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August 2015
"If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art
With their debut EP If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art, LOUDS hits the nail on the head with its appealing out of the gates energy. Released via Color Theory Records, the Brett Boucher-produced EP instantly grabs a hold of the body’s desire to let loose. 
The group leads with its best foot forward with its debut single and album opener, “Ways.” The standout track has a warm, vamping synth and those dare-you-to-keep-your-hands-still claps, which are melded with the sugary, chiptune sonic blasts. That bubbly, dance-inspiring vibe is cut through and juxtaposed by lyrics that form the picture of a hot and cold relationship. “The love you’ve known sailed from you one evening, months have gone now you don’t feel the same.”
Wisps of light guitar, keys, and gentle percussion converge in the narrative of  “Lying in the Middle” with its upbeat Paul Simon-Graceland vibes. The rolling hills that are ready to break out with exasperations chronicling the fickle courtship. “It’s the wrong way to approach it, but I know that your heartaches after months of feeling kind of confused. One day I’ll be lying in the middle with you.” The song concludes whimsically with Beatles-esque harmonies:  “My arms are tired, I’m half awake, but finally there with you.”
From the alarm bell, to the to the approaching bass and organ tone leading into those sinister strings, anticipation rapidly builds in “Driving Us Together.”Once again, the band dives into the complexity of relationships. Amid that layered fluid instrumentation, which creeps and momentarily bursts, underlies a sincere thought: “I’ve been trying to forget you but I don’t know how. Driving us together don’t erase your doubt.” The song simplifies down to a strumming guitar as echoes of “goodbye” come through before meeting up with the heartbroken chorus.
Strumming sets off into the echo of menacing tumbling keys in the chest-thumping, never-tell tale “It Takes Two.” “We’re alone in your best friend’s basement. You’re the one who brought me down... As we talking my hearts raising, I hope you don’t figure out” leading into the smoothed chorus: “Cause everybody knows it takes two…” That weaving in and out creates a lively yet personal sense.
If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art threads a layered vibrant in-motion musicality with a relatable multifaceted tug and pull aspect of intimacy, zooming in on all sides while never sitting still. The EP is an impressive debut from the fledgling electropop outfit that ends way sooner than you’d like it to conclude. - Michael Colavita

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Milo & Otis "The Joy"

The soulful duo Milo & Otis have released a video for the title track for their 2012 self-titled full length debut, The Joy.


The Symposium "Brain Jail"

Back on Halloween The Symposium released a EP called Brain Jail. The six track EP is the bands fourth released in 2013. The five piece band like to keep their songs short, but filled of sounds and genes. If I had to pin them down I would say Psych Pop, but I enjoy how smoothly they transition between several styles of play.

You can catch The Symposium at Beat Kitchen on December 11th with MAMA, Hand Practices, & Garbage Friends.


Goodbye Fruit Bats, you will be missed!

In a recent post on the band's website Fruit Bats frontman Eric D. Johnson announced that the band is "calling it a day". The band has had a great career spanning 13 years and 5 albums. The one bright note is the hint to a "epic last gig in Chicago".

The band just wrapped up their final three scheduled shows in support of the 10 year anniversary reissue of Mouthful via Jealous Butcher. The reissue will be the first time the collection is available on vinyl. Mouthfuls was the band's second album and first on Sub Pop.


Angel Olsen New Album

Angel Olsen and Jagjaguwar announced the details on Olsen's next album this week. The new full-length will be called Bury Your Fire For No Witness and will be released on Feb. 18th. You can preorder the album now.

Olsen also released a video for the new track "Forgiven/Forgotten" which appears on the forthcoming album.


Está Vivo "How Strange"

Está Vivo is back with a new EP called "How Strange" which will be released next week via Mush Records.

The freak-folk sounds of Está Vivo began as the bedroom project of Ryan McMahon. This new ep is pleasant step forward in McMahon's sound and also finds him working with Steffaloo on the EP's title track.




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