Music

The Blue Sky is Always Blue is made up of 15 transcendent pop songs for a super fun, post-apocalyptic dance party. Synth-driven pop with complex vocal layers, heavy bass lines, and plenty of hand-claps. Unlike anything else, but a good fit for fans of Kate Bush, CocoRosie, Bjork, and Laurie Anderson.

Comes with a full color poster showing images of handmade embroideries for each song. Letter-pressed covers and the coolest-looking CD face you've ever seen. Also available: a postcard set depicting each song on the album!

Poppet- The Crustacean

Out this week! The third full-length from Pittsburgh songwriter Sara Renberg, Butch Spring is an album about being humbled by a mid-30s identity crisis, and the confusion and joy that results. These are songs about gender, queerness, and relationships that are both playful and analytical, full of both depth and absurdity. 

The follow-up to her critically-adored 2018 release Night SandsButch Spring continues her reign of lyrically clever, emotionally resonant, scrappy indie rock songs that have earned her regular comparisons to Frankie Cosmos, Silver Jews, and The Mountain Goats. But the album also pushes her sound into new territory, with drop-tuned guitars, woodwinds, and surprise horn sections.

First printing on white cassettes with denim text and J-card art by Zoe Wodarz. Listen on Bandcamp.

Glorious, brooding, and completely in a world of its own. The project of Molly Fischer (of Songs For Moms fame), Hot Tears nods to chamber-folk and a wide variety of punk and metal subgenres without fitting nicely into any box. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

With Erica Freas (Cosmit, RVIVR, SOMNIA) on cello, and a multitude of Olympia all-stars lending voices and studio talents.

Listen on Bandcamp.

Hot Tears- Change of Heart

Last two copies! The debut full-length from Oakland hypnotic dream punks, Silver Shadows. Post-punk rhythmic sensibilities and enveloping harmonies mix with otherworldly shoegaze-esque ambience to create an album too perfect to be ignored.

Listen on Bandcamp.

The long-awaited debut from Olympia supergroup Guidon Bear. Songwriter Mary Water (Little Red Car Wreck) combines with drummer/multi-instrumentalist Pat Maley (Lois, Courtney Love) and synth-player E. Michael Bradley (Parent Band)—all veterans of the '90s Olympia music scene—to create infectious and subtly complex pop songs about real-life nightmares, boot camps, late bills, and scraping by.

It's an album about being an anti-imperialist in the National Guard, economic fragility, and parenting paycheck to paycheck. An instant classic.

Available on cassette and CD, both come with digital download codes. Released on Antiquated Future Records, in collaboration with Yoyo Recordings. Listen on Bandcamp.

Long one of Portland's best kept secrets, Half Shadow makes dream narratives into softly psychedelic minimalist dark-folk anthems. The long-running project of Jesse Carsten (Aboriginal Flowers, Memory Boys), Dream Weather Its Electric Song is a carefully thought-out work (dare we say masterpiece?) of poetic devotionals to the natural world, the subconscious, other realms.

Available on LP or cassette. Listen on Bandcamp.

Corespondents’ fourth album, Land of the Low People, is an album that exists both as a relic of the past and as a time capsule for the future. It's an album of familiar yet disconcerting melodies that draw inspiration from the Wild West and the Far East in equal measure. It defies genre, place, and time.

It's also the catchiest instrumental album I have ever heard. A perfect soundtrack to any situation or occasion. Beautiful, menacing, celebratory, and completely unlike any other music getting made today.

Listen on Bandcamp.

Corespondents- Face Cancellation

The latest from Tucker Theodore is an album of ten instrumentals in two movements that pushes his singular psych-folk sound into a near post-rock expansiveness. Like all his records, it's wild and unruly and impossible to put in any box. Brilliant. Transcendent.

Released on Antiquated Future Records. Listen on Bandcamp.

Tucker Theodore- Movement 9 (High Descend)

On their latest EP, Reighnbeau producer Bryce Hample teams up with collaborators Colleen Johnson (Flying Circles, Silver Shadows) and Madeline Johnston (Midwife, Sister Grotto) to create an album that skirts the edges of IDM, dream pop, and electro-folk. Six off-kilter love songs—sparkling pieces of art-pop music for voice, electronics, acoustic guitar, and autoharp.

Released on Antiquated Future Records. Listen on Bandcamp.

Briana Marela's Speak From Your Heart is an amazingly lush album that bridges genres. Gorgeously layered vocals mix with synths and a host of other instruments, creating a sprawling and hypnotizing soundscape. For fans of Colleen, Windy & Carl, and Cock & Swan.

Beautiful packing with digital download code. Listen on Bandcamp. The album before her Jagjaguwar debut All Around Us.

Briana Marela- Forgiveness