It’s going to be a great year for our dear friends over at Chapter Music; they’ve already released Geoffrey O’Connor‘s record, and they’ve got the Twerps new one on the way. But, more importantly, they’ve got the debut full-length from Dick Diver, yet another great band from Australia waiting to be heard over here in the States. Their record is titled New Start Again, and it will be released October 14th overseas. On first listen, you’ve got to fall in love with the way the guitar gently trickles in, while a layer of brightness begs to burst forth. It never does, but you’ll follow the song until its end, waiting. Even if you have to wait, you’ll play it over again, just to make sure it’s as great a song as you thought it was in the first place.
Download: Dick Diver – Through the D [MP3]
At the moment there’s not tons of news stateside about The Serenades, other than it feature Adam Olenius of Shout Out Louds, and his friend, Markus. They’re not crafting bubbling pop with hints of melancholy; they’re offering up sweeping pop music that only the Swedes seem to know how to perfect. They’ve got an album out called Criminal Heaven, and it’s full of really warm numbers with swelling bursts of exuberance. It’s the perfect track to fit into your midweek listening rotation. Just kick back and enjoy this little ditty.
Download: The Serenades – Oceans [MP3]
If you’re looking for something to put on in the background as your mind wanders today, then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve caught myself drifting off, happily of course, to the meandering pop tune just released by White Birds. The band is working on releasing the White Birds Tape, which you can grab from Grizzly Records. Word is that they’ve got a full length in the works, but no news on that front just yet. I promise you that you’ll be just as excited as I am about this band; yet another tune I want to play all day long.
Download: White Birds – Hondora [MP3]
What can you get out of four guitarists? Just one listen to Diarrhea Planet and you’ll see that it’s a pretty heavy sound, if not one rooted in a bit of pop. With the vocals, I want to throw them in as a more rocking Against Me, but there’s a lot less angst. This Nashville outfit is busy prepping their debut Loose Jewels on Infinity Cat Records, which you can find in stores on September 20th (next week!). It’s possibly not the deepest of tracks you’ll find out there, but it sure is a whole lot of fun jamming to this at the end of the day. Crank the speakers and let go.
Download: Diarrhea Planet – Warm Ridin’ [MP3]
You want something creative and tasty? Try listening to Netherfriends. After the 50 Songs 50 States project, the group has now constructed an entire EP based around Harry Nilsson samples. While it might push some buttons as sort of kitsch pop, it’s definitely pushing the envelope in regards to the music we can create with electronics pushing us into the future. Just go to the group’s BANDCAMP page and search around; you’ll surely find something interesting, and the odds are it’s going to be something good. If you’re looking for something that challenges your opinion of traditional pop, look no further, Netherfriends is here.
Download: Netherfriends – Full of it [MP3]
This isn’t what one expects to come out of Belgium, at least not what comes to my mind. But, as I’ve jammed to the latest EP from Black Box Revelation, I’m not going to complain. They’ve got hints of American blues and soul, but the slightest hint of garage-iness provides the band with exactly the right amount of grit to make them more than memorable. The band’s got their Shiver of Joy EP out now, and they’ve got plans for a full-length soon after. Oh, and if you Austinites dig their sound, you can catch them when they stop on by on October 1st over at the ND.
Download: Black Box Revelation – Shiver Of Joy [MP3]
How much more can we really tell you about Nashville’s Pujol? Nothing much reall, other than you need to be jamming to this kid. He’s signed on with stalwart label, Saddle Creek Records, who will be releasing his EP, Nasty, Brutish and Short on October 18th. It’s gritty, but it’s not something you can immediately pass of as some sort of garage re-hash. Yea, there’s touches of that, but the overwhelming quality seems rooted in far more than some lo-fi phenomenon. So, if you didn’t listen to us the first time, maybe now you’ll get into Pujol. You’ll also find the band tearing it up at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year, so yet another reason to get your ears ready.
Download: Pujol – Mayday [MP3]
You know that if something sounds good, the odds are that it is probably going to end up in the hands of Captured Tracks. They’re at it again, grabbing onto new UK up-and-comers, CoverGirl. Listening to their first single, you can tell that the band’s got a few things to figure out, but even if they don’t, there’s a great quality to their introduction to the masses. At first, there’s a bit of indie haunting, but as the pace begins to pick up, you can hear some audible chaos. It’s definitely got a foggy dynamic, and only time will tell where these guys will end up, sound-wise. For now, just sit back and enjoy.
Download: CoverGirl – Paris Burns [MP3]
It seems we get a lot of surf-pop and dream-pop nowadays with male singers, and I’m definitely okay with that, but I don’t mind having a swinging female voice maneuver in and out of these tracks as well. The Notes, like Seapony, do a great job of doing just that, and this British bunch has just put out their brand new album, Fearless, which you can grab for FREE, if you so choose. The title track’s got a little bit of haze, a little bit of noise, and a slew of pop bubbling beneath it all. Give these guys a chance to win you over this Friday.
Download: The Notes – Fearless [MP3]
Portland-based Blouse have been making their way around the Interwebs with a slew of recent 7″ releases, the most recent coming on Sub Pop. As it stands now, the band’s signed up with Captured Tracks for the release of their self-titled debut, which will be released on November 1st. This latest single begins with the quality of a warped recording, but if you can withstand that, there’s some blissful pop moments surfing thoughout the song, making for an elegany little listen. Game, Blouse(s).
Download: Blouse – Videotapes [MP3]