Zoe Polanski - Eric Bolander - Jordan Lehning

Zoe Polanski has just released a new single 'Pharoah's Island' and it's an introduction to the forthcoming 'Violent Flowers' album due in July, the song itself is a mixture of ambient and dream pop styles and it's beautiful. == Eric Bolander has a new single entitled 'Magic Moon' which is a refreshing slice of Americana with some refined rock vibes. === Jordan Lehning shares 'Oolaloom' ahead of his next album, Jordan states that the track "acts as a prologue in the story of 'Little Idols'" (the album), it's also a fine taster for the collection.

Zoe Polanski - Pharoah's Island.

Zoe Polanski has released a new single "Pharoah's Island." The single features Polanski’s hypnotic vocals and shimmering guitar paired with electronic producer Aviad Zinemana Zinemanas’ blend of implied rhythms, soft percussion, and weaving keyboard pads.Hear an advance of the cinematic & exploratory work of ambient-pop below. Zoe's record "Violent Flowers" is out July 17th on Youngbloods on limited edition vinyl and across digital channels.  The record is co-produced and written with Tel-Aviv electronic producer Aviad Zinemanas.

"Pharaoh's Island started out as an exciting and unexpected match between one of my guitar loops and a Goblet Drum rhythm (a very common, household instrument in Israel). The unusual combination of sounds inspired me to think about an Island east off the shore of Sinai (Egypt) and a little bit south to the Israeli city of Eilat.

This island, called Pharaoh's Island, or "Coral Island", is the site of an ancient fortress, used throughout the centuries as a strategic point in wars between the people of the area. What enchanted me about the place was the fact that underneath this militarized land there is a parallel universe that exists underwater, in the base of the island - an exceptionally rich colony of corals and marine life. It's this shifting of focus from the surface inwards that inspired my musical and lyrical expression in this song." - Zoe Polanski.


Eric Bolander - Magic Moon.

Americana singer-songwriter Eric Bolander has released a new single "Magic Moon", and plans to release a second single "Window" on August 21 as he works towards a third full-length release.

Human beings are surprisingly resilient creatures. Through honoring his grandmother, singer-songwriter Eric Bolander weathers his own emotional firestorm with his 2019 record The Wind, and now with two new singles, “Magic Moon” and “Window”. These are brooding, often languid, folk set-piece weaving in and out of tales of drug addiction, religion, renewal and the birth of his two-year-old daughter. He casts off his hard-rock outer shell for a more traditionally-rooted and sensitive storybook, steeped in heartfelt emotions and embodying the endurance of the human spirit.

“Magic Moon” and “Window” both display a decidedly more electric guitar-driven approach from Bolander’s previous efforts, but weaved into that are brooding strings, keyboards, and Bolander’s familiar acoustic guitar and expertly-layered folk vocal harmonies. Both singles share a common thread of being tales of out-of-body experiences, as the characters within embark on existential searches for truth and escape from all things negative.

Much of his work has been scattered in the rock music scene through the years. He’s mounted numerous creative endeavors, including rock bands Modern Day Relic and Alcatraz Shakedown, and made enduring friendships with the likes of producer Duane Lundy (Sturgill Simpson, Ringo Starr) and Americana troubadour Arlo McKinley among countless others.

These new singles were once again produced by Lundy at his studio in Lexington, Kentucky, is as much a natural transition in Bolander’s catalog as an evocative love letter to a weathered existence in an ever-tumultuous world. “He’s just trying to live his whole life / in search of her,” he calls into the void on “Magic Moon”, depicting a narrator in search of a metaphorical “her” that isn’t necessarily a physical being.

Sonically, Bolander gallops through the crossroads of John Moreland and Bruce Springsteen (circa Devils & Dust), from rollicking explorations of struggle and its broken remnants to bitter, cynical prayers.


Jordan Lehning - Oolaloom.

Nashville composer/producer/artist Jordan Lehning has announced the August 7 release of his cinematic new album Little Idols. As a celebrated producer, Lehning has worked with the likes of Caitlin Rose, Rodney Crowell and Andrew Combs, in addition to writing and tracking string arrangements for Kacey Musgraves, Burt Bacharach, Brett Eldridge, Leon Bridges and more. Along with the announcement, Lehning has released the first track “Oolaloom”, which acts as the opening credits to a whirlwind story that unfolds over the length of the album.

“‘Oolaloom’ acts as a prologue in the story of Little Idols,” explains Lehning. “The main character addresses the audience imploring them to ‘sing along a secret song’ that then sets in motion the events to follow. The music was written and recorded first, and once I understood the purpose of the song in the context of the record the lyrics came together quickly. Street sounds can be heard throughout, as well as acoustic guitar, pitched percussion, keyboards, upright bass, strings and winds.”

Approaching the process from a director’s perspective, Jordan Lehning crafted Little Idols in the style of a short film while drawing on the focused, deliberate works of filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman. The album takes place over the course of a week, recounting a passionate affair between a married woman and a single man who grapple with the persisting conflict of right and wrong, free will and fate, connection and commitment.

Each song acts as its own scene, illustrated by intimate vocals, breathy woodwinds and sweeping strings that weave through strategic interludes marking the narrative's forward motion. Beginning with the swirling opening track “Oolaloom”, with an off-kilter time signature that hints at the impending chaos, a flirtatious anticipation builds before erupting with the explosive end of “Passing The Time” and moving into the remorseful aftermath of the album’s second half. The story concludes with “Only That You’re Gone”, as our protagonist pieces his life back together and the closing credits roll. Little Idols is a poignant, literate collection of songs encouraging repeated listens.

“You have to be patient watching a Bergman film,” Lehning elaborates. “They’re very still, but they’re brilliant at capturing the quiet amidst the loud. I envisioned this album as something similar, a tonal exploration set within the eye of the storm.”