Lume’s approach to the recent shoegaze revival is modest but instantly gratifying: simple riffs and hard-hitting rhythms played loudly through high-end gear.
While 2016 has opened with rumored releases from a handful of industry heavy-hitters, here is a list of five under-the-radar artists who have new music and tour dates coming this year.
What started as a tape machine recording project between two Chicago friends has now blossomed into Whitney, a soulful new collaboration by former members of Smith Westerns.This past summer, Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, who also spent time drumming in Unknown Mortal Orchestra, announced their new project and shared “No Matter Where We Go”. This jangly, dad rock-inspired track has more in common with the similar vibes of Smith Westerns first two albums than their glossier finale, Soft Will.
Whitney has been labeled as a country soul band from the beginning. The influence of old-school soul singers like Sam Cooke and Allan Toussaint, who the band covered shortly after the singer’s passing, is easily heard in Ehrlich’s voice. According to a recent post on Whitney’s Facebook page, the six-piece band’s debut album is being mastered and is due out in 2016. Dates have been booked in Europe for February.
The Midwest is cold and lonely and nowhere are those feelings more apparent than on Your Friend’s debut EP, Jekyll/Hyde, from 2014. Self-recorded and later released on Domino, these seven songs showcased the angelic and forlorn voice of Kansas’ Taryn Miller, who records as Your Friend. If you listen patiently, Miller’s croon, the pounding drums and ambient guitar work on “Tame One” make you feel like you’re floating and perhaps this is why I’ve put on this EP each time I’ve flown on an airplane since its release.
On January 29, Miller will release her debut full-length, Gumption, again under the moniker Your Friend on Domino Records. According to a recent interview in Consequence of Sound, the new album will expand from the folk songwriting into a weirder, more ambient direction that incorporates nature sounds, loops, and drones. Dave Harrington, formerly of the electronic/experimental band Darkside and Miller’s personal “guitar hero,” provides a guitar line for the Gumption track, “I Turned In”.
Lume’s approach to the recent shoegaze revival is modest but instantly gratifying: simple riffs and hard-hitting rhythms played loudly through high-end gear. Lyrics from singer/guitarist Daniel Butler are often downtrodden and there seems to be a longing in his voice for someone or something lost to return. Regardless, blistering live sets from this Chicago three-piece will have your head bobbing and your ears ringing for days to come.
Lume recorded their debut album, Perennial Phase, at Bricktop Studios in Chicago with Adrian Kobziar. After debuting three of the album’s songs and a video for “A Routine”, Lume is set to release the album through Mayfly Records on January 15, 2016, and will tour the southern United States in early February.
Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Marlon Williams relocated to Australia after devastating earthquakes left his town in shambles. The promise of a thriving music scene in Melbourne sweetened the deal and resulted in five New Zealand Music Awards and an Australian ARIA Award.
Williams grew up to listening to The Band and Gram Parsons, American country-rockers whose sound rubbed off on him. These Americana sounds, paired with ghostly vocal layering and sprawling slide guitars, help to transform otherwise ordinary folk ditties into darker and more atmospheric songs. You can almost see the tumbleweeds rolling by on “Hello Miss Lonesome“, a new track from Williams’ upcoming album, out February 29, 2016 on Dead Oceans.
“The Dudes” from Chicago took college radio by storm in the summer of 2014 with their blend of sunny garage rock on Wild Onion. Since releasing the album, opening up at Pitchfork Music Festival with a rowdy set, adding member Colin Croom on keyboards and touring the country with Wavves, Twin Peaks has found time to record new material. “We were spending time at a good friend’s house in the Berkshires of Massachusetts with all of our instruments, a Tascam 1/2” reel-to-reel tape machine, and a load of new songs”, singer/guitarist Cadien Lake James said in a recent website post.
An album title or release date has not yet been announced but keep an eye out for a new music and more shows from Twin Peaks in 2016.