DIY/Lo-Fi

fieldtrip releases gorgeous new single, performs at Knitting Factory on 06.30

Field trip delves into the topic of loss in a way that seems to blur the line between experiencing personally and sharing it with others. His newest single “onethousand” starts off with a garbled transmission before settling into a melancholy haze. The layer of guitar effects and twinkling bells provides a backdrop similar in tone to those found on King Krule’s last album, yet the grooves on this single have a greater sway and the vocals are brighter. Lyrics like “what should I do, what do I do, look at you, look at me” brightly gleam before quickly shedding any sense of coolness and quickly become a call for help. Its a song that sounds lost in the neon smoke of city life, and its quiet attempts at human connection are deeply affecting, both working as a shared experience and something that needs to be listened privately. You can stream “onethousand” below and see field trip perform at Knitting Factory on June 30. -Tucker Pennington

   

New Track: "Retirement Meat" - Heavy Medical

Distortion and percussion merge, cracking open “Retirement Meat,” a new song from Heavy Medical. That anxious aggression sends shards of sonics at you from abrupt angles. Rumbling through in a jarring, heavy gut-punch, the track shakes the foundation. It's a heart-pounding jolt that asks for time alone. "Retirement Meat" appears to be off the band's upcoming album, which is titled Problems.

   

A Deli Premiere: LittleBoyBigHeadonBike's 100th Release 'Big Blue Butterflies'

LittleBoyBigHeadonBike, otherwise known as Will Orchard, may just be New England DIY’s most prolific songwriter. The Rhode Island native has roughly 500 songs available online, spread between 99 EPs and LPs. That would make his new album Big Blue Butterflies number 100. Very few artists boast such a wide discography, and even fewer can be proud of all their releases. But that's what makes this album exceptional. Rich with his usual whimsy — most apparent in the arrangments, which make full use of synths and the harmonica — and embedded with simple and vulnerable lyricism that could give early Death Cab a run for its money, this album shows the portrait of an artist in the midst of maturation. In this release, Orchard is exposed, but he is also careful — these are no random thoughts or loose strings. Once again, through the project LittleBoyBigHeadonBike, Will Orchard has proven that even when things fall apart, a few poignant lyrics may be enough to make the center hold. LittleBoyBigHeadonBike is kicking off a tour with an album release party at Columbus Theatre in Providence on June 28 at 7 p.m. - Lilly Milman, photo by Nicholas Lussier

Stream an exclusive premiere of Big Blue Butterflies below. 

   

June Gloom celebrates split EP with show at The Glove on 06.30

On June Gloom’s latest release, a split EP with Rock Solid entitled Subletter/Something Solid under Exploding In Sound Records, the Brooklyn songwriter ventures into softer folk territories. On previous releases, June Gloom—the solo moniker of Jesse Paller, who also serves as drummer for Tall Friend—played into a leisurely slacker tradition of ‘90s guitar rock. On these songs take a more intimate approach that brings Elliot Smith comparisons to mind. Paller’s arrangements, minimal as they may be, still employ electric guitar, with arpeggios that reach almost dream pop layers at times, without the heavy use of effects. June Gloom will perform on Saturday June 30 at The Glove to celebrate the EP’s release. – Cameron Carr

   

New Cheeky EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Kaylee Sabatino, a.k.a. Cheeky, just dropped her new EP Flora. Sleek vocals coupled with late-night beats curate a mysterious, dance-generating ambiance. Forging fresh air and spacial mobility, the songs mix a bouncy brightness with a contemplative darkness. Guided by the groove, one can follow it down the rabbit hole of discovery.