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October 2015
Shelf Life
"Everyone Make Happy
Everyone Make Happy, the debut LP from Shelf Life, via Lefse Records, finds an absorbing lyrical yet comforting instrumental balance. Scott Leitch (ex-Pirouette/recent drummer for Alex G) cultivates songs that gently sway with internal warmth, while placing listeners in a deeply personal, somber state.
Space-warping synths smoothly land on the surface in “The Curse,” the initial introduction to Everyone Make Happy. Those glowing synths fade to the background as the airy, easily-assimilated acoustic guitar provides shimmers of daylight onto the song’s anguished lyrical tone - “bathe in sister’s blood/talk to the ghost of my dad’s mom/about nothing but heaven and the cancer in her gut.”
Pushed by its percussion, “Mark II” delivers what appears as subtle instrumentation, penetrating beyond the surface as a tight bedroom-pop sound. What starts drearily - “wake me up, when my lungs, start to pump normally” - lifts the shades to the point of optimism. “There’s always something in the sunlight,” riding a casual, almost accidental groove along the way. The album continuously stares directly into sadness, observing a very real place of grief. In “Creature” with its road-worn, country-folk twang , Leitch addresses the questioning nature of a sickness as a somber cloud hangs overhead. “I ask myself what my Father would do/he’d fold his hands lean to belief/but the creature inside him is not inside of me.”
“Low Key Lumber Theft” forebodingly spirals forward as the last dashes of daylight fall below the horizon. The guitar crisply cuts through dusk, venturing further out of sight as it gains momentum and then coolly concludes. With a daydreaming-psych vibe, “Time Traveler” moves into a nostalgic familiar space, which although consoling - “I am meeting the past/it is just how I thought/I have found what I lost” - still cuts - “You had gone away.” An anecdotal throwback, “Double Dare” soaks into your mind with its direct lyricism and catchy melodies, a la Alex G, while “Sinking Just Right” lulls you into a submissive calm of internal self-doubt - “does everybody hate me, just a little, little, little bit” - drifting until your “sinking just right.”
This album delicately balances the weight of emotional darkness with a glimpse of the light, from outside pushing in through the cracks. - Michael Colavita

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New Music Video: "It's Beautiful" - Dan Svizeny

Here's a lazy-day new music video for the track "It's Beautiful" from Dan Svizeny, whom might be better known to you as Cough Cool. You can find the song on his latest EP Daniel Anton Svizeny, which is available via Mirror Universe Tapes. The video was directed by Max Gardner with art direction by Rachel Rinehart.

DAN SVIZENY - "It's Beautiful" from Max Gardner on Vimeo.


New Video: "It's Night" (Out Of Town Films) - Cough Cool

Below is a rare recorded live performance of Cough Cool, a.k.a. Dan Svizeny, playing the song "It's Night," which appeared on his latest album 29 (Bathetic). It was documented by Out Of Town Films at their space in Berks Warehouse. Look out for Svizeny to come out from behind his moniker for his next release.


New Track: "The Flames" - Dan Svizeny

Dan Svizeny has been stepping out from behind his moniker Cough Cool with his most recent releases, but his signature fuzz and knack for pretty melodies still remains. You can check out his latest single, "The Flames," below, which will appear on his upcoming LP. Enjoy!


New Track: "Good Nothings" - Cough Cool

As if Labor Day weekend didn't already signal the end of summer, Cough Cool, a.k.a. Dan Svizeny, just droped a new track called "Good Nothings" that also sounds like the end of a summer romance. The tune is a B-side to the collection of songs that he just released on the LP 29 via Bathetic. Please feel free to lament with us.


New Music Video: "Velvet" - Cough Cool

Fuzz-popster Cough Cool (a.k.a. Dan Svizeny) recently posted a new music video for the track "Velvet," off his latest LP 29 (Bathetic). In the footage, you'll find Svizeny hanging around his apartment lip-syncing while playing the sensitive, lonely brah. Enjoy!

"Velvet" by Cough Cool from Bathetic 




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