Man, this band is ridiculously lovely. You know my affinity for all things indie pop, and lately, Cloudberry Records, so it’s no surprise that the Hamburg group, Tripping the Light Fantastic are making my indie pop day. They’ve got a single coming out on the label sometime soon, but my discovery allowed me to go back in time and revisit the group’s older work. It’s been awhile since they’ve put anything out, but if it sounds as good as this, that doesn’t matter. That opening jangle in the guitar building into the bright explosion of the vocals hooked me immediately, and I’m sure it’s going to be doing the same thing for you!
Download:Tripping the Light Fantastic – Heavy Heart [MP3]
Our friends over at Hardly Art have picked up a new artist that definitely adds more differentiation to their catalogue, Lost Animal. For me, this is unlike anything else on the label, with smoky vocals and carefully orchestrated songs being emphasized by various samples. It makes sense that the group has booked a few dates with Spiritualized. The song below comes across like an old Brit-pop crooner re-imagined to win over fans in the new world. If you enjoy what you hear, look for the band’s album, Ex Tropical, to come out in stores on January 29th.
Download:Lost Animal – Say No To Thugs [MP3]
One of the main reasons I love K Records is the way they’ve consistently approached the music industry; the other thing I appreciate are artists like The Curious Mystery. The group is releasing their Be Still 7″ on the label on January 22nd, and I’m adoring this first taste of the upcoming release. As the song rolls along, the vocals from Shana Cleveland really start to weave their way into your heart. Everything about this track is perfect, from the harmony that runs throughout to those previously mentioned vocals. Definitely something we all need to be on the lookout for!
Download:The Curious Mystery – Be Still [MP3]
It’s that time of year when we start to get a sneak peak at how our 2013 is going to shape up, and it’s looking like a good year already. Aly Spaltro and her project Lady Lamb the Beekeeper are definitely on my list, especially now that Ba Da Bing have announced the release of her album, Ripley Pine, which comes out on February 19th. In a short time she’s garnered a lot of praise for her intimate performances, and her background story of a video store clerk turned songstress is sure to play into the narrative of her record. Enjoy the sample of good things to come.
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Okay, so this isn’t exactly a new jam; it’s from the Plateaus self-titled album that I raved about just a bit ago. But, they put this song out on the net yesterday, and it’s one of my favorite tunes from the record, so I had to have it up here on the net for you. While some of their songs are faster and grittier, this one’s got a bit of pop polish, which is where I first found my love for the band. There’s tons of punk rock and pop rock jams filled on their Art Fag Recordings debut LP, so if you pick it up now you’ll have plenty to sink your teeth into.
I’m not sure where my infatuation began with Holopaw, but I’ll claim myself as a devoted fan of the group, perhaps with their early work from Sub Pop and Isaac Brock…and their impossible to find third album. They’ve just joined up with Misra, who released a 7″ from the band, and will also be releasing Academy Songs Vol. 1 on January 15th (just before my birthday!). This is the B-Side from the 7″, representative of the band’s ability to move in and out of various musical spaces within the span of a single song. It’s always been something I’ve adored, not to mention the sound of Orth’s voice on everything they’ve done. Enjoy this one.
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Those of us in love with indie pop have been awaiting the release of The Garlands for what seems like an eternity, but the time is finally upon us. The Swedish group has finally polished up their self-titled work, with a vinyl release date scheduled for November 27th via the folks over at Shelflife Records. It’s going to be a very limited release, making the blissful pop a necessity for all the fans of such things. The one song they’ve got up currently is full of energy and jangling goodness, not to mention lofty vocal melodies. If you’re not digging this, then you have no heart.
Download:The Garlands – Open Arms [MP3]
Our adventures on the night of November 13th ended over at Red 7, catching some of our favorite Scots, Errors and Twilight Sad. It was vastly different from the earlier pop moments over at Mohawk with Jens, but welcomed nonetheless.
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We began our night of covering the Austin music scene over at Mohawk on Tuesday night, greatly anticipating the return of Jens Lekman to Austin. Openers did their job, if only to warm us up for our favorite Swede.
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Mr. Gnome is a great up and coming band that I caught during SXSW last year, and I can honestly say that they can fully deliver in the live setting. Those looking to get a good show in before the craziness of this weekend ensues should head on down to the indoor stage at Stubbs on Thursday to see this rocking good band live. Local upstarts The Baker Family will be more than adequate in providing your opening support for the evening. You’ll enjoy it.
Download: Mr. Gnome – The Way [MP3]