I love to fawn over Aussie acts, as the world probably knows, and lately, I’ve taken to enjoying the work of Treehouse. The band is letting us share this playful video, which might be the perfect introduction to the group…if you’ve yet to have them cross your radar. Musically, “Hammer on the Door” almost holds onto a dreamy quality, allowing the guitar work to walk the fine line between heavy alternative and jangling pop music. The vocals are a touch more impassioned, always ramshackle, creating a nice dose of tension between the brooding pop sensibility and a near-live quality. You’ll be able to grab a copy of the band’s forthcoming Centre of Their World EP on 12″ vinyl courtesy of Bedroom Suck Records; it’s being released on April 28th, and preorders can be grabbed HERE.
Jagjaguwar seems to be making a run at some rad bands this week; they dropped Dasher yesterday and today they bring us Midnight Sister. Both are great, but this tune’s got something extra special, falling into the vein of skewed (perhaps avant) pop music. The percussive element almost makes you ill at ease, working more like an experiment than a precision studio beat. This, however, is what makes it so striking, as the group’s playing with modern structures, throwing in small hints of the past and present to draw in listeners. Their debut album drops later on this year, and should make for some pretty special songs.
Listening to this new Cende track, it occurred to me that the blogosphere (god I hate name) aren’t dead. A song this good pops up on NPR/Stereogum and people listen,which shows a few people still have some good taste. From the moment it kicked off, the driving rhythm of the track had me tapping my toes and bobbing my head; it’s an infectious bit of guitar pop that just swims in your head. It doesn’t hurt that Frankie Cosmos‘ Gretta Klein offers up her voice to make listeners swoon after a few minutes; her performance almost brings in an a Camera Obscura-esque vibe that’s unavoidable. Blogs be damned, this song’s just great. Look for their album #1 Hit Single on May 26th via Double Double Whammy.
There’s a lot of blending and blurring of lines between genres nowadays, which has left us with some pretty refreshing tidbits of tunes. But, today I’m gravitating towards the playful wobble of Berdmajik, twisting bits of break-beats and sunny electropop, all backed by a disorienting vibe that pulses in the distance. There’s still a really polished dose of warm vocals drifting throughout, leaving listeners with a relaxed vibe that endures. Look for the project to drop the debut album, SPELLS, via Golden Brown on May 19th.
Redundant title there, but there’s nothing redundant about the work Cool American bring to the table. There’s a nostalgic feel to their sound, as I definitely hear a Schwarzenbach nod in the way the vocals are deliver (especially Dear You era). Discordant notes ring out, chords shoot through the mix, yet there’s an undying pop sensibility that survives, giving you just enough of a hook to keep coming back. It’s cool to hear this sort of rock coming back into fashion, which is definitely keeping me focused on the band’s forthcoming release, Infinite Hiatus…hits on June 2nd via Good Cheer Records.
Honestly, and this is a stretch for some of you, I know, but I feel like Ty Segall‘s gotten sort of safe, almost calm. But, for those of you who cherish is heavy, unabashed style…now you have Dasher. Drums open the track, pounding as chords knife their way through the distance, setting the scene for Kylee Kimbrough to scare you out of your seat (in the best way possible). This song seems furious to a certain degree, but the central chorus definitely has an accessible hook, which should endear the group to fans just on the cusp of heavy tunes. The group just announced they’ve signed to Jagjaguwar, so we should expect to hear more from them real real soon!
Life got you down? No energy? Well, Skittle Alley is here to make the world a little bit better. They’re spritely indiepop is precisely what’s needed to uplift the spirits. “When She Dance” immediately had me smiling with its ringing guitar chords working over tight percussive lines. Or, you can jump to the end to find a dreamy dose with “They Can’t Cast a Shadow,” allowing your soul to float into the world with a warm grin. Indiepop might not be for everyone, but I promise you can’t turn away from End of a Story; I suggest downloading it immediately!
This tune from Roya is all sorts of wonderful. Careful guitar notes build the song’s tension, slowly taking little steps towards the introduction of the vocals. When they hit, they come in like an effortless breeze, riding atop the mix. As you move along, there’s little notes unfolding that bring in a nod towards Western psychedelia, inevitably picking up the tracks pace; I kept waiting for the song to explode, but they always hold back just enough to keep you interested here, whilst still bringing in a natural draw. Their debut self-titled LP will be out on June 2nd via Burger Records.
You know how I love that classic indiepop sounds, filled with stabbing guitar chords, slight jangles and a touch of cool in the vocals…this is exactly what Turtlenecked bring to the table. Harrison Smith playfully enters the scene, bouncing his voice along with the backbeat of rhythm. He definitely brings some energy to the verses, but allows for a swelling of pop sensation as the chorus crashes with broader wash of full sound. Stay tuned for the emphatic finish. He’s signed on with Good Cheer Records to released Vultures, which will hit on June 15th, just in time for a summer hit.
While Eric Slick probably is most noticeable for his work with Dr. Dog, his solo outing is really impressive, and totally different. On his latest single there’s a defined move towards a broader pop spectrum, with sweeping arrangements and light flourishes of noise filling in the space behind Slick’s voice. His voice is steady and calmed, remaining as such even through the emotive chorus. This track’s all about execution, and it’s pulled off extremely well, leaving us with great promise as Palisades hits stores this Friday courtesy of Egghunt Records.