This song’s a few weeks old, but you can never skip out on posting a delightful bit of indiepop, especially on a Friday. We all need a little pick-me-up, am I right? This is the perfect blend of cliche jangling and warm melody, which fits right in with the sounds we’ve heard from The Electric Pop Group. The band are said to have a new record, Integration, ready for release via their home, Matinee Recordings, but a release date has not yet been set. I’m anxious to hear the rest, as I have nothing but the highest expectations for this act.
It’s a Friday we’re nearing the end of the week, so why not mix things up with a little something different? Lia Mice is an artist who dabbles in experimental pop music as well as scoring films, which explains a bit the sound to the track I have for you called “All The Birds.” This song has a dreamy soundscape to it, while the vocals, sugary sweet, seem to float over the whole thing. Though it’s a little out of my normal element it turns out that this is the perfect sort of soft but edgy tune to get you through this day, wherever you may be.
Musically eclectic California rapper Antwon released a couple new songs last month in anticipation of his soon-to-be-released EP Double Ecstasy. One of those songs, “Jacuzzi”, is produced by and features Lushlife, which blends well with Antwon’s sound. “Jacuzzi” can be streamed below. Antwon also has a lengthy catalog of similar sounding music available to stream or buy via his Bandcamp page.
The jury’s out for me on the name here, but not the song. The song’s a rolling bit of rock n’ roll, always feeling like it’s a shaky train heading down the tracks. Energy is picked up near the 1:40 mark, and just like that the song grinds to a halt. It’s clear to me that the music being crafted by Underground Railroad to Candyland is best enjoyed if turned up really loud and shared with a bunch of your friends. The band will be releasing The People Are Home on May 26th on Recess Records before hitting the road for an extensive summer tour, which includes a June Austin date at Scoot Inn.
When looking for a little rowdy rock fun with some dashes of pop sprinkled here and there, one need look no further than Nasvhille based Pujol. Long a staple on ATH, Daniel Pujol and his band of misfits create their own unique brand of rock n roll that can be called garage rock, punk rock, or even indie rock dependent on who you ask. However you like to label the guy, you can’t deny his songwriting capabilities. Today we have a new rowdy and rockin’ track to enjoy called “June Bug”. This one appears on an exclusive Record Store Day release as a split single with fellow Nashville artist Meth Dad.
P.S. – Record store day is this weekend dummies. You’re welcome.
Seems like we lost a lot of great bands in the last few years (the Walkmen I miss the most), and Crystal Castles was one of them. The band evolved from an electronic Nintendo influenced act to a powerful force in the music scene, crafting these dark dance tracks that are probably best enjoyed in a fog machine filled room. So, now we hear that the band isn’t quite done, even with Alice Glass leaving. I guess it’s not that hard to replace the vocal aspect, though the live performances might be something quite different. Still, glad the project hasn’t been totally negated here.
A bit back, I tossed out the a single from the EZTV 7″, naming Television as a possible touch-point for interested fans. Now the band is back with a brand new single from their forthcoming full-length, and it’s really hard to place the sound, though there’s some obvious musical touchstones lurking in here: sharp guitars, fused harmonies, 60s nostalgia. I’ve been hunting for something really striking to hit me, and this track definitely does the trick. Their album, Calling Out, will be release by Captured Tracks on July 10th.
Modern Nomad is the project of Tom McLean, a youngster from Baltimore who I stumbled upon in one of my endless Bandcamp searches. This gentleman has already made a fair amount of tunes, but “Show Me How” has caught and held my attention. Something about this tune just screams beach to me, and I can imagine it playing in the background of a summer day where the sun is shining a bit brighter than usual. There’s the super jangly percussion, the high pitched backing vocals that pop up here and there, and of course McLean’s sunny vocals and crisp guitar riffs. Take a listen and get ready for Modern Nomad‘s new LP, Road Trip, which is out May 20th.
Big Sean’s album Dark Sky Paradise is the best hip-hop album of 2015 so far. If you haven’t checked it out you’re doing yourself a disservice. Big Sean doesn’t get as much lyrical attention as some of his contemporaries but he is a definitive artist and deserves more attention than he gets, though he gets plenty. Ultimately, this is not a plug for that his newest album. Big Sean’s song “One Man Can Change The World” featuring Kanye West and John Legend from Dark Sky Paradise is an amazing song. Largely based on the teachings of his grandmother growing up, Big Sean has crafted a beautiful tribute to his grandmother, which even includes a brief interaction between the two. Sadly, his grandmother died during the production process so she never got to hear the final product. It’s heartfelt all the same.
ATH darlings, Other Lives, are about to put out a new album, if you didn’t already know. Rituals is coming out May 4th, and lucky for you the band has shared another track from the new record, which is called “Easy Way Out.” This track, like the other single the band has released, shows the electronic twist that is in store for us on the new record. While usually I associate electronic with a level of cold aesthetic, Other Lives bring their warm drama to the song, making it one you don’t want to miss.