Arctic SharkFeb - 18 - 14
Quilt may take their cues from 60s psych-rock, but they are also undeniably unique. On the track "Arctic Shark," off their newest record, the lush instrumentation and soft vocals of lead singer Anna Fox Rochinski serve to create a beautiful tapestry of the song. Lose yourself in it below, and let it guide you to warmer weather!
Do You Feel ItFeb - 17 - 14
Psychedelic rock has seen a bit of a resurgence over the last few years, and Holy Wave is a perfect example of this new breed of psych. Based out of Austin, Texas, the band combines an excellent bass groove, trippy vocals, and dreamy guitars into a brilliant mix that on "Do You Feel It." Check it out below, and dream on, kiddos.
Jesus Told YouFeb - 14 - 14
The second the first guitar riff begins it becomes abundantly clear what First Communion Afterparty is all about. They play psychedelic rock. It would not surprise me if First Communion Afterparty found a time machine and used it to see Woodstock live. Saying this, FCA keeps the music definitively theirs. They aren't your hippie grandpa's old cover band, but an absolute gem repping an under played genra in the modern music scene. Oh, and they're from the Twin Cities.
VisionsFeb - 13 - 14
It can be a challenge to keep the singer songwriter model interesting. Adding a poppy chorus, and some delightful piano delay, “Visions” has no problem with gaining and keeping interest. The bari sax provides a transition between the verse and chorus giving “Visions” some much needed contrast and being generally awesome. Really, “Visions” is a testament to St James' versatility, an exciting single hidden inside a contemplative album more grounded in what is expected from a guitar wielding songwriter.
Captured HeartFeb - 12 - 14
This song belongs in a car ride through a forest with friends. Making excellent use of instrumentation, “Captured Heart,” implements xylophone and flute throughout the song, complementing the drawn out vocals and guitar line with earthy melodic sounds. It's easy to get lost in the repeated bass and guitar lines, punctuated by ethereal vocals and the aforementioned flute. These Italians have managed to create a song that fits perfectly into the Minnesotan wilderness.