“Cassettes sales rose in the Discogs Marketplace by 29.54% in 2017 and by 35.19% so far in 2018. The cassette resurgence is officially here. We’re celebrating the humble cassette tape and its influence all week starting Oct. 8, leading up to Cassette Store Day. We’ll dive into the importance of cassettes with help from thought leaders, cassette kingpins, and the Discogs data team.”
“Coming in at just shy of six minutes, ‘Who Cares Right Now’ is a slow paced, emotional roller coaster from The Virgin Tongues. Musically there isn’t really too much going on, pounding drums in a fairly predictable pattern are supported by guitars that seem to have one focus and that’s to enhance Duncan McKnight’s vocals. Ranging from soft and pretty tones through to shrieking wails, he provides the highlights throughout and takes the track to a level it wouldn’t get anywhere near otherwise.”
“The 2018 edition of Cassette Store Day happens October 13 at independent record stores around the globe with lots of exclusive titles in the ever-portable, still-with-us tape format — in many cases it will be the first time these have ever been released in this format.”
"Forever doubting, I implored you to embrace my relief seeking soul. The tired husk of human cells, relentless in causing harm – to itself, to the world it walked on. Sinking in the mist of intractable frivolity, brought the fingers up; then up to the high heavens in plain, crinkled up, paper sheets. White and pristine, no more – it relied on waters dropping, from that same heavenly pastures. ‘Curse you, to hell’ he murmured. Curse you, to all high heaven.’"
"I love Ashes" from the album Heaven's Night, is a sedated, slowcrawl through dream pop nocturnal, drugworn that place a languid bass line and voice as the tour guides through the back alleys of some surreal town seized upon by forces beyond our control."
"This trippy single from Polyan (Polyan & the Johnson Sisters) came out on the band’s LP last Autumn but I feel the track has a summery sound that will definitely be enjoying some frequent replays on my seasonal playlists."
"This track by The Flaming Banshees couldn’t be any more appropriate. Written from a dark, lamp-lit room, I rotate between which eyeball to keep open, because I’m way too tired to have both open at the same time. Tell me you’ve been there?"
"‘Ruby’, the New Polyan & the Johnson Sisters Song, is a warbly track filled to the brim with originality. The lo-fi folk project is centered on experimental songwriter Jon DeCarlo. The song is notable for its use of synthesizers, samples and effects to create a convincing, encompassing sonic environment. There’s something very real about this project. ‘Ruby’ seems to be a true manifestation of the inner ideas of the involved artists. Expect to hear more from these guys soon!"
"1000 Days of Sleep is a track that drifts with jangly melodies weaving their way throughout shifting, ever-changing synths. Overall, the track feels quite nostalgic taking inspiration from psychedelia as well as post-punk and new wave. Taking the form of its name, ‘1000 Days of Sleep’ is very dreamy indeed meandering throughout and then evaporating as it dies out."
"The Moon Landing was recorded in Texas...where Dave and Jesse took an experimental trip into the multidimensional world of sound by fusing the psychedelic [and] indie alt-rock. Running down 2 minutes through the track you will be fired up on some haunting lunar lighted performance. If the Giant Sand and Calexico were having some margaritas, then the EWS would be landing with tequila in hand."
"Jesse Gilmore is an indie musician out of Texas who fuses dark psychedelic ballads of cosmic gloom with reggae, classical, electronic, folk, and the blues. A couple of weeks ago he released his debut LP...on the indie label, Santa Rosa Records."