This is pretty cool: if you’re a music fan living in the Hartford area, you’ve probably caught more than a few shows at Arch Street Tavern. You’re also likely to be familiar with Little Ugly, a local quartet that’s really at the top of its game right now, with a recent EP, “Where the River’s Born,” funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, tours all over the map and a shelf full of music awards. Continue reading
Greenwich band Run On the Sun has released a video for “My Name,” a song from the group’s newly released EP, “New Empire.”
The song is a hooky tune about unrequited love, and singer Brett Steinberg, 16, addresses the camera with a wounded sensitivity common to teenage romantics.
The other three band members are teens, too, but don’t let their ages fool you: Run On the Sun writes songs with a pop sophistication that belies their youth. “New Empire” is available here, or via bandcamp, below.
Overlooking worthwhile artists and albums is inevitable, given the overwhelming crush of music that comes out every year, but Youth Lagoon’s “The Year of Hibernation” (Fat Possum) is so good I wish I’d discovered it when it came out in September — I would have had that much more time to listen to it, for one thing.
Youth Lagoon isn’t a band so much as a project — namely, the project of Trevor Powers, 22, an Idaho musician who was never quite satisfied with the music he was making in band situations. Youth Lagoon became for Powers a way to express things he otherwise had trouble saying, about the anxiety that has plagued him all his life, but also about his past, memories, feelings.
He sings about them in a haunting voice that floats behind a curtain of guitar, synthesizers and electronic drums, and the effect is engrossing to the point where it’s hypnotic.
This week, Youth Lagoon premiered the video to “July,” and while it has an unsettling end-of-times vibe, there seems to be a deeper message at work, too.