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Andrew Bird’s “Manifest” is his finest work yet

Multi-instrumentalist artist Andrew Bird released his latest album My Finest Effort last week, and has just debuted the new animated video for the terrific track “Manifest”.

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Multi-instrumentalist artist Andrew Bird released his latest album My Finest Work Yet last week, and has just debuted the new animated video for the terrific track “Manifest”.

We haven’t talked about Andrew Bird in awhile here. We reviewed his 2005 album Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs, and then 2007’s Armchair Apocrypha. He’s been extremely busy since- 8 full-length albums since- and his latest might just be as its title states.

The new video for “Manifest” (above) is An animated film by Andrea Nakhla with creative direction by Matthew Daniel Siskin and Andrew Bird himself. It is the perfect accompaniment to the wispy track; an airy and dream-like visual representation of the music.

Talking about the process of recording My Finest Work Yet, Bird has said;

“[My Finest Work Yet] … was recorded live to tape at Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Bird and band went for that Rudy Van Gelder jazz room sound where the instruments bleed in to all the mics in just the right way. Piano plays a strong role on these songs and most of the melodies are tinged with a gospel-jazz-60s soul feel while the lyrics are direct and risk-taking, cutting to the quick of what’s happening in our world.”

My Finest Work Yet is available now via Loma Vista Recordings.

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Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video

There’s no escaping the 90s sound

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Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.

The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.

When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;

“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”

Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.

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Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”

Longwave still know how to make an impression

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New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.

If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.

Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.

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