Dear Winter,

If it wasn’t for your dreary days we may never have holed up in a basement to record these two new songs. We present to you She Moves, our antidote to the months of gloom you wreak on Portland. Call us escapists, but we need to write tunes that summon sweat and sun burns. Maybe that’s why we nerded out on African music with our last record Heat Waves. But we can’t ignore your influence now, winter. These new tracks pine for the care-free bliss of an endless summer in the middle of the dank Pacific NW haze. Our upcoming tour to SXSW will take us to lands where you don’t exist. But without you, winter, our songs wouldn’t be so sunny. So thanks for that.


BRAINSTORM‘s new single “SHE MOVES” will be released digitally on February 26 via
Tender Loving Empire just before the band’s tour to SXSW, which will also include stops at the
Noise Pop, Neon Reverb, 35 Denton and Treefort Music Festivals. The single follows up the band’s critically acclaimed album Heat Waves which was released this fall.The single’s A-side, “She Moves,” premiered on this week’s episode of NPR’s All Songs Considered and is available to post and share via SoundCloud. “She Moves” is a scuzzy, dreamlike pop song about becoming entranced by a woman whose appeal is limitless, but whose attention lies elsewhere. First seen amidst a landscape of fog and flowers, she’s like some alluring figure from Dante’s underworld; a player of tricks and a thief of hearts. Both “She Moves” and the B-side “Bright to Black” are stellar pop songs that showcase BRAINSTORM’s signature sound: barreling drums, technicolor guitar stabs, and infectious vocal melodies.

BRAINSTORM is an experimental-pop group from Portland, Oregon, whose sound is big and hard to define, yet strikingly elegant in its variety. The band weaves together various influences into a coherent fabric of art-pop, executed masterfully and endlessly compelling. Produced by the legendary Robby Moncrieff (engineer of the Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, Youth Lagoon’s 7″, and Ganglians’ Still Living), their recent album Heat Waves shines with inescapable pop melodies, polyrhythmic singing, thunderous drumming, and shimmering guitar lines. With influences ranging from ecstatic African-highlife, to soulful AM-radio nostalgia, the result is a unique brand of art-pop that they can truly call their own.


02.27 Ashland, OR @ Northwest Pizza – w/ Aan
02.28 Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters
03.01 San Francisco, CA (Noise Pop) @ Bottom of the Hill – w/ Rogue Wave
03.02 Sacramento, CA @ Bows & Arrows – w/ Aan + Gentleman Surfer
03.03 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place – w/ SISU
03.04 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo – w/ Harriet
03.05 San Diego, CA @ Bar Eleven
03.07 Denton, TX @ 35 Denton – w/ Gypsyblood
03.09 Fayettevile, AR @ Nightbird Books
03.13 Austin, TX @ The Grackle – Portland Party (SXSW)
03.14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.16 Austin, TX @ Redefine Magazine Showcase
03.17 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge – w/ Radiation City
03.19 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive – w/ Radiation City
03.20 Fruita, CO @ Cavalcade – w/ Radiation City & Social Studies
03.21 Provo, UT @ Velour – w/ Social Studies
03.22 Las Vegas, NV (Neon Reverb) @ Beauty Bar – w/ Caveman + Pure Bathing Culture + Radiation City
03.24 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest w/ Animal Collective + Dan Deacon + Youth Lagoon

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