Wild Leaves, Anthonie Tonnon, Gold Lake, Modern Merchant, Nicole Mercedes, Sarabande, Met City, Twin Tapes, The Juvenals

Wild Leaves

Wild Leaves is about home and the music is grown out of that. Their sound is something nostalgic, something with history - like a record rediscovered in your attic. The hazy melodies and washed-out reverb recall memories not yet lost.

Anthonie Tonnon

Brooklyn band Gold Lake have just finished recording what will be their debut album, Years,
mixed by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen, Father John Misty). Founding members, Carlos and
Lua, met in Carlos' hip night club in Madrid in the midst of the Spanish capital's music scene.
Shortly after moving to Brooklyn they started Gold Lake first as a duo, and then transforming into a
trio after meeting Dave. As soon as the band was finally established, they started playing around
NY and festivals such as Filter Magazine's Culture Collide Festival in LA, NXNE festival in
Toronto, Northside Festival in NY, SXSW, etc... and have opened for bands like Basia Bulat, Peter
and the Wolf, Ivan & Alyosha and Nada Surf.
In the meantime, to whet our appetites, Gold Lake will be releasing a single on June 18th with one
song from their forthcoming Phil Ek-mixed debut album and a remix by Helio Sequence.
Already garnering attention from the media, KEXP have started playing their music and Spin
Magazine premiered their single calling it "majestic".
You can listen to their song here:
And listen to Helio Sequence's remix here:

Modern Merchant

The haunting melodies and pulse-like rhythms of Brooklyn-based (by way of Connecticut) indie band Modern Merchant will get you a bit dazed and glassy-eyed. Layered harmonies, dynamic shifts, and a lo-fi approach yield a retro vibe.

Having crossed paths in the New Haven music scene, Stanford and Parson established Modern Merchant, bringing in Weiss and Skaggs after a move to Brooklyn.

The band recently recorded a session with Daytrotter.com, around which their first tour was booked. The tour included stops in Chicago, DC, Northampton and Providence, ending at the Mercury Lounge in New York City.

Their upcoming EP "For the Fields" will be self-released in spring 2013.

They have shared the stage with Islands, Young Man, Buxton, Hospitality, Asobi Seksu, SUNBEARS!, The Mastersons and Mice Parade

Nicole Mercedes


I write songs about various things in LIFE, and then these guys make them sound good.

Met City

Stockholm Fancy, the floridly arranged new album from Met City, is a whimsical, introspective journey baring the garbs of European cityscapes and the revelatory lyrical nuances of a bygone troubadour.

Wearing contemporary influences such as Regina Spektor and Vampire Weekend, while paying homage to music of a baroque yesteryear, Met City achieves a sound both orchestral and lyrically driven.

Mat Alano-Martin's blog, Postcard Elba, noted that Met City "manages to take the baroque sensibilities of Rufus Wainwright and Andrew Bird and infuse them with a driving pulse, an idealistic urgency and a playful fun that manages to sidestep the overwrought and maudlin shades that often come with the genre."

Frontman and songwriter, Loren Berí, brings a modern sensibility to themes manic, romantic, culturally Jewish and otherwise.
Berí and Met City currently reside in Brooklyn, New York, having recently relocated from Portland, Oregon.

Met City has shared stages with various acts including Brett Dennen, Ty Segall, Beach Fossils, The War On Drugs, Murder By Death, Pete Francis and more.

The Juvenals

The Juvenals? Fun, abrasive, melancholic, melodic, catchy. Just swell listening really. Wry. Very wry. Grand panegyrics and mock-heroic epics. Shouting, whispering, caviling and garumphing, sweeping, grooving, mocking, all sly asides, all half-remembered verses, all seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time guitar solos. Psych freak-out barnburners, indie rock slow-builders, bluegrass rave-ups, quiet and hushed folk, tempestuous rags, brutally efficient harmonies, classic rock choruses. Jutting and reckless, consumed and diseased, as pointed and inappropriate and out-of-sorts as a pure soul snaking its way through a callow and feckless age that doesn't like it very much.

But this above all else: catchy.

As for you, my friend (and isn't that who this is really about?), you are on the early end of the curve. You get to listen along, blog about it, love them then turn on them, rank their albums against other bands' they are nothing like based on the calendar year they were released - all while paying for little to nothing! You know the drill. You're tired of the drill. But why not drill along, once more, with us?



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