New Albums From Treefort Artists

newnewnewPorches, Pool
Label: Domino Records
Release Date: February 5, 2016

Maine has shed the murky folk of previous recordings for a homespun electronic sound that consciously pulls away from the “rock” elements. (Call him another indie kid who sold his guitars and bought turntables.) Fittingly for a record titled Pool, it sounds like it was recorded with one in the room. Oceanic synths, wobbly basslines, and precise snare drums cohere into a crisp pop sound, while his high, expressive voice bobs brightly above the surface. — Pitchfork

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Radiation City, Synesthetica
Label: Polyvinyl Records
Release Date: February 12, 2016

Just as in their previous records, the band’s sound combines space-age soundscapes with shimmering synths ripped straight out of a lost Stereolab album. Each song radiates with glistening pop vibes and the lush choruses of the Mamas and Papas and the Beach Boys. Songs like “Juicy” and “Fancy Cherries” boast sheets of vocal arrangements in which Ellison’s voice soars above steady grooves and starry-eyed production. Spies and Ellison exchange lines on “Come and Go”, accompanied by soft coos, hard-hitting syncopated chords, and sinuous jazz solos. Meanwhile, “Separate” also finds two vocalists trading singing duties amidst lavish acoustic guitar and languid piano. Throughout, they take dated elements of bossa nova and jazz and manage to filter them through a pop lens. – Consequence of Sound

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Crescendo, Unless
Label: WWNBB collective
Release Date: February 19, 2016

Crescendo are an indie/dreampop trio from Los Angeles, CA comprised of Gregory Cole, Olive Kimoto and Jess Krichelle. When I first met Cole through social media back in August 2014, right before the release of the band’s debut album, Lost Thoughts, all I remember is him being so energetic and gracious for coverage of any kind. While most bands will share a humble ‘thank you’ and move on, I was quite shocked at how kind and friendly he was. I later learned of his mission, like mine, to create a community surrounded by music. When I recently told him I listened to the new record, Unless, the first thing he asked me was, “How did it make you feel? How was the experience?” and right then I knew that he was one of the few who just gets it – how music should be consumed vs. this short attention span notion of only releasing singles to please the masses. — Buzznet

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Deep Sea Diver, Secrets
Label: Self-released
Release Date: February 19, 2016

Jessica Dobson may currently be a member of The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Beck’s band, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t creating on her own. Secrets and its Polica-era-infused sound is haunting yet mesmerizing, jagged and still somehow smooth.

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French Horn Rebellion, Foolin’ Around (The Remixes)
Label: Ensemble Records
Release Date: February 19, 2016

Brooklyn-based electro-rock duo French Horn Rebellion feature the talents of brothers David and Robert Perlick-Molinari. With a name inspired by the combination of David’s skills as a computer sound engineer and Robert having once been the first chair French horn player in the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, French Horn Rebellion make ’80s-influenced electronic pop with an often wry, campy sense of humor. Born and raised in Milwaukee, David and Robert eventually relocated to Brooklyn where David produced and engineered music for the similarly inclined outfit MGMT. In 2007, French Horn Rebellion released a self-titled independent album. In 2011, the duo released The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion on Once Upon a Time/V2 Records. ~ Matt Collar

Lushlife, Ritualize
Label: Western Vinyl
Release Date: February 19, 2016

Philly indie rapper Lushlife has never been one to stay inside boundaries, and his guest-filled genre-hopping new album Ritualize (co-produced by CSLSX) is no exception. He brings together dream pop band I Break Horses, lo-fi pop guy Ariel Pink, gloomy singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler, the great underground rap producer RJD2, fellow rap weirdo Deniro Farrar, veteran rhymers Killer Mike and Freeway and more, and they somehow all fit right into Lushlife’s eccentric world. His delivery is rooted in rap’s golden age, but he namedrops Roky Erickson and Richard Hell in his lyrics, and he flows over production that often has little to do with hip hop. The I Break Horses and Ariel Pink collabs would just as easily fit on those artists’ albums if Lushlife wasn’t rapping on them. It’s a thrilling mix, and one that’ll probably appeal to hip hop heads and indie rockers alike, without sacrificing any realness on either end. — Brooklyn Vegan

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Rabbit Wilde, The Heartland
Label: self-release
Release Date: February 19, 2016

Straight out of the Pacific Northwest comes an exciting young string band, Rabbit Wilde, with their second album of rootsy, foot-tapping, hand-clapping folk music that crackles with energy. — Pop Matters

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Self Defense Family, Superior
Label: Run For Cover Records
Release Date: February 19, 2016

The thing that almost always comes up when discussing Self Defense Family is the band’s prolific nature. It seemingly releases a new record every other month, and while that can be seen as a challenge to a casual listener, it also offers limitless rewards for those dedicated to hearing everything. For its latest four-song EP on Run For Cover Records, the band promised “its darkest material to date.” And does Superior ever deliver: The A.V. Club is streaming Superior in full below, which sees the band’s chilliest music paired with its bleakest lyrics in service of a record that refuses to see the light at the end of the tunnel. — A.V. Club

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So Pitted, neo
Label: Sub Pop
Release Date: February 19, 2016

Seattle punk trio So Pitted are our newest signees!  And we at Sub Pop are proud to release neo – their label debut – throughout the known universe on February 19th, 2016. The album, featuring highlights “rot in hell”, “holding the void”, and “feed me”, was co-produced & mixed by So Pitted & Dylan Wall and recorded at The Old Fire House, Media Lab, Spruce Haus, the band’s practice space and Tastefully Loud in Seattle. neo was also engineered by Wall at Tastefully Loud and mastered by Eric Boulanger at The Bakery in Los Angeles. — Sub Pop

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Storie Grubb, the Length of Tomorrow
Label: unknown
Release Date:  February 19, 2016

This album has been a massive work in progress for me. I did an illustration for every song on the album.I have tried to convey my deepest thoughts and feelings into it. It is a pseudo concept album in that it takes you on a ride from beginning to end through the life of an observer. I hope you listen close because it’s really a tale about us all. — Storie Grubb

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SWMRS, Drive North
Label: uncool records
Release Date: February 12, 2016

SWMRS is a 4-piece punk band out of Oakland consisting of brothers Cole and Max Becker, Sebastian Mueller, and Joey Armstrong (son of Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong). The guys stopped by the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ last week to perform a few tracks for us and talk about their new album Drive North. Watch the interview above. After seeing the movie “School Of Rock” they immediately decided that they could also form their own band. “We wrote a song that day. We recorded it in our bedroom – it’s called ‘Stormy Day.’ Then we met Seb in high school – him and Joey were in a jazz band together.” – KROQ

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Tangerine, Sugar Teeth
Label: Swoon Records
Release Date: February 19, 2016

Seattle garage pop trio Tangerine are gearing up to release their new Sugar Teeth EP next month. Their second offering from the EP is the fun, funky jaunt “Sunset.” The song opens with a grumbling bassline before layers of airy and distorted guitars ring out. Then whimsical, shouting vocals jump to the forefront before we hear from the guitars again on a delightfully freewheeling chorus. The delivery of the lyrics disguises some deep ruminations on growing up like “The forest is empty/ The night now is toothless/ I guess that must mean we’re all grown.” — Stereogum

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Acid Dad, Let’s Plan a Robbery
Label: self-released
Release Date: February 26, 2016

On February 27, the Brooklyn psych-punk rockers behind Acid Dad will release their debut album, a four-song EP called Let’s Plan a Robbery. Both live and on record (and on cassette), the band plays with the urgency of thieves. But so do a lot of psychedelic garage bands, many of which seem more concerned with reverb and distortion than melody and nuance. But Acid Dad are able to strike a rare balance between lo-fi ferocity and a dynamic depth of feeling. Call them thieves who got away with it. — Newsweek

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Mothers, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
Label: Wichita Recordings
Release Date: February 26, 2016

There’s a pervasive sadness to Mothers’ songs that’s strangely disturbing: When Kristine Leschper sings, “We lived unloved in unmade beds / You wore me like a necklace,” it’s hard not to want to reach out and lend her hope. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired is filled with straightforward observations about frailty, broken trust and insecurity. The songs feel like the sole expression of the artist at their core, made with the support of friends like Matthew Anderegg on guitar, keyboards and percussion. – NPR First Listen

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Quilt, Plaza
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Label: Mexican Summer

Many bands are quick to call their sound “kaleidoscopic.” But that description is perhaps most apt for Boston’s Quilt and its winding, freewheeling sound, which oscillates between folk, psychedelic rock, pop and even punk. The band’s latest, Plaza, is as original as it is stellar.  — Newsweek

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Foster Body, Moving Display
Label: Diabolical Records
Release Date: March 4, 2016

There is much to celebrate in the frenetic vitality and in-your-face relevance of the punk ethos in Foster Body. The Salt Lake City band’s current lineup comprises Robin Banks and Korey Daniel Martin, both dynamic visual artists who also happen to be musicians, and Dyana Durfee and Jeremy Devine, well-respected musicians who are refreshingly comfortable in the project of democratizing music. Moving Display sizzles at a manic, scintillating pace, bubbling in a blunt-force social cavalcade of ironic, piercing lyrics that confront listeners to contemplate a contemporary scene where we work overtime at maintaining and shifting the identities we imagine to be most beneficial, favorable, or loving. Indeed, Moving Display is an apt album title in an era where social branding, micro-celebrity, catfishing, selective self-presentation, multiple online identities, the quantified self or the pronounced feeling of how today’s ways and tools of communication can make us alone together in the same relationship space constitute each of our own moving displays. The album’s songs winnow these themes down into phrases and lyrics that are illuminating and incisive. — The Utah Review

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Honduras, Gathering Rust
Label: unknown
Release Date: March 4, 2016

Honduras take us through the frustrations of trying to get ahead in their latest track, “That Old Feeling.” The guitarist peels through electric strums, meanwhile the drums amplify the sentiments of trying to overcome the failures of not completing new goals and sticking to changes. When there are no words, the punk instrumental rides and then softens into a groove backed by melodic vocals before it picks up again. premiered below, comes on like an exorcism of inner feelings, and it feels brilliantly cold and taught throughout. — NME

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Sun Blood Stories, untitled
Label: self-released
Release Date: live debut at Treefort

Skating Polly, The Big Fit
Label: Chap Stereo via Burnside Distribution
Release Date: March 25, 2016

Some music gets it. Some music doesn’t get it. This gets it. This is fucking fantastic. I don’t give a shit about their age. Either music gets it or it doesn’t. And this gets it.” – famed music critic Everett True, after hearing Skating Polly for the first time, April 2015. — Paste Magazine

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Music Band, Day Stealer
Label: Infinity Cat
Release Date: April 1, 2016

Music Band told us they had a record coming out on April 1, and that’s no joke — Wake Up Laughing is on the way via Infinity Cat, and “Day Stealer” is our first taste. It’s a kiss-off song (with the refrain “She’s all I ever wanted / If all I ever wanted / Was a lie”) that somehow manages to pack a slow build and some ripping good payoff into two-and-a-half minutes. — Nashville Scene

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Aesop Rock, The Impossible Kid
Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment
Release Date: April 29, 2016

Underground OG Aesop Rock announces The Impossible Kid, his first solo album since 2012’s Skelethon. The project will drop April 29 on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The Impossible Kid will find the rapper delving into topics like depression, his relationship with his family and the years following his friend’s death that lead Aesop to move from San Francisco to a barn in the woods where he started recording for the album. — XXL Magazine

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Summer Cannibals, Full of It
Label: Kill Rock Stars
Release Date: May 2016

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the latest addition to their roster: Portland’s own Summer Cannibals. The brilliant rock band is set to release their third full ­length album Full of It on May 2016.

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