DYAN is a three piece that are making music out of LA, but from their sound, you wouldn’t know it. What I mean by that is that I expect all LA bands to be sunny/jangly rock, and though that is a naive assumption, I still get a little surprised when the sound is melancholic and quiet. But”St. James,” is the kind of track that will make your day and then get you super stoked as to what will come next from the band. It’s a minimalistic dream pop song that spotlights the rich and smooth vocals of Alexis Marsh as they provide a glossy layer of lush beauty over the whole tune. Truly, this is a wonderful tune, and I’ll be on the lookout for more from them.
This song has got party vibes all over it– perfect for a Friday on a holiday weekend. Hidden Charms, out of London, are making 70’s disco alt rock, with just enough bounce to get those body rolls going in full force. “Cannonball,” the song below, may be a week old in internet land, but it’s worth a listen for sure, as these gentlemen are going to break into the limelight soon if they keep making tracks like this. I’m digging the vocal exchange between the main and the backing, falsetto “la-las.” The percussion on the song keeps it groovy, and a the bass line is prominent in the mix. It’s a great song that will get you ready for the rest of your day, or the long weekend ahead. Party on.
Denmark’s Yung are doing their damnedest to make their way into your heart before the release of their upcoming debut record, A Youthful Dream, which is coming out soon on Fat Possum Records. Their latest effort to win you over comes in the form of “Commercial” another single from that record, which is a rambunctious and riled up rock track. The first thing you hear is a gritty and crunchy guitar riff before the hazy vocals join the mix. The whole track is fairly lo fi, far from a clean sound, but it’s this fuzz that makes the song so endearing. Take a listen and then go pre-order their upcoming record, which will be out June 10th.
In one week I’ll be touching down in Barcelona, Spain with around 200,000 of my closest friends in order to attend Primavera Sound. While you may not be in attendance, as this festival is quite a long jaunt away from the ATX, there are quite a few bands on the excellent and exciting lineup that will be making their way to our own city limits in the near future. As this is essentially the first super fest of the summer season, I’m on my way to Parc del Forum to scoop out who you must see when they come to a city near you, and who you should expect to step into the limelight of the indie world in the near future. Sure, I’m super stoked to see Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Beach House, Wild Nothing, Sigur Ros, Destroyer, Beirut, Dinosaur JR. … the list goes on. But what about those acts that get overlooked by these huge names? Read on for my top 5 international semi-under the radar acts that I’m most excited to see.
Oh man, this track is a real winner. If you’re into garage rock with enough fuzz on it to rattle your headphones then this new track from BRONCHO who hail from Norman, Oklahoma. “I Know You” is a spiraling rock track, with twangy guitars and hazy vocals, but at the same time, it’s got a compelling vibe to those gang vocals that will have you coming back for more. From the beginning, this song is huge and it doesn’t ever get less than giant in its sound. Take a listen and get excited for theirupcoming record,Double Vanity, will be out June 10th via Dine Alone Records.
Word on the street is that they’re playing at The Sidewinder in a few short days (5/28) and you should probably scoop up a ticket for that right here.
When you hear about new music from Montreal based No Joy, you know it’s going to be a good day. We’ve seriously been major fans for years so new music is always incredibly exciting. Don’t expect to be let down in anyway either with this rocking and badass new song “Thorn in Garlands Side”. The intro alone should be enough to have you hooked. This band can do no wrong.
New EP Drool Sucker will be out on July 15th via Topshelf Records.
Told Slant, as I posted about a few weeks ago, is really on the up-and-coming as they prep for the release of their album,Going By.This Brooklyn group, which is fronted by Felix Walworth. This track, “High Dirge,” is a melancholy song, focusing around the twangy and emotion packed vocals of Walworth. It’s a quiet number that uses its slow-core aesthetic to rope you in, and then the lyrics keep you there. Lines like “It’s a long life, I can’t get it right,” that are repeated over and over, stick with you long after the song is over. Take a listen and find out.
Going By, will be available June 17th via Double Double Whammy Records, and you can preorder it here.
Looks like the Mourn press cycle is in full swing, with another single coming a week after the last one just popped up. This time around, the young Spaniards seem a little bit more rambunctious, which definitely has my ears perked back. There’s a bit of seeming animosity built into the band’s self-described “poem of hope,” loosely influenced by William Blake. Their newest album, Ha Ha He, is just around the corner, with June 3rd set as the release date via Captured Tracks.
Plantation Band are working with the good folks of ATH Records (that’s us!) to release their debut album, Most Intellectual. It’s our first foray into country music, but I assure you that labeling the band as such diminishes their abilities. Most Intellectual is the calm before the storm, as those who’ve witnessed the band’s live shows can attest, they’re growing in power, destined for great things. Their debut comes out this Friday, with a release show scheduled in Austin at Cheer Up Charlies on June 1st with their friends A. Sinclair. Stream the album below, fall in love with it and commit your future to the band…be glad you did.
I recently wrote about how prolific Darren Hayman has been, having just released a new single for Fortuna Pop. Now he’s back with the Hayman Kupa Band, comprised primarily of he and Emma Kupa of Mammoth Penguins/Standard Fare. Emma opens up this new track claiming “I’m an asshole,” which is the self-deprecating humor that pervades the song, though it’s truly a song about longing for a partner. It’s hard to turn away from this sprite-ly tune…in part because it’s so great, and also because these two have been such a huge part of my listening as of the last few years. I particularly love Emma’s vocals just around the 2 minute mark. Enjoy this track, and keep your ears peeled for more from the band.