It’s interesting to listen to early recordings of Wild Nothing and see just how far Jack Tatum has come in songwriting, in regards to both skill and style. I love the way he sets you up in this song to get hit over head with the natural hook; he spends the first minute and a half with this brooding sensation with twinkling guitars ringing in the far off. Your settled, and probably enjoying the new track’s dreamier quality…and then the tune jumps in with a more pronounced punch amidst twisting and turning guitar lines…somehow it feels more powerful than anything he’s crafted. All things are pointing towards Indigo being a sensational hit when it drops August 31st via Captured Tracks.
It’s never a bad day for a Molly Burch tune, especially as she’s just announced her second LP is coming our way in October. This new track opens up with this sparse bit of instrumentation, allowing light guitars to twinkle amidst the percussion. Once the song moves along, Burch’s vocals take on the sublime and the guitar is ever-present; I like the tones operating here, particularly the cosmic leaning guitar chords. Her new album is titled First Flower, and it’s slated for an October 5th release via Captured Tracks…not to mention a huge tour including a post at ACL Festival.
One of the hot tickets on the ATH docket has all of us anticipating the new record form Wild Nothing. It’s been interesting to see Jack draw from his various influences and meld that into his own sound. Here, you hear a certain nod to any dance number in a Hughes movie, even adding in the textured horns for maximum jazz hands effect. The vocals have a bit of a warp to them too, displaying just another trick Tatum uses to look back. Indigo, the new album, will drop on August 31st via Captured Tracks, giving us another glance back.
Who thought summer wasn’t going to be filled with hits? We’re stoked to share with you this new Wild Nothing track, the first bit of new music since 2016’s Life of Pause. I’m immediately hooked here, with the drum work coming in behind sharp cascading guitar lines. There’s a synth wash over the mix, allowing Jack’s voice to sort of ride a wave of cresting atmospheric beauty. The chorus is the perfect dose of pop, warm and memorable, akin to the recent work of PoBaH; it might also be my favorite tune from the band since Gemini. This new track will feature on the band’s new LP, Indigo, which is being released by Captured Tracks on August 31st.
Up until now, I felt like I had New Zealand’s Wax Chattels pegged; the band offered a heavy hitting blend of noisy rock, sans guitars. Now, they’ve unleashed this dense new track from their forthcoming LP, and while it surely holds some of the noisier elements, the opening 2 minutes reveals a soft belly that I wasn’t expecting. Amanda Cheng haunts this tune, letting her voice drip all over, even when the band begin punishing your ears with electronic noise and pounding rhythm section. I like a band that can stretch their sound, and I’m always a sucker for a group on Flying Nun/Captured Tracks; their self-titled debut drops May 18th.
Not too long ago the youngsters in Mourn were dipping their toes into the indie pond with a huge push from their label Captured Tracks. Now, a few years on, and grappling with success, the band returns with Sorpresa Familia. Our first listen has these jagged guitar lines, almost as if the band were branching into the realm of art punk; the lyrics even at times seem to have a sort of call and response fashion. But, what ultimately makes this song so infectious, along with the video, is that it captures the band as a joyful entity; the line of “what a shame” shouted at full force while the band follow it up with boisterous handclaps…it’s okay to have fun, I promise. Look for their new LP via Captured Tracks on June 15th.
New Zealand music in the United States often gets boiled down to the swirling guitar pop we adore, but Wax Chattels aren’t going that route, and in fact, they’re entirely guitar-free. Here we have the band crafting this spastic blast of noisy punk, off-setting rhythms, and rounds of noise alienating more pop-centric listeners. This track has the same punishing quality early DFA 1979 (or whatever they’re called nowadays) had, as if they could destroy anything in their wake just by the sheer madness/volume of their tunes. Perhaps this is wishful thinking, but when the group drop their self-titled LP in May via Captured Tracks.
I can’t stop playing this brand new track from Jaala. At times it seems as if it’s a soulful R&B performance, but the edges aren’t as soft and the fleshed out sound seems a touch more artful. Singer Cosima Pay flirts with various nods to other artists, but she has a voice all her own; I’m particularly impressed by the range of notes she can pull of, even when she’s delivering vocals in a stop/start fashion. Ultimately, this track’s a soulful ballad under the umbrella of experimental pop tunes. The group will release Joonya Spirit on April 20th via Bedroom Suck Records/Captured Tracks.
As a huge fan of the work that Captured Tracks has done, particularly that of Mike Sniper and Blank Dogs, I’m extremely excited for Gift Wrap. The band is the creation of Brendan Avalos of B Boys, who you know I already enjoy, but this is something quite different. This is soulful electronica. Avalos delivers this heavy vocal, deep in the heart of the mix, contrasting against the vibrant musical touches; I really love the distant vocal effect that comes in around 1:30. If you’ve been missing thoughtful electronica, or maybe even Blank Dogs, then be sure to check out Losing Count, which drops on March 2nd.
What more do you need to know than that simple post title? You’ve got two great labels in Captured Tracks and Flying Nun, but are Wax Chattels any good? My answer? Absolutely. For starters, there’s a frantic force pushing through your speakers, all accomplished sans guitars; the trio is nothing more than 2 piece drum kit, bass and synths. In a way, its reminiscent of early Death From Above, though this feels way more like its willing to take that sound to the limits. Energetic and noisy, yet wholly consumable by the masses. Look for the New Zealand act to be high on everyone’s list of favorites from here on out.