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New Music Video: "The Fire" - Madalean Gauze

Madalean Gauze will welcome her latest EP Cool and Fun with a release show at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, July 21 that will also includes American Trappist and Haunted Homes. Its first single, “The Fire,” finds tumultuous guitar and the compound, rhythmic stomp, creating an eerie, impending sense of danger. Her haunting vocals with creepy keystrokes add to the ominous outlook. Shot at PhilaMOCA, the video by Philly's own Bob Sweeney injects found elements amid dancing footage and nostalgic filters to lock in on that mysterious feeling of the strange.





The Spookfish's surreal space-folk (or something)

We are not sure what led Dan Goldberg of The Spookfish to record his album "Black Hole" in a studio after spending ten years recording his own music in DIY fashion (according to his Bandcamp profile, the man has recorded 10 full lengths between 2010 and 2014!). Whatever the reason, the music of The Spookfish hasn't lost one bit of its lo-fi character and charm, developing on often juxtaposed and sometimes blended elements of dream-folk and 8-bit space rock. Single 'Everything is Moving So Fast,' one of the few tracks with lyrics, perfectly describes the static and surreal mood of the record: "You're standing slowly, watching it pass, everything is moving so fast." Echoes of early Flaming Lips and Sebadoh give this track a '90s flair that is though misleading: the rest of the album is a very personal, mostly instrumental - and often quirky - take on lo-fi.





Debut Harmony Woods LP Available for Streaming

Philly singer-songwriter Harmony Woods, a.k.a. Sofia Verbilla, shook our foundation with her latest single "Renovations". Her debut full-length album, Nothing Special, is set to come out this Friday, May 5 via Honest Face Records, but you can stream the LP below in its entirety. It was recorded by Modern Baseball's Jake Ewald with bandmate Brendan Lukens accompanying on lead guitar. You can also join Verbilla and friends the evening of her release at JJ's Diner, where she'll be supported by Major Pursuit and Soft Idiot. (Photo by Emily Dubin)





Bedroom recorder DALTON changes gears on his latest EP, ANIMAL

Singer-songwriter Nate Harar has been quietly working on a new collection of songs for his first release in over two years. Herar, who goes by the moniker DALTON, hasn't necessarily changed his technique even if his approach to songwriting has altered since the release of his garage rock-leaning debut effort. In shedding his former skin, Herar is now exploring the more contemplative side of art pop after a time of personal uncertainty. He's generously revealed two tracks off of his latest upcoming EP ANIMAL, Proem and Myanmar, both of which feature sparse arrangements of lavish ambience under achingly intimite observations. His metamorphosis is now complete.

ANIMAL is out on May 5 via his official bandcamp page.

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"Proem" 

"Myanmar"





New Cayetana LP Available for Streaming

The DIY ladies of Cayetana came together and taught themselves how to play their instruments. And after the successful release of their debut LP Nervous Like Me (Tiny Engines), they have also bravely chosen to start their own label Plum Records - "rock and roll without compromise" - to release their forthcoming album, New Kind of Normal, due out May 5. "The record is about mental health…struggling with that and settling into a new kind of normal where you can finally recognize your own your destructive behaviors and accept love into your life." Cayetana just premiered New Kind of Normal over at Hype Machine, and you can stream it below now.

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