Vancouver rock band Jo Passed, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joseph Hirabayashi (Spring, SSRIs), has shared the visuals to "Pet Crows," a standout tune from his 2016 Up EP. Animator Liam Hamilton conjures up aggresively strange hand drawn images to soundtrack the song's fitful, unconventional movements. Hirabayashi says the "the characters Hamilton comes up with are fantastic, likely decent halloweeen costumes too." Hamilton is also touring as a drummer on Jo Passed's upcoming tour, which stops through Brooklyn at Union Pool on 11/3, supporting Ratboys and DAGS!. Check out the delightful, and somewhat disturbing, halucinatory video below.
Richmond, Virginia duo Lean Year released their stirring, self-titled debut on Western Vinyl last week. It's a somber, amorphous rock record that plays like a cathartic cry, hitting on folk, jazz and ambient art pop. We asked vocalist Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson to make a playlist of some of their favorite songs as of late. True to their record's wayward nature, the band's playlist contains some cosmopolitan selections–Ethiopian jazz for solo piano by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou, Brazilian Tropicália sensation Tom Zé, Mexican national treasure Pedro Infante, Grammy-winning Malian musician Oumou Sangaré and more. Check it out below, and catch Lean Year at Alphaville this Friday 10/27!
Paul Simon - "Slip Slidin' Away"
So heartbreaking when he sings, “A good day is when I lie in bed and think of things that might have been.”
Brooklyn vocalist Maralisa Simmons-Cook bears the depths of her soul on “Blue,” the newest single by experimental R&B group Space Captain. Maralisa’s hooks hit like a knife to the heart and boast a dynamic range of style and sensibility— from Bjorkian bellows to greasy Winehouse croons. “I’ve discovered a feeling of numbness after experiencing so many disruptive things that I no longer feel shocked or bothered by emotional trauma anymore,” she wrote in a statement about the song, “It’s a wall I’ve put up.” Despite the negative elements that inspired “Blue,” Space Captain find resolution among kaleidoscopic grooves and sleek, serpentine melodies that suggest the dawn of something better and brighter.
Space Captain’s full-length debut, All Flowers In Time, is out next month on UK soul imprint Tru Thoughts. Listen to “Blue” below.
Brothers Jonathan and Michael Rosen are Cones, a Los Angeles-based guitar pop outfit on the rise. Having spent the last couple of years woodshedding as Eleanor Friedberg's band, Cones' "Whatever You're Into" is the second of two singles being released via Canvasclub, Canvasback Music's monthly singles series. AdHoc is stoked to premiere the track, a groovily sauntering psychedelic dance jam — what Cones' Jonathan Rosen says is about "being a people-pleaser" and "a vehicle for somebody else's desires." Rosen also describes the track as "being at the wheel late at night, driving somebody wherever they wish to go" and reconciling your own desires with those of your companion. We're thrilled to have Cones headline Berlin on Saturday 9/9 with Cassandra Jenkins and Dark Tea.