We’re just over a month away from the release of the next album from the Golden Dregs, thus today warrants another single from the project. I think those of you who have found yourselves fans of Cohen or Waits might find some comfort in the baritone voice of Benjamin Woods, much as I do; it’s got this effortless croon, like only the hippest of lounge acts. For me, the success in this song revolves around the contrast in all the guitar bits; there’s this heavy groove that drives through the track, though its intermittently juxtaposed with this funky guitar line boogieing through the tune. Thus far, this might be my favorite off Hope is for the Hopeless; it drops on September 27th.
Stone Jack Jones has only been in my musical orbit for a few years; I had no idea who he was until our friends at Western Vinyl shared Ancestor (and later Love & Torture) with the world. He’s back with the forthcoming Black Snake, and for some reason, this new single just feels like home. It has the artistry and nostalgia I was raised upon by my parents, though a careful ear will reveal these textural layers that are quite fascinating; I’m quite fond of the way the backing vocals were recorded here. I could probably write an essay about how this melody or that note struck a chord with me, but really, I just want you to partake in this track, maybe you’ll find a bit of yourself inside. If so, Black Snake is out on September 13th via YK Records.
I often steer clear of the six minute song, at least when it comes to posting things on the site; some folks just don’t have the patience these days to indulge in what’s around them. But, this Mimico tune caught my ear the moment I heard it. While they’re psychedelic tendencies definitely unfold as the song traverses the galaxies, the core musical elements offer up this bopping bounce of dream pop that I can’t help but to encourage you to indulge…just a bit. This exploratory pop tune features on the band’s new album, Hi Action, out in October via Hand Drawn Dracula.
You thought I’d only throw two Aussie tracks at you today? Wrong! I’ve got this brand new single from Hearts and Rockets, which is the latest single from the band’s forthcoming Power LP! I think the band’s personal description of crafting ‘brat-wave’ is the most fitting genre, especially when you give this tune a spin; Kalindy has this sharp snarl that’s packed with attitude and energy…the sort Karen O brought to the table in the early YYYs EPs. It all feels like synth-y post-punk, with an execution that carries built in charm and hooks; I love the bass groove that operates as the track’s backbone. Anyways…kick off the end of your day with some great attitude; Power comes out on August 23rd!
While I’m partial to George Best due to its Manchester United association, Tommy isn’t far behind on my list of great albums by The Wedding Present. News recently broke that after celebrating George Best at 30 the band have gone back to rerecord Tommy to celebrate its 30th birthday. In the tune below, you can hear the impact of the rerecording and how it changes the sounds for Tommy. For starters, things were fast and furious on the original 7″ for “Go Out and Get Em Boy”, and the vocals seemed hidden in the mix. The reimagining has things open up with the guitar sound much more crisp, which in the end, opens up space for David Gedge to show just how far he’s grown as a vocalist…talk about aging like a fine fine wine.
Indigo Bunting are the kind of act you’re meant to fall in love with and know very little about. They’re an Austin outfit with some connections to Tiger Waves, but that’s where the story ends…as far as we know. Still, they pop up out of nowhere, toss an album at us, disappear then pop up with a few new gems, like today. While everything’s showed brilliant promise, these two numbers feel like they’ve finally got things clicking on all gears. “White Noise” this bursting pop hit, calling upon forefathers like Unicorns and Animal Collective to craft collage pop pieces on the right side of weird; the chorus for this one is super rewarding. “I Don’t Mind” illustrates the band’s songwriting gifts, offering warmer tones while still orbiting the same pop planet as the A-side here. Never enough words to write about such a talented bunch.
JW Francis quietly dropped his I’ll Love you Forever, Bye EP almost a year ago, but to be honest, its just now making its way to my ears, especially now that he’s sharing this brand new video for one of the standout tunes. The tune has this sort of warped pop bent to it, it’s got this warbling meander to it; I feel that’s apt as the video sort of encompasses the same sentiment, particularly in the bike scenes. That said, I think the full-toned voice of Francis is particularly charming, weaseling its way right into my ear holes; this is a nice early Monday morning jam, if you’re listening.
Having already written about one Brisbane act today, it only seems appropriate to follow it up with another that I’m quite fond of, Thigh Master. Matthew Ford and his band have things locked down tight on this one, fueled by a bounding rhythm section and this discordant guitar cutting through like a knife. Still, what’s always charmed me about this outfit is that no matter how rambunctious and out of control they seem, they always carry this pop sensibility just below the surface, lurking and waiting to burst your eardrums with joy. This track is no different! You’ll find it on the band’s Now for Example, slated for release by Goner Records on September 27th, with a big old US tour in the early Fall!
Looks like we’re going to star our morning out with a very Australian vibe, and I’m not sure which of the two Aussie tunes I’ve got that I find more charming; I’ll leave that up to you. This number is the latest single from Emu Parade, our first listen to what’s to come from their debut EP (out later this year). I’m quite fond of the natural sense of wistfulness that comes across in the tones of Eamon Webb’s vocal tones. But, the guitar sound on this song really makes me swoon; there’s something about that sharp noodling line cutting across the gentle strum in the front of the mix. Figure this is a great way to start off your week.
A hot but promising weekend lies ahead and you are likely in need of something to get the party going. Might I suggest this bopping new single called “Fault Lines” from Huddersfield based indie pop artist Marek Kubala. It’s an incredibly infectious piece of pop music not like anything I’ve heard recently. Press play and you will be banging your head and tapping your toes in time.