Jordana

July 28, 2020

Jordana celebrates Something To Say EP with “Forgetter” music video

Today Jordana unveils the Something To Say EP, the first in a two-part series that finds the Kansas songwriter expanding her sound into brave new territory. Just a few days ago, she teased us with “Forgetter,” the bittersweet EP closer.  An ode to self-reflection and personal growth, “Forgetter” is an indie-pop tune that draws on the more gentle elements of Jordana’s debut LP, Classical Notions Of Happiness. But, as with all of her new material, the song takes a more lush route to get there courtesy of rising NYC staple MELVVAccompanied by a beautifully stark black and white animated video directed by Tess Lafia (@_tess_lafia_) and animated by  Lily Lin (@itslily.lin), Jordana says Forgetter is a song about self reflection. It’s about the times I’ve let people down in relationships and the unhealthy ways I’ve coped with my own shortcomings.

With the release of Something To Say, fans are treated to the unreleased material that rounds out the 6-song release: the taut pop of Guaranteed, the overpowering beat of “Hitman,” and the spindly indie grunge of “Far Away From You.” 

The second installment in the EP series, To You, can’t come soon enough. Luckily, it will follow this fall. And we couldn’t be more excited for you to hear it. 

Samia

July 22, 2020

Samia releases two new songs along with a surreal music video

Today you can hear two new songs from Samia’s forthcoming debut, The Baby. The double single pairs the wistful yet buoyant “Big Wheel” against the stark, lowlit heartbeat of “Stellate.” While it showcases two distinct sounds from the album, the songs are bridged together by the twin themes of internal and external conflict. 

“’Big Wheel’ is about avoiding conflict at any cost,” Samia shares. I wrote it after a few hours of laying in bed imagining hypothetical conversations with people that I was too scared to have in real life. It’s a passive confession of harbored resentments buried in a laundry list of gratitude.

On “Stellate”, she further struggles with confrontation and how such fears lead to a power imbalance between herself and her partner. “‘Stellate’ and ‘Big Wheel’ are both love letters to people/parts of my life I had trouble confronting conversationally,” she shares. “‘Stellate’ is a note to myself trying to make sense of old traumas and ‘Big Wheel’ is a plea to the people around me, but releasing them together feels like closing a chapter.”

The accompanying video for “Big Wheel,” directed by her drummer Noah Rauchwerk, presents another imbalance, this time between the IRL & URL world, as 3D avatars of Samia begin to spill out into an unsuspecting reality. It wasn’t until the video was underway that Rauchwerk stumbled over a second layer of meaning specific to the moment: “The combination of the nostalgic and joyous home videos with the unsettling 3D models says something to me about how Covid has forced us into our phones and the digital world even more,” says the director. “There’s this huge collective feeling from the loss of human interaction and most of the things that previously brought us so much joy and purpose. Watching shows online and listening to records is great, but nothing compares to sweating at a show with all your friends and screaming the words, or playing on tour with the people you love. Those experiences bring an overwhelming feeling of presence and life that we have all been missing.”

The Baby is coming August 28th, and is available for pre-order in our shop.

Elliot Moss

July 14, 2020

Elliot Moss releases “I Heard!” single & music video

Elliot Moss today shared his hypnotic new single “I Heard” alongside its cinematic video. Filmed over six days during quarantine in Moss’ New York home, the making of the clip was a remarkable feat: director Matt Genesis supervised the entire shoot from Minne3apolis over video calls, controlling the cameras by remote control, and Moss—with an assist from his father—handling all the gear onsite. The impressive result is a painstakingly crafted, surrealist look at life inside. 

“‘I Heard’ is about being trapped by the idea of happiness. That there’s always something better for you, but you don’t know how to get it. Or can’t get it right now,” explains Moss. “I thought the song was done and we even had a video in the works. But as quarantine started up, being physically trapped squeezed out the last of the idea, sort of the final straw. Something about longing for the things that I didn’t realize were making me happy helped me to recalibrate what life might feel like when it returns to normal.”

Genesis details further: “We wanted to figure out a way to make this to the best of our abilities, not just the best for the circumstance. It wouldn’t have been as creatively fulfilling if we didn’t approach the project in the way that we did. That meant mailing a serious amount of gear, learning new skills, and not letting a problem get in the way of our enthusiasm. I think one of the most impressive aspects was how Elliot and his father stepped up and learned new skills on the fly in order to make this happen. We had to fully develop every shot and articulate every detail in order to get the result we were looking for. This meant 120-plus storyboards and taking photos of every frame beforehand so we could problem solve and get on the same page.”

After a lengthy hiatus between the release of 2017’s Boomerang and A Change In Diet, Elliot has remained incredibly busy throughout 2020.  The new single & video follow both ACID and the Live Blackbox Recordings, released earlier this year. Expect even more new music later this fall.

 

Twin Peaks

July 3, 2020

Twin Peaks digitally release Side A, unveil “Whistle in the Wind (End of Everything)” music video

One of the more (un?)surprising things about Twin Peaks is that they’re at their best when they’re being spontaneous. Sweet ’17 Singles turned into one of their most inspired collection of songs, and it was recorded off the cuff in disparate sessions throughout a calendar year. The new EP, Side A, shares a similar feeling of spontaneity, written and partially recorded in quarantine throughout the first half of 2020. It is, without question, one of the most potent distillations of what makes Twin Peaks such an unflappably great band: four songs, four different songwriters, four distinct sonic directions, that somehow manage to pack more punch when consumed together. There’s the hi-wire rock ‘n’ roll of Clay’s opener “What’s The Matter,” the pensive, gauzy, sax-adorned comedown of Jack’s “Whistle in the Wind (End of Everything),” the timeless, Harrison-esque guitar blissout of Colin’s “Any More Than You Want,” and the krautrock vision quest of Cadien’s EP-closer “Above/Below.” All the while, Connor’s work behind the kit grounds each tune exactly where it needs to be on Side A’s course. Look, we’re the label, but when we say this is peak Twin Peaks, we’re not making it up.

Today the whole EP is available to hear everywhere. As we mentioned before, 10″s are coming in the fall (available for pre-order here). But to celebrate the digital release, the boys enlisted longtime collaborators Weird Life Films to memorialize “Whistle in the Wind” with a music video.

“I came to writing this song around the same time my girlfriend had tested positive for the antibody test, meaning we had seemingly both contracted the virus early in quarantine,” says bassist Jack Dolan. “I remember having a false sense of security because of that, hopeful in what it meant for us. Are we safe now? Did we really just live through and survive something like this? Is life normal for us now? That brief moment ended up preceding so much more than we could’ve expected and this ‘impenetrable’ feeling I had then has since faded. It’s about coming to terms with a ‘new’ normal. The vulnerability it takes to stand up for the people around us, the soul searching and perspective it takes to honestly make sense of the current moment that will continue to  evolve with or without you. It’s about breaking free from the safety of your own comfort zone and being honest with yourself about where you stand right now. We all need to take care of ourselves and each other more than ever, just don’t give up on the moment.”

And, not to be distracted from the moment at hand, the band has also pledged to donate 100% of profits on their Blotter L/S tee to Brave Space Alliance, a Black and Trans led LGBTQ Center on the south side of Chicago. The move is part of their recently-launched monthly initiative to direct all profits from a specific item in their online store to a new NPO worth supporting in their community and beyond. We’re proud of the music, but even more proud of the humans in this band. Please support if you’re able.

Jordana

June 30, 2020

Jordana announces two-part EP series with “Big” single & music video

Jordana turned heads earlier this spring with the re-release of her acclaimed debut LP Classical Notions of Happiness. Today — only a week after the Kansas-based songwriter’s 20th birthday — she’s turning more with the announcement of a two-part EP series that stretches throughout the rest of 2020. The first installment, Something To Say, is coming July 31st, and is heralded today by new single & music video, “Big”. The second installment will follow this fall. Both collections, produced by “Crunch” collaborator and rising NYC staple MELVV, find Jordana embracing a newfound, heavier sound and experimenting in ways she only began to hint at on the new material that found its way onto the repackaged Classical Notions

“Big is written about my experience of entering a state of pure confidence. It describes the fearlessness that I’ve taken on to reach this point,” says Jordana. The music video, directed by Ethan Nelson, and recently shot overnight on the empty streets of New York City, captures that same sense of possibility and overflowing aplomb. 

 

A month ago Jordana briefly returned with the stand-alone single “I’ll Take It Boring.” That track now opens the EP. Expect one more taste from the EP, the soaring indie pop of its closer “Forgetter,” before its late July release. That’s the art up above. Tracklist below. Pre-save here.

01 I’ll Take It Boring
02 Guaranteed
03 Hitman
04 Big
05 Far Away From You
06 Forgetter

Elliot Moss

June 26, 2020

Elliot Moss releases audio & video Live Blackbox Recordings

Today Elliot Moss has released A Change In Diet – Live Blackbox Recordings, a visual and audio reimagining of his recent album A Change In Diet. The collection was documented in the Blackbox at the State University of New York at t Purchase, and features sweeping string arrangements courtesy of Alba S Toreemocha, renditions of songs from behind a grand piano, and a full compliment of musicians helping Elliot bring A Change In Diet to life in a striking new way.

‘The arrangements are bigger, and bolder,” says Moss. “And the instrumentation involves my entire musical family. I am so honored to share my original vision bolstered by those that I love,” explains Moss. “This version of ‘Barricade’ is accompanied by a string arrangement I wrote with my friend Alba. It stands taller, and more confidently, and effortlessly contains the emotions that inspired the tune. More so for me than the original. Because it contains the enthusiasm and power of the musicians who inspire me.”

 

Samia

June 24, 2020

Samia announces debut album, The Baby, releases new single & music video “Fit N Full”

It’s been a long time coming. But today Samia finally announces her debut album, The Baby. It’s due August 28th. It includes the previous-released “Is There Something in The Movies,” along with the single “Fit N Full,” which just arrived this morning. Deceptively bright, “Fit N Full” explores the long-purported relationship between a person’s physical fitness and their happiness. The narrator, “hollow and amazing,” sings of diets and lifestyles with no worries about their potential side effects; instead, she resigns herself to the listener’s desires: “If you want/ I can take it off.” The video, directed by Martin MacPherson, plays further into this empty exhibition, a camcorder following Samia as she stretches on the beach or exercises next to a pool. Watch below. 

Starting today, you can pre-order the LP on three different limited edition colors. There’s only a few hundred of each. Get the album on BONE VINYL, available alongside an exclusive tee-shirt inspired by the “Fit N Full” music video over on Samia’s webstore. Get the album on BABY PINK VINYL over in the Vinyl Me, Please shop (it’ll be up in about an hour, in case the link isn’t working yet!). Get the album on LIGHT BLUE vinyl at your local record store — while supplies last, participating shops will also pair a limited edition The Baby tote with your copy of the album. Perfect for curbside pickup. Search for your local record store here, and ask them to make sure that they’re carrying the record & tote for you. And, finally, in a nod to her hometown record store –Rough Trade NYC– you can get SIGNED COPIES of the Light Blue LP along with The Baby tote via the Rough Trade online store right here.

But enough about pre-orders. Let’s talk about the music?

While these songs explore Samia’s fear of being alone, they were lovingly brought to life with the help of her community. Many of her tourmates eventually became collaborators as she prioritized working with old friends and kindred spirits. Early demos of The Baby were workshopped with members of the band Active Bird Community, and the album was produced by Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker & Caleb Hinz, AKA our very own Baby Boys. Along with studio whiz Lars Stalfors (whose work you’ve heard on records from Foster the People & Soccer Mommy), Samia assembled a seemingly disparate crew, stretching from Los Angeles to Minnesota to New York, connected only by her trust and vision. And boy did it pay off. 

We couldn’t be more proud that this record has our logo on it. And we absolutely can’t wait for you to hear it.

More soon.

 

Twin Peaks

June 11, 2020

Twin Peaks announce Side A, new batch of four songs available on limited edition 10″

This just in from Twin Peaks Dudes HQ, four new songs exist(!) and they’re coming on a limited edition 10″ this fall. In the meantime, you can hear “What’s The Matter” today anywhere you stream music, or get all four songs if you pre-order the vinyl. Vinyl is shipping in early October, but the digital EP will be available everywhere on July 3rd.

Additionally, all proceeds from the sale of their new tee will be going to Black Lives Matter Chicago as part of the band’s pledge to support an organization fighting for racial justice each month.

The band puts it all best themselves in a note they put out this morning:

Jordana

May 12, 2020

Jordana releases new single “I’ll Take It Boring”

It feels like just yesterday we re-released Classical Notions of Happiness, Jordana’s debut album. That’s probably because it was only last month, and time has ceased to exist over the past few weeks. Seriously, what day is it?

But, as you’ll soon come to find out, Jordana is prolific. Very prolific. So she’s back already. Returning today with a brand new single “I’ll Take It Boring.” Remotely reprising that fruitful working relationship with with up-and-coming New York producer and musician MELVV (who also produced the stand-out single ‘Crunch’ from the aforementioned LP ) Jordana is embracing the maximal sounds that shone on that re-released debut. But put to tape from a safe social distance.  “I’ll Take It Boring” is a driving indie-pop song lathered in synths, electronic drums and ambient sound, all paying their own respects to Jordana’s adept guitar work at the center of it all.

A timely ode to staying home Jordana says ‘I’ll Take It Boring’ is “a song about my experience at a Halloween party which I regretted attending. It’s a song for all the introverts out there, for all the people who feel like blowing off their weekend plans and staying home.Stream it or buy it wherever you do that sort of thing.

Samia

April 29, 2020

Samia returns with new single, “Is There Something in the Movies?”

It’s been seven months since we released a new Samia song. That’s far too long. Especially in times like these.

So we’re thrilled to announce that today brings a brand new single: “Is There Something in the Movies?”

If you’ve caught her on the road last year (remember live shows?), you might recognize this one. The recorded version is achingly spare and features Samia at her lyrical best, gently swaying back and forth between the personal and the universal with a vocal take that cuts straight to the bone. The song is also accompanied by a music video – directed by Samia herself, with help from Matt Hixon – starring her longtime friends Maya Hawke and Charlie Plummer as, surprise(!), a pair of actors.

Throughout the video, Samia haunts the set of their unspecified film, trying and failing to force herself into the moments between them. It’s a poignant depiction of a very specific sort of loss and alienation.

It’s a song about heartbreak and disenchantment with the entertainment industry,” says Samia. “I felt betrayed by someone honoring that fantasy over my love. Glorifying the idea of legacy or life as a means to an end makes me really sad, especially when it comes to people dying young. There’s a line about sleeping with a stuffed pig that Brittany Murphy gave me the day I was born; her death has always felt painfully unnecessary to me and has fueled my resentment towards that whole thing. In the video, Maya and Charlie play ‘Movies’ and I’m just trying to make sense of them.

Like we said, personal, universal – everything about this one’s special. More soon from Samia.