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John Floreani debuts “Echoes”

John Floreani has dropped his brand new single, “Echoes”, and has announced that his debut album, titled Sin, will be out on June 7 via Hopeless Records.

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The longawaited return of John Floreani is here! Having previously released a singular EP, (Terrace, 2014) and a single, (“Cleveland OH”, 2016) under the mantel of Little Brother, Floreani has been playing the same songs for so long now, fans have been going insane waiting for this.

Floreani has obviously been preoccupied with the near non-stop touring that has come with his band Trophy Eyes’ rise to world domination, but managed to fit in the time last year to finally record the album that everyone has been patiently waiting for. Speaking as a long term fan myself, it is incredible to finally be able to hear what he has been sitting on this whole time.

Floreani has dropped his brand new single, “Echoes”, and has announced that his debut album, titled Sin, will be out on June 7th via Hopeless Records.

“Echoes” is definitely a step-up production wise for Floreani, and is definitely a step away from the predominately acoustic sound he has utilised in the past. Seemingly now using a lot of synth and drums, as well as the acoustic guitar, it all combines to create an enormous sounding yet soothing anthem about a struggling relationship.

His vocals are soft and harmonious, and make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. Dreamlike yet simplistic, the atmosphere “Echoes” creates is fantastic, and I already cannot wait to hear the rest of the album.

Check out “Echoes” below. You can pre-order Sin here.

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Berwanger remembers “When I Was Young”

Berwanger preps new album with video for “When I Was Young”

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For those who were big Vagrant Records fans in the late 90s and early 00s, there was one band that flew just under that Get Up Kids / Saves the Day radar. That band was The Anniversary, and while they didn’t quite reach the same heights as some of their more noted label mates, their two albums are still some of the best from that label, not just of that era, but period. Josh Berwanger knows, he was there. As lead singer for The Anniversary, Berwanger’s work along with his bandmates still has resonance to this day.

The Anniversary broke up in January of 2004 but John Berwanger remained busy all through the years after. And even though The Anniversary reunited in 2016, Berwanger continued to release and perform as a solo act under the moniker Berwanger.

Now Berwanger is on the cusp of releasing his new solo album, titled Watching a Garden Die (the follow-up to 2017’s And The Star Invaders). The new album is due June 28th via Wiretap Records and pre-orders are being taken now. In the lead up to the release, Berwanger has released the wistful video for the track “When I Was Young”- an ode to yesterday and growing up, wrapped inside that comforting super-8 video blanket.

The song features that great country-strewn sound of pedal steels and open roads and showcases the backing work of Hot Rod Circuit members Jay Russell and Casey Prestwood. This one is going to be a good one folks, I can feel it.

For those unfamiliar with Berwanger’s work, I would recommend checking out his 2016 album Exorcism Rock and of course, The Anniversary’s Designing A Nervous Breakdown.

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Bruce Springsteen rides the “Tucson Train”

Bruce Springsteen’s “Tucson Train” may be the growing kind, but when it does, all the best qualities of Springsteen shine.

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Few artists have been able to traverse musical diversity with as much success as Bruce Springsteen has. Over the decades, Springsteen’s Americana train has found success on various stops- Top 40 vibes, the solemn echo of stripped back acoustica, baroque- all done with aplomb. Now 19 albums into his storied career, Springsteen is preparing for another ambitious adventure that few have successfully done before.

His new album, titled Western Stars, is due June 14th and as RollingStone has so lavishly praised, is “some of Springsteen’s most beguiling work ever“. But true to that tone, RollingStone also said that the new work is “off-putting at first”, a sentiment echoed after listening to the first two singles “Hello Sunshine” and “There Goes My Miracle“. It’s a little slow burning, a testament to the very 60s/70s pop that permeates these songs. Maybe a little too avant-pop for Springsteen? Nonetheless, the latest track and video, “Tucson Train”, continues the vibe and does so with the same lush, dream-like instrumentation of the first two singles. But as Springsteen treks down this road it doesn’t take long for the familiar to regain its foothold; the gravitas of his voice, the aura, the connection his music (no matter what style) continues to have with the listener.

Springsteen has been very busy over the past few years. While Western Stars is his first album since 2014, his Netflix special and a year-long stint on Broadway is a reminder of how creatively restless and busy he always is.

“Tucson Train” may be the growing kind, but when it does, all the best qualities of Springsteen shine. And as the horizon engulfs the afternoon sun once again, we’re kept warm by the trusted and timeless.

Watch the video for “Tucson Train”:

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