Rob Sato

Mt. Joy – “Sheep” + “Astrovan” // Rob Sato

As the world heads into some seriously uncertain times it is so nice to have songs like “Sheep” to comfort the soul. Great minds making great music for the great people of this planet. I’ve been listening on repeat all day and feel better with every spin.

Everyone may not agree with their sentiment on “Sheep”, orassertionsertian that Jesus drives an Astrovan (below) but I think we can all agree that these vibes are universal and the album art is 100% on point.

Get into Mt. Joy on Spotify too.

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Dabeull – “Do It” // Leonardo Santamaria

Sit down. Relax. It’s ok, rest is important. Sure, lay your head down at your desk. Or sure, on the carpet. Whatever gets you comfy. And if your head starts melting into the floor that’s just fine. That’s supposed to happen.

Daebull invites you to get into more Parisian funk right through here.

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Matt Williams

Goldroger – “Unter Nelken” // Matt Williams

If you’ve never got into German hip hop then Goldroger is the perfect dude to invite you behind the beaded curtain. I don’t even speak German but have had “Unter Nelken” on repeat the past few weeks and its been slowly loosening up my brain in all the right ways. I gotta be careful with what lyrics I drop at my local Biergarten…

Make sure to take a long gander at the beautiful cover art for the full LP Avrakadavra by the wonderful YAWN who did the artwork for Vinyl Moon Volume 004 (as well as the Vinyl Moon logo!)

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Chris Jehly

Chick Quest – “Savant Garde” // Chris Jehly

Need a little punk to get you out of that funk? Let the creeping riffage of Chick Quest raise your limbs and shake your ass. “Savant Garde” digs itself deeper into your brain with each listen. I recommend multiple.

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[PREMIERE] DYAN – “Of Love” Video (+ School Night L.A. show)

Regular readers know that DYAN absolutely stole my heart last year with their stunning and immensely repeatable debut album Looking For Knives. Now, after great press from NPRBillboard, Kick Kick Snare, & Indie Shuffle, (plus over a million Spotify plays of the album’s title track) it seems the rest of the world is taking proper notice! Today DYAN returns with their first video from new single “Of Love”, the tender and stripped back sleeper favorite from Looking For Knives. The video is a fantastic pairing to the music as it takes us on a visual adventure high above the frozen earth below. As if watching the world we live in through a lens of either hazy memories or wistful longing. It’s never quite clear with DYAN. That why it’s so perfect.

The video was directed by the amazing visual artist Sinziana Velicescu who shot DYAN’s album and single artwork as well as did photography for Vinyl Moon Volume 012.

Los Angeles, come see DYAN at School Night this Monday! Details below. RSVP for free entrance here.

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Panther Martin – “Take Two” // Hua Tunan

Panther Martin are the sonic equivalent of dressing the American Bald Eagle in a leather jacket, serving him too many light beers, and taking him to an air guitar competition. Utter domination.

The full LP record, PILE, is out now.

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Eric Bonhomme

Mondo Cozmo – “Higher” // Eric Bonhomme

Mondo Cozmo knows what it means to dance his damn ass off and “Higher” shares that with us. A perfect soundtrack to plotting your own dance attack on unsuspecting fools down at the bar.

Ben Venom

Polish Club – “Beeping” // Ben Venom

Grab this train quick and tight because it’s barely grabbing the rails as it takes this corner on the express track to downtown party town. Sweating much? Here use my sleeve.

I can’t wait or more from Polish Club, the self-proclaimed “loudest goddamn soul outfit you’ve ever heard”. Yes.

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Mister Mourão

Orange Drink – “Sleeve Of A Tweed Jacket” // Mister Mourão

Orange Drink lulls you to sleep with a swirling loop of a groove that slowly emerges to be a bit more tense than you anticipated. Like dreaming that you are eating donuts but then realizing that the dream is a loop (donut symbolism!) and you have to eat them forever.

As if to solidify the idea of an endless loop, Orange Drink notes that the “cassette tape sample is a recording of me and my friends from roughly 20 years ago.” Eerie…

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Max Berry

Sun Airway – “All In” // Max Berry

Cheers to finding the right song to ride an invisible horse into the sunset and then doing it again and again because invisible horses can be ridden forever.

“All In” is from the forthcoming Sun Airway album, Heraldic Black Cherry, that you can Kickstart on vinyl here.

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Freedom Fry – “Awake” + “Linger” (Cranberries cover) // Hueman

Freedom Fry have become one of the most sure fire ways to melt away your blues. Between the scrappy handclaps, bouncy grooves, string strumming, and perfect boy-girl vocals, these two have tapped into a musical joy that the world needs more of.

But just when you think it’s all fun and games with these two, they bust out the lighters and ignite some serious sing-along nostalgia with their cover of The Cranberries “Linger”. Beautiful.

Be sure to check out Freedom Fry’s killer (and off-kilter) cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit on Vinyl Moon Volume 015!

Cody Berringer

Jenny Broke The Window – “Skinny Dip” // Cody Berringer

Aaaand Friday begins…… NOW! Time to shake off the week with a couple spins of Jenny Broke The Window. Between the guitar solos and the title, “Skinny Dip” will get your head set for the days ahead and more importantly, the nights that follow.

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JW Ridley – “Everything (Deathless) – Part 1” // Xomatok

No matter how ramshackle your life is feeling, things are about to come up rainbows and daisies for those hot stepping feet of yours. Crank JW Ridley’s debut jam in your ears and damn if the whole world doesn’t feel A-OK for a bit.

Out on 10th Feb on limited 7″ (250 copies) via the brilliant team at Speedy Wunderground. Pre-order here. Read more

Cam Floyd

Esbie Fonte – “Pools” + Video Premiere // Cam Floyd

Move too fast and you might miss it. Like a stunning sunset reflected in a rain puddle, you may miss the beauty in Esbie Fonte’s “Pools” if you aren’t paying attention. If you aren’t keeping your eyes and heart open to the tender voice singing to you from the other side of the water. So slow down this Friday. Breathe deep and soak this in. The weekend will come soon enough. For right now there is “Pools”.

Of the song, Esbie says:

Written in Cornwall, England on a rainy night, “Pools,” confronts the very genuine love of someone residing many miles away in America. The “someone” in the song is a childhood love who lingers painfully into the present.

“Pools” was recorded in Fonte’s home city, San Francisco, California – vocals in Fonte’s apartment closet vocal booth, and piano on a Steinway at Hyde Street Studios. A field recording of children splashing around in water is layered with various analog sounding synths reminiscent of a vintage record. Esbie elaborates:

The video is shot around Los Angeles and Laguna Beach capturing a down-tempo and cinematic atmosphere filled with symbolism of universally relatable feelings – feeling trapped and hopeless, but eventually breaking free, letting go, and as the video showcases, literally emerging from the “Pools” of one’s own confines.

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James Rieck

Verge Collection – “Our Place” + “Class Of ’09” // James Rieck

Verge Collection are the kind of band that if you listen enough you’ll end up feeling like good friends. You’ll have shared a few beers, talked through some shit, danced through the night, and they even let you crash at theirs and eat some leftover rice. Makes me not really want to go home…

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