We’ve become an instant fan of the track ‘Maps‘ by Windmills which is the moniker of genre-bending experimental ambient-indie loop artist, Cory Myraas. Now based in Kelowna, Windmills burst forth from the city of Vernon in the spring of 2011. Impressive both on record and in concert, Windmills has since developed a significant following in the Okanagan Valley and beyond. In the past 4 years, he has released a full-length FACTOR funded LP, a 5-track EP, and two singles over the last two years that have reached blogs across the globe. His latest release, “Maps”, premiered via Indie Shuffle in April and in two weeks the track found its way onto blogs and radio world-wide (Canada, Spain, Holland). He is set to release his second full-length LP in September of 2015. He has two cross-Canada tours in the Spring & festival stops at some of Canada’s largest festivals, sharing stages with some of the US top new artist.
We are big fans of the new single Clouds from the Welsh indie pop act Cut Ribbons. They released two EP’s and singles on Kissabilty Records , and won support from Radio 1, XFM, Radio Wales, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash magazine. The band describes their new single, ‘Clouds’, as being “like M83 having a food fight in Technicolor”. They have played festivals including Reading and Leeds, Boardmasters, SWN, and supported The Joy Formidable and Dry The River. They’re one of BBC Wales’ Horizons 12 and will releases a full length album this summer.
Alt rock band Hidden Hospitals is gearing up to hit the road in support of their debut full-length album Surface Tension. The Chicago-based foursome–which includes members from previous projects Damiera (Equal Vision Records) and Kiss Kiss (Eyeball Records)–will kick off a nine show run on May 3 in Rochester, NY. Substream says “Based out of Chicago, progressive alt-rock quartet Hidden Hospitals may be new to the scene, but their members aren’t new to the game…So it’s no surprise that their debut full-length, Surface Tension, sounds like an album made not by a new band but by seasoned musicians focused on honing their craft and pushing their sound forward” while Arena.com notes “Surface Tensionis an emotive 12-track rock collection with deep lyrical content, progressive riffs, and a semi-dreamlike quality…These hospitals are no longer hidden; they are about to break out.”
Saltwater Sun has become a Kings favorite. Besides, sitting at #9 in Hype Machine’s Most Blogged Artists chart, this West London based five-piece has been receiving great reviews. GoldFlakePaint said, “There’s a ripple of London life trailing its way right through the heart of their debut track; the rush and the clamour, the full-hearted swagger of it all,” while EARMILK declared them “the perfect amalgamation of Alvvays and Best Coast.” The latest effort was produced by the band along with rising duo, Artery and will be released digitally through the independent label Hand In Hive. Saltwater Sun is an artist to watch.
Synth-rock act The Eiffels released the new single I’m Ready. They were voted L.A.’s Band of the Month by The Deli Magazine and San Diego’s alternative rock station, 91X, spotlighted two of their upcoming singles, “I Did It Now,” and “More.” The Eiffels worked with producer Ethan Kaufmann (Wild Party) and Will Brierre (The Killers, Neon Trees, Walk The Moon, Imagine Dragons) on their self-titled debut. The band will release the new EP in May followed by a tour. A band to watch and fans of The Killers & Bloc Party will take notice.