“Abigail” by Clara Barker

Small Bear Records are happy to announce the reissue of the debut by Clara Barker titled Indigo. This release follows the release of her second album, Fine Art & The Breslins, earlier in 2014.

Indigo contains a variety of songs, ranging from the joyous and playful “Cowboy, Ninja, Bear!” to the more downbeat and dark title track. The album is available now via bandcamp. The video for “Abigail,” shot by Alex Mealin, can be viewed on YouTube.

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“Abigail” by Clara Barker

Indigo Clara Barker

Image courtesy of bandcamp and mp3 courtesy of Phil Reynolds of Small Bear Records

“You’re Not One Of Them” by The Red Paintings

Orchestral art rockers The Red Paintings are on tour in support of the release of their debut album The Revolution Is Never Coming.

Based in London and Los Angeles – and having been fortunate enough to already tour much of the globe – The Red Paintings are a five-piece group (guitar, violin, cello, bass and drums) whose sound evokes everything from child-like lullabies, to tearing, biting, alternative-rock numbers. They incorporate multimedia performance art wherever possible and seek submissions from local artists who paint the band’s live energy onstage in real time. With costumes, conceptual stage shows, live painting and human canvases their performance combines sound and visuals.

The debut album was 5 years in the making and features a 35-piece orchestra, 22-piece choir, harp players, French horn, Theremin and more across 13 tracks.

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“You’re Not One Of Them” by The Red Paintings

The Red Paintings

Image and mp3 courtesy of Alex Steininger of In Music We Trust PR

“Buy Your Heart” by Nate Paladino

Orange County, California-based singer/songwriter, Nate Paladino, released his Good Boy EP on November 7, 2014. His lyrical approach lies on the dark and introspective side with his blues, ballads, rock, and 50’s-60’s pop influences looming large in his songwriting. Members include, Nate Paladino on guitar and vocals; Jon Hyrkas on drums; Frank Fermi and Anthony Shadduck on bass; Steve Maggiora and Danial Kirkpatrick on keyboard; and Lauren Anderson, Sydney Endicott, and Madeline Bukaty on background vocals.

I’m Nate Paladino and I sing sad songs that sometimes sound happy. I have ballads, I have blues, I have pop, and I have a song about choking down the hair of the dog on a rusty plane over the Pacific. I try to capture some of the intimacy that Roy Orbison had in abundance, I draw on the energy of Howlin’ Wolf, and I’m constantly chasing the lyrical standard that people like Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave set … my bread and butter is bar gigs in Orange County and Los Angeles. I don’t have a dance routine, but I can make a crowd shut up and listen.” ~ Nate Paladino

Streaming of Good Boy EP is available via SoundCloud.

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“Buy Your Heart” by Nate Paladino

Good Boy EP Cover

Image and mp3 courtesy of Matt Bacon, Intern, Independent Music Promotions

“Forever In Your Debt” by The Slow Readers Club

On December 1, 2014, Manchester-based indie-electro band The Slow Readers Club followed the success of their last single “Don’t Mind” with the re-release of fan favorite, “Forever In Your Debt,” a taut, energetic track with dark, introspective lyrics.

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“Forever In Your Debt” by The Slow Readers Club

TSRC 1 Album Art

The re-release of “Forever In Your Debt” also teamed with the release of Live At Central Library, a recording of the band playing the newly reopened iconic Central Library in Manchester.

The neoclassical landmark, built in 1930, had been closed for a four year period of renovation.

TSRC Cover Art

The Slow Readers Club’s following has been building rapidly since the release of their 2012 debut album. Their innovative music videos, such as “Block Out The Sun,” have received widespread media attention.

Image and mp3 courtesy of Andrea Lynch of Blue Soap Professional Radio Plugging and Music PR

“Sunday” by I, Us, & We

California, dream-pop outfit I, Us, & We just released their first single, “Sunday” from their debut EP, Mono.

The song is written, recorded, and mixed by the band. Also co-produced.

‘Sunday’ is a lush synth-driven glide with a nifty modern take on some soft-focus 80s production. Call it chillwave, call it synthwave, call it what you want, it’ll still sooth your soul just as well whichever way.” ~ RECORD REWIND PLAY_ _ _

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Sunday” by I, Us, & We

Mono Album Cover

Image and mp3 courtesy of Evan Doverspike, band-member, I, Us, & We

“Icarus” by DRLNG

DRLNG (pronounced darling) is a new project featuring former members of Boston dreampop act Plumerai. On December 16, 2014 they released their debut EP Icarus. The four-song EP was recorded at Mystic Valley Studios and features songs mixed and mastered to vinyl in 100-percent analog environments. No computers were used in the recording of this album. The 12-inch vinyl is limited to 300 copies.

DRLNG hails from New York and Paris, thus, they tip their hats to a variety of influences such as Seventeen Seconds era Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bjork, and Ella Fitzgerald. By employing minimal overdubs, the band has successfully crafted music that relies on unique songwriting abilities. Band members include Eliza Brown (vocals), Martin Newman (guitars), James Newman (bass) and Mickey Vershboe (drums). Brown’s croon and the dreamy soundscapes of the rest of the band create a sound that is recognized as their own.

Have a listen to the title track below.

“Icarus” by DRLNG


Image and mp3 courtesy of Brian John Mitchell of Silber Records via bandcamp.

“Wildfire” by Ethan Jano

Raised in rural Pennsylvania, Ethan Jano was one of eight children. Jano’s earliest memories involve listening to his Dad and great uncle pick out old tunes from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Bob Dylan. When Jano turned eight, his Dad taught him his first guitar chords and one night around the campfire, Jano decided to break the ice by belting out a version of “Folsom Prison Blues” which seemed to leave everyone a little speechless.

Jano’s guttural vocals and peculiar delivery seem to blend traditional folk with rhythm and blues; a musical style inherited from a working class life that he has always known. Jano’s day job entails creating custom hardwood architecture at a Lumber mill in Boswell, Pennsylvania.

The debut album, I’ll Be Fine, was recorded at POGO Studios and will be released on February 10. The 12 songs authoritatively address unjust wars, which take place on both large and personal scales — a suite of topical folk songs that are as relevant today as their predecessors 50 years ago.

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“Wildfire” by Ethan Jano

Ethan Jano Railroad by Maxxed Out Productions

Image and mp3 courtesy of Jennifer Thorington & Samuel Markus of Working Brilliantly

“Continuum” by Jack Jeffery

Progressive-ambient influenced, Virginia-based artist, Jack Jeffery, recently released his third album, Enlightened Horizon. The album transports the listener through a compelling musical journey of psychedelic, electronic, acoustic, and folk-rock soundscapes.

Jeffery’s earlier releases include 2012’s The Constant That Remains and 2010’s Passage to Agadir.

Have a listen to the track “Continuum” below from his latest release.

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“Continuum” by Jack Jeffery

Jack Jeffery Enlightened Horizon

mp3 courtesy of Jack Jeffery
Image courtesy of Jack Jeffery on facebook

“Black Soul” by Dilated Academy

Experimental-soul singer, Kelvin Godson, from Toronto, Canada (a.k.a Dilated Academy), released a full-length album titled Black Soul Project on December 13, 2014.

You don’t have to know exactly what the artist is saying, all you need is for it to speak to your soul,” says Godson of the single, “Black Soul.” ~ VENTS Magazine

You may have a listen to “Black Soul” below and watch the album’s promotional video via YouTube.

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“Black Soul” by Dilated Academy

Dilated Academy

mp3 courtesy of Laura Monti and Sophie Bystrup #DilatedAcademy
Image courtesy of SoundCloud