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Press Releases For June: Here Are The Artists

press releases for June
PLATO III is among these press releases for June

Astrologer, TWÏNS, PLATO III, Regina Spektor, Wild Arrows, Catcher, and Tatum Gale are the artists among these press releases for June.

Astrologer – “Deténte”: A noisy distorted tune, packed with layers of fuzzed-out guitars, beats, rambling spoken words, and intriguing vocals. The song comes with an accompanying deliciously retro or Avant-garde video, a series of cool footage and clips overlap, created by Salvador Cresta and Candy Caballero. This is the first single taken from Astrologer’s sophomore EP, “Legerdemain (R),” due July 8 via Lolipop Records. Speaking on the new single, the band wrote: “There was magic in the air when ‘Deténte’ was made. I had a cyclical guitar part and a verse that I was having trouble fleshing out but knew it felt special. When Wyatt and I began recording it, we split the song into three basic movements and worked on each part in order, which helped to create a good juxtaposition. By the time we recorded vocals with Candy, Don, and our pal Brooke from Active Decay, it was a frenzy of creation, with all of us running in and out of the studio to put what ultimately became about 50 harmony vocal tracks! The beginning of the song was bolstered by the avant-garde sound collage contributions Don made. It really took the whole song to a new level.” Astrologer is the musical project of songwriter Andrew Cameron Cline, which features an ensemble of collaborators, blending various influences into an experimental pop mosaic. With material both personal and universal, disparate and familiar, the common thread running through Astrologer’s songs is Cline’s whimsical sincerity and wonder. Candy Caballero joins Cline throughout the album as a lead & backup vocalist. Various collaborators help throughout the album by playing drums, bass, and added percussions.

TWÏNS – “Something about Alice Coltrane”: A killer bass line followed by keys, but haunted by a buzzing sound inspired by the psychedelic side of the Beatles. The cool and throbbing instrumental with a hypnotic flavor is a non-album track by TWÏNS, the musical project of Berlin-based artist Miro Denck.  Speaking on the track, Miro wrote: “This recording is my humble tribute to one of my greatest sources of artistic and spiritual inspiration, the sublime music of the great jazz mystic Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. It would be presumptuous to think there’s even a way to get anywhere near the powerful talent unified on the original recording, ‘Something About John Coltrane’ of her 1971 album, Journey in Satchidananda, which includes Pharoah Sanders, Cecil McBee, and Rashied Ali, let alone as a single musician. Rather than that, to me, this is a very personal meditation on life, loss, and the endless comfort I find in her music.” Miro Denck thinks a lot about duality. The mystic meaning even doubly announces itself twice in the name of his solo project name, thanks to the two-dotted umlaut: TWÏNS. “I work with myself as my own partner, my twin,” the Berlin-based artist says. “But I also think of us all as being cosmic twins, of being the same of any other human, of the same universal matter.” Denck’s latest, “The Human Jazz,” is out on June 29 via Earth Libraries.

PLATO III – “Give ‘Em Hell” & “It’s Alright, It’s Okay”: A rap song that is part punk and part alt-country with fuzzed-out guitars while it bifurcates to another song with an angrier atmosphere (“It’s Alright, It’s Okay”). It is a cross-over piece, honestly very difficult to describe, and taken from PLATO III’s new album, “The Devil Has Texas,” released on June 17 via Polyvinyl. The Abilene, Texas-raised, Los Angeles-based hip hop artist has been rising the ranks and putting in the work for well over a decade. Born Ryan Silva and raised by his single mom in a trailer park in the conservative West TX city of Abilene, PLATO III’s sound is uniquely his own: a distinct mix of the music he listened to growing up – citing the conscious hip-hop of Black Star to indie rock icons Modest Mouse as influences – with a West Texas spin featuring nimble bars and outlaw anthem guitars guiding us down the streets and plains of his hometown. The specter of Abilene haunts the entirety of his new album, and the songs come with a music video, a Morricone-meets-hip hop track featuring underappreciated rap heroes from his city (Merk, MoneyM!ll$, Blasé, & Mickey Matta), while it kicks off with Silva’s cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Spirit World Rising,” featuring labelmate Mike Kinsella (American Football, Cap’n Jazz). The album’s second video for the single “Sorry If I Dissed You” is a track that features Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash” – a song he ​​assumed was about West Texas when he first heard it because it reflected everything he was seeing: the long highways of endless plains, the malls that were becoming ghost towns, and the hopelessness surrounding it all. He also shared “Holiday,” his ode to the importance of the temporary escape; a well-earned break from the grind whether it be accessed via road trip, shopping splurge, or self-medication.

Regina Spektor – “Loveology”: An lovely ode on piano with Regina’s signature virtuosity and emotive vocals and lyrics. The previously unreleased song, a fan favorite that was performed live, will be featured on her highly anticipated album, “Home, before and after.“ “With ‘Loveology,’ I wrote it and then played it once or twice live,” Spektor says. “Sometimes I’ll have a song that I’m really glad exists, but I can’t record it because every time I try, it just doesn’t feel right coming out of my mouth. But for whatever reason, both ‘Loveology’ and ‘Raindrops’ felt so right this time and I’m so glad I was finally able to put them on a record.” “Home, before and after” is set for release June 24 on Warner Records and also features the recently released songs “Becoming All Alone” and “Up The Mountain.” “Home, before and after” is Regina Spektor’s most diverse and sonically adventurous collection of songs yet. Recorded in upstate New York—produced by John Congleton and coproduced by Spektor—the album is Spektor at her most inspired, heralded by “Becoming All Alone,” a surrealist ballad that swells with arrangements and comes alive in the listener’s head. During the summer of 2019, Spektor completed a successful five-night residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, marking her debut on the Great White Way. The Daily Beast called the run “both whimsical and thunderous,” with Gothamist saying Spektor “delights on Broadway with a fun, zany show.” Additionally, Spektor is set to head out on a fall U.S. headline tour, kicking off October 9 in Chicago with stops in 11 cities.

Wild Arrows – “Crowded House”: A high-energy pop banger with muddy electro beats, distinct synth lines, and a chorus of angry multi-voices. This is a track taken from Mike Law’s new record, “On Loving The Void,” released on June 17. On the record, Mike Law says: “There are a few things that happen on this record I’ve never heard before and moods that blend together in a way that is new to my ears, very much on purpose. There is no filler, it’s all in service to the song and album. I wanted to make an album that is a linear document of a human lifespan but only with emotions that you feel at every stage of life, just in different ways at each age. Not long ago I realized that with important feelings there is no present, future, or past tense. With important feelings, it’s all a prism that reflects differently at different moments. For example, you feel anger and love as a child, as an adult, and as an old person. I wanted to sing in no tense and all these songs do that. They are that prism.” Wild Arrow’s Mike Law is a songwriter who has caught the ear and admiration of other musicians since his teenage years. Perhaps you’d say a musicians’ musician? His early bands were asked to share stages with a broad range of musicians from Fugazi to the Violent Femmes, Minus the Bear to Beach House, and Converge. Closely aligned with the DIY scene of Boston and then NYC, Law has released a dozen records with his bands EULCID, New Idea Society, and now Wild Arrows. The respect of his peers might find one of the most influential drummers of his generation, Alan Cage of Quicksand on the new Wild Arrows album or Stephen Brodsky of Cave In, switching vocals back and forth with Law in their band New Idea Society on tours throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. After the last Wild Arrows album unexpectedly dipped into a Dylan/Prine hybrid of poetry and Low-style modern production Law even appeared in a group video singing with Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, and Joan Baez to raise awareness to vote.

Catcher – “Behind a Bleeding Heart”: A gritty, aggressive, gothic punk number with monochord vocals, brooding guitar lines, driving percussion, building up a ferocious and nihilistic soundscape. The self-directed raw music video accompanying the track has a claustrophobic and hypnotic vibe, and the song becomes a hazy world of raucous live fervor, a perfect example of the homegrown greatness this group is capable of. This is the final single taken from their debut album “The Fat of a Broken Heart,” released earlier this year. Speaking on their new video, drummer Wilson Chestney wrote: “For this video, we took some inspiration from Ira Cohen and covered our demo studio in Mylar, shooting a lot of the reflections. We also experimented with styling Vaseline on the lens of our camera and directly shooting a camcorder monitor.” During their first year as a band (2021), Catcher shared five singles — “Yesterday’s Favorite” / “The Skin,” “Only Advice” / “Fallen Stones,” and “Comparing Saviors and Friends” — and played countless sold-out shows across the city, in addition to going on their first headlining tour across the U.S. with fellow NYC rockers Been Stellar. With the release of their debut album’s last single, “Behind A Bleeding Heart,” they were featured among The NME 100: Essential Emerging Artists for 2022, and also received their own individual NME feature shortly thereafter. Their past singles and debut LP have earned praise in publications such as Clash, Monster Children, Brooklyn Vegan, Under the Radar, Alt Citizen, and many more. Catcher are currently on tour with Liily and Model/Actriz.

Tatum Gale – “Botanical Babe”: A electro-infused sunny song with danceable beats, subtle synths, suave vocals, and an overall fun ambiance. “Botanical Babe,” the first single off Tatum Gale’s forthcoming debut album, “Pretty Green,” comes with a lyric video.  Speaking on the visual, Gale wrote: “This vid is about celebrating big moves and close friends! I recently relocated from BKNY to NOLA, and ‘Botanical Babe’ is about a bestie that I’ll have forever in NYC. I compiled a bunch of road trip clips with mini plant + critter animations to accompany the upbeat, positive lyrics and vibe.” The songs on “Pretty Green” began as reactions: against self-destruction, against the musical landscape young artists create in, against the callous indifference of the world at large, and in some ways, against the self. Yet it’s from this reductive headspace that “Pretty Green” assumed its vibrant dance-pop shape, taking form as an uncompromising, synth-driven response to life’s myriad cruelties that finds joy in the fact there are still things worth fighting for. The album is a glass-half-full assessment of Gale’s desire to care for those closest to him, even as that desire clashes with his personal shortcomings, both as an individual and as an artist. “Pretty Green as a title is meant as an expression of hope that the Earth can, in fact, be saved, and that you must carve out your own ways to support yourself and those you love,” Gale says. “But it’s also an acknowledgment of the artist’s relative helplessness—especially when you’re just starting out.”

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