I hope you will join me in welcoming to the new artist buzz train New Orleans based songwriter Carver Baronda. She makes incredibly personal, heartfelt folk inspired tunes with hints of reverb and sparse backing beats. Our first exposure to this delightful new artist comes from her latest single “Devotion”. For me it fits perfectly as something coming out of New Orleans right now as hurricanes and weather threat the region again and we all seem to question our devotion to various things. Lovely songwriting.
Bardona will release a debut EP entitled Spooky Love on October 18th. (pre-order)
A whole ton of praise has been given to Nashville based Sophie Allison and her musical project known as Soccer Mommy. We’ve certainly boarded the hype train for her music over the years and have seen her well deserved popularity and success grow. After her growth last year, Allison stayed relatively quiet on the new music front, but is returning today with her brand new single “lucy”. It has that same sort of mellow, shoe-gazy vibe to it but with a bit more of a polished sound sure to invite even more fans into the fold. If you dig, the song will be released in November via a 7-inch single on Loma Vista Recordings.
As we ease into the weekend I am needing a bit of an upbeat tick in my music to prepare myself for fun, heat, and football. Funny enough, my Canadian friends from Montreal in Corridor have provided a perfect summer weekend track with their new one “Domino”. Regardless of if you can comprehend the French lyrics, you have to admit that this song is super easy to fall into with those jangly guitars and expertly crafted drum/bass pieces. Enjoy.
Corridor will release new album Junior on October 18th via Sub Pop Records.
I’m not sure how we let these things happen, but it seems we have never shared any of the stellar music created by Philadelphia based band The Menzingers. I think some of it is due to other sites beating us to the new tunes, or maybe we are just not as with it as we used to be. Either way, today we remedy the situation by loading heaps of praise on this banging new track from the band called “Strangers Forever”. For me, it’s kind of like the expertly crafted post-punk/emo songs crafted by bands like Jimmy Eat World with grittier vocals like Laura Jane Grace. It’s a nice evolution and updated sound a genre devoid of bands doing anything new. Personally, I love this stuff.
The Menzingers will release new album Hello Exile via Epitaph on October 4th.
It’s Tuesday afternoon, and for some reason I am finding myself in a bit of chill, relaxed mood. Helping my lunch time, laid back feelings is this new song called “Not There” from NYC based Sandy. It’s a synth heavy song falling into the electronic pop or bedroom electronica genre, but with a much more interesting beat than others in the genre. I also love the hushed vocals from Samantha Pathe as they intertwine beautifully with the catchy beats.
Lookout for the debut release from Sandy, entitled Trances, due out on October 25th via Geographic North.
In our never ending quest for high quality pop music to share with the world, it’s a sheer pleasure when we come across songs like “Love Goo”. The track comes by way of York based artist Bull, who have actually toured quite extensively, and even stopped in Austin for SXSW a couple of years ago. After first hearing this song, I was immediately drawn to its simplicity and sheer pop goodness. Seriously, how catchy is this song? I will warn you now, repeat plays will surely have this one stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
About a month ago we helped introduce you to Chicago based band Future Silence and their take on dreamy, quiet, pop music. Today we have another new single to share entitled “Ealing Broadway” coming off of the band’s upcoming debut EP. While this single is again focused on dream pop, the band pumps in some quirkier elements with electronics and a sparse horn piece. This band stands firmly in an ever rising Chicago scene.
Future Silence will release their debut, self-titled EP on Friday via Half a Cow Records.
It’s yet another warm morning here in Austin and I’m needing some chill music to help me ease into this long week. Thankfully my new friend Thomas Howard sent over this new song “No One Else Around”, recorded under his musical project Orchid Mantis. It’s been the perfect song to chill my Monday stress and ease me into the day. The beat is impeccable, the recording is tight, and the vocals blend in almost perfectly. Great track.
A few weeks ago I shared some tunes by Denton based Wesley Jensen and his new project under the moniker PARACHUTER. After originally enjoying his first single, “Trouble Talking”, Jensen is back at it again today with this slick new track “Higher”. Similar to his previous offering, this one is again a bedroom pop labor of love. It’s super chillwave, yet also able to spark some solo dancing with a slick beat and tight feel. We’ll likely be hearing more from our neighbor up the road very soon.
Tennis System is simply one of those bands I’ve been talking about for years who somehow continue to fly just a bit under the radar. The guys have put out some incredibly solid tunes over the years and it’s been easy for me to show my support. Tomorrow the L.A. based trio will release their latest LP Lovesick on Graveface Records (pre-order here). If you aren’t sold on the band yet, I suggest you check out the latest single from the album “Rotting Out”. This is post-punk, shoegazy bliss.