Based out of Portland, Oregon, Ramona Falls is the experimental indie-rock project of former Menomena member Brent Knopf. His debut album, Intuit, was released in 2009 and featured over 30 various musicians and friends, such as Benjamin Weikel (The Helio Sequence) and Janet Weiss (Wild Flag, Sleater Kinney). Here, the band performs “Brevony,” a new, unpredictably explosive and crunchy track from the forthcoming release, Prophet.
Bird Courage is a folk-rock duo who perform their moving, mellow folk-rock in subway stations all over New York City. The pair — made up of New Zealand artist Samuel Saffery and Bushwick musician Erik Meier — teamed up after originally competing for busking spots. Together they create acoustic music that’s full of raw emotion, especially with the group’s fragile, almost hushed, vocals.
Originally from Argentina, but now based out of Spain, Capsula play a manic blend of 60’s South American psychedelic rock and fiery rock ‘n’ roll. The three-piece — consisting of Martin Guevara on guitar and vocals, Coni Duchess on bass, and Ignacio Villarejo on drums — take their name (which means “capsule” in Spanish) from David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Many of their hard-hitting songs, like fiery single “Hit N’ Miss,” incorporate the sounds of bands like The Stooges and Sonic Youth.
Originally from Cambridge, Mass., You Won’t mix lo-fi rock and stripped-down folk. Beneath the layers of raw distortion, their songs are strewn with sincere lyrics and endearing twangy-pop melodies. The band — made up of Josh Arnoudse, Raky Sastri, Tony Leva — released their debut full-length, Skeptic Goodbye, earlier this year.
Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing.
Pierre Leroux and Victor Le Masne make up the synth-rock duo Housse de Racket. Previously musicians-for-hire with bands like Air and Phoenix, the Parisian band pump out huge palpitating beats and shimmering catchy melodies, making their songs little disco-pop gems. Their latest album, Alesia, was produced by Philippe Zdar — known for his work on Phoenix’s hit record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
From Copenhagen, DK, The Foreign Resort are a three-piece influenced by shoegaze, new wave and post punk. Their dark and driving music — propulsive and packed with the kind of intensity that immediately engulfs — is reminiscent, at times, of Joy Division and The Bravery. The band formed back in 2006, and have since shared the stage with acts like A Place To Bury Strangers and Swervedriver.
Tall Ships are a three-piece from Brighton, UK, whose intricate music twists and turns to become serpentine-like math rock. Made up of Ric Phethean, Jamie Bush and Matt Parker, the band’s epic, layered sound has drawn comparisons to Foals and Battles, and they’ve shared the stage with bands like Los Campesinos! and We Are Scientists.
This week we're listening to music by Kin4life, Delila Black, and Mackenzie Shivers. There's also some poetry in the mix, which discusses being Black in America and all the things we used to do during… | listen