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September 2014
Seagulls
"Great Pine
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Cough Cool Record Release Show at KFN June 22

Cough Cool, a.k.a. Dan Svizeny, may have a Misfits homage as the moniker in which he records and performs music under, but his menace grows from psych-rock seeds rather than campy punk trappings. Brandishing a grimacing psych-garage-shoegaze-pop hybrid, always seemingly played with eyes at half-mast, Cough Cool will be celebrating the release of his latest full-length album 29 (Bathetic), which is his best to date, tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. The Fishtown watering hole will surely be blown out in awash of sonic haze and surprisingly pretty pop melodies. So embrace the fuzz, and share it with someone you love! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alyssa Greenberg

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New Cough Cool LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Embrace the fuzz while indulging in some sweet pop melodies on this fine morning. Take a listen to Cough Cool's new full-length album 29 below, and purchase your very own copy via Bathetic Records or grab one at his record release show on Saturday, June 22 at Kung Fu Necktie.

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New Track: "Misfit 4x4" - Cough Cool

We are pretty sure Impose Magazine loves our local music scene and Cough Cool, a.k.a. Dan Svizeny. Below is a bouncy yet subdued jaunt through the 80s from Svizeny called "Misfit 4x4" that the publication premiered earlier today. The track is off his upcoming album 29, which is due out June 11 via Bathetic Records.

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