Monday, October 29, 2018

L.A.-based musician, songwriter, producer, Alex Lilly shares “Distracting Me” video from upcoming debut album “2% Milk” with The FADER.


Just off arena tour in Beck’s band, Lilly brings “sexy psychological thriller” sounds to clip starring iconic gender fluid actor, Freckle. Watch here!

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Alex Lilly as photographed by David Black.

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“Pretty freaking awesome. It’s a weird Los Angeles fantasy world where the digital realm crosses into real life and there’s a lot of cats all around,” says The FADER in its premiere coverage of the music video “Distracting Me” by Alex Lilly.

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“Lead single ‘Distracting Me’ is a light (but not slight) pop song with a punchy beat and engaging twisty-turny melodies.” — L.A. Record



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Los Angeles-based artist Alex Lilly is a renaissance female.

In addition to the writing, arranging, producing, and playing of her own music, Lilly has established a notable career out on the road as a part of the touring bands of such esteemed musicians Beck, Lorde, Ry Cooder, and the bird and the bee. When Lilly’s in L.A, she has stayed busy throughout the years with her own projects such as Obi Best, The Living Sisters, Touché, and Zero DeZire.

Now Lilly is bringing all of her talents, ideas, and her singular voice to the table in the form of 2% Milk, her debut full-length album, out Jan. 11th, 2019 via newly-formed Release Me Records.

Lilly’s ability to take a song out of the realm of merely entertaining to intriguing is all over the album’s first single “Distracting Me,” a tune dedicated to the idea of enjoying the annoying. “Distracting Me” is available on all major streaming platforms now. The music video for the song is now available via an exclusive premiere at The FADER.

“Most of the time, I don’t like distractions, they get in my way,” Lilly sings on the song. “What made you the exception? Showing up and all I can think of to say: I love it when you are distracting me from what I think I need to do.”

“What better testament to loving someone than when you enjoy their interruptions?” Lilly explains of the tune. Of the video, Lilly says, Jason Greene (aka iconic gender fluid actor, Freckle) had previously killed me in a music video and danced around with my blood. This time I wanted her back in a more playful role as a relentless kitten that pulls me away from my digital addiction.”

Lilly’s songs – she describes her sound as “sexy psychological thriller” – are synthy, syrupy, and suspicious i.e. there’s something going on here that’s not only pop, but actually pops. The intrigue that abounds on 2% Milk moves the listener beyond toe-tapping and finger-snapping, straight to brain-mapping.

2% Milk is the first release for the newly-formed Release Me Records, founded by musician Inara George, both friend and bandmate to Lilly via their previous work together as part of The Living Sisters, Zero DeZire, and when Lilly plays live in the bird and the bee.

“I met a very young Alex around 2006 when the bird and the bee was putting together a live band,” George explains. I started Release Me to shine a light on Alex, and all the other insanely gifted musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

2% Milk, the debut album from Alex Lilly, is scheduled for release on Jan. 11th, 2019, preceded by the single and music video “Distracting Me,” out now.

Alex Lilly is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Alex Lilly
2% Milk
Jan. 11th, 2019
(Release Me)


Track Listing:

01. Confucius Says
02. 2% Milk
03. Distracting Me (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
04. Pornographic Mind
05. Boomerang
06. Night Drive
07. Infantile
08. Cold Snap
09. Hypothetical
10. Firefly

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Alex Lilly Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Friday, October 19, 2018

Dreampop trio Sleepspent, led by 22-year-old Austin North, shares first music video from Chris Common (Minus The Bear)-produced EP.

El Paso trio presents its “perfect soundtrack” (All Things Go) single “Come Smile With Me” as inevitable demise of a house party at Popdust.

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Sleepspent (L-R): Grant Gonzalez, Austin North, Josh Mendoza. Photo credit: Jesse Maynes.

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Check out “Come Smile With Me” by Sleepspent at All Things Go and see the video at Popdust (or at the links below!)



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Sleepspent – In The Press

“Hypnotically bittersweet.” — The Big Takeover

“Deep, focused vocals seem to glide effortlessly through a dense fog. This may be the perfect soundtrack to the morning.” — All Things Go

“The young Texans walk a difficult tightrope between technical craft and earnest emotionality.” — The Joy of Violent Movement

“Full to the brim with musical talent, great production and tons of emotion.” — Higher Plain Music

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‘Come Smile With Me’ started out being written while I was in still in San Diego,” says 22-year-old songwriter and guitarist, Austin North of the song (hear it at All Things Go), the latest single from his band Sleepspent’s debut EP, out now via El Paso-based Slow Start Records. “It’s mostly about miscommunication and how people don’t think before they speak, or don’t care about the impact their words have.”

Sleepspent recently shared the music video for the song with Popdust (see it here). North explains, “The video involves me kicking people out of a party. It kind of replicates the contrast that the song has. Sonically, it makes sense to soundtrack a house party, but lyrically it is much more introspective and contemplative than a stereotypical party track. The lyrics involve sleep and silence, and so it feels appropriate to showcase the song with the end of a party, when one is exhausted and just wants to rest.”

North began performing as a UC San Diego student before eventually returning to his hometown of El Paso to form Sleepspent. The band, now a trio including Grant Gonzalez on bass and Josh Mendoza on drums, released its Chris Common (Minus The Bear, Chelsea Wolfe, Le Butcherettes)-produced debut “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think earlier this year.  

North’s knack for creating music that is bathed in atmosphere (think Slowdive mixed with a more reverb-y Radiohead, led by a guitarist with an effects pedal fetish) that doesn’t lean away from authentic lyricism and captivating vocal performances (think Jeff Buckley) is proven on “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think”.

“We’re also definitely inspired by shoegaze and dreampop,” North says, elaborating on Sleepspent’s sound. “That can be heard in the alternate tunings used throughout our music as well as the melodic chord progressions and melodies.”

And though he’s young, North also takes influence from future hall-of-famers like The Cure and The Smiths – two more acts with definitive “sounds” that have never sacrificed art for artifice. North’s formative years studying jazz guitar wraps it all up in a solid technical foundation, too, but ultimately, Sleepspent songs exist to make you feel.

Sleepspent has already been nominated as a ‘Best Band in the City’ by The City Magazine in El Paso, who called the trio “completely captivating, live and through your speakers.” As Sleepspent’s local following has grown, the group has become a go-to local act to support nationally touring artists, in addition to beginning to hit the road itself.

“It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think,” the debut EP by Sleepspent, is out now via Slow Start Records. Austin North is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Sleepspent – Live

10/21/2018: El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
10/22/2018: El Paso, TX @ Neon Rose Bar
10/27/2018: Sunland Park, NM @ Ardovinos Desert Crossing (Tribute to Jeff Buckley, performing Grace in its entirety)
11/02/2018: Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon
11/03/2018: Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall (w/ Mylets)

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Sleepspent
“It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think” EP
(Slow Start Records)
Out Now
  

Track Listing:

01. Something (LISTEN | MP3)         
02. Roots
03. Come Smile With Me (LISTEN | MP3 | VIDEO)
04. Stars
05. Cracking
06. What's The Rush?

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Sleepspent Links


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J Hacha De Zola takes detour from urban junkyard sound with new synth-driven, all-Spanish language EP, “Syn Illusión,” out Nov. 16th.

“I got in touch with my inner broken-hearted 17-year-old girl from 90’s,” Hacha De Zola says of title track, streaming now via PopMatters.

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J Hacha De Zola as photographed by Robin Souma

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“J Hacha De Zola sings a song of unrequited love with ‘Syn Illusión’. As songs on the matter go, this is one that’s bound to light the way forward and inspire a legion of imitators.” — PopMatters | Listen to J Hacha de Zola’s “Syn Illusión” at PopMatters or via the links below!





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As the Rahway, New Jersey-based artist J Hacha De Zola preps his fourth album of “urban junkyard” tunes, prompting Paste to proclaim him “a wild man in the vein of such fire breathing artists like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Captain Beefheart,” he is taking an unexpected detour.

“Syn Illusión” an original, all-Spanish language EP that Hacha De Zola will release on Nov. 16th, could very well open the man that UTNE described as “the kind of alluring character found in old children’s books” to an audience as unexpected as this release is itself.


 “A dear friend challenged me to step outside of this ‘J Hacha’ guy,” Hacha De Zola says. “Maybe ‘J Hacha’ had a more sensitive side; maybe that guy would write a record in Spanish, my first language. I originally went into this idea of a record in Spanish telling myself, ‘I’m just going to do a stripped down Hacha record, but it didn’t turn out that way at all!’”

‘Syn Illusión’ means ‘without delusion’ in Spanish,” Hacha De Zola continues, “but it also refers to the heavy synth sounds on this EP.” The “stripped down” J Hacha De Zola sound that he says he was going for has actually turned out to be his most produced effort to date. “My producer had all these really cool vintage synths, keyboards, Mellotrons, farfisas and retro synth emulators in the studio, so I thought, “well hell, let’s go heavy with these! I love retro 80’s synth sounds.”

 Where J Hacha De Zola albums (including his upcoming 2019 full-length, produced by Dinosaur Jr, Waxahatchee visionary, John Agnello) tend to pull from various musical bags, Blurt Magazine described “a compelling all-over-the-map collision of jazz, blues, show tunes, garage rock, and Latino flavors. At points, hypnotic, cinematic, lush, and dissonant,” the four songs on “Syn Illusión” are none of that.

 “Despite the lyrics and vocals being in Spanish, the music is essentially just one thing,” Hacha De Zola says, “it’s not Latin by any stretch; it’s some kind of dreamy emo synth pop.” One may be reminded of the opening strains of Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” or Irene Cara’s film theme “Flashdance… What A Feeling,” a brilliant stroke that someone needed to make happen sooner or later.

 “I got in touch with my inner ‘broken-hearted 17-year-old girl from 90’s,” Hacha De Zola jokes. “I think of this as some kind of ‘undead Romeo vampire-like dude crooning about love, power, and magic.”

 “Syn Illusión,” the upcoming four-song all-Spanish language EP by J Hacha De Zola, is scheduled for release on Nov. 16th via the artist’s Caballo Negro label. Hacha De Zola’s fourth full-length album is scheduled for release in early 2019.

Hacha de Zola is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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J Hacha De Zola
‘Syn Illusión’ EP
(Caballo Negro)
Nov. 16th, 2016
  

Track Listing:

01. Syn Illusión (SOUNDCLOUD | YOUTUBE | MP3)
02. Otro Lado
03. Lejos De Mi
04. El Mago Negro

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J Hacha De Zola Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Friday, October 12, 2018

Multi-talented musician, songwriter, producer Alex Lilly brings “sexy psychological thriller” sounds to debut album, arriving Jan. 11th.


L.A.-based artist, currently on arena tour as part of Beck’s band, previews 2% Milk full-length with “Distracting Me” single, out today.  

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Alex Lilly as photographed by David Black.

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“Lead single ‘Distracting Me’ is a light (but not slight) pop song with a punchy beat and engaging twisty-turny melodies,” says L.A. Record about the first single from the debut Alex Lilly album 2% Milk, arriving Jan. 11th, 2019. Check out the premiere coverage and song here or at the link below!



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Alex Lilly (Obi Best, The Living Sisters) – In The Press

“About as original as they come.” — LA Weekly

“Radiant harmonies and catchy tunes.” — KCRW (Los Angeles)

“Emotes an extra layer of darkness that contrasts her sunshiny arrangements pretty perfectly.” — American Songwriter

“No shortage of youthful quirk.” — NYLON

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Los Angeles-based artist Alex Lilly is a renaissance female.

In addition to the writing, arranging, producing, and playing of her own music, Lilly has established a notable career out on the road as a part of the touring bands of such esteemed musicians Beck, Lorde, Ry Cooder, and the bird and the bee. When Lilly’s in L.A, she has stayed busy throughout the years with her own projects such as Obi Best, The Living Sisters, Touché, and Zero DeZire.

Now Lilly is bringing all of her talents, ideas, and her singular voice to the table in the form of 2% Milk, her debut full-length album, out Jan. 11th, 2019 via newly-formed Release Me Records.

Lilly’s ability to take a song out of the realm of merely entertaining to intriguing is all over the album’s first single “Distracting Me,” a tune dedicated to the idea of enjoying the annoying. “Distracting Me” is available on all major streaming platforms today.

“Most of the time, I don’t like distractions, they get in my way,” Lilly sings on the song. “What made you the exception? Showing up and all I can think of to say: I love it when you are distracting me from what I think I need to do.”

“What better testament to loving someone than when you enjoy their interruptions?” Lilly explains of the tune.

Lilly’s songs – she describes her sound as “sexy psychological thriller” – are synthy, syrupy, and suspicious i.e. there’s something going on here that’s not only pop, but actually pops. The intrigue that abounds on 2% Milk moves the listener beyond toe-tapping and finger-snapping, straight to brain-mapping.

2% Milk is the first release for the newly-formed Release Me Records, founded by musician Inara George, both friend and bandmate to Lilly via their previous work together as part of The Living Sisters, Zero DeZire, and when Lilly plays live in the bird and the bee.

“I met a very young Alex around 2006 when the bird and the bee was putting together a live band,” George explains. I started Release Me to shine a light on Alex, and all the other insanely gifted musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

2% Milk, the debut album from Alex Lilly, is scheduled for release on Jan. 11th, 2019, preceded by the single and “Distracting Me,” out now.

Alex Lilly is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Alex Lilly
2% Milk
Jan. 11th, 2019
(Release Me)


Track Listing:

01. Confucius Says
02. 2% Milk
03. Distracting Me (STREAM | MP3)
04. Pornographic Mind
05. Boomerang
06. Night Drive
07. Infantile
08. Cold Snap
09. Hypothetical
10. Firefly

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Alex Lilly Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Houston-based The Wheel Workers to follow-up 2015’s sociopolitical “Citizens” with more personal “post-truth,” written in wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“Musically and lyrically, it extends far beyond the political heat of the moment,” says The A.V. Club. Hear “soaring guitar solos” of “Desire” now at Glide.

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The Wheel Workers (L-R): Craig Wilkins, Kevin Radomski, Erin Rodgers, Steven Higginbotham, Zeek Garcia. Photo Credit: Allison McPhail / 5AM Creative.

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Tickets on sale now for The Wheel Workers on Nov. 16th for the post-truth record release show at Houston’s White Oak Music Hall!

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“Airy chugging guitars and dramatic choruses, and a tough-love lyricism. There is a post-punk sound here that brings to mind groups like the Pixies and Interpol complete with spiraling guitar solos.” – Glide Magazine on “Desire” by The Wheel Workers




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The Wheel Workers – In The Press

“Painfully catchy.” — MAGNET

“Sincerely progressive and catchy as hell.” — Space City Rock

“Sociopolitical consciousness with a memorable hook.” — The Big Takeover

“New Wave synth stylings meet sharp lyrics.” — PopMatters

“Houston’s brightest hope. Damn. Seriously righteous.” — BLURT

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The Houston based five-piece political rock band The Wheel Workers isn’t so political on its upcoming new album post-truth (out Nov. 2nd, 2018.)

Now, the band’s lean and quirky Dead Kennedys, The Clash, and Pixies-influenced style shoves real life in front of our eyes. Following up an astounding eight nominations at the Houston Press Music Awards in 2015 for its previous album Citizens,  post-truth’s opening cut “White Lies” was first released in November of 2016 just before the Presidential election.

As for the impact of the song on Higginbotham nearly two years later, he reveals, “I was personally caught up in the horror many liberals felt at the time. But after all the personal difficulties the band has faced since then, I’m not sure I would write that song the same way today. Two of our members had houses flooded during Hurricane Harvey,” Higginbotham continues, “and they have spent the better part of a year coming back from that.”

Higginbotham goes on to explain, “Some of the people that were most supportive and kind during our difficulties were people I would probably disagree with politically, but the decency and love they showed in helping us rebuild our lives is so much more important than whether we agree on this or that issue.”

The latest track taken from post-truth is the new song “Desire”. Glide Magazine called out the song’s “soaring guitar solos” and “dramatic choruses” in its premiere coverage of the track here.

 “‘Desire’ is about the tension between pursuing your dreams and keeping up with your responsibilities,” says Higginbotham. “The sky-high hopes and moments of musical ecstasy versus the day to day grind of life.”

“I’m definitely still socially conscious,” Higginbotham concludes about the direction that The Wheel Workers exhibit on post-truth, “But now I think problems are best dealt with the way we do in our personal lives, with the people we genuinely care about, supporting and loving one another with understanding and forgiveness.”

post-truth, the latest album by Houston-based band, The Wheel Workers arrives on Nov. 2nd, 2018, preceded by the single “Desire”. The band headlines a record release show at Houston’s White Oak Music Hall on Nov. 16th.

Members of The Wheel Workers are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Eight-time Houston Press Music Awards nominees show personal side on new LP. Hear Dead Kennedys, The Clash, Pixies-influenced “White Lies”.

“Successful political art foregrounds the artistry while making a statement that isn’t just applicable for a limited time. Musically and lyrically, it extends far beyond the political heat of the moment.” – The A.V. Club on “White Lies” by The Wheel Workers




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The Wheel Workers
post-truth
Nov. 2nd, 2018
(S/R)
  

Track Listing:

01. White Lies (STREAM | MP3)
02. Desire (STREAM | MP3)
03. Doesn’t Really Matter
04. How Did I Go So Wrong
05. Games We Play
06. Burning
07. Nothing To Say
08. Sing

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The Wheel Workers Links


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Married “dreampop gem” (Paste) duo Fawns of Love shares “Someday” from upcoming Test Pattern Records debut album, out Jan. 18th.

Track is first single from couple’s sophomore album Permanent, follows up sold-out vinyl pressing of band’s recent Part Time Punks session.

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Fawns of Love (L-R): Jenny Andreotti, Joseph Andreotti. Photo credit: Jenny Andreotti.

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Fawns of Love – In The Press

“A dreampop gem.” — Paste

“Would fit right in at David Lynch’s Roadhouse” — MAGNET

“The soft gauze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive. Perfectly woozy.” — FLOOD

“There is obsessive joy in the Fawns of Love’s take on shoegaze.” — The Big Takeover

“Psychedelic dream pop.” — MXDWN

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Ghettoblaster notes the “crisp and clear dreamy vision” of “Someday” by Fawns of Love! Listen here or at the link below.


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Married Bakersfield, California-based shoegaze / dreampop duo Fawns of Love (Jenny and Joseph Andreotti) has shared “Someday,” the first single from the band’s upcoming sophomore album Permanent (and first as new signees to Test Pattern Records, out Jan. 18th, 2019.) The song premiered via Ghettoblaster Magazine and is now available on all streaming services.

Regarding the thematic influences on the new album, Jenny says, “For the past year, my life has been in a complete flux. People have moved away, relationships have changed, and this has challenged my belief that people’s love for you is permanent.”

“Someday” is the first new music from Fawns of Love since selling-out of the limited-edition 12-inch vinyl release this past summer of its appearance on the Los Angeles-based “Part Time Punks” radio show.

Both full-time educators – Joseph teaches middle school, Jenny is a full-time instructor at CSU-Bakersfield – the Andreottis have been married for 13 years, performing together for 16, and recording, touring and releasing music throughout that time under various names and labels. In 2013, they began a break when Jenny enrolled in a history graduate program, but by 2017, it was time to begin being a band again, including choosing a new name.

“One of our favorite records is Hounds of Love by Kate Bush,” Joseph says. “We wanted a name that would pay homage to that.”

 In addition to Kate Bush, additional influences on Fawns of Love include familiar names such as The Chills, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Blur, Pulp, Slowdive, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Sparks.

 Fawns of Love takes all of these legendary sounds, which some might think of as cold or aloof, and makes them pop with overtones of The Smiths, New Order, and the warmth that comes from the Andreotti’s many years of making music together.

Permanent, the second full-length by Fawns of Love, is scheduled for release on Jan. 18th, 2019 by Test Pattern Records, preceded by the single “Someday,” streaming now. Jenny and Joseph Andreotti are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Fawns of Love
Permanent
(Test Pattern Records)
Jan. 18th, 2019
  

Track Listing:

01. Someday (STREAM | MP3)
02. December
03. Horoscope
04. Permanent
05. Mournful Eyes
06. Divine
07. Anarchy & Kisses
08. Wasted Days

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Fawns of Love Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion