UNDER THE RADAR: Trevor Sensor – “The Money Gets Bigger”.
Having whetted appetites with not one but two increasingly well received EP’s last year, Illinois’ Trevor Sensor is set to release his debut album later this year. Trevor has shared the first single from the album, The Money Gets Bigger, which features Whitney’s Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek as Trevor’s rhythm section.
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UNDER THE RADAR: Sam Amidon – “Juma Mountain”.
The experimental folk musician has built his career by covering and reshaping old songs, usually folk-music traditionals. But on his new album The Following Mountain, Amidon has put together a set of completely new songs, though he did take some of the lyrics from old songs.
First single “Juma Mountain” is warm and comforting but also spacey and unmoored, and it’s a very promising first taste of an album that could turn out to be something special.
UNDER THE RADAR: Mount Kimbie are back with “We Go Home Together”, a brand new single featuring James Blake.
Frank Lebon directs the accompanying visuals. “It’s a pleasure to work with old friend and one time band mate James Blake again,” Mount Kimbie’s Kai Campos notes.
The two-and-a-half minute cut is the first proper release since 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth and its CSFLY Remixes EP. Blake’s latest LP, The Colour In Anything, was released last year.
UNDER THE RADAR: Rich Girls – “Loaded”.
Rich Girls combines the polish of British art rock with the primitive energy of American garage.
Rich Girls started as the solo project of Luisa Black (The Blacks) during a lonely year in London. After the break-up of her SF/NY-based garage trio, Black decamped to England looking for a new start. She started work on a series of dark pop demos, writing and recording the full band instrumentation herself. Black called the project Rich Girls, an attempt to disguise the fact that it was a lonely solo venture.
UNDER THE RADAR: ALT-J SHARE INTENSE VIDEO FOR ‘3WW’.
alt-J’s comeback single from third album ‘RELAXER’, was “an all-encompassing return, defying expectation at every turn”. Its video is as dramatic as the track itself.
The clip, set in the mountains of Mexico, spies in on a funeral procession, and it’s all extremely dark. The video was directed by Alex Takacs (Flying Lotus, Lorde, The xx) and is described by the band’s Gus Unger-Hamilton as “a beautifully shot story of love and loss in the mountains of Mexico”.
UNDER THE RADAR: WINSTONS – “KEEP THE BEAT”.
The single, “Keep The Beat” is part of, and the first song of the Winstons EP Black Dust.
“Winstons make meat-and-potatoes garage-soul, the kind of no-frills rock that’s best enjoyed live, and they know this. That’s in part why the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Virginia duo, who met while working at Baby’s All Right, make a point of recording live to tape. No-touch ups, no retakes.” – Noisey
UNDER THE RADAR: Yoke Lore – “Snowday”.
Brooklyn native Adrian Galvin under his pseudonym Yoke Lore pushes the boundaries of folk music to an exciting and innovative place and no more is this evident than in his brilliant ‘Snow Day’. Galvin manages to fuse the experimentalism and grandeur of Animal Collective with a unique subtly and tenderness, helped in part by his soft, delicate vocals.
The track is now perfectly accompanied by a raw, road-trip style video, which sees Galvin travel from NYC to his father’s house.
UNDER THE RADAR: Zuli – “Better All The Time”.
Zuli is the latest project of songwriter and musician Ryan Camenzuli, formerly of Wild International. On the single “Better All the Time,” the New York native provides an electric three-minute trip into a spaced out fantasy, with a trippy soundscape full of glam rock and psych-pop influences. Camenzuli plays all instruments on the track, providing the celestial synths and the vintage guitar riffs.
UNDER THE RADAR: NAVY GANGS – “SPECIAL GLANDS”.
You’ve got to respect the hustle. Navy Gangs, the Omaha rock quartet composed of Matthew Tillwick (vocal, guitar), Noah Kohll (guitar), Wilson Keithline (bass), and Gavin Cordaro (drums), pursued songwriting at the expense of a high school degree. They subsequently took jobs in the desert dome at the local zoo, not exactly the most hospitable work environment, in order to save enough money to buy themselves one-way bus tickets out of Nebraska and into New York City, where they moved in with Kohll’s grandmother and fashioned her house into a makeshift studio to record their upcoming self-titled debut EP. Delicate Steve later mixed and mastered the project, and today we’re premiering its lead single “Special Glands,” which proves that the dismal wages, cramped quarters, and reptile dealings were more than worth the trouble.
From the moment that opening, unspooling guitar riff kicks in, the trio sustains a continuous broil of anxious defiance. That blearing, wire-cutter lead, accompanied by moaning fuzz and Tillwick’s exhausted wail, set the scene for an unnerving slab of ’90s-inspired garage-rock.
UNDER THE RADAR: Casey Hopkins – “Touch”.
A modern take on roots-based rock’n’roll – think surging riffs, shattering ride cymbals and relentless drum fills – Casey Hopkins comes complete with writhing attitude aplenty.
Declaring his mission to “fight mediocrity”, the NY-based muso throws a handful of grit into the ring with his single “Touch“. Blending the track’s scuzzy guitar solos with a retro, 60s kitsch aesthetic, courtesy of Jensen Gore and Ben Davis, this is a winner for any rock’n’roll fan with a soft spot for blues.