King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe – “Be Free”

Wolfe and Dude find themselves in the midst of an atmospheric, tortured duet that calls out to the likes of Nick Cave or Michael Gira. If you like your folk with a gothic edge, then hop on this quickly.

The song streaming above is a part of a forthcoming 7″ titled Sing More Songs Together…, which is dropping on March 25th via Not Just Religious Music. There’s only gonna be a thousand copies of this thing, too

This isn’t the first time Wolfe and Dude appeared on the same 7″ together, and it’s great to see the collaborative element of this second go-around runs even deeper. Enjoy!

The Keepsies – “She (Was My Baby)”

Several newly released tracks from the Fergus & Geronimo-related Keepsies.

The band’s new 7″ can be streamed via the widget above. There’s almost a spastic variety to these three tracks, too. The opener has a vintage pop to it, “Mandibles” reminds me of the Feelie’s fast and punk-y aesthetic, and the closer reminds me of something I might hear from a Parquet Courts record. Enjoy!

Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht – “Hang On To Life” (LOVED)

Ariel Pink comes through with a new, collaborative a-side with Jorge Elbrecht with the song “Hang On To Life.” The 7″ is due for release on Mexican Summer, and the track basically embodies everything that’s been so great about Ariel’s material over the past several years.

“Hang On To Life,” in a sense, is about heartbreak. It features soft rock instrumentation, a killer chorus, and plenty of retro kitsch. While Pink probably isn’t going to give up these aged sounds anytime soon, it doesn’t matter to me as long as the songwriting is this top-notch!

Check a review for Ariel’s Mature Themes below:

Dope Body – “Youth Relic”

Baltimore band Dope Body drops a new music video for a track off their latest EP, which you can check a review for below. The video here features footage of the band being mimicked very loosely by a group of girls and one feisty, young kid as the frontman. Enjoy!

Soap&Skin – Sugarbread 7″

Austrian singer-songwriter Soap&Skin drops a new 7″ of emotionally potent tracks that should hold fans over until something more lengthy comes along.

WATCH THE REVIEW

Dope Body – Saturday

The recording quality on Dope Body’s new 7″ EP might not be the best, but more nasty, sludgy psych rock is just what the doctor ordered.

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Stream This Preists 7″

Emotional, dramatic, and uncompromising, Preists make music that combines a punk attitude with a bit of spoken word. Stream their new 7″ via the widget above.

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Preview Some New Soap&Skin

Right here, you can find a pre-order page for the forthcoming Soap&Skin 7″, which looks like it’s going to feature three new tracks from the Austrian singer-songwriter.

Though it was a short release, Soap&Skin’s Narrow still towers as one of my favorite albums of 2012, which is mostly due to the darkness and emotional intensity of the songs. From the sound of what the embedded widget above offers, it looks like the tracks on this forthcoming release aren’t exactly looking to ease things up either.

The first clip features some horrifying screams and heavy shots of strings and drums. The second features a sweeping string ensemble, and the third seems to be steady piano ballad that feels simultaneously depressing and beautiful.

Naps – 7″

I seriously challenge any sane person to nap to this EP, I’m pretty sure you would just start blinking wildly.

The reason I say this is because Naps produces music that would be very dreamy and comforting ambient music, if it wasn’t for the skips and off-beats lining each and every track. While it doesn’t make good sleep music it certainly makes for a compelling listen, the off nature of it all just kept me sitting on the edge of my chair creating a sort of discomfort. I really love it when music can have such a physical effect on a person, and that’s just what Naps achieves here.

The Dirty Nil- Little Metal Baby Fist

The Dirty Nil is bringing out some grungy garage rock that is hitting me in all the right ways. These three tracks, which can be bought in the form of a 7′, desire to be played louder than speakers could ever dream of.

The band had a fantastic sense of manipulating volume and delivering utterly compelling raw shouting vocals on top of that instrumentation. Musically they definitely hold their indie influences tight, but bring it into their own raw aggravated and energized style. The Dirty Nil has everything going for them with this release: heart stopping energy, unrelenting vocals, and  compelling compositions.