Andrew Pitrone, ELPENTHE, Sports Team, Boy Deluxe, Sea Lemon, dayaway, and Katrina Ford are the artists among these press releases for May.
Andrew Pitrone – “Locket”: A whimsical and wonderful folk tune with plenty of surprises, working in the vein of Donovan and other ‘70s artists… he is also been compared to Bert Jansch and Tim Buckley. Speaking on the new track, Andrew wrote: “‘Locket’ is a song about the idea of committing to someone. In a sense when someone puts a photo in a locket it signifies their commitment to that person, that person in the photographs being extra special to them, in their heart, or close to their heart. If you were going to cut someone into the size of a little locket and shove them into the shape, even in the most loving gentle way, it might sound something like the feeling of the song Locket. Suggesting that someone put you in their locket is like suggesting that they should feel free to have that attachment.” There’s a fun video to go with the song and Andrew will soon release an EP, “Aurora Montage,” via Lolipop Records. He is an artist uniquely positioned to revitalize and reinvigorate, at the very least decorate jubilantly, the path to folk and back. Of his songs he says, “I’m not sure who the songs are for, if not for me, [but] I hope they find their way to whomever they were meant for.”
ELPENTHE – “Already Know”: A captivating and sweet electronic melody with an anthemic vibe and an emotional dimension thanks to pop singer-songwriter Devan’s vocals. As a known environmentalist, art-pop producer ELPENTHE lets his love for the natural world inspire his music, and to commemorate Earth Day, he’s ready to announce his debut EP, “Elpenthe I,” due out at the end of summer. “Already Know,” a shimmering and mesmerizing track, is the first single from the project. If his moniker comes from the ancient Greek nepenthe, which means “a potion used by the gods to chase away sorrow,” Elliott Beenk has already worked with childhood hero Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and collaborated with Lissie, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Finish Ticket, Brian West (Maroon 5, U2, Nelly Furtado, K’Naan), and Wondaland (Janelle Monae’s creative collective). ELPENTHE worked remotely with Wild Rivers vocalist Devan Glover on the third track, “Already Know.” During the pandemic, Glover layered her vocals in Toronto over grooves sent from LA. The result is a rising anthem that emerges from a deeply unapologetic sadness, embracing the freedom that comes with hitting emotional rock bottom. “There’s an invincibility that comes with being aware of your limitations,” says Glover, “and realizing that you’re your own worst enemy.” Over sets of soothing chords and trembling synths, she resolves her own pain with a hook that could be screamed in a crowd or whispered on the drive home: You can’t say anything about me that I don’t already know.
Sports Team – “R Entertainment”: Delivered with swagger and unruly energy, the art pop-rock tune is a bit reminiscent of Art Brut or early Arctic Monkeys. Breakthrough British band, Sports Team, will release their highly anticipated new album, “Gulp!” on August 12 via Island UK/Bright Antenna. “Gulp!” follows Sports Team’s 2020 Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Deep Down Happy, which charted at #2 on the UK’s Official Charts, achieving the biggest vinyl sales for a debut British artist that year. Sports Team is Alex Rice (lead vocals), Rob Knaggs (rhythm guitar, vocals), Henry Young (lead guitar), Oli Dewdney (bass), Al Greenwood (drums), and Ben Mack (keyboard, percussion). Formed in 2016, the band released two EPs Winter Nets and Keep Walking! before sharing their debut album Deep Down Happy in June 2020 to widespread critical acclaim. “R Entertainment” was released last month as a BBC Radio 1 Hottest Record in the World. Signposting a bold and ambitious new era for the band, Sports Team explain that “R Entertainment” explores, “The packaging down of all human experience into entertainment, prompted by the infinite scroll through social feeds and the manic formlessness of the images we are hit with every day. Graphic news interrupted by ads for season 17 of The Bodyguard, news as a rubbernecking, passively waiting for the next drop of horror as we flick through recipes.” It comes with this video.
Boy Deluxe – “All Out”: an intricately layered electronic track bringing up a tense, hypnotic atmosphere and a dark pop sound. Speaking on the new video for the song, the band wrote: “‘All Out’ is a song about making a promise to yourself – to commit to who you really are. Part of that process is finding what you want, but also all the things you don’t want. In this video, we play with the idea of the different versions of ourselves we go through along the way.” “All Out” is a single off their 2021 self-produced and released EP, “RISEN.” Hope and True Murra as Boy Deluxe have harnessed a clear voice of their own. Hope’s unique vocals are adorned by Murra’s moody electronic machinations, creating tension and emotional release. Living in Los Angeles, with a steadily increasing audience, Boy Deluxe have found themselves in their sound. Speaking on the EP, Hope said, “The songs on RISEN are a reflection of the grief, loss, and outrage felt during the pandemic, but they’re also songs about finding yourself, hope, and rebirth.”
Sea Lemon – “Sunday”: An upbeat and feel-good song driven by Sea Lemon’s high-pitched and saccharine voice, lush synths, and jangling guitars. The song comes with an accompanying video. The Seattle-based dream-pop extraordinaire Sea Lemon has just released her new EP, “Close Up,” via Spirit Goth. The EP features 5 tracks, all about anxieties around perception, understanding, and purpose, and was sonically inspired by artists like The Radio Dept and The Sundays, along with Spirit Goth founder Castlebeat (Josh Hwang). With three songs released as singles, the remaining songs on the EP are some of the lightest and darkest moments on the record; “Eraser”, a darker track about being unsure so unsure of what is real and what is in your head it feels like being underwater, and “Last Year”, a bright jangle-pop song on not living to cater to trend. The EP was written, recorded, and co-produced by Natalie and co-produced, mixed, and mastered by the terrific Stefan Mac (producer and engineer for Wallows, No Vacation, and more) all remotely. Sea Lemon is the new solo project of 26-year-old songwriter Natalie Lew. Sonically inspired by the lush dreamy atmosphere of Alvvays and Chromatics and the bittersweet glittery vibes of The Beach Boys and Rilo Kiley, Natalie’s songwriting and sound are all about being both present in the moment while never fully letting go of nostalgia, and her experiences growing up as a 4th-generation-Asian woman.
dayaway – “dayaway”: An ethereal song with hazy guitars, lush synths, and soft beats, the song is slightly nostalgic and always dreamy like a Beach House tune. This new track follows the success of the debut single “cool water” which racked up nearly 500,000 Spotify streams in its first month and landed in playlists like New Music Friday, Good Vibes, and Summer Party, among others. The NYC-based band offers, “We started writing for this project in 2018 out at Rockaway Beach on our days off. There’s something cathartic about writing by the ocean. ‘dayaway’ is a song about lost love and nostalgia for a past you can never return to. Ultimately it became the namesake of our band.” “dayaway” will be featured in the forthcoming Netflix film Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, out Summer 2022 and it comes with an accompanying video.
Katrina Ford – “Peach”: Soaring vocals over a buoyant, complex, and a little avant-garde blend of floating synths, guitars, and spacious percussion building up a cinematic grandeur. This is the third single off the debut solo EP of singer-songwriter Katrina Ford (of Celebration and Mt Royal) due June 24 via Violin Films, it comes with an accompanying video. Speaking on the single, Katrina wrote: “The things they said before they bruised you. The confusing sweet rot of defending my abusers. I know the things that were said to justify violations seemed to make sense at the time. These things have a way of floating to the surface to be healed.. anger and destruction have their own medicine. Sometimes only through total self-destruction can we be reborn. I once knew a person who had L /O/ V /E tattooed on their knuckles and punched at every reflection. They frequently shattered mirrors in public. I relate to them in my own way.” Katrina Ford’s acrobatic, boundless approach to singing has been described as harrowing, unhinged, fiery, disturbing, forceful, and delicate, meanwhile, she’s appeared on a wide range of records over the past 30 years, including starring and supporting roles for TV on the Radio, UNKLE, Future Islands, and Foals.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!