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:
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:
New London based indie rock band The Brazen Youth have released a live video of the group playing a new song “Figure In The Field.” The video was shot at the band’s studio at Ashlawn Farm and was filmed by Full Send Productions. Check it out below:
The Brazen Youth will be playing Ashlawn Farm Coffee in Lyme, CT on Dec 22nd. Event Page here. The band is also going out on tour in early 2018. Dates below:
- 1/17/18: Boston, MA at The Burren
- 1/19/18: Winooski, VT at Monkey House
- 1/20/18: Syracuse, NY at SPACE CAMP
- 1/21/18: Philadelphia, PA at P H Â R M Â C Y
- 1/23/18: Cleveland, OH at Beachland Tavern
- 1/24/18: Indianapolis, IN at Melody Inn
- 1/25/18: St. Louis, MO at Kismet Creative Center
- 1/26/18: Memphis, TN at Growlers
- 1/27/18: Nashville, TN – details to be announced soon 🙂
- 1/29/18: Asheville, NC at Sly Grog Lounge
Listen to 2016’s The Ever Dying Bristlecone Man 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.
Who: Wess Meets West
What: When The Structures Fails Us
Where: New Haven
Styles: Post-Rock; Alternative Rock; “Defiantly Optimistic”
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.
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.