Flunkie: “Pure Optimist”

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Here’s some music news that isn’t exactly local music news anymore – the solo artist “Flunkie” is formerly from Springfield but recently re-located to the Chicago area. This week she has debuted her newest release, Pure Optimist, 8 tracks and looks like there is a physical format for this one of some pretty nifty looking cassettes. You can check that out streaming on the bandcamp player embedded below. Head over to Flunkie’s bandcamp page to purchase the download for the album or to purchase the cassette.

Looks like this one even made bandcamp’s “picks of the week”!

Tin Ghost: “Galleons of Time”

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Happy Mothers Day everyone. Today we bring you some more new local music during these times of quarantine from another local solo project. That is yet another album by Tin Ghost, the solo project of Mark Schwartz, who also performs in End Times Trio, and has other projects by the names of Demons on Wheels, and Forrest Saints, and his latest release was just a solo album, Mark Schwartz on Guitar. This new Tin Ghost album is called Galleons of Time and it is a whopping 19 tracks. Find a player for this one embedded below, or head over to the Tin Ghost bandcamp page where you can purchase the download of the album.

We are also adding this one to our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to release number 17 that we have kept track of so far this year.

Imaginary Colours: “HEAD_SPACE”

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Good morning, happy Monday, and happy start of a brand new week in this beautiful quarantine spring! Get ready for you next dose of local quarantine music. This time, solo ambient / electronic project Imaginary Colours is at it again with another release. This one is called HEAD_SPACE and it is six tracks that you can find streaming on the player below. Also head on over to the Imaginary Colours Bandcamp page where you can purchase the download of the album.

We are adding this one to our Springfield album archive for this year, bringing us to 16 local releases we have kept track of this year so far. Imaginary Colours released Among The Horizon last year.

Sonic Maximizer: “Heavy Surf Sounds”

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Sonic Maximizer, the surf rock punk outfit from Springfield and Taylorville have released their brand new full length album, Heavy Surf Sounds. The album is up for streaming right here on Spotify. From the band’s facebook page:

Our first full length album is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. You can purchase and download the album on itunes.

Many thanks to Brandon Carnes for recording and mixing, and Miles Parkhill of milestshirtsdotcom for letting us use his facilities. Thanks to all of you who have come to shows and shown support to not only our band, but to this whole music community we have…

It’s weird to release this album during these troubling times. This is not how we envisioned our release would be. But we as musicians need to do are part in trying to keep life as normal as we can. We are eager to get back out there just like rest of you are, and when we do we are going to be coming out stronger than ever!

We will keep all of you up to date when our next shows are scheduled. Enjoy the album, and stay healthy friends. We will see you soon! 🤘🤙

P.S. Be on the look out for our website. It will have all of our info, show dates, merchandise, CDS, Vinyl, and Videos that we have to offer.

Sonic Maximizer had a release show lined up to happen originally this past weekend at Buzz Bomb Brewery but of course was cancelled along with every other show in the world.

Marble Teeth: “Park”

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Happy Monday everyone, today we are bringing you a brand new album from Park! Oh, wait… no, this is a brand new album from Decatur-based project Marble Teeth called Park! Haha! You can check out that eight-track album streaming on the player embedded below. Also head on over to the Marble Teeth bandcamp page to purchase the download of the album, or check out his earlier releases.

Marble Teeth doesn’t have any shows lined up as far as we know because there are no shows happening in the world right now. Heck, we are gonna add this one to our Springfield album archive page even though this is from Decatur.

Mark Schwartz: “On Guitar”

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Here’s yet some more new local music coming out in these times of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order of 2020. This time we have a brand new 18 track album from Mark Schwartz – Mark is guitarist in free jazz project End Times Trio, as well as the brains behind other solo projects including Forest Saints, Demons on Wheels, and Tin Ghost. This time Mark is just releasing a full album under his own name! Who’d of thought! This album is just called Mark Schwartz on Guitar and it’s pretty much just exactly that! Enjoy on the player below, or also head over to Mark’s bandcamp page to purchase the download of the album.

We are listing this one on our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to 12 releases that we have kept track of so far this year.

Forest Saints: “Backyard Twilight Symphony”

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Springfield recording project “Forest Saints” is BACK with a massive twenty-track album! The album is entitled Backyard Twilight Symphony and you can stream it on the player below. Also head on over to the Forest Saints bandcamp page where you can purchase the download of the album. The psychedelic/experimental recording project of Mark Schwartz (also of End Times Trio, Demons on Wheels, and Tin Ghost) now has a whopping ELEVEN albums released on bandcamp, with the previous release being the nearly two-hour long The Book of Descents & Ascensions released last year.

There are no live shows for Forest Saints lined up. We are adding this one to our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to eight releases that we have had listed so far this year.