Hey Marseilles / “Elegy” from Elegy (Vinyl) (Buy at CD Baby)
Hey Marseilles’ Elegy is their first offering since their album To Travels & Trunks debuted nationally in June of last year. The Seattle-based orchestral pop outfit has toured nationally for the last year and earned comparisons to Beirut & Devotchka. We’ve got a limited supply of the vinyl for this single, so snatch yours up!
Will Martina / “Instant This” from The Dam Levels (Buy at CD Baby)
Prolific Australia-via-NYC cellist Will Martina has been playing with seemingly everyone over the last few years, including New York’s soul-jazz-hip hop carnival Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber (who also have a brand new album out on CD Baby). This newest release finds him re-exploring his native Australia through a series of pieces inspired by the drought of 2006.
Escort / “Cocaine Blues” from Escort (Buy at CD Baby)
Escort has been setting dance floors ablaze with their disco-infused beats, irresistibly catchy hooks and seductive live show since releasing a series of 12” singles in 2006. The seventeen-member “disco orchestra”, founded by producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and fronted by lead singer Adeline Michèle, features an incredible cast of musicians who have played with everyone from indie-rock titans Arcade Fire to avant-classical luminaries Alarm Will Sound. Steeped in the venerable tradition of club-land’s holy trinity, New York, Chicago, and Detroit, Escort’s self-titled new album pays homage to mutant-pop luminaries such as Kid Creole and the Coconuts & Ian Dury.
The Color Bars / “Mustached Messiah” from Prosopopoeia (Buy at CD Baby)
Brooklyn’s prolific pop act The Color Bars are releasing their 4th album this week. Their official bio reads like some kind of Dadaist Mad Lib (“Their fans, a disloyal and untrustworthy flock of methodone-dependent sandhill cranes, became a threat to the band’s virginity, and they had to resort to becoming mothers just to keep from rusting.”) so perhaps I’ll sum them up thusly: fans of pop music, especially fans of the somewhat bizarre strains that tend to issue from the Elephant 6 Collective, will be fans of The Color Bars.
Andrea Gibson / “Staircase” from Flower Boy (Buy at CD Baby)
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. Flower Boy, her 5th full length release, continues to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room. The first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam, Gibson has been featured on NPR, BBC Air Amercia, C-SPAN and Free Speech TV. In 2010, a Utah state representative read a poem of hers on the floor of the House in lieu of their morning prayer. Flower Boy features music of Chris Pureka, Nervous but Excited and more.
Canines / “Dry Land” from Canines (Buy at CD Baby)
This band proved to be completely ungoogleable. Unless they are a rescue shelter or a pet shop masquerading as a band playing fairly epic indie/folk, I was unable to find anything about them on the internet. But really, what do you need to know? You can get the album from us, and it’s good, rumbly, vocal-driven aggressive pop music. Recommended if you like: Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Suckers.
Control / “The Facts” from Grabhorn, C. (Buy at CD Baby)
Grabhorn, C., named for artist, Craig Grabhorn, is the first installment in collaborative project between Control and three visual artists from the Madison area. Each artist creates a 12 inch screen print to accompany 4 Control songs, and the EP comes as a digital download with the print. Prints and cassettes available at Science of Sound. Or get the download direct from CD Baby
Pert Near Sandstone / “Solid Gone” from Paradise Hop (Buy at CD Baby)
With the release of their fourth album, Paradise Hop, Pert Near Sandstone has managed to harness the raw energy of their famed live shows and inject it into 12 tracks of original material and a couple of originally arranged traditional songs sprinkled on top. The band’s trials and tribulations, encountered during life on the road as a Modern American Stringband, spill out in vivid detail. Paradise Hop is a celebration of life in all of its glorious peaks and torturously painful valleys that leaves listeners with an acute sense of what it’s like to step into the beautifully twisted world of Pert Near Sandstone.