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Debut Album Released For Letters To Part

Photography: Kayla Surico

Photography: Kayla Surico

Post Rock/Ambient and Progressive/Indie 4-piece, Letters To Part, have released their debut full-length entitled, A Human Curse, on July 7th! 

Recorded at Iceman Studios, Daniel Colombo recorded, mixed and mastered the 8-track album which details struggles, whether it be from drug abuse, self mutilation, gambling, and the likes, and verdicts a story about how everyday we are living in an anxiety induced world.

Lead singer Y'shua Ortiz-Escobedo expands on A Human Curse, by stating it "is a story about understanding true heartache, and trying to cope. Through vices that we all use. Trying to relieve some sort of symptom."

Letters To Part are headed on tour to celebrate the release, and you can check out those dates below!

Last week, the band streamed A Human Curse exclusively with Substream Magazine, and you can Purchase A Human Curse HERE!

For more on Letters To Part, check out their social media below!

Letters To Part: Facebook

Melt Mountain Share Debut Album

A four-piece guitar-pop ensemble from Greece (one of my favorite countries in the world, which makes these guys automatically worth listening to, IMHO) called Melt Mountain has just released their first official full-length album, titled Superfetish. This release follows the band’s previous self-titled EP containing four songs. Superfetish was released via Inner Ear Records, and is available for streaming on YouTube, Spotify and BandCamp

Melt Mountain describes themselves as “one’s inner most angst” which sounds kind of perfect for us millennials, am I right? We’re full of angst. It’s leftover from the days we all listened to MCR and Green Day. Except Melt Mountain is more on the side of dreamy indie-pop than hard alternative. Superfetish dives into the depths of Melt Mountain as musicians, exploring the limits they were willing to go to past their self-titled EP. The album is influenced by urban culture and conduct, and the complexities of urban life. It explores aspects of the misunderstood personality and captures the band’s abstract thought process and their musical power. 

Melt Mountain is made up of Dimitris Apostolakidis on guitar, keys, and vocals; Eddie Theofanisis on bass; Nikos Bakopoulus on saxophone; Xenofon Karakonstantis on guitar, keys, and vocals; and Nikos Kotsaris on drums. It’s always cool to hear some international music, so let’s spread the word about these guys around Philly! 
Listen to Superfetish through the link, and keep up with Melt Mountain for more news!

Melt Mountain: Facebook // Twitter

Trevor Shelley De Brauw Announces Solo Album

Chicago guitarist Trevor Shelly de Brauw recently announced the release of his debut album, Uptown, due out February 10th, 2017To hype up the first solo release of his 20+ long musical career, Trevor dropped "They Keep Bowing" which you can check out below!

"They Keep Bowing" is a good indication of what to expect off Uptown (released through experimental label, The Flenser), as it is a "collection of power-ambient compositions". Right off the bat you can tell this isn't music to party or dance to. Utilizing various guitar effects and tones, Trevor is able to create vast soundscapes teeming with life for which listeners can zone out, write or drift off to sleep to. He produces a certain calming mood - almost giving you the feeling like you're floating while watching your space ship drift further and further away as you slowly move through a dark, endless void.

With such a beautiful, yet haunting vibe created through layers upon layers of sound and texture, Uptown is a release to look forward to, especially for fans of Explosions in the Sky or This Will Destroy You (minus the instruments of course) or if you're just into soundscapes and easy listening, this is right up your alley.

Otherwise, to keep up with Trevor and Uptown, you can check out:

Trevor Shelley De Brauw: Facebook // Website

David And The Curse Announce Debut LP

Often compared to Ryan Adams for his self-sustaining artistry, David Stücken, the brain behind David and the Curse, has announced the release of his debut album, An Epitaph For Love. With the LP release due out early next year, David has been building anticipation with "She Loves The Night" - a raw, after-midnight tune about an edgy woman.

You can peep the single below!

From what I can gather off "She Loves the Night", David is a true rock & roll songwriter with eclectic taste. Evidence of this can be heard as he effortlessly traverses through the years of its various styles and incorporates some of the best elements of the genre while still coercing his own flavor into the mix.

David's whiskey-riddled vocal delivery brings to mind singers like Scott Weiland (RIP) or like, Jon Bon Jovi. He just gives off that classic rocker persona backed by soaring guitars and cutting drums that anyone who's into real rock & roll would enjoy.

Since David and the Curse's An Epitaph For Love release date is still TBD, you'll have to keep up with him on his social media!

David And The Curse: Website // Twitter // Instagram

Ray Hodge Announces Debut EP

Jamaica, Queens native and indie soul pop phenom, Ray Hodge, has recently announced the release of his debut EP, Braveheart, due out October 28th. Ray made this announcement by dropping a teaser of his music video for “I Am King,” a single off the EP, which you can check out below!

On describing Braveheart, Ray shared his excitement for the work: "Each song on the EP contains a theme of learning how to overcome obstacles and to love yourself. Yes, they are inspired by situations that can be seen as sad, however, these tracks are meant to leave you with hope and the awakening of that warrior, king or queen within you. When I wrote the songs, hope and faith was born from a place in me I thought to be dead. All things must come to end but nothing truly dies - that's one thing I've learned in this process, so it's an amazing feeling I'm excited to share."

Otherwise, while the world eagerly awaits Ray Hodge’s debut effort, you can keep up with him on his social media below!

Ray Hodge: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sunset Harbinger Share Debut Album

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Eight-piece LA-based future-pop ambient-indie super group Sunset Harbinger have released their debut album, Finally Home!

Finally Home features the lead single, “I Need Another.” Sunset Harbinger is a chilled-out psychedelic vibe pop ensemble that transports you to a fantasy realm over the course of the album. The album was released on June 17th, and it's an album worth checking out! 

The band is formed of musicians from different cultures, creating a unison of different viewpoints and a combined respect for different styles. Finally Home brings out the influence from bands such as Zero 7, Tame Impala, Caribou, Portishead, and Phish. The album explores themes of self-discovery, the quest for human love and companionship, and even the formation of organic musicianship through the human condition. 

You can listen to and download Finally Home from their Bandcamp page!

Follow Sunset Harbinger on their social media for more updates and news about future releases and tours!

Sunset Harbinger: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp

Singer/Songwriter Alexander Unveils Details For Debut EP

On July 7th, Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Alexander announced the release date of his new debut self-titled EP!

Alexander is ecstatic to release five pure pop tracks filled with genre-bending sounds. With the ability to adapt and create a sound that molds various decades and sounds together he is able to create something similar to Jason Derulo with a hint of Nick Jonas's pop tunes, and as much passion and honesty as The Weeknd.

The self-taught Nashville-based musician, Alexander, has been writing and performing music for the last decade and is stepping out as a solo artist for the first time in his career. His lyrics tackle struggle, happiness, and relationships.

“I want my listeners to relate with me through my struggles, and also through my happiness. I want them to know that they’re loved and to give them hope.”  He continues, "I love writing stories, but I definitely write mostly about things that are happening in my life. It helps me cope with the problems I'm facing. Not just to complain about them, but putting them on paper sometimes helps me deal with them."

The debut EP is set to release August 12 and features Christian Fiore, Brittany Lane, Thomas Bracciale, and Brooke Williams as co-writers.

For more on Alexander, or details on the upcoming EP, check out the links below!

Alexander: Facebook


Art d'Ecco Announces Debut Album

Art d'Ecco, indie glam artist, has announced the release of his debut album, Day Fevers, set for release on September 9th, and in addition to the album announcement, the first single from the album is out in the form of “She's So Hot,” which is available to stream on SoundCloud.

D'Ecco has been secluded on an island in the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia for the past three years. He recently decided to start a new life, running different family businesses and tending to the care of his elderly grandmother. This caused him to return to songwriting. 

His first single, “She's So Hot,” has been described by d'Ecco as “teenage angst meets nostalgia.” The track is a throwback to early Bowie and T. Rex glam rock, which is where the album draws its primary inspiration. 

Keep on the lookout for more singles and announcements leading up to the release of Day Fevers.

Here is the track list!

Day Fevers:
1. Sunrise
2. The Deal
3. She So Hot
4. Rita Mitsouko
5. I'll Never Give You Up
6. Let's Go Home Together
7. Nothing Ever Changes
8. Until It Is Over
9. Sunset

For more on Art d'Ecoo, check out the links below!

Art d'Ecco: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp


Van Damsel Releases Debut Album

Pop/Rock act Van Damsel has recently released their self-titled full length album!

The band, consisting of bassist Matthew “Renny” Rennehan, drummer Matthew Barron, guitarist Rich Bregoliss, and singer Sebastien Ste Marie. They've performed with acts such as Tokyo Police Club, Mother Mother, and Yukon Blonde! The group is known for their energetic and electric live performances.

Filled with 80's-influenced synth pop and different styles and tones, Van Damsel has something for everybody! Their singles are memorable and infectious, taking influence from popular bands such as Phoenix, The 1975, and PHASES with their retro sound. This is a band you want to keep your eyes on!

You can check out the Van Damsel track list below!

VAN DAMSEL - Tracklist
1. Foreword
2. Domino
3. Caught
4. Best Of Everything
5. Sophia
6. The 21st Century
7. Circular Symphony
8. Jericho
9. People In The City
10. Post Script
11. Sentences

Van Damsel are supporting this release with a Canadian tour throughout the months of April and May - check those dates below!

Van Damsel On Tour:
April 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club
April 29 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
May 4 - Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
May 5 - Toronto, ON @ The Cave
May 6 - Toronto, ON @ Canadian Music Week
May 7 - Montreal, QC @ Hemisphere Gauche
May 12 - Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert
May 14 - Moncton, NB @ Tide and Boar
May 19 - Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
May 20 - Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Loplops
May 27 - Kamloops, BC @ Cactus Jack's
May 28 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club

The album is available on Spotify and iTunes for listening!

For more on Van Damsel and what they're up to, we have their links below!

Van Damsel: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Soundcloud

Vo'Devil Stokes Announce Debut Album

Russian Alt-Rockers Vo'Devil Strokes have announced their debut LP, Black Snake. The album is set to be released on June 6th. However, they also released a music video for their single, "Banshee," in anticipation for the upcoming album!

Vo’Devil Stokes includes Dallas Crowley on vocals, Alex Mallovsky on drums, Toli Modestov on guitar, Alex Radchenko on bass and Boris Plaksin on guitar. Vo'Devil Strokes formed in 2012 and released a big EP, Katharos, in 2014 which garnered them success. While Vo'Devil Stokes has played with huge heavy hitters including Emmure, Defiler, Bury Tomorrow, Wildways, Tasters, Upon This Dawning, The Browning, The Ocean, Rise Of The Northstar, War From A Harlots Mouth, Iwrestledabearonce, Devil Sold His Soul, Thy Art Is Murder and has toured with Architects. Lead vocalist Dallas was also a session vocalist for Betraying The Martyrs!

Dallas Crowley, the lead singer of Vo'Devil Strokes had this to say about the announcement: “We are very excited to be able to finally announce our debut full length "Black Snake". We have put a lot of work in the this release and are very excited to see how fans respond. We wanted to give you all something early, so we are releasing our music video for our first single, ‘Banshee’. We hope you enjoy!”

You can check it out below!

For more info on Vo'Devil Stokes, take a peek at their social media!


Summer Scouts Announce Debut Album

Summer Scouts, the five piece from Allentown, PA, gears up to release their album, Furthest Reach on May 20, 2016. The group formed in 2013 and has been preparing this masterpiece for three years now, with the intentions of making music that has emotive instrumentals and catchy hooks. 

With a sound completely organic and like no other, they are best known for their mix of pop and post-rock. Before the album releases, the band will bless their fans with a sneak-peak of the album on their tour. That begins on April 23, 2016 in Amity Teen Center in Woodbridge, CT, then will be heading to New Jersey, Long Island, and Upstate New York. While the finale will take place in Pittsburg, PA just before their album release.

The album consists of ten tacks including “Olympic White,” - a tune that created a lot of buzz in 2015. Check out the track-list below!

1. Diamond Days
2. Seafoam
3. Olympic White
4. Vessel
5. Once Lived
6. April
7. Carry On
8. Telepathy
9. Flares
10. Fight Off All The Years

For more info on Summer Scouts, take a peek at their social media!

Summer Scouts: Website