Silver Firs, “Icarus” Track/Video Debut on The Music Ninja

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.

LINKS

Bandcamp
Facebook
SoundCloud
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Oh, Sister Records

Stream Chorus Grant’s New Album via Stereogum

Chorus Grant

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:

Dear Criminals “Petite Mort” Premieres on Tiny Mix Tapes

Check out the premiere here
Listen to “Petite Mort” on soundcloud
Montreal’s Dear Criminals is Charles LavoieVincent 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.
Crave 

1. Crave
2. Storm
3. Face the Odds
4. Rose
5. Petite mort
6. Stay Tonight

SHOWS

August 21-22 –  Îles de la Madeleine, QC
August 24 – Montreal, QC

October 24 to Nov 4
Europe Tour (TBA)

LINKS

Official Site
Bandcamp
Facebook
SoundCloud
Twitter

Under the Radar Premieres a New Single from Wolvves

Wolvves

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.”