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Album: CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL – Something Nothing

I call this lo-fi bedroom rock. A made-up genre. If you have time, please put play and start this album from the start. To be honest I do not have words to describe it rightfully but this is exactly the sound I enjoy listening to. A little bit heavier guitar, more melancholic feeling. So good. The songs are really strong. Not just one, many and it is hard to choose the favorite. I had to get it on Bandcamp.

The best part is you can get in on cassettes. Another great thing is that this band is from Toronto, my beloved Canada.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: almost sex – knockoff

Another fresh artist with a debut single. Just wow. I was worried when I saw the band name that it would be some weird music, but I was so surprised. I am hearing it on my headphones and it sounds so beautiful. The guitar parts, vocals, the little sound in the background. Just another great artist on the horizon. It fits so well with the previous single I shared. I am feeling good now…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Nick Louis – Your Rose

I always admire artists that start off their music with a strong single. Nick’s track is exactly that case. A fresh artist with a debut single, but it sounds so great. I am so into it, lyrically, musically, atmosphere. Such interesting instruments and vocals. I am really eager to see what this artist creates in the future. I hope it will be even better.

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Video: Pops Tuna – Girls Cry 2

Sometimes I like music that some people can see as weird. Sometimes I like music and I am not able to express what makes to like it. Is it important? I don’t care.

Either way enough of my reflection. Here is a new weird indie-pop single with a weird video. All meant in a good way.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: Olive Bernard – Pretty Easy

I sometimes wonder if I should listen to more music or even do my blog. It just makes me to discover such great artists and I want to do more releases on our label Z Tapes. For example, this Olive’s album is so good (and still not released on cassette) I would love to have it on the label, but there is no more space. I would need to have like two more labels to accommodate all the music I would love release. But enough of my ramblings. Just hit the press button and listen to this beautiful album from the beginning to the end. I will be doing it all day.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Gaspard Eden – Automatic Dreams

Gaspard Eden is Canadian singer-songwriter and I think a really good one. Somehow Canada always produces strong songwriters. I always find Canadian music a little bit more interesting, but to this day I have no idea why. This song is really beautiful and I think it will reach a much wider audience. It should. Just press the play and dive deeper into it.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Ryan Jantz – Real

Ryan makes also music I like to share on my blog. I have shared it a couple of times. This one is a little bit different from the other songs I shared. It has also a really nice rap part. I like it when artists try to experiment a little bit in new songs, especially if it works great.

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Video: JW Francis – Good Time

JW Francis is the kind of artist when you see new stuff from them, you know you will enjoy it before even listening. JW has a new album that you can get on vinyl and CDs (not cassettes! – what a shame). I am excited to listen to the full album once it is out. I will try to share it on our blog as well. I just like his music a lot.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: 1996 – Around You

I think I am a little bit biased towards female vocals. I somehow like them always more. This song is a great example of it, I would like it less if there were male vocals. The song has a really nice kick and when you finish it you hurry to press the play button once more. Such a great fresh artist from Austin, Texas. I am excited to hear more music from them in future.

You can follow the artist on Bandcamp.

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Single: Foliage – Better Man

My man is back. A “Better Man”. Foliage just announced a new album out on Dowd Records on vinyl in October. We at Z Tapes are lucky to be doing a cassette release of this newest album. There is a mystery about the whole album, as the tracklist is not revealed yet, but I can promise you will love it. I am so excited!

Listen to more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Emily James – tired

I am usually sharing music from “bigger” artists, but when I really like it I cannot help myself. This is the case. Somehow the song caught my ears so much I had to relisten to it so many times and still do not have enough. The melody and vocals are just captivating. So good…

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Single: Bathe Alone Curbside

Bathe Alone is the dreampop solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Another single I am sharing from Bathe Alone. Even the artworks are worth sharing. I am into them very much (I recommend you to visit the Bandcamp page). This single is a little bit more experimental, but I am still digging it. It’s just amazing as the rest of the music by Bathe Alone. Listen to it, if you haven’t already.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Don’t Worry – Deep End

Essex/London indie punks Don’t Worry come take influence from throughout rock and pop history and are loved for their distinctly British sensibility, humor and the deft way they navigate anxiety and uncertainty in their lyrics while writing catchy bangers.

Something about this track caught me, I am not 100% sure what. Maybe the vocals are getting to me, maybe the guitars. Either way I happy I can share the second artist from Britain today. Each listening to this song brings me something new. Just try it.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: Joseph Futak – Pigeon Songs

As promised here is a full album from Joseph. A masterpiece. Bandcamp labeled it rightfully as New & Notable release. It deserves your time to listen to it from the beginning to the end. I could write more about it, but why to spoil with words. Just close your eyes and listen to beauty…

You can get the album on cassettes via Fox Food Records.

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Video: Cruza – Let Me In

Cruza is a band consisting of Adam Kain (vocals), Charity Joy Brown (guitar), and AJ Roth (bass and percussion) based out of Orlando, FL. Their sound blends elements of r&b, psychedelic, and alternative rock.

I am learning that my taste is changing and this song/video is proof of that. Thanks to the newest Mon Nobi release I am able to enjoy this track much more. Thanks to Nkem for broadening my horizons. This track is a really interesting piece of music. I can relisten to it over and over and it gets growing on me. So good. Especially the bassline kicks so much…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: SigObrilllAndo – Star Fruit

This is what I needed this morning. Something chill, soothing, dreamy. A rainy Monday morning at my daily job needs perfectly that. Such an amazing atmosphere this song creates…

Beautiful lo-fi chill music from Chile.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: //INTERNET – Following the Logic

The artist’s name is kind of funny, but definitely unsearchable on google.

Not to be confused with the LA-based band of the same name, The Internet (sometimes stylized as ///Internet) is a Santa Barbara, California-based band specializing in clever, 80s-influenced twists on the pop formula.

What a funky lo-fi pop. I could totally imagine this track in a funny indie teenage movie. I really enjoy the atmosphere this track creates.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Pelican Motel – Like a Ghost

Pelican Motel are from Princeton, West Virginia. I do not know more about this band as it is a new discovery for me, but, oh my, I love this track so much. Such interesting vocals with powerful lyrics and the subtle drums. I am so into this one. Just hit the play button and dive into it with me.

You can follow the band on Bandcamp.

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Single: Matthew Leger – Helium

I know Matthew’s music because of our seasonal comps, specifically Spring 2020. I love to share new music from artists that were part of our comps. I am so excited about this one in particular because it reminds me a lot of Alex G music, but a little bit darker. Such a great track I had to relisten to it a couple of times before having enough. Just awesome.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single & Video: Sea Grapes – i want to be a girl

a song processing several dreams I’ve had over the course of the pandemic depicting my subconscious, the inner feminine energy, and letting go of taboos and inhibitions.

Sea Grapes is a bedroom pop project of Daytona local Luke Janke.

I have been aware of Sea Grapes for a while, I recently shared his newest EP and I am gladly sharing this new single. Also, this new single is accompanied by great video you should watch as well. Also, today is Bandcamp Friday so it is a good day to support the artist.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Sakura – Circles

Both Japanese and Chinese by blood, born and raised in Hong Kong, matured in London, and currently based in Vienna – sakura’s music is crafted to tell her colorful story through her own brand of lyrically, and emotionally compelling indie, folk and rock.

I am still surprised Sakura is based in Vienna. I would love to see her play live, it’s just an hour away. Maybe when all this COVID-19 madness is over, I can make it happen. What an amazing indie pop. Strong in melody, strong in vocals and lyrics. I have a hunch this single will blow up because it definitely should. By the time I will enjoy listening to it.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Album: Geia – Cherry Pit Punch

Usually, I get submissions as a single, so when I listen to the full album it can be sometimes a disappointment, but I am very lucky that it is very rare. Definitely, it is no the case with this album. I was so surprised about the variety of songs it contains and all the different influences. What an enjoyable listening from the beginning to the end. But if I had to choose two tracks I would go for the third one – Koolwater and eleventh one – Fed Up. Find some time, dive into the full album and discover.

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Single: Bathe Alone – Go Away

Bathe Alone is the dreampop solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

I have shared a couple of singles from Bathe Alone before and I happy to share more. This one was released earlier in the summer and I missed it. Bailey’s music is very special. The layered instruments with a dreamy vibe are creating a perfect atmosphere in the song. This is the kind of single that you want to re-listen to get more into it and fully enjoy it. The best way to enjoy is to close your eyes, put headphones on, and turn the volume a little bit up. You will be surrounded by a different world.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Indigo Waves – Squares

I have shared Indigo waves’ music before and I am happy to share more. This is the kind of music I imagine having in my imaginary indie dance club. Jangly, catchy, groovy. It makes you enjoy your day a little bit more. I am sitting behind my computer and doing my daily job and this track in my ears makes it so much better.

Indigo Waves are indie rockers from Provo, Utah.

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Single: Port Lucian – Keep My Knees Safe II

Port Lucian is the lo-fi bedroom pop creation of queer, asian-american sweetheart, Portia Maidment, hailing from Philadelphia, PA.

Writing about our Z Tapes artist feels a little bit weird, but I will still do it. Especially if it is Port Lucian. This latest single is just perfect. I think writing anything about it would just ruin it. Just put the volume up, shut down all tabs and distractions, and smash the play button. You will be feeling something else. Something special.

You can pre-order the album on cassette on Bandcamp.

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Album: Jane Migraine – Lady Macbeth in the Morning

This is an album from May but for me, everything I hear for the first time is new music. Music never ages, even though some people are trying to convince you that it does. Jane Migraine is a member of a small record label Totally Real Records and they are cooking up something new together, but you can listen to this album for now before something is out. This album is called a yearn rock and you should enjoy it as much as me.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: GOLDEN – Hate

I have shared music by GOLDEN, a Brooklyn-based artist, before and I happy I can share another single. “Hate” is written about impermanence and the inevitable death and destruction that comes for us all. Stripped down instruments, basic beats and keys, and just mesmerizing vocals. Just close everything, turn the volume a little bit up, and just poor your ears and heart into this. You will not regret it…

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Cream with a K – One More Round

Do you know what this reminds me of? R.L. Kelly‘s music. For fans of Orchid Tapes, not an unknown artist. Beautiful vocals accompanied with great guitars. I am getting so hooked on the melody. Simple, yet powerful. I hear in the song a lot of 90’s vibes and that makes it even more perfect. I have been listening to it on repeat and not getting enough.

Here is a little to introduction to the artist as well:

Cream with a K is a musician, visual artist and former model.

She is a British artist, based in Tokyo having spent the past 8 years in Tokyo fronting the Bubblegum Japanese Pop band NEKO PUNCH (Universal Japan / ASOBI SYSTEM).

Bilingual in Japanese and English, in Tokyo she is a recognisable media figure and was the TV host of the Japanese Rock music TV Show, NHK’s “Nippon Rocks” Series. She is seen as a link between the UK and Tokyo music scenes.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Video: Joseph Futak – Garden

I know Joseph’s music mainly thanks to our Summer 2020 compilation on which he was featured. Additionally, he is being released on my favorite UK-based label Fox Food Records what says a lot on its own. So excited to listen to this release in full this Friday. I did not hesitate and pre-ordered the cassette already. I do not want to miss out on them. And btw, the video is just great.

This short description sums up the song just perfectly:

A heart-wrenching anthem, Joseph Futak’s ‘Garden’ is an ode to unflinching, heart-on-your-sleeve honest emotional expression; presented with a subtle trademark dry humour twist.

Taking influence from the work of Silver Jews’ David Berman and the band Low, the song started out as a piano ballad before being reworked into a stomping slowcore tune that builds from a whisper to a cathartic fury, unleashing scrapes of feedback guitar crashing against a wall of euphoric brass.

Also if you enjoy this artist, you might be into an old Z Tapes release – Ashland by EP.

You can pre-order the album on Fox Food Records’ Bandcamp.

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Single: Simen Mitlid – While Heaven Is on Fire

Is sharing every single from artist too much? I don’t know, maybe you could tell me. Since I have discovered Simen’s music I have been sharing everything he is releasing. His music is very special and dear to me. It is os beautiful. Even this one is just great. I am not a fan of autotune on vocals, but the usage in this single is just perfect. There is so much positive energy in Simen’s music and I am needing it very much.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Grease Weasel – Last Night Wasn’t Fun

This is the 4th posts I am sharing with this lo-fi bedroom pop artist. It is about the feeling when things go the opposite way you want them to go. Maybe some people could relate to it. I really enjoy the guitar parts. So groovy.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Album: thanks for coming – the last time before the next time

Lol, I just remembered that I wrote to thanks for coming to be on our TV Theme Song Cover Compilation – FRY YR BRN and at the end they submitted a song. I recommend you check it out, the whole comp is superb.

Either way, there is a new album by thanks for coming and it’s a lo-fi gem. You should definitely check it out in full. It’s bummer that this album is not available on cassette. It would be just perfect.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Barney Cortez – Appetite

I used to well oriented in Philly music scene, but I lost track of it. There is just too much music to process. I am so happy I came across this artist from Philly. The new track is really a catchy indie dreamy wave. Apparently this was written in ten minutes, which, if true, is so insane. I wish I was good at making music…

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Video: dad sports – name & place

I am slowly realizing that the style of guitars in the song is very important for me. Somehow I am really into jangly indie guitars as you can find in this song. It reminds me of my favorite band Beach Fossils. I used to dream of making music like this, but I never chased that dream. At least I can enjoy the music and in this case, the video as well. The video and song have a really nice summer vibe and I love that.

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Single: Shane Malone – Stranger

Before sharing the music I try to listen to it for a couple of times to fully immerse into it. And sometimes, the tracks are getting better after each listening. This is the case. I am so getting into the vibe of this song, the instruments are so nice in this one. Also, the production on this track is really great. It feels so right for my farewell to summer.

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EP: Pet Dreams – Time Away

I am discovering so many new artists I have never heard before and I am loving it. This sweet dreamy bedroom pop EP is one good example. I really enjoy drums in these tracks, so nicely done.

I just looked around and through the window, I could see a red sky of sunset and it made a perfect combination with this music. I recommend you to check out the full EP and listen to all tracks. They are beautiful.

You can support the musician on Bandcamp.

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Video: Mr. Mart – Grandpa Ant

“Grandpa Ant” explores the process of getting older, more specifically, shifting from adolescence into adulthood. The song has some nice summer vibes, whereas the music video is made entirely of old black and white footage, providing an interesting juxtaposition.

When I listened to this song for the first time I had that “whoaaa” moment. I fell in love with it instantly. Such a beautiful bedroom pop track with heartwarming vocals. I love every part of this song from the start to the end and even the lyrics are awesome. I am so excited to hear more from this talented artist in future.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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EP: Deckar McKetta – Delirios I

I guess this artist is from Argentina, even though Bandcamp says otherwise. Either this EP is in Spanish (I still do not speak Spanish), but I am really digging it. I am trying to explore Latin American artists more and my friends are helping me with it. This EP is a nice collection of bedroom lo-fi tracks. I recommend you check out the last track “Vapores”.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Sean J O’Neill – Move Backwards

It looks like this artist is on the path to be successful and widely know. It reminds me a little bit of early Bon Iver. Especially some instruments, but to be honest I like this much more. Some parts of the track are so beautiful.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Occult X – With U

Still, I do not know much about this musician other than they are from Nashville, Tennessee, but I am so into their music. I am so into this 80’s synth-pop, especially with such good drums. I am probably realized that in general, I am preferring quicker paced songs. Maybe because I want to move my hips to music a lot.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Alexander Wren – Had Me at Goodbye

I do not know why but this song kind of brings me back to 60’s, maybe the guitar effect is doing that. Definitely a lot of nostalgia for older music in this one. But this is a really nice and well-produced song. If the radio would play this as “commercial” music I would not be unhappy at all.

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Single: The Craytes – Union Station

“Union Station” was written and recorded one month into lockdown, a clichéd source of inspiration perhaps. The lyrics, a stream of consciousness – mostly kept intact until the very end. It did seem like the right station to go.

Another song I am sharing from a band that was featured on our seasonal comp. Mellow, slow piano track with subtle drums. What a nice atmosphere this song creates.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Palo Sopraño – Open Your Eyes

A new single from an artist that has been shared on my blog before. The drums have a such nice pace and also really digging the guitar riffs. Something fresh for your ears.

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Single: Family Mart – For Eric

Another very fresh band with the debut single coming out of Austin, Texas. Twee indie pop with catchy guitars and nice vocals. Such a good start for a new band. I am excited to listen to more from this band. Past days (weeks) I am listening to such great music. So happy to live in this age.

You can follow the artist on Bandcamp.

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Single: Sun Era – backseat drifter

I was missing out on some summer vibes and this song is filling up my needs. Such a summerish indie pop. I love to discover music that fits the season when I am listening to it. This song so uplifting, so dancy, so catchy. Definitely will be jamming to this more.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: Phantom Handshakes – Be Estranged

Phantom Handshakes is a new collaboration between Matt Sklar (Exiles) and Federica Tassano (Sooner, Mônetre) based in Brooklyn, NY. Be Estranged is a collection of 7 tracks ranging from jangly indie pop to shoegaze-y post-punk. All songs were recorded at home during April and May of 2020 by Matt and Federica and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago.

This is probably one of my most favorite discoveries of this summer. The album is so so good. I have listened to it several times and I am enjoying it very much. Listen to it from the start to end and repeat. The guitars, vocals, drums, everything is just perfect. I just wish this was released on cassettes.

There are so many releases I would love to see on cassettes… Maybe that s the reason I am releasing so much music on Z Tapes. 🙂

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: window seat – 9

The best part of being a label is to receive a lot of submissions. Sometimes it is overwhelming, but I love hearing new music. That is the main reason why I also use Submithub because I can listen to music in very organized way.

This little album I received just today and I am really enjoying it. Kind of raw, but beautiful and honest. So good, just listen.

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Single: boxset – jar

When Devil Town Tapes are releasing a new cassette I know I would love to own it. That’s why I have not hesitated and pre-ordered cassette with “batch_six” by boxset. Jsut the pure fact that it is released on DTT means a quality release I am excited to own. If you need more convincing, read this:

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Album: carmen canedo – Know It All

You know what it the worst feeling as a blogger, when you are so messy you forget to share an album you really liked. This is the case. I bought this record last Bandcamp Friday but totally forgot to share it.

This is such a beautiful record. I am so thankful that Ava from Oof Records send me this amazing record. You should definitely check it out.

The 21-year old musician writes with a wistfulness far beyond her years, weaving together pieces that are more akin to the greats of folk that came before her than her DIY/indie rock peers.

No more words just hit that play button.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: Al Murb – Drastic Park

Sometimes the music is crashing at me like waves of the ocean and I am not really able to process it, but when my e-pals are sending me music I am trying to do my best to listen and share their music. So I have a pro-tip for you: become my e-pal if you want me to listen to your music. 🙂

Al Murb have been part of our seasonal compilations so I am very happy to share their music. I would call this experimental bedroom pop. Find some time and give it a proper listen. This album needs more careful listening to fully appreciate it.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.