Indie Rock

The uneasy lullabies of Furrows' "Fisher King"

The debut full-length set by Furrows, called Fisher King, is basically the folk-rock-baroque-dream-pop version of William Wordsworth’s The Prelude or, Growth of a Poet’s Mind because on this record Mr. Furrows (a.k.a. songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Peter Wagner) stares into a chasm and declares it sublime

Sounds like bullshite, you say? Well, mmmaybe, but I'm sure my high school English teacher would be impressed. Anyway, if you’re looking for a record that’ll help you to achieve a state of mellow euphoria, with more than a hint of longing to throw oneself into the abyss, and with lyrics overflowing with pastoral nature imagery like “shining suns” and stars and mountains and horizons and “skies receding out of sight” and “the sounds of the sea filling the air” and really all that’s missing is the “craggy ridge” that got Wordsworth so hot and bothered—then lucky for you because now you’ve found it. (note: even the word furrow itself refers to "a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plow" so it's nature-adjacent at least)  

Given Fisher King’s immersive yet highly generalized lyrical imagery, it’s easy to let your mind drift away and get lost in the pure essence of the music and, fortunately, that’s where Furrows excels most of all. Assisted by producer Sahil Ansari, this is a record full of cellos and Mellotrons and tense synths and “delay wobbles” and “psychic spaces”—played over bedrock layers of delicately strummed acoustic guitars and gently shimmering electric guitars and a rhythm section (Mr. Wagner's on bass, natch) that somehow maintains a steady beat despite all the sedatives they must’ve ingested before hitting the record button.

And sure, there’s some other bands from the past that have given off a similar eternal-golden-hour-bathed-in-a-meloncholy-glow impression ranging from the Chills to the Shins—but this is the present and Furrows’ music speaks to the present-day widespread state of generalized anxiety masked by numbness. (tho’ don't get me wrong, it’s a beautiful album and you’re allowed to be happy while listening to it, you sick bastard!) Either way...we all need to take the edge off sometimes, no? Rest assured this long-playing rekkid will help you to do just that. But only if you don’t mind an uneasy undertow underneath it all which is, as Mr. Furrows himself puts it on “Grey Cities,” “unseen, but always there.” (Jason Lee)

   

Ori Kawa & The Entals "Lies"

Ori Kawa & The Entals recently released the latest single, "Lies", from their forthcoming EP "Draw 4".

The EP, which blends rock, jazz, funk, and pop, is set to be released on November 16th.

This is the work of Ori Kawa (Vocals and Keyboard), Oscar Brown Jr. (Guitar), Todd Hill (Bass), and Myron Cherry (Drums).

   

Supermoon

Pink Noise trio Supermoon have released their third studio album, 3. This project was actually recorded back in 2019 at Coach House.

This is the first new music from the trio since 2017's, II, and the lead single, "Sun Cities", which was released back in August.

This is the shoegaze inspired Noise Pop from Matthew Garcia, Alex Brockman, and Daniel Ryan.

   

Panic Priest "ANGELSTEAL"

Panic Priest recently released the first single, "ANGELSTEAL", from his forthcoming album, PSYCHOGORIA.

These are the Darkwave, Synth Pop sounds of Jack Armondo of My Gold Mask. This is the first new music from Armondo since the release of his 2020 album, Second Seduction.

Photo: David Gall

   

Damager "Liquorsong"

Damager has released their second single, "Liquorsong". This single features a contribution from Zoness and a B-Side called "Molly Malone".

You can catch Damager on November 7th at Golden Dagger with Jean Claude & The Eclairs and Jonfin.