Hansan – Blod Eller Bläck (single release)

Hansan is a Swedish-German duo consisting of Swedish folk/Americana artist Sofia Talvik (who recently charted with her single Too Many Churches on folk radio U.S., and German cello genius David Floer. Together they create beautiful New Acoustic music under the name Hansan (derived from the Swedish word for the Hanseatic league, a trade union between Sweden and Germany originating in the 12th century). Their debut album Nattflykt was out in 2020 and all the songs are self-composed, inspired by everything from Jazz to old traditional folk songs.
Hansan draw inspiration from the raging seas and the Swedish magical forests, but also covers more difficult subjects such as the me-too movement (Hej Då), immigration (Sjung Min Lilla Näktergal) and break-up and independence (Du Du Du). A new album, Blod Eller Bläckwill be out on February 14th on Makaki Music.

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The Declining Winter – Really Early, Really Late (single premiere)

The Declining Winter is the band led by Richard Adams, the co-founder of the group Hood. Their sound is a unique blend of influences from lo-fi, electronica and post rock with a strong visual aesthetic inspired by the countryside of Yorkshire. Their debut single was The Future Sound of Hip Hop Parts 1 & 2 on Misplaced Music fifteen years ago. This was followed up by the debut album Goodbye Minnesota released by Rusted Rail in 2008 and, in 2009, by the mini album Haunt the Upper Hallways on Home Assembly Music. After a long period of silence, the band (now consisting solely of Richard Adams with various guests) returned in 2013 and 2014 with a couple of eps and a new album, Home For Lost Souls, in 2015, again on Home Assembly Music. Belmont Slope arrived three year later and, in 2021The Definition Glance 7″ appeared on Spanish indie label Acuarela followed by another single I Remember – the lead track featuring the words of poet Thomas Hood.

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Lake Michigan – While J is Asleep (single premiere)

Lake Michigan is the solo project of English singer songwriter Chris Marks, born in York, where he grew up, then moved to London in his early 20s. He lived and worked in Rome for many years and now living in Mexico City. Making “Late night music” since 2010, Lake Michigan has seven albums and many singles and ep under his belt and is one half of Permanent Vacation with vocalist and writer Juliette Rapp.
His latest record, Headspace, out in 2021 on ZTapes, was about “love, change, Rome and a pelican“.
His new album Thin Veil will be out in March, releases on cassette and digitally through Chord Organ Tapes and will see a really different approach to composing and playing music for Lake Michigan.
The first single from the album, While J Is Asleep, will be out tomorrow and you can listen to it here right now for the first time.

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Permanent Vacation – And So It Goes (Video Premiere)

Permanent Vacation is vocalist and writer Juliette Rapp and songwriter Chris Marks (who is also known for his solo project Lake Michigan). They formed in Rome in early 2020, subsequently releasing two albums on cassette and digitally through Z Tapes. The first one, A Love Song For Everyone, was out in March 2021, while Hymn From The Backseat was out in November, same year. Their third record, titled Shelf Life, is due for release on December 2nd 2022 with New York label Totally Real Records. 

Their sound can be found in an off the highway motel, somewhere between indie folk, bedroom pop, and lo-fi late night shoegaze. You’re there in that dimly lit room with them, witness to the pair crooning together in that moment. You can even hear the 1950s sci-fi movie playing at low volume on the T.V. in the background. It’s that immersive.

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fhae – love you (Premiere)

fhae is a Meanjin-based experimental DIY solo project created by Ellena Ramsay, in which they combine ambient acoustic guitar and gut wrenching vocals. The project was first established in early 2021 and their first EP Fruits and Vegies quickly followed that same year. Ellena uses creative bedroom production paired with abstract household and DIY recording equipment. 
Layered vocals and melancholic harmonies are employed to devastating effect as they venture through various concepts and delivery methods, as with their “gibberish album” — ehu ofepr which doesn’t adhere to any language guidelines.

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