The Crystal Furs: "Too Kind To Be Cruel"

A warming breeze in newly-green treetops, it piques memories while it calms. “Too Kind To Be Cruel” is the gently-fluttering, literate and lovable brand-new single from Portland, Oregon’s The Crystal Furs. The band’s Kara Buchanan describes the track as

“having a bigger, layered sound than anything we’ve done before — wider stereo fields, instruments like electric piano and vibraphone and sleigh bells, multi-tracked vocals, just really trying to take our songwriting up to a new level. It takes inspiration from twee pop, Pacific Northwest indie rock and The Beach Boys.”

You can download the track right now by visiting the band’s Bandcamp page.

Glacier Veins: "Driveway"

Later this month Portland, Oregon’s Malia Endres and her band Glacier Veins release their debut LP The World You Want To See, and you can preview its endearing, encouraging and electric “Driveway” above. The album arrives on February 28th care of Equal Vision Records and Common Ground Collective. You can order clear-with-pink-and-purple-splatter-vinyl, CD and bundled editions of it from the band’s webstore now.

Sleater-Kinney: “Hurry On Home”

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Urgently symphonic, “Hurry On Home” is the seismic, brand-new single from legends Sleater-Kinney, one produced by St. Vincent. You can find streaming and download links for this right here, and you can pre-order the crimson-vinyl 7″ version of it here. The track arrives with the announcement of an extensive tour of the U.S. and Canada, and you can find out where they’ll be playing by visiting their website.

Black Belt Eagle Scout: “Loss & Relax”

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Black Belt Eagle Scout is the solo-musical project of Portland’s Katherine Paul, and she’s just shared “Loss & Relax”, her oceanic new single. Its picturesque new video meanwhile was directed by Angel Two Bulls on the lands of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Samish Indian Nation. Her Loss & Relax b/w Half Colored Hair 7″ will be released by Saddle Creek on April 26th. You can buy it either from them or from her Bandcamp page right now. Via Stereogum.