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Geographer – “Age of Consent” (New Order cover)

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Geographer, a San Francisco-based indie pop / electronic musician (named Mike Deni), covered new wave band New Order’s “Age of Consent” song. Keeping the slinky synths and bouncy strings in the lead, he twists the song with a little more of a laid-back melody, and his soulful pop vocals are so silky smooth, calm and beautiful. This is my first introduction to Geographer, even though they’ve been around for nearly a decade, and I’d say this is a fine starting point (as I find myself listening to more on Youtube).

Upon research, I learned that this cover came out a few years ago, and appeared in the commercial introduction of the iPad Mini. But, this song is included in the band’s Endless Motion Vol. 1 EP, which included 4 other covers, and came out this past December. Give “Age of Consent” a listen.

Foreign Air – “Free Animal”

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Having crossed paths numerous times over the years while in different projects, Jacob Michael and Jesse Clasen recently found themselves looking for a new creative outlet when they decided to form the indie rock band Foreign Air. With their debut EP slated to release in February 2016, the duo released its first single a week ago.

Hunny Gale – “Get Back”

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Hunny Gale is a musical theatre-trained singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California, that claims her genre as being “rock n’ soul” (at least, that’s what it says on her Facebook page). Primed to release her debut EP, titled Dream No More, she put out her first single a few days ago. Through warm, midtempo guitars, clapping snare sounds, and an easy-going vibe, produced by Daniel J. W!shington, “Get Back” finds Hunny Gale singing a romantic song about being away from the one she loves and looking forward to returning back into his arms, because their love is kinda magic. There’s a sweet folk-soul sound in this song and, along with the happy, love-induced lyrics, it pulls at me in a comforting way. I can’t help but smile. Stream the song and look out for her EP tomorrow.

SOUNDCHECK: Black Honey

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I clicked play on a song by Black Honey today, called “Corrine”, and about 20 seconds in, they had me as an intrigued fan. I clicked “like” and “repost” on Soundcloud, and began my who-are-they search, so I could share them with you! Having formed in mid-2014, Black Honey is an, indie rock band from Brighton, UK, that’s led by front-woman Izzy Bee Phillips, along with 3 cool dudes rocking out on the instruments, named Christ Ostler, Tommy Taylor, and Tom Dewhurst.

White Like Fire – “Crimson” video

From White Like Fire‘s (@whitelikefire) new EP, watch the music video for the rock-and-roll jam “Crimson”. The push-and-pull of the song’s instrumentation and Tyler’s singing, between the energetic verses and the melodic, catchy chorus is magnetic–it will have you thrusting your body in every which direction, in the best way possible. Especially alongside those electrifying guitar riffs, hard-hitting drums, the “hey!” shouts that jump in every now and then, and the fun keys that dance their way in (I love the way they’re punctuated at the end, sounding like a little retro ditty). Its upbeat nature is perfect for a good-time party atmosphere, much like the masquerade hang-out that they are performing for in the video. Directed by Bradley Atom. Check it out.

Smoke Season – “Bees” video

Ever since I heard Smoke Season‘s (@smokeseasonband) seductive “Bees” single, I’ve been playing it constantly. It’s still such an enjoyable song to listen to and sing along with, especially during the uptempo, catchy chorus, because that’s when you can raise your voice and sing all out, along those rock guitar riffs. Well, mid-May they dropped a music video for this song.

F. Virtue – “Growing Old” video

F. Virtue (@FamelessVirtue) released a music video for his song “Growing Old”, and let me tell you that my eyes watered up with happiness when watching it, and listening to the sweet, loving lyrics. Weddings between two people who love each other will always make me cry. Yup, you read it–F. Virtue wrote this song for his husband, and the visual has footage from their wedding. Awwww!

The song is a unique combination between acoustic folk-rock, hip hop, and jazz, and his songwriting is honest, personal, and he tells his story about falling in love. It’s so sweet and heart-warming, and it’s a beautiful thing that they are sharing their moment and love with the world. “Our love’s like… fuck it // No simile to describe it // ‘Cause no similar statement could ever define it–my baby.

White Like Fire – “Wait the Night Out” EP

Since sharing White Like Fire‘s (@whitelikefire) “You Gave Up On Me” video and getting put onto them then, the Pennsylvania-based indie rock band independently released their Wait The Night Out EP, on April 21st. Through 6 songs, they sure do make heartbreak, feeling lost in life, loneliness, and those darker times sound so damn cool and, most importantly, temporary. Or, at least, they’ll have you feeling good on the surface, with energetic dance moves to take your mind off of the other things that consume your mind. There’s a bright sun and beautiful rainbows just beyond the rain, you know.

Smoke Season – “Bees”

Indie-Americana duo Smoke Season (@smokeseasonband) have a newish single out, called “Bees”. Produced by David Burris and Kyle Draper, frontwoman Gabrielle Wortman‘s ethereal, yet seductive voice tip-toes over ethereal synths, gentle guitar plucks, shaky snares, and echoing vocals, in the verses; but the song picks up during the climatic, uptempo chorus, and you’ll find yourself singing along in no time. Perfect Smoke Season style!

Behind all the bee talk, I’m pretty sure that there’s a sexual innuendo of sorts in here, based on the suggestive wording (ie: “You get the honey without the sting” or “Honey on your eyelids // You got bees on your tongue and a heart on your sleeve“); but, whatever the case, I really like this one. Have a listen!

CB Premiere: Cantalouper – “Crybaby”

Cantalouper is a 4-piece indie rock band, from Columbia, Missouri, made up between Levi Dolan (vocals, guitar), Chuck Parzych III (drums), Andrew Dolan (keyboard), and Josh Reid (bass). On May 8th, they will be releasing their second full-length album, to follow-up their 2008 release, Mandrakes. Partially crowdfunded, this new album, titled Reproduction, sounds pretty good so far, seeing as how they’ve already released the first two singles (“Parking Lot” and “Katydid“, which you can hear here on their website).

SOUNDCHECK: Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver is a singer-songwriter, Weissenborn lap-steel guitarist, and multi-talented guitar player from Wellington, New Zealand, that combines the blues, soul, and rock for one strong and compelling sound. I came across his music after watching Estère‘s performances during the Aston Road Sessions (see it in my Soundcheck post), because he was one of the three artists who performed during this 2014 live event. I clicked play on his “Lead Me On / What Can I Say” performance, and was wholly captivated by his one-man-band star performance, his silky-smooth vocals that blended folk and soul, and his strong and poignant songwriting, while he masterfully played his guitar. Wheeeeew, yes!