Oliver Houston - Tom Quad

| Keith

I don't know much about Grand Rapid's Oliver Houston, but their debut album Whatever Works, which came out towards the start of last year, is terrific; it's straight-forward midwest emo/punk and I've been enjoying it quite a bit lately.

RIYL: Sinai Vessel, Prawn, LVL UP, Signals Midwest

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Prawn - North Lynx

| Keith
I've been distracted and distant
And I'm all out of ideas
The bees keep swarming around me
The sun starts running on empty

I guess you'd call New Jersey band Prawn emo. They've got all the hallmarks of that classic 90's emo sound; weeping guitars, slow melodic progression, confessional lyrics, etc. Where they differ a bit, in a great way, is the application of complicated sonic arrangements, strings, horns and an occasional Midwestern garage aesthetic that somehow offers a bit of edge, character, and polish to their music. I loved their 2014 release Kingfisher and I'm looking forward to their new album, Run, which is out in a couple weeks.

RIYL: Buffalo Tom, Signals Midwest, Pity Sex, Saves The Day

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Strange Relations - Say You

| Keith
Say you want
Say you want
To cut me down
To cut me down
To size now

Here's another nice find from Tiny Engines: Minneapolis group Strange Relations. "Say You" is the lead single from their upcoming album Editorial You and it's dreamy, ethereal and catchy. The follow up "LIN" leans a bit more of the shoegaze side, and they both remind me a lot of that 4AD sound; Cranes, Cocteau Twins, Lush, Slowdive and the like.

RIYL: Slowdive, Cranes, Strange Ranger, Land of Talk

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