It looks like the folks over at Upset the Rhythm can’t wait to have you hear the new LP from Terry, as they’re offering up the third single from the group’s I’m Terry. The first two and a half minutes of the band’s latest should definitely have you captivated; it walks a fine line between happy bounding and plodding bounce, steady from start to finish. They offer up some sonic respite, but at this point, its fleeting as the group jump back into their harmony-induced meat of the track. You’ll find the latter half of the tune offering musicianship and sonic playfulness…just the band showing their musical chops. The new LP drops on August 31st.
Pretty sure I’m in trouble financially, as it looks like I’ll have to stump out more money for Trouble in Mind Records as they announce a new LP from Mountain Movers (I’m ready for the TiM LP Subscription Series). Anyways, the Connecticut outfit brandish a psychedelia like no other; it’s a mindfuck of noise rock, filled with screeching guitars and stalking rhythm work. When the vocals enter the picture it’s easy to find yourself lost in some noise-induced trance, unable to find an escape, should you need one. They close it all out with a brash display of noisy musicianship, further seducing your ears and mind…you’re never getting out. But, should you come out safely on the other side, look for Pink Skies to drop on October 5th.
You know, some days you just want to sit back and enjoy a great pop song; you don’t have to participate; you can just sit back and let the melody catch you up; this new Jack Drag single is one such track. Aside from the first 30 seconds of space beats, this song starts off like Jack’s channeling an acoustic version of Jay Reatard; the pace and the chords are definitely reminiscent of Jay. But, the chorus takes that pop sensibility and ups it a notch, matching the vocal melodies that come from Dragonetti as he works his way through the song. I just keep tapping my toes and smiling. And, while it might not be a huge piece of the track, I love the keyboard/bells at the end of the tune is a nice touch. His new album drops on September 14th via Burger Records.
Brooklyn outfit Hypoluxo have already caught my fancy with their earlier single “Kentucky Smooth,” and I’m quite fascinated by their newest number. I thought I had this one pegged for the first minute, with a slightly dreamy guitar line hanging out there…not quite dream pop, not quite Mac Demarco. Then the vocals threw me off; there’s something in the hearty tones that give off a different vibe, and as such, the guitar takes on a different attitude…something darker, forbidden almost. I like how even in sections where they go verse chorus verse chorus, it never once takes on monotony. Look for the group’s new LP, Running on a Fence to drop September 21st via Broken Circles.
Where We Were Together played on my stereo for a good bit of this Spring…and luckily I was able to catch Say Sue Me in a quiet room during SXSW. Now, the Korean quartet are right back it with their brand new single for Damnably. For those that recall the jangling guitar pop, the A-side might give you a glimpse at a band forging their own ground. There’s something far more thoughtful in the presentation alone; the song expands near six minutes, with the front end of the track delivered in a casual pop manner. You can hear a slightly heavier sound in the distance of the song, but it doesn’t really kick in until just after the 3 minute mark, blasting off into some semi-Madchester zone. Look for this great song on the new 7″, out August 24th.
I wrote about Moonlover earlier this year as Quang Dinh was readying his album, Thou Shall Be Free…and now I wanted to share this video for the album’s “Wedding Day.” At times, it feels as if you’re approaching some beach front property in an arid climate, but the solemnity in Dinh’s voice also seems to lend itself to heartache…operating on the dynamic between dark and light. The video offers that same contrast, with black images moving upon lighter backgrounds. If the song piques your interest, then be sure to go grab the album HERE.
While Vera Sola is just now preparing her debut solo effort, she’s been working in the industry as part of Elvis Perkins’ band for some time. Perhaps that explains why her first single sounds so accomplished; it wears years of musicianship in its fabric. Her voice has this quality that seems to suspend her notes in mid air, with various instruments delicately layered behind…from slow-tempo drums to forlorn strings. It’s a pretty enchanting number, from start to finish…again, remarkable considering this is her first solo outing. Look for her debut, Shades, to drop in November of this year.
Well, it’s that time again, with David Nance announcing another release, this time under the moniker David Nance Group; this time it will be handled by the esteemed Trouble in Mind Records. Our first listen to the record gives us this fuzzy roots-rock riffage, the heavier sort that almost makes you stomp your feet and shake out your long shaggy hair. Nance slings his emphatic voice with an aura of indifference, haphazardly sliding in harmonies where he sees fit. You ever get one of those songs that just makes you feel? Yeah, this is one of those such tunes. Look for Peaced and Slightly Pulverized to drop October 5th, with a slew of tour dates throughout the Fall.
The Aussie quartet School Damage are about to unleash their second LP into the world, and with it, perhaps we’ll finally have a handle on the band’s brand of wobbly pop music. When listening, the sharp guitars ringing blend with the sound of keys, while the rhythm section spins you out of control. Hooks come by the way of the vocals, with this particular song getting quite a few “na na nas” up in your ears. If you like your punk rock a little bit left of the dial, a little bit spirited and far more weird, then you’re going to love A to X; it drops on August 31st via Chapter Music. Check out the stop-animation video below…created by the band’s own Carolyn Hawkins.
Nights and Weekends is out in just a few weeks, so we’ve got to continue to support our friends in Teddy Glass. They just dropped this new track, a mixture of soul and funky pop undertones; it has this wobbly synth/beat line that sort of keeps you unsettled in the best way. Of course, Peter holds down the vocal display, and interestingly, he’s almost got this fatherly tone to his voice this go-round…as if he’s passing on some sage advice your way. You know, just another Austin act making good on their promise to keep bringing hot tracks our way.