Photo courtesy of the Band

This week we’re into Bushwick-based buzzband Celestial Shore. Listening Party is a curated weekly column promoting music discovery and encouraging concert-going. Featuring someone we’ve been jamming out to and whom we recommend to the masses, each Listening Party artist has an upcoming show at a local NYC venue. Grab your headphones and read on.

WHO:  Greg Albert, Sam Owens, Max Almario

MIXED BY: Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier

THEY SAY:  “gunning your ’41 woody straight off the pier, smack through the loop-de-loop, and out into the surf.”

WE SAY: Seemingly disjointed yet melodic experimental psych/surf rock

FROM: Brooklyn, NY


LABELS:  Portland-based Hometapes and Brooklyn-based Local Singles (the new label from Brad Oberhofer).

Recent Work: long-awaited 10x out September 3rd, available for pre-order now


Celestial Shore have been all over Bushwick,  New York, Austin and beyond building their fanbase in the past year. Now they’re finally ready to release their first full length album, 10x, which features teaser singles “Swimmer’s Sinking Feeling” and “Valerie.” The new album promises growth and expansion of their sound, which has snaked through several genres over the years, from being dominated by bouts of frantic guitar rock to featuring minimal psychedelic riffs and electronic flourishes. Two things that have always remained: the gentle, falsetto-dipping, dream-coated vocals, and the math-inspired clamoring drums, which bring a totally unique and enveloping rhythm to each song. Look out for these guys- they won’t be playing so many local gigs for much longer. Catch them next week at a number of shows- 8/20 at Pianos, 8/22 at Bushwick Locale Silent Barn, and a few more listed here.