After wandering for separately for a few years, Mark and Bob of The Dentists fame joined together once more to form The Treasures of Mexico, releasing their debut Holding Pattern in 2015. Since then, we’ve been teased with the insatiable “Super Cute,” but now we have a new single…and an album announcement! Everything Sparks Joy will be released on October 5th via Shelflife, and you can have another track to whet your appetite below. Almost immediately, the song has a natural bounce; the drums seem to hop through the speakers, grabbing you in your arms and hopping up and down. Once the vocals enter calmly, things seemingly settle, though the cascading chorus guitar definitely drives home a heavier punch. As the song bounds, you’d be quite pleased to just appreciate the offering, but the band have other ideas, as they add a nice female accompanying vocal just before the 3 minute mark to build in an added sense of charm. You want timeless pop? Doesn’t get better than this! Pre-order the album HERE.
As a fan of the indiepop genre, I try my best to always browse the web searching for things to share…which led me to Discos de Kirlian, long ago. Today the label just quietly dropped two new releases in our lap, and why not visit some of the best in Spanish indiepop. The first bit comes from Senalada, finding that perfect middle ground between twee and electronica; I love the acoustic guitar at work here. On the other side we have this charming ditty from Cosmo K.; it’s brevity helps you sink your teeth in immediately, then return to lap up all the joy all over again. Both releases can be found HERE.
Long time Alpaca Sports fan here; I’m already looking towards Friday’s release of From Paris With Love, the band’s latest album. I appreciate how this seems to have a natural bounce to it, perhaps due to the way that high hat seems to stomp about the entire mix. Of course, the guitars have a solid jangle, and Andreas definitely is starting to sound a lot like Kip Berman…the addition of a nice backing vocal definitely guarantees a pop uptick! The new LP drops on Friday via Elefant, so be sure to get your hands on a copy before they run out.
Earlier this year, the BVs dropped a great EP release via KUS, but now they’re moving to drop a new 7″ on the great Cloudberry Records. The track seems to work with a looped percussive elements and a driving guitar line toeing the careful line of jangling. The vocals have this calm delivery that almost makes you feel as if you’re sitting near the band while they give a sort of melodic spoken word performance. It’s not every day that indiepop gets executed this perfectly, make the anticipation of a new release this Fall all the more enjoyable.
Recently a lot of the indiepop fans have been whispering, carefully, about Lost Ships. It’s no surprise then that the band drop a gorgeous 4 track EP that you’ll all soon be clamoring for. I’m about four listens through, and I alternately switch reference points between The Lodger and The Lucksmiths. Some of the guitar work is sharp and angular, almost dance-worthy, but then you take a track like “Rose Sings the Big Tunes” and you’ll find it hard not to nod towards the Lucksmiths. Their Best Laid Plans EP is a wonderful way to pass the time, and, like me, you’ll feel charmed that these are out there in the world.
The latest track from The Salient Braves has been out for just 8 days, and I’m just now catching up! Luckily, great songs get to last in the world forever, and this is one of the band’s greatest songs. There’s so much to love, be it the gentle ringing of the guitars, the backing vocals that add depth or the occasional horn work. Of course, the British vocal affectation that always charms is ever present; it sounds in a strange way like The Wedding Present went for a straightforward pop record…and that’s okay in my book!
We’re just a year or so removed from The Orchids 30 Year Retrospective, and it’s great to see the band have new music on the very near horizon. In fact, they’ve recently released the first single from their forthcoming 7″ for WIAIWYA. It’s a mild-mannered pop song, mostly sitting back and allowing the harmonies to do the work over soft percussive elements. The vocal display, of course, has that luxurious contrast between male and female bits…James’ voice always sounds so friendly and familiar, like all those times my father sang with his guitar around the house. Anyways, another great Sarah Records survivor with new music for us; they’re new 7″ drops on August 7th.
I seem to be continuously charmed by the Smittens, and here we are again with another brilliant pop song to adore. It’s got a steady cadence, filled in with wonderful harmonies between various members of the group; the group stretch out the song in the latter half, allowing for a more thought provoking element to the tune. That makes sense, as Dana says he penned the number as ‘a coming out/transition anthem,’ encouraging us to all ‘find the spaces in which we belong.’ City Rock Dove will be out via Fika Recordings on August 3rd.
It’s not every day you get to delve into the musical world of pop supergroups, but alas, that’s where we are with Jetstream Pony, a band composed of members hailing from acts like Trembling Blue Stars and the Wedding Present. In this new single, they toy with us, delivering a thirty second guitar intro, meandering through your speakers. Then the rhythm section jumps right in, and let’s face it, you’re immediately hooked on this track. The guitars have a jagged edge, but the song has this sugary sheen that’s leaps and bounds above any other purveyor of pop music at the moment. This excellent tune will appear on the group’s new Self-Destruct Reality EP, which is being released by the highly-regarded Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten; it drops in an amazing 12″ format you can find HERE.
It’s time I take my adoration of indiepop sounds all over the world, this time visiting Japanese outfit Jan Flu. The video itself seems to immediately draw from American tropes such as the skateboarding along the beachfront or other images associated with Cali. Musically, there’s this driving bounce from the group, heightened by the crisp angular guitar lines that encircle your ears. The vocals have this deep tonal quality, which also works in contrast to the sharp tones of the guitars; this juxtaposition is the one that encourages you to twirl about with your arms flailing. This song appears on the groups debut album, After Image, which comes out on July 11th.