Every day I get press releases from indie bands and labels with new songs, albums and videos to hype. Here’s the latest batch:
• Unstoppable Seattle heroes Mudhoney are releasing their 10th album Digital Garbage on Friday. Can’t wait that long? No sweat; tide yourself over with their video for the song Kill Yourself Live, which dares to ask the musical question: What would Jesus do with social media? That shouldn’t be controversial at all. No sirree. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “In the satirical new video for the Digital Garbage single, Kill Yourself Live, director Carlos A.F. Lopez presents a social media system update of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.” Do it for the likes (and watch it above).
• You know what they say about practice making perfect? Well, New York indie outfit Public Practice come pretty close with their new Talking Heads-influenced single Foundation, taken from their Oct. 26 debut EP Distance is a Mirror. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The song deep fries Beach Boys guitars in ice-cold-but-somehow-funky Scritti Politti grooves. Add a deadpan David Byrney vocal, and Public Practice remind us again how integral it is to use honesty and self-reflection to bring some of life’s double standards to light.” This ain’t no fooling around:
• Belgian art-pop singer-songwriter Tamino is showing us his Belly. No, really. That’s the title of the lush, strring new single from his upcoming self-titled album out Oct. 19 on Arts & Crafts. Clearly he’s a golden child, if the body paint he’s sporting in the clip is any sign. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “Tummy is a richly layered track of depth, and haunted by Tamino’s mellifluous vocal. The track is accompanied by a video directed by Tamino’s brother Ramy and Bastiaan Lochs, shot in Antwerp.” Go for the gold:
• Americana singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg kicks up his heels on his appropriately titled, Paul Simonesque comeback single Symphony of Joy. It’s a preview of his Nov. 23 album Objects In The Mirror, which was produced by Will Hoge (and will presumably be larger than it appears). SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The song is a buoyant Americana-rocker that harkens back to Tom Petty and Bob Seger, in a style that brings to mind the happy-go-lucky approach of Josh Ritter and Ben Rector. Written with his wife and four daughters in mind, Symphony Of Joy encourages women to not let society hold them back while inspiring men to support them as allies in their fight, all with an optimistic outlook for the future.” You go, boy:
• Wake Owl’s Colyn Cameron has flown the coop to release his first solo album Sad & Easy on Oct. 12. But first the Left Coast indie-pop singer-songwriter will share the video for his gently sweet psyche-folk strummer Lost For Words. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The album is an outpour of his artistic experimentation, fusing psychedelic influences of the late ‘60s and calling to mind the likes of David Vandervelde and Christopher Owens.” That should make you give a hoot:
• Edmonton elecro-popsters The Royal Foundry are planning ahead. They’ve already released the first new music from their next album, which isn’t due until next spring. What’s it called? Don’t know. Fittingly, that’s actually the title of their horn-flecked, earwormy single. Coincidence? Yeah, definitely. SEZ THE PRESS RELEASE: “The band has just announced a co-headline tour with MONOWHALES, who will also have a new video coming next week.” You know what to do: