Grapell – Every Time…

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Soulful Swedish group known as Grapell have a collection of love ballads on the horizon. The duo, comprised of longtime friends Emil Erstrand (vocals) and Nils Nygårdhs (drums) recorded their upcoming EP Love Chamber with a live band in their rehearsal space located in a laundry basement in Stockholm. To Grapell, a ‘love chamber’ represents a place of beauty, but also a place that one can get easily trapped. Each song on the EP is its own entity, and yet there’s a unifying thread throughout. Regarding the decision to create an EP rather than rushing to put out an album, Erstrand explains, “An EP is much easier to consume, and you want a theme to be cohesive.” The opening track for example, “Every Time” is a subdued, gossamery and reflective song, while “Some Places” is a more uptempo, glimmering sax-suffused duet with notable additions by Many Voices Speak (female vocals) and jazz saxophonist Björn Arkö.

Escape with both efforts below. Love Chambers will be out September 30 on Strangers Candy in Europe and Roll Call Records everywhere else.

Geographer – Ready 2 Wear (Felix Da Housecat Cover)

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Geographer is the moniker of SF-based musician Mike Deni who impressed us back in 2013 with his rendition of Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon.” The reimagining was so inspiring for the so-called ‘romantic’ indie artist that he decided to record an entire oeuvre of covers. The forthcoming EP, entitled Endless Motion is due for release in December and will include a variety of covers, including but not limited to reworkings of Kate Bush and Paul Simon. Listen to his lush but minimalist twist on Felix Da Housecat‘s “Ready 2 Wear” along with the original below.