Balance and Composure – Reflection

One of the most exciting musical movements of the past couple of years has been the burgeoning emo revival scene lead by Cap’n Jazz disciples such as The World is a Beautiful Place, Dads, Algernon Cadwallader(RIP), Crash of Rhinos and many more. The fourth wave of emo isn’t all twinkly guitars, though seeing as  Doylestown, PA’s Balance and Composure have decided to skip the Kinsella worship altogether and seem to be much more interested in the sad-sack heroics of Jesse Lacey, the leader of the great Brand New. Brand New was one of the few bright spots during a time when the genre was mostly associated with Hot Topic and “mall punk” acts like Fall Out Boy, early Paramore and My Chemical Romance. Balance and Composure released their sophomore album, The Things We Think We’re Missing a couple of weeks ago, and going by the sounds of it, it seems as if their favorite Brand New album is the 2000’s emo masterpiece, Deja Entendu. An album where Brand New really started to turn the corner and  became really fucking interesting with the release of  2006’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. An album that defied all genre expectations at the time and if Balance and Composure plan on following Brand New’s  career trajectory, then their career defining album is waiting for them just around the corner.

As for the video for single “Reflection,” it seems to tell the story of a guy going through a spiritual awakening as he encounters a wolf and walks alongside  the ledge of a bridge. You can stream their new album, The Things We Think We’re Missing below:



Katy B – 5AM

Katy B is gearing up to release the follow up to her massive debut album. On a Mission sometime this fall. She’s already blessed us with “What Love is Made Ofearlier this year, and today she releases another cut off her upcoming album which is titled “5AM.” “5AM” is the meat and potatoes rave-pop that Katy B has become known for, and her sophomore album is looking like it’s going to be another heater.


Sebadoh – I Will

Sebadoh are releasing their first full-length album in fourteen years. It’s called Defend Yourself  and is being released on Joyful Noise.

“I Will” was released near the tail end of the summer, and now there’s a video treatment for it. Mouth close-ups, Lou Barlow’s guitar, handwritten lyrics, and Barlow’s cat are heavily featured in this video. Adam Harding directed the clip.

Esther - To Let Go

Esther – A South Province Letter (Full Stream)

What a great way to start back Esther the Swedish Rock Band recently released their album A South Province Letter independently and I have to say this is a great surprise. The band has a real bouncy vibe  kind of reminds of me of Two Door Cinema Club maybe Bombay Bicycle Club. I personally love the album. Let us know what you think about it and check out the amazing video “Let It Go” above and stream the album below via SPOTIFY

Retrograde James Blake

James Blake – Retrograde

James Blake dropped the soulful single, “Retrograde”  taken from his forthcoming album Overgrown just a couple of days ago, and now there’s a mysterious visual to accompany it. It involves a mysterious figure walking around in motorcycle gear during what appears to be an upcoming asteroid attack on earth. The apocalyptic video was directed by Martin De Thurah.

Overgrown is out 4/8 on Republic 


Mikal Cronin – Shout it Out

Ty Segall affiliate, Mikal Cronin just announced his sophomore album and Merge Records debut,  MCII, and will be out on May 7th . Mikal Cronin decided to bless the blogosphere with a preview of what to expect on his sophomore by dropping the irresistible “Shout it Out.” And if “Shout it Out” is anything to go by, then MCII is shaping up to be one of the better guitar-pop records of the year. Stream below

(via Consequence of Sound)

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