Tomorrow we’ll all get to hear the Anglesea EP in full, but for now we get another tease with the title track from the new EP from Fascinations Grand Chorus. While the first single had an almost doo-wop vibe to it, this track holds a more cavernous vibe. Drums working over synths provide a darkened vision, carefully manipulated as the vocals rise from the depths of the mix; it kind of reminds me of some Karen O. I love how the duo drag their tunes beyond the three minute mark, allowing plenty of room for sonic exploration. Look for the new EP tomorrow!
This is a tough list, as there’s a bevy of great music within the confines of our fair city. We’ve even had our hand in putting out some great releases this year…though I can’t include them as I fear the wrath of nepotism.
Plus, it’s nice to see what everyone else is up to around these parts.
TR/ST, Trust, TRUST…
Nowness is presenting this video for the latest track to hit the internet for the forthcoming release by TR/ST. The video is a collaboration project, taking the track called “Destroyer” and setting it to choreography and direction by Ryan Heffington, assisted by Justin Tyler Close to create a simple, but awkward visual that becomes more engaging and emotional as you are drawn into the music and the motion. This song is also a bit of a departure for Mr. Alfons in my opinion, a piano melody rolling on and on with more present vocals instead of the cavernous synth. Even more excited about he still-unnamed LP due early next year, which is soon, so I’m even more excited.
It’s a shame that Blush are releasing their debut album this Friday. I only mean that in the sense that a month earlier and it would have been almost guaranteed a spot in many year-end lists, including my own. Opening with a casual bit of guitar, the song quickly seduces listeners with Maura’s vocal performance; she’s got this natural cool that just pours through your speakers…the sort of assured indifference made for rock stars. A sly little beach pop nod at the end, and the song is over, leaving you to seek out more…and you can have just that when the group release their self-titled LP Friday via Arrowhawk.
Hello Paris has been on my radar for some time, crafting these bouncing indiepop hits coated in atmospheric washes; it’s precisely what we get with the brand new single that just peaked its head up. Immediately, the drums dance your way into the track, quickly joined by jangling little guitar lines. The vocals, while not entirely clear, add a further texture to the tune, giving it that cool beach vibe we all adore…especially now that Winter is creeping in to our lives. Not entirely sure where this tune will fall in the release schedule of the band, but as of now, you don’t want to sleep on this gem.
Lists are arbitrary and burdensome, but why not join the fun everyone else is having? We gathered our lists, separate lists for all of us, then combined them into one that had 50 albums. What you get here are the four writers/contributors of ATH, giving you their meaningless opinions on what we thought was the jam in 2017. It’s alphabetical, and we put the initials next to it so you could track down your enemy!
Having already written about the forthcoming Seazoo album, I’d be remiss if I didn’t drop this new single. While it opens noisily, all things considered, the group settle into a subtle groove, riding guitar lines and shared vocal duties. There’s a noisy little ambling in the song’s mid-point, allowing the group to flex their songwriting chops. But, little keyboard notes trickle in, joined by the male/female vocal duet, crashing down in pure pop fashion, taking us to the song’s end. Another little ditty that pretty much guarantees the band will have a hit on their hands when Dig is released on January 26th.
Lionlimb, comprised of Stewart Bronaugh andJoshua Jaeger, have announced that they’ve signed to Bayonet Records. With this announcement, they’ve shared the first video from this album for the track, “Maria,” which is a six minute twenty second sonic journey through several different genres. What strikes me most about this track is the orchestral elements that sweep through the mix and carry the song with grace and delicacy. You have a solid indie rock song for sure, but there’s this extra layer of beauty that makes it hard not to slip into the song. Check out the video below and look out forTape Recorder, which will be out February 23 via Bayonet Records.
Sometimes, you find a solid indie rock jam that made its way into the blogosphere a few days ago, but is just too tasty not to share. So if you’re like me and are a little behind the times, I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to QTY, a group out of New York who are about to release their debut album on Dirty Hit on December 8. The track they’ve recently released is called “Cold Nights” and it’s an infectious pop/rock song. The guitar part is cutty, chipping its way through the number, while the vocals are classic indie rock, leading to a catchy chorus you won’t soon forget. Check it out below.