We are thrilled to announce that Sweden’s own Westkust are back with a new ‘Self-Titled’ LP, which is out March 1st, 2019 via RFC and Luxury. Today you can hear lead single “Swebeach” streaming everywhere now, and pre-order a copy on vinyl in our store.
From the opening salvo of their self-titled sophomore LP, Westkust’s mission is clear: envelop the listener with sunny, soaring melodies cascading through upbeat walls of sound, all the while imbuing the songs with their own unique sense of cool. Opener “Swebeach”, immediately announces the album like announcing spring has arrived - with a warm, ringing-alarm guitar riff soon met by vocalist/guitarist Julia Bjernelind’s atmospheric croon.
“We wanted to make songs that just feel good to listen to,” says Bjernelind. “The thing that holds this band together is the friendship we’ve had for several years. We love playing together and enjoy each others company which still makes it fun.” The warmth of that friendship shines throughout the record. Songs shift from the fast and driving opening trio of Swebeach/Rush/Drive to the mellow, Ride-inspired track Daylight with finesse, capturing an array of moods and moments with ease. Single Cotton Skies pulls the band into twee territory, bringing a laid back tambourine rhythm into the mix before soaring off again with an anthemic guitar riff. As the record continues to blossom and deliver one memorable melody after another, Westkust becomes the feeling of stepping outside eyes closed feeling the first warm sunshine on your skin - carrying with it with all the promise and joy of the coming seasons.
Wicca Phase Springs Eternal is the creative persona of Scranton, PA singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Adam McIlwee. Stark transmissions of obsession, melancholia, and raw emotion compliment acoustic guitar and digital percussion as if Peter Murphy and Metro Boomin had been playing Ouija together. Beneath the deep 808’s, moody synthesizers and cackling guitar, McIlwee’s singular voice effectively resonates with a generation raised amidst the frenzied collage of modern digital expression.
Suffer On is an exploration of familiar forms through the lens of something new and extraordinary. It is the first Wicca Phase record fully written by McIlwee, utilizing guitars and keyboards to create each song’s core and building upwards from there.
Wicca Phase will be touring the US in support of Suffer On in February and March. Dates below.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve signed Chicago based indie pop band Varsity. Today the band are sharing two new songs “The Dogs Only Listen To Him” and “UFO” - listen to them now on your favorite streaming service. The new tracks follow up this year’s full-length Parallel Person, further exploring a range of power pop inflected melodies blended with dreamy atmospherics. Inspired by a pair of overheard conversations, the tracks each follow the threads of vocalist and lyricist Smith's daydreams about how the relationships in those conversations might play out. The next year will see Varsity writing, recording, playing shows and continuing to hone their sound ahead of a planned 2019 full length on RFC.