Kelsey’s Prime Slices Of The Week (6/17-6/21): Arom Blom, Esther Rose

Aron Blom “King Kong” [Single] – Indie Pop

Aron Blom is an artist with a distinct and beautiful voice that you’ll want to sit and listen to all day long. His new single “King Kong” shows off his smooth voice, as well as some great production. The single takes listeners on a musical journey as multiple layers come together seamlessly to give them exactly what they want, without being predictable. It starts with simple instrumentation that focuses on a guitar line and Blom’s voice, and quickly grows into a musical masterpiece that’ll make you want to dance. It even has a brass-y surprise for you at the end! I cannot recommend this single enough – check it out below!

 

Esther Rose “Handyman” [Single] – Americana/Country

In her new single “Handyman”, Esther Rose gives listeners a lighthearted story about new love. The cute story paired with intriguing fiddle lines make her single memorable, and you’ll be singing along with her classic country style harmonies on the first listen! “Handyman” perfectly blends older and newer sounds to create a catchy modern tune that anyone can enjoy. Simply put, Rose’s single is perfectly cheerful and playful. I highly recommend giving it a listen!

Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (6/10-6/14): Boy & Bear, Hatchie

Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve” [single] – indie folk rock

Boy & Bear was a new find for me this week, and I am so happy to have found them! Their single “Hold Your Nerve” creates a wonderfully refreshing and lovable sound within the indie folk genre. From clean guitar lines and relatable lyrics to a catchy chorus, you’ll play their new single on repeat. Boy & Bear is easy listening for whatever mood you’re in – check out “Hold Your Nerve” below!

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Liv’s Prime Slices of the Week (5/4-5/10): The Psychotic Monks, Nots

The Psychotic Monks – Private Meaning First – post-punk

Starting my prime slices with one of my all-time favorite bands: The Psychotic Monks. A French post-punk noise band with aspects of ambiance and ethereal moods, quartet Psychotic Monks have released their record Private Meaning First. The record that cradles you with hypnotic rhythms and sounds from an ethereal place. Private Meaning First, their second record, following Silence Slowly And Madly Shines, takes you through a journey that rattles you in your seat, with high quality guitar tones and production. It’s very hard to stray away from this band once you experience their art; it grabs you by the neck and pulls you in.

What I love most about this band is that they have mastered the art of “taming the chaos.” With sounds that are only created with psychotic minds, this group of four has mixed the perfect amount of structure with madness to pull even the average Joe into their cryptic sound. I hope to see them live in the future, but for now they are only playing shows in their homeland, France.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (5/4-5/10): A. Swayze & the Ghosts, Mavis Staples

A. Swayze & The Ghosts – “Reciprocation” [single] – (indie punk rock)

I actually heard this song a few weeks ago but didn’t fall in love with it until now. This song plays for a whopping ten minutes but in no way does it feel like it. Even though the song is fairly simple in structure, it really feels necessary that it goes on as long as it does. The vocals and words over the beginning feel so perfect and natural that I’m begging to know where this band has been before now. Over the span of the song the singer starts out as calm and seems to be driven further and further into insanity by a dead relationship. The recording is very raw and it more sounds like they’re playing a show than anything. The ending really gets me with the repetition of “Why am I Waiting for you?” and I think it sums up the song perfectly. Please check this band out.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices of the Week (4/28 – 5/3): Nate Mercereau, Odonis Odonis

Nate Mercereau – “Joy Techniques” [single] – (acid synth jazz)

“Joy Techniques” is first release by multi-instrumentalist and producer Nate Mercereau. Nate has been involved in dozens of projects in the past few years, including Logic’s The Incredible True Story, Kesha’s Rainbow, and even Lizzo’s CUZ I LOVE YOU. For the amount of work he’s done in the past couple of years it’s strange it took him this long to release something of his own. The song is so hyper, it’s hard to keep track of what’s going on sometimes. The ongoing synth at the start gives me strong Once In A Lifetime vibes but the whole thing is like a pumped up BadBadNotGood. It seems more like a jam than a coherent song but he makes a point of having distinct sections using dynamics. The musicianship is absolutely stunning and I’m sure Nate knew exactly who to call. Check this out!

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Liv’s Prime Slices (4/20 – 4/26): Wand, Amyl and The Sniffers

Wand – Laughing Matter – psych rock

The band Wand releases their album Laughing Matter and it is a haunting collection of songs that is marked by the confidence and fervor of a band that has grown together throughout the years of dedicated jamming, recording, and touring across the world. Having already released four records, Laughing Matter takes an obvious turn with the more ambient and synthetic songs. Yet it’s still keen to their hand-crafted rock ‘n’ roll sound they have so meticulously crafted, creating a different atmosphere that highlights the changes this band has gone through. My favorite tracks off the album are “Scarecrow” and “Wonder.” “Scarecrow” starts the album with their classic psych rock feel, but infused with sounds of Radiohead, giving it an unworldly sound. “Wonder” starts out with a heavy distorted guitar, giving it that gritty rock texture, with a powerful melody, reminds me I’m listening to true rock stars. Wand says, “Laughing Matter is a record about love in a time of terror; it calls you down from panic room labyrinths, to work the deep tissue of unraveling trauma we all carry so dear.”

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Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/20 – 4/26): Courtney Barnett, Field Medic

Courtney Barnett – “Everybody Here Hates You” [Single] – (indie rock)

Courtney Barnett is one of those artists that when you thought they couldn’t possibly release another awesome song they seriously surprise you. This song fits right in with her other repertoire and is just as catchy. Courtney sings with that typical, tired and lazy sound through the entire song which seems to give the song a lot more personality. The song is about the paranoia of everyone you’re around hating you. Courtney answers the song title in the chorus, “you said, ‘it’s only in your head, they’re probably thinking the same thing.'” The music video also plays with that idea, as the majority of it is the band playing inside of her own head. The guitar solo that ends the song is very swampy and messy; going wild on her whammy bar and open strumming. The song gets stuck in your head like all her other songs so check it out!

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (4/13 – 4/19): Crumb, Sun Records Curated Vol. 6

Crumb – “Nina” [single] – (indie psych pop)

Crumb has been gaining a ton of attention over the past couple years. Releasing their first EP Crumb in 2016, they now rake in over 1 million listeners with some of those songs now having over 7 million streams. With the release of their new single, “Nina”, and the announcement of their debut full length album, they’ve definitely got a buzz surrounding them. This single gives off remnants of early Tame Impala psych rock which is by no means out of character. The drum beat matched with the bass part creates a trance like groove with the synth being the icing on the cake. Lila Ramani (guitar/vocals) sings a hypnotically catchy melody alongside her soft guitar playing until the very end where she drops out as the rest of the band vamps on an eery three notes. Super excited for what’s in store so check this out!

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Liv’s Prime Slices (4/6 – 4/12): Michelle Blades, The Murlocs

 

Michelle Blades – Visitor – (indie pop rock)

Michelle Blades has just released a collection of songs infused with multiple sounds of an extension of her nomadic life spent between Panama, Mexico, Florida, and France. Picking bits and pieces from each place to form Visitor, Blades fuses together a unique sound that embodies qualities of Frank Zappa in her liberty of creation and of David Byrne and Mort Garson in terms of musical experimentation. In the first song on this album, “Politik!,” she plays with language tones, wordplay and texture to create a delicious package of new vibrations for our ears. “Dr. Psych” experiments into the psych rock realm, pushing the boundary of the genres she is defying further with this release. Looking forward to hear more from Blades and can’t wait to see the different turns she takes into the sound she continues to identify with. Continue reading “Liv’s Prime Slices (4/6 – 4/12): Michelle Blades, The Murlocs”

Curtis’ Prime Slices (4/6 – 4/12): The Chats, Stef Chura

The Chats – “Pub Feed” – (punk)

This band of Aussies blew up big time when they released their hilariously catchy debut single “Smoko,” accompanied by a video that now has over 6 million views. If you haven’t seen it yet I suggest you do that ASAP. Anyway, after a year, they’ve finally released another song that is just what was expected to follow up. Following the foot steps of “Smoko,” which is slang in Australia for a smoke break, “Pub Feed” is another term for havin’ a pint with your steak, gravy, and chips at the local pub. This group a lads really know how to write good, simple punk songs that are super catchy and funny at the same time. They’ve been packing venues in Australia and are doing a small North American tour this month in only a few cities so if you’re nearby one of them you better buy a ticket!

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