I’ve never wavered in my adoration for The Mary Onettes, and with the upcoming Love Forever EP, it looks like I won’t have to change my position. You’ll probably notice a slight change if you’ve been following the band, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. On this track, there’s a bit more of a studio polish to the daunting pop number, giving more clarity to the lyrical element than you might have found on previous effort Islands. You can find this track, and three others when the EP debuts via Labrador on February 28th. Try to hate this song; you just can’t.
Download:The Mary Onettes – Love’s Taking Strange Ways [MP3]
We’d be remiss if we didn’t hit on the big news of the day, the return of Wild Nothing to the music-making fold. When Pitchfork premeired the track earlier today, they talked of main songwriter, Jack Tatum, working in a professional studio for the first time. I’m not sure how I feel about that, as I felt like a lot his charm came from the fact that he crafted those sounds in his bedroom. Still, after listening to this track, so far everything seems well; I’ll be pleased if its half as good as Gemini, their first full-length. For now, expect this single to come out via Captured Tracks, in order to hold us over while the band is recording.
Download: Wild Nothing – Nowhere [MP3]
A lot of bands have nostalgically hit back at the 80s, but that’s not the path that Zeus seems to take. They’ve gone even further, hitting up on the AOR sounds of the 70s, using sharp guitar licks and Rod Stewart-esque vocals to kick out their jams. The group are about to release their new record, Busting Visions, on Arts and Crafts this March, and if you dig you’re rock n’ roll with a bit of old school swagger, then this is definitely the one for you. I can see you jamming around the house, singing with your friends, just promise me not to spill the beer!
Download:Zeus – Are You Gonna Waste My Time [MP3]
As soon as this song kicks off, you’re looking at a sludgy rock track, right? Well, push forward a little bit, and you’ll find yourself tapping your feet to this great folk jam. Water Liars (formerly Phantom Limb) is the name of the group comprised of friends sharing some camaraderie between Missouri and Mississippi, and they’ll be releasing their album, Phantom Limb, on Misra Records on Februrary 28th. The thing I like about this track is that it goes between this beautiful folk number, and that sludgy riff that kicks off the track. Ultimately, the love is in the meat of the track, and you’ll definitely find yourself playing this song over and over again today.
Download: Water Liars – $100 [MP3]
It’s been quite a bit since I heard anything about Princeton, but I’m glad the group’s back o the up and up. They’ve got a new record titled Rememberance of Things to Come that is going to hit the streets on February 21st. This title tracks seems a little bit more structured around a few loops, at least up until the midpoint of the track where strings and percussion pick the song up. It’s a feathery vocal that soars throughout the song that will really grab the ears of pop music lovers. Come on in and get taken away by this sweet little jam.
Download: Princeton – Remembrance Of Things To Come [MP3]
People want to love Tim Presley for his Darker My Love role, but as we’re based in Austin, I’m more a fan of his Strange Boys role. All that aside, dude’s also got a pretty nice little solo project called White Fence. This year he’ll be releasing a two volume set of tunes, under the title of Family Perfume. The first volume is slated to hit stores on April 3rd through Woodsist, and the first single has me pretty excited as it floated about the Interwebs today. It’s got this little low-key jangle, almost harkening to the classic pop moments of the 60s, especially with Presley’s mellow vocal delivery throughout. You digs?
Download: White Fence – It Will Never Be (Edit) [MP3]
Italian Horn is the musical moniker of NYC writer Anthony Pappalardo. Dais Records just announced they’ll be releasing his Red Affair 12″, which is limited to only 300 vinyl copies, so head HERE to pick it up. It’s interesting that Robert Pollard produced the cover art collage for this album, as you can see hints of old GBV in the track that we’re featuring today. This one’s a little more gritty in terms of the overall production, but you can sense that feeling of just writing a track solely on the evolution of a single melody. I’ve been digging this today, so I figured I’d share.
Download: Italian Horn – Red Affair [MP3]
When you hear about two sisters singing together, you wanna be sure it doesn’t fall into the kitsch category. Luckily, for the Brown sisters this is not the case for Summer Twins, who’ve just released their debut self-titled album on Burger Records. Seeing as the group hails from California, you’ll see some obvious sunny influences or likenesses. Personally, I see the resemblance, but the vocals sound eerily like Zoey D. It’s beneficial, as it gives the track a bit of clarity and brightness in contrast to the areas where we usually find a bit of hazy atmospherics, or as I like to call it: the indie auto-tune. Give this song a chance.
Download:Summer Twins – I Don’t Care [MP3]
One of the bands that I’ve really enjoyed following over the last several years has been Norway’s I Was a King. They’ve just issued a really small run of a split 7″ EP on Splendour Records with Half-Handed Cloud, and I’m really enjoyhing their effort here. There’s a great swirling melody that is underscored by the guitar work, one of the prominent instruments in this band’s repertoire. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out this band, the time is right to do so. Hopefully this 7″ indicates the band are back on track and set to toss out something new in the near future.
Download:I Was a King – Happy [MP3]
Man, it looks like a solid year for Kanine Records, especially as they announce the release of the new album from Young Prisms. The Cali band’s In Between, their sophomore release, will hit stores on March 27th. One listen to the first single from this track, you’ll pretty much see where the “Floating in Blue” title comes in to play. It opens with a nice bit of haze, then enter a light bit of female vocals to hold the song together. Beneath all that, the guitars tie in a bit of melancholy, offering listeners a superb track they can play over and over again. Go on, press play. And again.
Download:Young Prisms – Floating in Blue [MP3]