I don’t know if you knew this, but neither making music these days or writing about it is particularly profitable. Unfortunately, those our the things that I do, so I, am not very profitable. I want to be able to continue pursuing my passions and bring y’all music and music reviews, and I don’t have any current plans to stop…. But I could really use some money. Money would really help me be able to continue spending as much time as I do on music writing, and making music. So what am I going to do about this? Well, I’m going to start by begging. Well, asking, up to you. Dirt Witch Records is now accepting donations. I’ll include a form below, and there is now one at the bottom of the home page.
Other than that, I’ve got a couple of merch items over at Band camp for sale here, with some plans for more. Buying the music there is also incredibly helpful. Thinking of putting together a digital zine, sell that for a small price maybe? Thoughts?
I heard some nasty imperialist died, anyways, let’s talk about music!
Leo Sun-“I Don’t Wanna Be Strong”, September 2
LA “booty rockin cowboy” and songwriter delivers this dreary and atmospheric slow love bop. The mellow instrumentation really suits the vulnerable vocals.
Easy Sleeper-“Dream Prison”, September 9
“Dream Prison” is suitably dreamy with its clean and melodic guitar soaked with atmosphere and backed by low, whispery vocals. Easy Sleeper always puts out music that makes me want to go for a drive, and just cruise along.
Ghost Orchard-“bruise”, August 30
The constant drums are pretty up in the mix with this song, and it gives a really hypnotic quality to all the subtle instrumentation and whispery vocals that is quite satisfying. This cryptic song demands to be listened to on repeat to decode.
sleepyhead-“Hoax”, September 9
Sleepyhead really are a power duo; recording, mixing, and distributing their upbeat indie pop out of Manchester. Their music is relentlessly earwormy, and full of hooks. The acoustic start to this song is unexpected, but fits the song amazingly in their hands.
The Lounge Society-“Blood Money”, August 26
This track off of The Lounge Society’s Tired Of Liberty drives forward with constant, upbeat drums and a relatively simple but horribly catchy guitar riff. I love the chaotic energy of the song.
Man, you guys remember The Bronze from buffy? The vibes there were tight. “Everything”, the debut single from Bluhm would fit right in. I can picture it honestly, though it does help this is one of the few bands I’ve written about where I’ve actually seen all the people playing in person. What feels like long ago, I used to go to Exferimentation Brewing Company open mic all the time. Unfortunately that lovely place closed down, but for me, hearing this song brings me right back to watching Claire & Matt of the opening band play “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star, haunting me beautifully. I can move that scene to The Bronze without a missed step.
Bluhm is what I would describe as atmospheric indie folk pop, which I’ll admit is a bit of word salad. They honestly remind me a lot of the aforementioned Mazzy Star unsurprisingly, or a bit like Florist with a lot more 90’s flavor. Reverby, not in a hurry, and with soft vocals that the instruments never overpower. I expected this from vocalist Claire Bluhm, but it’s cool to see such range from Permanently Pissed member and other band member John Marion (not certain on names, going off instagram and memory.) The aforementioned Matt also played drums on this track, and he continues to be a fantastic pocket drummer.
The lyrics fall right in line with the vibes the music puts out, telling an understated love song that feels familiar but not cliché. The guitar tone is perfect, and the melodies feel a bit lyrical as well, coming together with the vocals themselves in a haunting chorus softly supported by a subtle rhythm section.
Overall, this is an incredibly strong debut from Bluhm. I was pretty excited for this track, and it did not disappoint. It’s haunting, understated, and beautiful. I’m really stoked to hear more, and I’m quite confident it will be just as excellent.