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Mirah

I know it has been a while folks and I apologize.  It’s been a slow couple of weeks looking for music that I felt I truly wanted to post.  But now I’ve found something to really perk up those ears.  Mirah (aka Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn) has been around for a while now, but she has not released an album since 2009’s (a)spera.  It appears the time away from recording was well spent, as her new album seems geared to be one of the best of the summer.  Her first single, “Oxen Hope” proved to be a powerful shout back onto the scene and the second single, “Radiomind” gives us another juicy glimpse into this new album.  The new song serves as the closer for her upcoming fifth studio album, Changing Light, a breakup album years in the making.  There could not be a more beautiful and relatable way to end this album.  We’ve all had that feeling of losing something or someone and the solace that music can bring to heartache.  A somber melody, featuring mostly Mirah and sullen drums seems to soak into this idea, finding comfort in music when nothing else seems to satisfy.  Like a peaceful sunset concluding a hot and vicious day, “Radiomind” brings a fulfilling end to a breakup; a terrible time turned into a soft memory.  Check it out below and look for the album May 31st.

-M. Kauf

Mirah – Radiomind:

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Water Liars

So technically it’s not quite winter, but where I am, it’s been snowy and cold for the last month and a half.  One of my favorite parts of winter (and something I mention on this site over and over) is getting cozy with a great album to warm your bones during the dark cold days of these winter months.  This season, Water Liars have remained a cold-weather staple, always finding their way into my playlists these days.  A folk-rock duo, not unlike The Black Keys if their influences felt more country and their lyrics more personal.  Last spring, Water Liars released their haunting sophomore album Wyoming, featuring sparse tunes about absence and memories of the past for better or worse.  But, not willing to stop at one album, the group re-released their debut, Phantom Limb, in August and they’re releasing their third album later this winter.  Last week the group released the first single from the upcoming LP called, “I Want Blood.”  While it features the same melancholy harmonies as the group’s earlier work, a third member GR Robinson accompanies on bass, filling out the groups echoing sound.  The new single features the same powerful lyrics as always, only now it’s accompanied by a much fuller sound, moving closer to country-rock than ever before.  It’s as if the group burst straight out of winter and onto a long road, driving full speed towards whatever hell lies ahead of them.  Check out the single below and check out the tour dates after the break.  Their self-titled album February fourth.

-M. Kauf

 

Water Liars – I Want Blood:

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saint rich

After seeing the incredibly incredible (did I say incredible?) guitarist Delicate Steve last weekend, I’ve been on a bit of a kick, which has included Steve Marion’s other project Saint Rich.  It features Marion along with a childhood friend, Christian Peslak, who provides vocals.  So far, the group has only released one single, but it’s a fantastic start.  “Officer” shies away from the soaring jams of Delicate Steve’s instrumentals and falls into a camp closer to upbeat rock, somewhere between americana and the stylings of more recent bands like Smith Westerns.  The song chugs along with a simple yet strong guitar riff accompanied by a subtle organ.  But it’s the vocals that really add a new dimension to the song.  Peslak’s musings about the Police and given in a smooth and sly voice, adding the perfect touch to a solid rock song.  Check out the Video, which features the band performing, skateboards and, you guessed it, lots of Police.  Beyond the Drone comes out September 30th.

-M. Kauf

Saint Rich – Officer

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dr-dog-b-room

Philly band Dr. Dog are easily one of the hardest working bands in indie rock right now.  They’ve released an album every year for a while now and they just announced, B-Room, their eighth studio album.  Along with the announcement came the laid-back new single, “The Truth.”  Although the new album is produced by the same man who helped them on Be The Void, the sound is much more sparse, harkening back to the band’s early days.  Many of these songs were recorded in a live setting featuring the whole band, which has created a beautiful warm tone on their new single.  A quiet electric guitar sends out short bursts of chords and a honkey tonk piano clambers as the band repeats, “the truth don’t stop,” chugging along with an infallible message.  Check it out below and get pumped for their new album due on October 1st.

 

Dr. Dog – The Truth:

 

P.S. There is a lyrics video for this song, but after posting so many videos, we figured some pure music is just what we need.  But if you want the visual, check it out here.

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The-National-Trouble-Will-Find-Me-608x608

In May, The National released their sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me,  and ever since it’s been on pretty consistent rotation on my iTunes and has become one of my favorite albums of the summer if not of all time.  The National just seem to get better and better with age, releasing albums of music that is both beautiful and meaningful.  Today, I was listening to that album yet again when a friend let me in on an international secret that had somehow eluded me.  As a bonus track on the Japanese album release, The National performed a cover of “Learning” by Perfume Genius.  We already love Perfume Genius here at TDV, so when I heard this I was ecstatic and immediately played the track.  “Learning” as done by The National seems so natural I barely believe this was a cover.  Distorted guitars drift in and out of a warm piano, all overpowered by Matt Berninger’s baritone singing, “no one will answer your prayers until you take off that dress.”  The somber song fits right in with The National’s catalogue and it makes for a fitting end to a fantastic album.  If you’re a fan of either band, you’ll definitely want to check out the song below and maybe buy the album from Japan while you’re at it.

-M. Kauf

The National – Learning

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The_Zolas

We first heard The Zolas a while back and immediately fell in love with their straight-up rock n’ roll sound.  Last fall brought us their fantastic LP Ancient Mars along with a few videos, and now we’ve got a third to add to the mix: “Strange Girl”.  Taking manic-pixie-dream-girl to the extreme, this highly narrative song features a couple that seem destined to be together, but the relationship never lasts too long.  The video features the couple meeting at a high school reunion and rekindling their past love, only to realize that some things don’t change with age and and relationships can be fickle, especially with a strange girl.  Directed by Emma Higgins, Produced by David Angelski, the video is bittersweet scenes surrounding some romantic rock.  Check out the video below.

-M. Kauf

The Zolas – Strange Girl:

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earthquake weather

Earthquake Weather seem split between two decades.  At certain times, the group emulates the indie rock scene of the 90s, with heavy and heady guitars and an irresistible choruses.   At other times, the group sounds like a smooth pop-rock group of the ’00s (or Noughts if you prefer).  But regardless of the decade of influence, this Australian group create a rock blend that’s both powerful and easy to fall in love with.  Their first single, “This December,” aside from rhyming with the bands name is the most enjoyable radio-friendly song I’ve heard in ages.  Just try not singing along to those “oohs” in the chorus.  I bet you can’t.  Check out their single below and look for more from Earthquake Weather in the future.

-M. Kauf

 

Earthquake Weather – This December

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