I know, it's been a hot minute since I've posted, but I've been getting ready for grad school auditions and that got more focus. So, I did some front line reconnaissance and asked around for some new music. I'm glad to hear back from people that there is some interesting new music out there. Big thanks to my buddy Josh Trupin for turning my attention to a bunch of new bands. Now, Josh has his ear more towards the indie sound, so all these bands were revelations!
The first band to come to my attention were Gayngs from Minneapolis. More of a collective of musicians from the Minneapolis area, Gayngs have a strong ambient sound, based on the layering and overlapping of sounds.
The members of Gayngs are:
- Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce (Bon Iver)
- P.O.S (Rhymesayers)
- Dessa (Doomtree)
- Michael Lewis (Andrew Bird)
- Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds)
- Ryan Olson (Building Better Bombs, Digitata)
- Zach Coulter, Adam Hurlburt, and Shön Troth (Solid Gold)
- Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook, and Phil Cook (Megafaun)
- Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata)
- Jake Luck and Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds)
- Channy Moon-Casselle (Roma di Luna)
- Katy Morley
- Danny Krzykowski
Here are a few videos of their tunes:
The Gaudy Side of Town
The next group is We Were Promised Jetpacks from Scotland. Their debut full length was released June of last year, so it's not really thaaaat new, but it's new enough. We Were Promised Jetpacks have a very generic "indie" sound. It seems like they're going of the sound of indie as opposed to the aesthetic of recording and touring independently.
Another band from Scotland The Twilight Sad lean towards a more experimental, ambient sound. Since 2009, they have one album and an EP. The album is Forget the Night Ahead. This album is much darker than their previous release. When asked about it, guitarist Andy McFarlane explained that they weren't looking for a polished sound, and that 3 bass heads were blown in the process.
Reflection of the Television
Made To Disappear