I love the way this new FRAME song just trickles its way along. First vocals, then drum beat, little bit of energy and then guitar lines…all carrying the song forward. Eventually, the space behind it all is filled with synth accents, more detailed drum work…all adding layers to the wonderful vocals of Caitlin Frame. It’s great when you can feel the movement of a song without some over-produced beat pounding the concept into your head. This is just more solid work, which should encourage you to keep an eye out for State of Mind, which will drop on October 27th via Concierge Records.
Not too long ago I posted about my discovery of Mina Sang via surfing the Internet. Well, checking back in with her page, I found that she’s now posted the entirety of her Incorporee EP. It’s delicious as I expected, with new track “Picnic, being the winner in my eyes…I love that Casio keyboard vibe with the vocals making a strong display on top. The opener and that tune alone are worth your listening time, but I implore you to delve into the French pop masterpiece (particularly the latter half of “Enfance”), lurking in between. Give it a go below.
I’m just really feeling this Honey Lung tune, so I had to share it with you all. It’s actually a pretty relaxed number, working predominantly around a semi-angular guitar chord that rings in your ears as the vocals calmingly dance their way on top. A few spots the band does employ the modern shoegaze touch to stretch the song’s vibe, but the settled moments return, definitely winning this listener over; seems perfect for letting your mind drift off into the day. They’re young London upstarts, but let’s hope they keep up this promise.
We’ve previously discussed how excited we are for Last Leaves debut full length; I’m hoping it fills the void the Locksmiths left when they called it a day on that project. Better news, especially for vinyl heads is that the band’s labels, Matinee/Lost and Lonesome are releasing a very limited 7″ with the below gem being the star. The front end of this song has a jangling shuffle to it, but as the track progresses, it takes on a melodic groove that rides to the end. This is going to be a super limited release, so just be forewarned that it’s going to go real quick!
We’ve always got to rep Austin, particularly for our artists that have had huge successes. So, today we’re revisiting Please Be Mine, the excellent debut from Molly Burch that dropped earlier this year. Today she just released a video for “Wrong for You,” one of the standout tunes on said album, with the focus of the video revolving around the relationship of a couple (starring Molly). If you haven’t listened to this record, well shame on you. But, if you have, this is the perfect place to revisit the whole thing. It’s available now from Captured Tracks.
It wasn’t too long ago when Ski Lodge was on the lips of every indiepop fan, and then it seemed Andrew Marr withdrew a little bit from the light. He’s released a few singles in that time, and this latest one is definitely a hit. The synths are sure to force people to throw out 80s references, but in the end, it’s Marr’s control over his vocal range this round that really makes this song work. He’s still capable of making an infectious tune that is sure to resonate with all sorts of listeners. Hopefully this is a sign of more new music to come!
I’m continually impressed by Flotation Toy Warning, not to mention I don’t see them having too many peers floating about the world. On their latest single, they almost toy with traditional pop structures, yet the delivery of the vocal lines find themselves twisted in the mini moments that unfold as the song progresses. From shifts in vocal deliveries to filling in the negative spaces with ornate musical details, you’ll find yourself journeying with the group as a warm grin creeps upon your face. Look for the band’s new LP, The Machine That Made Us, to drop on October 13th via Talitres.
If you were out and about last night, hopefully you hit up the Holodeck Records night, where they premiered a video from their newest signing, Lou Rebecca. The French popster, LR is backed by Josh Mills, who should already be a household Austin name for his work in Silk Rodeo and Missions. Along with the video, the label announced that they’ll be releasing a limited cassette come this January…featuring this gem of a tune. If you haven’t caught on to Lou Rebecca yet, you better get on it quick, as she surely will be a common name in the very near future. Grab the tape HERE.
You’re going to love Elva, and in fact, you probably already do without even realizing it. The band is comprised of members of the disbanded Allo Darlin, and Making Marks. Today news broke that the group will be releasing their debut 7″ for WIAIWYA, and we’ve got one of the songs below for you. It’s the perfect execution of understated pop, focusing on the natural melody created by the vocals, as well as the instrumentation behind. Tight drumming keeps a slight bit of pace to keep your toes-a-tapping. And of course, combining male and female vocals in unison is always going to hit home for fans of the genre…though I’d say for any fans of great music. This here is a gift that will make your day; it has already made my day better. Look for the limited edition release to drop right before Christmas; go grab it HERE before it runs out.
Not too long ago, I was raving about the work of Light Beams, and they’re back with a new hit single to go feature on their split with Ian Svenonious new solo project, Escapism. I love the flash video work done on this new track; it seems to step right in long with the groove-laden track, pulsing as the vocals are released. I’m continuously impressed by the band’s minimalism, working with synth loops, bass and drums; it also encapsulates an evolving sound for those familiar with the band’s hometown of Washington DC (and singer Moyer’s other band, Puff Pieces). The split 7″ with Svenonious will be released on September 22nd via Lovitt Records…you can grab yourself a copy right HERE.