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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Discoverer 125: new indie findings

In anticipation of Primavera Club, this weekend we are going to offer you a double dose of our discoveries series, with six bands & artists that are definitely our must-watchs of the Festival. Here are the first three, enjoy!

Chastity Belt. Formed in 2010 in Walla Walla but based in Seattle, WA, this all-female quartet met in college and kicked out the pop-post-punk engine following post-grad shows received with enthusiasm from the city’s DIY community and songs surfacing online around 2012. In summer 2013, after the digital single 'Seattle Party' they put out praised debut album 'No Regerts' that allowed them to tour around the country. No more a party-band, now they are back with 'Time to Go Home' sophomore release out on Hardly Art since March. Without losing their careless and funnily goofy attitude, there's much more here to be enjoyed: instrumental sections that create haze and gray-skies, vocals that infuses anxiety and a pensive, melancholic mood, Shapiro's lyrics dissecting the mundane while at the same time questions existence. I've been to a wonderful party... but then I woke up next morning. Strikingly powerful, powerfully beautiful.

Ultimate Painting. Hailing from Eastern London, the parallel project of James Hoare from Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper from Mazes blossomed fully in the summer of 2014 with their eponymous debut single. It was the crystallisation of a fast growing friendship and music connection that has its origin when Mazes were on tour supporting Veronica Falls and turned into exchanging demos and music sessions after the gigs together ended. Self-titled first LP arrived in October 2014 on Trouble In Mind Records to wide acclaim and tours around the world along Parquet Courts, Twerps and White Fence. But the two quickly got back into studio to record follow-up 'Green Lanes', out since this August. A truly guitar record with a foot on that 60's English melancholia and the other on sunny California, Ultimate Painting delivers sparse, gentle, dreamy, melodic and harmonic tunes that are almost a treaty of what's enduring, eternal pop.

Samantha Crain. Hailing from Shawnee, Oklahoma, Crain began her prolific music career in 2004, beginning touring when she was just 19, defending songs based on her short stories the summer before her senior year at Dale High School. That material became also her first recording, the self-released EP 'The Confiscation', later reissued by Ramseur Records in 2007. Their solo project expanded into a full band, the Midnight Shivers, with whom she recorded the album 'Songs in the Night' in April 2009 but, after the band disbanded, she came back to release under her own name with LP 'You (Understood)' a year later. Then arrived her work alongside John Vanderslice, who produced her 7" single 'A Simple Jungle' on 2012 as well as third album 'Kid Face' in 2013 on Full Time Hobby Records. Now the circle is completed with 'Under Branch & Thorn & Tree', out since July on Ramseur Records. A incredibly talented artist, with a gifted voice and an extraordinary ability for adding a striking, fierce and honest, narrative to an already attractive, melodic army of tunes. What a find!

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