Friday, August 26, 2016

Reunited synth punks Milemarker stream full album at Noisey, on tour now


Hear & share Overseas album (Soundcloud) (Noisey)
Watch & share "Untamed Ocean" video (YouTube)


"While 'Carrboro' shows that Milemarker hasn’t lost its ability to drape new wave flourishes atop its post-hardcore attack, it’s clearly approaching its new album with its eyes on the future instead of the past." -- The AV Club


Reunited 90s-00s synth punk band Milemarker are streaming their new album Overseas today via Noisey. The album is their first in 11 years, and the band is currently in the midst of their first U.S. tour since 2008. Overseas is available to hear and share at Noisey and Soundcloud

Brooklyn Vegan recently launched the video for album track "Untamed Ocean", available to watch and share HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Milemarker also recently reissued their landmark Y2K album Frigid Forms Sell (Jade Tree/Lovitt) on vinyl. The reissue is the album's first time on vinyl in 16 years, and includes 7 unreleased tracks. The demo version of "Industry For the Blind" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

Coming a decade after their last full-length release, Overseas is notable for being such a focused and cohesive effort. Fans of early 2000s releases like Frigid Forms Sell and Anaesthetic will find a clear sonic continuity in the angular, aggressive guitars, tense melodic vocals and soaring keyboard hooks. New members Lena Kilkka (synth, vocals) and Ezra Cale (drums) deepen the krautrock and electronic tendencies, pushing the sound in unexpected directions. Recorded in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany (where the band is now located), with Electrical Audio studios' Greg Norman (Russian Circles, Godspeed You Black Emperor!) behind the board, Overseas combines the confidence and swagger of a band that has grown up playing music together with the fresh ears and attitude of a brand new band.

Formed 1997 in Chapel Hill, NC by Al Burian, Dave Laney and Ben Davis, Milemarker quickly gained recognition in the independent music scene for their explosive live shows and adventurous instrumentation. The band became known for its combination of post-hardcore punk with new wave electronics, and grew to include singer/synth player Roby Newton, as well as drummers Sean Husick and Noah Leger.

Milemarker played nearly 1000 shows in support of their releases Frigid Forms Sell (Lovitt, 2000) and Anaesthetic (Jade Tree, 2001), touring extensively in North America, Europe and Japan, along the way sharing the stage with bands such as Wire, Mission of Burma, At The Drive-In, The Hives, Thursday, Blood Brothers, International Noise Conspiracy, High On Fire, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Muff Potter, Cave In, Les Savy Fav, Spoon, Monochrome, Turbostaat, The Faint, The Locust, and Hot Snakes.
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Milemarker added double drummers Tony Lazzara and Noah Leger as well as string arrangements from siblings Beth and Tim Remis for the recording and US tour around Ominosity (Eyeball, 2005). In 2008 the band completed a US and European tour with founding member Ben Davis, including performances at the SXSW and Fusion festivals.
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In 2009, guitarist Dave Laney moved to Hamburg and bassist Al Burian moved to Berlin. Milemarker reformed in 2014 and returned to the stage in 2015 with Lena Kilkka on keys and vocals and Ezra Cale on drums.


Overseas is available as LP/CD/MC/Download via Lovitt Records on August 26th, 2016. 



MILEMARKER TOUR:
08/12 Atlanta GA @ The Wrecking Ball ATL
08/14 Nashville TN @ The End
08/15 St. Louis MO @ Off Broadway
08/16 Milwaukee WI @ The Cactus Club
08/17 Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
08/19 Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
08/20 Lansing MI @ Mac's Bar
08/21 Cleveland OH @ Now That's Class Lounge
08/22 Philadelphia PA @ The Boot & Saddle
08/23 Allston MA @ Great Scott
08/24 Brooklyn NY @ Shea Stadium
08/25 Brooklyn NY @ Saint Vitus
08/26 Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
08/27 Carrboro NC @ Cat's Cradle
10/05 Pilsen, CZ @ Paprika
10/06 Brno, CZ @ Kabinet Muz
10/07 Trencin, SK @ Bio Luc
10/09 Ljubljana, SLO w/ Tides from Nebula @ Klub Gromka
10/10 Zagreb, HR @ Mochvara
10/11 Wien @ Reiz
10/12 Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
10/13 Olomouc, CZ @ prostor divadla Na cucky
10/14 Prague, CZ @ 007 w/ Savak @ 007
10/15 Munich @ Kafe Kult w/ Savak
10/16 Dresden @ Groove Factory


Artist: Milemarker
Album: Overseas
Record label: Lovitt Records
Release date: August 26, 2016

01. Conditional Love (STREAM)
02. Untamed Ocean
03. Carrboro (STREAM)
04. The Dreamer
05. Blue Flag
06. Luxuria
07. Recognition
08. Uh Ah
09. Supercomputer










Artist: Milemarker
Album: Frigid Forms Sell
Record label: Lovitt Records
Release date: June 24, 2016

01. Untitled
02. Frigid Forms Sell You Warmth 
03. Signal Froze 
04. Sex Jam One: Sexual Machinery 
05. Sex Jam Two: Insect Incest 
06. Cryogenic Sleep 
07. Industry for the Blind 
08. Tundra 
09. Internet Relay Chat With The Central Intelligence Agency 
10. Server Error 
11. Platinum

Bonus demo tracks:
01. Tundra (demo)
02. Signal Froze (demo)
03. Cryogenic Sleep (demo)
04. Industry For the Blind (demo) (STREAM)
05. Sex Jam One: Sexual Machinery (demo)
06. Server Error (demo)
07. Chronology of the Service Industry (demo)



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wovenhand premiere new track from forthcoming album 'Star Treatment'



Wovenhand premiere a new track from their forthcoming album Star Treatment today via The Onion AV Club. The song, "The Hired Hand" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).

Star Treatment will be available on Sargent House worldwide -- excluding Europe, where it will be released by longtime Wovenhand label Glitterhouse Records --  on September 9th. Stereogum previously premiered the album track "Come Brave" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

The band plays Psycho Las Vegas fest on August 26th before embarking on an extensive European tour with main support from Emma Ruth Rundle, also of the Sargent House family, on all shows except Helsinki and Reeperbahn Fest. Please see complete dates below.

The music of Wovenhand and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards has always had an unparalleled intensity. Edwards' rich, billowing and emotive voice is always the driving force of his music, but it's catapulted by his spellbinding ability to transform instruments that many people might consider mundane relics - be it banjo, accordion, lesser-known folk instruments from around the world, or even an electric guitar - into devices of dark fury and poignant beauty. 

From the apocalyptic revivification of antique Americana of Sixteen Horsepower in the 90s to the threadbare balladry of Wovenhand's early releases, Edwards' music has maintained its celestial heaviness as it evolved. But now in its current incarnation, Wovenhand is a band that fully expands that power with exacting and inventive skill. It's a sound so distinctive and compellingly crushing that even the heaviest of metal bands can't match. 

Wovenhand's current lineup includes guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener (both of Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Ordy Garrison, now joined by piano/synth player Matthew Smith (Crime & The City Solution). Star Treatment was recorded at Steve Albini's legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Sanford Parker, who also helmed Wovenhand's 2014 album Refractory Obdurate

While Wovenhand ought to be a familiar name to anyone interested in forward-thinking music, the album title Star Treatment isn't a reference to our celebrity culture obsession. Rather, it's a clever reference to concepts of astrolatry, or humanity's enduring interest in the stars of the night sky.

"It's ethereal in its concept," Edwards explains. "There are many layers, as always. I've been paying attention to the stars in the sky and in literature, and it's a theme throughout the album." He adds, "There's more love song style on this in general, which is nice. The idea of what love is and how it's expressed and all these different atmospheres."

Star Treatment kicks off full tilt with the anthemic charge of "Come Brave" - the song's galloping four-on-the-floor drums driving churning swells of droning, chiming guitars and organ as Edwards' soaring voice compels us to rise and join the fray. "The Hired Hand" takes a more Western bent with swaggering guitars awash in reverb and a throbbing bass line before the chorus erupts with massive open guitar chords as Edwards howls, "give up your dead." Further, "Crystal Palace" sounds like Eastern European folk driven through a massive wall of amplifiers while a full gospel choir sings just beneath the gurgling surface of guitars. "Crook and Flail" sounds exotic in its twanging acoustic instruments and tabla/dumbec drum pattern. Elsewhere, "Golden Blossom" is a lush and beautifully unabashed love song, strummed out in a simple, catchy melody that builds to crescendo with the chorus refrain, "only you, my love and your light." Throughout, Wovenhand deftly merge the outer reaches of rock and world folk sounds with increasing urgency and force. 

Star Treatment will be available worldwide excluding Europe on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on September 9th, 2016. 


WOVENHAND TOUR 2016:
08/26   LAS VEGAS, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Psycho Las Vegas 
09/12   COLOGNE, DE @ Gebäude 9 * 
09/13   FRANKFURT, DE @ Zoom *
09/15   BERN, CH @ ISC *
09/16   ZURICH, CH @ Bogen F *
09/17   VIENNA, AT @ Flex * 
09/18   BUDAPEST, HU @ A38 * 
09/20   SALZBURG, AT @ Rockhouse *
09/21   MUNICH, DE @ Ampere *
09/22   LEIPZIG, DE @ UT Connewitz *
09/23   BERLIN, DE @ Heimathafen *
09/24   HAMBURG, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
09/26   ARHUS, DK @ Train *
09/27   OSLO, NO @ John Dee *
09/29   HELSINKI, FI @ Tavastia 
09/30   STOCKHOLM, SE @ Nalen *
10/01    LUND, SE @ Mejeriet *
10/02    COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega Jr. *
10/04    EINDHOVEN, NL @ Effenaar *
10/05    AMSTERDAM, NL @ Melkweg *
10/06    LEUVEN, BE @ Het Depot *
10/07    GENT, BE @ Handelsbeurs *
10/08    CHARLEROI, BE @ L'Eden *
10/10    LILLE, FR @ L'Aéronef *
10/11    PARIS, FR @ La Maroquinerie *
10/13    ORLEANS, FR @ L'Astrolabe *
10/14    GRENOBLE, FR @ La Belle Electrique *
10/15    FEYZIN, FR @ L'Epicerie Moderne *
10/16    TOULOUSE, FR @ La Rex *
10/18    LONDON, UK @ The Dome *

* w/ Emma Ruth Rundle



Artist: Wovenhand
Album: Star Treatment
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: September 9th, 2016

01. Come Brave (STREAM)
02. Swaying Reed
03. The Hired Hand (STREAM)
04. Crystal Palace
05. Crook and Flail
06. The Quiver
07. All Your Waves
08. Golden Blossom
09. Go Ye Light
10. Five by Five
11. Low Twelve

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chicago's Radar Eyes share new track from forthcoming triumphant return 'Radiant Remains' via PopMatters


"Radar Eyes have left their garagey beginnings behind them in favor of a chiming, dark romantic sound that, with the addition of a paisley shirt and a bolo tie, would fit right in with mid-'80s acts like The Mighty Lemon Drops, Wire Train, or The Lucy Show." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"The band may call the Windy City home, but ‘80s British rock remains their greatest inspiration and the beautiful thing is that Radar Eyes’s music feels completely organic and possessed of kinetic energy. In other words, this isn’t tribute music to a bygone era; 'Midnight Drive' is thoroughly of the present." -- PopMatters


Chicago quartet Radar Eyes premiere a new track from their forthcoming masterwork Radiant Remains today via PopMatters. The song "Midnight Drive" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).

Brooklyn Vegan recently shared the album track "Community" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud)

The album's dark, fuzzy post-punk merged with chiming 12-string guitar pop hooks brings to mind everything from Echo & The Bunnymen, The PonysJoy Division, 80s Paisley UndergroundThe Cure, The Church and more. But it's the band's brilliant songcraft that elevates Radiant Remains to a would-be, should-be classic. 

Radiant Remains is an excellent jump forward from the band's fuzzy garage beginnings, and what was originally to serve as Radar Eyes's swan song now becomes the signal of a striking rebirth with vocalist/guitarist Anthony Cozzi's recent relocation to Los Angeles in 2016. 

Released via new Chicago label Under Road Records, Radiant Remains was engineered by Gregoire Yeche at Electrical Audio and mixed by Adam Stilson. It features an impressive cast of friends filling in on guest spots, including Outer Minds vocalist and organist Mary McKane, saxophonist Bob Johnson, and Touched by Ghoul frontwoman Angela Mullenhour -- who performs a brilliantly theatrical, over-the-top duet with Radar Eyes singer Anthony Cozzi on "A Daughter's Hymn," the album's centerpiece and highlight.

Radar Eyes is embarking on a Fall tour in support of Radiant Remains, and Cozzi says he expects to have even more new Radar Eyes music written by the end of the year. If this is a new era for the band-which also includes guitarist Russell Calderwood, drummer Nithin Kalvakota, and bassist Lucas Sikorski-this record is a phenomenal way to kick it off.

Radiant Remains will be available on LP, CD and download on September 2nd, 2016 via Under Road Records


RADAR EYES LIVE:
09/01 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club 
09/05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Pink Frost, Brian Case



Artist: Radar Eyes
Album: Radiant Remains
Label: Under Road Records
Release date: September 2nd, 2016

01) Dreaming of Giants 
02) Community
03) Between Two Worlds 
04) Deser Shore
05) Hungry Ghost
06) A Daughter's Hymn 
07) Midnight Drive
08) Calling Cassandra 
09) Fall Into Place
10) Positive Feedback 










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Friday, August 19, 2016

Chicago's Radar Eyes are back from the dead with premiere of first track from forthcoming album via Brooklyn Vegan


"Radar Eyes have left their garagey beginnings behind them in favor of a chiming, dark romantic sound that, with the addition of a paisley shirt and a bolo tie, would fit right in with mid-’80s acts like The Mighty Lemon Drops, Wire Train, or The Lucy Show." -- Brooklyn Vegan


Chicago quartet Radar Eyes premiere the first track from their forthcoming masterwork Radiant Remains today via Brooklyn Vegan. The song, "Community" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud)

The album's dark, fuzzy post-punk merged with chiming 12-string guitar pop hooks brings to mind everything from Echo & The Bunnymen, The PonysJoy Division, 80s Paisley UndergroundThe Cure, The Church and more. But it's the band's brilliant songcraft that elevates Radiant Remains to a would-be, should-be classic. 

Radiant Remains is an excellent jump forward from the band's fuzzy garage beginnings, and what was originally to serve as Radar Eyes's swan song now becomes the signal of a striking rebirth with vocalist/guitarist Anthony Cozzi's recent relocation to Los Angeles in 2016. 

Released via new Chicago label Under Road Records, Radiant Remains was engineered by Gregoire Yeche at Electrical Audio and mixed by Adam Stilson. It features an impressive cast of friends filling in on guest spots, including Outer Minds vocalist and organist Mary McKane, saxophonist Bob Johnson, and Touched by Ghoul frontwoman Angela Mullenhour -- who performs a brilliantly theatrical, over-the-top duet with Radar Eyes singer Anthony Cozzi on "A Daughter's Hymn," the album's centerpiece and highlight.

Radar Eyes is embarking on a Fall tour in support of Radiant Remains, and Cozzi says he expects to have even more new Radar Eyes music written by the end of the year. If this is a new era for the band-which also includes guitarist Russell Calderwood, drummer Nithin Kalvakota, and bassist Lucas Sikorski-this record is a phenomenal way to kick it off.

Radiant Remains will be available on LP, CD and download on September 2nd, 2016 via Under Road Records


RADAR EYES LIVE:
09/01 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club 
09/05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Pink Frost, Brian Case



Artist: Radar Eyes
Album: Radiant Remains
Label: Under Road Records
Release date: September 2nd, 2016

01) Dreaming of Giants 
02) Community
03) Between Two Worlds 
04) Deser Shore
05) Hungry Ghost
06) A Daughter's Hymn 
07) Midnight Drive
08) Calling Cassandra 
09) Fall Into Place
10) Positive Feedback 










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Jail Weddings premiere video single via Noisey, play Echo Park Rising this weekend & more SoCal shows


L.A. psych-punk noir group Jail Weddings premiere a new video today via Noisey. The song "Face of Kindness" is the first single from the band's new album currently in production. Watch and share the video and read Noisey's interview with frontman Gabriel Hart HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Jail Weddings play Los Angeles' annual Echo Park Rising festival this weekend (all shows free, all ages), and a handful of Southern California shows in the fall while completing work on their new album. Please see current dates below. 

"Face of Kindness" is also available today as a single at Bandcamp HERE

LA Weekly declared the band's previous album the #1 Album of the Year for 2014. That album Meltdown -- A Declaration of Unpopular Emotion was released on LP and CD via Neurotic Yell, cassette via Burger Records and download from their own Bandcamp page HERE


JAIL WEDDINGS LIVE:
08/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Lost Knight Inn (10:45pm) - Echo Park Rising
11/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Redwood

11/10 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's



Artist: Jail Weddings
Album: "Face of Kindness" single (VIDEO) (STREAM)
Label: Jail Weddings Music
Release Date: August 19th, 2016


Artist: Jail Weddings
Album:  Meltdown - A Declaration of Unpopular Emotion
Label: Neurotic Yell / Burger Records
Release Date: August 27th, 2013

01. There is a Distance
02. May Today Be Merciful
03. Angel of Sleep
04. Why Is It So Hard To Be Good?
05. Summer Fades (VIDEO)
06. A Promise
07. It's Not Fair (VIDEO)
08. (Do You Ever Get Tired of) Keeping The Faith?
09. You Are Never Going To Find Me (VIDEO)
10. Father's Eyes
11. Obsession
12. Party Girl
13. Dead Celebrity Party (VIDEO)
14. Don't Invite Me To Your Party


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quin Galavis premieres track from upcoming double LP featuring members of SWANS, Dead Space, A Giant Dog, etc.

"In the post-Swans 2.0 world, Quin Galavis is a glimmer of hope for aggressive noise rock. Galavis draws on the dark folk and noise of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, as well as the aggressive sonic textures and experimental orchestrations of Swans." -- Tiny Mix Tapes


Austin, TX songwriter Quin Galavis premieres a new track from his forthcoming epic double album, My Life in Steel and Concrete today via Tiny Mix Tapes. The cathartic song "Hand of Light" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Brooklyn Vegan recently premiered the confessional song "Glorious Man", available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Quin Galavis has built a strong reputation for producing a variety of high quality music via acclaimed
bands including Nazi Gold and The Dead Space, and through his previous solo work. This double LP is the culmination of not only his music career, but his entire life to this point at 31 years of age. It tells a story, which closes a chapter on Quin's career and life, and yet lays the groundwork for future musical journeys that are only hinted at here.

Those that have seen his recent live performances of some of the songs on this release, or have heard this recording, usually make remarks that include words like "emotional", "dark", "wonderful", "beautiful", and "scary." It's not just a rock and roll record, although there are plenty of rock songs here. It's not an opera, although certainly the story and the songs will evoke an emotional reaction similar to that of a well-loved opera. Quin himself describes the recording as "therapeutic", and he
promises to continue this journey in his future work.

For this recording Quin obtained the services of numerous well respected musicians including Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater, Nazi Gold, Thor and Friends, etc.) and Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog), and too many others to name here. It was engineered by Ian Rundell (multiple albums by Spray Paint among others), and it was mastered by Seth Gibbs.

Quin has already begun recording another album in July 2016, and he just launched a new website at quingalavis.com which is a great resource for fans to not only keep up with upcoming shows and recording plans, but also Quin's life as it unfolds, because he plans to update his personal blog on the site regularly. 

Austin label Super Secret Records says of the release, "We hope you enjoy the first step in this new journey Quin has undertaken; we're confident you will want to follow his story closely as it unfolds in this recording and into the future. We were so enthralled by his story and this recording that we've entered into a lifetime contract with Quin; which is really just a handshake and a promise to continue to release his records as long as he wants."

My Life in Steel and Concrete will be available on 2xLP, CD and download on August 26th via Super Secret Records



Artist: Quin Galavis
Album: My Life in Steel and Concrete
Label: Super Secret Records
Release date: August 26th, 2016

A. The Tragedy of Miss Foster
01. Hand of Light (STREAM)
02. Manuel’s Rose Garden
03. A Disturbing Face
04. Vile and Disgusting

B. The Long Walk of Mr. Morrow
05. Hands of Death
06. Can’t Erase
07. Terrific Failure
08. Dead Born
09. Distaste
10. Glorious Man (STREAM)

C. The Tears of Lady Guadalupe
11. Evermore
12. Turn You In
13. Hate
14. Be Patient
15. A Gift for Salt

D. The Ancient Fire of Northway
16. Powell’s Rose Garden
17. Idumea
18. Tree Burning
19. Those Little Dreams
20. Wake Up

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Halycine (feat. ex-Blue & Gold singer/guitarist Chloe Raynes) stream entire debut ahead of release

"A a hazy and dreamy ballad, which sounds a bit like a torch song fed through a Kevin Shields filter, or some of the more darkly romantic material from Dum Dum Girls." -- Treble

"That deep rock vibe you've been craving." -- Impose Magazine


NYC band Halycine are streaming their forthcoming debut EP in full today via The Spill Magazine. Hear and share In The Salt HERE. (Direct Soundcloud)

Impose Magazine recently featured Halycine in an introductory interview, also launching the first single. The track "Circles" is available to hear & share HERESpeak Into My Good Eye shared the dark love song "Elixir" HERE. And, TrebleZine premiered the tune "One More Try" HERE.

Halycine, the moniker for the solo project of singer/guitarist Chloe Raynes, is a fresh new voice in indie rock. Her debut EP, In The Salt, is a collection of 5 songs that she wrote and produced, and 3 videos that she directed. It will be released late summer 2016.

Chloe previously co-fronted NYC's rock outfit Blue & Gold before embarking on the new project that would become Halycine. In The Salt is a luscious blend of reverberating guitars and spacious vocals. It's a sonically imaginative and and lyrically vivid collection of deeply affecting songs. The EP was tracked and mixed at The End in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with GG Gonzalez on drums and Derek Cabrera on bass. 

After hearing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time at 10-years-old, she decided that she had no choice but to pick up the guitar and begin shredding. Her life was forever changed, and she's been playing and writing songs ever since.  

Chloe studied music composition at the arctic campus of Bates College in Maine. She managed to get through the long winters with a soundtrack of Liz Phair, Sleater-Kinney, and Sublime. She moved to NYC shortly after graduation, absorbing the sights and sounds that would eventually shape her musical sensibilities. Other musical influences include Dum Dum Girls, St. Vincent, and Jenny Lewis.

In The Salt will be available for download August 12th, 2016. 


Artist: Halycine
Album: In the Salt
Record label: Halycine Music
Release date: August 12th, 2016

01. Circles
02. Elixir
03. One More Try
04. Woman, You Better Run
05. Silver Moon


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