Call it old news, or call it what you will, but this new track from Ducktails must be shared. We’ve grown fond of essentially all the work we’ve heard from Matt Mondanile via Real Estate or this project, so it’s not a surprise that this song, “Don’t Want To Let You Know” is a stoner rock gem. The soundscape is lush and full, alternating between a groovy bass line and fuzzy twee synths. Vocally, I’m a little on the fence, but the psychadellic-lite aesthetic of the song keeps me coming back. What do you think? Take a listen and watch Matt wander through some cold looking streets below.
When I heard Geoff Earle was working on a new project, I immediately had high expectations, knowing his capabilities from year’s of playing in the Austin scene. I didn’t expect the work to be so impressive so soon. They just released Big Fist, and it’s filled with danceable grooves and hits that should definitely put the rest of the music world on notice. “Steal Your Guitar” is definitely a standout track, but I’ve taken a liking to the softer track, “The Difference,” which shows the group isn’t just a one-trick pony. Whether you’re an Austinite or a someone who checks our site from time to time, I think you’ll be equally impressed with Stiletto Feels new album; it’s available now via GTZ Records!
If anyone is judging by soundcloud plays, and you shouldn’t, then this new DIIV record already has a lot of excitement behind, having reached over 10K streams in less than 24 hours. Personally, I was excited by their newer songs at this past Levitation Fest…more so than I was by their earlier work. This new track definitely has my interest piqued further, using a lot of great guitar work to fill out the space behind Cole’s voice. For my two cents, it’s one of the strongest things they’ve done; it’s got a really dark feeling to it, furthered by the way the vocals calmly hang in the air. Their new album, Is the Is Are Now will be released by Captured Tracks on February 5th.
Why not start off the week with another sweet tune from Idiot Glee? This tune has come in quick succession to the first single released, but I can see that we’ve all got to take note of this release as both of the singles are pretty special. There’s a likeness to Adam Green or Jens Lekman in the vocals on this tune, immediately holding a special place in my heart. But, I also like the way the song builds in the middle and end, piling sounds on to the voice of James Friley to create this huge wall of pop. Look for his new self-titled album on January 29th via Hop Hop Records.
Looks like Exploding In Sound Records continue to build on their already solid roster, this time with the addition of Washer. Yesterday this tune came out on the airwaves, and I’ve been blasting it ever since. It has a nostalgic sort of Pavement feel, combined with the modern arty-indifference being popularized in NYC these days. Look for the band’s debut, Here Comes Washer, on January 22nd, just a few days after my birthday…in case you’re buying me a gift.
I wonder how many bands out there have “lost tracks”? I’m sure it’s hard to sit down in a studio and see what fits with the feeling of an album, but I’m definitely glad that The Ocean Blue offered up this lost gem from their early years on Sire Records. This track celebrates a band that’s been knocking around since the 1980s, and celebrates their hard work with their first label; they’ll be re-releasing those first three albums on vinyl today. Whether its the production or the influence of their sound, but I can definitely see this track fitting nicely inside some modern indie rock playlists…they were just another band clearly ahead of their time. Grab those re-issues from Shelflife or Korda today!
I can’t place it exactly, but something about Sioux Falls sounds really familiar. I feel like I’ve heard it before, but I mean that in a good way. At times, it sounds like a less restrained Doug Martsch, as the band crashes the cymbals and the guitar chords billow through your speakers. I’d say it’s some sort of post-punk, but there’s a sensibility that makes the track immediately more accessible to listeners. I’m particularly enjoying the breakdown that wraps up the end of the track; there’s a huge hook waiting for you! Look for their album, Rot Forever, on February 19th of next year.
Friday’s are great for feel-good jams, and I think this new single from Marrow fits perfectly into that slot. The band just announced a slew of touring dates for early 2016, which includes an Austin date on January 31st (at Lamberts). In order to promote their album,The Gold Standard, and their tour, they’re offering up this sweet track. I love how it feels like a very groovy pop track, but beneath the powerful voice of Macie Stewart is a band doing their best to bring out the group’s rocking aesthetic. If you turn the mix another way, this track could easily break through some speakers. Enjoy your Friday good vibes.
As we draw to the end of the year, people are making their year end lists of great albums. For me, one of the things that’s sure to make the top of my list is the new LP from Expert Alterations, You Can’t Always Be Liked, which was just released by Kanine in October. Just in case you needed a reminder of how superb their tracks are in real life, the band has this brand new video for “The Past and You.” I don’t really need to offer up too much more, as I think the video and the song speak for themselves. Have a heart for pop, then this should be in your collection now.
I’ve been on the Shivas train for quite some time, and I’m rather surprised at how quickly they’ve returned considering they were just rocking their last album less than a year ago. This track, however, might catch a few off-guard, offering a smooth Western-tinged ballad that brims with soulful vocals. Sure, lacking in the punch and hooks they’ve offered before, but the song builds in such a way that it’s hard for listeners to turn this thing off. It’s a song of maturity and growth, giving us a glimmer of what we should expect on the band’s new LP, Better Off Dead, which is being released on February 9th via K Records.