There are some artists you listen to on the reg, and your friends just look at you as if you’ve lost your mind. I felt like that with the early Mo Troper stuff, but I think you’re lost in the world if you can’t find anything redeemable in his new work. He’s got this distinctive voice, and while he stretches it here, it’s still quite endearing. Then take a ride on the pop sensibility he spins just at the 40 second mark, with the guitar blasting. Still, he knows how to pull it back into place, just teasing you with that emotional release. His new Exposure & Response LP will be released on November 17th via Good Cheer Records.
Mo Troper has been on our radar for some time, and we’re glad that he’s already prepping a brand new LP for us to devour. Honestly, I’m stuck with this track, and for some reason it has everything to do with the horns; I guess I’ve been stuck in a Beulah rut lately. Still, those that enjoyed the last effort from Mo might find a little bit more of a pop-centric focus here…moving away, however fleeting that may be, from the garage-ish influences. I loved that stuff, but this just sounds like there’s not a peer around…Mo has the floor now ladies and gentleman. Look for Exposure and Response via Good Cheer Records on November 17th.
Taylor Malsey, and his project know as Wilt, has been giving us some slick jams this summer. Today he’s bringing us yet another new tune for your enjoyment called “Scurried”. It’s yet another hushed, quiet track which manages to capture one’s attention despite the minimalist sound. Repeated plays will reveal more and more things to enjoy so I suggest you get it started now.
Debut album Hand Mirror is out on August 4th via Good Cheer Records.
- Some tunes you just want to listen to in solitude, keeping them to yourself. It sounds to me like this Wilt track falls into that vein, particularly with the way the vocals are recorded…almost whispered through your speakers. There’s an accumulation of atmospherics that swirl above the guitar line in the middle, blissfully drawing you deep within the song. I kind of picture Wilt opening up for Pinback…same vibe, only softer and more introspective. Look for the debut LP Hand Mirror via Good Cheer Records on August 4th.
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.