We wade through the deep trenches of the internet so you don’t have to– today’s discovery is a sure bound hit from an artist that we believe to be called Nat Chippy, according to Soundcloud. “Sea,” the song you should take a listen to below, is a well crafted hazy dark pop track that reminds me a bit of a milder Phantogram with definite influence from The Cure in the twangy guitar distortion. Sleek and simmering, you’re bound to fall for this track. Keep your ear to the ground for more from this artist.
Acquaint yourself with San Francisco’s No Vacation, a five piece who are going to make it to the top of your list of great dream pop bands. This new video that premiered yesterday for “Mind Fields” has been stuck in my head all day and I daresay if you take a listen below, it’ll embed itself into yours as well. There’s the great balance to the track, distilling the gorgeous vocals in these subtly cutty guitars. The song is bedroom pop meets dreamy riffs with a catchy chorus and it reminds me a bit of Hospitality. Check it out below.
Honestly, and this is a stretch for some of you, I know, but I feel like Ty Segall‘s gotten sort of safe, almost calm. But, for those of you who cherish is heavy, unabashed style…now you have Dasher. Drums open the track, pounding as chords knife their way through the distance, setting the scene for Kylee Kimbrough to scare you out of your seat (in the best way possible). This song seems furious to a certain degree, but the central chorus definitely has an accessible hook, which should endear the group to fans just on the cusp of heavy tunes. The group just announced they’ve signed to Jagjaguwar, so we should expect to hear more from them real real soon!
Life got you down? No energy? Well, Skittle Alley is here to make the world a little bit better. They’re spritely indiepop is precisely what’s needed to uplift the spirits. “When She Dance” immediately had me smiling with its ringing guitar chords working over tight percussive lines. Or, you can jump to the end to find a dreamy dose with “They Can’t Cast a Shadow,” allowing your soul to float into the world with a warm grin. Indiepop might not be for everyone, but I promise you can’t turn away from End of a Story; I suggest downloading it immediately!
This tune from Roya is all sorts of wonderful. Careful guitar notes build the song’s tension, slowly taking little steps towards the introduction of the vocals. When they hit, they come in like an effortless breeze, riding atop the mix. As you move along, there’s little notes unfolding that bring in a nod towards Western psychedelia, inevitably picking up the tracks pace; I kept waiting for the song to explode, but they always hold back just enough to keep you interested here, whilst still bringing in a natural draw. Their debut self-titled LP will be out on June 2nd via Burger Records.
You know how I love that classic indiepop sounds, filled with stabbing guitar chords, slight jangles and a touch of cool in the vocals…this is exactly what Turtlenecked bring to the table. Harrison Smith playfully enters the scene, bouncing his voice along with the backbeat of rhythm. He definitely brings some energy to the verses, but allows for a swelling of pop sensation as the chorus crashes with broader wash of full sound. Stay tuned for the emphatic finish. He’s signed on with Good Cheer Records to released Vultures, which will hit on June 15th, just in time for a summer hit.
While Eric Slick probably is most noticeable for his work with Dr. Dog, his solo outing is really impressive, and totally different. On his latest single there’s a defined move towards a broader pop spectrum, with sweeping arrangements and light flourishes of noise filling in the space behind Slick’s voice. His voice is steady and calmed, remaining as such even through the emotive chorus. This track’s all about execution, and it’s pulled off extremely well, leaving us with great promise as Palisades hits stores this Friday courtesy of Egghunt Records.
Despite nearing the release of their sophomore album, Chicago based Ratboys is brand new to me. If you’re also new to the group, you should check out latest single “Control” for a taste of what the band is all about. An image of Rilo Kiley comes to mind, with a little more sweetness to the vocals and sounds. A perfect song to brighten your Monday funk.
Ratboys will release new albumGNon June 30th via Topshelf Records.
Friday So Many Wizards their latest album, as well as a new single, and since I’m super stoked on the release, I figured I’d give them a nod again. This track has a rumbling jangle working beneath the mix, kicking up the energy. Then midway through, they calm things down to bring about a little respite, offering a nice dreamy vocal that rides the tune all the way to the end. If this is your style, you’re in luck, as you can find this jam and more on their stellar new LP, Heavy Vision, which just dropped via Lolipop Records.
Slack Capital 2 is a compilation of music by 27 of the most exciting bands in Austin. All proceeds go to SafePlace, which provides support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. We’ve been unveiling one song per day until the the release party on April 14, which is today!
Song of the day: SLUGBUG — “When The Words”
If you live in Austin and care about music– and by music I mean good music– and by good music I mean weird music– you haaaaaave to know about SLUGBUG. SLUGBUG is the longtime musical project of synth ber-wizard Paul D. Millar, who truly forges his own path with his songs of prime neurotic pop bliss. Like a more German-influenced Ariel Pink, or Devo on a hallucinatory trip, SLUGBUG is built quite efficiently to groove you– think Robocop on speed at a disco– but also, even though (but kind of especially because) Millar is never not straight-faced, to make you laugh. “Bread bowl/ I don’t want to eat that” is a phrase you hear at the beginning of the song, a robotic coo spoken into the spheres. SLUGBUG takes its energy from the punk sensibility of protest, and in this case, he’s protesting meaning itself. “Words come out of your mouth/ Can I tell that they say one thing and really mean the opposite?” And “Words come out of my mouth/ Can you tell that the words were/ Nothing more than filler text.” He seems to be saying, none of us know what we’re talking about. Which is the wisest it gets, probably. –Eric Braden
Stream Slack Capital 2 in its entirety here, and download it, or come pick one up tonight at Barracuda for the Slack Capital 2 official release party. $5, doors at 9 PM. Come have fun and help us support SafePlace!