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Megafortress

"Live In Grace"

Brooklyn musician Bill Gillim introduced the world to the devotional sounds of Megafortress back in 2012, promptly releasing a self-titled EP of lustrous, meditative hymns on Software Label. A whole new journey finds Gillim’s angelic falsetto taking a back seat to fuller, stripped down vocals on the beautifully twisted new single “Live In Grace.” Lush organ sounds sparsely glimmer through patches of delicate fuzz, giving him access to a realm of unearthed thoughts and fears trapped in stillness. In the midst of some heavy proclamations, Gillim’s ascension to ”Grace” is often shrouded in the fear of his own delusion. However, the contemplative wanderer still travels off the beaten path, hoping that through all the obscurity and discord, a more tangible picture presents itself and safely leads him to higher ground.

Megafortress’ debut album Believer will be released on November 4th via Driftless Recordings.

Nick Hakim

"Lift Me Up"

Nick Hakim‘s hybrid sound often finds elements of blues and folk dancing in the night, bridging love, loss, and fantasy into gut-wrenching ballads that lead to a river of tears. With the release of Where Will We Go Pt. 2 fast approaching, Nick Hakim drops another gloomy summer jam titled ”Lift Me Up.” Hakim leads with a weepy falsetto as the piano keys bleed through a subtle, airy production. As he relives the loss of a friend, his pain encompasses the track, which leads to vocals so crisp it’s bone chilling. Each harmony is delicate, yet visceral, triggering emotions that feel strangely close to home.

Where Will We Go Pt. 2 will be out on September 16th via Earseed Records.

Vogue Dots

"Way Out"

The Halifax-based duo Vogue Dots are the latest slice of goodness to emerge from Cascine‘s singles imprint, CSCN. Made on an island cottage in Belle Isle, their left-field pop experiments have led to the birth of “Way Out” and the lush B-side “Thunder.” Each song blushes with serenity, splashing a pop canvas with warm shades of blistering sound and melodies that flourish from a distance.

“Way Out” leads with bubbling loops that eventually flood the track in a flurry of upbeat atmospherics. This brief flash of skittish pop is succeeded by “Thunder,” a track that feels nothing like its namesake. It’s the calm after the storm, a shimmering gem brushed with earthly textures and a seductive hint of mystery.

“Way Out” and “Thunder” are available now via CSCN.

Saint Pepsi

"Fall Harder"

Saint Pepsi, a.k.a. Ryan DeRobertis, debuted his vocal chops amongst the beaming thumps of disco on the funked-out A-side “Fiona Coyne.” Now his head-over-heels summer jams continue as “Fall Harder” sees DeRebortis still helplessly in love, pining over his summer romance, and reliving those blissful moments on this warm, breezy production. With fuller vocals blowing in the forefront, a textured breeze of shiny blips and riffs carries the song into a whole new world of smooth, care-free goodness. Saint Pepsi evolves on this track, honing his pop sensibilities with a love-struck heart, which results in one of the better B-sides you’ll hear all summer.

Saint Pepsi’s Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder 7” is available now via Carpark Records.

Somerville Jack

"It's Me"

Somerville Jack is the moniker of Hamilton musician Chris McComas, one half of the dreamy duo Permanent Vacation. With summer still picking up steam, his first track “It’s Me” provides lucid visions of eternal sunshine, beaming through jangly pop hooks and lush vocals that fill you with the glorious feeling that beach days are just around the corner. It’s carefree and breezy, a marvelous effort that lets Mother Nature know she’s officially been put on notice.

“It’s Me” is available via Track & Field Records‘ Summer compilation. You can purchase the limited edition tape here.

Nicholas Nicholas

"Cave"

Gearing up for the release of his sophomore album, Wrong, the Brooklyn-based artist Chris Masullo, a.k.a. Nicholas Nicholas, is back with a foggy new single titled “Cave.” Continuing down a path of lush, melancholic shoegaze, the track builds off a smooth ripple of drums and a bleak wind of atmospherics; a sonic landscape perfect for Masullo’s vocals to glow bright in the song’s beautiful darkness. The song burns out with a sad outro that finds him still circling his sub-conscious in search of truths that lay on the horizon, but have yet to be revealed.

Wrong will be out on August 19th via Miscreant Records.

Bruce Smear

"Pick & Roll"

Last Fall, Driftless introduced the world to Bruce Smear, the solo alter-ago of Beach Fossils guitarist Tommy Davidson. After a productive winter, the Smear campaign continues with another hi-fi club anthem called “Pick & Roll.” Building off an influx of high octane samples and liquefied break-beats, Bruce Smear creates a slick team of sounds that mold elements of U.K club and off-kilter techno into a court-side production fueled by Smear’s vast catalogue of unknown waves and alternate realities. In a matter of seconds, the track finds you rumbling through The Fifth Element, as the ultimate half-time show begins in a cyber stadium filled with freaks from all over the galaxy.

Bruce Smear’s Chlorine EP drops August 26th via Driftless Recordings. 

Suno Deko

"Bluets"

Atlanta’s Suno Deko, a.k.a. David Courtright, offers up the first taste of his forthcoming Throw Color EP with a track called “Bluets.” Things start off on a roll of delicate riffs that begin to warm up into sparkling reverb once the drums kick in. David’s vocals are rich and floaty, blowing gracefully through this dreamy psych gem that keeps the summer bliss on an endless high. While David’s lyrics are sung with a robust heart, hints of regret come undone in his beautifully laced lines. His warm sentiments are wrapped in sadness, but his angelic voice makes it pretty damn hard to notice.

Throw Color drops later this month via Stratosfear.

Gems

"Scars"

After releasing last year’s stunning Medusa EP, GEMS have been hard at work on new material for their next release. “Scars” is a new track that finds the D.C duo revealing more of those bright, electronic layers displayed on Medusa, leaning on a slightly buzzed out production that finds bass and synth rumbling backwards into a smooth ’80s feel. The airy vocals are sweet, dripping softly from a fog of reverb and light, subtle beats. What lies beneath the bliss is a lot of regret, a cry for love unreturned, and a pain so deep no amount of time could heal it.