Friday, July 31, 2020

Complex, layered, full of levity: Scope of upcoming new albums from Gloom Balloon, Christopher the Conquered reveal two of 2020’s underground masterpieces.

Arriving Sept. 25th from communal Grand Phony Music label, both artists share music videos today ahead of multiple additional single, video releases to come.

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Patrick Tape Fleming of Gloom Balloon as photographed by Joelle Blanchard. | Christopher Ford of Christopher the Conquered as photographed by Jacob Boll.

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[VIDEO]: Gloom Balloon | “Credits Roll Up, Tears Run Down…” |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNotg3zYGMA


[VIDEO]: Christopher the Conquered | “Slowest Girl In The World” |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlWJ3vioxd4

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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 thats happening here and Im 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.

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Gloom Balloon | In The Press

Gloom Balloon 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 Eye

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Christopher the Conquered | In The Press

“Impressive.” — Consequence of Sound

“Raw, emotional.” — Alternative Press

 “Reminiscent of a young Elton John.” — Yahoo! Music

“His winning charm is subtle.” — Paste Magazine

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Gloom Balloon
So 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)


Track Listing:

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 | VIDEO)
14. Advice On How To Write A Song
15. Sweet Women With The Sepia Stare
16. Bat Stick Crazy
17. Libras Don't Like To Be Alone (Except Logan)
18. Long Distance Love (Waterloo Sunset)
19. All My Feelings For You
20. Don't Call It A Comeback

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Christopher the Conquered
I Am Christopher
Sept. 25th, 2020
(Grand Phony Music)
  

Track Listing:

01. Pick Up Your Telephone
02. Put It On Your Credit Card
03. Try Again
04. This Is Not Love
05. You Can't Rush the Rain
06. Love Is Not Something You Find
07. Slowest Girl In the World (STREAM | VIDEO)
08. Ordinary Person
09. The Old Record Store Down By the Sea
10. Paper Man [BONUS TRACK]
11. Too Many Teardrops (Toby Wright’s Magic Barn Mix) [BONUS TRACK]
12. Try Your Best [BONUS TRACK]

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Gloom Balloon | Links


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Christopher the Conquered | Links


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Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion | Contact


Thursday, July 30, 2020

With Speaker Face, violins become groove instruments; Earth-meets-electronics “Crescent” by JUNO-winning instrumental pair from The Fretless, out Oct. 9th.

Freeman, Wright joined by Ruby Randall’s haunting voice, completing transportive sound heard on “Phosphorescence” single, streaming now via Atwood Magazine.

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Speaker Face (L-R): Eric Wright, Ruby Randall, Trent Freeman. Photo credit: Jen Squires.

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Hear “Phosphorescence,” 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, Atwood Magazine

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Speaker Face
Crescent
Oct. 9th, 2020
(S/R)
  

Track Listing:

01. Phosphorescence (STREAM)
02. Trevor
03. All My Mind
04. Work Friends
05. Please, allow me to show you something
06. Call Me Out
07. Rest
08. Dusted
09. Sick Mind
10. Crescent

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About | Speaker Face

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 create.”

Wright is a cellist in The Fretless and he brings the bass in Speaker Face, too.

“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 the soundscape.”

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.

Crescent, 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.

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Speaker Face | Links


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Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion | Contact


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Reforester brings together three acclaimed Baltimore-based singer-songwriters on harmony-filled debut EP “Perpetuity,” available Aug. 14th.


Think about Bob Dylan’s “The Basement Tapes” if Jerry Garcia had dropped by. Hear debut “Drive By Feel” single now via For Folk’s Sake.


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Reforester (L-R): Steve Hefter, Chris Laun, Austin Stahl. Courtesy of Reforester.

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Hear “Drive By Feel,” the debut single from Reforester at For Folk’s Sake or at the links above or below.

Steven Hefter, 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

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Reforester
“Perpetuity” EP
Aug. 14th, 2020
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Track Listing:

01. Deaf Stethoscope
02. Drive by Feel (STREAM | LYRIC VIDEO)
03. Flying South
04. Break with the Day
05. End of the Day
06. No Mouth

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About | Reforester

Steven 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 good.

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.

With Reforester, 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.

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Reforester | Links


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Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion | Contact