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Lindsey Mills – Sesame, Sesame

lidnsey-millsLake Worth, FL’s Lindsey Mills of Surfer Blood has premiered a new song.  The song is titled “Sesame, Sesame” and will appear on the album, Cusp, which is due out October 21, 2016 via Broken Circles Records.

Listen to the new single here.

Lindsey Mills Joins Broken Circles Records; Readies New EP

lidnsey-millsBroken Circles Records has welcomed Lake Worth, FL’s Lindsey Mills of Surfer Blood to their roster.  Mills will release her new EP, Cusp, on the label in October 2016.

You can listen to the new track, “Saggy Capricorn,” over on Gold Flake Paint here.

Video: Pro Teens – Feather Boy

pro-teensPhoenix, AZ’s Pro Teens has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Feather Boy Broken Circles RecordsAccidentally and is available now.

Watch the video below.

 

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Hypoluxo Streams New LP In Full

HypoluxoBrooklyn, NY’s Hypoluxo has premiered a full stream of their upcoming Broken Circles Records debut.  The band plans to release their debut LP, If Language, later this Fall. 

Give the full disc a spin here.

Triathalon Streams New Full Length

TriathalonSavannah, GA’s Triathalon has premiered a full stream of their upcoming LP, Cold Shower, which is set to drop on September 16, 2016 via Broken Circles Records. Pre-orders are live.

Listen to the song here courtesy Noisey.

Hypoluxo – Fronts

HypoluxoBrooklyn, NY’s Hypoluxo has premiered a new song from their upcoming Broken Circles Records debut.  The band plans to release their debut LP, If Language, later this Fall. 

Listen to the track “Fronts” here courtesy Impose Magazine.

Triathalon – South Side

TriathalonSavannah, GA’s Triathalon has premiered a new song from their next EP.  The track is titled “South Side” and will appear on Cold Shower, which is set to drop on September 16, 2016 via Broken Circles Records. Pre-orders are live.

Listen to the song here courtesy Gold Flake Paint.

Hypoluxo – Directions

HypoluxoBrooklyn, NY’s Hypoluxo has premiered a new song from their upcoming Broken Circles Records debut.  The band plans to release their debut LP, If Language, later this Fall. 

Listen to the track “Directions” here courtesy Impose Magazine.

Pro Teens Stream New LP In Full

Phoenix, AZ’s Pro Teens is streaming their Broken Circles Records debut.  The LP is titled Accidentally and is out tomorrow.  Pre-Orders are live.

Listen to the track here courtesy Noisey.

Body Origami TB

Body Origami

Thermal Blue

Broken Circles Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Body Origami are a trio from Nashville Tennessee, they describe themselves as glacial atmospheric rock, I’m not sure about the glacial bit but this is definitely an atmospheric indie release. This follows on from last years Acoustic Variations single, and their 2014 EP Hadal, and has built upon the sound that was developed in those releases.

Thermal Blue has an appropriately wintery feel to it, it is slow paced and has an eerie ethereal quality that is present across all three tracks contained on this EP, this sounds like the soundtrack to a crisp winters morning, a very quiet winters morning. Body Origami gradually build up the layers of sound over the three tracks until you reach the final track, Bright Hunger, the liveliest song on here, although it must be stated that even on this track the music would barely register as having a pulse, to say that this is laid back would be an understatement.

If you a fan of atmospheric indie then you should probably check out Thermal Blue‘s bandcamp, this EP drifts over you in an agreeable but, if I’m honest, rather bland way, and I’m left with no lasting impression of Thermal Blue. Some variation in the tone and pace is needed at some point, I found that the three tracks just merged into each other and the EP became repetetive. Musically there is some similarity to the excellent Grandaddy, but unlike that band they don’t inject any adrenaline into any of their compositions and as a result this EP seems to fall just short of the mark.

 You can buy the Thermal Blue EP here

Broken Circles Records Welcome Hypoluxo To Roster

HypoluxoBrooklyn, NY’s Hypoluxo has joined Broken Circles Records.  The band plans to release their debut LP, If Language, later this Fall. 

Track listing can be found below.

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Pro Teens Join Broken Circles; Streams New Track

Pro TeensPhoenix, AZ’s Pro Teens has joined the Broken Circles Records. The band plans to release their debut LP, Accidentally, in July of 2016.  Pre-Orders are live.

The first single, “Goodnight Moon’d,” can be heard below.

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everything melts

Bandit / Slow & Steady / Triathlon / Ivadell.

Everything Melts Eventually, Volume One

Broken Circles Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Everything Melts Eventually has clearly arrived with me a bit late as Broken Circle Records released this split single at the tail end of 2015 . This is Volume One of what I am led to believe will be an ongoing series, it features Bandit, Slow & Steady, Triathlon, and Ivadell. All the tracks on this Split are tied together with a wintery theme and are Christmas songs for the people who don’t like Christmas songs, so maybe I’m missing out on something listening to this on a warm May morning when the last hangovers of winter are distant memories.

All four bands on this release are thoughtful and introspective indie, and for those who love the likes of Elbow and Radiohead this would be a welcome find under the Christmas tree. There are occasional slay bells and the odd Christmas lyric but this is not your standard Christmas fayre and it reflects the darker side of that festive time of year, it stops short of people hanging themselves from the Christmas tree but not by much. It’s hard to pick a favourite out of these tracks but if had to choose I think Ivadell‘s Dog Days just nudges ahead with it’s rousing refrain celebrating the ending of another year.

This is a very well put together Split as each of the bands compliment each others sounds and styles perfectly and whilst this wouldn’t be my choice for the soundtrack to Christmas morning it is a reflective and dark alternative to usual  nauseating saccharine sweetness of Christmas fayre.

James Bishop – Another Day

James BishopCincinnati, OH’s James Bishop is streaming a new song from their Broken Circles Records debut.  The label plans to release the debut EP, Bad Dream, in March 2016. 

The track is titled “Another Day,” and can be heard here courtesy Noisey.

James Bishop Signs To Broken Circles

James BishopCincinnati, OH’s James Bishop has joined the Broken Circles Records roster.  The label plans to release the debut EP, Bad Dream, in March 2016. 

To mark the occasion the band has premiered the new single, “Tailspin,” which can be heard here courtesy Stereogum.

Video: Heartless Breakers – Liquid Confidence

HEARTLESS-BREAKERS-bandSalt Lake City, UT’s Heartless Breakers has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Liquid Confidence” from their latest album, The Great Give Back, released back in March 2015 via Broken Circles Records

Watch the video below.

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Bandit, Triathalon, Ivadell, and Slow And Steady Stream Four Way Split

Everything Melts EventualyBroken Circles Records is streaming their new four way split featuring Bandit, Triathalon, Ivadell, and Slow And Steady.  The shared effort will be titled Everything Melts Eventually and is due out December 18, 2015.

Pre-orders are available here.  Listen to the disc here courtesy Stereogum.

Ivadell – Dog Days

IVadellColumbia, SC’s Ivadell has premiered a full stream of their upcoming split with Bandit, Triathalon, and SLow And SteadyEverything Melts Eventually, which is set to drop on December 18, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Stereogum.

Bandit, Triathalon, Ivadell, Slow And Steady Announce Four Way Split

Everything Melts EventualyBroken Circles Records has announced that they will be releasing a four way split featuring Bandit, Triathalon, Ivadell, and Slow And Steady.  The shared effort will be titled Everything Melts Eventually and is due out December 18, 2015.

Pre-orders will be available here.

Triathalon Stream Upcoming LP

TriathlonTriathalon has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, nothing Bothers me, due out November 13, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.

Listen to the the full disc here courtesy Stereogum.

Triathalon – Ways

TriathlonTriathalon has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Ways” and comes from their upcoming album, nothing Bothers me, due out November 13, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Modern Vinyl.

Ivadell Streams New EP

IVadellColumbia, SC’s Ivadell has premiered a full stream of their upcoming new album, Maybe Tomorrow, which is set to drop on November 6, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Washed Up Emo.

Ivadell – Loch Ness

IvadellColumbia, SC’s Ivadell has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Loch Ness” and appears on their upcoming new album, Maybe Tomorrow, which is set to drop on November 6, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Washed Up Emo.

Ivadell – Simplify

IvadellColumbia, SC’s Ivadell has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Simplify” and appears on their upcoming new album, Maybe Tomorrow, which is set to drop on November 6, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Stereogum.

 

Tours: Heartless Breakers

HEARTLESS-BREAKERS-bandSalt Lake City, UT’s Heartless Breakers has announced that they will be heading on tour as well as playing at this year’s The Fest in Gainesville.  The band will be supporting their latest album, The Great Give Back, released back in March via Broken Circles Records

Tour dates are below.

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Slow And Steady

Slow And Steady

In Time We Belong

Broken Circles Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Why do we listen to sad music?  Surely not to improve our own state of well-being.  But perhaps because of the honesty.  Nothing is more relatable than heartbreak, and the potential to connect with the right lyric is a powerful sense whether through experience or empathy.  Granted this is only true of bands willing to mine and catalogue the depths of humanity (as opposed to the legions of surface value emo bands of yesteryear).  That’s where the one-two punch of sentimental transparency echoed by instrumental parallels yanks such thoughts from prose and confronts listeners in tuneful expressions.

The emergence of Austin, Texas’ Slow And Steady highlights the draw that maturity can have on eliciting an emotional response.  Front man Jacob Lawter explores the equilibrium that lies between personal expression and precise articulation in Slow And Steady’s debut full length, In Time We Belong.  Lawter exposes the inner emotional workings in detailed narration with the vulnerability of Mansions and Pedo The Lion.  “I keep flying lower, and I wonder why I can never see the warning signs, the smoke through the trees,” laments Lawter, to which he responds in defeat, “call the search party, tell them I died, watching my life go by.”  Emboldened by the somber drag of distant acoustics and mild riffs, Lawter builds momentum as he lets down his guard for the unshielded revelation, “welcome to your twenties, you’ve got a long way to go, it doesn’t help to know that everyone is miserable.”  While defeatist in appearance, Lawter’s downtrodden deadpan delivery (like a less optimistic Weakerthans) unravels misgivings with the acceptance of retrospect.  With less immediacy, Slow And Steady lights a match in a cave that may have been otherwise too dark to warrant exploration.

The deeper into the darkness Slow And Steady traverse, the broader their horizons stretch.  Take the lament of lost identity in “Out Of Touch,” which unravels in a lyrically lucid style not unlike that of Bayside’s Anthony Raneri.  The track is enhanced by the deliberate ebb and flow of distorted bass and a recurrent retracting spotlight void of more than a few chords backing up Lawter’s less than enthusiastic drawl.  The approach reaches the darkest black during “Disinterested” and again with “Lost At Sea” in which the tempo sluggishly halts to that of a slow crawl with notes lingering incessantly in their subtle emphasis of Lawter’s meticulously enunciated reflections.  With such deep emotion also comes the occasional hint of Manchester Orchestra’s acoustic experiments and All Get Out’s unabashed melodic emotional acuity.  For example, “Horizon” serves as one of In Time We Belong’s catchy, standalone high points that transcends the dank mood in a steady tuneful way without taking away from the clear felt mood.

Slow And Steady balance uncompromising catharsis with an almost calm deliverance.  In Time We Belong reads like a statement of emotional intent.  In prose much of In Time We Belong  sounds downright depressing, but in song it feels insightful and liberating even under such a burdensome weight.  Slow And Steady accomplish what many attempt but few succeed: writing sad songs that are genuinely enjoyable.  While that may seem counter intuitive, In Time We Belong is a fully embraceable foray into a fragile state of mind that avoids projecting such crushing emotions onto its listenership.  Instead, feelings become framed as if quantifiably featured on a display, immaculately reconstructed and presented in unabashed clarity.  The result is nothing short of immersive, and an easy recommendation to anyone looking for a calm yet intense emotional exposition.

Slow and Steady Full Album Stream

Slow And SteadySlow And Steady has premiered a full stream of their upcoming debut full length, In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records

Listen to the full disc here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

Slow And Steady – From This Side Of Time

Slow And SteadySlow And Steady has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “From This Side Of Time” which will appear on their debut full length. In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records

Listen to the song here courtesy Modern Vinyl.

Tours: Bandit / Blis.

BanditNashville’s Bandit has announced that they will be hitting the road this Fall alongside Blis.  The dates will take place after their appearances at Fest 14. The band continues to support their latest full length, Of Life, which is available now via Broken Circles Records.

Full tour dates are below.

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Slow And Steady – Pendulum

Slow And SteadySlow And Steady has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Pendulum” which will appear on their debut full length. In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records

Listen to the song here courtesy Stereogum.

Slow And Steady – Watching Life Go By

Slow And SteadySlow And Steady has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Watching Life Go By” which will appear on their debut full length. In Time We Will Belong, due out August 14, 2015 via Broken Circles Records.  

Listen to the song here.