It has been a busy year for New Haven singer-songwriter Xavier Serrano. Earlier this year, he and his main band Kindred Queer released the excellent Child EP. Now, he is quickly following up that EP with a solo release of his own: Pierpont St. Ad Libs.
While Pierpont St. Ad Libs runs very much on the same frequency as Child, it is still more obviously a solo outing. Instead of weaving the numerous chamber pop arrangements around Serrano’s songs (as KQ utilizes), these songs benefit from their simplicity, resonating between Serrano’s smooth vocal catharsis and acoustic guitar pickings. Now liberated from speaking as the voice of a five-piece, Serrano’s steps away from the cryptic narrative of previous work to speak his mind more freely–with perhaps more interesting lyrical results.
Listen to Pierpont St. Ad Libs by Xavier Serrano below:
Anxious is a melodic hardcore trio from from southern CT. This December, the band released their debut EP, Carved, for streaming and digital purchase on Bandcamp.
On first impressions, Carved is a very promising start for Anxious. Over it’s 20-ish minute runtime, Anxious very formidably dabble in different exercises of punk, hardcore, and pop punk with pleasant results. While the songwriting is generally memorable, this set features a particularly inspired vocal performance.
Listen to Carved EP by Anxious below:
CT Scramble is happy to present to you additions to the CT Scramble 2017 Indie Rock Spotify Playlist. As one might guess, the CTS 2017 Indie Rock Spotify Playlist compiles some of our favorite music that has come out of CT in the past year all into one streamable Spotify outlet.
Recent additions include:
- “Direct Experience” by Wess Meets West
- “Belong.” by Xango/suave
- “Trampolines” by Vern Matz
- “Divine” by Furnsss
- “Only in the Fall” by Mandala
- “Goffe” by Human Flourishing
- “Hovering” by Basement Signal
- “Big Frame, Small Spirit” by Samuel Sandoval
- “God” by Boy Blunder
- “The City” by Ovlov
- “LASTTIMESLAST” by Tier
Stream / Follow the CT Scramble 2017 Spotify Playlist below:
The band has also shared the first single off the new album, the characteristically triumphant, textured, and heavily melodic “Direct Experience.” Stream it above and below.
Wess Meets West will be playing Con Etiquette’s album release show at The Outer Space Ballroom on December 22nd. Event page here.
Wess Meets West last release was 2015’s Barricades EP.
“Direct Experience” has been added to the CT Scramble 2017 Indie Rock Spotify Playlist.
Albany based cassette label Bee Side Cassettes has released a digital compilation of 22 bands covering songs by some of their favorite artists.
Both covers couldn’t be more appropriate for each band: Bilge Rat takes on “Good Morning Captain”, the closer of Slint’s 1991 seminal release Spiderland, and Reduction Plan goes for New Order’s gloomy classic “Blue Monday.”
While it’s no surprise that both these bands could perform the work of their early influences, they both really hit it out of the park with these ones.
All proceeds of the online compilation will go to Unidos Por Puerto Rico.
Listen to Juicyfruit Presents: Music: the 21 Best Songs Used in Cinema History below.
Vern Matz is the indie-folk trio of Yale students Danny Belgrad, Michael Lituchy and Noah Silvestry. Earlier this fall, the band released “Trampolines”, the first preview of an upcoming EP that will be released in January.
“Trampolines” is a promising introduction to the band: easy on the ears, but decorated with subtle textures and wide-eyed emotional affectations. What starts with a gentle acoustic strum and coming-of-age one liner from Belgrad eventually unfolds into a warm atmosphere of sun soaked reverb, anthemic drums, and twinkling piano. By the end of the song, it’s nostalgic introspection expands outwards into something far more technicolor than its deep crimson artwork suggests.
Vern Matz will be opening for Tokyo Police Club at The Ballroom on December 7th. Event page here.
“Trampolines” has been added to the CT Scramble 2017 Spotify Playlist.
Listen to “Trampolines” by Vern Matz below:
The collection contains remixed and remastered versions of Ovlov’s first three releases: Crazy Motorcycle Jump, What’s So Great About The City, and Not The Same Without You.
Head over to Exploding In Sound’s Bandcamp to stream the album and purchase the vinyl.