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Assassin of Youth reconstruct shoegaze on newest EP

The small indie tape label New Perfume Records out of Boston have a knack for finding compelling underground artists with little to no online presence (David Poole and Afraid of Storms to name a couple). The newest release from Saguiv Rosenstock, the shoegaze weirdo behind Assassin of Youth, is the most recent example of New Perfume gold. A MYSTERIOUS HUM… WHERE IS IT FROM? is the newest release by Assassin of Youth, a four track EP that challenges the shoegaze status quo by incorporating elements of fast punk and cheeky humor into the typically vast and bleak atmosphere of the genre. A MYSTERIOUS HUM is a nod to contemporary noise rock melody makers like DIIV and Beach Fossils, while maintaining the innate weirdness of the Boston underground scene. Stream their new EP below and check out more from New Perfume here. -Charley Ruddell

Animal Flag frontman Matthew Politoski releases sprawling solo album

Matthew Politoski, frontman of the beloved Boston indie rock group Animal Flag, has released a sprawling instrumental solo album titled 8 Emanations, his first in over two years. The instrumental drones on 8 Emanations are entirely devoid of lyricism, or melody for that matter, and instead focus on ethereal and enveloping soundscapes, built using various acoustic and electronic instruments. Politoski’s newest work draws on influences ranging from European electronica and witch house music, displaying intuitive structures to darkly emotive and deeply stirring harmonic movements. The result is an incredibly warm and strangely inviting body of work that will take any Animal Flag fan by surprise. Stream and purchase 8 Emanations below, where all the proceeds will be donated to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. -Charley Ruddell

Pink Navel spits heady tongue twisters on “Raw Navel”

Although Pink Navel, the solo project of smooth poet Devin Bee, released his full length album Raw Navel over a year ago, the rapper/beatmaker deserves some current recognition. Bee’s particular brand of oddball hip-hop is heavily driven by a stream-of-conscious and absurdist flow of spoken word poetry, highlighted by crunchy lofi beats swaddled in background noise and quirky synth patches. Bee’s poetic content bares a stark similarity to Mike Doughty’s, the mythic voice behind cult group Soul Coughing, while his delivery resembles the smooth confidence of 2000s alt-hip groups like Aesop Rock and Blue Scholars. Raw Navel, in all of its warped obscurity, is a clever and compelling release, and a much needed breath of life in New England’s alternative hip hop scene. You can stream Raw Navel below. -Charley Ruddell


Sundrifter release heavy, plodding new album “Visitations”

Hard rock trio Sundrifter have released their newest album Visitations, a full length followup to 2016’s Not Coming Back. The Boston three piece are most notable for their heavy approach and unrelenting walls of sound, reminiscent of grunge bands like Soundgarden and the Melvins, while also co-opting a uniquely melodic quality found in popular hard rock bands like Muse and Queens of the Stone Age. Visitations plods and stomps in a relentless march employing riff after riff of Sabbath-esque mojo, where guitars and vocals are draped in fuzz and tinged with psychedelia. Check out Visitations below. -Charley Ruddell

Noise rock group Kármán Voh release pulsing new EP “If Only Apart”

Boston experimental group Kármán Voh have released If Only Apart, the fuzzy, pulsing follow up to October’s Ill Loam. If Only Apart displays the cavernous nuances of post-rock and shoegaze, wherein each song envelops its listener in a haze of warm distortion, steady rhythms, and abstract, yet melodic vocal concepts. It’s difficult not to draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, or even contemporaries like Deerhunter, but at their core, Kármán Voh draw from a darker, more deeply personal space than their influences. Dive into If Only Apart below. -Charley Ruddell


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