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Alex Dunn – Southern Star (Spotify)

“The night comes and it's time to relax. Sit back and choose "Southern Star" for a joyful trip among some softly vibrating guitar chords. Follow the singer's expressive voice and say goodbye to your everyday stressful situations!”

-Nagamag.com

Before returning to Seattle to pursue music, rising Americana folk artist Alex Dunn spent much of the past 15 years working and living on boats as a commercial salmon fisherman in Southeast Alaska. Now back in Seattle and coming up on the release of his sophomore LP Southern Star, Dunn has encapsulated his experiences at sea in the album’s title track out via Color Red on September 17, 2021.

“Southern Star” is an oceanic folk song that carries the rhythms of the sea while detailing the arduous yet dreamy nature of living aboard a small wooden fishing vessel. Much of Dunn’s life was often ebbing and flowing, dictated by the seasonal nature of the fish themselves—it was only natural for him to compose an Americana homage that reflects this uniquely aquatic existence. Dunn enlisted Bryant Moore (True Loves) as his co-producer and the two captured the reminiscence of long, hard days toiling upon the sea and nights spent below deck, lulled by the water slapping against the hull, the creaking wood expanding and contracting as the boat heaved up and down.

Dunn collaborated with his good friend and renowned multimedia artist Elena Stonaker on a music video to accompany the track and re-create imagery of a dream-like reality where one floats through rugged waterscapes filled with wild creatures and the experiences of a particular, untamed solitude.

“The video for ‘Southern Star’ showcases Elena’s signature style of creating soft and beautiful, almost child-like worlds, while at the same time evoking the darkness that often lies beneath the surface,” says Dunn. “I wrote many songs while living and working aboard commercial fishing vessels and the video details the numerous creatures and seascapes that filled this wild existence while focusing on the power of dreams—for they are the connections to a promising future. In this case, a future symbolized by the guiding light of a ‘Southern Star.’”

Southern Star is set for release in fall 2021 on Color Red, a music discovery platform founded by Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds that is also home of fellow Seattle artists Polyrhythmics, True Loves, West Seattle Soul/The Pulsations, and more. The record was tracked and mixed by Robb Davidson of Avast Recording Co. and mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound.

For more information and to learn more, visit www.alexdunnmusic.com and www.color-red.com

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Constant Follower – Weave of the World (Spotify)

“Inspiration in ethnic motives and legends, where guitar strings echo one after another. A real treasure for folk music lovers. Lingering, sometimes melancholic, a little brooding and nostalgic. Promotes reflection, frenzy and complete harmony with the world.”

“Вдохновение в этнических мотивах и легендах, где одна за другой перекликаются гитарные струны. Настоящая кладезь для ценителей фолк музыки. Тягучий, местами меланхоличный, немного задумчивый и патетичный. Способствует размышлению, исступлению и полной гармонии с миром.”

-Nagamag.com

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As a teenager, frontman McAll survived an attack by a gang that left him with a catastrophic head injury and every memory of his childhood gone. The next decade was spent in a cabin on Scotland’s western coastline, where he eventually began composing again.

The result is a childhood imagined against a backdrop that, like the sea, is as serene as it is wild; ever-changing, yet resolute.

Championed by DJ Alex of KEXP, Gideon Coe of BBC Radio 6 Music and Vic Galloway and Roddie Hart of BBC Radio Scotland, Constant Follower releases the second single from his album ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’ on the legendary NY imprint Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise.

The first single premiered on Brooklyn Vegan and Glide Magazine and has garnered praise from the likes of:

DJ Alex, KEXP “Beautifully introspective vocal-led Folk. Loving the sound of Constant Follower.”

Clash Magazine “Hopelessly beautiful. A staggering piece of songwriting, with its simple poignancy carrying with it the wisdom only experience can offer.”

A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed "The Merry Dancers on TV" is gently affecting. A haunting ramble pitched at the place occupied by both Arab Strap and Bon Iver, this elegantly mellow song is something special indeed. It also helps that the video for the composition is just as memorable.”

CHILLFILTR “Like a heartbroken cry echoing through an empty cathedral, we are engulfed in equal parts sadness, wonder, and unspeakable beauty. Stephen McAll and his band Constant Follower are back with another poignant triumph of resonant chamber pop.”

Brooklyn Vegan “a lovely piece of delicate folk”

Folk Radio “Instantly compelling, memorable and moving”

Today, Constant Follower shares a brand new single entitled "Weave Of The World," the second release off their upcoming debut record ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’ (due October 1 via Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings).

Of the track, frontman Stephen McAll recalled, “I wrote it during a period of anxiety or maybe mild paranoia. You can hear that in the words. But it’s taken on a new meaning for me, since what I must have thought might happen, didn’t. There’s still a lot of darkness in there, but the song reminds me that feelings are real but they aren’t facts. Even when you think things are going very wrong, there’s always a way to turn it around.”

The band’s debut album ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’ was borne out of a respect for change, and the inevitable passing of time that frightens, comforts and humbles every one of us. It is a haunting testimonial to the temporary joys and fleeting moments that define the human experience.

Co-produced by Scottish singer-songwriter Stephen McAll and renowned producer and Shimmy-Disc founder Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500, Will Oldham), the recording for Neither Is, Nor Ever Was began in early 2020 at La Chunky studios in Glasgow with engineer Johnny Smillie

This was interrupted by the birth of McAll’s daughter (if you listen closely, her cries are just audible during some of Kessi’s backing vocals on ‘Little Marble’), and shortly afterwards by Covid 19 restrictions. McAll began recording the rest at his own CFFC studio in Stirling. The resulting recordings were then mixed and mastered by Kramer at his Noise Miami Studio, to breath-taking effect.

Each album track is accompanied by its own short film. McAll sought-out the most exciting new talents in Scottish film and animation and invited them to be part of the album project. Each video, the artist’s personal response to the song, with no direction or interference from the band, resulting in incredibly moving and enchanting short ‘films’ in their own right (with multiple film festival considerations including Edinburgh International Film Festival and Manchester Film Festival in process).

"One of the most beautiful records I have ever been privileged to be a part of, filled to the very brim with moment after moment of poetic clarity, and not a moment too late...an interior force to be reckoned with. I've never experienced anything quite like it. It weaves elements of the past around a future I was wholly unaware of before hearing these breath-taking songs, each one a kind of memorial to a memory that may or may not have merely been imagined or hoped into existence." - Kramer (Shimmy-Disc Founder)

The Love and Stress Compound – Sore Eyes (Video)

“Having made a greater focus on acoustic sounds and a very pleasant rustling percussion, -The Love and Stress Compound- brought the miraculous state of atmospheric melodies. Lovely Folk from connoisseurs of high-quality music, which should necessarily taste.”

“Сделав больший упор на акустические звуки и очень приятную шуршащую перкуссию, -The Love and Stress Compound- привнесли и без того милую песню чудесные нотки мелодии и атмосферности. Прекрасный Folk, который обязательно придётся по вкусу ценителям качественной музыки.”

-Nagamag.com

Noah Vela – just a kid (Spotify)

“-Just A kid- can become addictive to the very end, as you listen in one breath. The esoteric atmosphere is created primarily due to its depth. It directly adjusts to the desired vibration with its very pleasant melody that is perceived at the subconscious level.”

“-just a kid- завлекает и не отпускает до самого конца, слушается на одном дыхании. Эзотерическая атмосфера создана прежде всего благодаря своей глубине. Настраивает на нужную волну легко и непринуждённо. Очень приятная мелодия, которая воспринимается на подсознательном уровне. ”

-Nagamag.com

This song is just a reminder that everyone was once a kid before we experienced life. Life removes the feeling of being a kid. Trauma changes a person and everyone goes through something traumatic. Overtime we forget who we were and what we could be.

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Bror Gunnar Jansson – Eat Me (Spotify)

“Sweet classic rock sounds with funky grooves. This track has attitude and kicks the door wide open. ”

-Nagamag.com

The song is about a person who takes the expression “you are what you eat” way too seriously. In order not to become someone else the person eats oneself and also offers others to take part of the smörgåsbord. Swedish listeners can probably hear the musical reference to one of Jojje Wadenius most famous children’s songs.

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Constant Follower – The Merry Dancers on TV (Official Shimmy-Disc Video) (Video)

“Feel good and dreamy is the expression of this imaginative sound. Constant Follower has done it, bottled up the sounds of a beautiful dream . ”

-Nagamag.com

*Video premiered on Brooklyn Vegan, Glide Magazine, Indie Music Blog and A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed. We’re looking for video/song coverage from Friday 20th Aug.

“The Merry Dancers on TV is gently affecting. A haunting ramble pitched at the place occupied by both Arab Strap and Bon Iver, this elegantly mellow song is something special indeed. It also helps that the video for the composition is just as memorable.” A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed

“The Merry Dancers on TV combines the introspective chamber folk of Fleet Foxes and The Frames, atop a mystical nod laid beneath stunning simplicity.” Glide Magazine

“The Merry Dancers on TV is a lovely piece of delicate folk rock and comes with a gorgeous stop-motion animated video.” Brooklyn Vegan

The Merry Dancers on TV is the first single from Constant Follower’s debut album ‘Neither Is, Nor Ever Was’ on the legendary Shimmy Disc label (Low, Galaxie 500, Daniel Johnston, Bonnie Prince Billy).

In ‘Scots’ (a traditional language spoken in Scotland), natural phenomena are often given beautiful phrasing – the ‘Merry Dancers’ of the song being the Scots term for the Aurora Borealis. The song speaks to the things in life we miss in the bustle and stresses of modern living. In writing the song, McAll was thinking of a particular episode where friends missed the real Merry Dancers above their cottage whilst they were indoors watching a documentary about them.

Co-produced by Scottish singer-songwriter Stephen McAll and renowned producer and Shimmy-Disc founder Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500, Will Oldham), the recording for Neither Is, Nor Ever Was began in early 2020 at La Chunky studios in Glasgow with engineer Johnny Smillie. This was interrupted by the birth of McAll’s daughter (if you listen closely, her cries are just audible during some of Kessi’s backing vocals on ‘Little Marble’), and shortly afterwards by Covid 19 restrictions. McAll began recording the rest at his own CFFC studio in Stirling. The resulting recordings were then mixed and mastered by Kramer at his Noise Miami Studio, to breathtaking effect.

Each album track is accompanied by its own short film. McAll sought-out the most exciting new talents in Scottish film and animation and invited them to be part of the album project. Each video, the artist’s personal response to the song, with no direction or interference from the band, resulting in incredibly moving and enchanting short ‘films’ in their own right (with multiple film festival considerations including Edinburgh International Film Festival and Manchester Film Festival in process).

“Making art together is something that transcends any distance and that was definitely confirmed over the period of making this film. Being able to work with a local band while being trusted with such a stunning song made any physical distance feel obsolete. Constant Follower’s choice to work with new and emerging artists for their videos meant that I, as an artist, was able to create something unlike anything I’ve had the ability to before. This is my second foray into stop motion and I have learned so much from this project alone- skills that would have taken me years to learn in any other setting. The film, at its core; is about connection and how easy it is to lose it if we start taking things for granted in life. I liked the idea that even the moon herself could tire of being taken for granted and head off on a holiday only for one child to notice it missing and go on a voyage to let it know how much it is loved and respected.” – Fiona (Video Director)

“One of the most beautiful records I have ever been privileged to be a part of, filled to the very brim with moment after moment of poetic clarity, and not a moment too late…an interior force to be reckoned with. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. It weaves elements of the past around a future I was wholly unaware of before hearing these breath-taking songs, each one a kind of memorial to a memory that may or may not have merely been imagined or hoped into existence.” – Kramer

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Nathan Wiley – Heatseeker (Spotify)

“A pleasant surprise where vocals turned out to be so sophisticated, harmonious and touching. The track itself, by the way, is also very memorable - clockwork, moderately melodic and sets the necessary pace. Excellent combination of Retro Soul and Folk genres that makes it a pleasant choice for your musical collection!”

“Приятная неожиданность, что вокал в -Heatseeker- оказался настолько утончённым, гармоничным и трогательным. Сам трек, кстати, также очень запоминающийся - заводной, в меру мелодичный и задаёт нужный темп. Прекрасное сочетание жанров Retro Soul и Folk и приятное пополнение вашей музыкальной коллекции!”

-Nagamag.com

Nathan Wiley returns with 6 song EP, Modern Magic.

His most collaborative recording yet, Modern Magic features members of Halifax R&B institution the Mellotones, as well as appearances by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Ed Toth (The Doobie Brothers), Rob Crowell (Deer Tick), and many others.

"I never want to make the same record twice, and I started hearing this sound in my head that was less about guitars, and more about synths and horns," said Nathan Wiley (he/him). "I was lucky enough to work with some musical friends that I've made throughout my career on this new record and I couldn't be happier with the experience."

Focus track “Heatseeker” is the story of a harmless crush on a teacher through the eyes of a young boy. The horn intro and sparse drums open the EP, and help set the tone sonically for the musical direction of the recording.

"Some of this is me in elementary school,” said Wiley. “My school seemed rough and dangerous, like a whole new world. The melody came first, and when the words started coming out, this teacher character that all the kids made up stories about appeared."

Recorded between Halifax, NS and Summerside, PE, the new recording explores themes like magic, love, lust and narcissism. Modern Magic is out now on all platforms.

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Perry Foster – She is of the Water (Spotify)

“-She is of the Water- brings in mind a calm, hypnotic river cannal, in whose cool waters you are brought into excellent prairies. Pay attention to those striking vocals, whose timbre comes so deeply that it doesn't let you go to the very end of this amazing journey.”

“-She is of the Water- спокойное, гипнотическое русло реки, в чьих прохладных водах тебя несёт в прекрасные прерии. Поразительный по своему восприятию вокал, чей тембр заходит настолько глубоко, что не отпускает до самого конца этого удивительного путешествия.”

-Nagamag.com

Artist said about this song:

"Written in the Whiskeytown National Park of Northern California, the summer after I was married. After a truly transcendent day, the song seemed to write itself.

For the past few years I've been living in the Hudson Valley, NY with my family. Raising babies, making music. I'm working on a few projects I'm really excited about. Lately, I have been collaborating with some incredible musicians at the Clubhouse Studio here. I feel I am constantly learning so much! We're working on a slew of records that I'll be releasing throughout the year.

This is the first one.

On the track you'll hear the playing of Odetta Hartman on violin and vocals, Ira Coleman on bass, and Jim Weider on mandolin. Paul Antonell produced the song. Engineer/wizardry by Shubham Mondal."

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JOLENE – Diamond Eyes (Spotify)

“-Jolene- delivers a unique sound and has the ability to find the appropriate elements. Harmony and mood are so clear in -Diamond Eyes-. The vocal part and variety of collected voice tones is practically driving. Unearthly work!”

“У -JOLENE- есть уникальное чутьё звука и способность подобрать соответствующие инструменты, гармонию и настроение, которое так отчётливо прослеживается в -Diamond Eyes-. Правильная вокальная позиция и многообразие тембральных оттенков голоса практически сводит с ума. Неземное произведение. Факт.”

-Nagamag.com

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This song is a mirror; crafted as a space to look into yourself, an invitation into a moment. A place to breathe and be, to find the world inside yourself. In the fast-paced culture we're in, I hope this gives you pause and brings you into a deeper awareness of your place in the universe.

The official video is a black screen, so you can see yourself in it. It is the soundtrack to The Mirror Room, which is an entryway into the dream dimension, my storyworld called HEMISPHERES. Come in: hemispheres.land/the-mirror-room

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