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Gloom Balloon and Christopher the Conquered
to release new albums via Grand Phony Music on Sept. 25th
Gloom Balloon’s Patrick Tape Fleming lists no less than 32 instruments attributed to
himself (including Static Electricity, Box of Bulbs, and of course, Balloons)
in the liner notes of the upcoming So Bergman Uses Bach To Get His Point
Across, I Feel Like I Have Chosen Rock But At What A Cost, before going
on to rattle off another 22 participants in this recording. At a time when we
as a people are isolated, and artists are making recordings that reflect
isolation, Gloom Balloon’s latest (Grand Phony, Sept. 25th) sounds
communal, and that’s needed. [READ MORE HERE]
“There is something deeply off about everything that’s happening here and I’m 100% sold,” says Brightest
Young Things about Christopher the
Conquered.“You know Garfield, he’s a cartoon cat, you got a
telephone in the shape of his body yeah, but you don’t pick it up! Why don’t
you pick it up? Pick it up!,” sings Christopher Ford aka Christopher the Conquered, offering a confirmation of “deeply off,”
and revealing the sense of humor that lets his performances go way off into
outer space without ever failing to remain grounded in truth. New album I Am
Christopher arrives via Grand
Phony on Sept. 25th. [READ MORE HERE]
Patrick Tape Fleming of Gloom
Balloon and Christopher Ford of Christopher the Conquered are available
for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.
Gloom Balloon | In The Press
are full of surprises... Blindsides the listener in such a totally welcome
way.” — SPIN
“Vaulted, vigorous indie-pop... into the experimental
realm of spacey-jazz and electro-lounge grooves, employing tape loops and
mellotrons, synthesizers and drum machines.” — Paste Magazine
“Begs you to listen on repeat.” — Des Moines Register
“Deep soundscapes that play with lo-fi sonics and
swelling strings. ” — Speak Into My Good
Christopher the Conquered | In The Press
Consequence of Sound
“Raw, emotional.” — Alternative Press
a young Elton John.” — Yahoo! Music
“His winning charm is subtle.” — Paste Magazine
Bergman Uses Bach To Get His Point Across, I Feel Like I Have Chosen Rock But
At What A Cost
Sept. 25th, 2020
(Grand Phony Music)
01. Tru Love Waits
02. Bergman Bach Rock (Not Burt Bacharach)
03. All Is Phair
04. Long Distance Love (Waterloo Sunrise)
05.. Beer Friend Forever
06. A Second Chance
07. In Our Dreams We Are Beautiful and Free
08. Did Anybody Leave Any Toothpaste Here?
09. Burnt Bridge Over Troubled Waters
10. Nicotine Glaze
11. Les Miserable
12. The Grass Is Always Green
13. Credits Roll Up, Tears Roll Down, Your Love Is
Like The Sound Of The Rain Hitting The Ground (STREAM
the lead single from the upcoming new album Crescent
by Speaker Face, at Atwood
Magazine or at the links above.
“It’s easy to get lost in the intimate waves of Speaker Face’s lush sound: They
cultivate a strong hypnotizing presence that arrests the senses, tickling the
ears while reaching out to each of us on a far more visceral level. They
describe their sound as “the feeling of a twilight festival stage and a summer
swim,” hoping listeners resonate with the richness of their tones and their
beat’s natural qualities.” – Mitch Mosk,
Toronto, Canada’s Speaker
Face is a meeting of earth and electronics from two members of the JUNO award winning band The Fretless. Trent Freeman and Eric
Wright are joined by Ruby Randall,
whose voice haunts with an honest beauty that can’t be forgotten.
The band’s transportive new album Crescent (Oct. 9th, 2020) is an
immersive experience, layered with keys, beats, and atmospheric production, but
also incorporating the propulsive strings that have made Freeman and Wright
essential players in the mainstreaming of traditional Irish folk music with The Fretless.
“The violin is a very unique element in this genre of
music,” Freeman says. “I approach it
primarily as a groove instrument. I love the pulse and foundation it can
Wright is a cellist in The
Fretless and he brings the bass in Speaker
“My inspirations are mostly derived from a hip-hop
sensibility,” he says of the hypnotic beats he contributes to the album. “I’ve
been making beats since I was 13-years-old. 2PAC, Dr. Dre, and Wu-Tang Clan were on repeat. For this
album, I sampled crate vinyl for kick sounds and merged those with my own
samples. The sampled vinyl with the liveliness of the natural samples creates
Randall gilds the frame with her ethereal voice, which was
recorded three different times in unison and “mixed all around your head so it
feels like you’re swimming in the ocean of her vocals,” Freeman explains.
“I’m so excited to
share these Speaker Face tunes with
the world,” Randall adds. “Trent has poured himself into these
songs and it has been an honor to be able to bring my voice to them.
the latest album by Toronto-based trio Speaker
Face arrives on Oct. 9th,
2020. The lead single “Phosphorescence”
is out now. Members of Speaker Face
are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.
By Feel,” the debut single from Reforester at For
Folk’s Sake or at the links above or below.
Austin Stahl, and Chris Laun are Reforester. The latest brainchild of three artists who share their
fair share of accolades apart from their newest band, Reforester features three singer-songwriters and three-part
harmonies. It’s subtle indie rock with folk influences that run into
unsuspecting moments of sweeping layers of musicality, making for listens that
are as accessible and lovely as they are impressively composed.” – Jonathan Frahm, For Folk’s Sake
Hefter’s 2011 album, released under
the clever moniker of St. Even, was
called a masterpiece twice, once by the Baltimore
City Paper (“a masterpiece of dark pop songwriting”) and again by Portland,
Oregon’s Willamette Week (“Spirit
Animal is a masterpiece.”)
So, that’s it. That’s the bio. You should listen to Hefter’s latest songs with his latest
band Reforester because he’s that
Need more convincing? Okay, let’s get into that.
Hefter left Portland in 2017 and returned to Baltimore and
his good friend and collaborator, Austin
Stahl, who he has previously played with as the rhythm section of
long-running Baltimore-based band Small
Sur – a band that has released three albums to date and shared stages with Angel Olsen, Damien Jurado, Vetiver, Strand of Oaks, Phosphorescent, and others.
Hefter and Stahl (who is also the recipient of some not-faint praise, being
named “Baltimore’s Best Singer-Songwriter” by the Baltimore City Paper) have rounded out the trio with Hefter’s former Challenge Club bandmate Chris
Laun, who may have been mistakenly overlooked by the local press, but did
have his tribute song to the Baltimore
Orioles played at Camden Yards
on opening day, which frankly, may be the win out of these three.
In summation, Reforester
is a whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts scenario, because masterful
songwriters flock together.
Three writers, three singers, three-part harmonies.
That’s what you’ll hear on “Perpetuity,”
the debut EP from Reforester, out Aug. 14th, preceded by the
singles “Drive By Feel,” out now, and “Deaf Stethoscope” on Aug. 7th.