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The Gentle Cycle Releases New Single - Follow Light

The San Francisco based psych revivalist band, The Gentle Cycle has released a new single entitled, Follow Light.

With a painstaking attention to detail, these songs were filtered through a cool grip of vintage guitars and components, like an antique Echoplex tape delay and a funky old spring reverb unit. They even recorded on a 1970s Tascam 388 analog reel-to-reel, replete with a deadstock spool of old quarter-inch tape. But Derek’s melodic musings come from an abstract foundation that’s more modern and forward thinking than most musicians beholden to period-correct tones. Listen to The Gentle Cycle and you’ll hear a band that somehow balances universal emotions with astral, atmospheric sonic architecture.

 

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Premiere: Katie Garibaldi - In My Wildest Dreams

San Francisco‐based Americana singer‐songwriter, Katie Garibaldi, announces the release of her live performance video, “In My Wildest Dreams.” The track is from her new EP, Rooted Clarity, that dropped in June. Women’s Radio says, “San Francisco's Katie Garibaldi offers something original and distinctive, as well as possesses a strong business savvy that has gotten her far ahead on the road of an indie artist.” Garibaldi has spent the majority of her life singing and performing. '

We're always proud to premiere new releases, so without further ado check out K. Garibaldi's new video for "In My Wildest Dreams." Make sure you support Katie and Bay Area independent music!

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Magik*Magik aka Minna Choi Releases New Music feat. How To Dress Well

San Francisco based artist, Minna Choi plays/composes/conducts music under the name Magik*Magik.

After 8 years of leading her very own orchestra (how many people do you know that have started their own orchestras?), she has finally written and recorded her own songs, the first of which is a slow-burning ballad called "Laugh a Lot" which features a duet with How To Dress Well's Tom Krell, with whom Magik*Magik have collaborated on and off since 2012.

"Laugh a Lot" is Magik*Magik's first release as a solo artist, and is highly anticipated amongst people in the know. Don't miss this one, and stay tuned for more.

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Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers Releases New Track - Favorite Food

Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers is a collaborative project created by Oakland based musician, Benji Marx.

The music of Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers focuses on the cycles of gain and loss, happiness and sadness that flow through our lives. The songs were written after the loss of a relationship and a reevaluation of what it means to lead a fulfilling life. I realized that we all have a circle of responsibility and we choose how far we want to extend it. How far can we push this boundary? Can we include each other? This project is a totem to remind me and hopefully others of the circles we draw, and to maintain the mindset that we are all mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.

"Favorite Food was written with the taste of a lover still in my mouth, her smell still in my nostrils, and a lingering question of where she had gone." - Benji Marx


Scott Hirsch Celebrates Record Release Show - 8/5

After many years spent as a steadfast and inventive collaborator—not only playing bass and producing four albums with Hiss Golden Messenger, but in large part forging that band’s sonic signature—multi­instrumentalist, recordist, and audio engineer Scott Hirsch has finally made a solo album, and it’s called Blue Rider Songs.

To describe Blue Rider Songs as cinematic is almost too easy, considering Hirsch’s acclaimed work as a film sound designer, but there are moments here (like “Raga of the Sea”) that remind me of what Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas soundtrack might have sounded like if it was recorded in 2016; there is a similar sense of Western scale and desert longing. But what is most interesting about the album is not any one setting or voice, but rather the illimitable, in­between spaces it traverses, the blue highways it rides between various traditions and tangents of North American vernacular music and the various nodes of Hirsch’s long and accomplished musical practice.

Scott is playing his record release show at The Lost Church in San Francisco on August 5th.

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