Bloomington Indiana’s Steve Marino has been a part of several different bands over the years, but this is the first time he has shared tunes on his own. “Fluff” is the title track of his upcoming debut solo record, and it’s a lovely slice of mellow indie rock. For fans of Real Estate, the vocals are gentle and contemplative, balanced by the delicate strumming of the acoustic guitar. The whole soundscape is very lush, but the lyrics are actually fairly devastating, ending on the question, “Is your love now gone?” It’s a gorgeous track, well balanced and even gets a little gritty when the electric guitar kicks in in the end.Plus, the video features a pup, and really, what else could you ask for?
Fluffwill be out on May 24th on Darling Recordings: pre-order it here.
If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of angular guitar riffs, hazy vocals and driving drum beats. Such is what you’ll find on the latest tune, “Atlantic,” from Coral Collapse. You get a bit of a Beach Fossils vibe with this one, though is meanders more to the alt-rock genre than you’d expect. Coral Collapse are from Buffalo, NY, and have a new album called Don’t Wait To See Me Say Goodbyethat’s coming out on April 26 on Admirable Traits Records. “Atlantic” is a shimmering slice of dreamy indie rock that implores you to listen to more from the group. Have at it.
This track may have come out a little ways back, but it’s too infectious not to share. Wasuremono are an outfit out of Bradford on Avon, and they’re going to release an LP with the same title as this track on June 14 on The Wilderness Records. The name of the band, from Japanese, roughly translates to “something forgotten or left behind,” which is perfect, as while “Are You OK?” is a bright and sunny tune, there’s a lament of wistfulness that lingers though the song. From the start, the percussion is incredibly upbeat, joined shortly by twee synth and then the sheer vocals waft in with some “Ohhs,” and you’re hooked before the lyrics even start. Everything about this track feels like golden hour, just as the sun is setting; the lyrics put you at the sunny seaside, but that chorus asks you the same question, over and over, hinting that darkness is coming quick. An utterly gorgeous dream pop hit, “Are You OK?” is a track that will move you, not only with toe tapping, but also on an emotional level.
Every time we get a new one from Chris Cohen, you know I have to share it! He’s well on his way to the release of his new album,Chris Cohen, which is his third record out on his own and is out this Friday 3/29. “No Time To Say Goodbye,” may be my favorite that has been released so far from the gentleman for this album.What I’m most impressed by with this song is how Chris Cohen tackles a classic pop song structure with choral hook in such a Cohen-fashion. The title of the track is sung as a ‘chorus,’ in perfect falsetto gets lodged into your head. Lucky for us in Austin, Cohen is stopping by the Mohawk to play a set next week! The show is Thursday, April 4 and tickets are hella cheap. Scoop yours so you get the chance to hear these gorgeous new tracks live.
Maybe I’ve been living in Texas too long, but I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for folksy-americana tracks, and Izzy Heltai has hit the right blend on this simple ditty. Out of Northampton, MA, he has this elegant yet scraggly vocal range that reminds me a bit of Tallest Man on Earth with a slightly more refined element to it. I really enjoy how this song builds from just guitar and vocals to its soaring chorus. The light touches of tinkling piano and horns paint the tune into a melancholy march, as the name implies. Take a listen.
Last year, Papercuts put out an incredible record withParallel Universe Blues, and now they’ve got a few more new tunes to share with us. So, rejoice, fans of hazy, jangly, just beyond bedroom pop, as we’ve got two new tracks to enjoy. While this EP features album cut, “Kathleen Says,” it also has a Jackson C. Frank cover and another Papercuts original, “Comb In Your Hair,” which is delightfully morose, thanks to the familiar vocals of Jason Quever. It’s kind of a stripped down tune, with just Quever and his rich and full guitar. At this point, I’m of the opinion that any more music from Papercuts is good music. What do you think?
Sometimes you need a little bit of a sadness in your listening queue, so to check that box for your Thursday, I give you “Depression Song” from Paige Stark. Stark is a songwriter out of Los Angeles, and this track just feels like it should be in the background of a montage where someone is having an almost comically bad day. At any rate, Stark’s smoky vocals are the key part of “Depression Song;” they swirl around in the instrumentals in the slow moving mix as though they just happen to grace the song with their presence. There’s a great synth break down towards the end of the number, when Stark’s vocals cut out and just let the song ride out. There’s a lot of great reasons to fall deep into this “Depression Song.”
Austin’s The Well have been at the game of 70s doom psych for a long time, but they’ve just dropped a new single, “Death and Consolation,” that shows a slight change direction for the trio. This new track is a trip into less of the jam band genre and more into the tighter knit gothic realm, a-la The Cure or Joy Division. While the song begins in the typical hazy-trance-like state, I’m most interested in the change up at the end of the track, at roughly the three minute mark, when you get an eerie, haunting build of vocals in the background while the guitar part is going wild. A lovely slice of gothic psych, “Death and Consolation” offers a taste of what’s to come on the band’s upcoming LP by the same title, which will be out April 26 via Riding Easy Records. Pre-order it here.
bdrmm are a shoe gaze group based out of Hull, making, well, bedroom pop tracks for your dreams. They’ve just put out a new single called “Heaven,” which is below for your listening pleasure. From the moment the twangy guitars enter your ears, you just know that something special is brewing. Then you get those twee synths that smother the whole song in a layer of light, new wave funk. The vocals are soft and warm, balancing out the twang of the instrumentals almost as much as the ever-humming bass line does. Take a listen below and fall in deep with bdrmm.
Bad Sports have dropped a new video for the track, “Don’t Deserve Love,” off their recent Dirtnap Records LP,Constant Stimuation.The video shows a drunken night for a sad bastard kind of character that aptly fits the title of the video and, naturally, the anthem of the song. It’s a punk ripper with a catchy chorus that you’ll be singing along to in no time. I will warn fellow Austinites– this video may feel all too familiar to you or remind you of someone you know or maybe last night out on 12th Street (hopefully not).
Bad Sports are kicking off a good sized US tour with a night at Hotel Vegas on March 27, you know, after that SXSW thing is done.