Today, LA-based singer-songwriter/producer Nick Waterhouse returns with a vibrant, psych-rock cover of “Pushing Too Hard” (The Seeds). Best known for his riffage rooted in rhythm & blues, jazz, and soul, Waterhouse delivers his signature nostalgic crush between soaring, raspy vocals and funky key solos on the new track. Recorded on a rainy day in Memphis, featured guest vocalists on the chorus include Memphis’ own gospel killers The Sensational Barnes Bros. & Los Angeles treasure Little Willie G of Chicano-rock group, Thee Midniters. Discussing his drive behind the cover, Waterhouse shares, “[‘Pushing Too Hard’]...it has become a bit of a holistic form of musical self-hypnosis over the years for me. What to do when circumstance has pushed you into the narrow valley of precarity? Well, you lay down... or you push back. Especially with a well worn (mistake not for blunt object, dear listener) and thereby well-loved and powerful talisman.”
The LA label that puts endearing creativity and sonic beauty before tradition turns 10 this year and in tribute, it is the latest imprint to feature as part of Rough Trade’s Label Focus. Check out more on the label focus and exclusive product over at Rough Trade.
“...there’s a sense of disorientation and detachment, and Cimino’s vocals—which are reminiscent of Paul Banks’ in ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’—are like a guiding light.” FLOOD
“...dives into ’70s/’80s viscera, particularly the Factory Records sound and the work of producer Martin Hannett” BUZZBANDS LA
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Alex Maas of The Black Angels announces his mesmerizing and soul-bearing solo debut, Luca. Named for Maas’ firstborn, whose name means “bringer of light,” Luca was a long time coming, with some of its songs dating back almost a decade, put together piece-by-piece over the course of a couple years. A powerful work of gentle psychedelia, and a notable sonic departure from the heavy, pulse-raising sound that Maas has become renowned for, Luca was co-produced by Maas and Jack White’s front of house, Brett Orrison. The album showcases “a whole different part of my brain,” according to Maas. “I wanted to go someplace musically that I’ve never gone before.” What resulted is a hypnotic detour along the wild trails of Maas’ homestead of Texas, driven by nature and colored by a swirl of meditative thoughts about its creator's son, the often-scary world he was born into, and how to navigate the perils of modern society. Listen to the first single off the record, "Been Struggling" and read more over at Brooklyn Vegan & Clash.