East Nashville resident Ryan Scott Burleson is an accomplished musician and prolific music journalist (MAGNET, The Nashville Scene, The Atlantic, etc.) who keeps his hands in all sorts of creative pursuits and consistently produces impressive results without sacrificing quality.
You Are All My People is a delightful 3-track ambient set and RSB’s first solo release. To uncover his roots, raise your antennas to receive astral transmissions from Southern or slow down with the always refreshing and inspired SLOWBLOG.
Parisian artist Melody Prochet spikes her daydream pop with angular ’60s garage rock buzz to create widescreen sounds, delicate melodies with a dagger’s edge. As Melody’s Echo Chamber, her self-titled debut record was released in September on Fat Possum, produced by Tame Impala polymath Kevin Parker and recorded at his home studio in Perth. Much like Tame Impala, Prochet’s work is awash in synth exploration and resonant, hair-raising choruses; a welcome echo chamber, indeed.
“I Follow You” (Official Video) – Melody’s Echo Chamber
“Endless Shore” – Melody’s Echo Chamber
If you don’t like it, just wait a few seconds, because things change fast for New York-via-LA-duo Foxygen on new single “Shuggie.” The track, off the band’s forthcoming Richard Swift-produced second LP We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic is steeped in woozy Highway 61 tack piano, Lou Reed rambles and a street talkin’ beat that boil into a strange, descending lounge of bliss then escalate in a snap to a soaring sing-a-long chorus. These guys have a curiously twee swagger about themselves. Either the band is recalling ’60s-era Kinks and Zombies with verve or the ’60s are calling for its dandies back.
“Shuggie” (Official Video) – Foxygen
“No Destruction” – Foxygen
Chicago-based brother-sister duo Wild Belle weld died-in-the-wool Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter vocals with club-ready drum-n-bass beats. Based on the band’s esoteric, projector-assisted video for “Backslider” alone, Natalie and Elliot Bergman are certainly ones to watch in 2013.
“Keep You” - Wild Belle
Rising UK folk artist Marika Hackman is set to release mini-album That Iron Taste in FEB 2013 as a follow up to her SEP 2012 double A-side single You Come Down / Mountain Spines. Hear these tracks and captivating takes on songs by Nirvana, Jackson Browne and others here.
Here I Lie (video)
You Come Down (video)
Some of BR’s finest get into the swing of the holidays with spirited renditions of classic Christmas songs like “Silent Night” and “Auld Lang Syne,” plus a few newbies, too, like Luke Ash’s own joyous toe-tapper “It’s Christmastime Fo Sho.” Download all 16 tracks from A Baton Rouge Acoustic Christmas here and have the most righteous holiday party music for just $15.
Ghost Boy, the highly anticipated second album from Sanders Bohlke, is available digitally today via Communicating Vessels. Vinyl/CD releases are scheduled for February 2013.
Ghost Boy Trailer 1
Ghost Boy Trailer 2
Ghost Boy Trailer 3