0011: Stray Owls – Billing Luna / Gravel Road Castle (2018)

Photograph Courtesy of the Stray Owls’ Instagram

The Stray Owls released Billing Luna / Gravel Road Castle on Santa Rosa Records, August 24th, 2018. 

Miraculously plucked from the ashes of a catastrophic fire — the rural North Carolina fuzz-folk band known as the Stray Owls, return better than ever with their Billing Luna / Gravel Road Castle single, a masterful two-track follow-up to their 2017 album, A Series of Circles.

“Billing Luna” starts off with layers of off-center emotion — grasping for something that’s just out of reach, before it finishes off with “Gravel Road Castle”, a fuzzy ode to the the great instrumentalists who’ve come before.

“Things fall apart. Bandmates move to different towns. Houses catch on fire. But sometimes they fall back together again.” – Stray Owls

If you’re in North Carolina, be sure to catch the Stray Owls’ release show happening tomorrow night at a very cool venue in Durham called the Pinhook. They will be playing with the alternative band, Regina Hexaphone. Jerry Kee is the drummer for both bands. 

The Billing Luna / Gravel Road Castle Cassette will be available in our Cassette Shop later today. You can also buy the digital album on their Bandcamp. Also, be sure to give the boys a follow on Spotify,

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

0008: Stings Poetic by That Dog Was a Band Now (2018)

Transatlantic outfit That Dog Was a Band Now released Stings Poetic on Santa Rosa Records — April 20th, 2018.

The album was recorded in a shipping container in Denmark.

It is an exceptional work of Americana art. A splendid blend of alternative folk music and sultry theatrics. A cosmic work of art.

The album was written by frontman Dustin Allen, mixed by Jared Mongeau, produced and engineered by Eske Aller, and mastered by the legendary Kramer.

The boys will be touring Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK this summer.

Stings Poetic is now streaming everywhere music is available.

0006: Polyan & the Johnson Sisters – Lonely Bologna (2018)

Polyan & the Johnson Sisters released their debut LP Lonely Bologna on Santa Rosa Records — March 26th, 2018.

Polyan is the experimental lo-fi folk project of Jon DeCarlo and company. It’s nothing short of brilliant. No, it’s a work of existential art ― a goddamn masterpiece of angst and self-loathing.

“Folk music is great because it’s crafted by the collective conscious, people add and change things as they interpret the music in whatever way they feel, and slowly a median product gets shaped and then this like seed that was planted generations before grows into this massive thing that the whole world had a part in making.” – Jon DeCarlo

The album is now available everywhere music is available.

0004: Electronic Warfare Squadron – The Moon Landing (2017)

Electronic Warfare Squadron is the sonic brainchild of Dave Ryan and Jesse Gilmore.

The Moon Landing was recorded in the Texas hill country — at Santa Rosa Records — where Dave and Jesse took an experimental trip into the multidimensional world of sound by fusing the psychedelic and alternative indie rock.

Dave penned the debut EP, Jesse produced it, and Kramer mixed, mastered, and played bass on it. 

The EP is now streaming everywhere music is available.