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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Discoverer 104: new indie findings

A very diverse trio of proposals today in our Discoverer Series. Hope you enjoy!!

Eternal Summers. Hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Nicole Yun and Daniel Cundiff started Eternal Summers as a duo in 2009. A prolific band, they debuted with split 7" 'Summer Reading', followed by LP 'Silver' on the great Kanine Records in 2010. An EP, another split 7" and a compilation album of unreleased material entitled 'Dawn of Eternal Summers' kept the band busy during 2011 and 2012 when, now as a trio after enlisting bassist Jonathan Woods, they came with  sophomore album 'Correct Behavior'. Keeping the releasing path, on March of 2014 they released their 3rd album, 'The Drop Beneath'. Indie-rock with a 90s vibe,with a foot into shoegaze and noisy atmospheres, while the other enters jangle-pop territories. Eternal Summers' music is a rich and suggestive kaledoscopic of emotions condensed within addictive 4 minutes pills.

Anthony Atkinson & The Running Mates. Long story here. Born in New South Wales, but relocated to Melbourne since 1995, Anthony Atkinson has a 16 years' career over his shoulders. First, as the frontman for The Mabels, with whom they released two celebrated albums and a trio of 7"/EPs between 1997-2011 and, more recently, as a singer/songwriter in his own right. First solo album, 'Come Home for Autumn'. appeared in 2003, with sophomore release, 'Loyalty Songs', followed in 2006, with his fully formed super-band, The Running Mates, comprising members from our beloved The Lucksmiths, The Zebras and Mid-State Orange, being established. After a long hiatus, Atkinson & Co. are now back with 'Broken Folks', out now on our dear Lost and Lonesome Records. It's a formidable folk-pop statement, solid from start to finish, gathering witty vignettes of social comment & daily lives with perennial pop melodies and little details (arpeggios, second vocals, subtle arrangements) enveloping a memorable record. Don't miss it.

Line & Circle. One of the Blog's most immediate crushes. Although based in L.A., the band origins have to be found in the Midwest, where college friends Brian J. Cohen & Brian Egan met. The Ohio mates decided to make the move to California, where they expanded the initial ideas into a full formed quintet in 2008. Early recordings found their way into the hands of R.E.M.'s drummer/producer Joey Waronker and string arranger Lewis Pesacov. Things got stucked, but after a change in the line-up, the momentum was found again in 2012. Pesacov, who happens to be the man behind White Iris Records made them took the studio, transforming the early demos into the 7" 'Roman Ruins / Carelessness'. With renovated vigor and confidence, the band has grabbed 2014 with unbeatable single 'Mine is Mine' in February and now with a self-released S/T EP which includes some of the best songs of the year to date. 80's college rock, R.E.M.'s early years lost vibes, Mozz-alike vocals and melodies that stop time. We are extremely excited with Line & Circle.

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