Having really enjoyed the debut LP from Chicago’s Alpine Subs, we’re back to inform you that they’ve just dropped their Sweethaven LP via Subjangle, and I’m encouraging you to spend some time here. While their debut was this mix between crunchy college rock and jangling guitars, it seems like this round they’re sitting round the campfire with the Grateful Dead, with a pop focus, of course. Listen to “Clear Blue Waters” and tell me it doesn’t sound like its rooted in the Dead’s pre-jam period. To me, it all feels more personable, like there’s this communal aspect drawing us all near, uniting us in the melodic tendencies that are present. I love “Keeping You” and its Nada Surf leanings during the chorus, but have also been gravitating towards the playful swagger of “Live Forever.” Go on and get your listen on below.
This Friday we’re all destined to be in for a treat when Chicago noise outfit Ganser drops their new album, Just Look at That Sky. Today we get the lyric video for their latest single, punishing our ears as we turn the volume all the way up. Guitars cut through speaker, first right then left, knifing their way through discordant noise, with the drums pounding all the while in the near distance. The video perfectly matches up with the vocals in the song itself, delivered in a lecture format that makes me beg to go back to school; I enrolled in Purposeful Noise Rock 101 with Professor Nadia Garofalo. If you’re into it, the LP drops Friday via Felte Records.
After year filled with tons of turmoil for the band, not including the current pandemic, the Chicago based outfit known as Slow Pulp will finally be releasing their debut LP this fall. The album, recorded mostly in 2019 while on tour with Alex G, features 10 beautifully crafted numbers about the band’s resourcefulness and resiliency during their unthinkable times as a band. To preview the new album, the band has shared the lead single “Idaho” which features the always striking vocals of Emily Massey in front of a sort of slacker, yet powerful brand of indie rock. I love how the slower moments show this bit of restraint as the tension builds and things really tend to pop off during the heavier, banging moments.
Slow Pulp’s upcoming album Moveys will release on October 9th via Winspear.
Chicago based quartet Ganser has been slowly releasing some new singles from their upcoming sophomore album entitled Just Look at That Sky. We’ve slept on the previously dropped track, but I’d be failing you if I didn’t get this new one, “Emergency Equipment & Exits” into your ear holes. It is a stunning, epic piece of brooding pop music which screams post-punk at the height of the genre, but also features this extended, dramatic build out for over 2 minutes. This should definitely be on your list as a banger for 2020.
Ganser will release Just Look at That Sky on July 31st via Felte.
Another one of those delightful tunes that’s been bouncing around my head the last few days finally gets its deserved day in the sun! Paddlefish just recently dropped “Small Song” in anticipation of their new Flyer LP, which based on this tune should be something really special. This is definitely the sort of indie rock that should be all the rage, at least to me; there’s this earnestness in the craft that sort of drives the energy of this track, though it still holds onto this sort of bedroom pop ethos. I love how Owen Misterovich hangs on some of the vocal notes, drawing them out to sink their emotional hooks inside you. Definitely a lot of quality in this number. Flyer is out on June 19th.
The last few years I’ve really been digging folks writing these little tunes that come in at under a minute; they sort of burrow beneath your soul in an instant, locking themselves in your memory forever, much like this new track from Bled Tape. Musically, it’s a perfect combination of Elvis Depressedly and Elf Power; it’s just on the border of bedroom pop intimacy, though the emotional impact seems likes its destined for far greater things, if you ask me. And, even in its brevity, there’s a slight breakdown, a tiny wrinkle that ultimately leaves an everlasting charm. You’ll find this song on the brand new album Spun Love!
At this point we’ve said just about all we can say about Chicago quartet Deeper and their upcoming album Auto-Pain. A quick search will show you we’ve been covering the band since their very first single release back in 2016, and we continue to share their music as much as we can. Basically, we’re huge fans and we feel like you should also take some time to get into this band. That said, Deeper are sharing one final single called “The Knife” off their new album prior to Friday’s release date. It is yet another reason to get into this band.
Auto-Pain is out this Friday, March 27th and pre-orders are up now on Fire Talk.
Deeper seduced me into this tune with those opening guitar lines; I don’t know what it is about it, but I was hooked, and that’s before the synth notes furthered my intoxication. It definitely set the song up for something slightly different than what the band have offered, though wholly in the vein of post-punk. The vocals have this almost suffocated feel to them, like they’re coming to us from some dampened cavern designed to trap sound. The more I listen to this track the more I marvel at the craft here; it’s very of the moment, but sound wholly unique in its presentation. This should put you on notice that the band’s new album Auto-Pain will be a stunner; drops on March 27th via Fire Talk Records.
If you missed out on Deeper and their self-titled LP, you’re forgiven, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep on Auto-Pain, the band’s forthcoming album. Admittedly, those post-punk feuding guitar lines had me immediately. Still, what really pushes this song forward is the anxiousness of the vocal delivery; it feels frantic and rushed, pushing you towards danger. It’s only made more emphatic by these little buzzing guitar lines just beneath the mix, adding a tension that helps the song all along the way. Then the 2.5 minute hits and they throw in this intoxicating pop sensibility that felt unexpected yet supremely memorable. Looks to be another success; the LP drops on March 27th via Fire Talk.
After a promising close to 2016 with a couple of singles we loved, Chicago based The Hazy Seas finally delivered us a much anticipated new single last month. Much to our surprise, the band sent over this new single called “Old Clothes” over the Winter Break season and I’m pleased to share it with you today. As usual, the band’s name once again offers a perfect description of their music with this one again being seriously hazy while still offering some weird pop elements to keep the listener engaged. Could the band’s upcoming LP be one of our first favorites of the year?
The Hazy Seas will release their debut LP sometime this month.