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]
One of the records that I thought a lot of people overlooked was The Mistress by Yellow Ostrich, which was later deservedly reissued. Finally, the band returns with Strange Land, which will hit stores on March 6th via Barsuk. This first new glimpse finds the band confident as ever, offering up a nice piece of indie rock with crashing cymbals and clever bits of guitar chords swirling about. It harkens back to a more straight-forward approach to songwriting, free of gimmicks for the most part, instead focusing on lyrical content that requires a great deal of your attention. It’s always a pleasure to see this sort of music resurface in the greater landscape; don’t you agree?
Download:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner [MP3]
When I found this gem in my inbox, I tried to look up some info, as the hooks made it nearly impossible to ignore this group. In truth, there is little information on Alpaca Sports at the moment, other than that it’s a solo project of Andreas Jonsson of Sweden, filling out his sound with the help of friends. One thing is for sure, the Internet seems pleased with this tune, as its popped up in various places aside from ours. This single is extra playful, reminding me of recent tracks by Hospitality. If this track doesn’t get your toe tapping or put a smile on your face, please consult your doctor immediately.
Download:Alpaca Sports – Just for fun [MP3]
Those of you who’ve been fortunate enough to follow Lucero over the years surely know how great of a songwriter Ben Nichols can be, and with his group filling in the empty spaces, they always craft great songs. Ben’s voice always provides a bit of scratchiness to your listening experience, giving a nice little twist to typical Americana. You’ll find just such treasures on the group’s new album Women and Work, which comes out on March 13th via ATO Records. This new single is about as mellow as the band gets, with bits of twang, horns and slide guitar being utilized to create a strong backbone for another great Lucero track.
Download:Lucero – Sometimes [MP3]