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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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Damned Rivers, "On My Side"

As most Nashvillians know, crossing the Cumberland from East Nashville to Downtown isn't always done... willingly. And for music to be suited for Broadway AND Gallatin, it has to fit into the very particular union of heart-tugging roots music, DIY-ing indie rock and boot-stompin' Americana.

Just as their name suggests, Nashville's own Damned Rivers are putting out Southern-rooted indie folk that can hold its own anywhere in town, rivers be damned.
Although their self-titled EP won't be out until August 11, the guys are giving us a sneak peak with their single "On My Side." Give it a listen below! - Caroline Bowman (photo by Jason Reed).

The Breathe In, Breathe Out

Dim the lights, plug in a lava lamp, pour up, light up and kick back, because Nashville's psychedelic vagabonds The Breathe In, Breathe Out are taking us all on a journey into the depths of mind-altering garage/alt rock.

The four-piece released their three-song EP "Lungs" earlier this month, and crammed all of the wild, spontaneous energy of their live show into a polished, entrancing 15 minutes. Front-man Kin Sullivan's gravelly vocals find that sweet spot between wide-open and completely-controlled, and when they're partnered with grungy, groovy instrumentals and abstract, brain-swirling lyrics, The Breathe In, Breathe Out transcend the westside apartment they recorded in into... total awesomeness.
Give "Lungs" a listen below, and learn a little more about the band here (Trust me, it's worth the read.) -Caroline Bowman


Midnight Mantics, "Mixtape Vol. 1"

If we pressed the eject button on The DeLorean's cassette deck, a mixtape of Billy Idol, The Cars, Duran Duran and Nashville-based Midnight Mantics would come popping out. The biggest mystery: What year was it made?!

The chill wave duo, made up of Stacy Hogan and Adam McCants, have taken their mutual love of all things John Hughes and created an authentic, danceable and relevant debut album that could easily be the soundtrack to any 80s teen flick. "Mixtape Vol. 1," dropping in September,  is stacked with drum machines, dreamy synth, echoey vocals and catchy hooks that will have you reaching for the Aquanet.
Get a taste of Midnight Mantics with their single, "City of Dreamers." -Caroline Bowman




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