“This Road Is Long” by The Lost Patrol
The fresh scent of an acidic rain coated black top, your head huddled beneath the heaviest of hazes formed via the amalgamation of oceanic foam and a cool breeze washing over the coast, unsure of where you’ll end up or what will meet you around the next bend. The uncertainty is a as comforting as the churning mist is captivating, and that’s what experiencing The Lost Patrol latest studio release, Rocket Surgery, is like. The cavernous collection of musical artistry and smoke smothered Surf-Rock numbers would suffice nicely in a late-night vampiric cabaret, no track more suited for such a stage than “This Road Is Long,” which you can stream below, thus the outfit’s forthcoming filmatic debut alongside Alicia Sylverstone in the 2012 release Vamps. The Piermont, NY-based shoegazers are scheduled to headline Asbury Lanes on December 16th…don’t miss it.
“Weight Of The World” by Shayfer James
The ivory riff slinging outlaw known as Shayfer James is only days away from dropping Counterfeit Arcade, yet another full-length compilation of hypnotic Piano-Rock that will have congregations of the sinful crooning along to lush, cryptic choruses (“Villainous Thing”), and dancing in the shadows to beautiful candle lit waltzes (“L.V.S. [Your Lady Waits],” “Under The Willow”). The sophomore release of this sinister pied piper of the Garden State’s underground contains poetic compositions, which ride turbulent waves of melodious verses, backed by a storm of intricate instrumentals (“Battle Cry,” “Diggin’ Up Hatchets”), with a pair minimalistic testimonial type-tracks mixed in amongst the bunch (“Peace,” “Have A Seat Misery”). However, the cream of this crop rose to the top in “Weight Of The World,” the leading number to one of SIMGE’s favorite albums of the year. Stream it below and be sure to pick up the record on November 29th here.
“I’m Not Ready Yet” by New York Rivals
“I’m Not Ready Yet” is the opening salvo to New York Rivals self-titeld debut full-length release, a riotous 11-track compilation of Party-Rock anthems rooted in the Indie music haven that is Brooklyn, NY and our own musical hub by the sea, Asbury Park. Erik Rudic, The outfit’s axe wielder, has a pedigree that includes such area acts as The Sixty Six (Scott Liss) and the recently defunct The New Volume, while the band’s bass plucker, Gianni Scalise, has also performed alongside Scott Liss and company. Front-man Josh Moran’s alluring vocal stylings fall somewhere on a spectrum between the soothing work of Tyler Glenn (Neon Tress) and the charred exertion of Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), and New York Rivals have the ability to be just as big as both, if not more.
“High Noon” by True Apothecary
The Westchester, NY-based True Apothecary presents the listener with a style of tunes as obscure as the film references it makes. It’s debut EP Thank You, Janitor, Thank You Scientist, which alludes to a conversation held in the film Half Baked between Thurgood Jenkins (Dave Chapelle), and an uppity scientist at a pharmaceutical plant, is as alluring a title, to this journo at least, as the group’s catalogue of spacious and experimental Indie-Pop tunes. It’s ambient soundscape construction performed behind melodious Singer/Songwriter-esque tunes, and a truly original and enchanting take on both of those musical stylings…enjoy this next cut from that record “High Noon.”
NOTE: Be sure to check out other selections from True Apothecary on the group’s Facebook page, including “1.21 Jiggawatts” and “What’s In The Box?!?!?!” here.
“Broadcast Fiction” by The Body Electric
“Broadcast Fiction” is track number three on an EP dubbed Positive Charge, the 2011 debut release by The Body Electric, a Tannersville, P.A. product preaching a Punk-Rock ethos and delivering such ideas with a rhetoric wrapped in melodious verses and infectious refrains, all produced in the name of artistic freedom and an affection for creation. Each record the outfit sends home with a new fan for the low price of nothing comes with following manifesto printed on the back: