The great thing about the indiepop realm is that there are several diehard fans out there solely focused on unearthing gems, which is how I came to hear this new Say Sue Me track I’m sharing with you. The group hails from South Korea, but don’t let that fool you, as they seem to have the same knack for crafting infectious hooks as everyone’s indie darlings, Alvvays. I kind of just want to jam to this song all day long, so excuse me why I go do that. If you’re digging it, look for it to come via a new 7″ for Damnably Records.
Worst Place is an up-and-coming London outfit, and they’re coming out of the gates with this new single sounding like a nice blend of gazy dream pop and Alvvays. There’s this cascading guitar chord that seems to be moving away throughout the whole song, juxtaposed to the soft pleasantries of the vocal mix. Pounding keys and ringing chords create a cacophony during the chorus that’s sure to enthrall. Probably just going to put this out as one of the best tracks you’ll hear all week; it comes your way courtesy of Art Is Hard Records.
Alvvays have shared a new tune from their upcoming album and it’s dream-pop at its finest. “Dreams Tonite” is a soaring hit, with shimmering synths that pave the way and Molly Rankin’s impossibly clean vocals leading the charge. Not to mention there’s that choral hook that is sure to firmly lodge itself in your brain for days on end. I didn’t think I could be more excited for the release of their sophomore effort,Antisocialites, after they dropped the first single, “In Undertow,” but this has done the job. Take a listen below and then go pre-order their new album right here. It’s out September 8 via Polyvinyl.
This may be yesterday’s news, but when a band that delivers a debut album that’s full of pop hits and then follows up as triumphantly as Alvvays has, I feel like more people should take notice. We’ve already been graced with the audio of this song, but then the band doubled down and went the extra mile with this dreamy video for “In Undertow” that they shared yesterday. The cosmic video makes me think that they have taken their already soaring indie pop a step further into the stars on their upcoming sophomore release,Antisocialites,which will be out September 8 viaPolyvinyl.I’m stoked for that release–are you?
I think it’s probably obvious that we’ve been waiting anxiously for news of new Alvvays music. Today it comes with the announcement of Antisocialites, which will come out in September via Polyvinyl. There’s a dream-like quality to the latest single, filling in the space with cascading distortion while Molly Rankin wraps her pipes around it all. I love how the band return without beating you over the head with some easily disposed hook, instead crafting a number that begs attention to details all the way to Rankin’s high-pitched fade out on the end. Rest assured, this album will be a gem.
When I listen to this Rebel Kind single, there’s all kinds of things racing through my mind. I love the lineage to indiepop, especially withthe ramshackle jangling of the guitars letting the vocals hand on each note. There’s also a similar sound to that popularized by Alvvays, so you know that’s going to win over everyone here at our offices. In the end, it’s just a fun tune that gives a little vibrance to the world that surrounds us…and we all need that. Look for the group’s brand new LP, Just for Fools, when it’s released on December 16th via Urinal Cake Records.
Man, are we Austinites lucky. We just finished wrapping our coverage of ACL last Friday with B. Gray’s pretty photos, and now we’re getting ready to take on Auditorium Shores for the funnest of the fests. Kicking off our coverage, I’ve got an artist spotlight for one of my favorite SXSW stars, Alvvays. I caught this group a few times last spring, and each time they made me fall in love with their pop hooks and jangle rock sensibilities a bit more. They’ve simply got a recipe for delight– the impossibly pure vocals of leading lady, Molly Rankin combine with the crisp guitar work and are supplemented by bombastic drums. What more could you want in a festival setting? Nothing. So take a listen below, fall in love, and get ready to catch them on Sunday on the Orange Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Are you looking for the perfect place where Alvvays and Allo Darlin meet? That perfect indiepop comes in way of Vancouver’s Sleuth. The vocal qualities seem to lean more toward the former, while the musical aspirations closely resemble that of the latter. It harkens back that perfect late 90s era of pop music…no bullshit, just great songs. They’re doing a limited release of their latest album, Out of the Blue Period, via Kingfisher Bluez and Jigsaw Records this month, so if you know anything about modern indiepop, you know this is always a trustworthy source.
This year SXSW got the best of me, and since I’m still living with the aftermath of the fest in terms of a nasty cold I figure I’d share my own superlatives of SX. I had a very different festival than the dudes of this site, which I’m referring to as SXSWJR: hitting up the low key events and only ever standing in one line for the whole fest, which I daresay is some kind of feat. Read on for my distribution of praise and a few super special secret awards that Nathan and RayRay didn’t include.
With SXSW this year there was lots of hubbub about fewer bands and less corporate entities flooding the streets, but despite all that, I still managed to have myself a good old time. I’ve got some thoughts and awards to hand out, and these are strictly my experience, as we tried at ATH to split up and cover as much as we possibly could. You can read on, if you’ve got the time, to see what I had to say. Read more