I’ll give you that this is a little bit abrasive, compared to the music I usually post about, but I still have a penchant for the heavier side of things. Unlike most bands in their area, Glaswegian group United Fruit are here to give you a swift kick to the teeth. The guitars are shredding and the vocals are reminiscent of the olden days of Trail of Dead, so you know we Austinites are going to have a liking for that. These kids have just released their new album, Fault Lines, and aside from one track (“Three”) it’s a rocker through and through. Perhaps it’s to your liking too?
Download: United Fruit – Kamikaze [MP3]
We’re just a few weeks away from the release of the new album from recent Saddle Creek signing, Big Harp. Their album is titled White Hat, and it’s going to be in stores on August 30th, surely winning over a lot of new fans for the band. I like the trickling melody of this single, and of course, the deep quality of the vocals definitely attracts me. I’m also appreciating the dichotomy between the vocals and the underlying pop sensibility of the song’s construction. Things looks to be a really promising debut for the husband and wife duo from Nebraska.
Dwonload: Big Harp – Everybody Pays [MP3]
I came across this beautiful new track from The Sunshine Factory when I was browsing the excellent blog, When the Sun Hits. This is the first new music we’ve heard from the group since the release of their LP, Sugar, which came out at the end of 2010. The song has this unassuming beauty, with lightly strummed guitar filling in the space left by the atmospherics of the background. You’ll have a hard time convincing me Sally Robertson doesn’t have one of the most enchanting voices around. Give it up for this Alabama crew; they’re crafting some kind of wonderful.
Download: The Sunshine Factory – Chainsaw Girl [MP3]
There’s something about bands that craft pop melodies around folk/country elements, such as banjos and pianos, that really just grabs me. It’s always been this way, and it’s much the same when I first heard this new track from Blind Pilot. This is the first single from their upcoming record, We Are the Tide, which will be released to the masses on September 13th. Thanks to the rolling drum beat, the song swiftly moves along in pace, while still allowing you enough time to absorb the lyrics. I have a feeling with music like this coming out, it’s going to be a busy month for us here at ATH in September.
Download: Blind Pilot – Keep You Right [MP3]
What? You don’t want more new music from the bearded lads in Megafaun? Well, too bad! They’re prepping their self-titled double LP, Megafuan, which will land in your lap on September 20th via Hometapes. As more new songs leak out, you can’t help but hope that the mastery these guys have shown in their gentle song construction will be replicated throughout the entire album. There’s bits of banjo, which the band promises is the only time its used on the record, and the whispering vocals compliment the emotional quality of the song. Is September here yet?
Download: Megafaun – State/Meant [MP3]
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]