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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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Royal Outsiders

Royal Outsiders (formerly The Central Standard) released the details of their debut album, Neither Here Nor There, late last week. The album will be released on October 5th and the band will be headlining Cubby Bear Wrigleyville that night to celebrate. The band also released the album's first single "Against Your Soul".


Goldhouse @ Lincoln Hall

Goldhouse is the electro-pop music of Grant Harris. This year he has released two single, "Over" and "When I Come Home", along with several highly praised remixes.

You can catch Goldhouse with The Locals at Lincoln Hall on August 29th.


eighth blackbird

The super ensemble eighth blackbird have recently the first except from their forthcoming album Filament (Cedille Records, Sept. 11th). The album futures recordings of works by Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly, and Son Lux (Ryan Lott), along with a live recording of Philip Glass's classic 1968 work, Two Pages, featuring Dessner (guitar) and Muhly (organ). The excerpt below is a performance of Bryce Dessner's "Tears For Sister Polly" from "Murder Ballades".

eighth blackbird have an ongoing residency at MoCA - Chicago with performances coming up on Sept 1st and 2nd. They will be performing the complete "Murder Ballades" piece at MoCA - Chicago in March.

MP3: eighth blackbird "Tears For Sister Polly" (right-click to download)


Marrow "The Gold Standard"

Marrow is preparing to release their latest album, The Gold Standard, on September 4th via FoxHall Records. The four piece band has spent a lot of time and poured a lot of varied influences into this album, but have also been interacting with the Chicago music scene in other way over the last year. Liam Kazar (singer/songwriter/guitarist) spent much of the last year on the road with Tweedy; Macie Stewart toured with Chance the Rapper; and the band as a whole was featured on Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s album, Surf. The result of these varied ties to the scene that have created a beautiful and complex album. Below is the video for the album's lead single "Paulson".

You can catch Marrow at Lincoln Hall on November 27th in support of their new album.




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