With Star Tropics calling it a day, Loren Vanderbilt III had a batch of songs he wanted the world to hear; we’ve slowly been gifted a listen to his work as Humdrum. Today there’s a brand new track, working with that jangling guitar that should sound familiar to fans of Loren’s work. Underneath that you can hear a heavier distorted riff, sort of like the basic soil from which the rest of the track can grow and sprout melody; it works perfectly when combined with the frantic drum work playing out behind it. Feel like this project is just about to take off, so stay tuned to hear more great pop from Humdrum.
File Colatura under “band I’d wished I’d seen” during SXSW, but for some reason, it just never lined up. Still, this latest single is all the more reason I feel a bit remiss, as it’s certainly filed under the category of solid gold indie pop. Somewhere you’ll find it right in line behind Alvvays and the likes, with Meredith Lampe hitting a lot of the exact same notes, vocally. I think you’ll also pull back the covers to see a little bit of longing for that great expanse, leaving the light jangling dreaminess longinly roll across the Western frontier in search of your ears. Their LP And Then I’ll be Happy is out on April 22nd.
It looks as if Les Bicyclettes de Belsize are preparing another release in the near future, as we’ve gotten two new tunes bubbling up from their soundcloud page, though I haven’t seen much else. Still, listening to this new single, it’s the sort of folky chamber pop that first brought me to the fragile side of indie pop. It’s got striking arrangements, with added string work and the careful placement of vocal accompaniment in all the right places; the song’s completeness creates the perfect sense of yearning that I always associate with this genre. Another striking piece from Charlie Darling and company. Hopefully we hear news of a release real soon!
It seems only fitting that we begin covering music in the new year by covering our first release of 2022; It Should Have Been Tomorrow by Love, Burns. The band is the solo project of Phil Sutton, who plays in Pale Lights (among other acts like Cinema Red and Blue and Comet Gain!), but the album features help from Kyle Forester, Hampus Ohland-Frolund, and Gary Olson…so it’s kind of a big deal! We’re releasing it in conjunction with Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten, Calico Cat Records and Jigsaw…all great labels run by admirable persons, so we’re fortunate to be part of this release (we’ll be handling the cassette version)! But, we can’t really convince you to pick it up without a little taste now can we? Here’s a few tunes from the album, which will be out on February 4th; buy it from us HERE.
Plus, Phil recently recorded a wonderful cover of the Wake’s “Crush the Flowers” with Suzanne Nienaber for Soleado, a Tribute to Siesta Records, organized by Fadeawayradiate. You can hear that below:
Phil photo courtesy of Dominick Mastrangelo Photography.
I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing it, and honestly, I’m not complaining about the job, but teaching this year (my real job!), has been absolute whirlwind, holding on for dear life all the way. So, I’ve missed some things I new I’d love, and am just not getting to dive deep into them, like this Jetstream Pony mini-album, Misplaced Words. I saw it, I knew it would rule, but now I want to make sure you’ve got space in your world to spend some time here. The band has been winning me over since their first 7″ popped up, but the opening track here is just “stop you in your tracks” good; the band doesn’t live up, following it up with what I’ve found is my favorite tune, “Courses for Obstacles.” Every track hits here, don’t be a dummy and waste your time not indulging in this joy, stream it below, NOW!
This November, all those folks that pine for Sarah Records 7″ on Discogs (like myself) will certainly find themselves being absolutely charmed by the sophomore album from Germany’s Crabber. Honestly, listening through this new single, one thing sticks out in my mind; the song sounds a lot like Comet Gain, except its just a pure pop version there, getting rid of some of the lo-fi effects in order to bring out more from the melody in these lines. I’m not sure how someone doesn’t listen to the soft crystalline guitars and just fall to pieces at how glorious they sound dancing down your ear canal. Their album drops via Jigsaw in November!
We haven’t had the pleasure of catching anything from Cloudberry Records in a bit, so I’m really stoked that the label is returning, and doing so with Stars on Fire, no less. The band is the project of Christoph Mark, and I just love the heavy guitar on this track, battling against the drum beat from the get-go, only allowing the vocals to serve as the balance between the two sounds as they teeter back and forth in this tune. Personally, the texturing is where Mark succeeds, building these little layers that flesh out the sound; it gives a full pop stomach, which definitely doesn’t always happen in this brand. You’ll hear this track as the A-Side to the new 7″, dropping on September 24th.
Johan Angergard’s project, The Legends, will pop up its head from time to time, and due to his work with Club 8 (among other things), I’m always listening here. The latest release just dropped, dripping with this seductively warped electronic line that works subtly in unison with this minimal drum loop. Johan’s voice definitely helps add the melody, ensuring that we’re sufficiently up to par on our sugar tasting for the day. Love starting off with this tune, as it just has this effortless cool, but also as it seemingly slinks you into the working week.
As we’re all looking back on the year 2019, I tend to gravitate towards lists with little agenda, other than to shine a light back on the year in the areas I adore. For one, the indiepop scene. Now, there’s always a great big debate about what indie pop is, so for all intents and purposes, I admit that I just don’t care, so the genre’s purists can yell at me later. Now, this may read as a best of, but merely this is the stuff that stuck out in my brain, so if I missed something, I love you and I’m sorry. Honestly, it just gave me a chance to make a fun playlist (2+ hours!) full of hits for all you pop fans.
Kyoto Lo-Fi is a Dallas based indie pop/rock band I first posted about a couple years ago, having heard very little from the band since that posting. Well now the group has returned to the music world with this new single called “Flowering Boulders”. Similar to their last output, the guys again have a very indie pop inspired sound featuring some garage rock tendencies and a fun, easy to get into vibe. It makes me think that this group will be on everyone’s radar soon enough.