Music

Long-running Portland freak-folk band Pelican Ossman returns with their best yet. The Touchstone is a perfectly bizarre record of experimental garage pop with odd rhythms and group sing-alongs. 

Released through Ewe of Now Recordings. On handsome yellow cassettes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Pelican Ossman- The Touchstone

Out today! Dao Strom’s Traveler’s Ode is an interwoven series of textured, ethereal song-poems. Atmospheric yet weighted, minimalist yet lush, the album combines voice, electronics, piano, guitars, and field recordings from sources such as rivers, sea, jungle, and birds to create a deeply emotive song-cycle that explores themes of displacement, diaspora, and hauntings.

Echoing the work of artists like Tara Jane O'Neil, Grouper, Black Belt Eagle Scout, and Tiny Vipers...[ continued ]

Otherworldly hammered dulcimer lushness. Surprising, largely instrumental, with splashes of Dorothy Carter's mystical Malvina Reynolds-esque vocals.

Smartly hand-printed and designed. Released on Why the Tapes Play Records. 

Sale! Addicting lo-fi bedroom pop that runs the gamut. Stripped down folk to walls of sound, all offering a different sort of unnameable nostalgia.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Sale! Live garage-rocky pop-punk from Western Massachusetts' Dump Him. 

Released on Olympia's Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Last copy! Six songs about friends, family, death, and the end of the world. A good fit for fans of the post-apocolyptic drone of Mount Eerie, the dark story songs of David Thomas Broughton, and the wandering folk-pop of Adrian Orange.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Electrician- The Tree Line Receded

Last copy before it goes out of print! The first EP from The Washboard Abs. Whateverland is a collection of brilliant lo-fi bedroom-folk and garage pop.

Released on Slovakian tape label Z Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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The Washboard Abs- Way Down

Last copy! XXL is an album of addicting, scrappy indie rock from Portland's Snow Roller. Reminiscent of Butterglory, Good Luck, and the Jason Loewenstein side of Sebadoh.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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The latest from Portland soundscape artist Yaara Valey (formerly Indira Valey), and the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed No Me Tengas Miedo EP. Yemas is a series of seven short rituals offering brief peeks into alternate dimensions, past lives, and dream worlds. Recorded by Nicholas Wilbur at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington.

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