Alofa Gould is a 19-year-old Vista, CA-based singer-songwriter who has recorded under the moniker Your Bruise, and now under ikea-graveyard. This month, she put out a split EP with touringmates Bulldog Eyes and Yukon, as well as this collection of demos she recorded on her porch, called stray. The tracks are breezy and feature only Gould’s lovely voice and acoustic guitar, but while simple, they manage to be quite evocative. She caps off the tape with a nice Joyce Manor cover, too. Happy listening!
With “Take Me,” Sufjan Stevens intimates that even his unused demos are wholly worthwhile. Stevens shared the “repetitive lo-fi pop” song to his Tumblr Ghetto Soundcloud page upon happening across it on a hard drive under his desk. He went on to describe it with a couple of sly quadruple negatives: “It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive.” Give it a listen above; the “stay positive” part should come naturally!
Beatsmith Hot Sugar drops a demo for the track “And the walls came tumbling down.”
The dreary and emotive piano playing sampled on the track was originally featured in this video, but it seems to have now made it into a full-fledged beat, which is getting a release on the forthcoming GOD’s Hand EP. Enjoy!
Some catchy, energetic, and melodic hardcore punk coming from this new demo from Western Massachusetts’ Blessed State. It’s rough around the edges, but surely worth a listen. Some great guitar leads manage to shine through the grit of this recording, and some spots like the lone guitar introduction of the last track do come off as legitimately down in the dumps for music of this level of aggression. Enjoy!