Discos de Kirlian is one of my favorite truly independent labels; they’ve turned me onto some really great pop music from Spain that I probably wouldn’t have heard otherwise. Today, I’m super in love with new act Torres Satelite, who’ve just shared their first release via the label, La Ventana Discreta. I love the pulse of the music; it’s catchy, though relying upon it simplicity to allow the song to breathe; it reminds me in a lot of ways of Soviet. The dueling vocals from male and female singers certainly puts an added charm into the tune. Figured some folks might get on board with this tune.
I’m not sure quite how this news of a forthcoming LP from the Death of Pop escaped me, but I’m rectifying that a few days later. The long-running London outfit shared this smooth track last week, bringing with it an announcement that a new record titled Seconds is in the future. These janglegaze specialists are doing what they do best right here, mixing these seductive pop lines that bob and weave with infectiousness, then polishing them off with cozy harmonies. You get a dose of the dreamy and a dose of the jangle, and happily bob your head all the way through, so keep your eyes peeled for the new album!
Somehow in the hubbub of Easter weekend I let this new single from Even as We Speak sneak right passed me. I’m aiming to rectify that, as it’s a really beautiful pop tune. It opens up with these thickened synths looped over heavy drum beats, with a guitar hanging out somewhere in the distance; it almost feels like the song’s looking back on the purity of trip-hop in the mid 90s. Then the angelic notes of Mary Wyer’s voice enter the scene and everything else fades away; this is one of those vocal performances you don’t forget. As the song draws to a close, a little ambiance and musicality is flexed…but I’m still thinking about those vocals. Another reason we should all have our heads turned towards Adelphi when it drops in June via Shelflife Records and Discos de Kirlian.
Indiepop fans owe a debt of gratitude to Shelflife this year; they’ve already given us new music from Close Lobsters and now they’ve announced the long-awaited brand new LP from Even as We Speak. The group were one of the torchbearers for the heralded Sarah Records…but they went quiet in the early 90s until a reemergence in 2016 with a couple of shows and a new EP. Now we get a new record on the horizon, so we’ll start with this delightful single they’ve offered up. It opens with this swirling strummed guitar and a light-hearted stomp, allowing vocalist Mary to bring the song’s melody into focus with her voice; they work their charms for a good bit, but quickly take that churning indiepop and move it into a synth-driven sugary pop treat. They bounce back and forth between the two structures, accomplished so seamlessly that you hardly notice the studied variance until you press repeat because you simply can’t get the song out of your head. Adelphi drops on June 26th via Shelflife and Discos de Kirlian.
Silent James first (pop)ped up on my music listening rotation back in 2017 when they released Someday I’ll Write a Nice Love Story via Discos de Kirlian. Next week they’ll release their third LP, Where Have All My Friends Gone, so they dropped one last tune our way. This one has this natural pop bounce to it; it’s this weird world where you can envision British Invasion bubblegum shaking hands with the likes of Jens Lekman. Both nostalgic and pop-forward, the group always has these captivating pop nuggets that make their music hard to ignore…don’t break that trend, listen below!
I get that the language barrier makes the average pop fan turn away from the non-Anglophiles, but you’re missing out if you haven’t jammed to Fantasmamidi; I absolutely to listen to their self titled LP (HERE) and tell me you don’t love it. None of that really matters at the moment, as I want to turn my attention towards the band’s latest single off the forthcoming Letargo. Not to jump to conclusions, but the word translates to lethargy, which seems to have a sonic impact on this single; it’s far slower than the previous fare, though equally as special. The guitar lines have these deep tones that are accented by these sparkling electronic notes. In the vocals you have this solemn delivery, sort of like looking back with fondness on the band’s early sound. Looks like the new LP will be handled by the great Discos de Kirlian.
It’s Friday, and people are all about those streams, but I want you to be all about those pop songs; the kind that instinctively make you swoon, like the entire LP from Ultim Cavall. I’ve given you a few of these tunes already, and I know that the non-English lyrical content is a bit of a stretch…but dammit if these songs don’t just you want to learn new languages. The entirety of Alaska walks this line between bouncy indiepop and the dreamiest of dream pop numbers. “Els Ilacs” is a jam and a half, but I’ve really grown partial to the title track, “Alaska.” Just ten solid pop tracks to make your life infinitely better. Out now on Discos de Kirlian.
Man, I’m just totally in love with the Spanish pop scene, whether that’s the jangling sort or the dreamy kind, like Ultim Cavall. Sure, listening to a track in a foreign tongue can be a touch challenging, but if that’s the case, just invest in the overall mood of this song. For instance, this number seems sort of downtrodden and sad; it’s the way the notes seem to be tumbling down a hill. Sure, the steady rhythm section is ever-present to push the song along, but the sensation is always one of the more mellow sort. It’s short and sweet, and super special so give it a go. And of course, it’s available from Discos de Kirlian.
The first 30 seconds of this new tune from Marcos y Molduras lured me in; it was a quiet affair, working vocals over a simple guitar line with just a hint of buzz to it. Then, the track blasted off into this ecstatic burst of bouncing pop music; I think it fits in line with everything I love about the current stream of guitar pop/pop punk coming out…only its done in Spanish. Still, that guitar settles back into the quiet mode, only to return to its more forceful manner to keep the song, and you, bounding down the hallways towards the exit. Something fun for your work week from Discos de Kirlian!
What’s that? You missed New Order? Well, luckily, the band have left a lasting impression on many across the globe, and the latest to bring that to mind is from Barcelona outfit, Ultim Cavall. I mean, if you don’t hear the NO in the opening 20 seconds, perhaps I need to first introduce you to them because this is a pretty spot-on homage, albeit one entirely in Spanish. I love the little breakdown just after the two minute mark where the group flirt with the atmospheric side of things before happily bounding back down the hook-laden line. They’ve got a new LP, Alaska, which will be released by Discos de Kirlian this coming October.