Check out the premiere on The Music Ninja
Watch the video on YouTube
Stream “Icarus” on Soundcloud
The silver fir (Abies alba) is a common but somewhat underrated tree in the Swiss Prealps, where all members of this (identically named) band grew up. Although its wood isn’t very popular and its glory days as the star amongst Christmas trees are long gone, the silver fir holds its ground and characterizes the subalpine landscape.
But let’s be honest, as much as Switzerland is a suitable habitat for firs, it isn’t really known for a rich musical output. Silver Firs found this starting point quite comfortable. Without having to relate to a strong musical heritage, the band’s influences were much more global from the beginning. At the same time, coming from the unexciting small city of Bern and not from one of the more obvious music capitals, their sound isn’t easy to categorize. « [..] Filled with all sorts of wonderfully mossy backwoods eccentricities» wrote the music blog I Guess I’m Floating - a description that seems to fit pretty well.
While Silver Firs were still relatively unknown in their home country, last year’s EP#1 gained a lot of attention & blog love in North America. A few days after the song “Motherland” was posted on SoundCloud, it reached #4 on Hype Machine’s charts of the «Most Popular Tracks on Blogs Now». Features on Bandcamp, Indie Shuffle, KEXP and more online magazines followed. The EP then got airplay on more than 45 stations in the USA and Canada.
It took Silver Firs awhile to come up with their consecutive EP#2. A lot of time was invested in experimenting with percussion sounds & production techniques, never forgetting the pop side in their creations. At times, Silver Firs’ output could be described as afro-wave (“Heartland”), while other songs sound like psychedelic cocktail bar music (“Silent Rite”). In contrast to the summer evening vibes of the melodies, the cryptic lyrics seem to hint at the current contradictions of their home country.
In the meantime, Switzerland has discovered their qualities too. Out of the blue, Silver Firs were booked for the country’s biggest festival «Paléo», where they played with bands like The National or favorites Tinariwen.
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Chorus Grant‘s masterful new album Space drops August 18th on Tambourhinoceros, and Stereogum has the full stream up now. Listen to its entirety here!
“This strikes me as a personal outpouring from a tremendous talent — 13 tracks of deftly arranged, heartfelt chamber pop well worth your attention.” -Chris DeVille
Check out the lead single “Godplans” below:
Montreal’s Dear Criminals is Charles Lavoie, Vincent Legault and Frannie Holder’s side project. Having expressed their will to play together for years, they finally decided to unite efforts in this project where Charles’ intense and strong vocals and Frannie’s vulnerable and fragile voice complement each other in a very unique and touching way. This vocal mixture is blended in a textured soundscape created by Vincent’s arrangements and wisely chosen instrumentation, creating a musical tone deeply inspired by James Blake, Timber Timbre and Elysian Fields.
3. Face the Odds
5. Petite mort
6. Stay Tonight
August 21-22 – Îles de la Madeleine, QC
August 24 – Montreal, QC
October 24 to Nov 4
Europe Tour (TBA)
San Francisco noisemaker James Vernon is readying the release of his debut album Criminals, which is due out this September. In support of the release, Culture Collide has shared the first single from the album. Check out “Old Ghost” as well as Vernon’s travel guide to San Francisco HERE.
The Ocean Party (a promising young Aussie outfit) have shared with us “Wading In”, the first single from their upcoming album and Stereogum has the premiere HERE. The details for the upcoming album have yet to be released.
Stereogum has shared the wonderfully produced video for HANAH’s debut single “Out of Touch”. Directed by Nicolas Pesce, the video captures the feelings of darkness, seclusion and uneasiness that the song so effectively communicates. Check out the Stereogum premiere HERE or watch the video here.
Phoenix garage rockers Wolvves released a new tape titled Go Demon or Go Home in April on Rubber Brother. Check out the single “Home” right now over at Under the Radar, who describe the track as “their tale of a wayward skater punk’s bummer of a homecoming: it sports a thick grunge-like bassline, weed-obsessed lyrics, just-distorted-enough vocals and a tossed off guitar solo that’s downright surf-friendly.”
In addition to naming Eyelid Kid a “band to watch,” Stereogum has shared the new single from the Southern California band. You can here the track and check out the wonderfully written piece and an interview with the band on Stereogum HERE or stream “Sleeps Well on Knives” below.
San Francisco dream pop duo Dissolve have announced the release of their debut EP. The self-titled release is due out August 19th on Painter Man Records. Under the Radar has premiered the first single from the release. Check out the premiere of “Statement” HERE or stream the track below.
Hannah Taxman (aka H/\N/\H) has shared her debut single with the world. The song is called “Out of Touch” and it has premiered on Pigeons and Planes. Check out the premiere HERE and stream the track below.