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:
- “Made Lonely” by Figurine (Hartford; Acoustic; Singer-Songwriter)
- “Hippolyta!” by Perennial (CT/MA; Art-Punk; Post-Hardcore)
- “Xool” by Rivener (New Haven; Instrumental; Experimental)
- “Alright” by Pearl Sugar (Hartford; Indie Pop; Electronic)
- “Head In The Clouds” by Headroom (New Haven; Alternative; Shoegaze)
- “New Liberation” by Wayward City (New Haven; Alternative Rock)
- “Icarus” by Broca’s Area (Hartford; Future Soul; Alternative)
- “Adoxography” by Brundlefly & The Swede (Ex-CT; Post-Rock; Alternative)
- “There’s Nothing” by Loud Enough Feels (Hartford; Electronic; Hip-Hop)
- “Trouble On The Homefront” by Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots (The Valley; Alt-Country; Folk Rock)
- “November 1st” by The Amphibious Man (Ex-CT; Indie Rock; Garage)
- “Keep On Fading” by King Bongo (Meriden; Garage; Surf Rock)
- “Survivor’s Guilt” by Spillway (Hartford; Alternative Rock)
Our goal in compiling such a playlist was to create an eclectic (as eclectic as CT indie rock gets) but accessible introduction to much of the quality music that has come out of our wonderful and artistically underrated state this year. Should a listener pursue to really dive deep into the 40 track, two and a half hour playlist, one will find a pleasant array of indie rock jams ranging from fuzzed out garage punk to atmospheric and literary baroque folk.
For what it’s worth: While CTS spent a decent amount of time trying to sequence the playlist into something sensible, we have found that it also works pretty well for those who prefer their playlists shuffled.
Listen to (and feel free to FOLLOW) the CT Scramble 2017 Indie Rock Spotify Playlist below:
Monroe, CT based Waveform is the lo-fi bedroom pop project of Dan Poppa and Jarett Denner. Earlier this October, Waveform released their third release of the year, Drawing. The album is a highly formidable start for the young band, filtering many understated hooks and a surprising variety of textures and ambient sounds in concise alternative pop sketches.
Listen to Dreaming by Waveform below:
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, CT future soul group Broca’s Area have released their debut full length album, See the Light, and it’s a total trip. Free floating through realms of R&B, soul and hip-hop, the quartet have plugged into a unique channel on the same console as Hiatus Kaiyote, The Roots, and Erykah Badu.
This release flaunts a welcomed grit around Broca’s typically smooth edges. Mike Carabello’s dense cluster chords color the band’s infectious grooves, contoured by Josh Uguccioni’s fluid basslines. Soaring overhead, Mary Corso delivers her most dynamic vocal melodies as percussionist Stephen Cusano digs into every backbeat pocket he can unearth. Recorded at Hartford’s Funkhaus Music studio, See the Light is a spacey, steadfast contribution to the diverse “Hartford Sound.”
Broca’s Area will play Real Art Ways’ Creative Cocktail Hour on October 19th in Hartford. Event page here.
Listen to See the Light by Broca’s Area below.
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:
Hartford alternative rock four-piece Spillway makes riff-heavy rock music that diverges into a wide variety of styles, from singalong punk-pop to angsty shredding mini-metalisms. Earlier in September, the band announced their new EP, Fish Can Drown, and released it’s first sample of new music, the wide-eyed power popper, “New England Expatriates.”
Today, we are premiering another new song off the new record, “Stage Four”. Written by main vocalist Matt Palmer, the song stands in stark contrast from that first preview, forgoing a major key appeal for a moodier alt-rock waltz, a shredding bassline, and a forlorn wailing vocal that evokes heavy catharsis about removing the cancerous elements of your life in order to make it through.
Spillway will be playing their release show at Blind Moose in Bloomfield, CT on October 27th with Jelani Sei, Bat House, and Glambat. Event page here.
Fish Can Drown will be released on October 20th.
Boston indie rock band Pup Dignity is the lo-fi bedroom pop project of singer-songwriter Joe Martorelli. Martorelli, who has also played in the NYC / CT based Analog Sunset, has complemented his other project with a it’s more downtempo and downtrodden counterpart. Check out the band’s debut EP on Bandcamp above and below: