As always, Jigsaw Records quietly releases another gem into the world: Joy Cleaner‘s Total Hell. This brand new album is filled with fuzzy guitar riffs a la Teenage Fanclub or GVB, but there’s an innate playfulness that gives a lifting spirit to listeners. When you boil it down, it’s really just a great collection of guitar pop songs that slip into your subconscious as you attempt to sing along hours later. My favorite track at the moment is “Disposable Outcome,” but I haven’t skipped a single track, so that’s saying something! You’re free to grab the new album over at Jigsaw.
It’s not too often that bands from Japan break in the US, and that might never happen for Tokyo’s Cattle, but as long as they promise to right great hits, I don’t think anyone (namely myself) will care. The last I heard of the band they had released Somehow Hear Songs via Jigsaw Records, and it looks like the esteemed label has another offering for the group coming soon. This new tune sheds a little of the shoegaze vibe, instead just hitting you straight in the face with pure pop rock. Not sure when it hits or what its called, but you should definitely listen to this track today.
I can always count on Jigsaw to throw something my way that immediately lands in my listening rotation, and The Cherries are going to do just that. There’s a definitive lo-fi styling, but I think the band’s innate pop sensibility shines through more than anything. Harmonies unite to create infectious melodies throughout, often overlapping and trading places the way the best pop music does. Oh, and it sounds like the band’s having a helluva time bouncing through this number, so why not bounce along? Grab the band’s Self-Titled 2 right now!
The week before SXSW hit Austin was a bit hectic, but we made it through, so a few of our tracks coming through today will be looking back on last week’s hits. We knew this Heavenly Creatures EP was coming, and it has the perfect bit of delightful joy to bounce you into Monday. It’s interesting that the band is brandishing a jangly bit of female-fronted fuzz pop, as Austin was filled with such ladies brandishing their guitars with flair all week long. I’d put this group at the top, however, especially with little bits of horns hanging in the background. Look for their EP, The Summer Will Kill Us All, available as we speak from Jigsaw.
You might know Brent Randall from his work as Pinecones, but he’s changing the moniker to Gentle Brent, offering up a brand new album titled Just Dandy. This song’s opening guitar will wrap around you from the get-go, just as the vocals playfully bounce their way into the number. The vocals clearly have the focus, almost giving off a dose of swing in the way they move back and forth with stretched melodies. It’s a short spurt of pop music, dripping with sugar for your ears; it’s available now via Jigsaw Records.
It seems that the arms of Jigsaw Records are stretching across all continents, with the influential label now reaching its hands into Indonesia to work with Secret Meadow. The project is fairly new, or so we’re told, but holds great promise. Guitar chords spin around within the confines of the song, especially during the more instrumental latter half of the track. Spiritually, it’s uplifting, as most great indiepop should be, filled with fantastic energy and just enough coated darkness to add a layer of mysteriousness. Together, they label and band have just released Same the Old Fear EP, which you can stream below.
This track came out at the beginning of this month, but chances are it’s new to you, and trust me when I say you’re going to want to spend some time with it.Lures are apparently a Seattle band that isn’t making much new music these days, but Jigsaw Records found out that they had an album they were sitting on and were the indie rock heroes of the month and decided to put it out so that we could groove along to the surfy riffs. “I’m With You” is a meandering track, with killer riffs and a laid back groove to it, but there’s something about the intimacy of vocals and the delicate mixing that has me returning again and again. Take a listen, fall in love, and then go take a listen to/buy the whole album here. Perhaps There’s No Pressure isn’t the last we’ll hear from Lures.
If you missed Thee Ahs, things are going to be okay as Davina has a brand new project called Ghost Thoughts. Of course, she’s the star, though she’s opted to have a different singer on every track. The voice on this single is the most prominent piece in the mix; it’s got this pleasant quality that makes drifting off into the afternoon seem like the perfect escape. The Purple Period EP is full of delighting tracks, so head over to Jigsaw Records to pick it up now!
Rainy days and gloomy songs go hand in hand, so as I sit here in a mile downpour, I’m entranced by the new music coming from Ukraine’s Nearr. It’s the solo-project of Eduar Tokuyev, and the atmospheric wash atop the mix is enough for me, though the extra accents are perfectly fitting. There’s this dense warmth from the steady drum loops, with Eduard’s vocals carefully drifting through; you’ll also here a darkly tuned guitar carefully walking through it all, faintly. This song appears on his first proper LP, History Repeats Itself, which is being released by Jigsaw Records on Friday, January 20th.
I’m a huge fan of the contrasting sounds that come from guitar pop…the blend of loudly distorted guitars draped over the soft underbelly of vocals; it’s exactly what Galants are kicking out on their newest self-titled EP. “Evergreen” blasts out immediately with the guitars moving back and forth in your speakers before they push down on the pedal to blast that happy distortion into your eardrums. The softened vocals hide in the verses, laying in wait as guitars cascade back and forth…imagine a heavier version of Teenage Fanclub. If you dig it, grab their latest EP from Jigsaw Records.