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Staff Picks: 7 LANDR Distribution Artists We Loved in July

Staff Picks: 7 LANDR Distribution Artists We Loved in July

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For some, July brings the hot, sweltering summer afternoons that never seem to end. For others, it marks the rise of the brightest star(s)—of music!

I’ve been combing through the catalog and I’ve stumbled across quite a few gems: some new to LANDR Distribution and others from artists who’ve stuck with us through thick and thin.

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From bright, summer-y Japanese Shoegaze, 808-heavy bars that make you want to square up, to morose bedroom pop from a LANDR alumni, here are our top picks of July.

otom – Novel

Tokyo-based otom, a veteran of the Japanese shoegaze scene brings some nostalgic optimism with his 2-track single Novel.

The single’s eponymous track, “Novel” serves as a great counterpoint to “Brilliant, Sky Pt. 2” (2020).

While the latter is built on layers of guitar overdubs, swinging drums and more natural-sounding vocals deep in the mix, “Novel” has otom changing pace. What makes the single even more amazing is that the tracks are reworks of an old 2007 release!

Bouncy drums, layered vocal harmonies and iconic shoegaze guitar riffs all come to a crescendo during the chorus, with intense percussion that’s mellowed by sustained vocal lines that make “Novel” an adventure.

Tokyo-based otom, a veteran of the Japanese shoegaze scene brings some nostalgic optimism with his 2-track single Novel.

Pulsing. Cathartic. Ever-changing. “Novel” is the perfect track to symbolize youthful days gone by.

sleepyhead – Long Goodbye

Manchester-duo and Rising Artist alumni sleepyhead return with “Long Goodbye,” a fantastic preview of what we can expect from their forthcoming EP, Blue.

Borrowing elements of 00’s indie rock, the indie pop duo channel their insecurities through distortion-laced guitars, pounding drums and twee synths that serves as a more energetic effort compared to last year’s “Night Songs” (2020).

“I’m not a rat in a cage / why can’t I act my age?”

With July representing change, adventure and growth, “Long Goodbye” channels the oft-wondered motif: “What does it mean to grow up?”.

GRIDLOCK – Missed Calls

New to our catalog, Japanese-American duo GRIDLOCK bring “slo-fi disco” to our distro with their statement piece, “Missed Calls.”

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“Slo-fi disco”, a genre coined by the duo themselves, amalgamates ‘80s Japanese pop and American alternative for an innovative style rooted in jazz and the New Jersey club scene.

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And while I can’t help but think of artists like Tatsuro Yamashita and his 1982 release “Sparkle”—this isn’t citypop. Instead, the duo trade the funk of yesteryear for electronic-infused dance.

GRIDLOCK’s “Missed Calls” is a smooth, dance-ready hit with falsetto croon straight through the chorus that makes me wonder when they’ll catch the attention of 88rising. It’s the perfect introduction to their unique sound.

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Barney Bones & Dooley The Volt – Big Bank

Pulsing 808s. Heavy-hitting bars. Barney Bones turns up the heat with his latest: “Big Bank”.

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thanks for coming & Lily Konisberg – Panic

Capping off Staff Picks is a welcome return from New York-based artist Rachel Brown (thanks for coming).

A single from their upcoming album #1 Flake in North America, Lily Konisberg joins Brown in “Panic”, an anthemic bedroom pop effort that’s both callous and melancholic.

“You were perfect I destroyed it / January I’m no addict / Is it smoke or clouds / don’t you hate me now.”

With the verse, the duo use call-and-response to great effect, using the conversational nature of this songwriting device to almost mimic what feels like a dialog between the narrator and their inner voice.

All-in-all, this has me even more excited for what’s in store!

Nikki Celis

Nikki Celis is a writer and editor at Sticky Rice Magazine. When he’s not writing songs for Calm Lake, he indulges in his hyper-focuses like Malaysian recipes, Muay Thai, and Asian shoegaze.

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