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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 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:

Now Streaming: Fugue Release Instrumental Slow Burner “Sun Got Bit”

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It has been a long time since western, CT instrumental rockers Fugue have released any new music.  Six years this past August (to be exact, but who’s counting?). Last Friday, the band came out of hibernation to announced they would be releasing a new song.

Today, the band has released the new song “Sun Got Bit.”  Stream it above and read the band’s statement below:

After a bit of a hiatus, we decided it was time to test our might and write/record another track together, mostly over the course of a couple days this past summer in Bethel, CT. 

Mother Brother studios helped us transcend time and space to write this wacky song 6 years after our last release for anyone that still might care about us. Although we are grateful, pretty much everything is terrible and we wanted to make sure any money from this could help things for someone somewhere suck a little less. Amidst countless tragedies since the conception of this song, we decided the devastation of Puerto Rico and the neighboring Caribbean islands was one of the causes that could use the most help. 

Help get a few of these people some frickin’ drinking water and pay whatever you want to download this weird song! Also, feel free to educate yourself on what your money will be going towards.

Listen to “Sun Got Bit” by Fugue below:

Review: Cheem Fly On Technical, Melodically Intricate ‘Downhill’

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Cheem’s new record Downhill shows a tangible progression of maturity for the Hartford emo-pop punk five-piece. Since the release of 2016’s Making a Planet, the band has been impressively prolific in both the amount of shows played as well as songs written (even releasing a dope split with their CT peers Budris).  Downhill features an ample 15 tracks, all of them embracing the band’s technical prowess and dual vocal approach.  

As it is an unashamedly emo-revivalist record, the band pulls from all of the genre’s qualities across the emotional indie-punk-pop spectrum. Opener “Freakazoid” strikes the first two components as an introduction to the record. A post-adolescent flail of angst, irregular song structures, and various guitar textures, all its sound and fury serve as a perfect primer for the bigger highlights that will follow.

Early single “Kate”  can easily stand with their Making a Planet tune “Joy Division T-Shirt” as one of the group’s best songs.  Featuring one of the album’s most memorable vocal melodies, it strikes a balance between its soft spoken verses and raucous chorus.  “Instar” follows suit by showcasing the band’s technical prowess and multi-part songwriting chops.  The latter features an especially brief and borderline experimental pause of harmonies before jumping back into full gear with danceable rhythm guitar that the band sometimes employs.

Throughout the remainder of the record, the band refrains from making obvious pop songs and instead pursuing more challenging punk compositions. In addition to the band’s obvious technical virtuosity (in pretty much all facets but hot damn those drums), Downhill is very much a studio record. Every song is so decked out with various little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it textures it encourages repeat listens just to catch them all.  Fortunately, with such a dense sprawl of emotional and textual energy, the band plays it tastefully by keeping many of the 15 track tunes between two and three minutes.

Listen to Downhill by Cheem below:

Laundry Day’s “Seven Seas” Music Video Is The Most New Haven Music Video

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Prior to releasing their dope new album, It’s Cool, It’s Whatever, the New Haven indie rock band Laundry Day released a promotional music video for album standout “Seven Seas.”  Filmed by If Jesus Had Machine Guns‘ Jimi Patterson, the video features singers Alex Burnet and Sam Carlson harmonizing throughout a bunch of stills that skip all over different parts of the Elm City.  What locations do you recognize?

Listen to Laundry Day‘s It’s Cool, It’s Whatever below: