Today, HM is proud to premiere the newest single from Coastlands, “Quiet Beneath the Yangtze River.” The track comes from an as-yet-unnamed upcoming release from the band, currently scheduled for this summer. The instrumental group from Portland, OR has been together eight years, forming in 2010, previously releasing To Be Found, a six-song LP in 2016. The band formed as a folk project between guitarist Jason Sissoyev and former member Nick Fisher, which, at night, began to take the form of an instrumental project.

We spoke with Sissoyev about the new song:

“‘Quiet beneath the Yangtze River’ is a song inspired by the events surrounding the 1954 flooding of the Yangtze river. We read a poem titled ‘Swimming’ that envisioned the grim future of the town. We all latched heavily onto the imagery and began to write melodies and build a song structure around those events. The song title wasn’t finalized until the song was completely written/recorded and serves as a finale to the narrative we built.”

The new album will be supported by a tour, as well. The band will be playing a mix of old and new material on the road.

04/18 – Boise, ID – Visual Arts Collective
04/19 – Ogden, UT – Funk n’ Dive
04/20 – Denver, CO – Streets of London
04/21 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing
04/22 – Albuquerque, NM – The Warehouse
04/25 – Dallas Texas – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
04/26 – Houston, TX – NotsouH
04/27 – Austin, TX – Swan Dive
04/28 – El Paso, TX – Rockin Cigar Bar
04/29 – Tempe, AZ – Yucca Taproom
04/30 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
05/02 – Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room
05/03 – Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewing
05/04 – San Jose, CA – The Caravan
05/05 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
05/06 – Reno, NV – The Saint



Droning On

The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."


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