Man, summertime is the right time. I hit up the gym, got a few miles of running in, then I get to come home to a sweet new track from Spiritualized, one of my favorite bands. It seems to be the same place J Spaceman left us when they last dropped a release back in 2012, though the recording process was said to be much different this round. Spaceman says he spent months writing the songs in his bedroom, but if that’s the case, he still manages to capture what makes some of the band’s shows so captivating with huge horns and textured keys built around the simple structures. And Nothing Hurt, the new full length LP, will be out on September 7th via Fat Possum.
From the minute this Burning House single plays on your stereo, you’ll immediately here the band’s homage to Teenage Fanclub. But, while the guitar attack has that blend of noise and melody, you need only look towards the vocal portrayal for how the band look to differentiate themselves from guitar pop heroes. There’s a slight bit of wayward dreaminess, almost as if the voice is fading away as it matches the melodic guitar notes. There’s great promise in this song, so let’s hope we hear more from the group soon as they prep a full length for our ears.
The latest single from Ethers just dropped on Friday, and sure, I’m a few days too late, but no need to ignore a good time, especially when it’s sponsored by Trouble in Mind Records. I love how the song starts with this circling guitar stomp; it leads you to fully expect a brash bit of indie rock. But, just beneath the surface is this little organ/keyboard line, adding the slightest hint of pop sensibility; that’s furthered during the chorus when the guitars take on that angular jangle following the line of “it’s a rip off.” This song features on the band’s self-titled debut LP, which drops on August 24th.
Over the last year I’ve fawned over the music of Hello Paris, a group I still know very little about, other than I’m totally in love with everything that’s been released. The latest single is just over two minutes of bouncing joyousness that makes you want to go live your life to the fullest on this Friday. A slight little bit of dreaminess comes through in the guitar sound, and the way the vocals seem to have a slight wash over them in the mix. A solid rhythm section keeps your toes tapping all the way from start to finish, and I continue to be amazed at how the group just drops infectious number and infectious number; you should be listening to this band!
If you happen to be one of those folks who comes to this site from time to time, you know one of the labels we’ve long been behind is Matinee Recordings; we even threw up something from the label’s new Azure Blue release this week. Today, however, I can now profess my undying love of the label, as they’ve officially combined my two favorite things and put them all into one delectable ear treat with the Official Matinee World Cup EP. The label has gotten five indiepop artists from participating World Cup to craft brand new gems, relating to this summer’s World Cup (no US indiepop bands on this because Michael Bradley sucks). You’ve got Australia’s The Last Leaves, Sweden’s Red Sleeping Beauty, England’s The Popguns, Spain’s The Royal Landscaping Society…and the first new music in years from Brazil’s Pale Sundays. Seriously, this just makes Friday worth it. Stream the whole thing below, and buy it HERE.
There’s a new single coming from Alpaca Sports, and we’ll wait patiently as long as they keep teasing us with lovable singles like the new one below. The song works around those jangling guitar sounds, with Andreas singing gently atop, so as not to disturb the track’s natural melody. A wash of keyboard work gives the song a bit more depth, with pronounced piano notes appropriately emphasizing various notes. Those unfamiliar with the group might want to pay attention, particularly if you’ve been into things like PoBPaH as of late; it’s all charm, making us salivate for From Paris with Love, which comes out later this year via Elefant Records.
I’m absolutely in love with this new Melbourne Cans single. For starters, the whole track’s an homage to Peggy Sue, the classic figure of American rock n’ roll. Even better, the band tease you for a full minute and a half, letting Ian Wallace offer up his haunting croon with minimal instrumentation behind him. But, then the drums kick in, the song grabs a bit of swagger and bounds off into joyousness. As it progresses I adore the slightest little curl of notes at the end of Wallace’s syllables; it fits well with just the faintest hint of a backing vocal. Prepare yourself to be charmed; the band release Heat of the Night via Lost and Lonesome on July 13th.
There’s a brand of rock n’ roll that’s delivered sharp and quick, contrasting with the way vocals are delivered. Dumb are another act in the purveyors of said genre, with Parquet Courts and Omni springing to mind for comparison. The latest track from the Vancouver act is short, sweet and extremely rewarding; it’s got a jagged rushing guitar and this casual indifference in the manner the lyrics come across. They’ve got Seeing Green coming your way via Mint Records on June 22nd; it’s going to be a rush of enthusiastic rock n’ roll destined for your collection.
Hints of a new Azure Blue release began to surface not long ago, and with that, the band have dropped another delightful electropop gem. It’s a dense wash of synthesized beats, with a driving rhythm that works beneath the entire track; very much a Stephen Morris nod in my opinion. But, what I love about Azure Blue is that they seem to adopt a softened indiepop approach to their vocal delivery, which makes the music both danceable and endearing upon repeat listens. I expect I’ll listen quite a bit when Fast Falls the Eventide is released next week via Matinee Recordings.
Having just written about Mikey Collins yesterday, it seems only fitting that I turn my attention to another act on Fika Recordings, The Smittens. Having been fairly quiet for a couple of years, they return with a new single (and a new album). Immediately noticeable are the Stephin Merritt-esque vocals through each of the various verses, but be forewarned, there’s a little something special beneath the surface. For instance, take the change in the chorus, accompanied by several backing vocal tracks and a slight change in the tempo. It’s clear after several repeat listens that the group are intent upon layering their brand of pop music, and we’re all going to be better for it. Look for their new City Rock Dove LP to drop in August.