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Synthpop quartet Scam Avenue drops "Sailor" EP + video for "Fault Lines

Cold wave and dream pop are rather antithetical genres, but Brooklyn band Scam Avenue manages to merge them in their new Sailor EP. The images of a feeling-less future conjured by their glacial, mostly electronic arrangements is given hope by singer Devery Doleman's airy vocals and sensual melodies. The intersection between the brainy and the sensuous is also the focus of their new video for single "Fault Lines," shot on a low budget using an iPhone 7 with the help of Tyler Hubby (who directed the documentary "Completely in the Present" about NYC avant multi-media artist Tony Conrad ).

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New Track: "Cassette Jam One" - NAH x Ada Babar

Experimental sound sculptors Ada Babar recently popped up on our radar, dropping their split release, Nino Tomorrow (Favourite Tapes), last month with Palm frontman Kasra Kurt. Well, Babar are already back, appearing on another "wild ass" collaborative project with boundary-pushing Philly music brethren NAH, a.k.a. Mike Kuhns/Michul Kuun. Setting up a lot of midi equipment, "we went nutz on the jam session." And what they ended up laying down is an expansive ten-minute track that they've titled "Cassette Jam One," which is now available via Ranch Records. Kuhns also surprised us last week with another random EP Necessary Moods Vol. 1 that you can "pay what you want" and download HERE.





Lauren Lakis captures a relationship in the fritz of corruption on "Mourn the Dead"

With one foot in the electronic genre and the other in folk, singer songwriter Lauren Lakis releases her latest single,  “Mourn The Dead”. Lakis has been categorized as an electric doom folk artist, hitting multiple different platforms of music styles and listeners with her unique disposition. “Mourn The Dead” captures a relationship in the fritz of corruption, and what it is like to suffer through it but still, somehow coming out stronger. Her moody and dark stylings are exactly what one needs when buried in a funk, as she’ll pull you out and suck you right back in (in every good way possible).

"Mourn the Dead" is the first preview off of her forthcoming full-length album, entitled Ferocious. We have to wait until February of 2018 to hear the whole album, but it will be well worth the wait. - Kayla Hay

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The 5th Annual Freakout! Fest comes back tonight

Triple city-based indie label Freakout Records has been churning out some pretty fine electronic, psych and lively rock from three out of the four corners of the states. Operating out of Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, Freakout has taken to occupying various venues in Ballard for its festival since 2012, with artists of their own catalog, as well as other artists scattered around the Northwest and the country. Freakout! Festival returns again tonight, and its bill is as stacked as ever.

Co-presented by The Stranger, Audioasis on KEXP and supported by Killroom Records, Treefort Music Fest and Artist Home Record Club, Freakout! Fest will be hitting up its usual Ballard staples like Conor Byrne and Tractor Tavern, with Sarah Gerritsen and Roadkill Ghost Choir kicking things off with some early sets. Tonight's hip hop will be fulfilled by up and coming lyricist Taylar Elizza Beth, with some dark stoner psych coming from Blackwater Holy Light. Energetically folky blues comes from Battleme, who are out on tour supporting their new Cult Psychotica release, while Charms and FKL bring more of a dancey feel to a couple of the headlining spots.

Much of Saturday's bill recalls a warmer, more carefree season thanks to some surf-drenched sets from Baywitch, The Shivas and Guantanamo Baywatch, The White Tears and Pearl Dragon is Dead are collaborating on their performance at the Conor Byrne, Porter Ray and Jus Moni killing it in the rhythm and rhymes department, and Kelli Schaefer and Maiah Manser representing for solo noir pop.

There's so many more acts to see, thank goodness they're all playing on the same street. You can find more information about the artists, venues and tickets over at the Freakout Records site.





Abbi Press dances with herself and lemons in new video "Butterfly Effect"

Abbi Press has released a stunning video for her song "Butterfly Effect," a danceable indie-electronic tune chock-full of whimsical synth textures and accentuated by lightly, sparse percussive elements. The video, gorgeously colored and filmed almost entirely in slow-motion is dreamlike and mysterious. The integral recurring motif of the lemon is both striking and haunting- though I can't decide which feeling leaves more of an impact. One thing's for sure: this video is seriously cool, and a real treat to watch. -Geena Kloeppel

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