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May Roosevelt

photo courtesy of mike rafail

before the dimestore takes a two-week hiatus, we wanted to leave you with this utterly gorgeous offering from greek producer may roosevelt.  “air” is culled from roosevelt’s forthcoming full-length junea, out october 23rd via inner ear records, and it’s an appropriately atmospheric track packed with swaths of ethereal vocals draped over brassy synth swells and a persistent four-on-the-floor pulse.  taken together, the components of “air” are decidedly chilly yet somehow enveloping, comforting; an analogue to the crisp autumn days that will define the hemisphere in the days to come.  find solace below.

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photo courtesy of the artist

little more than a year after releasing harland, the montreal-based singer-songwriter harley alexander is gearing up for the advent of a new mini-album, spill kid.  alexander leads somewhat of a nomadic lifestyle, splitting his time between performing in montreal and planting trees clear across the country, just outside of vancouver.  it was on the west coast that this latest batch of songs took shape; nestled in amongst nurturing tape hiss and warm acoustic guitars are slightly poignant ruminations on alexander’s surroundings.

“tiny bricks,” the first offering from alexander’s forthcoming release, studiously evokes every facet of this aesthetic.  inside a simple structure of drum programming and softly-strummed chords lies a hazy narrative, one that examines the soothing familiarity of nature as it relates to a smattering of interpersonal vulnerability.  punctuated by a mournful melodic motif that sustains throughout its coda, “tiny bricks” is an excellent glimpse into the intimate environment that is spill kid.

spill kid arrives october 20th via sports day records.  marinate in “tiny bricks” below.

Yumi Zouma 2

photo courtesy of aaron lee

here at the dimestore, we’re just counting down the hours until yumi zouma releases willowbank, their second full-length album in as many years.  the new zealand quartet excels at creating an intimate brand of pop that can switch from microscopic to expansive at a moment’s notice; for a sample, look no further than “half hour.”

the band’s latest single is muted, reflecting the somber subject matter of death and its baggage, but “half hour” opens up into an enveloping entity towards its end, an ensuring, calming embrace.  coupled with the black and white self-directed video found below, “half hour” is a welcomed change of pace for the advanced offerings yumi zouma have put forth ahead of their new album.

willowbank is out october 6th via the inimitable cascine.  check out the video for “half hour” below.

 

Silver Torches

photo courtesy of chona kasinger

erik walters is poised to release his latest album as silver torches, let it be a dream, on october 6th.  after releasing the mid-tempo, melancholic earworm “if i reach” last month, walters and company returned earlier this week with “keep the car running,” a poignant burst that refines a focus on keyboard-driven americana.

the silver torches home base of seattle may not conjure up visions of wide open expanses, but cross the cascades into eastern washington and your tune will quickly change.  “keep the car running,” in all its narrative glory, might as well be wed to that singular desert landscape; between walters’ swaying cadence and a steadfast underlying propulsion, the band’s latest single almost demands to be experienced while meandering through rural america.

take a listen to “keep the car running” below.

Yumi Zouma 2

photo courtesy of aaron lee

six weeks out from the release of their sophomore album, willowbank, yumi zouma have let loose another effervescent masterclass in pop construction.  bleary bell tones and synth musings usher in the shimmering thrum of “persephone,” the second single to situate christie simpson’s lead vocal firmly in the foreground, independent of other textural elements.

ever breezy and wistful, “persephone” hits its stride as yumi zouma collectively crosses to the other side of the bridge; all but simpson’s vocal and a mellow synth pad disappear, providing a brief respite before the chorus surges for a final time.  with yet another pristine piece of pop added to their arsenal, the new zealand quartet seem poised to deliver a peerless new full-length.

willowbank arrives october 6th via cascine.  dive into “persephone” below.