Co La

“Egyptian Peaches”

Yesterday on Altered Zones Ken Seeno of Ponytail – and recent creator of this great NNA Tapes release – made a guest post highlighting his friend and fellow Baltimore musician Co La. See the hardcore Cali airbrush image above? There really is something of that captured in this music. A real sheen and shimmer, you might say, if, like, you were a shitty writer.

You can get the Co La tape entitled Rest in Paradise at Watercolor Records.

Egyptian Peaches by Co La

• Co La: http://soundcloud.com/co_la
• Watercolor Records: http://wtrclr.com/

Mist

“Twin Lanes”

Attention, synth lovers: Mist’s new album is coming out on Editions Mego’s Spectrum Spools imprint. House, the band’s second album and the label’s fourth overall release (check out its third here), is due on May 16 and features Cleveland residents John Elliott (Emeralds, Outer Space) and Sam Goldberg (Radio People).

• Spectrum Spools: http://www.editionsmego.com/spectrum-spools

Apache Dropout

“Sam Phillips Rising”

Indiana’s Apache Dropout are releasing their debut album March 29 on Family Vineyard. It’s self-titled, and it’s fuzzy.

• Family Vineyard: http://www.family-vineyard.com

FORMA

“FORMA 230”

Edition Mego’s Spectrum Spools imprint, which focuses on “the North American synth underground,” has two new releases on its horizon. The first is a self-titled kosmische album by New York’s FORMA, which consists of Mark Dwinell, Sophie Lam, and George Bennett. Using my incredibly discerning ears, I hear the following instruments: Roland RS-09, Roland SH-1000, Roland RE-101, Yamaha CS-15, Crumar DS-2, Oberheim SEM, DSI Mopho, Moog LP, Farfisa Compact Combo, Roland TR-707, Alesis HR-16B.

Forma is due May 16.

• Spectrum Spools: http://www.editionsmego.com/spectrum-spools

Bill Callahan

“Baby’s Breath”

Bill Callahan’s new album, Apocalypse, is due April 19 on Drag City. Listen to “Baby’s Breath.” Now that I’m a father, I know exactly what Callahan’s singing about.

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

  

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