Autumn 2018
28. September 2018 By Walter Price 0


GTC Autumn 2018 Playlist is available on Spotify.

Autumn 2018

by Walter Price


When I was asked several days ago what music I’d suggest for cool and dark Autumn days, I got a bit overzealous with the list I sent.over. After a closer look, at said list, I have narrowed it down a bit and created what I feel is the perfect playlist for your Fall changes. Set your Spotify player on random, pour cocktails and dig in…

For my artist reviews, please check the GTC archives, but first, have a sneak peek at press/social media blurbs from each artist:




“Dark indie pop with female vocals, this SF Bay Area project creates dynamic, cerebral music. The unifying force behind New Spell’s sound is songwriter Leanne Kelly’s airy vocals and synth-centered songwriting. Drums by Jacob Frautschi and electronic bass embellish compelling layers of sound in a uniquely captivating style.”



“2007’s Cease to Begin is a melodic treasure. The tight country harmonies of “Marry Song,” the swooning ‘60s-to-‘90s shoegazer pop of “No One’s Gonna Love You” and the ominous, haunting anthemic riff of the album’s opener “Is There A Ghost” illustrate the group’s far-reaching range.” (iTunes)



“Fire Tiger is an American power pop / classic rock band from Los Angeles, fronted by contralto singer/songwriter Tiffany Alkouri, along with co-writer / keyboardist James Ramsey, guitarist Jordan Lucas, bassist Tyler Renga, and drummer Tyler Moore.

“Since their debut 10-song vinyl record album ‘Energy’ (2014), and their 2018 follow-up album, ‘Suddenly Heavenly’, they have been gathering a notable indie following on social media, and have been featured in blogs, Internet radio, and Indie Terrestrial radio shows worldwide.” (Reverbnation)



“The Fourth Wall is loud. Frontman Stephen Agustin is, by contrast, reserved and soft-spoken in person. He recently finished a degree in Philosophy. He smiles a lot when he’s nervous. He takes writing music incredibly seriously, but he can be hesitant to get into the weeds of talking about his band’s intricate, generous songs. “It’s hard to be articulate about that sort of thing,” he says.”



“Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist, and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).”



“THE BLANK TAPES is the moniker of Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, Matt Adams, who has produced over a dozen albums of 1960’s inspired surf-pop, folk-rock & soul on Volcom, Burger Records, Antenna Farm, White Noise, and others. Their latest being ‘Candy’ available on PIAPTK & It’s A Gas! “The songs focus on outward and inward paradise, dreaming, driving a Cadillac convertible and, tenderly, lost love.” – Buzzbands.LA Along with his bandmates, The Blank Tapes have toured throughout America, Brazil, Europe, & Japan. Matt is also the artist behind his band’s posters & album covers. New albums and tours coming soon…” (facebook)



In 2018, Neumann was first seen alongside Jana McKinnon in Kim Frank’s feature film Wach  For October 2018, she announced her first EP “high fever”, which over the Berlin music label is published JIVE Germany.” (Wiki)



“I’ve always taken great pleasure in being difficult to categorize,” says the White Buffalo’s big-voiced frontman, Jake Smith. Since releasing his first album in 2002, Smith has explored the grey area between genres, carving out a sound rooted in dark folk, countrified soul, cinematic storytelling and roadhouse-worthy rock. He keeps things unclassifiable on the White Buffalo’s sixth album, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights, the most hard-hitting, electrified album of his career. ” (facebook)



“Skating Polly, a sister duo from Oklahoma made up of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, formed in 2009 after a jam session at the girls’ Halloween party…Both Mayo and Bighorse are intent on ignoring what’s fashionable and staying true to their passion for challenging music with long-lasting appeal. “The musicians we’re most inspired by are the ones who keep on going and going, who devote their entire lives to coming up with new and different stuff,” says Mayo. “A lot of times at our shows people will come up to us and tell us, ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing, don’t ever stop’ and we’re just like, ‘Yeah—we weren’t planning on never stopping.”



“We’re more than happy to announce that Steiner & Madlaina will release their full-length debut album entitled ‘Cheers’ on Glitterhouse Records. They released the digital EP ‘Speak’ in 2017 followed by extensive touring.

“Steiner & Madlaina were born and raised (and still live) in Switzerland, which is essential to ‘Cheers’. The album summarizes the ambivalent circumstances and emotional rollercoasters that come with living in a privileged, wealthy country – but at the same reflecting on it on numerous levels. The album title isn’t merely a drinking toast; it’s also a welcome or a farewell, a beginning, and an end. Nora Steiner and Madlaina Pollina are young and gifted songwriters with the talent to tell stories –some of them are full of hope and dreams, most without a happy end. Their songwriting certainly isn’t just about the insight or introspection – it is outspoken, clever and poetic.” (Glitterhouse Records)



“With influences that span the spacey experiments of Vangelis, the expansive, cinematic sounds of Ennio Morricone, and glamorous ’80s synth pop, Still Corners is the project of Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray. The group formed shortly after Hughes, an American expatriate, met Murray by chance at a London train stop in 2009.” (band’s website)



“Descendants of garage and noise pop in the vein of Lush, Black Honey is a high-octane indie rock band led by Izzy Baxter, a vocalist with a coaxing delivery often compared to Lana Del Rey. The band was formed in Brighton, England with guitarist Chris Ostler, bass player Tommy Taylor, drummer Tom Dewhurst, and Baxter, who also plays guitar. The quartet created a buzz with a series of singles released on an eponymous debut EP in late 2014 by Duly Noted Records. That led to touring opportunities across the U.K. in 2015, soon followed by dates in Continental Europe and airtime on BBC Radio 1. In the meantime, the group released more catchy, stand-alone singles including the surf guitar-tinged “Madonna” and “Corrine.” A much-anticipated second EP, Headspin, arrived in the spring of 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson (iTunes)



“Titled Lights Out, the new album is a cannonball dive into trauma-infested waters. Having lost her mother and grandfather, divorced her husband, come out as gay, helped her bandmate through two manic episodes, and remarried a woman to the religious dismay of loved ones, the songs kept coming for White, and the result is a powerful selection of lyrical lamentations.” (Public Display PR)




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