By now you know that one of my favorite labels is Art is Hard Records, and one of the founding men behind the label has his own act, Thalassocracy. As a follower of the label I’ve been quite impressed, as the band’s work equals that of the group’s on the label. The newest tune from the group has this chugging guitar with these distant vocals coming in with a mellow semi-shout. There’s nothing particularly mind-blowing about the tune other than the fact that I just want to turn it up really loudly and blast through my speakers! Join me won’t you.
Download: Thalassocracy – Shimensoka [MP3]
We’re drawing nearer to the release of the new album from Happy Diving, and their new single is really keeping me going today. It’s got an old school feel to it, in regards to guitar pop, which reminds me of a more rocking blend of what Austin’s the Impossibles were trying to do in their later days. Sure, there’s an ode to Weezer in that and an innocence in the lyrical content, but wait until the song’s screeching guitars feedback into your ears, crashing down through your speakers; it’s a special bit for your listening pleasure today. Big World is released on October 21st via Father Daughter Records.
Download: Happy Diving – Sad Planet [MP3]
I have a sneaking suspicion that this tune will get a lot of play on my list for the next few weeks. It’s the perfect sort of guitar pop, using distorted guitars to wrap the band’s pop sensibility in a gentle blanket of noise. There’s even a nice balance between male and female counterparts in Pity Sex. This song features on the group’s new split 7″ which they will be sharing with Adventures; it’s slated for a October 7th release via Run for Cover Records. It’s a nice jam to wrap up your Friday listening.
Earlier in the week I tossed up one new tune from Art Is Hard Records, but I also neglected to give you the proper warning about White Sands. The group is made up of 1 parts Mazes, 1 parts Male Bonding and 1 parts Novella, so surely someone out there is going to be getting amped for this release. Initially, I was grabbed by the distorted guitars, but then I went back and found myself hooked on the interplay between male and female vocal parts. It’s going to be a special release too, as the label’s doing it on a flexi-disc 7″ with a 20 page magazine and 3 song digi-pack; you don’t get these sort of releases everyday. Pretty sure you’re going to have to order this today; it’s a limited release!