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Marmalade - "Speak (Acoustic)" | New Music

(Cover art by Maddison Spall) We haven't heard from Minneapolis shoegazers Marmalade in a while. Other than a re-release of the fantastic "Hollow Head" off a 2018 Bandcamp-only split with Climi, it's been over a year-and-a-half since the quartet has released new music. Fortunately, I'm thrilled to announce that that changes today with "Speak."
In case you didn't guess from the word "acoustic" in the song title, this is a different sound palette for Marmalade. Glorious tidal waves of guitar tone have been replaced with washed-out acoustic melodicism. The production ("Speak" was recorded by the band's Jonah Hansen and mixed with Theo Galetka) transfers as much of Marmalade's typical vibe onto the song as it can. Even with the haunted demon baby vocal manipulation during the intro, "Speak" is a sparkling gem of dreaminess.
A majority of the track is instrumental, which works perfectly for the simple, double guitar app…
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Booboo - "U1" | New Music

Minneapolis-based singer/producer booboo is back with her first single since last fall. "U1" is a breezy and slyly psychedelic flex.
booboo uses her voice as just another vivid color in her palette. She smears her delivery in effects (she "chipmunks" for a bit) as she spreads melodies over the skittering production. Even as the lyrics are covered in slurry reverb, the vocals' broad smoothness contrasts with a beat that sounds like what Sour Patch Kids taste like. Synths explode in a universe of tiny firecrackers and shuffling hi-hats give "U1" its effervescent momentum. booboo seems fascinated by the diverging rhythms she can create when she mixes her voice with the gleeful instrumental.
"U1" is an endlessly listenable song from an artist who refuses to be constrained. Listen below.
U1 by booboo

Rising Path - "5G" ft. Mujah Messiah, Juice Lord, & A-Scratch | New Music

The duo of James Adamiak and Ryan Long (aka Brass Monkey and Quent Diggy, respectively) has been putting out soulful boom-bap tracks as Rising Path for nearly a year now. Their latest brings them together with Muja Messiah and Juice Lord, as well as frequent collaborator DJ A-Scratch.
"5G" changes things up a bit for the group, swapping out their typical dynamic for something a bit more hard-hitting. Adamiak's beat uses stuttering hi-hats and a forceful piano loop to provide a propulsive sea for the rappers to glide over. The track isn't nearly as conspiracy-minded as the title might imply, fortunately. Each MC threads together smooth boasts: Muja Messiah compares his life to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and threatens to throw a chair at Geraldo Rivera; Quent echoes the flow of Atmosphere's Slug and drops some Shel Silverstein references; Juice Lord finishes the track off by professing allegiance to the truth. A-Scratch glues each verse together.
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Static Panic - "Taste" | New Music

It's been a while since we've heard from Static Panic. The funk pop trio released their stellar EP Glow back in the fall. Now, our ears are finally being graced with new music in the form of "Taste."
Anyone familiar with the band's discography is used to the groove-inducing sexiness they always bring to the table. "Taste" updates that sound with a lustful wink and healthy dose of distortion. Static Panic combines human pleasures with the synthetic. Keston Wright's guitar, grittier than ever, stays in a perpetual lockstep with the electric drumming of Eli Kapell. The pair's synthesis is undeniable, never straying far from the rigid beat. Meanwhile, Ro Lorenzen's vocals totally embody the sensuality of the lyrics. The way they sing the word "taste" is more than enough to make anyone sit up straight and get a little self-conscious. Desire is voiced with each ecstatic chorus or note of falsetto.
"Taste" is a showcase of a band …

Double Grave - "The Farm" | New Music

Double Grave is definitely one of Minnesota's best-kept secrets. Since releasing their debut record in 2017, the trio has been working tirelessly, refining their blend of grunge, shoegaze, and alt rock - something that is on full display with the band's newest single, "The Farm."

At its core, "The Farm" grapples with where one is supposed to fit within this existence. Right away in the first verse, vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Warden depicts feeling backed against a wall and lost among the existential horror of reality. A haze of swirling fuzzy guitars, shaped by bassist Bree Meyer and drummer Seth Tracy, supports Warden's haunting voice as he processes his thoughts. The single's mood takes a turn in the second verse during which existential dread is channeled into hope. Warden sings of moving to "the farm" in order to refocus before finding new resolve in the lyrics, "Somewhere away from here / I'll find what I like." The band s…