I was lucky enough to find that new Azure Blue release from Matinee Recordings last Friday, and the esteemed indiepop label has turned around and shared another new gem, this time from The Royal Landscaping Society. It’s going to be hard not to listen to this on repeat as often as one can; it offers up this dreamy guitar line that mixes it up with this deep tone and sharp percussive element, the sort that makes the dream pop/shoegaze kids swoon. Then comes the voice, bringing in a calming melody that doesn’t really go too far outside the song’s comfort zone…until the 2:12 mark (and the 3:16 mark). Here, the keyboards rise in, a strummed guitar line is apparent and the vocals swell, just a smidge. I’m so in love with this track. Keep your eyes peeled for a 7″ later this year on Matinee.
There’s something really special in the songwriting of Swim Team; there’s this ability to adhere to all the flourishes of indiepop, yet at the same time, sound wholly Australian. There’s a sweetness in the first half of “Are You Into Me,” that eventually subsides as the track pushes further forward, taking a turn just around 1.5 minute mark. The lyrical content here ties right into the title, but it feels even more personal for some reason. This is just a light-hearted way to start your day I reckon, so keep an eye out for Home Time on July 12th via Hysterical Records.
Seablite aren’t strangers to this site, but it had been a minute since we’d heard the name until our friend pointed out that their new album is now up for pre-order! And, it’s possible I’ve completely missed this, but there’s this bubbling pop number that comes with that announcement. Opening up with those ringing jangle guitars is a sure-fire way to catch my attention, especially when the rhythm section kicks in a toe-tapping bounce. Vocals are hitting just the right note, aided by these delighting backing notes, purifying the harmony. Some fuzz kicks in around the 2 minute mark, just in case you weren’t aware of the band’s ability to rock…which I’m pretty sure ties into the album title, Grass Stains and Novocaine…you can get down and dirty and still be really sweet; it’s out June 7th via Emotional Response.
If I had one thing I could bestow upon you all it would be the gift of the SLR30 Single Series…especially after this week’s installment news of Wildhoney…but that’s not just it…now we’ve got Smiles. This track is that perfect Friday tune, heavy-handed pop riffs blasting behind you as you cruise towards that pop sunset; the warm melody recalls the band’s home state of California, as well as a nod to Teenage Fanclub. The last 30 seconds are interesting, fusing a bit of classic rock vibes with these vocal tones that aren’t too far off from Elliott Smith’s croon. 30 years of great music, and lets hope it carries on for 30 more with songs like this one.
Friday’s are supposed to be fun! And, I couldn’t think of a better way to have fun than to play this joyful new tune from the forthcoming Rat Fancy LP. We’ve talked previously about Stay Cool, and now we get the title track in all its bouncy glory. Diana sounds really great here, especially when she delivers the slight tonal change whilst saying “don’t be sad;” that might be my favorite musical moment of the week. Throughout the tune, there’s this guitar that’s sort of jigging in and out, jangling except when it’s pushing the full shred. Be advised, this song’s going to make you smile from ear to ear; it appears on the new LP, out June 6th via HHBTM Records.
This debut from Jeanines is shaping up to be one of my favorite things this year, especially with this delicious new single from their self-titled debut. The opening few seconds have this steady pounding indiepop feel to it, and I’d already be convinced to fawn, but that’s not the twist that really hits for me. Just at the 33 second mark, there’s this vocal pitch change that seems both nostalgic and omni-present; it switches the mood from indiepop to classic doo-wop vibes (it also happens at 1:16). Brief and memorable, so it makes sense that their debut is being handed by the same label that brings you Tony Molina, the esteemed Slumberland Records…dropping on June 14th.
Mark Monnone’s been teasing us with a single here and a single there, but now we finally have what we knew was coming, the announcement of the second Monnone Alone LP. It takes just 8 seconds for the song to hit you smack in your pop face, dropping this huge riff to match Monotone’s voice. Interestingly, the delivery here of those vocals almost has a snarky punk attitude to it, which for me, bridges the gap between power-pop and indiepop, making the song all the more appealing in my ears. Summer of the Mosquito will be out on May 10th via all your favorite pop labels (too many to name).
While the core of my love for indiepop revolves around the sound of the guitars, the latest single from our local faves Fanclub really has the band pushing the electronic vibe this round. If you’ve caught their live shows, or listened to other singles, those elements have existed, but here they’re more prominent, giving Leslie plenty of room to spin her vocal magic. It’s like a bedroom pop version of what we all fell in love with for that first Postal Service record, with just an added guitar boost hanging in the song’s latter half. Before soon, I reckon the band will have another delight to share with you all.
This Friday you’ll all be treated to the brand new LP from Bubblegum Lemonade, Desperately Seeking Sunshine. It’s an apt title for anything involving Laz; his songs always seem to be reaching for that light, reaching for that melody on high. His guitar lines in this new single circle about your ear building this swell of pop bravado that’s sent straight to your brain; and there are also some beautiful little backing vocals to aid in that gesture. I’m just not sure how much praise I can pass on to you in order to get you to listen to the great songs on this album. It’s out Friday via Matinee Recordings, so try one more gem.
I love how a respected label ends up sending you down a delicious ear candy-filled wormhole; the next few hours of my listening I owe to Cloudberry Records and Den Baron. The German outfit had some late 90s/early 00s success with Apricot/Shelflife, but their comeback 7″ sounds absolutely delightful. It all begins with this teasing piano, opening into this guitar shuffle that ushers in the casual croon of the vocals; I love how they get draped with off-set backing vocals. And, the track doesn’t fall into the trap of wrapping things up; they step up the game with these stabbing vocal lines and “bops” after the 3 minute mark, riding the track throughout the rest of the number. This is the A-side track for the band’s new 7″, which drops later this Spring.