"Take a rolling, ‘80s-style drum line, Patti Smith's preamble to her cover of 'Hey Joe,' Twin Peaks' swooning guitar, and overlay it all with soaring female vocals—and you've got a rough sketch of 'Time Bomb,' the latest single from Brooklyn-based duo Shy Hunters... With such diverse echoes as Smith and Lynch, it comes as no surprise that the song's structure takes an equally creative approach, bounding between ethereal and intense. Guitars and varied rhythms create a patchwork feel and build a restless energy; 'Time Bomb' is at once organic and disjointed. But singer Indigo Street's voice carries—even as collapse seems imminent and the balance fragile, her vocals hold the track together... barely. The song itself is a time bomb." - Interview Magazine
Companion (Album Release party!)
Companion, a new project from Pepi Ginsberg (Red, East Is East), is defined by lush vocal arrangements and strong rhythmic hooks. A clear departure from Ginsberg's earlier work, Companion delivers artful pop with a twist.
The process of developing this new sound began around Ginsberg's thorough home recordings of her songs, along with vocal harmonies she created with bandmates Anna Thorngate and Amy Carrigan-both of whom she enlisted from the ranks of the Brooklyn Ladies Choir, an all-women singing group she'd formed in the winter of 2010. To flesh out these vocal-centric versions of the songs, she picked up her own guitar and turned to her longtime bass player, Tim Lappin, plus new guitarist Kirk Schoenherr and drummerJustin Veloso. In the studio, the band started to create a sound that incorporated elements both organic and electronic, often incorporating Ginsberg's homemade beats: "I needed to learn how to write harder parts on my guitar and sing more challenging melodies, and I was listening to a lot of HOT 97," she says. "I wanted to build beats and have electronic aspectsto the music, so I had to figure out how to write them, and blend those ideas with the organic nature of the songs."
The production on the band's eponymous debut is big and airy. With help from people like Jake Aron (Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Jamie Lidell) and Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog), the album is powerful, rich and compelling. It marks an auspicious and mature beginning for a young band.
Being a musician in a city with high rents, small apartments and expensive practice spaces can be tough, but fortunately, for Brooklyn-based song writer Noah Stitelman, those limitations have not slowed his creative process. In fact, Stitelman’s latest project could be called a homage to those on his street that don’t seem to mind living in close quarters with musicians.
“The band name is simple,” says Stitelman. “I have awesome neighbors.”
Formed in 2009, Neighbors came together following the break up of Stitelman’s former band. Joined by Mark Shaw, Brian Harney, Steph McParty, Sam Broe and Julie Noyce, Neighbors signifies a more focused vehicle for Stitelman’s song writing. “I’ve really been able to sit and work on parts for a long period of time. One song could take four months to write, but as long as I am actively working on writing, something will come out,” he says. And the change in process is clearly evident on Neighbors’ debut full length, "Good Luck, Kid"
Produced by Kyle "Slick" Johnson (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Rogue Wave), at Johnson's studio in Philadelphia, "Good Luck, Kid" features a smaller range of instrumentation than Stitelman’s past work, but with a bigger sound. “Really, the focus here was on trying to just make great songs with as little as possible. I just knew what I wanted to make” he says.
Neighbors’ lush, layered blend of synth and guitar, coupled with Stitelman’s stripped down delivery, channels subtle reminders of ’80s UK new wave and ’90s synth pop, but never drowns in a sea of obscure influences from another era. “I really wanted this record to be grounded in the present,” says Stitelman. And as a testament to Stitelman’s vision, the rigors of present day life are reflected: caustic daily relationships, deadpan advice, wrong turns. “The lyrics focus on growing up and relationships you have with friends and co-workers, and how to communicate,” says Stitelman.
And clearly, Stitelman and Neighbors are taking their own lyrical advice seriously: “Having been in a lot of bands, I know what the pitfalls are. We’re just trying to have a good time and make good music.”
In a word, you couldn’t ask for nicer Neighbors.
The genesis of Gold Lake began in Spain when Carlos and Lua met in Carlos' hip night club in Madrid in the midst of the Spanish capital's music scene. Discovering a mutual love of the 60s and 70s bands from the West Coast, the Laurel Canyon bands, as well as the atmospheres Eno created for Bowie in the 70s the two began writing music together. They soon decamped to Brooklyn and started Gold Lake first as a duo, and then transforming into a trio after recruiting Dave Burnett on drums. They have toured consistently since their formation playing out in NYC as well as at festivals including LA's Culture Collide Festival, NXNE festival in Toronto, Northside Festival in NY and Austin's SXSW. In addition to supporting the Lumineers and Midlake the band have supported Basia Bulat, Peter and the Wolf, Ivan & Alyosha and Nada Surf.
With Spin calling their single “majestic”, Gold Lake’s debut album, mixed by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty) will be out on November 4th.
"Gold Lake are arresting from their name alone. In an era when guitar music fluctuates between dole- queue-realism and avant complexity, it's refreshing to hear something so effortlessly beautiful." Clash Magazine
“Lua Rios' vocals ... sound like the stuff of Divine Inspiration." Spin