"Means To Me is one of the finest independent releases of the year, a gossamer, surrealist artifact of aching that represents the pinnacle of dream pop in 2019" - UPROXX
Great Grandpa share second single "Digger" and an accompanying video from their upcoming LP Four of Arrows, out October 25th. Deemed "a five-minute burst of splendour that might well be the band’s most captivating moment to-date" by Gold Flake Paint, "Digger" explores the internal state of unrest caused when one becomes consumed by unhealthy thought patterns.
"Covering an expansive sonic range that includes indie-folk, bombastic garage-rock, and serene chamber-pop, “Digger” is an enthralling ballad that hits stratospheric emotional heights."
— Impose Magazine
Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theatre w/ Vivian Girls
10/5 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory w/ Vivian Girls
10/6 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park w/ Vivian Girls
10/25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ Vivian Girls
10/26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ Vivian Girls
11/3 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd w/ Dump Him, Merce Lemon
11/4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits w/ Dump Him, Merce Lemon
11/5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere: Zone One w/ Dump Him, Trace Mountains
11/6 - Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom w/ Dump Him, Really From
11/16 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey (Album Release)
Find tickets on our tour page!
Sean Henry announces second full length, A Jump From the High Dive, out November 1st. Born from adult recollections of childhood musings of canceled little league baseball games, lead single "Rain, Rain" is drenched in nostalgia and reintroduces Henry with a newly revived sound. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the album Henry describes what life looked when the record was realized - “I was doing a lot of couch surfing, living where I grew up in a Connecticut ghost town and touring around the country. I was all over the place. Amidst trying to sort things out, I wanted to make my version of a pop album.”
"‘Rain Rain’ teases a subtle shift in trajectory from the grungy, grittier elements. Here [he] leans into a marginally cleaner tone. The melody sounds almost like a solo-career George Harrison riff; an easy but surprising progression, a shinier high end, and a fondness for a minor drop. Henry’s guitar sounds like rain feels. It’s cooling." - popbollocks
Upcoming Tour Dates:
9/13 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel w/ Joy Again
9/26 - New Haven, CT @ State House w/ Vundabar, And The Kids, Indigo De Souza
11/1 - Middletown, CT @ MAC 650 Gallery w/ Spirit Was
11/2 - Portland, ME @ Sun Tiki Studios w/ Spirit Was
11/3 - Montreal, QC @ Bistro De Paris w/ Spirit Was
11/4 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G w/ Spirit Was
11/5 - Windsor, ON @ Meteor w/ Spirit Was
11/6 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakepeares Lower Level w/ Spirit Was
11/7 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Spirit Was
11/8 - Fort Wayne, IA @ Brass Rail w/ Spirit Was
11/10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse at Mr. Smalls w/ Spirit Was
Find tickets on our tour page!
Today Hovvdy share the second single, "Ruin (my ride)" from their forthcoming LP, Heavy Lifter, due October 18th. The accompanying video aims to celebrate community, capturing a backyard party turned square dance, with a hazy, nostalgic lens.
"The band chants “I don’t wanna see you give up”, backed by a minimal beat and warbled acoustics. The song’s video takes place at a very fun looking backyard dance party, emphasizing the song’s desire for community." - STEREOGUM
Pre-order Heavy Lifter
Heavy Lifter is out October 18th!
Yowler have released a music video for "WTFK" — a highlight from the 2018 album Black Dog In My Path. Yowler will tour the east coast throughout August + September as well as perform at North Carolina's Hopscotch Festival.
Watch the video and check out the tour dates below. Find tickets on our tour page!
Great Grandpa have announced their second full-length album Four of Arrows. Listen to first single "Mono no Aware" and watch the accompanying lyric video! Four of Arrows is due October 25th and available for preorder below.
Long Beard have released "Getting By" — the third and final single from the upcoming full-length Means To Me. "Getting By" is accompanied by a Tara Bayat-directed music video shot on 16mm film. Watch the full video below. Leslie was also interviewed by The FADER about Means To Me — read that here.
"breezy, upbeat, and relaxing indie rock" -UPROXX
"a delicately-composed track about not feeling ready for what life throws at you that’s nevertheless filled with light" -Stereogum
All preorders are entered to win a signed test press!
Means To Me is out September 13th, 2019!
Hovvdy have released lead single "Cathedral" ahead of their new album Heavy Lifter, out October 18th. Watch the lyric video for "Cathedral" below:
"First it’s dominated by cyclical, strummed guitars reminiscent of Elliott Smith, and then it transforms into a sleepy anthem for late-summer nostalgia."
"'Built around melancholic guitars and self-conscious vocals, “Cathedral” is a lilting groove that feels like having a series of existential realizations in the middle of a field."
Double Double Whammy is seeking a part-time (12 - 15 hours a week) intern for the Fall 2019 semester! Interns MUST be eligible to receive college credit to apply. This internship is designed for someone passionate and organized with a strong willingness to learn!
This internship is based at our office in Brooklyn, NY.
You must also be down to hang with our very sweet office dog, Charlie :-)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your resume, cover letter, and a brief description of your favorite DDW release with the subject line “(your name) - Fall 2019 Internship”
"Her airy vocals and reverb-heavy strums evoke dream-pop virtuosos like Mazzy Star or, more recently, Japanese Breakfast"
"'Means to Me' is a slow-burning and spectral track that’s one part Mazzy Star, one part 4AD-era jangle pop as the song is centered around shimmering guitars, a soaring hook and Bear’s achingly tender, ethereal vocals"
—Joy of Violent Movement
Catch Long Beard on a run of dates with Saintseneca and at their album release show in Brooklyn.
9/17 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong ^
9/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle ^
9/20 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Arts ^
9/21 - Boston, MA @ The Great Scott ^
9/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
^ w/ Saintseneca
* Means To Me album release show
"Her latest album as Florist grapples with change, death, and uncertainty with some of the most arresting songwriting of the year."
—Pitchfork, Best New Music
"Florist’s full-band albums are wonderful. But they’ve never made anything quite as tingly and expressive and powerful as Emily Alone. Almost nobody ever has."
—Stereogum, Album of the Week
"Emily Alone is a landmark LP, recorded swiftly to perfectly capture urgent beauty and raw authenticity in its purest forms."
Long Beard has joined Double Double Whammy and will release an incredible full-length album Means To Me — Listen to the lead single "Sweetheart."
"Leslie Bear crafts wistful soft rock that sticks to your bones... 'Sweetheart' [is] a pensive dream of falling back in touch with someone who made an impact some time ago." —The FADER
Of the song, Leslie Bear says "'Sweetheart' is a nostalgic song that shifts between the distant past and the present. It's a letter to someone you've lost touch with from a long time ago, finding some small connection to their life with regards to yours- how the thought of them resurfaces every once in a while and how they may have shaped the person you've become while wondering if you've had a similar impact on them. It's a jangly/indie pop song reminiscent of the 90s with a chimey lead guitar that weaves in and out. It's written almost as a stream of consciousness with a heavy daydream mood."
Means To Me is available for pre-order now!
The limited edition "Bone in Clear" LP is limited to 300 copies.
The highly-anticipated debut album from Hatchie is finally here!
Keepsake is out today and you can stream it wherever you find music.
Find all things Hatchie at www.smarturl.it/keepsake!
"Hatchie invites you to bathe in the joyous essence of Keepsake. From the opening notes of "Not That Kind" until the closing utterances of "Keep," her vice-like grip over your attention never threatens to wane."
—Under The Radar
"Keepsake showcases an artist wholly sure of her sound from the outset, featuring tightly-crafted pop music that vacillates between cathartic refrains and contemplative verses with precision."
"The track’s new video pairs her satiny vocals and bouncing electronic melodies with shots of her dancing indoors, cast in a warm, hazy light. Gemma literally glows as she finds her groove, strutting and bobbing and twisting in her apartment."
"Douglass’s vocal presence is commanding, and Gundel’s production is deceptively layered. If Douglass is a big-picture artist, Gundel brings a special attention-to-detail. The result is a phenomenal album that evokes feelings of love."
Limited Edition Bone + Baby Pink Vinyl
The Glow's full-length album Am I is available worldwide today. Am I explores new sonic territories for Caridi, while maintaining sounds that defined his recognizable contributions to LVL UP.
"Caridi has channeled all that existential dread into songs that sound like deconstructed versions of the music that he was making with his band before. All the same elements are there — sharp hooks, crunchy guitars, sour melodies."
Emily Alone is a collection of songs made by Florist songwriter Emily Sprague during a time of great stillness and isolation with the self. An attempt to capture the dark spaces between change and acknowledge their beauty. It is a natural, isolated, and momentary tangent away from the otherwise collaborative project that is Florist, while still maintaining the documentary nature of the band that, like all things, is a mutable entity in this universe.
Watch the music video for lead single "Shadow Bloom" below:
Hatchie has released the final single from Keepsake. "Obsessed" is released alongside a video of endearing footage from their most recent full US tour. Keepsake will be available everywhere on June 21st!
"As she sings in a whispery voice, guitars cushion her voice, fading in and out like a crossover of stringy ’90s indie rock, gentle shoegaze, and electronic dream pop."
—Consequence of Sound
“Obsessed” pushes the singer further into shoegaze-y territory, with fuzzy guitar and searing lyrics reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins: “Hung myself out to dry till you let me in/That’s when I knew I’d clip my wings, do anything for you.”
Tickets on sale Friday, May 17th. Get them at hatchie.net.
Gemma have released their final single "Til We Lose The Feeling" and it's the most electrifying one yet. Felicia and Erik wrote a short essay about the track and the movement and catharsis it creates.
Felicia and Erik of Gemma wrote an essay for Talkhouse about the song:
“‘Til We Lose The Feeling” is my love song to New York: A celebration, a thank you for knocking me down and lifting me up day after day. I’m fascinated by how this city is romanticized on television and the big screen, and I wanted this song to reflect that magical instance of being whisked away in it. New Yorkers take so much pride in the hustle and people latch onto the idea of this intangible pulsating energy in the air. I grew up in Manhattan and one of my favorite things is to walk miles and miles without a destination. It’s nice to take it all in and feel the city breathe. —Felicia Douglass
“'Til We Lose the Feeling” has become an important part of the live Gemma show, functioning as the closing song of our set. After the standard six to seven songs of a typical New York show, it’s our last bid for some catharsis with the audience, or as Felicia puts it so well, to “find a way around what’s draining us.” And it almost always works, for me at least. —Erik Gundel
Read the full essay on Talkhouse.
Feeling's Not A Tempo is out May 31st, 2019!
Am I is a fuzzy collection of songs that explore new sonic territories for Caridi,
while maintaining sounds that defined his recognizable contributions to LVL UP.
Am I will be released on May 24th!
Listen to the two new singles "Weight of Sun" and "I Am Not Warm" below:
Pressed on baby pink vinyl and limited to 500 copies! Preorder here.
Gemma's new single "Miss U" from the upcoming full-length Feeling's Not A Tempo is now available everywhere! It's conversational, sparkly, and will definitely get caught in your head.
"[Douglass'] voice sounds absolutely magical here — the way she slips in and around all of these different attitudes: defiance and vulnerability and humor and resolution. The song is conversational but direct, and the twinkling fervor that Douglass and Gundel build up around those threads of thought is dreamy but solid." —Stereogum
"It’s a bouncy pop tune that finds vocalist Felicia Douglass keeping her subject at arm’s length: “I might miss you but I won’t show it,” she sings over skittering drums and swelling synths." —Paste Magazine
Hatchie has released a song and music video for "Stay With Me" —
which she refers to as a song for "those crying in the club moments."
"The yearning chorus of “Stay With Me,” punctuated with ethereal stabs of ‘90s synth,
is delicious in its desperation and incredibly catchy. It’s a promising second look at the
surprises Hatchie has in store on Keepsake." —Paste Magazine
"Stay With Me" is the second single from the upcoming full-length Keepsake, out June 21st!
Watch the video below or listen on your preferred streaming service:
Some of these dates will sell out! Make sure you get tickets.
Holdly by Florist is now available on vinyl for the first time. Pressed on black vinyl with a B-side screenprint and redesigned artwork by Emily Sprague. Limited to 500 copies!
Do you have an instagram? Do you want to win a free Florist test press? O:)
All ya gotta do is follow us (@dbldblwhmmy) on instagram and tag a fellow Florist lover in the comments. The contest starts now and ends on April 5th!
It's true — Free Cake for Every Creature will play their final two shows in New York and Philadelphia this May. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Free Cake for so many years and on so many great releases. Their catalog will forever be DDW classics in our hearts :”)
Read a note from Katie and keep up with her future art on her instagram.
Free Cake for Every Creature on their first tour
Dear friends, I’ve decided to end “free cake for every creature,” in goodwill & and gratitude for everything the project has given me. Both my pride in “The Bluest Star” & our recent European tour have beyond exceeded any hope or expectations I had for the band & it just feels right to end now, on a high note. I hope you’ll join us for our final two shows in NY & Philly (more info below). If you're in the midwest, we're also playing The Flyover Fest May 11 in Columbus.
I’m eager to move on to other projects, but playing with free cake was the best way I could have spent half my 20’s. I’ve learned so much about how I want to be as an artist and person, gotten to see a lot of our country and the world, and found my community among the smartest and weirdest creatures in the universe. Thank you so much for being part of it <3
You can keep updated with me over on instagram (@katiepbennett) for now. I'm slowly working on more music & longform writing projects. From Diane di Prima: “Looking at the sky, I know I will be a poet, and knowing that know what I will lose. Have only the dimmest sense of what I will gain. What I step into now. What might be mine. Embrace this new thing, my will.
Listen to the lead single "Only One" from Gemma's forthcoming full-length — "Feeling's Not A Tempo" out May 31st, 2019.
"The track emanates glittering synths but also features some sharp percussion and sticky bass licks underscoring Douglass’ unimpeachable vocals." —Stereogum
Here's Gemma's take on the track:
“I wanted to express a bold and confident narrative from a woman’s perspective, essentially telling someone to leave their comfort zone and give more,” Felicia Douglass says of “Only One.” “There’s a thread of surrendering to dream scenarios across the album, escaping your reality for just a second to get by.”
For Erik Gundel, the lead single is "about the butterflies you get in your stomach when contact with someone first shifts into the romantic and how you need to remind yourself to be open to those experiences,” he says
All preorders are automatically entered in the running to receive a free Feeling's Not A Tempo test press!
4. M for Magic
5. M for Mush
7. So Bad 1, Girl
9. So Bad 2, Care
10. M for Me
What is 'M for Empathy'?
My new album ’M for Empathy' is mostly things said or shoulda said.
Much of it, and it's just a lil of all that’s coming, came to me, or
outta me, outta a deepening silence. Something you can hear a lot of.
It made a way for me to say many things that were necessary to voice.
It also let me not say and just sing as much as I wanted, which is
important too. Making peace with the word in me, just a lil, all my
"M for Empathy" is available everywhere Friday, March 1st.
Listen on your preferred streaming service:
4/20/2019 | San Diego, CA | Irenic (w/ Big Thief)
5/5/2019 | Brooklyn, NY | Elsewhere (w/ Big Thief)
Watch the official music video for "Without A Blush" — the first single from Keepsake. "Without A Blush" is an encapsulating introduction to the new chapter of Hatchie, full of textured industrial pop sounds and dizzying rhythms, but not without the light, airy melodies to carry you through.
Keepsake will be released on June 21, 2018.
Be one of the first 50 to preorder Keepsake and receive a FREE Hatchie Hotel keychain.
The Limited Edition Glow In The Dark Blue Vinyl is limited to 200. Act fast!
Tickets are on sale now.
Photo by Marcus Maddox
Beyond excited to share that Gemma will join the DDW family this year. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Gemma is the experimental pop project of Felicia Douglass (Ava Luna, Dirty Projectors) and producer Erik Gundel. The two released a full-length album "As Ever" in 2015 and will return with their fantastic follow-up album in 2019 via Double Double Whammy.
Watch a short teaser below:
If you want to get to know Gemma a little more — check out the title track from "As Ever" below, which The New York Times regarded as "...a silky, poppy new project with plenty of open space, mid-'80s R&B hooks and gently skittering beats."
Gemma will also be playing at Mercury Lounge in NYC on March 12th — tickets for that show are here: http://bit.ly/2DGaVZw
Stay tuned for more in the next few weeks <3
Today we finally share this gem with you! Sean Henry's new full-length album is stacked with unique tracks that stay with you and we keep it on heavy rotation.
"Fink’s greatest strength is its composition. Every ounce of the piercing melodies is never wasted. Each piece drops into place as you’d expect it to." -Post-Trash
Sean Henry is also hitting the road to celebrate the release of "Fink" — find all details over at our tour page.
"Bennett, in particular, is adept at shaping her whispered vocals into understated wonders, turning into a guitar's whammy bar when she sings the song's most romantic line, 'The light just wants to hang around you.'" —NPR
We're also reissuing Free Cake For Every Creature's two releases "Pretty Good" and "Moving Songs" on one handy cassette!
You can easily bundle the Pretty Good / Moving Songs cassette with and other Free Cake For Every Creature merchandise :-)
Last week we released Sean Henry's incredible new single "The Ants" off the upcoming full-length Fink, which is available for preorder on cassette and digital.
"Henry sings in tense, foreboding tones of killing the vermin that give the track its title, whispering with an startling self-possession as the song swells around him." —Noisey
Photo by Brian Vu
"A vision of music as free-flowing as air... It's so beautiful it's almost frightening." -Pitchfork
We are thrilled to announce that GABI has joined the DDW family, and we'll be releasing her much anticipated sophomore album this year. You can catch her at our Northside Festival showcase on June 9th as well as an Opera Residency at Roulette on May 31st. Find details for those shows and learn more about GABI below:
GABI (née Gabrielle Herbst) is a composer and vocalist residing in Brooklyn. Herbst’s experience writing for chamber orchestra and mixed instrumentation inspired her to develop a repertoire of short-form, vocal-centric compositions under the moniker GABI. These were driven by solitary explorations in early 2013 with a dual-track loop pedal. The nine songs composed for her debut album, Sympathy (produced by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and released on Software Recording Co), embrace the vast potential of the human voice as instrument, story, and landscape. In 2015 she toured Sympathy in Europe and North America - highlighted performances were David Byrne’s Meltdown, Pop Kultur, the Andy Warhol Museum, The Great Escape, Marfa Myths, SXSW, and a series at Roulette curated by Meredith Monk. She is a current Artist-in-Residence at Roulette which, with the Jerome Foundation, commissioned her to compose her second opera, Ashes. She will be studying composition at the Yale School Music in the Master of Music degree program starting in fall 2018. GABI’s anticipated sophomore full-length will be released on Double Double Whammy.
Herbst has premiered her compositions at Roulette, The Stone, Cabinet Magazine’s Exhibition Space, Issue Project Room, HERE Arts Center and National Sawdust. Recipient of the 2011 Artist Residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in partnership with New York Theater Workshop, Herbst received commissions from Roulette and the Jerome Foundation, Sugar Vendil and the Nouveau Classical Project, Duo Noir, Fresh Squeezed Opera Company, and Experiments in Opera at Issue Project Room. She is a 2012 Con Edison Composer-in-Residence through Exploring the Metropolis, Inc. as well as a 2013 Composer-in-Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts. As a featured vocalist she has performed with Valgeir Sigursson, Missy Mazzoli and in Marina Rosenfeld’s Teenage Lontano in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has recorded for Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp, Holy Other, Lapalux, and Steve Hauschildt. She has studied composition with Joan Tower, Martin Bresnick, Marina Rosenfeld and Zeena Parkins, voice with Ilka LoMonaco, and clarinet with David Krakauer. Herbst’s formal training began at an early age, studying Balinese dance and gamelan in Indonesia while learning both the clarinet and piano. She continued her training at Bard College where she studied voice and composition. Her work has been showcased at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, as well as Roulette, who in 2014 commissioned and premiered her first opera, Bodiless.
GABI will be performing at the Double Double Whammy / GRLMIC / Terrorbird Media showcase accompanied by Marilu Donovan on harp and Mara Meyer on bass clarinet.
GABI will be performing as Gabrielle Herbst at Roulette for an opera residency. More info about the opera and arrangement can be found here.
We'll leave you with this incredible track "Fleece" from GABI's first full length "Sympathy"