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Indie Roundup | Eight Numbers For Your Thursday Listening

Sample some new sounds from Black Watch, Eleri Angharad, Death Angel & more.

The Black Watch get weepy, Eleri Angharad takes a fall, Cayley Thomas works the late shift, Death Angel bring the hate and more in today’s Roundup. I’ve been debating whether to shovel the inch of snow that fell or hope it melts when the temperature goes back above freezing. I think we all know what I decided.

1 | The Black Watch | Crying All The Time

THE PRESS RELEASE: “L.A. alt-pop outfit The Black Watch present their new single Crying All The Time, the first taste of their new Brilliant Failures album, which is set to release in late January. “Crying All the Time is a bit ironic on account of I NEVER cry,” says Black Watch frontman John Andrew Fredrick. “It was written about someone whom I used to love — about whom it was reported to me that ‘She’s wept so much she really lost her looks.’ Which made me very sad — if indeed it were true. I think I wrote the song, therefore, out of compassion for all the cryers, as it were. And to use the word ‘perfidious’ for the first time, perhaps, in a pop song!”

2 | Eleri Angharad | Staircase

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Swansea-based country crossover artist Eleri Angharad has released the cinematic video for new single Staircase. The track is the latest single to be officially lifted off Eleri’s 2019 debut album Earthbound. The song is all about falling fast and hard for someone before you even really know them – a sentiment many listeners will be familiar with; “Staircase is all about that moment you catch eyes with someone and your mind goes into overdrive imagining a whole lifetime set out. It’s about falling incredibly fast for someone and never knowing whether it’s real or all in your head”, Eleri states.”

3 | Cayley Thomas | Midnight Hours

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Edmonton’s Cayley Thomas shares the debut single Midnight Hours, from her forthcoming 2020 album How Else Can I Tell You? Midnight Hours is best consumed after dark. Perfect for a late-night drive. Or an introspective walk with your headphones in. The title has several connotations. The midnight hours can be a self-destructive time of night. Or alternately midnight hours can represent a time of solitude and reflection. “It is the quiet interval between dusk and dawn when we are forced to meet ourselves…where some uncomfortable discoveries may be waiting,” shares Cayley. “It is a song of compassion and forgiveness. It urges the listener to befriend the more challenging parts of themselves.”

4 | Death Angel | Immortal Behated

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Capping off a monumental year, Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel are currently slaying crowds across North America on a headlining tour in support of their latest album Humanicide. Today, the band has fanned the flames of elation for upcoming performances by revealing a new video for their song Immortal Behated.”

5 | Sabaton | Angels Calling feat. Apocalyptica

THE PRESS RELEASE:Sabaton present another musical collaboration with the Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica, after the success with Fields of Verdun. With the Angels Calling single release, Sabaton also give their fans a good taste of what to expect on the European tour. “Angels Calling was the first song we wrote on the topic of World War 1 for the Attero Dominatus album back in 2006, and together with Apocalyptica we have really given the song a new life,” says Pär Sundström.”

6 | Kill The Drama Queen | Mapuche

THE PRESS RELEASE: “A couple of weeks after the official release of their new album Refractions, alt-metal/progressive rockers from France & Luxembourg Kill The Drama Queen just unveiled a brand new official music video called Mapuche. Featuring vocalist Claus George Beeskow Camarda, Mehdi Souss (guitarist), Lionel De Kort (Bass) and Fabio Amir Delgado Issufo (drums), Kill The Drama Queen take inspiration from the alternative rock scene, the emotion vibes and complex structures from the progressive vibes or the stoner-rock ground for their groove and solar atmospheres.”

7 | Jesper Lindell | So Long

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Hailing from a small town near Stockholm in Sweden, and gifted with an amazing soulful voice, guitarist/pianist/songwriter Jesper Lindell delivers an intimate album that could have been recorded in the late ’60s. Out Nov. 29, Everyday Dreams is modern classic rock music, and hearts full of soul will fall in love.”

8 | Jerry Leger | Tomorrow in My Mind

THE PRESS RELEASE:Jerry Leger has a thing for ghosts. The Toronto singer/songwriter confirmed it a couple of years ago when he went on a personal journey to explore many of Ontario’s largely unknown ghost towns, having been inspired by the writings of historian Ron Brown. Leger has immortalized one of those towns, Burchell Lake, on his new album Time Out For Tomorrow, containing 10 portraits of the impermanence of life, love, or simply catching a glimpse of a shooting star.”