but it’s still a story worth listening to. It’s one of those small town America situations, and that one small town has quite the character in John B. McLemore. Check this out if you’re looking for a new podcast to pick up. Each episode is about an hour each, so it’ll provide you with seven hours of entertainment (or less if you listen at a speed faster than 1x, as I do).
Subscribe to S-Town on iTunes.
The last music we received from Michelle Branch was an EP in 2010. Everything Comes and Goes is six songs and didn’t garner too much attention. I honestly didn’t even know about it until going to write this. I’m more familiar with her last full length, Stand Still, Look Pretty, which is with Jessica Harp as The Wreckers in 2006. The Spirit Room was her big release back in 2001 and the following record didn’t quite do the same.
Hopeless Romantic is nearly an hour long and worth every minute. She planned on releasing an album sooner, but label troubles kept her from doing so. Now that she’s with Verve, she’s back to releasing music. The title track is the single off of the album and you instantly know that her divorce from Teddy Landau. The album shows off MIchelle’s excellent vocal chops and how well they pair with the melodies throughout.
I wouldn’t say I’ve been a huge Michelle Branch fan by any means, but I did really enjoy The Wreckers. She can handle straight pop songs and work the country side, as well. Giving this new album a listen, I definitely want to go back and listen to her older albums. This new album definitely shows a maturity, though. It isn’t meant to sound like something from the early 2000s. This album also leans a bit more towards rock.
I don’t need to listen to this album a ton of times to know it’s good. But with that said, you should definitely give it at least one listen. It’s a solid album and it will be interesting to see what she has planned next following this excellent return.
If you’re looking for some new music to listen to, check out Maintenance by Glenn Matthews. Glenn Matthews is the project of Kenny Miller. The album was just released on September 30th and it’s available for name your price on Bandcamp. If you’re into bands like Pedro The Lion and Real Estate, this will be right up your alley. You can’t go wrong with some solid indie rock to check out. You can listen to the album in full below.
Sunsleeper released Stay the Same about a month ago on July 14th. The EP was produced by Nathan Hussey of All Get Out, which was one of the main reasons I decided to check it out. All Get Out is a band I just recently got into (thanks Bad Timing Records) and if it’s good enough for one of their members to work on, it’s good enough for me to check it out. Needless to say, I did end up enjoying it enough to recommend it today. If you have around 20 minutes to spare and dig bands like Balance & Composure, be sure to check them out. You can stream the EP in full below.
It’s been a while since I’ve done any recommendations here. I initially wanted to review this EP, but the gist of it I really enjoy it. It’s always awesome to see fellow Drexel students getting their talent out there. Kashish is no exception. With Love is full of stunning vocals and great production. It’s been grabbing some people’s attention and XPN’s The Key posted about the release. So do yourselves a favor and check it out.