Claire Cronin designed an official "Omens of Bloodless" long-sleeve t-shirt featuring her original illustrations for her forthcoming album, Bloodless. The shirts are printed with white, water-based discharge ink onto black, 100% cotton, long-sleeved American Apparel shirts & are available exclusively from Bandcamp. All purchases include a download of Bloodless & its advance singles.
Bloodless is out November 12 on Orindal. Order shirts, vinyl LPs & downloads HERE.
out November 12 on Orindal Records. “No Forcefield,” according to
Cronin, is “about feeling lost and trying to read my fate in omens and
dreams. It’s about a relationship where both people are depressed. It’s
about being afraid of things that might not be real.”
The song hums on
at a haunting pace, Cronin’s rich imagery radiating ominous: No
forcefield / No headlights / I am fading in the dark / like a picture of
the night / that’s pressed too far / past the outlines / It’s a mystery
I brought / from another person’s life. In the recording process,
Cronin’s vocal take was intentionally slowed over gently bursting synths
— courtesy of guest players Ezra Buchla and Owen Ashworth (
Advance Base) — and the result rings like a summoning.
Find "No Forcefield" on your preferred streaming service HERE.
Pre-order Bloodless on "smoke" colored vinyl, classic black vinyl & digital formats HERE.
“Those familiar with Macie Stewart’s work should be unsurprised that her solo debut album, Mouth Full of Glass, is spectacular… brimming with tremendous heart and clarity, Mouth Full of Glass is worthy of its inevitable praise.” - Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune
Mouth Full of Glass by Macie Stewart is out now! Here are a few early reviews:
Read Konstantinos Pappis' deep dive interview with Stewart for Our Culture Magazine HERE.
To celebrate the release Mouth Full of Glass, Stewart has also shared a music video for the album’s alternately spelled title track, “Mouthful of Glass.” The video was shot & directed by Stewart’s OHMME bandmate Sima Cunningham & edited by Austin Vesely.
Listen to Mouth Full of Glass on streaming services HERE.
Purchase Mouth Full of Glass on vinyl, cassette & digital formats HERE.
**Please note that due to vinyl manufacturing delays, we currently only have cassettes & a limited quantity of black vinyl LPs in stock. "Glass" clear vinyl LPs aren't expected to ship until late October.**
Listen to FLOOD Magazine's exclusive stream of Mouth Full of GlassHERE.
ALSO: Yesterday, Macie Stewart & her band previewed 6 tracks from Mouth Full of Glass for an Audiotree livestream! The archive will remain online for limited time, so catch it while you can! (Music starts at the 1:30 mark.)
Pre-order Mouth Full of Glass on vinyl, tape & digital formats HERE.
Wall of Tears & Other Songs I Didn’t Write’s release announcement comes by way of a karaoke-style lyric video for leadoff track “Wall of Tears,” a song Ashworth learned from K.T. Oslin’s 1987 pop country album 80’s Ladies. Watch it here:
Bloodless is the new album by Los Angeles-based musician and writer Claire Cronin. Expanding upon the supernatural and metaphysical themes of her critically acclaimed 2019 album Big Dread Moon and her 2020 “horror memoir” Blue Light of the Screen (published by Repeater Books), Bloodless is a powerful work of haunted Americana by one of contemporary indie music’s finest singer-songwriters.
Like its musical predecessor, Big Dread Moon, the arrangements on Bloodless’s
nine songs are stripped and sparse, Cronin’s steady electric guitar and
spectral voice holding center as strings and synthesizers provide wisps
of eerie atmosphere. The sound of Bloodless is both more visceral and more subliminal than Big Dread Moon,
due in equal part to months of intensive home recording by Cronin and
Ezra Buchla (Cronin’s husband and violist) and expert mixing by
Deerhoof’s John Dieterich (who previously collaborated with Cronin on
her 2016 album Came Down a Storm).
Flood Magazine announced Bloodless's November 12 release & premiered title track "Bloodless" this morning, describing the song as a "spectral, near-ambient track treading through ideas of escaping one’s body." You can read the announcement & listen to "Bloodless" HERE.
Find "Bloodless" on your preferred streaming service HERE.
Pre-order Bloodless on classic black vinyl, "smoke" colored vinyl & digital formats HERE.
Our sincere thanks to Britt Julious for profiling Macie Stewart for the Chicago Tribune! In the interview feature, Macie discusses the origins & creation of her debut solo album, Mouth Full of Glass, out September 24 on Orindal Records. Read the article HERE.
"...a debut record brimming with tremendous heart and clarity. Mouth Full of Glass is worthy of its inevitable praise." - Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune
Pre-order Mouth Full of Glass on limited edition "Glass" clear vinyl, classic black vinyl, cassette & digital formats HERE.
Macie Stewart will play two Chicago record release shows for Mouth Full of Glass at the Hideout Inn on Sept 23 & 24. Tickets are available HERE.
"Twin Plagues is a work of shocking generosity, each track overflowing with ideas and inspiring a litany of feelings, the kind of album where the journey is more life-affirming than any destination could ever be." -Paste Magazine
"Wednesday have delivered a scorcher. These 12 songs feel dangerously volatile, like the distortion might actually leap out and burn you if you come too close." -Stereogum
"If you like your shoegaze noisy, dense and downcast but still achingly beautiful, then Wednesday are for you." -Revolver Magazine
Watch the music video for the title track directed by Zach Romeo:
If you live in Asheville, Wednesday will be signing color vinyl copies of Twin Plagues at Harvest Records today at 5PM! There will be free beers (courtesy of New Belgium) & other treats. Stop by, say hi, & buy your signed copy of Twin Plagues today!
Chicago-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Macie Stewart (pronouns: she/her/they/them) has shared “Garter Snake,” the second single & video from her debut solo album, Mouth Full of Glass, out September 24 on Orindal Records.
Following last month’s release of Mouth Full of Glass’s first single, “Finally,” “Garter Snake” is another chamber folk stunner. Fingerstyle classical guitar, organ, piano, violin & sighing harmony vocals build slowly, weaving their way around a serpentine saxophone melody (courtesy of fellow Chicagoan Sen Morimoto). Stewart sings “New, alone, and awake, I am a garter snake” over the song’s chilling crescendo.
The “Garter Snake” music video was filmed in the striking western landscapes of Marfa, Texas with direction & editing by Emily Esperanza.
Under the Radar premiered the video this morning. UTR’s Caleb Campbell writes:
“Garter Snake” is similarly intimate and lovingly arranged as its
predecessor, this time finding Stewart reflecting on impenetrable
solitude. They envision themself as a garden snake, unnoticed and “new,
alone, and awake.” Stewart’s vocals lilt above gentle fingerpicked
guitar, initially solitary, only for keyboards and strings to fall into
the track like beams of sunlight, breaking through its isolated facade.
Later, Sen Morimoto’s saxophone joins the gorgeous swirl of
instrumentation, adding a winding highlight to the track. The result is a
work of earthen beauty, filtering Stewart’s loneliness and isolation
into naturalistic chamber pop delight.
Find “Garter Snake” on your preferred streaming service HERE.
Macie Stewart will perform two Chicago, IL album release shows at The Hideout Inn on September 23 & 24. Tickets are available HERE.