Okay, so if you’ve been following our pages, we’ve covered the band before, but if not, this might be your first introduction to the promising UK act, Witching Waves. It’s hard to place them in any particular genre; they combine dark elements of post punk with catchy rhythmic bouncing from the jangling pop arena. The vocals border on psychedelia and hooky twee…so it’s no surprise they can’t be defined. Their album Crystal Cafe will be released in the US via HHBTM Records on February 26th, so get your wallets ready.
I’ve spent the last month listening to Antlered Aunt Lord and his new record Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire). While I already love many of the songs, it was the album that really burrowed into my soul. On one hand it has the oddity and the brevity of early Elf Power, but on the other hand I want to compare it to Nothing Wrong with Love (my favorite Built to Spill) record. It’s a listen that can’t be defined, that can’t be pigeonholed, only enjoyed. I have a feeling that as much as I’ve played it already, it’s going to continue to be in constant rotation throughout the duration of my life. Yeah, I said it. You can grab the record this week from HHBTM Records.
At a certain point in your life you begin to realize you like to beat your own drum, follow your own path. This is precisely what it feels like when listening to Antlered Aunt Lord, the project of Jesse Stinnard. I don’t mean that it’s completely oddball, but rather that Stinnard just wants to do his own thing. Sure, there’s catchy tunes, even hooks in this song, but in spending time with Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), it’s become clear to me that you can forgo the modern cliches (musically speaking) and still make a place for yourself and still make music interesting. Kind of reminds me of the first time I listened to Television Personalities; I was like, “this doesn’t feel right…wait…this feels great, I can’t stop playing it.” If you get the same vibe, look for the new LP via HHBTM on November 20th.
I was looking for something gentle and innocent today, so it’s a good thing that we got this new track from Try the Pie in over the weekend. It’s the writing project of Bean Tupou, and it’s got this great recording quality despite sounding like these song’s are all coming straight from Bean’s bedroom. Musically, it’s quite intimate, as this song displays, allowing listeners to experience Tupou’s life for themsleves; she wants nothing more than for you to be a part of your world. Her new album is titled Rest, and will be released via HHBTM on November 13th. She’s also currently touring all over the States, so see if you can catch her live while she’s out there.
When I heard the name Andy Gonzalez (ex-Of Montreal, The Music Tapes) I had one thing in mind before I even listened to the song. But, put your pretense aside, as the music you’ll hear form his Marshmallow Coast has a lot more in common with early Death Cab or Pinback. There’s a calming vocal touch, aided by a female backing, while the music has this smooth downtempo pop polish. It’s the new tune from his forthcoming Vangelis Rides Again, which will see a May 5th release via HHBTM.
Feel like we should start off our week with you on a bit of a rocking note, which brings us to this excellent track from Muuy Biien, an Atlanta outfit who’ve started to see their name pop up all over the place. For me, the bubbling bass work caught my ear first, but let’s not dismiss the power behind the shouted lyrics that burst through your speakers. HHBTM is going to be releasing the band’s new album, Do Yourself In, on APril 29th,and I’m getting the feeling that it’s going to kick us all in the teeth; I’m anxiously waiting that moment. Take a listen to the tune below to check out what the hype is really all about.