Graveyard Club – Cellar Door

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Graveyard Club came together over a mutual appreciation of stories by sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, the music of Ryan Gosling’s project Dead Man’s Bones, and a shared love of 50’s and 80’s pop. The Minneapolis-based band was resurrected in 2013 by founding members Matthew Schufman (vocals, synths) and Michael Wojtalewicz (guitar), and eventually grew into a quartet with the addition of Cory Jacobs (drums) and Amanda Zimmerman (bass, vocals). Together they create a retro blend of Goth-romantic new wave and synthpop noir, inspired by the musical stylings of The Cure and New Order.

Eschewing personal narrative in favor of more overarching thematic pursuits, Graveyard Club cover a range of subjects on their new LP Cellar Door, including nostalgia, love and yes, death. The record’s title track, a gorgeous and melodious dirge is a testimony to this with its swirling, haunting synths and bittersweet lyrics. Over an elegiac soundscape Schufman croons, ‘Close your eyes and count to ten, I’m going to start to love again,’ suggesting a sense of hope in the face of past disappointments. Stream below and support the group by following them on Spotify.

WILLS – Woes vs. Whoas

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Wow. Or is it whoa? Either way, that will be the general sentiment when you hear the new single from WILLS, the handle of Bronx-bred artist William Johnson. WILLS delivers the freshness and originality on “Woes vs. Whoas,” an explosive track that fuses trip hop with rap, future soul–and a myriad of experimental sounds such as breakbeats, wind instruments, and deep bass.

As a composer, producer and sound designer, the now Minnesota-based artist has produced multimedia performance art for spaces such as New York’s the Apollo Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music; scored works for HBO; and contributed to a range of musical projects including Flume‘s recent LP Skin. WILLS’ work is also inspired by his father, Bruce Johnson, a musician who released avant-garde recordings with Strata-East Records in the ’70s. Given his unique background, it’s no surprise that those variegated influences should be expressed on his own oeuvre.

“Woes vs. Whoas” will be out on WILLS’ self-titled debut EP this September via IAMSOUND. And with edgy efforts like this, we have a feeling it won’t be long before the world takes notice of his ascending star.