NEW MUSIC MONDAY: 5 fresh cuts from Atlanta's finest rising acts

Check out new sounds and visions from Flamingo Shadow, Negashi Armada, and more

Floral Print
Photo credit: Lauren Barfield
Floral Print

Negashi Armada is no stranger to Atlanta's hip-hop scene. The artist formerly known as Blunt Fang has spent years collaborating with countless artists in a noisy and abstract style. In March, Armada rolled out a new track using only his name, titled "Just a Slither," on New York punk trio Show Me the Body's Corpus I mixtape.

This week, Armada returns with a video for "Capricorn," a new single taken from his forthcoming album, Commodify the Moon, Militarise Heaven, Compromise Love, Regentrify Hell. The song was produced by Memphis rapper Cities Aviv (a.k.a. Gavin Mays), and the video was directed by New York-based artist Whitney Mallet. Throughout the video, lo-fi synths and tumbling stream-of-consciousness lyrics create an ambiance set to images of a lone cyclist — Armada — riding along the streets of an apocalyptic city.

More details regarding Commodify the Moon, Militarise Heaven, Compromise Love, Regentrify Hell are coming soon.

Featuring singer and guitarist Nathan Springer and drummer and CL music writer Paul DeMerritt, Floral Print revels in deconstructed rock and experimental sound cut from elements of jazz, psychedelic pop, and ambient textures. In May, 2015, the group debuted with its woo EP, released via Sad Cactus. In October, the group returned with its second release, Mirror Stages, via Tiny Engines.

Last week, the group released a new video for the song "Choke Me," which finds Springer and DeMerritt paired up with bassist Joshua Pittman. The video, directed by Atlanta artist Lauren Barfield of Adult Swim's comic series "Buttfield," is a lo-fi production dream of '90s infomercials and art pop.

Floral Print kicks off a short run of shows supporting Mirror Stages this week, on Fri., Dec. 15 at the Mammal Gallery.

With 100 Watt Horse, Sawtooth (oly), and True Blossom. $5. 9 p.m. The Mammal Gallery, 91 Broad St. S.W. 678-744-7095. www.mammalgallery.com.

Flamingo Shadow has a new single out titled "Riding On the Wind." This is the first we've heard from the Tropical post-punk five-piece since the arrival of Vibe Control in August 2016. Here is the video for the single, mostly shot in Shinjuku, Japan, with its vibrant quality matching the track's bright pop buoyancy. 

With Sound of Ceres, OCHI. $10. 9 p.m. The Mammal Gallery, 91 Broad St. S.W. 678-744-7095. www.mammalgallery.com.

Songwriter, producer, and vocalist Jake Cook is best known for his lo-fi emo-punk project Trench Party, and his darkwave hip-hop outfit Jacket, which caught CL's attention with a 2016 diss track titled "Check." Cook is back with yet another project called Seal Pup, his most straight-forward pop act to date. Seal Pup debuted with its Difficulties LP in February 2017, mostly serving as an experiment in fuzzy guitar tones and synths. Here is Seal Pup's latest full-length Always Next Year, which Cook wrote, recorded, produced, and released himself on Nov. 28. Always Next Year picks up where Difficulties left off, and offers a more refined take on lo-fi pop songwriting.

Over the past 30 years, Atlanta music veteran James Hall has been the frontman and vocalist for many bands, most notably with the post-punk/new wave outfit Mary My Hope, which formed in 1987. One of Hall's later group's, Steady Wicked released its debut album, My Love, Sex, and Spirit, in 1993, and the quintet remains active. The group's fourth full-length LP Electric Hex was released in November 2016 via Pulse/ERA Recordings. Press play on the group's latest single, "True North," a somber number that was written at the Holiday Music Motel collaborative songwriting fest in Wisconsin, and recorded at Radon Recordings in Cabbagetown.

Send upcoming tracks, new release information, and all other inquiries to creativeloafingNMM@gmail.com.


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