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This week’s NYC Scene Report features a reggae influenced jam from Salt Cathedral, a heroic battle involving psych rockers Mischief Night, a unique found-footage clip from singer-songwriter Paul & The Tall Trees, and a “Rough Draft” from pop singer Sarah Solovay.
* Salt Cathedral made their column debut here earlier this month. Why are the indie pop duo making a return appearance so quickly? Because they’ve released another ridiculously dope song!
That song is “Run For The Money,” featuring Assassin. Juli Ronderos describes the single saying, “'Run For The Money' is the representation of the hard work that it takes to succeed – the hustle both to survive, and to be personally satisfied. To get to the great stuff you have to remain in motion, work hard, work longer, and later, than others, and really strive for that ‘gold,’ i.e, the best of your own work.”
Ronderos continued, adding, "For this song, and the record, we were very inspired by our Colombian yearn for dancing, as well as Caribbean culture and music. The latter is very vibrant in our Brooklyn neighborhood.”
Salt Cathedral’s debut album, Big Waves/Small Waves, is due out later this year. While we wait for it, let’s all groove to “Run For The Money.”
* When a press release describes a video as, “Psych Rock Machine fights off the bad things with sweet organ melodies, jagged rock guitars, and harmonies sent from somewhere unknown,” it’s pretty much a given that I’m going to click play.
The psych rock machine in question is Brooklyn-based band Mischief Night, and the video is for their song “With Me, Now!”
Mischief Night’s first EP, Baby Toes, was released in May of last year. While they were working on the EP they were simultaneously forming the structure for their upcoming full length political album, The Great American Worm, which is due out next month.
“With Me, Now!” is the second single off of The Great American Worm, and the clip is exactly as advertised. You’re gonna want to check this one out.
* Keeping with the theme of unique videos, up next is the latest clip from singer-songwriter Paul & The Tall Trees.
The video, which is for his song “She Comes Around,” features footage from abstract impressionist Nachume Miller that was found by his son Danny, and given to Leon Michels of Big Crown Records, the label home of Paul & The Tall Trees.
The younger Miller says of the visuals, “I recently discovered the footage in a shoebox full of super-8 film reels. It included recordings he made as a teenager in Israel, as well as on a cross country trip he and my mom took shortly after arriving in the US in 1974. He manipulated a lot of the footage himself, painting and scratching the film to create abstractions, splicing it to rearrange the order, and shooting his paintings and sculptures in stop motion to create simple animations.”
Check out the unique clip, and the great song, which is off of Paul & The Tall Trees’ debut album, Our Love In The Light.
* Pop singer Sarah Solovay spent her teenage years working on a music career, and was in the process of making a name for herself when she decided to take a break at the age of 18. That break was for college. Solovay attended Yale, and made it a point to become a well-rounded person.
Now at age 22, she’s not only back in the city, and recording again, she’s ready to let the world hear who she’s become.
With an EP set for release later this year, Solovay is giving listeners a taste of what’s to come with the single, “Rough Draft.” It’s a powerful pop song that would be at home in both indie, and Top 40, playlists. Give it a spin.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.