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Safe Bet "Joy, Find Me"

Safe Bet has released a new album called Joy, Find Me. The album's opening track, "Blue", is also the album's lead single and is accompanied by the Lars Juveland directed video below.

This is solo Emo music that was constructed with a full band potential in mind. These songs are raw, emotional, but ultimately relatable and uplifting.

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Vakash "Melting Star"

Industrial Drone group Vakash has released their latest EP, "Melting Star". This album is haunting, chaotic, but surprisingly beautiful.

This is the work of Richard Winn, Dan Hall, Carole Sweeney, Michael Ritenour, Alice Stargazer, and John Watson.

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Burnt Umber Penumbra releases B.U.P.3

On his third collection of 2020 so far (quarantine goals!) Burnt Umber Penumbra opens with a track called “Landings” that with its percolating digital oscillations and warm hazy drones does indeed sound like a good soundtrack for a lunar landing. On the next track (“Scamz”) the listener is brought back down to earth cold-opening with a voice message left by a robotic female from an unidentified government agency, promising “you will be taken under custody by the local cops as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment,” followed by a fuzzed-out looped beat and heavily-reverbed repeating chords. Whether this message pertains to four overdue parking tickets or a quadruple homicide we may never know but the mystery’s the thing.

Based on no evidence whatsoever I would hypothesize that Burnt Umber Penumbra got his name from one of those band-name-generating-algorithms that in this case takes a discontinued Crayola color and combines it with a word or phrase likely to be uttered by Neil deGrasse Tyson. If so, consider yourself lucky not to be listening to Prussian Blue Trigonometric Parallax. Anyway based on a minute-or-two of extensive Internet research I learned that a “penumbra” is a physical phenomenon equivalent to a shadow of a shadow. So go ahead and light up a jazz cigarette and ponder that for a moment and while you’re at it put on this album because it’s perfect music for just this sort of mental activity--on B.U.P.3 you’ll hear echoes of everything from Tangerine Dream to M83 ready to take you on a journey to the center of the mind. Space is the place indeed.

As value added Burnt Umber Penumbra’s video output so far further solidifies the mystical aesthetic of his music. A crystal pyramid of unknown origin features consistently for instance, and he apparently has the ability to play clarinet through a Covid-style bandana face covering (see below). Which is pretty cool and so is the music. But consider yourself forewarned, there’s some magickal forces at work here. (Jason Lee)


 





Ananya explores found emotions in new single "Everybody’s Lost"

Pop-star Ananya keeps her music cool, relatable, and smooth enough for plenty of easy listens: in her new single “Everybody’s Lost,” the singer-songwriter deploys a heartbeat kick drum, a rippling synth atmosphere, and her soft vocals to soothe and deliver a tune to kick back to. Ananya, originally from Mumbai and now bouncing from Los Angeles to London, is connecting continents with pop music that is universally elegant and themes of love and freedom that are easy to identify with. Stream “Everybody’s Lost” below to find a song you can treasure, a mood you can recognize. - René Cobar 

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MOTHERMARY "Resurrection" on After Dark 3

MOTHERMARY aren't your average twin sister duo who managed to escape both Montana and Mormonism to resettle in Brooklyn and make art-damaged darkwave electro-pop as a form of cleansing "sacrilegious ritual" before eventually teaming up with Italians Do It Better maestro Johnny Jewel who placed their latest musical offering entitled "Resurrection" (timely title) on his third installment of the After Dark compilation series featuring label stablemates such as Chromatics, Desire, and Double Mixte.

“Resurrection” is a moody come-hither heavy-breather chock full of pregnant pauses, sawtooth synths, acid basslines and ‘80s electro-tom fills. You can listen to the song at 34:10 below but really why not just listen to the entire After Dark 3 comp because who couldn’t use a good hour-plus of dark synthy sexiness to cleanse the palate of the past fours years. And heck, while you're at it just go ahead and buy the triple-LP on “Green Slime Vinyl” because Happy Days Are Here Again. [addendum: music video for "Resurrection" also included below]

Re: the lyrics: “Resurrection is our version of the story of Selene, the Moon goddess in Greek mythology. She finds herself in love with a mortal she can’t help but visit every night. Their relationship strained... by his own mortality & natural barriers of the night... temps her lover to choose eternal sleep so that they may resurrect their love every evening” -MOTHERMARY

File Under: Italo-disco. Giallo soundtracks. The Neon Demon. Twins of Evil. Twin Peaks: The Return. Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner. John Carpenter in the disco. That scene in the Terminator with the chain-link fence new wave dance clubAnd of course that scene in the Star Wars Holiday Special where an elderly Wookie masturbates to a hologram of Diahann Carroll. And so on. (Jason Lee)


 

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