Halo Noose

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Halo Noose is a psychedelic post-rock band out of Kent, England. “Journey to The Sun” shows off Halo Noose’s unique brand of psych rock coupled with progressive guitar work and rather trippy vocals.

Halo Noose tends to stick close to its stoner origins and this track is no exception, but “Journey to The Sun” has managed to diversify the band’s usual sound. The track keeps Halo Noose’s aggressive tone intact while introducing a kaleidoscopic aspect which creates a multilayered listening experience.

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Crocodylus’ single “My Love” is a strong summer track bursting with soul. The fast-paced, energized vocals of Stephen Sacco and Josh Williams paired with the electrifying beats of drummer Mikel Salvador perfectly capture the essence of garage surf rock.

The song often dips into an upbeat pace when the rhythm cools and the lyrics take control, but when this happens (at just the right moment, I might add) instead of losing intensity, the track maintains its energy while diving into scheduled calamity. “My Love” is an almost textbook example of a “fun-in-the-sun” track, making it a go-to for long hot summer days spent mulling over love.

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” — Sagan

Luna Honey

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DC-based Luna Honey shows us what bittersweet rock can do for a weary soul in their debut album, Peace Will Grind You Down. The LP is a haunting story full of luminescent heart and tragic tales. Ambient rock often finds itself lacking in emotional diversity, leaving many to believe that the genre is nothing more than a dumping ground for sad stories but Luna Honey delivers an album wrought with emotion, anger, disappointment, and self-loathing. These sentiments feel fresh as a melancholy energy is explored through the beautifull, yet evocative vocals of Maura Pond. Not many bands can say that every track they produce tells a cohesive string of tales, but Luna Honey has created an album with eight unique storylines. 

My personal favorite comes from “Line of Sight”, which is perhaps the most experimental track on the album. Its sound reminds me of gritty, dark streets straight from the pages of a comic book, with lyrics that preach a mixture of desire and longing. While each song on Peace Will Grind You Down is a masterpiece of gothic fiction in its own right, “Line of Sight” looms above the rest as it feels both sexy and horrifying. The album, it seems, uses every aspect of itself to tell a story, even if the tales aren’t all that pleasant. Through this, Luna Honey dares to discuss the most unpleasant aspects of life in an approachable way.

Luna Honey expands on electronic rock by fusing it with gothic undertones and solid narratives, a feature that gives their album a provocative, yet alluring sound. Although Peace Will Grind You Down is their first album, the band already displays a mature sound that boasts a lifetime of experiences. If this album is any indication of where the band will head in the future, I feel it’s safe to say that Luna Honey will find itself among one of the gothic greats.

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“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” — Sagan

Magic Moon

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Magic Moon’s bluesy ballad “Lucy” reunites psychedelic rock with its soul, an essence that has long been lost to consumerism. The track is truly an embodiment of desire as its steady tempo drifts into surges of intensity marked by Timo van de Ven’s impressive organ work and Walter Pols’ seductive vocals.

The song’s sudden dip into fast-paced rhythms revitalizes the track’s sound, rewriting its formula to keep it from becoming predictable. Although the track isn’t quite as groundbreaking as Magic Moon’s previous single “Nightcrawler”, “Lucy” still meets the high expectations many have placed upon the band as they strive to bring a fresh sound to psych-rock.

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” — Sagan

Henry Raker

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Henry Raker is an experimental saxophonist and clarinetist. His new track “You Know” displays an instrumental prowess that many musicians long to achieve.

Through a combination of metallic clicking and stirring saxophone work, the New York based artist has masterfully delivered a short, emotional track with an old school feel.

Raker’s vocal sound, which is reminiscent of Radiohead’s Thomas Yorke, is both alluring and haunting as it steers the track’s simple lyrics towards a deeper meaning.

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” — Sagan