Balms – “Nothing In”

San Francisco-based dream-pop band Balms has contributed its recent single “Nothing In” to the Alternative (F)acts compilation album released via Greg Wilson’s DKFM Shoegaze Radio (acting as a one-time record label).  Balms released a self-titled EP in 2014 and will follow that up with its debut album this year. The shoegaze-centric comp … [Read more...]

Interview with Ian Button and Robert Rotifer of Gare du Nord Records

The most intriguingly varied of the new indie imprints, the collective-led Gare du Nord label offers an ebullient synthesis of sounds; from the Kinksesque vibe of Rotifer, the wide-eyed electro wonder of Deerful, via Ralegh Long’s esoteric singer-songwriting to the critically acclaimed early-‘70s stylings of Papernut Cambridge, among a wagon of … [Read more...]

Camille Peruto – “Crooked Roads”

Philadelphia/South Jersey-based singer-songwriter Camille Peruto has one foot planted in the pop field and the other firmly ensconced in rock terrain.  She first took flight with her debut album Sparrow in 2013, which is sold out in physical form and is now only available at iTunes. Just last month Peruto returned with her second album, From The … [Read more...]

East of Eli – “Nowhere” (feat. Chyler Leigh)

Valentine’s Day saw the release of East of Eli’s new single “Nowhere” at People.com.  The East of Eli moniker belongs to the actor and musician Nathan West.  He’s guest starred in numerous TV shows and appeared in films like Bring It On, Miracle, and The Skulls II. “Nowhere” is the lead single from West’s upcoming second album, Lost … [Read more...]

Eric Frisch – “The Light Ahead”

The New York City-based Eric Frisch goes for a throwback '50s-‘60s approach on his album Music Under Sea, which surfaced last month.  Combining the retro with the modern throughout, Music Under Sea has yielded three singles, two of which have accompanying videos.  Frisch plays everything on the LP, except for drums provided by David Cornejo.  … [Read more...]

Interview with Tim & Puma Mimi

Tim and Puma Mimi of the Swiss-Japanese electronic pop duo Tim & Puma Mimi are readying for the release of their latest album, Der Die Das, on January 27th via Mouthwatering Records. Lead single “Dupi Dough”, out December 2nd, is a special present, a song created as part of the soundtrack to an award-winning animated short film titled Ivan’s … [Read more...]

Interview with Vibrissae

Portland, Oregon-based Vibrissae is slated to release its enchanting debut album Somewhere Away in August via Vipchoyo Sound Factory.  On the full-length, Vibrissae offers up a sonically accomplished and stylistically varied batch of songs that meld or alternate between electronic and synth-based sounds and guitar-driven shoegaze.  Band members … [Read more...]

Bitter’s Kiss – Love Won’t Make You Cry EP

Chloe Baker is the young talent behind the moniker Bitter’s Kiss and she is supported by her father, Michael Baker, on various instruments and production.  The New Jersey-based duo released this debut EP, Love Won’t Make You Cry, mid-April after the success of lead single “No One Will”.  Baker’s fanbase continues to grow as she mines her suburban … [Read more...]

Ships Have Sailed – Whispers EP

L.A.-based indie-pop outfit Ships Have Sailed centers on Will Carpenter (guitar, vocals) and Dan Hange (bass).  They released the EP Someday in 2014, debut album Moodswings in 2015, and the Re:MIX EP which reconfigured songs off Moodswings into a more dance-friendly style.  Now Carpenter and Hange head off in the opposite direction with the low-key … [Read more...]

Port of Est. – Onyx Moon

The Portland, Maine-based duo Port of Est. just released this debut LP, on its own Delphinium Music label.  Hannah Tarkinson (vocals) and Todd Kitchens (producer, multi-instrumentalist) self-recorded Onyx Moon and it reveals that there’s more than one Portland of note on the musical map. The experimental twosome combine an analogue process with … [Read more...]