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MP3s: February 2015 Releases

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Each day, The Spec‘s email is flooded with new releases by artists across the globe. Although it’s impossible for us to review each and every one, we know there’s too many good songs and albums that fly under our radar and we’d like to share them with you.

Below, listen to tracks from artists releasing albums in February…

Ex-Cult “Cigarette Machine”Cigarette Machine EP due out Feb. 9

Ex-Cult has toured the country with bands like Ty Segall and OB IIIs, creating its own brand of psychedelic punk. In 2014, the Memphis-based group released its second album, Midnight Passenger. This month, its EP will be released on CD and vinyl through Castle Face Records and on cassette through Lollipop Records.


Mourn “Otitis”— Self-titled album due out Feb. 17

Inspired by PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Sebadoh and Sleater Kinney, teenagers Jazz Rodríguez Bueno, Carla Pérez, Antonio Postius and Leia Rodríguez came together to form Mourn. The Spanish group’s self-titled debut was recorded live in studio in two days.


In Tall Buildings “Flare Gun”Driver due out Feb. 17

Erik Hall makes music under the moniker In Tall Buildings. For four years, he worked in solitary to create the songs on Driver, an album that was produced between his home studio in Chicago and a ’60’ farmhouse in Leelanau County, Mich..


Valise “Charlie Gray”Young Bloomer due out Feb. 24

Dallas-based Valise is comprised of four friends who met in school and quickly dropped their studies to create the songs that would become Young Bloomer.

“Dialogue is one of my favorite tracks on the record,” explains singer and creative force, Vince Penick. “It has a warm, almost vinyl-ish quality to it that I fell in love with, and the arrangement is a bit more minimalistic than the average Valise tune. We ditched the full drum-kit for a steady concert bass drum, and laid that under this great little piano riff that Jared wrote. Everything came together so quickly, it was just one of those songs that kind of writes itself.”


Radical Dads “Don’t Go”Universal Coolers due out Feb. 24

The members of Radical Dads met in college and began playing music together; however, the trio disbanded when everyone moved apart. In 2007, Lindsay Baker, Chris Diken, and Robbie Guertin found themselves in New York City and the band was back together for good.

“Universal coolers are people who can, without even trying or thinking about it, effortlessly reduce the temperature of their surroundings, thereby making those surroundings more habitable for the rest of us. This record is dedicated to them.”


Gal Pals “Punisher”Velvet Run due out Feb. 24

Jillian Talley (drums) and Lauren Mikus (guitar) make up the Los Angeles-via-Austin DIY duo Gal Pals. Regarding the band’s music, Kate Nash said, “Gal Pals make me wanna be 7 and naked on a beach.”

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