Warbly Pop from Oro Swimming Hour

At its core, this new track from Oro Swimming Hour is a great ballad. But, in order to up the ante a bit, the duo fill the song with wobbling atmospheric elements, throwing listeners off-kilter a bit with an intoxicating murkiness. They wrap up the natural warmth in shared harmonies, only furthering the understated enchantment that’s coming through your speakers right now. It should come as no surprise then that the band’sforthcoming Penrose Winoa will be handled by Orchid Tapes and Art is Hard Records; it hits on July 21st.

New Music from Francisco the Man

Really needed a pick me up this morning after a late night at Hole in the Wall, and what better than this energetic tune from Francisco the Man (no relation to Portugal). Just after the 7 second mark the drums kick in, guitars buzz and you’re off. Vocals hit a high pitch, and soar on towards exuberance. I’m really enjoying the finer touches that are hanging out behind the front of the song, from ringing guitars to little synth touches; it helps to flesh the song out so it’s more than just a one emotion kind of hit. This single comes with the announcement of the band’s new album, Bodies in the Sun, which comes out today.

More New Music from RG Lowe

When RG Lowe stepped to the side of Balmorhea to focus on his new project, I was really interested, as I always gravitate towards more lyrically based music. And, with his latest single, he’s completely heading in a pure pop direction. While the song begins slowly, almost ornately, the pace jumps and guitar stabs create that infectious stomp in your toes. You could see this song sliding right up against a handful of mainstream acts, and you’d be proud for Mr. Lowe, just knowing how much he works to perfect his craft. It’s adult contemporary pop for the cool kids. Look for Slow Time on June 2nd via Western Vinyl.

Never Sleep on Sea Pinks

Sea Pinks are one of my favorite bands that I wish I could get more people into, if only to see their faces light up with joy. They just dropped a single from their next LP, and while it still has remnants of the group’s early work, I think it also shows just how far they’ve pushed themselves with this new release. Machine gun drums and jangling guitar notes, but you almost get the feeling that 60s pop played a part in the construction of everything on Watercourse. It’s good to see progression, as well as slight nods to the bands early hits…look for the LP this Friday via CF Records.

Brand New Cattle Hit

It’s not too often that bands from Japan break in the US, and that might never happen for Tokyo’s Cattle, but as long as they promise to right great hits, I don’t think anyone (namely myself) will care. The last I heard of the band they had released Somehow Hear Songs via Jigsaw Records, and it looks like the esteemed label has another offering for the group coming soon. This new tune sheds a little of the shoegaze vibe, instead just hitting you straight in the face with pure pop rock. Not sure when it hits or what its called, but you should definitely listen to this track today.

New Music from Vansire

Those of you longing for that void left by early Animal Collective might find something appealing in the craftwork of Vansire, though the tunes are a little bit more subtle. Just imagine that you, like all folks, have grown older, and traded it in heavy beeps for dreamier notes; you’re going to easily let these musical notes float about your office or your home today. Take the trade and you’ll find this melodic jauntlurking in every corner of your day today. It’s just a new single, but let’s hope these Minnesotans keep up the good vibes.

Brand New Pop Number from The Luxembourg Signal

As much as I relished the debut album from The Luxembourg Signal, I’m going out on a short limb and claiming this new single as the best work they’ve done to date…might just be one of the best songs I’ve heard this month, in fact. When the song came in, mixing guitars with speedy hi-hat work, I thought the band might jump off into an upbeat affair. Soon, however, synths washed over my speakers and Betsy Moyer’s smoky voice slowly billowed. For me, that combination would be enough to call it a winner, but the band won’t rest there; they bring in some walls of distortion and bending chords from the distance, building a dreamily infectious moment…Moyer’s voice almost takes on a playful tone during the chorus. And, as the song fades to a close, they throw in a slightly heavier hand and some vocal “bah bah bahdop,” only increasing my adoration. They’ve got their follow-up, Blue Field, in the works, but they’ll be releasing this song via 7″ on June 23rd via Shelflife. Sit back and fall in love here.

Guantanamo Baywatch Aim to Keep Garage Rock Alive

While the spectre of garage rock still looms in the musical air, fewer and fewer acts are sticking to the genre at its purest (or as we ascribed it). Guantanamo Baywatch return with Desert Center, and just a slight hint at the sound they helped to repopularize. But, they’ve added a bit more boogie, a bit more soulfulness, all kicked on by the rolling drum work that opens the tune. There’s little musical stutters and exuberant shouts, and by the time the song hits its midway, you’ll be thinking that the band are perhaps as far removed as they could get themselves. Can’t wait to hear the new record, as these guys always have a secret hit or two saved for your ears until you buy the LP; it hits on August 4th via Suicide Squeeze.

ATH Presents Blushing, Tres Oui and Growl @ Hole in the Wall Tomorrow

From time to time we like to put together little rock n’ roll shows, and boy do we have an incredible one for you tomorrow night at Hole in the Wall. It just happens to feature some ATH Records bands breaking down the doors and throwing some great pop music in your faces. Blushing is one of our favorite new acts in town, so hopefully you’ve caught on to their dreamy stylings. Tres Oui, well, those guys are great…this is jangling Prefab Sprout at its best. Oh, and you didn’t hear Growl all over your local radio in April? Well, come see them! Doors are at 9..we’ll see you there!

Brooding Electropop from Sleep Party

It’s the middle of the week, and let’s be honest, you’re likely to start drifting away, mentally. I envision you pressing play on this track from Sleep Party People, letting the electronic pulse wash over you and carry your thoughts into the world. There’s definitely a pop side of this tune, whether it be from the floating melodies or the bobbing bass line, however, the composition is perfectly built for wandering minds…it’s almost dreamy, but you can only use that word so many times in day. Look for the release of Lingering on June 2nd via Joyful Noise Recordings.

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