Been sort of a slow day around these parts, but wanted to wrap it up with this great new Florist tune. The band won me over with last year’s The Birds Outside Sang, and it didn’t take long to pen another lovely track (or album). I love the calming nature of this tune; it’s a subtle charmer, mostly working around the vocals and a light strum. There are some extra bits adding texture to the track from the distance, elevating the song’s quality. They’ll release If Blue Could Be Happiness on September 29th via Double Double Whammy, with a lengthy tour through September/October.
I might be a bit late in sharing this one, but who cares really when the song is so good. The song is “Whats On Your Mind” and is brought to you by London based group Swimming Tapes. It reminds me a bit of a band like Beach Fossils with it’s bright and sunny guitars over quiet, yet perfectly placed vocals. This should be an easy listen and easy song to enjoy for just about anyone.
I’m an avid Luna fan, and while its not fresh music, I’m excited to hear what one of my favorites will do with an album full of covers. Here we have the band covering Mink Deville‘s “Let Me Dream If I Want To,” an obscure tune from the classic CBGB era. While modern production might be obvious, the vibe of that era seems to be flowing through Luna; I mean, did we doubt that Dean and Co. couldn’t pull it off? Look for their collection of covers on A Sentimental Education, out September 22; there’s also a brand new EP of instrumental tunes titled A Place of Greater Safety (all recorded by Jason Quever).
Are you in need of a little pick me up this morning to make it trough the mid part of the week? Well you need look no further than this bad A new single called “Go Away” from Florida based rockers UV-TV. Clocking in at only 78 minutes long, you might need to play this rocker on repeat to truly appreciate the subtleties of the track. I’m finding several little new pieces to enjoy as hit play over and over…. and over and over.
UV-TV will release new EP Go Away on August 18th via Emotional Response.
Last month we received news Chad Vangaalen about his highly anticipated new album finally coming in September. We’ve since heard one single from the album called “Old Heads”, and today Chad has another beauty for us to enjoy. This one is entitled “Pine and Clover” and features a somewhat creepy, yet still cool animated video of Chad’s always unique and distinct drawings. The song itself is of course full of subtle power and beauty typical of what we’ve come to expect over the years. He’s still got it.
Light Information is due out on September 8th via Sub Pop (pre-order now).
In case you haven’t heard of Morgan Nagler, rest assured that many of your idols like Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch have. Her project Whispertown just announced a new album, I’m a Man, which will come out on the first day of September via Graveface Records. I really like the slight tonal adjustments she makes mid-syllable, and while her voice attracted me from the start…it was the care to the details that really drove the message home. Strummed guitar is aided by strings, accompanying vocals and a maneuvering guitar that’s surely going to charm even the most casual listener. This one’s a winner.
We’ve already raved about the previous singles from the Lovebirds, and we’re not going to back down with this new hit. They seem to have this knack for making casual guitar pop akin to the softer side of the Replacements…allowing them to sound gritty whilst still bringing in a hook or two. It feels, just listening, like they’ve got swagger too, and the fact that you can hear that through their recordings should be exciting. The band will be releasing their Filled With Hate EP on Empty Cellar Records on August 11th.
Long have I adored Dead Stars, and I’ll continue to do so as long as they continue to push out great rockers like this new tune. They seem like they’re channeling the furious rock stylings of acts like Marked Men, though there’s a little bit more fuzz on their guitar licks. Don’t fret, as they still bring in some melodies in the chorus, teasing you with just enough of a hook to keep you listening, while walking that line of guitar rock. Good to hear these guys still at it; look for their new LP, Perfect Patterns, on September 1st.
Today I’ve really been digging this new song called “Yeah I Want It” from L.A. based band Umm. It reminds me a bit of fellow duo Jack + Eliza if they added more rock elements and experimental sounds. You can sometimes hear a bit of grunge in the song intertwined with some great vocal harmonies. Most anyone can find something to like here.
Umm will release new album Double Worshipper on July 28th via Majestic Litter (pre-order).
Atlanta based group Small Reactions received a bit of positive praise on our site with the release of their debut LP Similar Phantoms back in 2014. The guys are back at again and sharing some new music over the interwebs today with this song called “Sliding Glass Nightmare”. While being incredibly simple, the song manages to create a truly interesting and memorable pop tune. It sort of meanders a bit while throwing in some nice bright guitars throughout. Hit it up.
Small Reactions will release new LP RXN_002 on August 4th.