Skytone are a two piece 80s synth pop group who hail from Ottawa, Ontario, and they’re on their way to releasing an album on TheBeautiful Music.From that, they dropped this single “Here and Now” about a month ago, but somehow missed my radar until now. It’s a good summer tune: bouncy bass lines, breezy guitar riffs, and twee synths greet you pretty much instantly when you press play. The melody is lovely, with lyrics talking about wanting to stay in a moment, which is the kind vibe that summer time tends to lend itself to. It’s pretty hard not to groove along with the group for the four minute track, so I’d go ahead and give in and press play below.
Gothic Tropic is an LA indie pop outfit featuring Cecilia Victoria at the helm. She’s been working on an album for the past year, and this track is the first single from that upcoming record.What strikes me the most about this track is the disco beat that kicks things off and then stays with you through the whole tune. “Drunk On a Rhythm” is the kind of tune you put on and dance away to in your house with abandon. Groovy bass lines, bouncy piano, magnetic electric guitar riffs, and silky smooth vocals take up the majority of the soundscape. As the track progresses, you’re met with a catchy chorus and little nuances that keep things exciting, like jazzy saxophone. Take a listen below and look out for more from Gothic Tropic.
Vincent Kircher (of Jaill) and Martha Cannon (of Lady Cannon), came together with a crew of Milwaukee’s finest to form L’Resorts, who are making funky garage-esque indie rock tunes. “Highs and Lows” is the band’s latest offering of a killer tune, with dueling vocals that remind me a bit of The Dutchess and The Duke. The fuzzy guitars are nicely juxtaposed with lighter elements (what sounds like marimba if I’m not mistaken) and pop sensible choruses with “Woahs” for you to sing along. The group has an album that just came out last Friday, and if you dig what you hear below, you can check out the rest of the album on their Bandcamp page.
This year, the 4th of July falls on a Thursday, which means this Wednesday (7/3) is really your Friday…sort of. That means an excuse to hit the town in the middle of the week, and there’s a night of great tunes going down at Stubb’s Jr. If you haven’t heard of Charly Bliss, you’ve been clearly living under a rock for the past few years, as they’ve been making waves in the indie rock world, especially as of late with their killer sophomore LP,Young Enough, which will surely be topping some ‘Best of’ lists this year. Power pop with high energy vocals await you for the low low price of 15 dollars if you buy a ticket today, plus it’s inside and air conditioned, so there’s really no reason not to show up. Doors are at 8pm, Emily Reo opens, tickets can be purchased here. Take a listen to some tunes below.
Nylophone, out of Wicklow, Ireland, usually makes dream pop tunes layered in synths and textures, but on this go round with “Life Goes On,” he’s stripped things down to a folksy track that centers around gentle acoustic guitar and his delightful vocals. The song begins with begins simply, but there’s something in the melody that hooks you immediately. As “Life Goes On” progresses, you get some subtle jazzy percussion and the pace quickens into a bit of stomp. The lyrics tell a story, with the refrain of “Life Goes On” to round out the tune. It’s a lovely track worthy of a listen.
For as much as I love a good bedroom pop tune, there’s a lot to be said about a band who starts in this humble way and then fleshes out the sound to a more expansive mix. Such is the case on this new track from Laundrette, out of Cardiff. “Southerndown,” starts off as a slow moving beast, creeping along in shoegazey, hazy fashion with simply the vocals and some ambient noises filling the space. After a minute and a half or so, the track begins to build, and guitars and drums enter, resulting in a post-rock climax. It’s a great tune for ramping up your energy, which is exactly the kind of track that’s perfect for a Friday. Take a listen below.
Mauno is a two piece (with help) who will be releasing an LP of their delightfully weird pop tunes at the beginning of August. From that release, they’ve just dropped “Vampire,” which is a lovely and light indie rock tune. What I love the most about this tune is the vocal delivery. Nick Everett has a melancholic, lukewarm voice, which is sweetened by Eliza Niemi’s addition during the choruses. The building, but still soft percussion and guitars are equally as compelling, and I’ve been back to listen to this track about 10 times.If you dig the track below, you should definitely check out this video of Eliza Niemi and Nick Everett attempting to sing along with this track whilst on the last 3 minutes of an hour long ride on a stationary bike. They keep it together pretty well! Pre-order Really Well here before it’s out August 2. Oh, and lucky for you here in Austin, they’re playing Cheer Ups on July 2!
Everyone’s favorite weirdo bad boy, Alex Cameron, has just dropped a new video and shared the news of his forthcoming LP. “Divorce” is a pop leaning tune from the crooner that’s, of course, not devoid of the strange and in depth lyricism that we’ve come to know from the gentleman. Sonically, you get a bouncy anthemic tune, with the ever-positive refrain of Cameron singing “All you gotta do is say it: divorce, divorce, divorce.” This borderline bitter sentiment is juxtaposed nicely in the brightness of the piano and pop structure of the song. But the sounds of it, it seems like we should all be in great anticipation for Cameron’s upcoming album, Miami Memory, which will be out on 9/13. Pre-order it here.
The boys are back in town! Shivery Shakes announced their upcoming LP, Weird Weather, a few weeks back, but today, they’ve finally shared a track for our listening pleasure. This hometown four piece has been wowing us with their weirdo brand of surf pop tunes for a while, releasing their debut LP Three Waves & A Shake way back in 2014. Since then they’ve been quiet, but begin their triumphant return, ironically, with “No Return.” Impossibly tight knit beachy guitar riffs crash and collide with shimmery percussion, grounding bass lines and Will Glosup’s fuzzy vocals. The result is a track that’s perfect for the summer; listening to this song, you feel the need to get in your car, roll down the windows, pull on your shades and start driving to the beach or any body of water.
Weird Weather will be out sometime late September on our very own ATH Records. Word on the street is that this will be the pop album of the year. Take a listen to the perfect summer jam below and get stoked.
A few months back, I was delightfully introduced to the warm indie rock of LA’s Fell Runner. They’ve put out another single from their upcoming album, Talking, which will be out quite soon. “Same Way” has that similar sort of funky sound that we heard on “Come Home,” but this number has a building energy from the start. Choppy light noises welcome you to the track before the warm vocals cover over everything in a Future Islands-ish croon. The track builds up before it breaks at a chorus, but it’s not a typical soaring indie rock chorus, instead it’s a tempered release before back to the galloping verses. A solid single, making me even more excited for Talking, which you can pre-order here — it’s out today!