I’m always striving to bring you the tunes that would likely fit anywhere on the net, yet somehow they get overlooked, like those tunes of Blue-Eyed Son. It’s the project of Andrew Helprin, crafting these beautiful little folk tunes; they’re understated, yet their simplicity also makes them forever endearing. Helprin is in the midst of releasing a track a month for the duration of the year, and this one was recorded with Scott McPherson (Elliott Smith), so he clearly is making a name for himself. I expect all the songs he’s working on will be released at some point with a full-length, but now, let’s settle into this song and await fall’s arrival.
You know I love a good bit of casual indiepop, which is precisely what Redspencer has been offering us since they announced their latest album. If you’re basing your expectations on the new single, then you can expect relaxing guitar chords with just enough sharpness to near a jangle. The tones are bright enough throughout to match the album’s art work, and the backing vocals definitely provide an added texture of warmth. Perks is high on my list for year ending releases, so please don’t avoid the great pop music these guys keep putting out; their album hits on November 18th via Deaf Ambitions.
I cringe at the word pop punk,so I wanted to stay away from that with the latest single from Girl Tears, though I think there are definitely poppies elements hanging about in this single. That said, it’s a furious tune, hitting you with pummeling drums right from the start; it sort of reminds me of the hook laden punk that Terry Malts bring to the table. As quickly as the song bursts into play, it wraps up and is over…that might be the song’s only detracting quality. You will have more tunes to enjoy soon, however, as the group releases Woke Against the Tide on October 28th via Sinderlyn.
When I pressed play on this track the first time, I immediately thought of Jets to Brazil, but, when I caught up with The March Divide singer Jared Putnam, it was clear I was a little off base. The band releases the Bribing Jace EP on November 4th, so I threw a few questions at Jared to see what he had to say about the release and the new single.
ATH: What were your influences when writing this new EP? Any bands in particular you were listening to at the time?
Jared: In a lot of ways, I wanted these songs to be experiments in pop. I wanted to mesh together what I think are the things that attract so many people to the genre: hooks, good writing, & ear candy. I’m not even sure if it comes through, but I used Tom Petty, 90’s alt/pop, & Radiohead as my primary references. I was trying to get out of my comfort zone, it was a completely different approach, for me.
ATH: There seems to be a slight bit of indecision on “I Might.” How did the song come about, and was a finite decision ever made?
Jared: I Might was the first song I wrote for the EP, & it actually set the tone for the direction I wanted to go. When I initially came up with the guitar part, I thought I was just writing another folk song. I spent a lot of time trying to write the rest of it; chorus, bridge, etc., etc., but nothing really felt right. For whatever reason, it reminded me a lot of 90’s pop, specifically that Susan Vega song “Tom’s Diner” & Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand”. I decided to run with that approach, I looped the guitar part & started adding layers. It was a lot of fun to make.
ATH: For fun….two truths and a lie…don’t specify which.
Jared:1. Neil Young is my biggest song writing influence 2. I don’t care what anyone says, the minivan was the single greatest development in automotive history. 3. I find C.C. Deville’s (from Poison) guitar solo’s very emotional. They really tug on my heartstrings.
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Charles Moothart is probably most well-known out there as the guy working with Ty on Fuzz, and it should come as no surprise that his newest tune is just as rocking as everything his friend as put out, if not more so in regards to the later releases. It opens quick and powerful, blasting riffs through your speaker like nobody’s business, but where Moothart excels is just letting things go…as he does just after the 1.40 mark as he breaks it down into a wailing wall of a jam. You’ll hear this new burner on his new EP, Homegrown Paranoia, which comes out via In the Red Records in November.
Man. Houston and their “young” bands! We released the latest Young Girls record this past spring, and now we’re rocking out to this new Young Mammals tune. The bands have similar sounds, maximizing the blend between rock n’ roll and huge pop hooks; you’ll find all the songs just as infectious as this new single…hopefully getting your attention as they blast towards the release of their full length. This track wears the name of the album’s title, Jaguar, and Odd Hour Records will be releasing it on October 28th. Stomp those feet and dig the hooks!
Man. Slumberland Records is making my week. I picked up the latest from the label with Real Numbers and Terry Malts new LPs, and now they’ve announced this record from The Proper Ornaments. Those of you looking at nostalgic classic rock, and I mean the early, carefully crafted sort, will surely adore what’s here. A warm vocal moves over a piano backbone, with a quiet bit of precision percussion. This is how pop music was meant to sound…at least to my ears. Look for their new effort, Foxhole, hitting on January 20th next year.
Imagine turning on your speakers and finding yourself a gritty little pop gem. Now, press play and that’s what you’re going to get when you listen to the new jam from The Late Great. At first, I thought it was a modern riff on The Concretes, filling my speakers with the sultry vocals from Sarah Lane while the band pounds away rhythmically behind her. Tap your toes, let your hair down and join in the joyousness present on this latest single. This here track is on the band’s debut album, Easy, so let yourself go.
Probably one of the best things about Lilah Lason, at least up until now, has been her role in Sons of an Illustrious Father, the self-proclaimed future folk act pushing identity roles within the confines of both music and community. But, now Lilah is stepping out on her own, offering up creative balladry that still holds true to her personal aesthetic, allowing the outsiders a place of solace; it’s an everyperson ballad, one that anyone can relate to, which demonstrates her abilities as a songwriter…and hopefully your role as a fan. She’s set to release her debut solo outing, Pentimento, next year, so get started by picking up her first single.
Earlier this year, I raved about the new release from Quin Galavis…his new album My Life in Steel and Concrete. His release show was something quite special in and of itself, and now he’s released this new video to further draw you into his musical world. The video features Quin and his cellist, clad in dark hoodies, doing their part with the live performance, whilst Ali Copeland (of Que Pasa) plays the role of our distraught protagonist. Her role reeks of frustration, which could be seen as one of the various themes that exists within the folds of the album itself. Speaking of, if you haven’t already, or you just love this track, head to Super Secret Records to grab your copy.