The Arctic Flow have graced these fair pages on several occasions, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t toss them a mention now that they’ve got a fresh single out on the esteemed Sunday Records. In a sense, it reminds me a lot of the stuff that came out on the Tres Oui record last year, though this one definitely feels like Brian’s playing up the dream factor in song; there’s not atmospheric haze really, but the vocals feel list gasps of air floating through your speakers. Not quite sure if this means there’s a new record on the way, but you can’t really turn away from a great song on a Friday, can you?
Today you can finally get your hands or your ears on Cotillon‘s new album, Cruiser, and what better way to honor that release than to turn our attention towards the title track. It opens with little audio bites and this guitar line that seems suspended in thin air; it’s a sensation of weightlessness crafted by the textured sounds Jordan Corso has managed to craft. That guitar line hangs in throughout the tune, though other little layers sit atop, like the vocals or that guitar line sliding in and out of focus, all of it blossoming near the two minute mark for a euphoric bop that carries us to the end. Sample this tune and if you’re so inclined, go invest a little time in the full LP available today!
Mondays, even now, have to be eased into; you’re reminded of everything on your plate, and everything still left to be done from last week. I think Beverly Moon will help ease you into this week, offering up this dreamy pop ballad, sparkling when needed. Guitars shimmer and turn in the forefront of the song, awaiting the vocals to wash ashore; they seem to enter the fray casually, almost half-heartedly, adding this sort of forlorn emotion to the tune. There’s this faint turn in the chorus that’s like this rare pop hiccup that I’m really drawn to; it’s such a subtle tiny move that I can hardly explain it, but you’ll know one you listen. This tune appears on the band’s forthcoming debut EP!
The aptly titled Shelter album is being released for free by Sunday Records, in hopes of keeping your love for the purity of pop move strong while we all shelter in place. The Sugar World tune that opens it up is a flat out stunner of indiepop songwriting; it has this spritely bounce and this words like the wind vocals drifting through your speakers. Tracks from the likes of Day & Dream and Fawns of Love definitely up the dream pop ante, in case you were wanting to listen and let the day drift away from you. Plus, nice to hear The Memory Fades do an acoustic version of “Listening to the Marychain.” It’s streaming below, but remember, just because its free doesn’t mean you can’t throw a buck or two to the label!
Earlier this year I stumbled upon Portuguese outfit Ditch Days, and with their EP on the horizon, I’m more than happy to share another tune from that release. This new track’s great, as it slowly drifts in by way of this meandering guitar line and hazy vocals. But, there’s the slightest uptick in pop sensibility that turns out around the 1:15 mark that really elevates the song’s vibe; I think it was there that I fell in love with this tune…especially with that buzz of guitars in the song’s distance. You can find this tune on Office Space, which is slated to drop this March.
I was fairly bored with yesterday’s run of the mill tunes and emails, that is until I stumbled across this track from new Brighton outfit, Ciel. I think perhaps I fell in love with its anti-pop construction. There’s this definite quiet delivery of the verses that seemingly set you up to fall in love with a big hook-laden chorus, but that never comes. Instead, the band ride out the enchantment with a brooding pulse before slipping back into another verse; they just ignore modern constructs, and execute in the dreamiest fashion possible. They’ll be releasing their debut Movement EP this Spring, so keep a lookout.
Today completes the wonderful trilogy of singles from Spain’s Linda Guilala (band/not person); they drop a fresh 7″ on heralded label Test Pattern Records. The A-side here, it’s a stunner. Guitars and texture swirl in the air like snow flurries falling to the ground, leaving plenty of space for the warm vocals to move into the picture, as well as some buzzsaw guitars; it’s probably the most complete dream pop meets shoegaze tune I’ve heard this year. B-Side will definitely display nods to Stereolab, particularly in the movement of the rhythm section whilst being coated in organ stabs, feedback and layered vocal notes. Two brilliant songs to better your Friday. Absolutely brilliant. Grab the 7″ from Test Pattern Records, or stream it all day long!
Having just dropped an EP in April, I was surprised to hear that Winter had another EP in the works for early December via Bar/None Records; I was not, however, surprised by how great a first single they’ve shared. I love how Samira’s songs always toy with the boundaries of shoegaze, though never quite dropping that distortion pedal on full blast, instead harnessing the polish of pop. My favorite bit came right at the 40 second mark where her voice starts to hit higher notes, calmly hanging in the air and adding to the ethereal quality. If the Hazy EP is as great as this song, we’ll all be in for a treat; it drops on December 6th.
The sun is out in Austin and I was looking this morning for some tuneage to match the bright and sunny mood here. Today I need look no further than my new amigos in Charlottesville based band Stray Fossa and their new single “It’s Nothing”. It reminds me a bit of my old pals in Grand Archives if they added some dreamy, pop elements to their sound. Clearly this band has taken a bit of a dated, overdone genre and taken it into a new avenue with a refreshing, bright and airy style.
Seattle’s Night Hikes are new on my radar, though I’ve now got my ear focused on the act going forward. They’ve just dropped their new album Chalice, and in order to get you caught up in the storm, I thought I’d share one of my favorite tunes from the LP with you. It’s an atmosphere of dreaminess, with sharp guitar notes hinting at a positive energy flowing through the core, which leaves the space for Olivia Goodby’s vocals.Her vocals are the central force, serving as the glue that holds the whole tune together as things jangle and churn behind her, adding a calm melodic touch to it all. You can grab Chalice now from Normcore Vegan.