A bit back in time I came upon The Spook School, an Edinburgh act that had released a 7″ with Cloudberry Records. It seems the group are on their way up, having signed with Fortuna Pop to release their latest LP, Dress Up. On this single, bassist Anna Cory is rocking things out vocally, with the group’s sharp guitar work inserting both twee and noisier pop elements into your veins. I like the fact that the band is working on hitting the main strokes of modern indiepop, but with a slightly heavier edge. This is definitely a band you’ll want to keep an eye on, as songs this good are bound to make waves overseas.
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For those of you looking for someone to temporarily, or permanently, replace your Vivian Girls/Dum Dum Girls fix, there’s no one out there doing a better job than September Girls. This new tune opens up with this pounding drum, as a washed out vocal enters the fold. Guitars are lightly dancing around in the background, swinging this dreamy bit of garage-pop our way. The band’s released a handful of singles with some of our favorite labels, like Matinee, but they’ll be releasing their full length debut on Fortuna Pop in just a short bit of time. We’ll keep you posted, but enjoy this sweet jam.
20 years into their career, Milky Wimpshake are still going strong, ready to unleash their fifth proper LP in February on Fortuna Pop. The first single is everything you love about catchy pop music, with lyrics that find their way inside your subconscious, leaving you singing them for the rest of your day. I’m digging the effortless bit of swagger to this tune, in particular the classic rock n’ roll guitar soloing in the middle of the track. It’s fitting that their new record should by titled Heart and Soul in the Milky Way, as there’s no other way to describe the work this group has put in over the years. Just jumped to the top of my list of anticipated albums in 2013.
If you follow these pages you know I have a personal penchant for bubbling pop songs with powerful hooks, so I’m glad that Tullycraft is coming back after calling it quits several years ago. There’s a quickened pace to this track, and there’s not a moment that doesn’t beg to be stuck in your head. Whether it’s the fast vocal delivery, or the gang joining in to provide backing vocals, the tune is full of exuberant energy. You’ll notice from the stream that the tune is coming to you via Fortuna Pop, who should be putting out the effort from the band real soon!
No! This is not a post about TEMPER TRAP, this is about the great pop band, Tender Trap. The group’s fronted by one of rock’s icons Amelia Fletcher of Talulah Gosh, and they’ll have a new album titled Ten Songs About Girls coming to you soon via Fortuna Pop in September. But, for now they’ve contracted this brilliant new single that’s definitely going to hit you right in the pop heartstrings. I love the muted guitar sound accompanied by the call-and-response vocal display before the group bursts off into blissful melody during the chorus. If you don’t like this, it’s cool, but I’ll probably hate on you behind your back.
When you sit down to put a Slumberland Records release on the old turntable, you’re pretty much assured that you’ll find some sort of comfort or joy within the various revolutions. But, when I put on the self-titled debut of London quintet, Evans the Death, I had no idea that it would bring an abundance of vibrant joy my way; it’s all over the place in the best way, and every individual will have his or her own favorite jam.
Don’t let that bubbling bass line that opens the record’s “Bo Diddley” fool you. If you wait a few minutes, you’ll see the star of the band is clearly Katherine Whitaker. Her soaring vocals clearly transcend the music itself, and its affect is almost immediate; at times it comes off punky, other times pristine–this is just the first track. But, let’s not make her the sole reason your buying this album!
“Catch Your Cold,” the second track on Evans the Death is the song that really lets the band’s prowess seep into your ears. Those ringing guitars played at lightning fast speeds give you that classy indie pop sound we all adore, and companied with Whitaker’s darkly-tinged vocals, it’s just a brilliant track. You’ll find it in similar territory as the group’s first single from the release, “Telling Lies,” which might just be the most unassuming smash hit of the year. While the rest of the group has this jagged approach to their guitar playing, Whitaker has your head spinning about with her remarkably strong pipes.
Surely, you’ll notice that a great deal of this first effort from Evans the Death is full of upbeat numbers, but, what makes this a more than adequate debut are the mellower numbers stuck within, leading you away from the monotony. ”Morning Voice,” while holding onto some noisier elements, is largely a quiet song, if only in sentiment. Katherine comes across in an entirely different manner than she’s been presented up to this point, seemingly frail beneath those gentle vocal touches. The more I played this track, the further I fell for it–you probably will too. You’ll encounter similar circumstances when you wrap up the record with “You’re Joking.” It’s a lightly strummed closing track, again putting Whitaker prominently at the forefront of the band’s sound. There’s not louder guitar bursting forth here, but it’s not needed here, as the emotional quality lays solely with their female leader.
For a debut, this is a pretty stellar release, as the band comes across extremely accomplished with a powerful leader at the helm. You can look beyond some of the songs that have a tendency to sound similar, choosing to find the unique qualities lurking within. With more time, the whole record eventually sinks in together, leaving you with an enjoyable album you’ll want to play over and over. We can thank Evans the Death for that.
Download:Evans the Death – Telling Lies [MP3]
Our friend Kevin’s probably going to hate the fact that I can’t get over my infatuation with all things Comet Gain related, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for the band. However, this track only features part of the group, as well as members of Crystal Stilts, so that should garner me some hipster cred, right? The track below is from the Butterbean Crypt EP, which was released only in the UK on Fortuna Pop, but it’s still worth hyping one of my favorite songwriters, David Feck. This track here is a lot more aggressive than previous works, and seemingly unites some of the Stilts psych tendencies. Definitely a nice addition to the group’s brief history.
Download: Cinema Red and Blue – Walkin’ To The Cemetery [MP3]