Austin, TX’s Sun June have shared a lyric video for their new single “Easy.” The song is one of three new unreleased tracks featured in Somewhere +3, the upcoming expanded version of their critically acclaimed 2021 album Somewhere. Somewhere +3 is out January 14th.
“‘Easy’ is a romantic struggle song. It’s about love and partnership and longstanding arguments that are hard to get past,” says Laura Colwell. “We started working on it after quarantine was lifted. Everyone had been cloistered alone for months, so frustration was easy to tap into. At the same time, it was joyous and cathartic to play together again, so the song came out upbeat and optimistic too. We loved getting to return to Good Danny’s studio to record—it was easy to find the sounds we wanted and get back into the Somewhere vibe.”
Sun June has also announced headline tours in February and March 2022 with Daphne Tunes and Katy Kirby, as well as a European tour with Ada Lea in January. The band is currently on tour with Shakey Graves. All dates can be found here.
"'Everything I had, I want it back,' Sun June's Laura Colwell sings on the Austin band's latest single - certainly a relatable refrain for these times. It's also a fittingly wistful sentiment for a band that playfully describes its sound as "regret pop," blending the melodic flutter of Colwell's voice with dreamy tempos that invite contemplation." -New York Times
"The Austin, TX-based five-piece make unhurried, expansive indie-rock songs that are delicately, almost psychedelically stretched out; time, for them, is less a constraint as much as it is a new instrument to play with, a form to bend and subvert." -THE FADER
“Soft, cloudy pop… Sun June are interested in daydreams as both playground and prison, and about observing what happens when you collide with the borders of your own interiority.” -Pitchfork
"Makthaverskan's music sounds like dreaming... songs pull from the subconscious to make sense of reality through a haunting, yet gauzy, dream logic." - NPR
"Once again, Makthaverskan has made a record without a bad song on it—10 tracks gilded in irresistible guitar melodies, set ablaze by the power of Milner’s voice." - Bandcamp Daily
Makthaverskan have built a reputation as one of the most consistently compelling bands in guitar music and För Allting--which has already garnered attention from the likes of Pitchfork (8 New Albums You Should Listen To Now), Bandcamp Daily (Essential Releases), The FADER (11 Projects You Should Stream Right Now), Stereogum, NPR, BrooklynVegan, Uproxx, and more--proves exactly why. The album builds on Makthaverskan's core rush of atmosphere and hooks, adding even grander arrangements and new instrumentation to their exceptionally thrilling brand of dream pop.
The band's unique sound hinges on their unparalleled ability to blend blissful melodies with brooding post-punk bite, and För Allting manages to expand this core formula without losing an ounce of its appeal. Teaming with producer Hannes Ferm of HOLY, Makthaverskan incorporated drum machines, synthesizers, and more, adding a widescreen sweep to their already awe-inspiring songwriting. The band's driving rhythm section brings grit and energy while the waves of shimmering guitars provide the perfect vehicle for vocalist Maja Milner's soaring voice and incredible melodies. It's a recipe that many have tried but few have perfected to this degree, and För Allting shows once again why Makthaverskan are in a league all their own.
Melbourne trio Camp Cope released their new single ‘Blue’ today, their first release in three and a half years. ‘Blue’ is the first single taken from Camp Cope’s to-be-announced third album, the follow up to their critically acclaimed, ARIA-nominated record How to Socialise and Make Friends (2018). ‘Blue’ is out now through long-time labels Run For Cover and Poison City Records.
‘Blue’ is recognizably Camp Cope, but a little softer, a bit more relaxed and much more refined. Georgia Maq’s vocals (“an instrument-turned weapon” - NPR) soar over finely layered harmonies, with Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich’s signature winding bass lines and Sarah Thompson’s fighting drums both underscoring the louder and framing the quieter moments. Ruminating on what it’s like to love through depression, and persevering while the world outside has other plans (“I put down your pain, but I’ll pick it up again / it’s all blue, that’s why I fit in with you”), ‘Blue’ is a calling card for acceptance, both in that external forces cannot fundamentally change what’s going on inside your head, and searching for peace amidst the chaos.
‘Blue’ is a signal of what’s to come sonically from Camp Cope on their highly-anticipated, as-yet-unannounced new album – and their most triumphant yet – that will be released in 2022. The band entered the studio during the pandemic, without the pressure of deadlines and global touring schedules, which allowed them to take their time and just create beautiful music. They, like many of us, were living in a whole new context - new jobs, new cities, and a completely altered outlook. When brought into the studio, it culminated into a change in gears for the three-piece.
Valley Palace, aka songwriter Nathan Taylor, recently joined the Run For Cover Records roster, and today the Fresno, CA-based multi-instrumentalist has returned with another slice of ultra-hooky dream pop. Valley Palace's latest single "Patch" finds Taylor continuing to hone his vibrant combination of widescreen '80s sonics and modern bedroom pop charm, offering another welcoming glimpse into Valley Palace's world.
Taylor, a talented multi-instrumentalist, performs all of the shimmering guitars, winding bass lines, and propulsive drumming in Valley Palace's music--creating an effervescent foundation for and his warm voice and irresistible melodies. After writing "Patch" and Valley Palace's previous single "Friend" in his bedroom studio, Taylor teamed with Day Wave mastermind Jackson Phillips to record and co-produce the track, resulting in an irresistible balance of studio shine and homemade magic.
Since 2019 Valley Palace has been assembling an impressive catalog of self-released guitar pop gems that includes a run standalone singles and the Pastel Mood EP. Now all of these earlier songs, plus "Patch" and "Friend," have been brought together for the first time on one physical release with the Collection 1 cassette--available now.
Young Guv, aka songwriter Ben Cook, has returned with the announcement of his new double album GUV III & IV. The first installment, GUV III, is due out March 11th from RFC (and Hand Drawn Dracula in Canada) and it's an absolute power pop masterpiece. Packed from front to back with undeniable hooks and crunchy guitars, the record offers Cook's most instantly gratifying songs yet.
Young Guv has kicked off release with a bang, sharing the album's massive first single "Lo Lo Lonely." With its overdriven chords, stomping beat, and anthemic chorus, "Lo Lo Loney" is the kind of swaggering guitar pop anthem that would make a Gallagher brother proud.
Young Guv has been a long-running project that's allowed Cook (currently in No Warning, formerly in Fucked Up for the past 15 years) to explore countless different sounds and styles--from scrappy first wave punk to '80s influenced R&B and beyond--with the one constant being Cook's infallible knack for melody. But with GUV III the prolific songwriter has inadvertently created the perfect entry point for new listeners and loyal fans alike. The album is an expertly crafted celebration of big choruses and big guitars that packs an emotional punch amongst all the chiming 12-strings and harmonies. Written in the high desert of Taos, New Mexico under unusual circumstances, GUV III finds Cook tapping into physical and mental isolation to explore the unshakeable pull of human connection and the rejuvenating power of finding love in others and one's self.
Young Guv has a lengthy run of shows lined up in support of GUV III, starting with a US tour with Narrow Head in November, and then heading to Europe and the UK early next year. See full itinerary below.
Stay tuned for more details on GUV IV, also due out in 2022!
Upcoming Shows: 11/04/21 Birmingham, AL @ Seasick Records * 11/05/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade * 11/06/21 Nashville, TN @ High Watt * 11/08/21 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle * 11/09/21 Richmond, VA @ The Camel * 11/10/21 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar * 11/12/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus * 11/13/21 Cambridge, MA @ Hardcore Stadium * 11/14/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Foto Club * 11/15/21 Syracuse, NY @ The Vineyard * 11/16/21 Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary * 11/17/21 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class * 11/18/21 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean * 11/19/21 Lake Saint Louis, MO @ Sink Hole * 11/20/21 Memphis, TN @ Growlers * 11/21/21 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street OKC * 11/22/21 Dallas, TX @ Cheapsteaks 11/23/21 Austin, TX @ Yellow Jacket Social Club 03/23/22 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen 03/24/22 Arhus C, Denmark @ Atlas 03/25/22 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow 03/26/22 Warszawa, Poland @ Chmury 03/27/22 Prague, Czech Republic @ Cross Club 03/28/22 Berlin, Germany @ Badehaus Berlin 03/29/22 Koln, Germany @ MTC Club 03/30/22 Paris, France @ Supersonic 03/31/22 Bruxelles, Belgium @ Le Botanique 04/01/22 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso 04/03/22 Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert 04/04/22 Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club 04/06/22 Liverpool, UK @ Jacaranda Records Phase 1 04/07/22 Manchester, UK @ Yes 04/09/22 London, UK @ The Lexington