HOMEGROWN: Southedelic: Volume 1 is the name of the new EP by Heart of Pine. The record runs four tracks long and begins with the positively Grateful Dead-ish “Intro.” From there it moves without pause into “I Ain’t,” which is pretty straightforward in its storytelling, but the track itself grooves along in a kind of muscular swirl. Then you get the Bembe-influenced rhythm and blues “High Time,” before the whole thing wraps up with the pretty piano-based “The Other One.” All in all, this is way more akin to Widespread Panic—both in spirit and execution—than the aforementioned Dead, so if that’s your bag, then fill it up over at heartofpine.bandcamp.com.
UP AND COMING: UGA student Gigi Gonsalves has a delightfully pretension-free collection of songs on her SoundCloud account, which she’s been steadily filling up while making album plans. All her tunes are self-composed and produced. The most recent three tracks are pretty much where she is now, stylistically speaking, and these are the wobbly acoustic song “No 1 Drug,” the keyboard-chillwave/rooftop heartache self-hug “Heartless,” and the 1970s-meets-late-1990s piano-based rap “Al Pacino.” Gonsalves told me that the album is headed toward something “full of acoustic and electric guitar, heavy funk beats and just a more vintage sound in general.” And based on these first three songs, that all sounds pretty good, but I’d also encourage folks to dig into her whole collection of tracks. They don’t vary in a jarring sense, but they do reveal the breadth of her writing, and certain tracks, like “Shower Thoughts” and “I’m Alive, I’m OK,” feel like they’re hits you just hadn’t heard yet. So check this all out at soundcloud.com/gigi-angelica.
PACK ‘EM IN: Rockers Cannon and the Boxes finally got to see their long-delayed EP, I Only See The Stars, released a couple of weeks ago. The band’s performance is pretty spot on, and fans of early 1990s acoustic emo, The Replacements and maybe even J. Roddy Walston & The Business should dig this. Although it only runs a mere five tracks, its earnestness can make it feel much longer. That said, there are some really crafty arrangements on here that deserve attention. Notable among these are the horns in “More To Do” and the pedal steel on “Keychains.” This is available on all the major streaming services, so pick your favorite and head there.
WHAT THE WHOLE WORLD WANTS: While we sit around here on our hands waiting for the full length album by The Searchin’ Destroyers to come out, we’re gonna have to be satisfied with the new single “You Lost Touch With The World.” And, as far as peacekeeping measures go, this’ll do just fine. The gentle psych-pop of the tune is reminiscent of both the Los Angeles paisley underground (most particularly The Three O’Clock) and maybe even select tunes that populated LPs by The Monkees, once those dudes were allowed to perform their own songs. For the unfamiliar, this group is basically an all-star collection that is composed of Bubba McDonald, Caroline Barfield, Derek Almstead, Drew Finn and Kevin Sweeney. Go grab this appetizer over at thesearchindestroyers.bandcamp.com.
LEGACY OF BRUTALITY: As if their first dose of hard reality wasn’t enough for you, the twin high priests behind Wizard Spoon just released Feed The Beast: Cuarantena Vol. 2. This one cooks a bit harder, hotter and faster than the recently released Cuarantena Vol 1. Although each record is a timely catalog of our currently worldwide condition—albeit focusing primarily on the United States—this newest release has a heightened sense of immediacy. There are select samples serving as introductions to each track, and I give my personal hat tip to the Raymond and Peter intro to “Wizard Spoon (Feed The Beast).” The whole thing, all five tracks, runs less than seven minutes. So, all you metalheads can play, like, one track from Metallica or listen to this in its entirety. The choice is yours, so start choosing over at wizardspoon.bandcamp.com.
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