One the last few years, Phil Wilson and his pop outfit the Raft have been dropping these casual singles and EPs, all of which had artwork depicting jellyfish; now they’ve collected all the songs and reordered them to put out the collection titled The Jellyfish EPs. The song’s have been reordered a bit, which gives the album a more cohesive flow, pitting soft-bellied tunes against the more emphatic numbers. I keep getting drawn into “Orion;” it has this power pop vibe if spun through a web of indiepop influences. But, if you’re looking for an album that’s solid songwriting from start to finish, then take a few minutes to spend it with this collection; it’s available via Shore Dive Records.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the work of Matthew Dear, but we haven’t really heard much from him since 2012, so with a new album on the horizon, I figure we should give it some attention. It’s a common electronic sound, with understated pulses subsiding so that vocals can ride over the groundwork. Oh, and speaking of the vocals, this track features Tegan and Sara throwing down some lines, which should draw some raves (myself included). All those voices combine in the end, as a dancer beat comes in to bring about a spirited exuberance. His music is always thoughtful and simultaneously playful, and I can always back that. Bunny comes out on October 12th via Ghostly.
L.A. Witch have lived up to their namesake with the latest video for “Baby in Blue Jeans,” which they shared yesterday. All haze, grit and glam of ‘classic LA,’ the band goes around town to iconic destinations, bringing the dark surfy vibe of their tunes to life in a cinematic way. It’s a fun video for an even better track, one that will let you zone out with the group. Take a peek below and then go scoop a copy of the band’s debut album on Suicide Squeeze Records.
We’ve been following Stephen Svacina on these pages for some time, be it with Jonly Bonly or Sweet Talk…and now we turn our attention to his latest project Missing Pages. The band are working on their debut LP at the moment, but while we wait, they’re going to tease us with a new 7″ for 12XU. The A-side has this driving guitar line, with Stephen and Garrick working against each other with these sharp chords circling one another like wrestlers about to lock up in the center of the ring. They continue to build up by pulling in additional vocals from bassists Ali, all culminating in my favorite part…the chorus of “it’s a long way down” is the perfect pop moment. Look for the new 7″ on October 5th; head HERE to grab a copy.
I feel like the best way to start out my week is to have the latest single from Scarves turned up really loud. For me, the guitar work is one of the main winners here; it has these little notes that turn over and over in math-y rock fashion; it matches Niko’s voice with this frantic pace that builds this natural tension within the song’s confines. There’s so much space working behind the vocals too, adding to that build-up…and its important to note the group never fully give in to that trap. The band will release Dinner Dates for the End of Days on September 28th, with a scheduled Austin date on October 1st at Cheer Ups.
I’m really hoping that Single Lash takes off with this new album, as I’ve fancied Austin act’s aesthetic for some time. I love the balance exhibited in the latest single, working carefully between delicate moments of brooding pop and noisier sonic exploration (akin to the gaze). Nic’s voice is perfectly placed here, fragile and deep in tone; it has this billowing effect that’s matched by the group’s efforts…and it all works even more perfectly with the shadowy video elements. Providence, the group’s new album, will be out on October 26th via Holodeck Records.
I’ve been writing about Songs for Walter for quite some time; the music always offers me some sort of solace when I’m seeking something intimate and personal. I feel like every single they release is mine, and mine alone. Except now there’s a full length on the near horizon, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t guide you in that direction. This track sort of reminds me of the later period of Rogue Wave, wrapping vocal takes atop one another whilst the music seems crafted from the wilderness; it carries a sense of wonderment and exploration, ultimately leaving you longing for some great journey. An Endless Summer Daze will drop on September 28th, and I hope you’ll listen.
Niklas Kramer and his project known as Still Parade has received a ton of praise from us over the last several years. I know personally I’ve always enjoyed his unique take on minimalistic pop music with a dreamy flare. His latest offering called “Soon Enough” is no different with it’s gleaming sound and washed out vocals hovering beneath the surface. If you aren’t tuned in to this guy yet, now is officially the time for you to start paying attention.
Still Parade will release new album Soon Enough on November 14th.
While Flying Nun Records might be best known for fostering a certain guitar sound, the label has always been on the forefront of what goes down in New Zealand. The label’s latest signing, DOG Power indicates that they’re more than what’s in the storied history. For starters, there’s an inherent darkness to this song; it has something to do with the deep vocal tones, as well as the electronic accents and guitar rings. That being said, Sam Perry comes across like a fresh Dave Gahan, giving off this perfectly seductive croon that creeps through your speakers. The group will release their self-titled album on November 26th.
One time Florida, current Austin act Peyote Coyote have landed themselves quite the residency, with a month’s full of Thursday night shows over at Beerland. The band brandish a certain stylistic nod towards psychedelia, though I think the poppier folk influence in their songs is what has always had my interest. But, equally as important, are the band’s coming in to support the show, like tonight’s line-up has our perennial faves Being Dead (more news on them soon), as well as Shutterr and Grady P. Drugg…so you get the best of Austin for a cheap price. Doors are at 9, so get there early before it fills up.