Hey now and happy Tuesday! Recent Brooklyn by way of San Francsisco transplant, No Vacation, has been building up a lot of buzz over the last few years with their whimsical, light and dreamy sound. This year the band plans to release a new EP entitled Phasing which is sure to yet again please the ever growing fan base. Prior to the October release date for the extended player, the band just dropped this new single “Estrangers”. It is another stellar entry in the band’s catalog which is helping to establish them as one of the best dream pop bands around.
I’m a sucker for singles; I get songs stuck way inside my head, like the latest single from Brooklyn’s Shadow Monster. For a two piece, this tune packs a lot of punch, a combination of the distortion ringing out from Gillian Visco’s guitar and the crashing cymbal (and fill) work put down by drummer John Swanson. Visco has this softness to her voice, also present in the guitar notes beneath the first layer of fuzz; it builds this slow moving tension, moving back and forth like a pendulum of impending release. Just at the two minute mark we get that glorious emotional release (somehow it sent me down a Get Up Kids wormhole), but it’s a glorious way to close out with some cacophony. The band will release their album Punching Bag via Dadstache Records on October 11th.
They’ll be celebrating the release of this new single at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn on 9/4.
If you thought Brooklyn based favorites Big Thief only had one album planned for this year, well you thought wrong. Nope, having just dropped U.F.O.F. back in May, the band are returning with the sure to be stellar follow up, Two Hands, coming in October. Of course a new album announcement also comes with some new material in the form of this bangin’ new track called “Not”. What starts as a typical Big Thief jam with the shuttering and gritty vocals of Adrienne Lenker, eventually turns into an all out, jam fest with heavy guitars, drums and bass. I’m sure you’ll love it.
As if Brooklyn didn’t have enough of a quality music scene to rival our own, here’s yet another new tune from the area coming from up and comers Peaer. The new track called “Don’t” features some crunchy guitars in a subtle yet powerful way similar to a band like Dirty Projectors or Pinback. It’s always impressive to find a three piece that can bring just as much energy as a bigger band. Carry on amigos.
Peaer will release new album A Healthy Earth on August 16th via Tiny Engines.
Brooklyn outfit CRV have ties to Austin, so it only makes sense that their sound would hit home with us here at ATH. This one opens up playfully, draping warm vocal waves across trickling guitar bits, jutting right up against the 1 minute mark. But, it’s there that the percussion builds, readying the punky drawl that scorches the rest of the track; it’s here you’ll find the band flexing their musicianship, offering up guitar noodles blended within the confines of indie rock grooves. Then, as if returning to where it all began, the group slow things down, sauntering calmly to the song’s close. If you dig it, the band release Compact Recreational Vehicle this Friday on all the platforms!
Not too long ago, I just casually dropped a new tune from Brooklyn’s the Holy Tunics, in hopes that it would build some anticipation for their latest album, Hit Parade Lemonade Supersonic Spree. Well, tomorrow Meritorio Records will drop the entire thing, so we wanted to give you a sneak preview of what was laying in wait for you. Grab the album HERE, stream below…and jump July Tour Dates for random Nathan thoughts on each track.
Slumberland Records had a great week last week…a new video from Business of Dreams, an EP from Papercuts and a cover from Frankie Rose…but the best news was the announcement of this Jeanines LP. There’s an infectiousness bounce tearing through your speakers the instant you press play; it’s matched by that understated jangle in the guitars that makes indiepop nerds swoon. Alicia Jeanine’s vocals have this crystalline quality that sort of ride the melodic wave of the track itself; I’m not sure I’ve been so quickly charmed as I was upon first listen here…and it’s short, so go on and press repeat as many times as you can fit into the next hour. The band’s self titled debut will be out on June 14th.
It’s quite possible by now you’ve heard of Brooklyn based pop-punk outfit THICK. They’ve been talked about on many major sites for their throwback early 2000s style version of pop rock music and have earned some praise along the way. Though I may have been reluctant in the past, I can’t deny I adore this new single “Green Eyes” and it’s fun, energetic vibe. It’s as if Saves the Day married someone from Dum Dum Girls and decided to have a huge party afterwards. Party time, excellent.
As I peruse some emails and the internet for new tunes to share, I came across this unique piece from Brooklyn based artist Bellows. It’s a bedroom pop piece blended well with songwriter elements similar to Sufjan or my old pal John Lamonica. You’ll even find some electronic elements along with some crazy wind instrumentation. This one really manages to blend a ton of genres to create a truly special pop sound.
Bellows will release new album The Rose Gardener on February 22nd via Topshelf Records.
Prior to the writing of this post I had never heard the name of Brooklyn based band Weeknight. Now after hearing this new single “Settle Down”, I plan to become more acquainted with the band and delve into some back catalogue material. This one blends some nice elements of new wave with some entrancing synths and deep vocals. It’s fitting my mood and the weather outside perfectly at the moment.