French act Pale Spectres have been high upon my indiepop radar for quite some time, first appearing on my radar via Cloudberry Records. Luckily, the band and the label have let it slide that they’re working together again for what I can only assume is a delightful new 7″ early next year. Here you hear those angular guitar chops dancing playfully atop brooding bass, balanced by a soft vocal performance. In order to pull off great indiepop, you’ve got to have your execution down perfectly…and listening through again and again, I’m pretty sure these guys are simply spot on. We’ll keep you posted with more news from the band and label going forward.
Be sure to spend some time sampling some of the other great tunes in the Cloudberry catalog.
We first caught wind of Dead Horse One a few years ago, and they’ve been so kind as to toss us this new track from their forthcoming record, Season of Mist. Much like their last record, it walks that fine line between psychedelia and shoegaze, with vocals recorded ever so softly just beneath the front of the mix. You also get the feeling that this is the perfect set-up for taking a song to the live setting; it has moments of restraint on the recording, but you can hear the exact spaces where they band can explode live, ringing out with chords that will rupture your eardrums, pleasantly. Look for the new record later this year.
French group DTCV has always been difficult for me to classify. Are they pop? Post-punk? Fuzz rock? To me, the ability to blend all those styles and avoiding one distinct genre is what makes the band special. So with that in mind, check out this new track “Bourgeois Pop” and enjoy the true blending of those styles. What seems to be a straight up pop tune also has a bit of cojones behind it with some crunchy guitar and leads. Dig.
Confusion Moderneis coming on April 9th via Xemu Records.
If you’ve been reading our site over the years, one of the group’s we’ve always praised has been The Bankees. I’ve enjoyed their work since the beginning, and they reached out to us yesterday to share a little bit of news with us, both good and bad. The good news is that they’ll be offering a brand new record, Friends, to all their fans. The first single is really great, it seems to encompass the history of the band’s sound all in one great pop song. But, as Simon indicates in his email, this is the final release from the band as they all are parting ways to work on various new adventures. Sad news for me, but I implore you to go visit the bands music, old and new.
For a long while now, we’ve been praising the work of Skittle Alley, and they are slowly unleashing early versions of the tracks that will fill up their new LP. It’s light-hearted indiepop, filled with jangling guitar work, precision percussion and a really warm vocal. These are the kinds of songs that true indiepop fans dream about. The French act haven’t released much information on their upcoming LP, but the songs they’ve been leaking out are nothing short of superb…get acquainted.
Gotta throw a nod towards my friend at IPSMYL for pointing out this great new track from Skittle Alley; it’s made my day just to know this track is out there. I’ve written about the French group before, and they’ve lived up, and perhaps surpassed my expectations with this tune, even if it’s labeled as a demo. I honestly don’t think it needs much more…the vocals have that indiepop softness, the guitars jangle in all the right places and there’s an overall emotional appeal that makes the song worth repeating over and over again. Can’t wait to see what’s next from these guys.
There are some band’s you really root for; the Bankees is that band for me. I’ve been a huge fan of the group, as this site can attest, and I’ll continue to support their consistently solid musical endeavors. They’re prepping for the release of their new EP, Gizmo, and the first single is definitely a relaxing tune; it’s actually the first time I really feel like there’s a bit of a French inflection on the vocals (which makes sense seeing as they’re from France). There’s a smooth little guitar cut that gives some swagger, while the rest of the song takes on a groove that warms the soul. Look for their new EP on March 21st.
Perhaps I’ve been hiding under some strange rock, but a friend was raving about the recent release of Issac Delusion, and apparently the group has quite a following. I might have to consider myself one of those after discovering the French band’s debut album for Cracki Records. The label just uploaded one of the singles, “She Pretends,” and it’s hard to deny its ability to weave itself into your subconscious. I loved that little guitar line that opens the track, and there’s something peculiar about the vocals, though I can’t quite describe it, I don’t hate it. The tune’s got little electronic touches, as well as a little disco noodling…you should definitely give it a listen.
Discovering a song that’s inexplicably moving is always a joy, especially when it comes offering a different view at music than what one typically gets during their day. I’ve been loving this tune from France’s Dead Horse One, who’ve just completed the finishing touches on their new album Without Love We Perish, which was recorded by Mark Gardener of Ride. This opening tracks is a sprawling number that slowly builds, waiting for the softly spoken vocals to move in beneath the mix. I’m sorry, but you’ve gotta listen to this song on repeat at least four or five times.
Feel like it’s been a minute since I last heard the work of French group, Blanche as a Name, but today things are a-changing as they just released a really special new single, featuring the track below. You’ll get sucked into the switch between the soft opening and the minimal explosion into pop bliss. Admittedly, these sorts of songs aren’t for everyone’s ears, but you’ll find yourself tapping your toes softly, escaping your daily doldrums, albeit for just four brief moments. You can pick up the single now from Bleeding Gold Records.