Having released the most excellent Her with her band Totally Mild earlier this year, it’s great to hear Elizabeth going it on her own…as she’s rumored to be doing in the near future. The song below will appear on a new Split Singles Club single alongside much-hyped Stella Donnelly (deservedly so). I love the personal feel of this tune; it’s like you’ve been invited inside Elizabeth’s home to hear her try out some new tunes. Her voice is as powerful as ever, and I think American audiences will likely find some Sharon Van Etten or AngelO references to boot. It’s never too late to subscribe; go HERE.
Odds are that you had Belgium making the World Cup final, so you’re probably a little bummed out today. Me too. But, in hopes to remedy that we’ve got this track from Midwife to calm your ills, and perhaps transport you to a better place. The entirety of this tune works over a solemn electronic note, accompanied by wave after wave of washed atmospherics. Bubbling beneath it all, like whispers shared between lovers are the lyrics, coated in various effects that maximize the emotive pull of the tune. This number will appear on the group’s new Prayer Hands EP, out at the end of July via Antiquated Future.
I was blown away by the first single from Rabbit Island‘s forthcoming LP, but I’m putting that aside to fall head over heels in love with this new number. There’s a delicate nature to this track, as if it could be shattered like a window…it adds strength to the tunes emotive qualities. Amber’s voice glides across the mix with gentle ebbs and flows atop the piano work that serves as the song’s backbone; it comes across like words dancing upon the wind, dancing their way into your subconscious, their new home. The new album, Deep in the Big, will be released on August 17th via Bedroom Suck Recods/Remote Control.
There’s not too much information out on Ilu other than Welsh lineage. But, rest assured, spend any time with the track below and you’ll be both pleased and intrigued. The opening moments have this almost Germanic-electronica element…you know propulsive beat and sterile atmosphere. Then suddenly these vocals float in all angelic and your’e transfixed by an almost psychedelic experience with guitars moving beneath the electronic wash that pre-existed. It walks a fine line between the two genres throughout, almost tip-toeing between the two so as not of offend everyone…but also to draw everyone into their sound. As of now, this is just their single…dropping August 3rd via Libertino.
It’s only been a few months since the debut from Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton, but they must have enjoyed the partnership quite a bit, as they already have a second record waiting for you. This picks up right where one would expect, though Lachlan takes the lead here on this number; he’s got this warm delivery that I always find intoxicating. Emma adds her voice to the chorus, proving the perfect accompaniment. I love how these two just sit in this homeostatic pop wonder world, not pushing anything to the extremes, only holding on to their pop penmanship. Keep on Trying is out on July 18th via Osborne Again Music.
Out of nowhere, Waves of Dread have slowly started making a name for themselves; they even opened for Os Mutantes without even having an LP to their name. On the latest single from the group, I really love the melodic underbelly that works throughout. Sure, the guitars brandish this heavy bravado, but the “oohs” that seemingly run throughout the entire track are sure to keep you in check. Loud, soft, whatever, this is just a great song you can put on repeat for the rest of today…and tomorrow too. Hoping the group continue this rise with a completed LP real soon!
Just the other day I was rambling on with Internet fans about the best bands coming out of Australia/New Zealand these last few years…and I know for a fact that Terry were mentioned. Well, clearly they were reading our online banter, as the group just announced a brand new LP…with a catch new track. Like many great acts from the region, the band here balance scuzzy noise with savory sugar pop antics. There’s a musical meandering that closes the song that’s so ominous, those who jump right to it will likely think they’ve found a punk gem. But, there’s bubbling bass lines and sing-along chorus work to thrill! The group release I’m Terry on August 30th via Upset the Rhythm.
Perhaps the greatest thing about running this site are all the obscure labels that have reached out that have either become friends or shown me the way to new music. Spain’s Meritorio Records is one such label, and they’ve had a pretty incredible 2018…so let’s reflect on that a little bit. March saw them release a great new Stephen’s Shore album, for those already familiar with one of indiepop’s finest. Then, they turned their attention to New York’s Holy Tunics, dropping Butter Dish; it’s al album brimming with guitar pop genius that you’ll revisit time and time again. Oh, and they’re not stopping, having just released the brand new LP from Poppel…seriously, just listen to this band! Hopefully, if you haven’t heard from Meritorio before, you’ll spend some time with their recent releases below.
While a great deal of what I’ve run lately has been on the poppier side of things, I’ve been mentally preparing for some good old rock n’ roll with Jawbreaker this Friday. So, it’s with great pleasure that I share this rad new rocker from Austin’s Exhalants…definitely got me in the mood. I love how there’s a slight melodic tone to the guitars at the start, while the artillery bursts of vocals from the distance adds a nice juxtaposition. There’s a natural heaviness in it too, especially with that ominous bass tone. Sounds old school, and yet ever present… a sign of something powerful coming our way soon; the band will release their self-titled debut via Self Sabotage on August 24h.
Summer time brings Summer Magic! Summer Magic brings bright hook-laden pop tunes! I love exclamation points! So this song snuck into my head and it won’t leave. There’s something nostalgic that it brings up, especially when the vocals change slightly during the chorus…feels familiar like great pop songs do. Something from the snare work to the melody definitely recalls summer time, so the name’s definitely apt. This song will feature on the new album Sharks and Other Dangers, which will be available to the masses on August 31st. Go on, be a pop fan.