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      This is our year end list for albums of the year. There’s four of us here, so it’s hard to come to a consensus, but we did our best.

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Another Rad Red Channel Tune

I feel like I could listen to Red Channel every day. The LA act just shared another tune from the redone and soon to be reissued Crazy Diamonds EP (the EP originally came out in 2018), and dammit if it’s not a jam and a half. It’s got this sure-fire punk vibe, especially with the way some of the vocals are delivered, but beneath it, there’s this soulful nod to R&B/doo-wop that gives the track an undeniable catchiness. Plus, the rhythm section is spot-on throughout the entirety of the track, particularly the bass work bumping in and out during the verses. This song is fire! The whole EP drops on April 19th via Upset the Rhythm.

New An Horse Single + ATX Show

It’s been nearly a decade since we’ve heard from An Horse, but the Aussie duo don’t seem to have missed a beat since announcing their return. They just shared their latest single, which has Kate entering the fray rather calmly before Damon starts banging furiously on those drums. Most impressive, aside from how great Cooper sounds is that the band’s dynamic always has this perfect balance, tip-toeing between intimate and boisterous. If you’re stoked to hear the group back at it, then you’ll want to give Modern Air a listen when it drops on May 3rd via Lame-O Records.

They’ll be touring the US in May, with an Austin date on May 5th at Barracuda! We’ll be offering some giveaways and what not leading up to the show, so keep your eyes peeled! Or buy early-bird tickets HERE.

One More From Reptaliens

Look, we’re excited for the new Reptaliens album alright? As if you couldn’t tell from our previous two posts about the album and singles, here’s yet another one with the album’s last single “Give Me Your Love”. Yet again, you will find some intriguing lo-fi, bedroom pop sounds equal to anyone currently in the genre. This is sure to be one of our top albums of the year.

Reptaliens release VALIS on April 26th via Captured Tracks.

New Soccer Cousins Single Drops

Today’s one of those days when I’m just blown over by all the great songs popping off in my direction; I’ll always take another Soccer Cousins song. The New York trio crafts hook-infected indie rock, and here they’re giving us the same, while toying with typical song structures. This song stays steady for the most part, just until about the 1.5 minute mark where it unfolds into this sort of indiepop jangle breakdown that works itself into this sort of math/prog moment that twists into this soaring blast of distortion and “oohs.” I also always get stuck on the Hutch Harris vocal resemblance, and I mean that in the best way possible. Check the latest single (Gentle Reminder Records), and fingers crossed for an LP!

Lust for Youth Share By No Means

You need that perfect midweek dance track? Have you tried on this new Lust for Youth single? It’s only in the first ten seconds, but look at how much fun the dancer in the video is having! On a more serious note, the band’s slimmed down, forcing them to really focus on their craft, and if I might toss my hat into the ring, this feels like some of the best work they’ve done. They’ve got this sort of Eastern angular electronic feel that kicks the rhythm into gear, and while the vocals during the verses are about where they always are, it’s the way the chorus is delivered this round, with a kick up in the percussive element pulsing through. And is that a harmonica after the 2 minute mark? Seriously, these dang songs are on fire today! Lust for Youth drops on June 7th via Sacred Bones Records.

Fresh Video from The Infinites

Having already fallen in love with “Nina Segovia,” it only seems fitting we follow up our Infinites coverage with another stunning pop number from the ATX band. I was hooked by the opening sixteen seconds, starting with a wonky pop guitar that’s met by a fuzzy counterpoint around the 14 second mark…and this is just the start of the band’s pop sensibility. Singer Jared Leibowich drapes his vocals atop those feuding pop guitar lines, building this delicious layer of pop frosting that has your toes tapping and hips swinging. Speaking of Jared, he’s also responsible for the video, using archival footage to weave into the storyline of one Scott McMurray. Just listen through to the 2:18 mark, please. If that guitar solo doesn’t make your day INFINITEly better, then I’ll buy you coffee next time we meet. If you love this, and you should, go grab the self-titled record from First Human Records; it’s out April 26th.

Halfsour Announce New Album

I’ll be honest, Halfsour didn’t cross my radar until Jigsaw Records sent me Tuesday Night Live back in 2016, but I’ve been a huge huge fan since then, so it’s great that they’ve announced a new LP! I think the mix on this song is absolutely perfect; you get these huge heavy riffs and crashing cymbals, but they’re not imposing. It’s more like they’re clearing space, giving ample room for Zoe Wyner’s voice real-life commentary to strike listeners down. I love the chorus from all parts, from the scuzzy guitars to the pitch changes in Wyner’s voice, it all absolutely works to the max. Sticky will be out on May 24th via two of my favorite labels, Fire Talk and Disposable America. Please, if you’re not listening to this band, you’re not living right.

New Old Indiepop from Baby Lemonade

You’ve got to leave it up to Roque and Cloudberry Records to unearth some old indiepop gems we can all clamor about. He’s one of the few true indiepop fans still writing and unearthing acts all the time, and then putting his money behind it, as he’s now doing with Baby Lemonade. The Scottish outfits had a handful of singles and an album in the 80s (note: this is not Arthur Lee’s backing band!), but other than a few blips on some 2000s compilations, they went largely unnoticed and unremembered. That’s a sad thing, as you’ll hear below; this track sounds like it could fit perfectly into any lineup I’d dream up; it’s got that bouncing rhythm section and those sharply saccharine vocals that are destined to charm your socks off. Press play. Have fun. Look for a new compilation of music from the band this Spring!

Ski Lodge Quietly Returns

A few years back, Ski Lodge was all the rage, but then things seemed to go quiet from Andrew Marr. Ever so often he pops up with a new single, just doing his own thing, writing for himself it seems..and me too. This new track is a bit of a move away from where he began, but it’s a beautiful place to find him, treading over that ground warmed by the likes of Hamilton Leithauser and other such powerful voices. Here things unfold gently, rising carefully, but never so far as to seem boisterous, crawling back beneath the mix. Lush arrangements abound, with sweeping strings, all of it building towards the cathartic release at the 2.5 minute mark. Not sure what the future holds here, or if there’s a planned release, but I’ll welcome a newly penned Marr tune any day.

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