Sea Span is the project of a former senate page turned musician, who hung up his political suit to channel his frustrations with the American political system into a more gratifying outlet. The tongue-in-cheek name is no coincidence for the Philly-based band, who create their own blend of indie-folk baroque pop, recommended if you like Day Wave. According to the young act, who have only a handful of tracks uploaded to Soundcloud, most of their music was written this past winter and influenced by Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. With a firm base in acoustic guitars and subtle Fender Rhodes synths, their style is melodious and accessible with a side dose of political disenchantment. Stream their track “Refugees” below.
This past weekend our favorite Philadelphian funk-pop duo, Marian Hill released new song “Down” and it does not disappoint. More sparse than previous efforts, the cool new piano and jazz infused track appears to be a lyrical nod to The Exciters, replete with a glitchy interlude. Get down-diddy-down with this pop number below.
Future soul artist Son Little has received a lot of acclaim this past year for his nu-soul-blues-hip-hop sound. The Philadelphia musician and man behind the moniker, Aaron Livingston was formerly known for his collaborations with The Roots and RJD2 — and has now struck out on his own, having released his self-titled debut album on Anti- Records this October.
Son Little will bring his soulful and heartfelt performance to DC9 in support of the album on November 9. Listen to “Nice Dreams” off the LP below.
Philly electropop duo Marian Hill are back with a new EP and stellar lead single, “Wasted.” Made up of Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol (vocals/songwriting), the rising duo have a singular style that consists of sliced vocals, silky synth lines, sultry electronic soundscapes and even elements of trip-hop. With playful lyrics and punchy percussion to boot — as demonstrated on the latest track — Marian Hill can rest assured their immense talent isn’t wasted on us.
Marian Hill’s second EP Sway released today via Photo Finish / Republic Records. Stream “Wasted” and check out their upcoming tour dates below.
Marian Hill 2015 Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 17 @ The Turf Club | St Paul, MN
Feb 19 @ Schubas | Chicago, IL
Feb 21 @ Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY
Mar 26 @ Club Bahia | Los Angeles, CA
Mar 27 @ Rickshaw Stop | San Francisco, CA
Apr 07 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg | Brooklyn, NY
Apr 15 @ The Drake Hotel | Toronto, Canada
Apr 16 @ Le Bleury | Montreal, Canada
Apr 18 @ The Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA
Apr 22 @ Rough Trade | Brooklyn, NY
Apr 23 @ DC9 | Washington, DC
Apr 24 @ Boot & Saddle | Philadelphia, PA
Following up their critically-appraised album Slave Ambient in 2011, Philadelphia rockers The War On Drugs released Lost In The Dream earlier this month. Written by the band’s frontman Adam Granduciel on the heels of a breakup, the album tackles themes of loss, isolation, and depression. In the end though, Granduciel ultimately achieves an honest, heartfelt, and hopefully healing record that’s been lauded even more than the last. Stream their single “Red Eyes” below, and if you’re in DC catch them at 930 Club April 18.
New group based out of Philadelphia, Marian Hill have released sultry single, “One Time,” to accompany the announcement of their debut EP Play due out March 4. Similar to Wild Belle in style, the brassy duo incorporate blues and jazz elements along with the more modernistic, resulting in a cool and contemporary rhythmic feel.
Catch their first show if you’re in the Philly area at Boot & Saddle, February 25.