“River” is the second single from Akron/Family’s 2009 release, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free. Following the thundering and anthemic “Everyone is Guilty,” “River” returns to something they have always been known for: a timeless hook. “River” delivers Ali Farka Toure-like guitar work, but this song is all about the infectious vocal melody.
Like the “Everyone is Guilty” 7-inch, “River” features an exclusive non-album b-side, the lovely “Morning on Michigan Avenue (Thinking of Old Friends).” Strictly limited edition, we advise scoring one of these slabs of vinyl now.
“D.I.A.L.O.” is the second 7” single taken from John Vanderslice’s 2009 release, Romanian Names. The song is a highlight from an album with no shortage of highlights, and paired with the exclusive non-album track “Do What You Want” makes for an incredible 1-2 punch. The fried out fuzz-pop of “Do What You Want” plays a perfect foil to the spacey sonics of “D.I.A.L.O.” Containing two instant classics, one per side, this is the way a great 7” single should be.
“Too Much Time” is a perfect pop song and the unquestioned centerpiece of John Vanderslice’s finest record to date, Romanian Names. A true single, “Too Much Time” is now being released as a limited edition 7-inch. It was hailed as NPR’s Song of the Day, whose critics called Romanian Names “his best record yet.” The single features the infectious exclusive b-side “Moon Rocks,” a song that fits neatly alongside the flawless Romanian Names.
The creative voice of Night Beds, Winston Yellen, hails from Nashville by way of Colorado Springs. The 23 year-old songwriter boasts a new, great American voice with a specific brand of intimate thirst that few musicians possess.
On "Even If We Try," Yellen makes a stunning first step and displays his strength of sparseness. The a-side slowly builds in force from a wistful lullaby to an unexpectedly buoyant climax. The song centers around the singer's desire to sever his past life and start anew. It's that awkward and often terrifying feeling of distancing oneself from demons while realizing that they're fundamental elements in gaining the confidence to move forward. "Even If We Try" was recorded in a self-built studio in the former home of Johnny Cash located in Hendersonville, TN. The song was formed on his drives to and from Nashville and Hendersonville.
The b-side "You Were Afraid" was the first song a then 18 year-old Winston Yellen wrote with Night Beds in mind. The song recounts the gut wrenching realization of an imminent end to a relationship and the bittersweetness that can come with it. "Even If We Try" b/w "You Were Afraid" is Night Beds debut 7" for Dead Oceans and will be released on September 18th, 2012.
"Wild Palms" b/w "Symphony in White, No. 2" is the first taste of new material from Sun Airway since the release of their acclaimed debut, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier. Following tours with Bear in Heaven, Cults, Small Black, Lower Dens and more, the band went back into the studio and emerged with this stunning new single.On this 7" the band's modern sounds glance backwards, with faint 80s pop melodies sneaking into the band's repertoire. Although the sounds are lush, subtle and carefully crafted, Sun Airway once again proves the songwriting comes first, writing instantly classic pop tunes on their new single.
In the age of the MP3, flavors of the “month” circulate far faster than Baskin Robbins can rotate their cooler. It is refreshing, then, to hear something timeless every now and again, and the Explorers Club is just that. This is sunny psychedelic pop replete with lush arrangements and cushy four-part harmonies that harken back to a decade long ago, when kids turned on their FM radios to find the cool new thing. These boys are not indie-rockers thieving from the vaults of the classics – the Explorers Club writes pop songs that sound as authentic as if they had actually just been unearthed for a new Nuggets collection or Sundazed reissue. The band draws on the soul-satisfying vocal style made famous by the Beach Boys and the Association, and pairs it with arrangements patented by the likes of Phil Spector, the Left Banke and the Zombies. And like their musical heroes, the Explorers Club understands the meaning of a great single. With that in mind, we are pleased to share “Do You Love Me” – the first jewel from their forthcoming album, Freedom Wind. “Do You Love Me” dabbles in Brian Wilson-esque majestic pop, while the exclusive B-side, “Carry Me” has flourishes of doo-wop and soul amidst its choral pop.
The Luyas and Twin Sister are close friends and mutual admirers, and what better way to celebrate their kinship than have each of them take up the side of a 7" single. Both songs on this 7" are exclusive to the release. Twin Sister's song "Meet the Frownies" was recorded for the ongoing Weathervane Music project, while the Luyas contribute the exquisite pop song, "When I Am a Woman." Both bands enchant us with their space-age pop leanings, and together these two songs make up a perfect double A-side of sonic greatness.