Holy Balm has made some waves over at the ATH offices with their brand of “wonky house” catching my ears. The name might be new to most in the States, but make no mistake about it, this is some of the best dance music coming across my desk. Most of the vocals are delivered in a questioning, haphazard way, setting a different tone than most electro-pop tunes, but rest assured, there’s a softer side that you’ll find. I love some of the synth stabs filling in the empty space around the track too, giving this new tune an old school feel spun around in a modern machine. Their album Activity is being released by Chapter Music on August 5th, destined to make waves.
Sometimes I get bored; it seems a lot of the music just blends together, repeating patterns and whatnot. But, that’s not the case with this new tune from Oh Well Goodbye. Opening with light guitar and a sort of spoken word repeated, it almost seems like a Scandinavian bit of post-punk. But, as the guitars evolve, the tones brighten and the vocal performance has a sense of longing that really pulls at your emotional earstrings. It’s part post punk, part great pop…and all worthy of your repeated listens. Cleanse your palate by turning this one up loud, and look for the Swoon 7″ very soon from Bleeding Gold Records.