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Úlfur's New LP "Arborescence" Out October 2017

Úlfur, the post-rock project of Úlfur Hansson, readily reflects the artist's native Iceland. At times, his songs are as desolate and expansive as the country's central highlands, a trait shared in the music of some of his fellow Icelanders, like Sigur Rós or Ólöf Arnalds.

However, Úlfur's blend of electronic and acoustic instruments (some of which are homemade like his SEGULHARPA, an electromagnetic harp) never feels alienatingly robotic or inhuman. Úlfur's music is a nuanced reflection of the natural world. Since his move to NYC, his music has exchanged its wilderness sensibility for dreamier, folk-like soundscapes. Make sure to check out Úlfur's new single "Fovea" from his upcoming album Arborescence, available next month. --Amanda Ogea





New Track: "Kim" - Joy Again

Produced by long-time collaborator Caleb Laven (who worked on Frank Ocean's Blonde & Endless), “Kim,” the new single from Philly quintet Joy Again, toys with juxtaposing concepts. Lyrically, the song willingly vacates personal control; however, those submissive characteristics are countered by a refreshing, punchy, instrumental drive. Zapping one with a shot of merriment, despite relinquishing emotive power, it’s a delightfully twisted tale that was just released on NYC's Never Grow Up Records.





Steady Sun brings vintage psych pop to The Knit on 09.23

"Television Eyes" by Steady Sun (strreaming below) is one of those songs that only takes a few seconds to keep you hooked. It's only one of many gently persuading psychedelic tracks on the NYC-based band's June 2017 remarkable album "Indifferent World." Clearly inspired by the British psychedelia of the '60s, the band's paced acid guitars and Hammond organs open up space for Dylan Nowik's familiarly "out there" melodies. Other surprising instruments appear throughout the album, including cello, accordion, what sounds like an oboe, and the unmissable sitar. Where this project departs from vintage psychedelia is in the controlled pop structure and flawless production, that never falls into the traps of self indulegence (so often triggered by the doping substances this kind of music is linked to!). If you are in the mood for some mildly mind altering music, don't miss these guys' show at The Knit on September 23rd. - Allie Miller 





New RFA Soundtrack Available for Streaming & Download

The quartet of RFA have provided the soundtrack for a short comedy film, directed by Drexel grad Jason Gong, entitled The Girl With The Nose Ring. The music captures a surf-swaying sense of nostalgia. Those breezy romantic/yearning vibes cause one's focus to pleasantly drift. The band is currently slated to perform with Rent Party and Gus Dapperton on Saturday, November 18 at PhilaMOCA.

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Sun Colony releases hypnotic debut EP

Sun Colony have been fortunate enough to acquire one hell of a press release tagline. Just recently, the psych rock-leaning quartet received an unexpected ringing endorsement from none other than Slowdive’s Neil Halsted. Even if Halsted may know a thing or two about a genre he helped pioneer, the question remains: is it really any good? Well, the good news about the Topanga Canyon band’s self-titled EP is that it doesn’t try to reproduce a tired facsimile of Slowdive’s incandescent melancholy. They approach a more sunburned form of post-rock with just a taste of classic Britpop, which is fitting given that their EP was mixed in the U.K. after rising local producer Kyle Mullarky gave their ascending, yet oblique structures a hypnotic aura.

Sun Colony’s debut EP is out now via all streaming platforms. A 12’’ release will follow in the next 1-2 months via their official website.

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