Something about singer-songwriters writing warm pop just draws me in every single time. Villagers is one such project by Conor O’Brien, and this song keeps playing around my desk all day long. It sounds a lot like early Rogue Wave, but at the same time, some of his vocal qualities really remind me of Patrick Wolf (minus the thematic insanity). It’s definitely just a subtle pop song that finds its way straight to your heart. You can find this song on the album Becoming a Jackal, which hits stores June 8th on Domino.
Download: Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
I’ve recently really taken a liking to one of Western Vinyl’s newest signees Secret Cities. Their jangly and sometimes epic take on pop music has been getting mad spins around the ATH offices. Lucky for us, the band plan to release their debut LP Pink Graffiti on local label Western Vinyl later this summer on July 30th. Have a listen to their first single “Pink Graffiti Pt. 1” until that date. Dig.
Download: Secret Cities – Pink Graffiti Part 1 [MP3]
It’s that time of year again for all of us to begin reflecting on the first third of our year in the music world. Merge has of course released some stellar albums in these first 4 months of 2010 and they’re celebrating that with a free 14 track digital sampler. Awesome songs from She & Him, Destroyer, Let’s Wrestle, and tons of others are including. The Sampler is currently available for free download via Amazon. This also gives me another excuse to post up one of my favorite songs of the year from Merge band Wye Oak.
Download: Wye Oak – I Hope You Die [MP3]
This is a bit of a sentimental post for me since Ratatat was the first band I actually posted about on our website two years ago. We’ve come a long way since then and it’s kinda funny that the electro duo are dropping a new album around the same time we got our start. I’ll save the tears…. Ratatat’s upcoming LP4 will be hitting stores on June 8th via XL Recordings. The album has officially leaked at this point, but we’ve got new MP3 “Drugs” for you people that like to keep it legal. I’d expect to hear this thing all over the indie dance floors this summer.
Update: Song removed at label’s request. We were using the wrong single so here’s the official one “Party With Children”.
Download: Ratatat – Party With Children [MP3]
Man, I’m really diggin’ this new School of Seven Bells tune “Babelonia” that popped up on The Gum Yesterday. It’s got it all if you ask me; driving guitars, a tight backing beat, and some sweet female vocal harmonies. Hellz yeah. The band’s upcoming LP, Disconnect From Desire, hits stores on July 13th via Vagrant Records.
Download: School of Seven Bells – Babelonia [MP3]
I’m really surprised that we haven’t heard too much on this side of the pond about Stornoway. They’ve got everything we love about our own bands, not to mention Brian Briggs’ incredible set of pipes. Luckily, this single has come to us from 4AD, and it will be on the band’s debut album Beachcomber’s Windowsill. This song begins with percussion and gentle strumming before Briggs decides he wants to carry the rest of the song with his voice (the music stays, but his voice dominates). If this is what we can expect, then huge things are expected from this band. Check out their album on May 24th.
Download: Stornoway – On the Rocks [MP3]
In case you missed Cats On Fire‘s last record, Our Temperance Movement, the first thing you should do is go get your hands on it; it’s a gem of a pop record. But, now the band are back with a collection of rarities, B-Sides and what-nots. The album is called Dealing in Antiques, and it features 20 tracks from the band; you can’t argue with that. We’ve got the album opener, which is a cover of White Town‘s “Your Woman.” You’ll be able to find the record in stores next week, or you can order it straight from Matinee Recordings, which has tons of other great bands you need to check out while you’re at it.
Download: Cats on Fire – Your Woman [MP3]
So by now you’ve seen the two new tracks streaming around the internet from the upcoming Wolf Parade LP Expo 86. That streaming stuff is all well and good, but we wanted to offer you up a tasty little MP3 of new track “Ghost Pressure”. It will of course appear on the new LP from the band due out June 29th on Sub Pop Records. You can also check out Spencer Krug led track “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)” right over here. Enjoy!
Download: Wolf Parade – Ghost Pressure [MP3]
Bethany Consentino and her project Best Coast have a new 7″ vinyl out today. The songs are short and sweet beach style hazzy pop that we’ve taken a liking to over the last few days. This track below “Far Away” is the A-side with B-side “Everyone’s Gone” available for listening on the Eskuché headphones website. The limited pressing vinyl (5oo to be exact…) is only available with purchase of a pair of Eskuché headphones at participating stores. Where can I get some of those in Austin?
Download: Best Coast – Far Away [MP3]
As usual, I’ve stumbled across an incredible tune from another Sweden band. The group is named The Forest & the Trees, and they use catchy guy/girl dual vocals to coincide with their brand of melodious pop music. This tune features some incredible drum work, which is what propels the song along, but deep beneath lives audible joy. If you like what you hear, you can go to the band’s WEBSITE to hear the entirety of their self-titled record before it comes out in the states!
Download: The Forest & the Trees – To the Forest (I Need Some Peace) [MP3]