Once you put away the Dylan reference in this new Lawn single, it reveals an emphatic punch of a tune. Musically, it’s pretty standard guitar and drums, but I think the lyrical play, and the delivery of said lyrics, leaves you with a good impression of the group. Those lyrics are delivered in a very matter of fact manner, akin to spoken word, though they take on a slight howl for the work in the chorus. Just another example of competent songwriting that will appear on the group’s debut LP, which drops May 11th via Forged Artifacts.
Still trying to wrap my head around some of the tunes we missed last week, like this jam from Lawn that popped up on GFP. The softness of the chorus has some similarities to acts like Hovvdy, mainly in its use of melody and simple structures. But, admittedly, the bread and butter for me is the sharp guitar cuts, almost art punk in manner, causing the song to inhabit this infectious stuttering landscape, setting the mood for that smooth aforementioned chorus. Looks like the band’s debut LP, Blood on the Tracks, will be a sure-fire winner; it’s being released by Forged Artifacts on May 11th.
Wellness are one of the newest acts to sign up with Forged Artifacts, and they just recently released a new video from their Mall Goth EP. Musically, the song has an almost bedroom pop vibe, though the production is well above that; it just has this personable quality that connects you to the song from the get-go. I love the way the vocals change in tone in an instant, all the way down to that deep baritone. Fans of dreamy pop with shimmering guitar lines and natural hooks will surely adore this tune. And, if you’re looking to know what I looked like in 1993, just watch the video real closely…save for the rollerblades. I never rollerbladed. The new EP will be out on cassette on April 6th; you can pre-order it HERE.
While we’re about to settle into Fall (yes, even in Texas), it’s time to break out the easy listening. Bill Waters should be someone on your radar, pulling from an era of pop that carries wistful melodies and promises of sunsets on the horizon. You’ll get a slight bounce from the strumming of the guitar, offset by a sinisterly smooth vocal performance. This song is the first off his debut Humid EP, which will handled by Forged Artifacts.
I’ve really been enjoying listening to Calgrove and their Windy Vane EP (Forged Artifacts & Gentle Reminder). There’s something that definitely seems like it harkens to an earlier period in indie rock, when structures of of rock were interwoven with country flare. I guess to my ears it sounds like a bedroom pop version of Centromatic, allowing you to connect with the intimate quality of emotions, and faintly hinting at folk traditions. If this reaches you in any way, I suggest you get your hands on the new EP, which will be available on Friday.
It’s Friday, so you’ve got to look for some impressive tunes to get you into the weekend, and I think this Calgrove tune might just do the trick. It’s a casual bit of modern Americana, with little hints of twang in the vocals and slide guitar working in the far distance to take you across the vast expanse of the USA. Dig the ways there are these little turns, with vocals almost recorded on top of one another. This track will appear on the band’s Wind Vane EP, just released by Gentle Reminder and Forged Artifacts.
It’s Friday, and I’m thinking you’re probably looking for that extra push to get you through the day, into the weekend. Well, if that’s the case, or you just like good tunes, then blast this new one from Private Interests. In under two minutes you get fast paced hooks that ring in your ears (in that good way!). You’ll find the drums steady and pushing the group forward, even leaving an opening for a quick little guitar solo. On October 21st the band will be releasing their brand new Only For a Moment EP courtesy of Forged Artifacts. Enjoy your day!
If at some point today you need a few minutes to yourself to just look out the window and let your mind drift, I suggest you play this new single from Alexei Shishkin as you do it. It’s a pretty soft moment, but one that really provides the mood for searching for a moment for inner piece. At times, it’s almost as if Alexei is hiding his voice in the mix, allowing it to be just another emotional tool within the confines of the track itself. Just as you feel yourself immersed fully within the song, it fades out. You’re rested, you’re ready for the day. You should also be ready for his new album, Yucca Street, being put out by Forged Artifacts on February 19th.
Pretty sure any of you reading that are looking for some good indiepop are going to really enjoy what’s going on with Plums, if you haven’t been hipped to them already. They’ve got that twinkling guitar sound, like our friends in Literature or Rose Selavy; the tones of the vocals are warm and calming, creating the perfect balance for the band’s sound. They just released their new EP, Jen, via cassette on Forged Artifacts, but you can also grab it digitally via the NYOP (donate or die). It’s seven tracks that’ll make you come back for more and more, just the way indiepop should.
We’ve got Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest) on our brains around the ATH offices, and I’m already suggesting to the festival that they sign up France Camp for next year’s fest. This first single off their new album, Purge, has exactly what you’ve wanted you’re psych rock tune to sound like, especially if you like your song to have some precision. Sure, you can hear that guitar sound, but it doesn’t wander too far, staying perfectly in place with the tune to bring this tight cohesion that benefits your listening experience. This new LP will be released in limited numbers via Forged Artifacts on May 19th, so be sure you’re one of those to get your hands on it.