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This week’s NYC Scene Report features the return of the ever-soulful Hannah Gill and The Hours, a surprise release from indie rocker Jeff Rosenstock, a heartfelt, soulful song from Joan As Police Woman, and a tour announcement from indie folk trio Everything Turned to Color.
* It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Hannah Gill and The Hours, but they’re back with a brand new single, and it may give you a feeling of “Deja Vu.”
One of the most soulful vocalists in the city, Gill takes her music in a bit of a new direction with “Deja Vu,” as there’s a slight disco influence, musically, but with the traditional boldness listeners have come to expect from her. The combination makes for a single you’ll want to play over and over again.
Give “Deja Vu” a spin, and speaking as someone who’s seen her live, if you find out Hannah Gill and The Hours are coming to your town, don’t miss the show!
* On New Year’s day, when many folks were waking up from a solid night of partying, or at the very least a solid night of watching people freeze their assess of on TV, indie rocker Jeff Rosenstock released a new album, titled POST–, on Bandcamp, via his own Quote Unquote Records.
The album, which Rosenstock is offering up for free/donations, was reportedly recorded during an 86-hour marathon recording session with Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven) at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA. Rosenstock said of the session with his band, “The four of us stood in a room without headphones on and just played the songs live to tape, and after that we had some friends (Dan Potthast, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, PUP) fill out some of the sound.”
Polyvinyl Records, which is Rosenstock’s new label home, will be giving POST– a physical release on CD and vinyl on March 23rd, 2018, and you can check out a song from the album right here.
* Brooklyn-based songstress Joan As Police Woman has a maxim in life – “If it feels scary to say it, it’s the thing you must say.”
This maxim has inspired much of her work, including her upcoming album, Damned Devotion, which is due out February 9th via Play It Again Sam.
“I am always wanting more intimate dialogue,” Joan As Police Woman explains, “Fear of being vulnerable, future tripping, and feelings of shame, paranoia and jealousy get in the way … Why don’t we try trusting each other enough to be fully transparent? What is there to lose?"
One thing’s for sure, you have nothing to lose by clicking play on Joan As Police Woman’s soulful, heartfelt, single, “Tell Me.” Give it a spin, and check out this arresting artist.
* Even if you don’t live in NYC you’ll have a chance to see NYC indie folk trio Everything Turned to Color live this winter, as they’ll be hitting the road for a string of dates on both sides of the country.
From January 24 through February 11th they’ll be performing throughout the Northeast, and from February 17th through the 24th they’ll be hitting the West Coast (see their full tour itineraries here).
While the band is relatively new – officially forming in 2015, when Bryan and Kyle Weber met Neha Jiwrajka in the lobby of their apartment building – the trio are actually veteran musicians, with Neha having released a solo album, and the Webers being members of the alt-rock band Zelazowa.
Everything Turned to Color released their full length debut, Life Imagined, in 2017, and while you wait for them to come to your town, you can check out their song “Soft in Lament” right here.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.