Just as we’re about to wrap up a year, and apparently a decade, there’s still some new acts popping up on the horizon, like Cali’s Soft Shelter. I thought this was a great way to enter into a Monday, as the song has this gradual pop climb to make; the beat almost trickles in atop the lightly jangling guitar, setting the tone from the first few seconds. In the vocals, there’s this sort of misty haze in the way they sort of ebb and flow in between the riffs, riding out the pop vibes to a nice little close.
I don’t know about you, but I love music that can be hard to pin down into a certain genre or one specific sound. Take for example this new single “Your Joy is Your Sorry Unmasked” from Justin Taylor Phillips and his recording moniker Crywolf. It’s a song which starts simply with some acoustic guitar over quiet, solo vocals yet builds and builds with these beautifully layered vocals and sparse percussion. As I continue to listen over and over, I am finding interesting and mesmerizing layers to peel back with each time I hit play. Quite a stunning song.
Sid Steppes may not be a household name just yet, and perhaps that’s not what he’s after. But, having spent some time with his new single, I’m completely caught off guard by how blissful it is. It’s this weird place where I draw comparisons to Bowie or Spaceman, though perhaps that also gets tied in through the video’s space footage. It all works so well, giving off that impression that we’re just sort of drifting through our life at the moment; I’m perplexed at how such a new artist can pull all this together in one perfect little nugget for listeners. His new album Trails will be out on May 31st, if you’re as interested to see what’s coming next as I am.
The end of the year is list time, so new tunes are pushed back, and I’m just out here creeping on the Internet trying to find some gems. That’s how I stumbled upon Unicorns at Heart…a bedroom pop outfit hailing from California. They just dropped a self-titled cassette via Hidden Bay last week, and I can’t stop playing “Stay.” It has this natural softness, almost like an Elliott Smith vibe, wrapped in a more modern guitar sound that fits the dreamier landscape. The whole collection is an intimate affair, allowing you to indulge your pop fancy as you see fit; it’s just you and your speakers and these Unicorns at Heart.
Much has been said on ATH about San Francisco indie rockers The She’s over the last couple of years or so. It’s clear we are fans right? I’m continuing our fandom of the band with this sweet new single and video for “Sorry”. I love how this band can trick you into thinking this is going to be just simple, sort of upbeat indie rock song, but then they drop in a bridge about 2.5 minutes in with some heavily distorted guitars and power. Check it out below.
The She’s drop all female rock and roll quartet on November 17th via Empty Cellar Records.
It’s always a real pleasure when a band you’ve never heard of sends you nice new song out of nowhere. Today I’m pleased to share with you this track “Meadows” from Oakland based group Blurred Out. It’s a loud, psych tinged rock song featuring some distorted guitars and a heavy rhythm section. They’ll be releasing this single with a B-side physically on November 4th. You can buy digital files right now by clicking here.
Oakland based The Saxophones have received their fair share of coverage on our site over the years. All ATH staff members have been continually mesmerized by the quiet, yet still powerful feeling to all of their songs. I’m yet again pleased to share another hit from the band entitled “Aloha”. I suggest giving it multiple spins as each and every listen unfolds something beautiful to really enjoy.
I’ve been away too long, but am ready to start sharing some tunes again in whatever capacity I can. I’ll kick things off today with this memorable new tune from L.A. based songwriter Ryan Moore and his project known as Quiet the Pilot. The track is called “Stick Around Some” and reminds of Built to Spill or Modest Mouse if they were stripped down to only an acoustic. Check out his other music on soundcloud and you might even be reminded of Iron & Wine or other famous singer songwriters. I’ve played this one 5 times already today. When I have more information on this project, I’ll send it your way.
Man these guys in The Molochs are really pumping out some solid tunes in preparation for their new record. We’ve already heard the western boogie in lead single “No More Cryin'” and now we’re treated to another gem with this second single “You and Me”. It seems perfect to me that this band is from southern California because their sound is a perfect homage to late 60s SoCal pop music. This album is going to be on of the year’s best.
Pick up new album America’s Velvet Glory on January 13th via Innovative Leisure.
Coming in to today I knew not one thing about SoCal based group Wistappear, but I’m looking to remedy that today with this promising new single. The song, entitled “Overflowed” is reminding me of the frequent rhythm changes of Dirty Projects mixed in with the fun and open vibe of a say Here We Go Magic. My comparisons aside, it’s definitely a reason to start paying attention to this band and their upcoming new album.
Knack for Whatever is out on November 18th.