Once the angular flirtation comes through, Fake Palms begin to toy with dueling guitar lines; they both operate in a similar fashion, though they’re unfolding feels like its call and response, setting up the anxiousness of the tune. That’s until you hit the 1:07 mark, and suddenly the melodic underbelly is unfurled in your ears, peeling back the sharpness for just a minute. Of course, the song quickly races back into its more spastic nature, shifting from one ear to the other with angular riffs and tight cymbal work. It’s a welcome return for the group, who with it, announce their new LP, Lemons, which hits in the fall via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Tess Parks has long been a performer, as we can see from the childhood video footage used to announce her new record, And Those Who Were Seen Dancing. Opening up with a heavy bit of keys and Parks’ voice, you get this smoky troubadour feel; the power of the voice alone is intoxicating, drawing you into Tess’ world. Just as you pull your ear towards the speakers, the 1:30 mark hits, dropping in a really soft beat that adds a textural layer to the tune; it provides the song with a slight bit of energy, but not enough to detract from the song’s core, which clearly has Tess as the gravitational center. This is what your kids will listen to in space, so be sure to grab the new LP when it hits on May 20th via Fuzz Club/Hand Drawn Records.
I often steer clear of the six minute song, at least when it comes to posting things on the site; some folks just don’t have the patience these days to indulge in what’s around them. But, this Mimico tune caught my ear the moment I heard it. While they’re psychedelic tendencies definitely unfold as the song traverses the galaxies, the core musical elements offer up this bopping bounce of dream pop that I can’t help but to encourage you to indulge…just a bit. This exploratory pop tune features on the band’s new album, Hi Action, out in October via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Toronto supergroup The Seams want nothing more than to have you spend the next three minutes drifting through the realms of pop music. The first single from the group’s forthcoming LP has an undeniable hook, established from the get-go by the bouncing rhythm section. That sits in direct contrast to the way in which the vocals are crafted, scrawled across the song as if done by some musical skywriter. It’s got all the touches that make musical waves nowadays, from a slight hint of the jangles, dreamy touch on the vocals and the faintest hint of paisley to top it off. Another Side of the Seams will be co-released by Meritorio Records and Hand Drawn Dracula.
I’m one that’s attached to lyrics, so I don’t really go about looking for instrumental tunes. That being said, this new Fresh Snow tune somehow crept under my skin. It’s a brooding bit of gloom, built on multiple smaller movements; it’s not unlike what some might hear in the Stranger Things soundtrack that’s taken off of late…only a little heavier. It’s also one of those crazy tracks that you just want to see brought to the live setting, pulsing and throbbing, creating something altogether animal-istic. Their new album One comes out this Friday via Hand Drawn Dracula.
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Took a few days off to run up and see some Oklahomies, so since I’ve been back, I’ve kind of hit my stride with the rock n’ roll groove. I wanted to give you something a little more chilled out to close your Tuesday listening with ATH. Toronto’s Fresh Snow have released this single, featuring vocals by Carmen of DIANA. It’s an interesting musical journey, sort of a patchwork of rhythms and electronic touches, coated in Carmen’s angelic vocals from time to time. The group will be releasing Won via Hand Drawn Dracula on September 11th, so keep your eyes peeled for their dose of experimental pop.
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One of the tracks that popped up earlier this week and caught my ear was this little number by WISH, primarily the project of Kyle Connolly. The rhythm section pushes the song forward, pounding drums on the floor, but it was really the aspect of a warm wash atop it all that grabbed me. I guess it’s not quite psych rock, but it’s not quite dream pop either; it’s somewhere floating in between. They’ve also got a video for the track below you can check out HERE. The self-titled album from the project will be released on August 28th via Hand Drawn Dracula.
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