Life is horribly dark right now. And yet, it is not unfunny.
That’s the sentiment that animates **Water From Your Eyes** on their new album, and first for Matador, Everyone’s Crushed. On the follow-up to the Brooklyn duo’s 2021 breakthrough, Structure, Rachel Brown (they/them) and Nate Amos (he/him) find silliness and fatalism dancing in a frantic lockstep, using heart palpitating rhythms and absurdist, deadpan lyrics to convey stories of personal and societal unease. Described by Brown as Water From Your Eyes’ most collaborative record ever – and, as such, a kind of reset for the pair, almost like a debut, despite technically being their sixth – it’s a swollen contusion of an album: experimental pop music that’s pretty and violent, raw and indelible.
Floatie is a four piece music band from Chicago. They’ve achieved the highest honors in musicianship and have been awarded many fine gems, golds, and silvers. But more than gold and silver, they have been awarded friendship.
Options (Computer Music) is the solo performance configuration of songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Seth Engel. Drawing from a deep well of experience and inspiration, Seth’s music is both obtuse and memorable. Often exploding with hooks, bursts of fuzz, and time-shifts, Options music makes for a thoroughly engaging listen.