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Dirty Bird's folk escapism reigns on new track "Eventide"

A pleasant mix of folk’s old and new trajectories, Brooklyn seven piece Dirty Bird’s new single “Eventide” seems tailor-made for periods wherein time surreptitiously passes. “Behind the shadow of the day’s final thoughts, I walk, still I’m endlessly searching for dawn,” echo the track’s vibrant refrain, a mix of soft percussive fills and an interwoven tapestry of guitars, banjo, and baroque-like vocal accents. Lush and inviting, it’s ironic that “Eventide” would make prime listening for a walk through an idyllic meadow during a period wherein we should all (still) be staying inside — for the time being it provides an acoustic reprieve that’s perfect for fans of bands like San Fermin or the Decemberists. Download it below (all proceeds go to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund). Photo by Anthony Mulcahy

   

Glass Salt's synth and synergy ring true on "What Would You Say"

Emergent experimental electronic duo Glass Salt bill themselves as “the product of friendship, musical chemistry, and unmediated collaboration,” which well explains the delightful characteristics of debut single “what would you say.”Johann Diedrick’s soft twinkling synth waltzes upwards as Caylie Staples vocalizes seemingly three rooms away, endowing the project’s soundwith a distant yet accommodating atmosphere, something akin to the disorientation you might feel waking up from a pleasant afternoon nap. Furthermore, it’s easy to imagine Staples and Diedrick noodling about when listening to this effort; their relationship really shines, coloring this track in a warm, fuzzy glow. Give it a listen below and preorder their forthcoming release greetings ahead of its drop July 3rd.

   

Rich Girls' center their defiance on new track "The Fighter"

There’s a bubbling defiance at the center of “The Fighter,” the new single by NYC-based art punk outfit Rich Girls. Against a forward-facing, march-inducing beat and heavy reverb electric guitar, bandleader Luisa Black’s vox maintains a steely defiance, embedding the track with an energy that’s both haunting and invigorating for the listener. Regarding the song, Black stated her inspiration came from the continued intolerance that preoccupied her thoughts throughout 2020: “Fuck bigots, it’s all I thought about this year. If it’s about anything, it’s about that.” As such, consider adding “The Fighter” to your direct action playlist, and purchasing a digital copy on Bandcamp — all proceeds of the track’s sales will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center — and give it a listen below.
 

   

Miserable Chillers keep cool on “La nave del olvido,” debut LP out 8.7

 For those finding themselves feeling adrift amidst the various, simultaneous historical epochs we’re currently living through, the indie pop of Miserable Chillers might provide some necessary respite. New chilled bop “La nave del olvido” draws inspiration from a deep sea voyage that revealed plastic bags and trash among previously undiscovered marine life. In this sense, the track, which borrows its name from Jose Jose song that bandleader Miguel Gallego’s mother used to play frequently in his youth, feels like an oasis hidden from the outside world’s prying eyes; dulcet baroque pop meets the relaxed attitude of 80s yacht rock, congealing to a final product that feels both dreamy and present, music perfect for poolside listening and internal reflection. Stream or download it below — all proceeds from digital Bandcamp purchases of any Miserable chillers release today will be donated to Bed-Stuy Strong — and keep an eye out for Miserable Chiller’s debut LP Audience of Summer out August 7th (via Baby Blue).

   

From the Submissions: ROHIL’s “CITRUS”

Writer, filmmaker, and musician Rohil Aniruth penned his latest single “CITRUS” while “sitting on a fire escape in New York,” a backstory that immediately colors the single’s somber, wandering narrative in terms relatable. In between lyrics sporadically examining the artist’s precarious psyche (“I’m all alone again, this time don’t feel the same”), Rohil’s electric guitar stumbles forwards in a dissociative manner. Paired with a growling, soft-spoken baritone, it becomes easy to imagine Aniruth quietly noodling about on a lurid summer night, recounting details of past love in a bittersweet manner. Such qualities make“CITRUS” is a track for those up far later than they intended, turning over the people who’ve “stained [their] brain,” wishing well to those who’ve moved on while maintaining hope to do the same one day — stream it the next time you're feeling ruminative after midnight.