There’s not a lot out in the world that sounds like Brutus VIII, the project of Jackson Katz (Slow Hollows). He just released his album AHackney Pursuit within the last few weeks, and now there’s this great video for “Watch Me Dive.” The song has this pulsating rhythmic push, driving you forward, and the deep throaty vocals are definitely something that gives the sense of a enchanting peculiarity to the track. The video is black and white, with a no-faced stranger dancing and grooving to the music. It’s not your run of the mill electronica, and for that, I encourage you to go enjoy the song.
Burning House have quiet a live tour resume, having played with Wire, Moon Duo and Shonen Knife (to name but a few), and lucky for us, their new single has the punch to illustrate why the band is such a hot commodity. This track, if you peeled back the pop sensibility, would be a pretty heavy banger, filled with noisy guitar noodling and walls of feedback. But, the reason I love it is the gentle feel of the vocals, set perfectly against the sonic wall; it sort of reminds me of the shoegaze version of my late 90s heroes The Comas. Turn this jam up.
Some days I want my rock n’ roll nice and loud, some days I want it with a little jangle, but in the case of Toledo, I want my rock n’ roll nice and chilled out today. The group just dropped the latest single from their Hot Stuff EP, and while it takes on some dreamy tendencies in the meandering guitars, it’s a very settled piece of guitar pop music. I love how there’s this delicate quality to the vocals, as if they’re afraid that they could shatter the rest of the song by bursting forth. It’s the best sort of guitar tune, letting you drift off into your weekend adventures, at least mentally.
I still find a place in life to throw in a Boy Least Likely To track from time to time, so it’s great to have a brand new track to throw in the mix. This tune comes with the announcement of the band’s Greatest Hits collection, grabbing all the singles from the four studio records, not to mention a studio version of George Michael’s “Faith,” and the brand new single below. It captures the spritely spirit of the band, always playful, forever infectious. They remain one of those bands that you can’t help but sing along with, even if its as silly as singing about hitching your apple wagon.
We’ve long been supporters of Roger Sellers and his Bayonne project; he’s been one of Austin’s most creative artists over the last several years. For those unfamiliar, just listen below, as Roger builds layer upon layer, honing in on just the right dose of pop sensibility to guarantee listeners always come back for more. There’s quite a bit going on behind this track, so it’ll be interesting to see Roger pull those textures out in the live setting. I bet we get a chance at that real soon, as Roger’s just announced Drastic Measures, his new LP, which will drop in February of next year!
In the first 20 seconds of this brand new Cherry Glazerr tune, you quickly realize that Clementine and her posse are changing things up a bit…but really just a bit. You get 45 seconds of almost playful vocals and electronic beats; it seems to work with the nervous questioning of the lyrics at this point. But, then Creevy lets loose on the guitar, emphatically taking back control of everything; it could be a nameless narrator or it could be Creevy herself, but whoever comes out in the chorus is doing things on their own terms. I thought I loved the early stuff, but this is a really great song, balanced between hooks and the bravado that the band always bring to the live setting. This track will appear on the group’s new LP, Stuffed & Ready, which drops on Secretly Canadian on February 1st.
It’s been a hot minute since I really indulged in listening to sort of ambient soundscapes…but I really love Julian Lynch. He just announced Rat’s Spit, and with it this brand new single to tease his forthcoming release. The sonic structure seems fairly simple, or at least straightforward, offering a piano line, some fuzz and another wash of electronics before allowing his voice to enter. When his voice does arrive, it quickly moves into angelic tones, which some might see as a nod to Bon Iver. There’s a nice little guitar solo noodling through the track’s midsection too! Rat’s Spit will hit the streets via Underwater Peoples on January 18th.
Let’s face it, punk rock went mainstream long ago; it lost its luster, grew commercial, but from time to time, it’s managed to find its way back to us. If that sentiment registers, then you’re going to want to grab the self-titled LP from Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries. The Fresno outfit has established themselves as the ‘body positive queercore riot pop” outift that you never knew you needed; the single below has the band rejoicing with “I’m a weirdo.” It’s freeing, they’re celebrating their imperfections (as we all should), and while they do it, they fill the song with this infectious rhythm and discordant guitars giving you the 1-2 punch of glee and grit. The self-titled LP drops this Friday via Emotional Response Records.
Up until a few weeks ago, I had no idea who Jonathan Franco was. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time with his new album, Swimming Alone Around the Room. Some of the tunes are these pop leaning sonic explorations, like previous single “Transition Lens,” while others have a more traditional songwriter approach, like the latest single. Still, even on the tune below, Franco stretches it beyond what we’ve come to accept as standard time, pushing the track beyond 7 minutes. It’s as good a song as anything cut from the same cloth in 2018, so when you pick up the album on Friday, you’ll get rewarded with far more than you expected in the streaming era.
British duo Skinny Girl Diet aren’t here to live up to your expectations, nor they hype of their super fans like Iggy Pop and Viv (of Slits fame). They’re here to take back everything that’s been taken from them from as women and as artists; the only way they know how to do it is to leave their emotions and politics bare before the ears of the listener. Today, they announced Ideal Woman, their second LP, and in doing so, they’ve shared this shredding single, heavy-handed from start to finish; it’s the sort of song that makes any modern rock outfit seem soft. The new LP is being handled by HHBTM, dropping on January 19th of next year!