Furnsss Announce New Self-Titled Cassette, Share “Roll With It” – Stream

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CT fuzz pop band Furnsss have announced their new self-titled cassette, due out November 13th, and have shared the first track from it “Roll With It.” Listen to the new track above.

Furnsss is the group’s first release since 2015’s New Moves EP.  You can pre-order the new cassette at Furnsss’ Bandcamp here.

Furnsss will on tour with Joy Again this November.  See dates below.

11/13/17 – Washington, D.C. @ Above The Bayou
11/14/17 – Savannah, GA @ El Rocko Lounge
11/15/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
11/16/17 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
11/17/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
11/19/17 – Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
11/20/17 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
11/21/17 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/22/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

Listen to “Roll With It” by Furnsss below.

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Hear This: An Introduction To New Haven Folk Rock Mercy Choir

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New Haven folk rock act Mercy Choir is the musical outlet of singer-songwriter Paul Belbusti.  Since the inception of his project in the mid-2000s, Belbusti has been exceptionally prolific with his main act (never mind his work as one-half of the experimental group Rivener), releasing at least eight albums that dabble in various genres like Americana, baroque pop, and lo-fi experimentation.

Even this year alone, Mercy Choir has put out two drastically different releases: the orchestrally elaborate Like a Fountain Stirred and its more stripped down counterpart Fair Games. With such an expansive discography, it may be difficult to know where to begin.

Fortunately for those new to Mercy Choir, the band has created an introductory Spotify playlist, This is: Mercy Choir, that includes music from many of the project’s various releases (with even more to be found on Bandcamp).  We are happy to know that it starts with one of our favorite Mercy Choir songs, the synth heavy “Birdwatcher.” Check it out below.

Mercy Choir will be playing Neverending Books in New Haven on Oct 27th with Daphne Lee Martin.  Event Page here.

Hartford Future Soul Group Broca’s Area Share Debut Full Length ‘See The Light’

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Hartford, CT future soul group Broca’s Area have released their debut full length album, See the Light, and it’s a total trip. Free floating through realms of R&B, soul and hip-hop, the quartet have plugged into a unique channel on the same console as Hiatus Kaiyote, The Roots, and Erykah Badu.

This release flaunts a welcomed grit around Broca’s typically smooth edges. Mike Carabello’s dense cluster chords color the band’s infectious grooves, contoured by Josh Uguccioni’s fluid basslines. Soaring overhead, Mary Corso delivers her most dynamic vocal melodies as percussionist Stephen Cusano digs into every backbeat pocket he can unearth. Recorded at Hartford’s Funkhaus Music studio, See the Light is a spacey, steadfast contribution to the diverse “Hartford Sound.”

Broca’s Area will play Real Art Ways’ Creative Cocktail Hour on October 19th in Hartford.  Event page here.

Listen to See the Light by Broca’s Area below.

Hartford Synth Pop Act Pearl Sugar Shares Debut Single “Alright” – Stream

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Hartford, CT musician Chris Bugnacki writes and records synth pop music under the name Pearl Sugar.  According to Bugnacki, Pearl Sugar is “heavily influenced by bands like Porches, Blood Orange, Kate Bush, and any music that uses a Yamaha DX7 or Juno 106.”

A mellow and melancholy pop affair, first single “Alright” is lightly decorated with light 80s synths and minimal percussion.   While “Alright” is currently Pearl Sugar’s only officially released single, Bugnacki will be releasing more in the not too distant future.

Listen to Alright” by Pearl Sugar below:

Now Streaming: The Amphibious Man – Silver Alert (2017)

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As expected, it’s Friday the 13th so the ex-CT occult indie rock band The Amphibious Man have returned from whatever realm they inhabit to release their new album Silver Alert for streaming and purchase.  It is the lo-fi group’s first release since 2015’s Witch Hips.

Listen to Silver Alert below:

Tall, Ex-Rusty Things Singer Records Sparse Folk Punk as The Lil Guy

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Earlier this year, the Naugatuck Valley swing-punks Rusty Things decided to take a break from current operations.  Since then, principal songwriter Alex Murowsky has picked his guitar back up to record a handful of new tunes under the name The Lil Guy (Alex is at least six feet tall).

Right now, The Lil Guy’s only release is a collection of demos, appropriately titled Demolicious.  It features many of the qualities of Murowksy’s previous band, but benefits from a sparse, back-to-basics approach.  Murowsky comments that there will be more full band recordings to come, but for now, we are enjoying the loose demos.

Listen to Demolicious by The Lil Guy below: