Who’s in the mood for a little brooding, post-punk goodness? If that sounds like your sort of bag, you’d be wise to check out this new single “Human Age” from Leeds based group FEHM. It reminds me quite a bit of ATH friends Girls Names if they somehow got even more gloomy and dark. And hot damn, those vocals are truly epic.
FEHM will release this track as part of a digital single release available October 27th. Pre-order here.
Last year during SXSW, a good friend from across the pond threw a wonderful party of Glaswegian acts; it was there that I first fell in love with what Spinning Coin were doing. We’re inching closer towards the release of the band’s debut, and as such, we’ve got an incredible tune for you. I think there’s a great nod to the sort of soft post punk that permeated indie record stores in the 1980s. There’s hooks, but they’re not overbearing. You’ll hear male/female vocals, though not kitsch. You just don’t hear tunes like this, sadly, as I could use a whole lot more; I’ll get it on November 10th when Permo drops via Domino.
For young acts, it’s really important to work your tail off; it’s hard to break through that door. Luckily the lads in Johnny Kills are truly dedicated, with a run of several singles over the last few months as they build their brand. Today they add another, and it’s a prime example of the group’s knack for creating a little bit of crunchy guitar rock, dipped in sugary hooks. There’s even some elements, whether intentional or not, that definitely harken to that old brand of Brit pop. Can they keep the pace up with this hitting making machine? Let’s hope so!
There are some artists you listen to on the reg, and your friends just look at you as if you’ve lost your mind. I felt like that with the early Mo Troper stuff, but I think you’re lost in the world if you can’t find anything redeemable in his new work. He’s got this distinctive voice, and while he stretches it here, it’s still quite endearing. Then take a ride on the pop sensibility he spins just at the 40 second mark, with the guitar blasting. Still, he knows how to pull it back into place, just teasing you with that emotional release. His new Exposure & Response LP will be released on November 17th via Good Cheer Records.
Skittle Alley has quietly been a huge part of my indiepop listening for some time, and thanks to IPSML for the heads-up on a brand new tune from the group. This song seems to take the airy guitar jangle and put it in cyclical motion, gently working atop what appears to be sampled percussive beats. But, while you think you have this track figured out, you’ll soon fine that the samples pick up pace, carrying a little energy into your speakers. Just don’t think that the charm established in the first minute will fade, as songwriting like this guarantees maximum charm until the end. Here’s holding out hope that this signals a great new release from the group in the near future.
Tuesdays seem to get stuck between the doldrums of Mondays and the excitement of hump-day specials…they seem lost in a dreamy purgatory of the work week. Enter El Lago with their brand single, draping dream pop flourishes across the lyrical delivery of Lauren Eddy. At times, like Tuesday, she’s simply there, delivering spoken word. Then, she wraps her voice around the delectable melody and carries it into the next moment. Personally, I love the almost matter-of-fact manner the group takes to fleshing out the latter half of this tune; I completely got lost upon my first few listens. This Galveston act will be releasing their album Colors on November 4th via Miss Champagne Records, but for now, let them carry you through your Tuesday.
Still playing catch up on last week, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t just throw this Jaye Bartell tune out into the world, as it seems to have mistakenly slipped by the world. This track features on his new effort, In a Time of Trouble, which is being dropped this Friday via Sinderlyn. I love the heavy tones of his voice, particularly the way they dominate my listening in this track. To me, it sounds like a tune that would charm at a sock-hop, even with those little guitar flourishes; I feel as if I’d be best suited to swing around with my love in a patient circle. Like I said, don’t sleep on this track like I did.
This first little snap of cooler temps around ATX has got me yearning to be outside listening to sweet jams, and lucky for me, The Mohawk has the perfect bill to fit this desire. Alvvays, soaring into our town on the wings of their sophomore release, Antisocialites, will be bringing their pristine pop to our ears and there really isn’t an excuse to miss them. While their self titled debut was catchy in all the right ways, their most recent record showed maturity and dreamy layers of growth to their surfy indie pop. I personally can’t wait to hear the band play hits off the new record like “Not My Baby” or rambunctious “Plimsoll Punks.” Oh, and to top it all off, Nap Eyes will be opening up the night with their college rock. Tickets are still available, you can and should pick them up here. There simply is no better way to spend a Tuesday evening. Check out tunes from both bands below.
A day late and a dollar short, but can’t escape the beauty of this Honey Harper tune. For one, his deep tones throughout the verses works in direct contrast to the softly strummed guitar; he soon rises the notes to meet up with the slide guitar off in the distance, leaving listeners with forlorn dreams of falling in love “when you don’t know what it is.” The more I play it, the more it just feels like home, like a place I want to belong. That alone makes it worth your listening time; look for his debut EP Universal Country on November 10th via Arbutus Records.
This week we’ll happily celebrate the release of the Rare Feeling, the latest LP from Twain. But, before we go that route, let us revel in one final tune; I think I’ve found this as my favorite number. It falls somewhere in the universe between Dan Bejar and Devandra, especially with the way he drops tones in and out of verses. Of course, Twain makes it all his own on the latter half of the number as his voice soars superbly. Look for the release in your local shop, or grab it from our good friends over at Keeled Scales.