Barsuk Records has just released Menomena‘s video for “Plumage,” off their new album Moms. The video was directed by Trevor McMahan, who described the clip as “the ultimate illustration of the beautiful conflict in the band’s music – that aural struggle between instruments and ideas that is complex, satisfying, and always unmistakably Menomena.”
New York’s Yellow Ostrich will release their new album, Strange Land, on March 6, 2012. Strange Land is the follow-up to the acclaimed The Mistress, and is self-produced with engineer Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). The Mistress was also self-produced, and was made by singer/guitarist Alex Schaaf on his own, playing all the instruments. With multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez and drummer Michael Tapper in the fold, Strange Land presents Yellow Ostrich fully formed, no longer a bedroom project, but rather now a full-fledged power trio.
By Natalie Ekstrand
The new mini LP, entitled Nightlife, from New York street pop duo Phantogram, comes out November 1st. With their first album release in February 2010, long time friends Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) have enjoyed a fair amount of success for a newer band. Compared with such promising new groups as The XX, Phantogram has a promising and bright future in the electro pop circuit. Their musical careers are on the fast track with several festival appearances and ongoing tours alongside other well known bands.
By Myles Crawley
Once upon a time, tucked away in the upper left hand corner of America, there was a little company called Barsuk Records. Now Barsuk wasn’t your regular everyday record company. No, they were much different than that. While most other record companies were busy maximizing on every drop of musical content available, Barsuk would nurture and protect. They would create a safe environment for their artists to flourish in and find new waves of creativity to ride. How beautiful and blissful. And yet, believe it or not, it’s not so far from the truth…