I think my favorite thing about this fresh Wares track is that I was actually unable to pigeonhole the song; it’s got sort of a collection of everything we’re all enjoying in the indie rock community. There’s hints in the opening seconds of emo allegiance, though as the song evolves, dreamier aspects open the tune up, occasionally leaving huge space for rocking breakdowns and Cassia Hardy’s voice. At times, she sings with urgency in her delivery, and at other moments she seems exasperated with the world. Perhaps that’s just a representation of an album titled Survival, with this song shining a light on the importance/joy of “consent and safe sex.” This new LP drops via Mint Records on April 24th.
How is it that some bands get all the accolades and popularity, yet there are tons of working bands putting out brilliant release after brilliant release, and it seems like its only me listening over here. No Museums are one such band, occupying the larger indie rock space, though they’ve been mostly doing it on their own terms through their high albums. On Moths, their second LP this year, they draw on various sounds that have my ears alert…like the Blank Dogs (ish) Local Cold or the GBV style of “Things I Have Hidden.” On the latter, the sonics get drawn out into that tundra of negative space, filling it with chugging guitars and stomping rhythm, something you generally find in the works of a Gedge-penned number. Bits and pieces for everyone to love, and ultimately, another well rounded release from this Edmonton outfit.
If you aren’t listening to Edmonton based band The Velveteins yet, today is a perfect time to start. I’ve been covering the group for about a year now and I’m continually impressed with the growth they’ve shown in such a short amount of time. Today I have the pleasure of sharing their impressivenew single “Midnight Surf”. Be prepared for a journey of a song that starts slow and builds and builds into a truly epic finish. Prepare to be amazed. You’re welcome.
The Velveteins will release Slow Wave on May 12th.
Sadly, No Museums might be one of my favorite bands that not many of you know about…at least not yet. The Edmonton project has been running for sometime, consistently releasing these great pop gems that are destined for repeat consumption. I spent most of my night trying to figure out what song best suited the world, and while it may not be the standout, I’ve settled on the below track for your ears. It’s got this gentle quality that reminds me of late 90s college rock, slowly building with a nice little crackle in the speakers. The song won me over when it took this perfect little turn towards the chorus…just the change in the pitch made me want to play those twenty seconds over and over. I hope you’ll take some time listening to this track, and if you love it, listen to the new record, The Drifting Knives on Soundcloud. You’ll be glad you listened to me, for once.
Ever since sharing new single “Hanging From The Ceiling” from Edmonton based The Velveteins last month, I’ve become a huge fan of the up and coming band. They create a sort of slacker brand of doo wop pop music that’s sure to perk up anyone’s eardrums. Today I’ve got good reason to share this new single again with a new video for the track. The video here fits perfectly with the slow moving, meandering style of the song and I suggest you check it out. Be sure to pick up new EPA Hot Second With The Velveteinsout now on Fierce Panda.
When listening to this new song by Edmonton based The Velveteins, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that the guys are from north of the border. Doesn’t this sound more like a band who would hail from somewhere like Brighton? Regardless of where they hail from, this new single “Hanging From the Ceiling” is a bit of bright and shiny pop music full of doo wops and just a hint of slacker rock thrown in for good measure. I’m down.
The Velveteins will releasetheir new EP A Hot Second With the Velveteins on May 27th via Fierce Panda.
I’ve written about No Museums before, and in fact, quite a bit if you include the band’s previous working title, Twin Library. Luckily, you have the chance to have the band re-introduced into your life with a brand new album of great pop songs. Seriously, when someone lists their influences as GBV, Wedding Present, Television and Velvet Underground..it’s hard not to like them if they can write a song. Frightening Camera just popped up for free, but do the world a favor and donate to the cause so more great songs can be recorded in time for the next No Museums LP. Stream the entire thing below!
With all the varying genres out there, and their cohabitation, it’s hard to fin exactly what you’re looking for sometimes, except then it’s not. Today I was just thinking about how I wanted a lo-fi bedroom folk record meshed with the shadows of shoegaze, so I’m fortunate that No Museums have put up their brand new album, The Malcontents for you to stream in its entirety. It’s a pretty stripped down affair, but there’s these little experimental elements that push the songs over the edge. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be one of the best albums no one hears, so I’m encouraging you to grab it HERE (feel free to throw the band some dollars, Canadian ones).
I’ve been relaxing all day with a plethora of emails that I skipped over for a few days, and the one record that stuck out for me was the new release from Edmonton’s Twin Library, Lowways. It’s most folk, though there’s a quiet element to the recording quality that makes it extremely personal. But, while there are some really soft moments on the album, there are also experiments with noise, which provide a little bit of differentiation, giving the record more endurance from spin to spin. I chose the track below because it’s the first track that really builds your experience with Lowways. You can grab the whole album for the NYP option HERE.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Twin-Library-The-Surgery-Never-Left.mp3]
Download: Twin Library – The Surgery Never Left [MP3]