Reduction Plan – Somewhere (2017)
Albany based cassette label Bee Side Cassettes has released a digital compilation of 22 bands covering songs by some of their favorite artists.
This compilation, titled Juicyfruit™️ Presents: Music: the 21 Best Songs Used in Cinema History contains two contributions from New Haven’s very own Bilge Rat and Reduction Plan.
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 – Trampolines (2017)
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:
It Came From Connecticut Vol.4
It Came From Connecticut Vol. 3
Earlier this year, Cheshire based Bonehead Studio hosted a series of sessions for local Connecticut bands to come by its studio to record contributions for its ongoing series It Came From Connecticut.
Today, the fine folks at Bonehead have released not just one, but two full volumes of music recorded by CT rock bands. All songs were recorded, mixed and mastered at Bonehead Studio, Cheshire CT by Tom Boudreau.
Stream It Came From Connecticut Vol. 3 & 4 below:
It Came From Connecticut Vol. 3
It Came From Connecticut Vol. 4
Ovlov – Greatest Hits Vol.2 (2017)
Earlier this fall, NYC rock and punk label Exploding In Sound Records announced it would be releasing Greatest Hits Vol. 2, a compilation of Newtown indie rock band Ovlov‘s early EPs.
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.
Earlier this week, we stopped by Redscroll Records in Wallingford to speak about CT Scramble, the CT music scene, and some of our favorite releases of the year. Check out the full podcast at Redscroll Records’ website here.
Samurai Sword – Needle, Red Thread (Single) (2017)
Mandala – Cash For Smiles (2017)
Non Adult – The Gay Science // Joyful Wisdom (2017)
Videodome – Nocturnal Omissions (2017)
Ovlov – Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (2017)
Furnsss – Furnsss EP (2017)
Basement Signals – Old Ruin, A Newman (2017)
Human Flourishing – Regicides (2017)
Lowercase Lullaby – Worth It (2017)
Xango/Suave – Equis (2017)
Quietly – Aestivation (2017)
While CT Scramble does it’s best job to report the new and noteworthy music coming out of our wonderful state, sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to catch up and listen to it all!
This past November, CT indie musicians were particularly prolific, releasing new music, live videos, or simply getting their music uploaded on more accessible streaming services like Spotify.
Fortunately, we here at Scramble also want to provide an accessible compilation of all that new stuff that comes out on a daily basis. Check out below for a recap of some of the new music we have covered this November.
Waterbury, CT alt-rock five-piece Mandala have released their new album Cash For Smiles for streaming and purchase on all major media outlets. It is the group’ first album since 2015’s Valley People.
A crystal clear and confident collection of alternative rock songs, Cash For Smiles shows the band developing both their songwriting chops and technical ability. Throughout it’s breezy 36-minute runtime, the band alternates through upbeat jangle, crunchy rock riffage, anthemic delay, and slightly divergent pop and rock styles.
While the band does a good job of conveying emotion in their own performance, main vocalist Morgan Fasanelli directs the human element of these songs. Arguably the album’s emotional centerpeice, Fasanelli’s vocal on “Motel Lobby” leaves a lasting impact as the album returns to the jaunts of singles like “Only In The Fall.”
“Only In The Fall” has been added to the CT Scramble 2017 Spotify Playlist.
Listen to Cash For Smiles by Mandala below: