Portland based group Cool American has certainly caught the ears of the ATH staff over the last couple of months. Last month Nate dog shared single “Great at Parties” and today I’m excited to share this new single entitled “Maui’s”. I love how the song fools you into thinking it’s going to be this slow and mellow jam, but then slaps you in the face to power into a straight rock n roll tune. Well done gentlemen.
New album Infinite Hiatus is out June 2nd on Good Cheer Records.
Redundant title there, but there’s nothing redundant about the work Cool American bring to the table. There’s a nostalgic feel to their sound, as I definitely hear a Schwarzenbach nod in the way the vocals are deliver (especially Dear You era). Discordant notes ring out, chords shoot through the mix, yet there’s an undying pop sensibility that survives, giving you just enough of a hook to keep coming back. It’s cool to hear this sort of rock coming back into fashion, which is definitely keeping me focused on the band’s forthcoming release, Infinite Hiatus…hits on June 2nd via Good Cheer Records.
You know how I love that classic indiepop sounds, filled with stabbing guitar chords, slight jangles and a touch of cool in the vocals…this is exactly what Turtlenecked bring to the table. Harrison Smith playfully enters the scene, bouncing his voice along with the backbeat of rhythm. He definitely brings some energy to the verses, but allows for a swelling of pop sensation as the chorus crashes with broader wash of full sound. Stay tuned for the emphatic finish. He’s signed on with Good Cheer Records to released Vultures, which will hit on June 15th, just in time for a summer hit.
Little Star caught my ear with these dreamy little guitar noodlings that work within the confines of their latest single. But, what caught my ear faded as I grew more and more enamored with the slight little turns of tone in the vocals. They’re wrapped up nicely around the swirling guitars, and its just playful enough to elevate the sound beyond many of the peers offering like-minded, dreamy pop. Good Cheer Records will be releasing the band’s self-titled LP on April 14th, and this is a really promising way to get folks excited!
When one aims to define a genre, you can often send mixed singles. On this latest Boreen track, I feel as if bedroom pop can be applied in multiple direction; it could have been recorded in your bedroom, but it’s also delightful if you’re laying in bed looking at the single…in your bedroom. Opening with a vocal sample, the song soon blasts off with tight drums and a great harmony that’s sullenly playful. This song has the power to cure your ills, leaving you dreaming of better days. As of now, it’s just a tease for Friends, the album coming March 10th via Good Cheer Records.
Just a few months after his well-received Beloved was released, Mo Troper is already back, this time releasing a collection of songs he’d written over the last five or so years. The album takes on themes of spending time with a person that makes you better just by their mere presence. This single blasts forth with huge riffs, with the hook hiding deep in the song’s core. It’s similar to the current emo fare, though I tend to dig this due to its lack of polish. Look for Mo Troper Gold on February 10th via Good Cheer Records.
It would be easy to look at “sad god” and immediately acknowledge that Floating Room will be bringinga gloomy offering. But, the craftsmanship of the tune is what ultimately makes this number for captivating, carefully brooding and building. While the song opens carefully, almost like a bedroom folk number, the space behind is filled by a walls of guitar that slowly creep into the folds and cracks; a wall of distortion fills your ears, as does some elevated drum work that wasn’t present early on in the tune. This song will feature on the band’s new album, Sunless, which is released by Good Cheer Records on November 11th.
There’s something special in Mo Troper and the tunes from his band. He borders on the edge of screeching in this tune, though it comes across in that captivating fashion that had me hooked on pop punk as a youngster. There’s hints of guitar pop throughout this track, but the vocals definitely win out for your attention. Just something so damn catchy about this track. He’ll be releasing Beloved on April 29th via Good Cheer Records, ready to give you a full dosage of rock n’ roll.
I’ll admit, as an older, once super-emo, music fan, I’m not always sold on what’s coming out of the new resurgence. Some of it just seems so commonplace, such a rehash, but not Mo Troper. My ears here elements of the hooks that made things like Ultimate Fakebook endearing, yet still making nods back to the first two Weezer records. Sure, maybe it’s derivative in a sense, but that never hurts when it’s executed so perfectly. Look for Mo Troper to release Beloved on April 29th via Good Cheer Records.
There’s something about a solid piece of power pop or guitar popthat just settles the soul. That something is present in the newest track from Mr. Bones, giving us a hint of what we’ll hear on Bites, their upcoming LP. It has sort of a slacker quality to it, though I don’t mean that to diminish the track by any means; it sounds so relaxed and spot on that it seems effortless. I’m hooked on the way the guitar sounds in particular…it’s nothing new, but something I hold dear to my heart. Look for their effort at the end of the month via Good Cheer Records.