On their slinky and kicked-back return, Drugdealer’s crisp delivery of pop rock balladry and psychedelic soul grabs the baton from the studio hit-makers of the AM gold era. Songwriter and 360-flip specialist Michael Collins along with a topflight crew of contributors including Natalie Mering, Jackson MacIntosh, Shags Chamberlain, and Dougie Poole cultivate the nectar of the Los Angeles underground into Raw Honey, a product that’s savory for classic rockers and freaks alike.
Light a candle for the underground
Like the story of Sidney Franklin, the pioneering Jewish New Yorker bullfighter in Mexico and Spain, Eric Slick’s latest record Bullfighter is a work of creative bravery delivered with a powerful degree of elegance. Slick’s vocals drape over a charging string section like a matador’s muleta in a ceremonious four-part act for a masterful showing of Slick’s artistic versatility.
By connecting sensors placed on the leaves of a monstera plant to an analog synth, Nico Georis extracts the biodata feedback transmitted from the electrical impulses of the plant and generates a relaxing, ambient synthesis of human and nature. Using the MIDI Sprout device, Georgis captured a suite of MIDI data that would become his latest record Shirley Shirley Shirley!
Step into the greenhouse.
Montreal’s Blue Material have shared the video for their second single, “Haunted Love,” from their upcoming self-titled debut. Songwriter Thom Gillies performs his velvety pop in a smokey cocktail lounge; a fitting setting for the spiffy lo-fi groove emitted from Blue Material.
You can now presave the upcoming self-titled record on Spotify.
California psychedelic jazzer twins The Mattson 2 have announced their new record Paradise arriving on June 7th on Company Records. The duo have released a video for the first single “Essence” which transports them all over the place through a VHS green screen.
The newest compilation from Anthology Recordings, Sad About The Times, explores the could’ve-been heavy-hearted hits of North American 70s FM folk, soft rock, and West Coast jangle as the lysergically-enhanced 1960s phased out leaving behind a sullen afterglow and pile of faded tie-dye. Sad About The Times was compiled by Mikey Young and Anthology Founder Keith Abrahamsson and can be considered the northern hemisphere companion to the earlier Anthology release, Follow The Sun which had a distinctly Australian focus.
The 15th anniversary of Moogfest will unite art, technology, and music in Durham, NC on April 25-28 with an incredible suite of engaging daytime panel discussions, interactive exhibits, technical workshops, durational performances, and live sets from some of the world’s most innovative artists. The nighttime programming includes special performances from the legendary Thomas Dolby, Tim Hecker with The Koyoko Ensemble, GAS, A Place to Bury Strangers, Richard Devine, Greg Fox, Spellling, Wolf Eyes’ Aaron Dilloway, Jlin, Mount Kimbie, William Basinski, and more.
Continuing to act a conduit to share rare traditional ballads from an antiquated era of folk music, Jake Xerxes Fussell’s new single “The River St. Johns” is an old fishmonger’s tune describing the gilded-skinned yield of a hard day’s work. Fussell’s work to salvage the songs of a dying generation of Southern folk songwriters from obscurity is presented in his third full length record, Out of Sight, out June 7th via Paradise of Bachelors that introduces a full-band arrangement of Nathan Bowles, Casey Toll, Nathan Golub, Libby Rodenbough, and James Anthony Wallace.
Self Discovery For Social Survival is a new collaborative film between Mexican Summer and Pilgrim Surf + Supply featuring Stephanie Gilmore, Creed McTaggart, Ryan Burch, and more. Filmed in Mexico, the Maldives and Iceland, the film combines waves, the environment, local culture and is soundtracked by Mexican Summer artists Allah-Las, Connan Mockasin, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Peaking Lights, and Dungen including contributions from MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden.
Preorder the soundtrack for Self Discovery For Social Survival out June 14th via Mexican Summer. Purchase tickets for the Los Angeles film premiere at The Palace Theatre on June 15th with a live score by Allah-Las, Connan Mockasin, and Andrew VanWyngarden.
Olden Yolk return with their latest cut of pastel psych with the video for “Cotton & Cane” from their upcoming sophomore full-length, Living Theatre out on May 17th via Trouble In Mind. The songwriting pair of Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer construct matrices of cinematic rhythms and unglued chord changes to unpack their transition from NYC to sunny Los Angeles. The video was directed by Butler and Shaffer with additional support from P. Nick Curran, Coco Segaller, and Frank Maston.
The music of Chris Cohen has a leisurely simplicity that disguises or at least softens a deeply personal discomfort written into the lyrics. Cohen, who has remained a musician’s musician since his 2012 debut Overgrown Path, keeps to his L.A. outsider pop theorems on his third and self-titled record while diving into some of the most complicated emotions of his catalog. If there was any pause in considering Chris Cohen one of the finest songwriters around, this LP should silence those doubts.
The next visual chapter from Tim Presley’s White Fence’s phenomenal new record I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk is a mind-dissolving claymation music for “Forever Chained.” The excellent gooey film was created by Sean McAnulty and Alex McLaren.
Feel-good folk songwriter and true gem of the North Carolina music community, Phil Cook has shared a collection of instrumental recordings from 2009-2019, As Far As I Can See. Recorded around North Carolina with a deep cast of Old North State contributors, the album offers a spread of country blues, primitive guitar, and dogwood folk.
Not long after the birth of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, Mort Garson recorded Mother Earth’s Plantasia, the first of it’s kind album of music for plants. Delightful symphonies of Moog synthesizers swirl and twinkle casting a sonic sunbath onto any botanical beings in earshot. Now finally, after years of being a cratedigger treasure, Sacred Bones will reissue the legendary LP and fully-restored original liner notes and seed-paper download card that will sprout after planting.