plastic flowers – “half life”

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george samaras sits at the helm of plastic flowers, a project that has swayed between a solo production outlet and a full-band experience throughout its transcontinental voyage from greece to london.  armed with a hazy catalogue of material that has existed in some form since 2013, samaras will return with his third full-length, absent forever, on november 10th via the native sound.

a recurring theme threaded through absent forever is samaras’ preference towards recording directly to tape; the ensuing analogue warmth certainly permeates throughout “half life,” the album’s latest preview.  a woozy, angular buzz-saw of a guitar riff chugs resolutely in front of a syncopated drum beat, the resulting mid-tempo foundation providing perfect fodder for samaras’ cavernous lead vocal.  “half life” feels appropriately haunting, tinted with the warble of an aged reel-to-reel.  listen in below.

dear tracks – “aligning with the sun”

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matt messore marked the end of his tenure in you blew it! with a cross-country move and a new sonic direction.  now headquartered in grand rapids, michigan, messore assembled key personnel, among them steady collaborator victoria ovenden, and began recording dreamy, jangly pop songs as dear tracks.  after turning in their promising debut ep, soft dreams, at the start of the year, messore and ovenden are now armed with a brand-new single as they look ahead to a handful of fall tour dates.

on “aligning with the sun,” dear tracks intertwine a pair of guitar leads that dance effortlessly through watery textures, while pausing occasionally to drone alongside messore’s blissed-out lead vocal.  it’s a perfectly sun-bleached endeavor, a track that lends itself well to the waning hours of summer.

“aligning with the sun” is out now as a limited-edition lathe-cut single via the native sound.  listen in below.