The first track we heard from Half Forward Line (the new project from So Cow/Oh Boland members) you got what you wanted, or expected: a solid power pop outing that soothed. But, on the flipside comes their powerful new single, employing buzzsaw guitars and a pummeling pace that creates instant fury. The call and response vocals are forceful, providing a larger “punk” vibe than we figured, especially when they turn to a fading growl in your speakers. When the band formed, they promised each other to record and write as quickly as possible (2 days!), leaving us with The Back of Mass album; it’s a diverse listen influenced by the individual tastes of the 3 members…and it’s now available through Jigsaw Records.
Dream pop/indiepop fans hopefully have heard of this out of print album by Kaveh Kanes; it was originally released on Kolibri Rekords a few years ago. Lucky for us all, Jigsaw Records are giving us a chance to get it back in our hands. This little gem is filled with cascading guitar lines and atmospheric touches that are perfect for putting your head on your pillow and drifting into the day. There’s a little sample to get you in the mood below, but you can go over HERE and stream the release in its entirety, in case you hadn’t heard of it!
Listen up fans of Belle and Sebastian, and the like; the Occasional Flickers are the new cool kids of Scotland’s pop underground. They employ a similar style, though more straight to the point jangling pop, as opposed to the more grandiose orchestral moves of their forefathers. The finest touch is that you can tap your toes with this rhythm section, driving the track forward as the vocal harmony carries you, the listener. Their new full length, Sleep and the Time in Between is available now via Jigsaw Records, if you want your fancy tickled.
Well, it’s all going to be new music from Half Forward Line, as the group is a brand new project from members of So Cow and Oh Boland. This tune kicks off with cutting guitar chords, pushing toward power-pop stardom, enhanced by a bubbling bass line working under the mix. On the vocals, they seem to have more melody than what one would expect (thinking of past projects), which actually makes the track all the more endearing. It’s guitar pop of the best sort, and there’s eleven other gems waiting for you if you grab their debut, The Back of Mass, over at Jigsaw Records.
There are some labels that go above and beyond to unearth gems, and those familiar with Jigsaw Records will surely give the label its due in that regard. Today they just dropped two delicious bits of bedroom pop from Japan’s The Sky Mata…though the tracks are from a bit ago. The project just dropped a brand new album (the band’s 3rd) in August, so check that out; however, our focus should be on revisiting the First Album, which is seeing a reissue via Jigsaw, and deservedly so. It’s an album filled with these quirky elements of pop you’re not likely to find in your mainstream listening. Go check out the whole album below…and grab it from the label HERE.
Irish act Shrug Life have been at it for some time, though they’re just now getting around to dropping their debut full-length. Today they drop their jagged pop number “First World Problems,” a playful discussion on the trappings of modern day living. Energetic and catchy at once, it’s hard to see anyone not enjoying themselves while blasting this through their speakers. You’ll hear remnants of Weezer with a sharper edge, and whole lot of nerdiness. Turn up and tune in; they’ll release their debut on September 29th via Jigsaw Records and Little L.
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.