Indie Rock

War Strings readies debut with double single "Seventeen" and "Archer"

Singer-songwriter Andrew Stogel will put out his debut album as War Strings, called Who Cares How It Ends, on June 19th. Using inspiration from former stints as the frontman for indie and psych rock groups, War Strings is a grittier evolution from the groups that Stogel has performed with in the past. The darker vibe comes from Stogel's months-long recovery from a major head injury, which caused him to remain bedridden for the better part of a year. But this long road back to good health allowed Stogel to reflect and write what would become Who Cares How It Ends, which includes the two tracks "Seventeen" and "Archer". Take a listen to the double single below. - Will Sisskind

   

Bruges "A Thread of Light"

Noise Rock quartet Bruges recently released a new album called A Thread of Light. This is the band's follow-up to their 2019 album, An Erasure of Form, and a strong step forward in their exploration of layered, sludgy drone.

The band released the album back on June 5th to coincide with bandcmap waiving their fees, and donated the proceeds from the release to the local charities Assata's Daughters and My Block along with matching those proceeds from the band.

   

Topaz "Help Yourself to My Garden"

Topaz has released his latest album, Help Yourself to My Garden. We shared the album's first single, "Sirens", back in May, but it is now accompanied by the video below. The album's second single is called "Troublemaker" and was released late last month.

Topaz is the beautiful Dream Pop of Zack Johnson, nd this album is his follow-up to 2018's High Society.

   

Jungheim

Jungheim has released a new EP called "Tell You All The Time". The group, and more speciffically Nayla, has used the quarentine to create and release a ton of new music. They kicked of the year by releasing a collection of home recordings mde of several years, but since March they have released four EPs.

Nayla Jungheim (Rhythm Guitar/Synths/Vocals), Zack Miller (Drums), Hammad Imam (Lead Guitar), and Gwen Giedeman (Bass).

   

Unnamed Colors show pure class in new record "Be Where I Am"

Every once in a while, the week does not start with a bang, but rather it eases in with grace and much a soothing energy: that can be said of Be Where I Am, a new record from Newburyport’s Unnamed Colors. Each piano-led track is honeyed with glossy electric guitar embellishments, swinging rhythms, and the impressive vocals of Sierra Partlan, which take the classy music to the next level of finesse. “Come and Go” is an excellent example of the group’s ability to sway the sonic winds of arpeggiating guitars and rapid drum fills into a whirlwind worth admiring. “Come Play with Me” shows off the jazzy elements of Unnamed Colors, so exquisite and supported by a skilled bassline that buries itself in the heart of the listener. For each day we wake to there is something of a promise made that today will be better than yesterday, with Be Where I Am in your ears you are well on your way to a promise kept; stream the upbeat track “Kindling” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar