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Release Roundup: 5 Releases You Need to Hear

Several music groups in the Provo/Orem area have all decided to release albums and singles this week. See what the local scene is putting out.

By Mike Romero

Westward The Tide

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Westward the Tide’s new EP, Microphone Heart. We covered the release of their first single, “Wildlife,” in February. Sodalicious created a new flavor, #SodaTheTide, ahead of the new EP. Earlier this week the national music outlet Allmusic gave access to an exclusive early stream of Microphone Heart, and yesterday The Daily Herald’s Court Mann covered today’s release. The new EP takes Westward the Tide’s formerly folksy sound in an energetic, dancy new direction, featuring synth claps, effected drum fills, and electric guitar riffs. Their release show is tonight at 8PM at Velour Live Music Gallery. Joining them will be Static Waves and Tabernacles. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door (cash only).

Foreign Figures

As of today, the new Foreign Figures album, Paradigm, is available to stream on Spotify. We reviewed the album last Monday (check it out here), and Provo’s mayor, John Curtis, gave their album release show a shoutout on his blog. It’s going on tonight at the Provo Airport in the UVU Hangar from 7:30-10:30 PM. They will be joined by Festive People and Emily Bea. You can get $1 off per ticket using the promo code: provobirthday.

Kindred Dead

Kindred Dead recently won The Wall’s Battle of the Bands, meaning they’ll be opening up for Mat Kearney when he comes to perform at BYU this month. To celebrate, they’re giving away a free digital download of their new single, “First Impressions.” It was recorded at Bone Shack studio. Kindred Dead will be performing in Las Vegas this weekend.

Street Gaze

Corey Crellin, known for his work with the Provo band Porch Lights, released a new single today called “Prom.” The debut EP from his new project, Street Gaze, will be released in a few weeks, with a specific release date to be announced. According to Crellin, “The EP is a narrative about lost love and cars in the 70s.” This is the first song from the album. You can download it for free on Bandcamp here. The ballad features beautiful narrative imagery and vocal doubling reminiscent of Stephen Cope’s Officer Jenny.

Dry Erase Tracks

Led by frontman Taylor Woodward, Dry Erase Tracks describes themselves as “Happy Rock.” Woodward’s solo performance of their song “Heel and Sole” got high praise from us during round 2 of the Muse Songwriter Showdown for its clever lyrics and Taylor’s heartfelt performance. The band will be releasing their new album Surprise Sunrise on tonight at 6:30PM. The release show will take place at 331 N 100 E in Provo. A BBQ will take place at 6:30, Jordan Moyes will open for the band at 7, and Dry Erase Tracks will perform songs from the new album at 7:30. Admission is free.

You can check out “Microphone Heart” by Westward the Tide below!

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