Well well well, what do we have here? A band with a throw back, sort of post-emo sound? RayRay is of course going to be all over that. Bringing us that sweet throw back sound today is Long Island based group Masceal with their latest single “Sure Thing, Shelly”. I am immediately taken back to the glory days of music with bands like American Football or even The Promise Ring. This is a truly great song.
Masceal will release new EP Map it Out on November 9th via 6131 Records.
I shared a tune from Indiana’s Thunder Dreamer a little while ago, so it’s only natural that since the band has put out another solid single that I share this one as well. “Living Like The Rest” is a very Shins-esque track, with dream rock climax to boot. I like the americana- bounce in the piano parts, as well as the shimmery production over the whole track. The guitars have a distinct twang to them, but also soar through the mix. Check it out below and look out for Capture from the band out May 26 via 6131 Records.
When you’re scanning through all the songs you’re exposed to on the internet, it’s kind of hard for a band to stand out from the masses and really grab your attention from the opening moments of the song. However, this song, “Capture,” from Indiana’s Thunder Dreamer manages to do the near impossible. Soft piano, delicate guitar, and a waltz-esque beat pulls you in for the beginning portion of the song and then the band really jumps in. Those guitars launch back in, now with a bite and a snarl, and the piano drives at a bounce. The vocals are reminiscent of James Mercer and add the perfect sheen to the number. Take a listen below and make sure you get behind Thunder Dreamer before their albumCapturecomes out May 26th via 6131 Records. I’ll have my ear to the ground for future tunes from the band.
I tell you this Suburban Living is really doing it for me. There’s little elements of indiepop, or actually a lot of elements. Doses of twinkling keyboards, deep 80s drum rolls and soft vocals throughout. If it weren’t for the subtle cascading guitar that lurks in the background, I might call it a full indiepop gem! But, this here is enough to have me excited about the band’s forthcoming album, Almost Paradise; it’s released this Friday via 6131 Records, giving us another bunch of songs to carefully add to our list of great hits this year.
I love good old layered pop rock n’ roll, just like this new Suburban Living tune. There’s a playful sensibility in the way the vocals are gently released into the song’s mix, but texturizing really builds an impactful emotion into the song’s structure. For me, the sense of longing to be with someone shines through, not only in the lyrics, but just the way the track drips its ear candy through your speakers, casting a spell of musical infatuation. This is just the latest from the band’s AlmostParadise, out October 7th via 6131 Records.
Suburban Living, out of Philadelphia, have signed to 6131 Records for the release of their second album. They’re making dream pop with major electronic influences, as you’ll hear in the song below called “Come True,” which begins with those bouncing synths. As the track progresses and builds, you get shimmery guitars as well as hazy vocals to complete the dream pop vibes that Suburban Living do very well. Look out forAlmost Paradise, which will be out October 7th via 6131 Records.
Not too long ago I tossed up the first Culture Abuse track from their forthcoming album, but they’ve just put this one out into the ether. I love the immediacy of the song, hitting hard from the minute you press play. It might be hard to hear, but there’s this guitar line in the middle of the mix that ties the album into pop sensibility, while the energy leans toward the angst-ridden side of indie rock. It’s a tightrope walk, but one that I’ll gladly take. Look for the band’s debut, Peach, on April 18th via 6131 Records.
Didn’t want to dwell too much on the softer, ethereal side of the musical world today, so wanted to make sure my last contribution was a good little bit of pop rock…courtesy of Culture Abuse. The San Fran band is preparing to release their debut album, Peach, and this should definitely give those in the garage rock circle something to be excited about; it packs a punch while filling your ears with some hooks. Look for the record on April 6th via 6131 Records.
It still amazes me, as a music nerd for a long time, how much the power of a voice can carry a song. Take a listen to this new single from Julien Baker, which has careful instrumentation that mainly serves as the vessel to carry you into the emotive realm of her voice. It’s a sparkling performance, and just as the guitars begin to twinkle and her voice soars, you’re lost in everything that’s perfect in the world. Her album Sprained Ankle will be out on October 23rd via 6131 Records. I guess the title of this track sort of gives it away.