I hadn’t really heard of Gross Magic until earlier today, but browsing through the net often leads to great finds. Sam McGarrigle is the man behind these sounds, and his tastes are sort of all over the place on his Teen Jamz EP, but that’s sort of what makes it so wonderful; you get to listen to a sound that never bores. His effortless moments of cool on this title track are just one styling he offers, so feel free to check out the rest of the tracks on this five song EP before your judgment is final. Trust me, it’s definitely been blasting in my house all day.
Download: Gross Magic – Teen Jamz [MP3]
Perhaps those in Canada are hip to Library Voices, but the word is slowly starting to spread South about this great little pop band. They’ve just signed up to release their record, Summer of Lust, via Dine Alone Records on October 18th. It’s a seemingly busy track, filled with hooks and beeps, and even a bit of Win Butler-ish yelping during parts. All signs at the moment point towards this band completely winning over the States, bringing us more infectious pop tunes that will never fail to please our ears. Hello Library Voices, welcome to the States.
Download: Library Voices – Generation Handclap [MP3]
We talked about Finnish starlets, Big Wave Riders, a bit ago, but as the date nears closer for the release of their Behind These Walls EP, which will be available to you on September 7th, they just keep releasing more tracks. You’ve got to check out the latest, especially with hints of high-stepping grooves laying just beneath the surface, then exploding during the chorus–even with a screeching bit of guitar solo to wrap the song up nicely. There’s just this bit of craftiness living beneath the feeling of fun that you’ll probably associate with this song, and who doesn’t like to see those two things meet up? Enjoy folks.
Download: Big Wave Riders – Behind These Walls [MP3]
Those in New York need to get ready, as Super Melody is set to invade the United States, with the majority of the dates slated in NYC. The group is made up primarily of James Cecil, formerly of Architecture In Helsinki. He’s coming to support the release of his record, Destination Unknown (which is not a reference to Rancid lyrics, sadly). You’ll notice that there’s still an influence of AIH here, just with some of the samples, but the song below will show you a more electronic feel, reminiscent of bands like Hot Chip. So, even if we’re not all in New York or California, at least we can appreciate a little dance party action.
Download: Super Melody – Tinder Hearted [MP3]
It’s not always easy to keep track of the bevy of bands coming out of the UK, but Cats and Cats and Cats have been around for some time. I loved their last record, If I’d Had an Atlas, so I’m really excited to bring you a new tune off their recently released Motherwhale album. This time around, they’ve picked up the pace, giving you a little bit more power to their blend of folk and pop, making for a stellar listen all the way til’ the end. It’s the sort of record that leaves you with a huge smile on your face; that’s never a bad way to wrap up your listening experience.
Download: Cats And Cats And Cats – Celebration [MP3]
Strawberry Whiplash is one of those great band’s that unfortunately seems to fly beneath the radar of the masses. I’m not sure why, as the simple pop formula of Laz and Sandra is nothing short of perfect, and you’d be silly to say otherwise. The group’s been hard at work prepping their next album for your sunny travels, titled Hits in the Car, and it should be out later this year. But, you won’t have to wait too much longer for new tunes, as the band is set to release a new 7″ for the single, “Stop, Look and Listen.” Laz has been kind enough to allow us to share this great B-Side with you, which I’m sure will leave you salivating for more from Strawberry Whiplash.
Download: Strawberry Whiplash – Another Rainy Day In Glasgow [MP3]
You might know Van Pierszalowski from Port O’ Brien, but he’s beginning to make waves of his own under the name of WATERS. He’s already tossed out one tune earlier this year, and now here comes another stunner from the songwriter, prepping for his debut, Out in the Light, which comes out via TBD Records on September 20th. His voice seems to waiver just the slightest bit, giving a hint of an edge to the gentle track that slowly begins to unfold. It’s like a more pristine Mile Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Enjoy this number.
Download: WATERS – O Holy Break Of Day [MP3]
Have you not heard about The Moth & The Mirror? Well, if you haven’t, but you follow Glaswegian bands, you have probably heard something from all the members participating in this super-group. There’s members of Arab Strap, Reindeer Section, Admiral Follow and Frightened Rabbit. Should make for a pretty interesting combination, right? We’ve heard the band is going to release an album later in the year, but for now they’re content to hold you over with this tune. It begins with Stacey Sievwright, wooing you with her voice, but as the band joins in, there’s discordant guitars cutting their way through and drums pounding furiously. It’s a lot more haunting of a feeling than what you would expect, with the members previous projects considered, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
Download: The Moth & The Mirror – Lights in the Sky [MP3]
Sad news coming our way as Foreign Born have decided to turn their focus elsewhere, at least for the time being. I thoroughly loved their record, Person to Person, so I’m sad to see them take a break, but they do have other projects to focus on, such as Fools Gold. Fortunately, before they head off into the California sun, they’ve left us with a brand new track to enjoy. Sadly, it only makes me wish all the more that they wouldn’t hang things up just yet, as they clearly have some brilliant stuff left to accomplish.
Download: Foreign Born – Keep It In Mind [MP3]
Man, it’s been a really good day for quirky pop numbers all over the Internets. This sprawling little number from New York’s Forest Fire is just another one of those. The band have recently signed to Fat Cat, who will be releasing their newest album, Staring at the X, on October 18th. If you listen closely, I swear you’ll hear the voice of Devandra Banhart, though the music sounds nothing at all like that. Light orchestrated touches come in and out, and carefully echoed guitar chords clang in the background. Whatever their formula is for songwriting, I’m absolutely loving it today.
Download: Forest Fire – Future Shadows [MP3]