We're listening to: Prinze George, Megan Hamilton, cleopatrick, Noname, Walt Mink, and more
Each month, the five members of Flip Rushmore will tell the world what we're currently listening to. If there's something you think we should check out, email us at flip rushmore @ gmail dot com or leave a comment below.
Prinze George, "Centuries" — There was a time about 5 years ago where I found myself brushing shoulders with Bon Iver's brother, Nate, quite often. At the time, he was running a record label called Sounds Expensive, and Prinze George were one of his flagship acts. I remember going over to his house/recording studio/art gallery in NE Minneapolis one night and he played the video for their song "Wait Up," and the sound captivated me immediately. Since then, the band has been relatively quiet, but they are finally back with this new track "Centuries". Give this a listen to get lost in a placid soundscape of ethereal synths and guitar arpeggios. — Adam
Megan Hamilton and Mae Simpson, "Victims & Demons" — What do you get when you combine hard-hitting EDM production with raw, provocative vocal soul and tie the two together with a symphony of smooth virtuosic violin licks? Well that's an oddly specific question, but I'll tell you: "Victims & Demons," the new single from renowned Minneapolis producer Megan Hamilton, featuring the unstoppable vocal power of local soul queen Mae Simpson and numerous tasty layers of violin courtesy of Jessica Borth.
The dream trio of femmes have whipped together a tune that invokes feelings of existential apathy while also creating an irresistible urge to dance, whether that means bopping your head, tapping your foot, or (in my case) involves some terrifically awkward full-body motions that look like I'm trying to climb an invisible ladder - ultimately, the mix of melancholy and danceability is supremely cathartic. Anyone who has seen Megan and Mae take the stage separately would guess that a collaboration between these two could be nothing but awesome, and they would be correct. I want a whole album. — Nick
cleopatrick, "THE DRAKE" — Canadian rock-duo cleopatrick’s latest release, THE DRAKE, continues to ramp up the momentum they’ve built for themselves following their sneaky-successful 2018 EP the boys, which saw them touring Canada, the UK, and the US rock-festival scene up until the world came to screeching halt in March 2020. THE DRAKE, however, is a song best heard in the sweaty confines of a local basement show. Drummer Ian Frazier’s half-time, head-bashing drum beat powers guitarist/singer Luke Gruntz’s gritty guitar riffs and frantic lyrics about a night at The Drake Hotel in Toronto. As a longtime fan and having seem them in concert twice, the newest wave of rock music is here and deserves to be played loud. — Mike
Noname, "Rainforest" — The brutal irony of lower-class support for the billionaire class—the tendency to protect Senator X or CEO Y while carrying more water than a Georgia police chief—will one day fascinate the scholars who sort through the rubble of the United States of America. Chicago-born poet/rapper/activist Noname asks, "How you make excuses for billionaires / You broke on the bus?" while also touching on the displacement of spirituality via capitalism, a theme that also drives the forthcoming Flip Rushmore single "Gouda Bear." — Alex
Walt Mink, "Brittle Little Life" and "Chowdertown" — An old co-worker and friend of mine (Hey Brit) spent his 20s in the 1990s with all the great music we know and love today and turned me onto Walt Mink, a band I had not previously heard of. They were a band from our hometown of Minneapolis playing frequently at the legendary local venues such as First Avenue/7th Street Entry and the Uptown Bar. After going through their discography of ripping guitar solos, well-thought-out, complex riffing, and insightful lyrics all done by John Kimbrough, I found these two songs that I’ve listened to ad-nauseam, but like in the good kind of way. — Dan
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11/24/2022 10:50:36 pm
We've got a good thing going over here. We're listening to almost exclusively independent artists who live and breathe music. We don't want mainstream pop songs, even though there are a lot of them out there. We want the voices of artists like Megan Hamilton, Walt Mink, Prinze George and Noname who are creating their own path in this industry.
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