Now that we’re settled in with our playlist, let us focus on the great hits coming your way today, like this latest ditty from the Orchids. Honestly, this is pure old fashioned pop music of the non-commercial sort (sadly); it’s the sort you’d expect to hear from a classic indiepop act! Jangles are soft and sharp, with this bubbling bass line cruising underneath the softened vocal twists. It seems so simple, but there’s no way you can’t just bob your head and appreciate how classically good this is; it doesn’t need flare or drama, as it’s the purest of pop sounds…and I can’t get enough. Dreaming Kind will be out on September 2nd via Skep Wax.
With a band name like Trash Man, it’s going to be hard to drum up much information other than the sparse release details and whatnot via bandcamp pages and internet searches. In reality though, who needs information and silly details when you’re releasing songs like this new one “Are You Glad I’m Gone?”. It’s a very last 90s brand of indie rock for fans of early Weezer or even a more straightforward version of Pavement. The rocker A-side also comes with a B-side featuring a more indie pop ballad which plays nicely off of the focus track. Stay tuned for more from Trash Man out of Nashville, TN.
For now, check out several more jams on the Trash Man bandcamp page.
You better believe that when a songwriter name drops Suede, Stone Roses and Blur as influences, I’m going to spend sometime listening, which is how I fell in love with this new Bryan Cooper tune. The opening verse alone, pulling on those sort of classic riffs, gritty but dripping with melody makes it easy to be charmed on this one, particularly if you let Cooper’s sweet vocal notes push on through as well. But, just as you expect the quiet loud quiet chorus move, Bryan takes it into a different direction, stripping the pace back and allowing the song to unfold the way he sees fit. I love the way he really hits those high notes, letting his voice take you to bright new heights!
We cover a lot of tunes here, but in looking back at last week’s jams, there were so many hits that popped up on our pages. You wanna dance a little? Try the new Cool Sounds or the Dare? Looking for a little wayward jangle? Try on Old Moon or the Slow Summits! Maybe you just want classic pop? Well, check out those Alvvays and Elizabeth tracks! Wait, you need a reissue? Well, there’s great stuff coming out from the Variable Stars and Self Improvement! Plus, we had mellow jams from Old Fire and Kramies, to hit all the right notes. Just hit play and enjoy yourself while I get ready for the first day of school!
As we sort of wrap up our week and ease into the dreaded last weekend of summer, let me suggest you take this new song from Norwegian artist Bo Milli with you. The song, “How it Is”, is a straight up indie pop stunner. Though many of us have already moved on from our summer time playlists, this track could easily be in contention for one of the tops of the season. I love the quiet reservation of pop melding perfectly with the slightly distorted guitar arrangements. Stay tuned for more from Bo Milli later this fall.
I’ll be honest…there’s not a spot in the country that’s dropping better tunes than the Oakland/San Francisco scene; we’ve covered tons of those projects here on our end of things, so you know we’re continuously enamored. But, let’s say you just stumbled upon our site for the first time…and you’re looking for something new? Well, Welcome to Oakland! This compilation was put together by Dandy Boy Records, highlighting the incredible underground scene going on in the Bay Area right now. You get hits from ATH mainstays like RE Seraphin or Blue Ocean, plus a delicious Yea Ming and the Rumours reminder, not to mention a hot James Wavey tune! Just click below and let it hit you, or bounce to the site and pick your favorite jam.
The first Human Barbie tune from the forthcoming EP was a real gem, and it looks like we’ve got another tune to devour today. On days like today, where it’s 7:30 and I’m already daydreaming, this tune is perfect, and it’s all down to the way Christopher Leopold is crafting his tracks. You can hear the elements of dream pop or shoegaze lurking in the shadows, but they end up coming across in a different manner, as Leopold is intent upon dragging out the tune a bit, filling it with patience that takes the song into more of a slowcore mantra. It’s got the bits and pieces you love, but you get to digest differently; Human Barbie will release a new EP on October 12th via Poor Man Records.
Friday’s are perfect for Swedish pop songs, in my ears. You’re looking out the window, counting down the windows towards freedom, but as the Slow Summits detail in their latest single, “time’s on your side,” so be sure to take it all in. The song itself is a subtle jangling ditty, rolling and bouncing along the highway of life, all the while Anders drapes his velvety voice atop to layer more melody for your ears. For a band that claims that their “songs aren’t extraordinary,” they sure pack a charming punch that I can return to again and agin.
Man Lovely Records (sorry no umlaut with our font) out Sweden has really been dropping some gems over the last few years and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite, and most trusted European labels. Keeping with their sort of post-punk meets modern rockers on the label is this new tune called “Break My Heart Again” from the Swedish group Sweet Teeth. The track is a short one at under 2 minutes, but it packs a ton of raw energy and sludgy guitar sounds into that short length. It’s hard not to listen several times in a row.
I love the concept of a split tape; it’s like a perfect sampler platter…little bit of this here, little bit of that there…and hopefully it’s all delicious. In the case of the Mythical Motors/Antlered Auntolord Split Tape, well, it’s all tasty to me. Mythical Motors is a relatively new band, to me, and they’re just ripping up these sunny pop tunes; this single below falls somewhere between the punch of GBV and the pop vibes of Superdrag (which is a compliment!). Antlered Auntlord, on the other hand, are always going to give you something that feels a touch more raucous and devil-may-care. Their tune below is a bit of noise, a sprinkle of driving punk, all built around a central melody that brings a smile to your face! If you dig, as you should, why not grab the tape from HHBTM today!