Late last year I was super into Capitol when the Canadian band dropped Dream Noise, and here comes the band around the corner with this striking new single. It opens with this sparkling dream pop, accented by these dancing sharp guitar jangles. Suddenly the space opens up and Josh Kemps solemn vocals enter the picture, blanketing the dreamy ambiance in this indifferent sense of cool; his voice gets a little help by the appearance of ELIO, who really does add an extra melodic charm that playfully trades lines with Kemp. If you’re a fan of the track, be sure to grab the 7″ from Meritorio or Kingfisher Bluez; it’s out on July 29th.
Listening through this week, I realize I’ve got to keep bouncing around genres; it’s possibly the only thing keeping me sane, moving back and forth and back again. For me, Tidy is hitting the spot today with their brand of pop punk harkening to my favorite period of late 90s emo stylings. There’s an earnestness to the songwriting, like you’re hurdling towards the end of times (aren’t we?) and you’ve given up being afraid. The vocals are melodic, yet when pushed they have just the faintest harshness to make punk fanboys feel included. These Canadians will be releasing their Trying EP this Summer!
Little is known about Toronto based musician Jacqueline Tucci at this point since she is brand new to world of online music. She’s so new to the scene in fact that this new single called “Fear” is actually her debut of original material. Exciting! It’s a rather bass heavy, raw, and emotionally driven track with honest lyrics and well timed drums and guitars. It’s a truly promising debut from this young artists. Stay tuned for more as we receive it and check say hi to Jacqueline on bandcamp now.
It seems that every year, without fail, Tim the Mute offers up a new collection of songs, and it looks as if 2019 is to be no different. Quietly he’s upped a tune from the forthcoming Welcome to the Sad Cafe, with a nice little teaser tune to whet our appetites. I’m not sure how I would classify his songwriting, but over here I always tend to think of him as the more charming, energetic John Darnielle; he tends to offer lyrical content that’s relatable too, which, as a listener, I always appreciate more than anything. This new album will be out on August 31st via Kingfisher Bluez/Lost Sound Tapes.
As we are now in full on summer mode, you should be thinking about building your perfect summer playlists. Today I offer you a great, upbeat summer tune called “High Top Kicks” from Toronto based outfit Fake Crush. The song has a lovely driving guitar with sing a long style vocals and tons of energy to boot. It should be perfect to compete for your best song of summer.
Fake Crush will be releasing a new LP sometime this fall.
Canadian outfit No Museums generally gives us something new to listen to each year, and it looks like we’re on the cusp of a new LP as the band have just uploaded a new tune/video. It’s definitely a track built upon the tension of the guitar chords, pushing the train (mail train?) along with very minimal percussive elements; they’re hiding out there in the woods while the guitar is up front in the mix. The vocals sort of hang in the middle of the tune, like traditional slow-core…not overbearing, but just audible enough for you to be hooked on the lyrics. It looks like The Artifact is Nothing is going to be a great guitar album; and there are hints we’ll hear it before May is up!
Monday feels mellow today, so what better way to begin things than with the quieted track from At Mission Dolores. The song has this ability to sound like a looped tape project, but also this longing folk number that stretches through your memory. In the vocals you’ll find this faint ethereal quality, notes sort of hang and float in the air, drifting into the distance. It feels like this song’s been on a journey all on its own, which makes sense considering it appears on the band’s latest release, Cool World, which was recorded and mixed all over as the pieces fell into place. The release of Cool World is being handled by Factotum.
Wanted to sort of kick off Tuesday with something playful that came across the old desk this week…a new track from Canadian Shawn Kim. He kind of teases the listener, sort of like Majical Cloudz, operating with this theatrical vocal riding atop a simple groove, a la the majority of classic bedroom pop. But, at the one minute mark, the beat drops in and the song begins to swell and blossom; it ends up fading back out through the song’s latter half, but that hook, however brief, really drove this song into my subconscious…like a bedroom version of Jens Lekman or something.
I had to search our own site to find out how long it’s been since I’ve posted an album review and I will refrain from embarrassing myself with the exact timeframe, though you could search yourself I guess. We as an ATH staff have been neglectful as a whole when it comes to album reviews and we are hoping to rectify this moving forward. Hopefully you can understand that if an album has brought me out of my review slumber it must be a great one. The very soon to be released new album from Dan Mangan, More Or Less, is just such an album because, holy hell, it’s impressive. Hit the jump for some thoughts, photos, and tunes.
It’s Friday and I think we could all use a good kick in the face right? Maybe not a literal kick in the face but how about a nice wake up call from our friends in Montreal based band Priors. Their new single “New Pleasure” is two minutes and twelve seconds of sheer badass, rock n roll punk music. If most bands could pack this much energy into such a short amount of time, the world would be a better place.
Priors will be releasing the New Pleasure LP on November 16th via Slovenly Recordings.