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Posted on December 6th, 2019
Stream "Pleaser" on Spotify | Pre-order Vinyl + Merchandise
Georgia Maq has established herself in recent years as the singer and guitarist of Melbourne, Australia indie rock band Camp Cope, whose sophomore album How to Socialise and Make Friends won widespread acclaim, topping a slew of 2018 end of year lists including NPR, Pitchfork, Billboard, Bandcamp, Stereogum, The Guardian, and Brooklyn Vegan.
Pleaser’s 8 tracks shimmer and pulsate, calling to mind pop artists like Lorde, Robyn, Charli XCX and Gwen Stefani. “I took more time to record the songs and play around with them, and I liked that because I could change things and experiment more,” Maq says, continuing “I think the pressure of working with other people drove me to finish the songs, which I hated but also loved because it’s nice to be challenged."
The album opens strategically with “Away From Love” - the only time guitar is featured on all of Pleaser, with the rest of the album done entirely electronically. “Away From Love” and “Like A Shadow” were recorded with Darcy Baylis, while the rest of the album was produced by labelmate Katie Dey.
While Maq may have felt challenged while writing Pleaser, the experience of listening to the album is anything but difficult. Its unapologetic pop sentiments shine and delight, Maq's gorgeous alto soaring above each track. It’s a record listeners will find themselves quickly falling in love with and returning to again and again.
Posted on December 2nd, 2019
Field Medic has released a holiday track titled "Santa Made Me Do It", which is now streaming on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Posted on November 27th, 2019
Posted on November 15th, 2019
Varsity's new vinyl compilation "The Basement Takes (2015-2016)" is out and in stores today. Grab a copy of the vinyl from our store or stream the whole thing on Spotify.
"Sounding more like the NPR-lauded dream pop collective than the group storming dive bars (and literal basements)" - Flood Magazine
The band has a bunch f shows lined up starting at the end of the month with their hometown record release show at Schuba's in Chicago on November 30th. From there, the band will be headed east a bit later in December. Check out all of Varsity's upcoming shows and purchase tickets here.
Posted on November 13th, 2019
glass beach’s debut album the first glass beach album is the first album from glass beach. That’s a good place to start, but the album’s plain & descriptive title does little to explain what goes on in the hour-long adventure contained therein. The fifteen songs that make up the record have truly been through the ringer, and the result is ambitious, theatrical and chaotically memorable. Abandoning genre limitations makes glass beach’s talent for songwriting all the more apparent –– mathy guitar leads, catchy drum grooves, melodic basslines, and th constant interplay of horns, synths, and even the intermittent theremin set the perfect scene for j’s stunning vocal performance, which can shift from a charming falsetto to unhinged screaming to robotic autotune to the lead of a sing-a-long in an instant.
The album, self released earlier this year by the band, will see an official digital and physical release through RFC, including a beautifully packaged 2xLP.
Pre-order the first glass beach album
Watch the band's music video for "classic j dies and goes to hell part 1"
Follow glass beach: Spotify, Instagram, Twitter.