I love how a respected label ends up sending you down a delicious ear candy-filled wormhole; the next few hours of my listening I owe to Cloudberry Records and Den Baron. The German outfit had some late 90s/early 00s success with Apricot/Shelflife, but their comeback 7″ sounds absolutely delightful. It all begins with this teasing piano, opening into this guitar shuffle that ushers in the casual croon of the vocals; I love how they get draped with off-set backing vocals. And, the track doesn’t fall into the trap of wrapping things up; they step up the game with these stabbing vocal lines and “bops” after the 3 minute mark, riding the track throughout the rest of the number. This is the A-side track for the band’s new 7″, which drops later this Spring.
You’ve got to leave it up to Roque and Cloudberry Records to unearth some old indiepop gems we can all clamor about. He’s one of the few true indiepop fans still writing and unearthing acts all the time, and then putting his money behind it, as he’s now doing with Baby Lemonade. The Scottish outfits had a handful of singles and an album in the 80s (note: this is not Arthur Lee’s backing band!), but other than a few blips on some 2000s compilations, they went largely unnoticed and unremembered. That’s a sad thing, as you’ll hear below; this track sounds like it could fit perfectly into any lineup I’d dream up; it’s got that bouncing rhythm section and those sharply saccharine vocals that are destined to charm your socks off. Press play. Have fun. Look for a new compilation of music from the band this Spring!
Earlier this year, the BVs dropped a great EP release via KUS, but now they’re moving to drop a new 7″ on the great Cloudberry Records. The track seems to work with a looped percussive elements and a driving guitar line toeing the careful line of jangling. The vocals have this calm delivery that almost makes you feel as if you’re sitting near the band while they give a sort of melodic spoken word performance. It’s not every day that indiepop gets executed this perfectly, make the anticipation of a new release this Fall all the more enjoyable.
I promise you that when you listen to the new single from Okama Flannel Boy, you’ll likely place the music somewhere over in the UK, perhaps even Scotland where the shuffling jangle of guitars grew in popularity. But alas, OFB is actually from Mexico City, which makes the fact that Fernando Torres is crafting such joyous indiepop all the more enticing. We owe that discovery purely to Roque, who might be one of the last gatekeepers of great indiepop out there; he’ll be releasing the new four song 7″ from OFB on his Cloudberry Records label, coming some time this summer!
It’s totally cool if you’re drawn into this new Salt Lake Alley tune because of the seductive indiepop vibe that opens the band’s latest single. But, don’t go too far down, as the band burst forth with a blast of pop rock that kicks in with an swagger. Still, the melody is the bread-and-butter of the tune, so they spin back to the soft pop stylings for the kids. A lot of movement within the confines, guaranteeing you won’t find yourself bored when you listen to this track on repeat. This track is the A side to a new 7″ the band are releasing with esteemed label Cloudberry Records later this Spring.
What a great Friday it’s going to be now that we’ve got new music being offered up by Cloudberry Records; the label just announced this new 7″ from My Light Shines for You. The Chilean indiepoppers definitely know how to work those jangling riffs, then wrapping them up with sweet vocals…including some nice male/female accompaniment. It doesn’t last too long, so you’ll have to get your sugary fill before you press play and repeat. Look for the release to come your way this Fall via one of the finest labels in indiepop.
I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for this new Pale Spectres EP to drop, and it looks like we’re getting a little bit closer as the band have dropped a new single. It’s the perfect jam for a Friday, dreamy and spirited, supported by some precision drumming that keeps the song pushing forward. I like the mini breakdown of ringing guitars that hits right after the 2 minute mark…closing out the track with a wistful vibe looking towards the future. Look for this new EP to drop in August via Cloudberry Records.
If you’re an aficionado or indiepop, or just a passing fan, then the best thing you can do is spend some time with Cloudberry Records. The label puts out some of the purest indiepop about, and recently has taken to unearthing hidden gems from the genres past. The label just announced that they’ll be putting out a compilation from The Potting Sheds as part of their Cloudberry Cake Kitchen, which has already seen releases from others like the Suncharms. Along with the announcement, this gem was quietly dropped, but it’s a doozy if you’re into groovy bounce and filling horn segments. Please just listen, and look for more come summertime.
You can always count on a handful of dependable labels to hand you gifts you didn’t even know you wanted, such as the announcement of this collection of Some Other Day tunes. You can read a great interview about the foundation of the band via this interview on the Cloudberry Blog, then fall in love with the angelic combination of voice between Mark Walshe and Suzy Allen. This single offering also has that ringing jangle that indiepop fans will clamor for, leaving room for soaring harmonies between the two main songwriters for the group. The release of the compilation is slated to come later this year, so wait in anticipation.
French act Pale Spectres have been high upon my indiepop radar for quite some time, first appearing on my radar via Cloudberry Records. Luckily, the band and the label have let it slide that they’re working together again for what I can only assume is a delightful new 7″ early next year. Here you hear those angular guitar chops dancing playfully atop brooding bass, balanced by a soft vocal performance. In order to pull off great indiepop, you’ve got to have your execution down perfectly…and listening through again and again, I’m pretty sure these guys are simply spot on. We’ll keep you posted with more news from the band and label going forward.
Be sure to spend some time sampling some of the other great tunes in the Cloudberry catalog.