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:
New London singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin has shared a new song in her recent cover series. This time she takes on “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak with western Mass singer-songwriter Jonah Tolchin.
Martin comments on the cover series: “This cover is the third release in the second series of covers between albums, both to give my audience something fun and new while I’m developing the originals with my band, and as a tip of the hat to other artists I love. Playing other people’s songs is definitely a way to throw yourself out of your comfort zone, learning new chord voicings and progressions that you might never have reached for in your own knowledge, and a great excuse to push limits of time, key and instrumentation to make it your own.”
Martin is currently working on her fifth album of original music, Scared Fearless. Set for Spring 2018 release, it’s up for pre-order at GoFundMe with lots of bonus goodies.
Daphne Lee Martin’s last album release was 2015’s Fall On Your Sword.
Stream “Wicked Game” 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.
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: