You’re thrust forward from the minute this new Second Still song starts, guitar’s ringing as the beat forces you down some imaginary hallway. It’s almost as if you’re running from something you can’t see, with the band running just behind you, never letting you slow. There’s even a little bit of solace, briefly before the 1.40 minute mark; you can almost catch your breath and then the song careens off towards its close. It’s dark, yet poppy, thus leaving listeners with just enough exhilaration to have them coming back. The band will drop the Equals EP on Friday via Weyrd Son Records.
Admittedly, I can’t help but think of early Tallest Man on Earth when I listen to Cut Worms. But, also in all fairness, we covered those early releases quite a bit, so it makes sense. All that being said, there’s a little bit more of a pop swing in the sound, as opposed to a clear Dylan predecessor. Take the 2 minute mark and the rushed stutter and burst, before that forlorn harmonica reappears and crafts a sense of wonder and longing. This song will feature on his debut album, Hollow Ground, dropping on May 4th via Jagjaguwar.
The first minute of this new Pinkshinyultrablast tune might have you scratching your head, wondering when, and if, the song will take off. Rest assured, the 1 minute mark will leave you satisfied, as an immediate bounce comes in playfully bounding through your speakers. There’s a calming minute where Lybov’s vocals are given a slight uplift to your ears, accompanied with a subdued moment, musically. Then the track takes right off, filled with blazing electronics and shooting guitar chords in the distance. The group have come a long way, but one thing’s for sure, they always deliver; look for Miserable Miracles on May 4th via Club AC30/Shelflife.
The dream pop genre has been gaining a lot of steam recently and sometimes certain artists can pull of the genre a hell of a lot better than others. Take the young Lev Snowe for example who crafts some beautiful numbers which further expand the quality of the genre. His new song entitled “When I Look Back” is a perfect example of his song writing skills. My favorite piece of the song is near the 3:00 minute mark when things break down a bit with some slick bass lines and enchanting beats. I suggest you check it out now.
Lev Snowe will release new EP Faded Blue on June 1st.
Oh Tobias how I’ve missed you. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard from Tobias and his Azure Blue project, but out of nowhere he drops a new EP, with news of a full-length coming right around the corner. The newest tune is a heavy synthpop gem, filled with a deep melody that’s washed over by warm vocals. There’s a few new tracks on this Whatever 18′ EP, with the rest compiled from hard to find singles released elsewhere; one of the tunes is a cover of “Justice” by Robert Forster. Grab it over at Matinee Recordings, and then sit back and enjoy the pop sensation while we wait for the next LP.
Just a few weeks ago we were alerted to the news that Aussie act Good Morning would finally be releasing a new full-length via Bedroom Suck Records. And now, we’ve got two new tracks to sit back and enjoy this morning, reveling in the duo’s songwriting. “Just a Man” is slightly playful, though it draws in some folk traditions, particularly in the way the vocals are presented. “For a Little While” is more of a slow burner, working over electronic beats and piano to craft a powerful ballad. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, give these a listen, as I’m sure you won’t be let down. Prize//Reward will drop on may 11th.
Dallas’ Ari Roar is hitting the spot this morning. He crafts these hook infected pop songs that carry a bit of nostalgia, but hold one foot in the present. You’d think, the way this track kicks off that the guitar work might be the star, but once you hear Ari’s voice spinning those light melodies on almost every note, you’ll be intoxicated. There’s something familiar in his work, which I think will have many fans feeling like they’ve been listening to Ari for years. Let’s start that trend by grabbing Calm Down on May 25th via Bella Union.
Clearly, I’m really loving what I’m hearing from Justin Cheromiah and his High Sunn project. This round he does a great job of balancing the quiet/loud dynamic; you can hear the tension building in the sound as cymbals quietly crash behind Justin’s voice in the verses, before their brief choral explosion. The song goes back and forth between the two, with the noisier element winning out in the song’s latter half. This youngster seems destined to release a great record, and we’ll all know for sure when Missed Connections drops on May 4th via PNKSLM.
We’re now several years into our fandom of Finland’s The New Tigers, and I can say that Do Xao might contain some of the best song’s the group has written to date. According to the band, this batch of songs came out of the band’s continued evolution and willingness to try any sound that they fit; they never try to stretch themselves into any particular genre. That being said, I think you’ll find that futuristic pop is a decent pigeonhole, in so far as this is what I want my pop music to sound like. They employ these dreamy elements throughout the entire LP, but there’s a very clean guitar sound that plays a prominent role as well, so you find the band balancing their influences and tastes to craft something wholly their own. I thought my favorite song was “Earth Dog,” but in the end, or today, I’m settling on “Nothing But Draining,” in case you need a starting point. Regardless, if you’re willing to try something new, you’ll be rewarded if you sit back and play the entirety of this LP; it drops Friday via Soliti Music.
Once you put away the Dylan reference in this new Lawn single, it reveals an emphatic punch of a tune. Musically, it’s pretty standard guitar and drums, but I think the lyrical play, and the delivery of said lyrics, leaves you with a good impression of the group. Those lyrics are delivered in a very matter of fact manner, akin to spoken word, though they take on a slight howl for the work in the chorus. Just another example of competent songwriting that will appear on the group’s debut LP, which drops May 11th via Forged Artifacts.