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Press Releases For August, Here Are The Artists

press releases for August
Leon Creek is among these press releases for August.

Careful, Empty Country, Leon Creek, zzzahara, Birthh, Eldridge Rodriguez, and Camp Bedford are the artists among these press releases for August.

Careful – “Promise”: An intimate track with fragile, vulnerable vocals floating over a sea of warm electronica that swells loudly in repetitive waves of sonic layers. Careful, the art pop project of multi-instrumentalist/producer Eric Lindley, will release his first EP “Promise / Practice” on September 22, after almost a decade without releasing any new music. The new songs, written, recorded, and produced by Lindley, are a meditation on loss. A parent loses a child to gun violence, an abuser loses their partner to their own cruelty and ignorance, people young and old process their sudden or eventual deaths. The songs are sometimes disarmingly bare, honest, and personal, sometimes playful, indirect or abstract, but always rooted in the fragility of our bodies and our relationships. Sonically, the release on the whole aspires to the kind of emotional art pop played by acts like Mitski, Perfume Genius, Sufjan Stevens, and Holly Herndon, while each track has its own unique inflection, drawing inspiration at times from the colorful harmonies and textures of Maurice Ravel, the degraded electronic noise of Crystal Castles, and intimacy of Elliott Smith.

Empty Country – “Pearl”: After an intriguing beginning, the song is a sunny piece of folk pop inspiration, sung with high-pitched heartfelt vocals, a kicking harmonica, soaring in a big fireworks final and trippy visuals – the accompanying music video was edited and shot by Zoë Browne. “Pearl” is the first new release  from Empty Country, the project of musician Joseph D’Agostino (Cymbals Eat Guitars), since the arrival of their 2020 debut self-titled LP. The new track also comes alongside  an additional audio story from Joe D’Agostino entitled “Basilisk, or: Pearl Practices Guitar and Hallucinates the Future” Concerning the track, Joe wrote: “Hope everybody enjoys this new song. It was a pleasure to work with my wonderful bandmates and some of the world’s very finest engineers (John Agnello/Greg Calbi) to make it a reality. Without going into too much detail, I’ll say that this song is a direct sequel to “Marian,” the opener from our 2020 debut. I also wrote and recorded an audio short story as a companion piece to this new material. It fleshes out some of the characters populating the little universe we’re building. You can read/listen to it at emptycountry.com. Looking forward to sharing more music with you this year.”

Leon Creek – “High Hopes”: Bluesy guitars, soulful vocals atop of a bouncy, bright and hooky melody rooted in country western tradition and yes there is an harmonica solo. During the fall of 2021, Los Angeles three-piece Leon Creek – singer-songwriter Chris Pierce (who has been supporting Neil Young on tour this summer) of War & Pierce, producer Erik Janson of Wilding and Left Field Messiah, and Matthew Stevens – shared their debut record entitled “Far From Broken” via Mezcal Road Records. A handful of stellar singles exhibited their modernized and uplifting approach to Americana, Blues, and Roots music. Now, Leon Creek returns with “High Hopes” alongside an accompanying music video. Leon Creek’s “High Hopes” combines their love of country story songs and honky tonk musical influences on this fun and funky nod to perseverance. Recorded live in the studio, the track puts the band’s energy and stylish nod to early 70s country rock front and center stage and marks an exuberant and assured return following their debut album, delivering a rollicking beat and driving energy that highlights Pierce’s powerful vocals and blues harmonica, and the band’s dexterous turn into newly mined influences of honky tonk, funk, and soul. As the trio wrote of the track: “The origins of Leon Creek as a band stems from our love of story songs in the country tradition. ‘High Hopes’ incorporates this approach, creating a song that is our ode to perseverance. We got the band together in the studio and cut this to capture the energy of our live show blending, newly mined honky tonk influences with our singer Chris Pierce’s powerful soul vocals.”

Zzzahara – “Kensington”: Morose vocals above a fuzzy, energetic wall of guitars. This is a new single from Los Angeles-based queer guitarist and songwriter zzzahara, accompanied by a video directed by Ross Harris. “Kensington is one of my favorite streets in Angelino Heights,” zzzahara says. “It feels like a film when you are walking down the street, filled with mini mansions and picturesque homes. The American dream street. The song is a love song for summer nights filled with wine, late night park hangs, unwashed hair, flings, convertible tops down, friends and hope. Kensington is about living in the moment for the moment…mindfulness. Ross Harris is probably one of my favorite videographers to work with, it always feels like I’m working with a friend,” zzzahara says about the video. “We’re always giggling and building on jokes we’ve made in the past. His creative eye always speaks for itself. His videos are organic and truly bring out the music in a fun way.” Born to Filipino and Mexican parents and raised in Highland Park where they still reside, zzzahara is the moniker of queer songwriter and guitarist Zahara Jaime. Growing up in Los Angeles, they felt disconnected from Southern California’s predominantly straight white male rock scene and discovered making music as a way to process the experience of living in an ever-gentrifying city. More music from zzzahara is imminent.

Birthh – “Hyperdrive”: Childish vocals over beats and sparse electronics, soon soaring for a warm and euphoric effect. This is a new track from Brooklyn-based alt-pop artist Birthh’s forthcoming cinematic, kaleidoscopic third studio album, “Moonlanded,” due out on September 1. “Hyperdrive” saw several transformations before it became what it is now. What began as a slow, tender ballad filled with tension without any release turned into a sweeping, heartfelt euphoria with playful, upbeat vocals pitched up. The light track sees the artist open her heart in real time as the song flows out. Birthh reveals, “There was something that I loved so deeply about it–to this day it has probably some of my favorite lyrics I’ve ever written–but I could never find a way to finish it that felt true to the soul of the song.” Finally, after spending over a year adjusting it with her co-producer London O’Connor, the pair landed on a happier version with an energetic, cathartic release that seems to float through space and time. Birthh continues, “The chorus had no tension, just release, the beat was open and euphoric and it sounded just like my heart.” The forthcoming Odyssean LP “Moonlanded” invites listeners into Birthh’s world, where she revisits her childhood in the Tuscan countryside after unexpectedly starting a new life in Brooklyn. “Moonlanded” was written, recorded, and produced alongside collaborator London O’Connor in Birthh’s apartment studio, appropriately named The Moonbase. Never one to shy away from emotions, Birthh proudly wears her heart on her sleeve throughout the project, discovering what it means to truly be alive today. Birthh says, “We feel so much and so deeply. We feel the triumph of being alive as much as we feel the struggle that comes with it. All at once.” She adds, “This album is my mom. It’s my dad. It’s my love. It’s my home. It’s the grounding force of gravity and the dreams of escaping it.”

Eldridge Rodriguez – “A Feeling That Won’t Go Away”: A throbbing rocking track with blasting guitar lines going on repeat over a noisy background while the song rises with intensity on the chorus sections. This is a song from “Atrophy,” the fifth full length release from the band Eldridge Rodriguez, due on September 15 via Midriff Records. The album demonstrates the band’s wide range, veering away from the electro-rock and poli-power pop of their last two releases, “The Castrati Menace” and “Slightest of Treason,” in favor of a slacker indie feel while still incorporating the noise pop that the band has leaned on for over a decade. The themes on the tracks are more personal this time around focusing on love, loss and the burden of memory. In many ways it’s lighter than previous albums. The band is having a bit more fun while still presenting a brooding exterior. Like previous releases, “Atrophy” was recorded at Bluetone Studios in Somerville Ma which is owned and operated by David Grabowski and released on Clayton and Cameron Keiber’s Midriff Records label. In late February 2020 Midriff Records put out the 8th release by Eldridge Rodriguez titled “Slightest of Treason”, an album inspired in part by the shift toward conservative dogma in US politics. The band planned supporting the release with live shows starting with their record release party at Great Scott in Boston in mid/late March. By mid March the live music scene was dead, most media outlets were stymied, clubs were shuttered, radio was figuring out how to broadcast remotely and “Slightest of Treason” was lost in the chaos and shuffle created by the initial months of the pandemic. With an abundance of time on their hands the band went back into Bluetone Studios (owned and operated by David Grabowski) and started to safely work on the “Slightest of Treason” follow up. The product of which was 25 plus new tracks, many of which wound up on “Atrophy.” It’s a more relaxed, contemplative sound accompanied by lyrics that reflect the past few years, which capture the day to day isolation, monotony and depression that went along with quarantining during the height of the pandemic.

Camp Bedford – “Our America”: A serene banjo-guitar-cello folk ballad with complex musical arrangements and multi-layered soaring vocal harmonies for the fans of First Aid Kit, Joseph, or Wye Oak. Produced and engineered by Julian Giaimo, mastered by Daniel Cardinal, this is a song from “So Often & So Sweet,” the new EP of Camp Bedford (Roxanne Quilty on vox, guitar, Mariela Flor Olivo on vox, lead rhythmic guitar and Tallen Gabriel). “Our America is a national anthem for a country in peril,” the trio says. “It’s easy to find ourselves in a cycle of existential dread amidst near-constant news of gun violence, attacks on queer rights, police brutality, and climate crises fueled by corporate greed. Our America is a call to the listener to stand together against the hatred and fear that our nation is built upon. It’s a plea to maintain hope in community and each other, to remember that we keep each other safe. Most of all, Our America imagines our ability to build a nation that truly uplifts and protects all of its inhabitants.” Camp Bedford is a folk-pop-rock band spinning tales of adventure, self-discovery, life’s journeys and the stumbles along the way. Nostalgic forward-thinkers, the music is infused with the magic of possibility and finds inspiration in poetry, nature, and musical genres ranging from bluegrass to hyper pop.

 

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