MP3 At 3PM: Pale Green Things

Pale Green Things just released ultra-relaxing new album The Beast In The Hearts Of Men. The Manchester-based band is actually just Jack Traynor, a talented singer/songwriter. He’s written a lot of his Pale Green Things material on long-distance van drives throughout the U.K. and Europe, a job he enjoyed as an escape from the craziness of everyday life. The Beast In The Hearts Of Men has roots in this escapism, specifically opener “The Islands,” which will make you feel completely at ease. Stream and/or download the track below.

“The Islands” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Adam Plomaritas

Adam Plomaritas’ latest single, “The Other Side,” reflects on a personal journey that’s full of heart and love. A talk he and his wife had when they were dating sparked the inspiration for the song, about being open about the struggle to follow his musical dreams while keeping their relationship strong. Plomaritas is from Ann Arbor, Mich., and has already released both a full-length and an EP within the past six years. Stream and/or download “The Other Side” below.

“The Other Side” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Baeilou

Oakland (by way of Texas and NYC) cellist/vocalist Mia Pixley—better known as Baeilou (also the name of her cello)—is set to release the five-track Inside Under EP on August 24. You won’t easily find a sound quite like the one made by the multi-talented Pixley, as she puts a twist on experimental classical music, combining it with rock and a unique Southern vibe. Introduce yourself to the wonders of Inside Under by streaming and/or downloading opener “Eleanora” below.

“Eleanora” (download):

Normal History Vol. 486: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Don’t let her words completely overshadow their deeds.” —Illustrated Amateur essay arguing that Mecca Normal ought to be discussed amongst the avant-rock greats

“Alibi” from Sitting On Snaps (Matador, 1995) (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Moon

Chicago’s Moon began playing its melodic brand of post-rock in late 2010 at small venues in the city. Since then, the trio released two EPs and two albums and now is back with third LP Extinction. The eight-track album was released in June and features new bass player Chris Shen, previously a member of A Birdsong Valentine. Stream and/or download “There’s Light Here” below.

“There’s Light Here” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Filo Vals

Filo Vals is a true natural when it comes to singing and performing. He picked up his first guitar at only six years old, moving from his native Rome to London as soon as he turned 18 to pursue music. His first single, “Mr World,” was released in 2017 and was given lots of love by the likes of the BBC and Ford Italy. New single “Dance” is out right in time for summer enjoyment. The carefree and upbeat vibes the song gives off will carry your good mood all through the hot months. Stream and/or download “Dance” below.

“Dance” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Harp Samuels

Australian artist Harp Samuels combines many emotions on his upcoming album, Breathe. Though the LP won’t be released until September 14, you can check out the title track here. The song is inspired by the recent death of his father as well as the earlier passing of his mother. All of the emotions Harp felt during those tough times were channeled to create this haunting, ambient-folk song. If “Breathe” is any indication, we’re very eager to hear the rest of the nine-track album. Stream and/or download “Breathe” below.

“Breathe” (download):

Normal History Vol. 485: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Trapped Inside Your Heart
Trapped inside your heart
You’re trapped inside your own heart

I am a swarm of possibility
That make him feel good or bad
That’s what he needs to know

Trapped inside your heart
You’re trapped inside your own heart

Invoking passion with false memories
A publically manufactured code

Trapped inside your heart
You’re trapped inside your own heart

The movie runs between my fingers
There’s always trouble when you have to invent yourself

It’s not love that I don’t feel
It is the loss of something that never was

Trapped inside your heart
You’re trapped inside your own heart

It is the loss

“Trapped Inside Your Heart” from Sitting On Snaps (Matador, 1995) (download):

MP3 At 3PM: The Stubborn Lovers

The Stubborn Lovers’ musicical versatility comes out on their upcoming debut album, Mother Road. Although technically you would classify the fivesome as an indie-rock outfit, the 10-track LP features a country side so authentic you’d think these guys and gals were a honky-tonk house band. The Lovers are based in Portland, but singer/guitarist Mandy Allan is a Tennessee native (her grandfather delivered Johnny and June Carter Cash’s mail), which is where she picked up her love of all things country. Mother Road is out August 17, but in the meantime, you can stream and/or download album track “Porch Light” below.

“Porch Light” (download):

MP3 At 3PM: Kendl Winter

Kendl Winter’s first solo album in five years, Stumbler’s Business (Team Love) is out July 20, showcasing her utterly unique blend of banjo and voice. Although Winter (who also plays in duo the Lowest Pair) grew up in Arkansas, she fell in love with longtime indie hotspot Olympia, Wash., where she not only recorded Stumbler’s Business but also lives on a houseboat called The Dandelion. Stream and/or download “Rise And Fall,” one of the LP’s stellar tracks, here.

“Rise And Fall” (download):