Feel like its been a slow start to 2018 for indiepop fans, but luckily it looks as if Math and Physics Club are ready to give us a cure. Today, the band shared 3 songs, 2 which we haven’t heard yet to tease their latest effort, Lived Here Before; its being released by Matinee in the US and Fika in Europe. The first thing I notice about the two new songs is that they carry a softer tone, almost akin to early Death Cab stuff. I think of the three songs we’ve gotten to hear, “Dear Madeline” is definitely the one keeping my attention this morning. I hear its cold out there, so hopefully this dosage of pop will keep you warm until its release on January 26th.
Jessica’s Brother is a recently formed act, featuring Jonny Helm of The Wave Pictures; they’ve just released their first single, recorded by none other than Darren Hayman. The song seems to draw inspiration from a style akin to simple folk troubadours, but it’s the added instrumentation that elevates the number; I’m personally taking a liking to the light string arrangements haunting the backdrop. This song was released by the band’s label, Fika Recordings, who always have reliable hits; there’s promise of a full-length later in 2018 coming your way.
After teasing me all day yesterday with hints of new music, I woke up to this glorious new single from Math and Physics Club. You’ve likely seen the band hit these pages before, and they’ve only continued to impress as more time passes. Here, it only takes a few mere moments before the band bound off with energy that captivates. As the band maneuvers back and forth between casual and energetic, they begin to remind of early Death Cab or Nada Surf. The layered details from backing vocals to distant guitar work display a great deal of confidence…letting the band stake their claim to the finest pop purveyor of the day. They’ll be releasing Lived Here Before via Fika/Matinee on January 26th.
I’m going out on a really short limb here, and I’m going to say that the duet album from The Hayman Kupa Band is going to spend a lot of time on my record player for the duration of this year. The two have some of the more distinctive voices this side of indiepop, and they trade such voices back and forth, until eventually they unite in unison. It’s a spectacular bit, and its quite possibly some of the purest pop I’ve heard in 2017. Pretty sure this might be my favorite musical thing going on at the moment, so I can’t wait for the LP to drop via Fika Recordings on July 21st.
Two distinctive voices wrapping around each other isn’t always a success, unless its done by The Hayman Kupa Band. Darren and Emma tend to trade back verses on this new single, with a huge chorus really executing their united powers. Musically, you’re running through the fields on a sunny day, stopping from time to time to revel in the company of a great friend. Chugging chords help push the band’s pop objective with little percussive bits sneaking into the party from behind. Thanks to Fika Recordings we’ll all be able to relish the joys of life when they release the band’s LP on July 21st.
Those of you still mourning the loss of Allo Darlin can rejoice in the fact that Bill Botting is still out there writing great tracks. Now, that being said, don’t lost in the idea that he was an indiepop star, as his new music has a slightly different taste. He’s writing songs rooted in pop traditions, though he’s bringing in a bit of country to his craft; he sort of sounds like he was listening to a lot of Old 97s in this tune. There’s a new album coming from Bill Botting and the Two Drink Minimums titled Better Friends; it’s being released on March 10th via Fika Recordings.
As of late, I’ve been feeling enraged every time I look at my phone or the internet, so I’m glad to finally share something that brings a bit of tenderness and beauty to a world of filth. Enderby’s Room are some Londoners who are making exceedingly beautiful indie folk music. Don’t believe me, hear the track below for an example. “Lakeside” is taken from the band’s upcoming spring release and has a subtle beauty that will overwhelm you. Soft guitar eases you into the expository lyrics that paint you a picture of a landscape that transports you elsewhere. The vocals are mild and tranquil–a lush wave of male/female harmonies. There’s also an excellent string accompaniment that joins in near the end of the song and makes the track really soar. Take a listen and look out for Enderby’s Room’s self titled album which is due out April 14th via Fika Recordings.
While I know we were all more-than-bummed when Allo Darlin’ called it quits, there’s promise in the future, especially knowing that Bill Botting (the AD bass player) has already announced a solo outing. Now, it’s not exactly what one would expect, with a little bit more of a folk influence, though he’s still employing the band’s tendency for great melodies. On this track, there’s a gentle female vocal accompaniment, perfectly accenting Bottle’s seeming Western drawl. Bill Botting & the Two Drink Minimums will release their album, Better Friends, on March 10th via Fika Recordings…an always reliable source of great music.
Stanley Brinks has become increasingly important with my musical listening, especially as he’s taken on a more folk-y approach with his new bandmates, The Old Time Kaniks. He’s got a gentle ballad celebrating the announcement of his new album, Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques. It’s scary how infectious this tune is, despite minimal instrumentation, just offering string work to back up Brinks’ vocals. The old time sounds never seemed so refreshing, so if you’re in love with this too, look to grab the limited green vinyl from Fika Recordings on January 13th.
While we’re all eagerly awaiting the next brilliant LP from Cosines, the band have been kind enough to record a stop-gap EP to hold fans over for the time being. Walking the line between jangle and pristine guitar ring, this first sample is five minutes of charming indiepop; the lyrics are clever, telling the story of a couple who never seem to have quite committed to one another, despite being madly in love. Honestly, I didn’t even notice this song ran on for so long because I was so wrapped up in it…that’s the best thing you can say about a song in my opinion. Take a listen below, and go grab the Transitions EP from the Fika Recordings Shop, home to many more delightful releases.