Unbeknownst to me, I’ve been anxiously awaiting new music from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I didn’t know it was coming, but I’m glad to say, that the announcement of The Echo of Pleasure has brought with it a sense of joy. Clearly, Kip Berman’s style has evolved, dialing back on the distortion to allow for the clarity in his melodic pop songs. Still, the chorus erupts inhuge fashion, swirling distortion and melody the way very few can. The hooks are still there, and knowing what a huge fan of pop music Kip is, I couldn’t be more excited to see where else he’ll take us on his journey. Look for the new LP on July 14th via Painbow.
Looking at my life, I always feel like there’s been a sense of wandering, a feeling of letting the world just take me in whatever direction the wind blows. Why does that matter now? I feel like Stutter Steps‘ latest single has perfectly captured that sentiment, that longing we all we give into from time to time as we dream of better lives. I feel like Ben Harrison has this way of crafting the music you want playing at every turn of your day or even your life. No one is writing pop music like this, and perhaps few ever will, so give in to his powers and grab a copy of Floored EP via Blue Arrow Records (June 2nd).
Sometimes you come across a tune that just feels right, that just makes the day ahead slightly better. For me, today’s tune is from upcoming UK act Why No?. Guitars carefully open up the tune before you’re brought into the chilled out swagger the band offers. You can hear little surfy elements, but overall, the carefree styling is what really hits home for me; there’s not a care in the world when you’re letting this song wash over you through your speakers. The band are working on a new release, and we’ll hopefully have more news on that for you in the coming weeks, but for now, try not to let that smile hit you too hard.
Feeling like we all need to settle into Monday this week, and what better way than to get into this groovy bit of slow pop from Doghouse Charlie. I love the soulful vibe on this new single from the forthcoming Eponymous LP, but the music lurking behind the voice is really what I’m feeling today. There’s this lightly trickling guitar that opens the song, then a slight leg stomp with a tambourine enters as the song really shimmers in your speakers. Definitely something spiritual in the way this song comes across, which in the end, makes it perfect for you to settle into your groove for the week.
For the last few months, I’ve been raving about the new music of Romantic States, and since Friday, I’ve spent a lot of time spinning their latest LP, Corduroy in Italy. While the singles have been great at teasing what was to come, opener “In My Arms” illustrates just how far the band has come, perfect blending elements of slow core and fuzzy indiepop. Ilenia and Jim switch singing roles throughout, but I think theIlenia’s performance on “Half Your Life” might just steal the show. Seems cliche, but there’s honestly not a bad song on this entire LP. Go grab it from Gentle Reminder Records; it won’t disappoint.
While the rock n’ roll scene is clearly alive and flourishing in Austin, lets not forget the incredible electronic scene that continues to inspire. The latest rising star is Curved Light, the project of synth composer Peter Tran. I love the gradual build to this song, especially as the tension pushes and pushes the listener right until the song’s last gasp. Don’t come here looking for that euphoric release, as this is clearly more about composition and structure, of the electronic sort. Look for a brand new batch of compositions on his Channelview mix coming out via Holodeck on this Friday.
There’s so much to enjoy when listening to Will McKay‘s music. Walking into this track, you’re likely to feel a little nostalgic, as it has a classic rock bounce. But, McKay quickly turns the song into something more dreamy as he allows his pop sensibility to swirl during the chorus. His vocal delivery is super casual, and as it meets up with the bouncing tempo it takes on a youthfulness that makes his tune all the more endearing. You should check out his brand new self-titled EP that he just released, featuring this enchanting little ditty.
Thursday saw indie pop giants The XX performing for the secondnight in a row at a sold out Moody Theater. Flying high off the release of their latest album,I See You, as well as a series of announcements of headlining spots at festivals (cough cough ACL Fest), the three piece brought with them an air of swagger and professionalism that matches their sleek and ever-sexy sound.
Read on for some thoughts about the show and some pretty photos from a new to ATH contributor, Ismael Quintanilla III.
A few weeks ago we dropped the first Tunabunny single, and I promised it’d be an album of diverse sound that many would find to be one of the year’s most exhilarating listens. Today, we’re back with another tune, with that promised new twist. Slowly opening with minimal sound and a dreamy softness in the vocals, the song subdues listeners before reaching into an emphatic growl during the chorus; it soon retreats to the entrancing bit once again filled in by percussion and electronic haze. Their new album, PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland JR, is being released on June 23rd via HHBTM, and hopefully this is just another example of the group’s willingness to define their own sound.
Not quite ready for the weekend, then all you’ll need is this delightful tune from Star Tropics. It quickly opens with twinkling jangle and a layer of fuzz beneath, and that should be enough to get your blood pumping. But, then the dreamy dosage of vocals fly atop, turning out melodies that will have your head spinning…it might just leave you bounding around your living room with a huge grin on your face (I can’t be the only one!). The group has just announced the release of their new LP, Lost World. All you pop suckers will be clamoring to get your hands on this, and it can be all yours on July 7th, courtesy of Shelflife and Fastcut Records.