Garnets – Fruit

Garnets, Fruit, London, Garnets Band

I am overly ecstatic to announce that Garnets are back in the fold and making beautiful music once again. RIF favorites from across the pond, Garnets originally took my breath away with their studio videos for Dance of the Chloroplasts and Misty’s Ocean. After a brief hiatus, they are back and have a debut single that has me completely floored.

Fruit truly embraces the beauty and art of simplicity. The soft, low-tempo backdrop gradually cradles you into a soft swoon as the ever present keys seem to build and build… yet never crash. After being so caught up in the rising sound you will hardly realize that the vocals and volume have seamlessly dropped off leaving only a hushed lullaby to take you home.

Needless to say, Garnets are a band to keep two eyes on. Be on the lookout for additional singles and give the band some love on Facebook and BandCamp so they keep making sweet sweet music.


Houses – The Beauty Surrounds

This new single is an incredible follow up to the recently released, Beginnings. Houses are showing real strength and growth with each new song they feature off the new album.

I am left trembling in the wake of the tragic message delivered in this mesmerizing video for The Beauty Surrounds. The dichotomy between each moment in time tears at the heartstrings. Visually this might be one of the deepest heartbreaks put to a soundtrack. This is absolutely breathtaking. Enjoys.

Houses: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Daughter – Still

First off, wow. After all of the teasing and sneak peeks, Daughter have finally released the first single off their upcoming album, If You Leave.

Per usual, this track/video is achingly beautiful. Love’s warming embrace so close, yet infinitely unattainable – lovers’ routines fading into the pain of monotony. Still invokes feelings that are all too familiar with lyrics that are painfully honest. Elena Tonra’s voice latches to the message of the song, creating a deeply personal experience. Again, beautiful.

If You Leave is to be released April 30 in the US via Glassnote. Daughter are embarking on a huge North American tour this spring. They will be hitting DC’s Black Cat Thursday May 2.

Daughter:  Website | Facebook | Tour | Twitter

Junip – Line of Fire

Junip, Junip Band, Line of Fire, Jose Gonzalez

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Junip, people! They’re back with the first single of their self-titled, sophomore album due out April 23 via Mute.

Line of Fire is a sprawling stream of percussion bundled with an ever-building, dramatic emotion. The whole track has a monumental direction that ends in a wave of unbridled energy. Jose Gonzalez’s unmistakably soothing vocals are aptly reassuring throughout the track’s build up. Jose gets me every time. This a great return for Junip that promises a mature sound to build off their stellar debut, Fields.

Junip: Website | Facebook | Youtube

Foreign Fields – Fake Arms

I’m not really sure how I missed out on Foreign Fields in 2012 but holy smokefire! Obsessed is a word; I will use it to apply to this situation.

Check out their new video for, Fake Arms; closing track off their 2012 debut Anywhere But Where I Am. You may be thinking, “What an incredible stripped down and intimate performance!” But this video stays very true to form when compared to the album/studio version. With the addition of creaking floorboards and near ancient instruments, you gain that rusted and weathered mystique that that has the ability to envelop your conscience.

Foreign Fields create an unexpected blend of music. Their sound is a marriage of old and new (electro folk?) that can only be described as unpredictable brilliance. River Kings is a perfect example. I will not believe you if you say you saw that coming. The uniqueness of everything they create is constantly toeing the line of what is acceptable in any genre, and I absolutely love it.

Foreign Fields: Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter


District Spotlight: kindlewood

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It only took one verse for me to immediately fall in love with this band. I then proceeded to find new love with each passing song. Kindlewood (little k) trace their roots back to DC/Maryland and are back in the District forging the pathway for their next album.

They have been labeled as dream folk-rock but kindlewood’s isolated acoustics and subtle melodies give their sound a richer texture that resonates with a heavier mood. Kelci Smith’s feather-light vocals are punctuated with impeccable measure and sweetness. Wilderness from their 2011 LP, Desiderium, delivers warmth like a slow burning winter fire, setting the table for the rest of the album.

Give & Take, kindlewood’s 2012 single, shows a maturity that hints the trio is quickly gelling into well-oiled instrument of sound. They will be joining Ugly Purple Sweater (DC) and Kingsley Flood on the Black Cat mainstage Saturday January 12. Get tickets here for a great night in DC music.

Day Joy – Purple

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I have sat and listened to this song on repeat for close to 45 minutes (2x). Day Joy is here.

You know there are those moments where it just clicks. Where you realize a band will go. Purple is that moment for Day Joy. Purple, with its simplistic and enchanting melody, evokes bittersweet emotions of your fondest moments. Soothing and steady, the percussive and stringed elements assure you that you’re heading in the right direction, yet there’s apprehension of the cool, dark unknown which lies ahead.

“As the season is turning purple” – It’s a known factor. The seasons change. Years come to their calculated end. All we can do is reflect on the moments that have brought us here and know that cycle repeats. Day Joy just hopes the next cycle betters the last.

Day Joy – Purple

Day Joy’s debut LP is set for a February 12 release via Small Plates Records.

Local Natives – Breakers

Easily one of my favorite albums from 2010, Local Natives‘ debut Gorilla Major is another building block to my growing passion for music. They’re back this year with Breakers, first single off their upcoming 2013 release Hummingbird, slated for a January 23 release via Frenchkiss/Infectious.

Breakers is an intensely satisfying track. The seamless collaboration of so many moving parts is next level shit. Percussion, keys, and beats from every direction. I’d say it’s impossible not to ride their unbreakable harmonies into a deep daydream. It’s vanilla.

And guys, it’s your lucky day. I have it on good word that Local Natives are going on a huge tour early next year. In fact, I already have my ticket. An exclusive artist presale is up on their site and they’re hitting DC April 5 @ the 9:30 Club. Tour details after the jump…
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Other Lives – Mind the Gap EP

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Back and back again. Other Lives‘ 2011 LP, Tamer Animals, is one of the best albums, ever. It haunts me to this day; an album on my short list for moments in music that have changed me as a whole. A milestone in excellence.

Please please! Take an hour out of your day (any day, every day!) to listen to Tamer Animals all the way through. Jesse Tabish’s voice paints a permanent mark upon the soul. Song after song rises in a ceaseless wave of unabridged emotion. Guhh, the full experience of Other Lives is almost too much to express in words.

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Tamer Animals

The 4 track EP Mind the Gap was released late October. Take Us Alive expands upon the dramatic emotion created within the previous album. The cinematic instrumental backing is effective in building suspense that carries through the remainder of the songs. Maybe it’s me, but the chorus and stringed segments remind me of The Walking Dead intro music. Eerily similar… “they’ll never take us alive”.

Undoubtedly, the biggest change up comes in the form of an Atoms for Peace remix of Tamer Animals. The supergroup led by Thom Yorke and Flea mix in their brand of experimental rock; resulting in an off-centered, infectious electro-meld trip that really can’t be explained.

Tamer Animals (Atoms for Peace remix)

Mind the Gap is a stellar collection that furthers the maturation of Other Lives to new heights. They are bringing their new songs on tour this fall and are hitting DC Friday November 30 @ Rock N Roll Hotel. Don’t miss this!

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