Author Archives: Laura Stanley

  1. Single Serving: Idle Empress – Woods

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin newcomers Idle Empress put out a gorgeous little EP this month that will keep you warm during the rest of the winter and is sweet enough to throw on when spring is unfolding. In EP highlight “Woods,” Idle Empress put Mary Oliver’s poem “Sleeping In The Forest” to a bright, poppy melody that perfectly captures the tone of this Continue…

  2. Single Serving: Courtney Barnett – Three Packs A Day

    On these dark, January days, allow Courtney Barnett singing about Ramen Noodles to be your cure. “Three Packs A Day” is an addictive, poppy little number that you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying more than three times a day. This MSG-free song will be on a compilation out February 14th from Barnett’s label Milk! Records Project.

  3. Single Serving: Nadia Reid – Call The Days

    “Call The Days” finely balances heartbreak with healing. New Zealand singer-songwriter Nadia Reid actually does a balancing act of emotions throughout her gorgeous debut album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs but in “Call The Days” it is at its most pronounced. In her timeless sounding folk song, Reid, with an unwavering and clear voice, calls for contemplation in the face of change, transformation Continue…

  4. Single Serving: Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

    Julien Baker‘s debut album Sprained Ankle is a sad album. There’s no other way to say it. The Tennessee musician writes about her life but at only 20 years old, Baker has already had a lifetime of experiences. Done in a bare, folky, instrumentation, Sprained Ankle deals with depression, relationships (with people and God), substance abuse, and so much more to make one of the most Continue…

  5. Single Serving: Porches – Hour

    “In my loner hour, I turn to my twin bed for hours,” sings Aaron Maine (Porches) in “Hour,” the first song from his forthcoming album Pool. This dark opening line perfectly pulls you into Maine’s textured and moody world of synth-pop. Between the pulsing electronics and sweet backing vocals from Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos), “Hour” is a delicious song to accompany your misery.

  6. Single Serving: Florist – Cool and Refreshing

    Underneath Florist‘s (Emily Sprague) shaking vocals, “Cool and Refreshing” is tough. It’s a celebration of life and a moment to reflect on the little things that make you burst with happiness. The song’s light folk-pop make-up, delicately woven with the fear and tenacity of its lyrics, wraps around you to say, “it’s terrifying” but “it’s totally fine.”

  7. Single Serving: Martin Courtney – Northern Highway

    Although it seems unlikely Martin Courtney could create music  alone that matches the dreaminess of what his band Real Estate makes, he has. In his first solo outing, Courtney goes deep into reverie, grabbing listeners with his delicious power-pop melodies before we fall into a complete unconsciousness. From Many Moons, out Oct. 30th, “Northern Highway” has a, fittingly, rambling pace to it as Courtney takes a Continue…

  8. Single Serving: The Japanese House – Cool Blue

    The Japanese House‘s (Amber Bain) “Cool Blue” sounds remarkable like its title. The light reverb and electronics submerge Bain’s stirring vocals in a cool and tranquil haze. Even when the pop melody is kicked up a notch in the chorus, the song never strays from its lush landscape. Take the plunge.

  9. Single Serving: Frankie Cosmos – Sand

    Frankie Cosmos (Greta Kline) excels at writing short songs. Amongst her 49 uploads to Bandcamp – which include singles, EPs, and LPs –  you’d be hard pressed to find any song that reaches three minutes in length. Kline writes lo-fi, bedroom-pop whisperings fresh from the pages of her journal. Their vignettes of her life always rich with emotions and Continue…

  10. Single Serving: Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi – Shapeless

    If you’re like me, you feel like it has been too long since we’ve heard from Portland folk goddess Alela Diane. In the follow-up to her 2013 record About Farewell, Diane teams up with guitarist Ryan Francesconi and makes a delicious combination of intricate instrumentals and her timeless voice. In their first cut “Shapeless,” the pair work through various movements – from Continue…

  11. Single Serving: Promised Land Sound – Other Worldly Pleasures

    In a classic sounding psych-rock mix filled with guitar solos and hazy gang vocals, Nashville’s Promised Land Sound have a winner with the memorable “Other Worldly Pleasures.” A cut from their sophomore album For Use and Delight, Promised Land Sound are a cross-generational treat.

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