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Nothing Stops In November: The Month’s Full Streams

A lot changed over the course of November, on national, global, and intimate scales. The results of the latter category led to a near-absence of posts over the past 30 days on this space. No matter how much the personal landscape changed, the tracking of new releases remained a constant. While the last post documented some of the best music videos to emerge over the course of that run, the attention here falls to the full streams that were unveiled in that same interim.

As is typically the case with these types of roundups, everything here deserves more praise than it can possibly receive here and is likely best sifted through at a leisurely pace. Feel free to bookmark the page and make return visits to hear some outstanding music because these aren’t releases that people will want to miss. Dive in and enjoy. 

Permit, Lawn, Swampmeat, Minihorse, Deerhoof, RetailThe Momotarōs, Spelling Reform, Very Fresh, Dark Blue, Skin Lies, Nine of Swords, Harmony Tividad, Miracle Sweepstakes, Monomyth, Pure Moods, if i die in mississippi, Mustardmind, Frank Weysos, Tuffy, Dr. Dog, Jess Williamson, Pastel Felt, Floating Room, Mark Sultan, Landing, Psychic Love, His Clancyness, Blank Range, Dogs At Large, Mr. Universe, Carroll, Warm Ouroboros, NGHTCRWLRS, Ava Mendoza/Maxime Petit/Will Guthrie, You Blew It.

Burial, Justin Carter, Cold Country, Gloria, Brave Timbers, Split Single, Amp, Deadaires, Cameron AG, Estrons, The Superweaks, My Education, Genders, Elle, Perfect Human, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Immoderate Past, Holy Golden, and Quit + Wuss. An outstanding GoldFlakePaint compilation and an exceptional Z Tapes compilation rounded things out in memorable fashion.

Mercury Girls – Holly (Stream)

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A very full week of new material was essentially topped off over the past few days with excellent new songs from Fond Han (who nearly claimed this post’s featured spot), Bad Sports, Black Marble, TwistCarl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, JEFF The BrotherhoodTennis, Swimsuit AdditionHamilton Leithauser + Rostam, His ClancynessDuchess Says, benjamin783, Tom Brosseau, and Happy Place. There were also great music videos that were offered up by the likes of Trust Fund, Hazel English, Izzy True, Attic AbasementVomitfaceBeach Slang, Katie Dey, Jude Shuma, and, jordaan mason.  While the full streams weren’t as plentiful as they were at the start of the week dozer, Porridge RadioDrowse, Skux, Creative Adult, and Cay Is Okay managed to end the category on a series of strong notes.

At the end of 2015, Mercury Girls found themselves poised at the top of this site’s odds and ends list, thanks to their scintillating demo and live tracks compilation. Since then, they’ve been on a tear, readying their forthcoming full-length and finding time to participate in a four-way split and release an extraordinary 7″ in the process. Earlier on in the week, the band offered a glimpse at that forthcoming four-way split (with The Spook School, Wildhoney, and Tigercats rounding out the other three slots) by way of “Holly”, another sweeping gem of a song that masterfully blends the best of post-punk and powerpop into something that manages to become bittersweet and triumphant simultaneously.

“Holly” also sees the band’s knack for playing off each other increasing to a velocity that’s practically unmatched, generating the kind of momentum that will cause enough impact to knock out just about anybody. Whether it’s the surging guitars, the soaring vocals, the punchy rhythm section, or the band’s astonishing knack for composition, the band continues to seem mistake-free, casually igniting a fire that seems like it could burn forever. Mercury Girls, now several small releases into their career, have yet to release a track that feels anything less than miraculous.

In roughly three minutes, the band conjure up a winsome atmosphere, flawlessly navigate some galvanizing dynamic shifts, and offer up the kind of cohesive, grand-scale artistry that only the best bands ever manage to achieve. With “Holly”, Mercury Girls continue their breathless pursuit of perfection and — importantly — are showing no signs of diminishing returns (which is a fate that relentlessly plagues their niche genre). Inspired, breathtaking, and warm enough to be its own blanket, “Holly” has the capacity to inspire people to start their own bands. When all’s said and done, no compliment can be higher than that one.

Listen to “Holly” below and pre-order Continental Drift here.

Gurr – Moby Dick (Music Video)

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Miss June, The Dirty Nil, Gothic Tropic, Chris Farren, Kids of the Apocalypse, The Girdles, His Clancyness, Drugdealer, ScHoolBoy Q, Avers, Japancakes, and Young Moon all had excellent music videos emerge over the past three days. Joining their ranks was Gurr’s light, expressive clip for their latest single, “Moby Dick”.

The premise for “Moby Dick” is exceedingly simple but ties into the band’s identity extraordinarily well. Both band members mime the words to the song while dancing around in  alternating one-shots, everything taking place in front of a faded turquoise backdrop. Neither member’s able to suppress a genuine smile as the Andrea Weiczorek-directed clip progresses, giving the whole affair a contagious, carefree joy. It’s a light clip but it’s perfectly executed and was clearly born out of love, a dynamic that’s become increasingly rare for the format.

While it may feel a little familiar it’s also a breath of fresh air, something to combat the overly serious nature of the types of narratives that have been dominating all corners of the media in recent times. That’s an important status to occupy and Gurr deliver on that level tremendously and heighten the anticipation for their upcoming record, In My Head, in the process. Consider it a small victory for everyone.

Watch “Moby Dick” below and keep an eye on this site for more updates on the band’s forthcoming record(s).

Trust Fund – Together (Stream)

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After a short stretch away from the new release calendar, tracks from bands like Night School, Modern Vices, Less Win, Deerhoof, benjamin783GØGGS, The By Gods, His Clancyness, Bat For Lashes, WALTER, and Hheaven reinvigorated some interest. Each of those new songs stood out as being worthy of both investment and praise but it was Trust Fund‘s latest, “Together”, that really managed to make a mark.

The band’s earned the position of site favorite thanks to a shockingly consistent run of spry, jangly basement pop that comes across as deeply felt and well-informed. “Together” continues to reveal the acts masterful grasp on both their identity and the genres that they choose to amplify with their songwriting approach. Organs, guitars, and vocal lines all weave a remarkably bright tapestry on “Together”, with the outro section standing out as some of the band’s finest work to date. All of “Together” is as winsome as ever and the band sets up their forthcoming We Have Always Lived in the Harolds with an endearing candor. Don’t miss out on what will undoubtedly stand as one of this season’s loveliest offerings.

Listen to “Together” below and pre-order We Have Always Lived in the Harolds from the band here.