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September 2014
"Great Pine
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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The Atlas Moth

Doom metal masters The Atlas Moth released their latest album, The Old Believer, via Profound Lore Records earlier this week. It is the band's 3rd full-length album.

You can catch The Atlas Moth at Bottom Lounge on August 10th with Boris & Subrosa.


Jody "Tired"

Jody is back with a new single, "Tired", produced by The-Drum. The track comes from the R&B groups forthcoming EP Oasis with is set to be released this July. The trio previously released the title track of the EP last month.


Uumans "Flipping Out"

Uumans is the electronic/pop creations of Chicago native Matthew Mehlan. The singer/songwriter has spent the last ten years in Brooklyn with his band Skeletons, but is flying solo the wonderfully intricate new album Flipping Out. This music is filled dense layers of beats, effects, and distorted vocals. It is at once music for the future and the present.

Flipping Out will be released on July 1st via Shinkoyo.


Secret Colours "Take It Slow"

Secret Colours have released a new video for their track "Take It Slow". The track comes from their latest album, Positive Distractions, which was release back in April.

You can catch Secret Colour later this month at Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival.


Many Places @ The Burlington

Many Places have released their their new EP, Plurals. This is the follow-up to the band's 2013 Tandem Shop EP, Home + Departed.

You can catch Many Places at The Burlington on June 13th with The City States and Minor Characters.


Advance Base "Our Cat"

Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth) has released an animated video for his track "Our Cat" from the 2011 EP by the same name. He also released a nice cover of the CCR track "Lodi" today via his soundcloud. If you haven't picked up the Ordinal release of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone live in Sydney limited vinyl release, I suggest you check that out as well. 


The Lemons "Lemoncita"

The Lemons have released a split 7" with Tokyo's Teen Runnings via Gary Records. The Lemons contribution includes the incredible garage-pop tune "Lemoncita". The band is currently at the top of the retro psych-pop game.

You can catch The Lemons at Auxiliary Arts Center (3012 W. Belmont) on June 20th with Flower Girl.


Jared Bartman on Rooftop Sessions Chicago

Rooftop Sessions Chicago has launched their Spring/Summer season with a great performance from Jared Bartman. He performed "Quiet and Still" with additional vocals from Stephanie Bartman. Jared's latest album, Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows, was released last fall.

You can catch Jared at Uncommon Ground on Clark with Briar Rabbit on June 28th.




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