My new Canadian friends in Mother Sun have really been pumping out some nice psych pop jams this summer, having previously released one of my songs of summer in July. Today I’m happy to share this new single “Orange Colossus” which should put a nice book end to what is hopefully near the end of our Texas summer. Once again, the musicianship here is just spot on, incredibly tight and full of playfulness matched with a tight rhythm section. The addition of strings also add in just a touch of lightness amongst the psych rocking jam.
Mother Sun will release new album Train of Thought on October 28th via Earth Libraries.
Syndey based post-punk outfit Bloods have a new album entitled Together, Baby! coming out this Friday via Share it Music. To get you even more hyped and to entice a pre-order, the band has shared this new driving single called “Radical”. It features the day in the life of Romina Pistolas (friend of the band) as she tries to adjust to a new life, in a new country, having immigrated from Chile. With lead singer MarihuzkaCornelius also having left Chile due to political exile, one can really feel the power and raw emotion behind this track.
My Wisconsin based pals in Disq are really looking like they’ll be releasing one of my top albums of the year in the next few weeks. We’ve already released one banger of a single from the upcoming album, with now another one entitled “The Hardest Part” dropping today. I love this band’s ability to show a clear alt-rock, sort of Midwest inspiration with these delicate hints of shoegaze and emotion for a remarkable sound, truly their own. You’ll definitely want to go ahead and pre-order the new album, Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet, coming out on October 7th via Saddle Creek. It’s stunning.
Though Matthew Davidson has only been an Austinite for a short while, we have already welcomed him with open arms and view him as one of the absolute best songwriters in town. Under his recording moniker Twain, we’ve already been treated to a few new singles this year with his new album Noon coming next month via our friends at Keeled Scales. If you weren’t paying attention or weren’t on board with Twain’s tunes yet, this beautiful and intimate number “Walking II” is sure to turn you into a fan. You will find yourself moved and drawn to the emotional pull of this haunting song.
After a busy and hot weekend in Austin, I’m looking to relax a bit and slowly ease into the week ahead. This tune from Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien, otherwise known as Blunt Chunks, is the perfect sort of soft, mellow and intimate song I am needing this morning. It features a lovely, whispy vocal performance along with some country/folk inspired bass lines throughout. A lovely tune to kick off your week.
Been a bit of a slower week for me on the music side of things, but as we near the end, I had to share this new single called “After Silver Leaves” from Chicago based outfit Smut. It definitely has some clear 90s rock inspiration, but also with hints of dreamy pop and an overall brightness to it. You’ll find that it progresses incredibly well over the 5 minute length with a slow build and rise near the end. Great tune.
Smut will release new album How the Light Felt on November 11th via Bayonet Records.
When we pump out all this new music, it’s also often fun to get a little perspective from the individuals who actually make this music to hopefully give you some insight into your favorite artists. Today I am straight amped to share with you the new single “Envelope” from New Orleans based artist Julie Odell along with some short interview questions. This new single is from Odell’s upcoming album Autumn Eve due out on September 30th via Frenchkiss Records. Hit the jump for the single and interview from Julie Odell.
Back in May we were treated to a remarkable introduction to London based group Automan with the release of their single “Are You Happy Without Me”. After impressing us at the start of summer, the dudes are again leaving an impression on us with this new track called “Dreamland”. In the end, it’s a really simple sort of indie rock song with a subtle pop inspiration, but often the simplest tracks can result in some of the most memorable tunes. As a three piece the band somehow sound completely fleshed out and full of smooth drum beats, slick bass, and bright guitar solos. Nice finish to the day.
Brighton based artist Paul Thomas Saunders really made a name for himself back in 2014 with the release of his debut album Beautiful Desolation, but despite a few singles in 2017, he took a complete hiatus from music. Today fans of Saunders were treated to an unlikely new single and the announcement of his sophomore album, just eight years in the making. When you are dormant for so long, it’s going to take something hauntingly beautiful like this new single “Bloodlust” to really re-announce yourself into the music world. What an incredible way to come back. Welcome back sir.
Matt Pond is one of those musicians who almost feels like close family at this point as I’ve been listening to his music since the very beginning and covering his tunes in the earliest days of ATH. Seriously, one of our very first posts back in 2008 was about an EP from Matt Pond PA. Wild. Well wild as it is, here in 2022, Matt Pond is rebranding himself under the name The Natural Lines which is still mostly Pond solo but also with the help of a revolving door of friends and musicians. To kick off the new project, Pond is sharing this single called “The Problem is Me” which is a lush, atmospheric take on folk inspired indie rock, of which Pond has made himself famous over the years. Love the new project/direction.
The Natural Lines will release this track as part of a new EP entitled First Five, out October 14th via Bella Union.