Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – To Leave Forever or Die Alone in South Oakland

Short Fictions recently released their Lauren Records debut, Every Moment of Every Day. Where the group's last album wended its way toward climate catastrophe, this one takes a direct route to depressed pop euphoria. When I first moved to Pittsburgh, I lived in an overpriced one-bedroom in South Oakland, a few blocks off Forbes Ave. … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Short Fictions – To Leave Forever or Die Alone in South Oakland

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Daily Yinz – Betsy Schmeler and Benito Countouris – Two Chord Song

Two former Wild Blue Yonderers join forces for an EP of smeary, stripped-down pop music. Fittingly, the EP's first track is called "Two Chord Song," and it's a twee-as-can-be proclamation of devotion that sees Schmeler pledge, "Just know I don't want no one else," to a person with whom she shares moments both carefree ("The … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Betsy Schmeler and Benito Countouris – Two Chord Song

Daily Yinz – Essential Machine – Almost Outta Here

Essential Machine, a trio comprising two parents and their son, recently released the aptly titled Exponential Crisis (Lemon Tree Records). Album highlight "Almost Outta Here" taps into the retro road warrior energy of "Red Eyes"-era War on Drugs, riding metronomic drums, swirling guitar, and bargain-bin synths toward the far horizon in search of something just … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Essential Machine – Almost Outta Here

Daily Yinz – The Zells – Hell Car

The fuzzy, slack-happy (slack-sad?) Zells take a ride in the "Hell Car," the second single from their upcoming album, Ant Farm (Crafted Sounds). While The Zells have always cranked up the distortion, slumped their shoulders, and fixed their eyes downward in response to the alienating drudgery of modern American life, they've got a TV sitting … Continue reading Daily Yinz – The Zells – Hell Car

A Tarantula Whispering Bad Thoughts Into Your Ear – A Q+A With Surrealist Troubadour Gus Englehorn

Photo by Estée Preda. Banner photo by Ariane Moisan. Gus Englehorn is an Alaskan singer/songwriter, now based out of Montréal, whose innocent-sounding bleat and whimsical turns of phrase belie the spooky undercurrent that swirls beneath his scruffy garage rockers. Englehorn released his debut album, Death & Transfiguration, in 2020, and recently played a show at … Continue reading A Tarantula Whispering Bad Thoughts Into Your Ear – A Q+A With Surrealist Troubadour Gus Englehorn

Daily Yinz – Tyler Heaven – Mongoose

Tyler Heaven are a quintet whose full-length March debut, Darkness on the Edge of the Parking Lot, combines lush sonics with haunted lyrics. Throughout Darkness's ten tracks, guitars chime, drums echo and hiss, violins keen, and Brady Lanzendorfer, voice pitched at a Daniel Johnston quaver, conjures images that hint at catastrophe without revealing it fully. … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Tyler Heaven – Mongoose

Daily Yinz – Corrine Jasmin – Move Through 2.0

Pittsburgh-to-NYC transplant Corrine Jasmin remixes "Move Through," the second half of a two-part track from her standout 2021 release, Fever Dream Insomniac. Where the original "Move Through," a pillowy jazz-house cut featuring free associative, pitch-shifted vocals, is introduced by "Let Go," a spoken word segment that muses on the enervating effects of unbalanced relationships, the … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Corrine Jasmin – Move Through 2.0

Daily Yinz – Halloway Williams – Appalachia

Halloway Williams's (stage name of Billie Sue Bracken) ROCKABYE is a hushed, glimmering meditation on growth, loss, and queer identity. The EP's five tracks purl outward like ripples on a sylvan memory pond whose surface has been stirred by the gentle toss of a stone. Pianos echo, synths gurgle, spare percussion crackles, and Bracken's feathery … Continue reading Daily Yinz – Halloway Williams – Appalachia