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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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Soft Speaker @ Beat Kitchen

Just before the holiday Soft Speaker dropped a new free EP called Blown From The Road. It features remixes of the song "Blown From The Road" by Cian Ciaran of Super Furry Animals and The Warmth.

Soft Speaker will make their 2014 stage debut at Beat Kitchen on Saturday, January 18th, with Indiana-based Cooked Books and Sleeping Bag.


Briar Rabbit "From Your Bones"

Briar Rabbit (aka Phillip-Michael Scales) is releasing his new LP, From Your Bones, on January 21st. The albums is thoughtful, introspective, and beautifully played "Thought-Pop". The album's first single is called "So Long" and is an upbeat (in melody) croon about escaping the ghosts of life and looking forward to better times. It is a fitting track for the New Year and a sign that there a big things ahead for Briar Rabbit.

You can catch Briar Rabbit at Martyrs' on January 25th with Julia Klee & The Dirty Pigeons.


North By North @ Empty Bottle

North By North is Nate Girard (Guitar/Vocals), Kendra Blank (Keys), and Dylan Andrews (Drums). This trio is releasing a very ambitious debut double LP called Something Wicked. The album is ambitious not just because it is a double LP, but because of the incredible storytelling and massive rock sound. An easy comparison is to early White Strips, but there is more depth to the writing and a little more fury to the sound.

You help celebrate the release of Something Wicked at Empty Bottle on January 23rd.



Consisting of cello, bass, percussion and vocal, Okapi is presenting a sound they are calling post-chamber. The trio released their debut self-titled EP this week, and it is available for whatever you willing to pay. The overall feel of the EP is slightly on the dark side, but that is mostly related to the deep sound of the instruments and the hushed vocals of Scott Gorski. Overall it is a refreshing look at composition making Okapi a band to watch this year.


Dead Rider "Chills on Glass"

Dead Rider (aka D. Rider) have a new album, Chills on Glass, coming out through Drag City this March. The label released an ominous video last week announcing the project. The band also joined twitter last week and you can follow them @deadriderband.




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