When thinking about So Cow, I can’t really think of another band around that’s been able to release four albums, improving upon each release and always staying true to the sound. It’s all owed to songwriter Brian Kelly, who has decided to play all the instruments on the latest LP, Lisa Marie Airplane Tour. You can hear the history of Irish/British songwriting, personal, playful and with a little bit of ramshackle rock n’ roll; I always feel like its a better produced Television Personalities. This brand new album (the fifth full length!) will be released by Jigsaw Records on September 15th, and we’ve got this exciting new preview below for your soon-to-be happy ears.
Some bands play by their own set of rules, pulling in a slew of influences that don’t necessarily resonate with the modern trends. But, in the case of Popincourt, brandishing such an approach sets one apart from their peers, allowing them to rise to the top of the game. For my two cents, there seems to be a part mod, part pub-rock nod on this new single, with a hint of traditional pop sensibility. The brevity of the song allows for maximized enjoyment from the get-go, and giving mixing credits to Ken Stringfellow never hurt anyone around these parts. The new album from the project is called A New Dimension to Modern Love, and it’s being released on May 27th via Jigsaw Records, so you know it has the ATH seal of approval.
When a band lists Comet Gain, The Rentals and Go Betweens (among others) as influences or approved acts you should like, I’m going to get behind them, which is where I started with Blue Jeans (who formerly went by Santa Monica Swim and Dive Club). The group is prepping the release of their debut for Jigsaw Records (also personally approved); it’s titled Songs Are Easy. On the group’s fist singe from it begins with an indiepop stomp, but I can hear some of the singer Tim Sendra’s folkier influences dangling out there until accompanying vocals via Heather Phares carry you into a more blissful arena. This thing’s all warm-fuzzes all the time; look for the debut on May 6th.
Long ago I was really excited to hear that Michael from Northern Portrait was working on a new project, A Novel Resort. But, while that first track was great, things had been rather silent until Jigsaw Records up and broke out the band’s debut EP, Island of Atlas. The songs on this EP dwell in the softer side of indiepop, trickling melodies, calming vocals and lyrics that will run through your head. If this happens to be your style, then you can grab the EP HERE, or just stream and love it below.
I’ve been waiting for some news on the Jigsaw-Records front, one of my favorite labels. They just tossed up a few songs this weekend, one being this great tune from Spain’s Marlovers. Fronting the band, and particularly the vocals, is Palma de Mallorca, who has this stunning power that’s hard to pull yourself away from; it’s like a magical pop tractor-beam. The label will be releasing the band’s second album, Waves, which is destined to win over indiepop lovers across the globe. This is one of those songs that makes it feel good to be alive, so live it up.
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Need an energetic bounce in your step? You do…or at least I do. That’s why I kicked out this new Halfsour track for you, knowing we can all get things amped up in a good feeling way. This is the second single to come from the group’s new record, Tuesday Night Live, which is going to come out this week via Jigsaw Records. It walks that fine line between catchy pop punk and jangly post punk. I have a feeling once you get your hand on these songs you’re going to realize just how infectious the band really is. Turn this one up folks!
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It seems like Jigsaw Records has been on a roll the last month, announcing several new releases (not that I’m surprised). Again, they’re bringing you more new tunes, this time from The Arch Menaces. I feel like this really reminds me of the era where Nada Surf were “popular,” providing great songwriting with a heavy-handed guitar. It’s memorable and hook-laden, best fit for those who like to turn their stereos really loud. The record was actually never released, though the Aussie group recorded it in 2012, so I’m glad that Primitive Germs found a home on one of our favorite labels. Look for the album on January 21st.
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There’s definitely worse ways to kick on in the New Year than with some superb indiepop, and of course, it’s being brought to us by Jigsaw Records. Of course, The Chandler Estate has some other heavy-hitters from the indiepop scene included in the band, but I don’t want to steal away from your research, so lets focus on the song. The slight jangle and twinkle in the guitars brightens the track, though I’ll say the vocals almost lend more towards a dream pop feel…none of that being bad. The band’s Infrastructure EP comes at the end of January, so prepare yourself.
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Another day, another hit from Jigsaw Records 2016 collection. This time out, we’ve got a tune from Boston’s Halfsour, bringing about a more ramshackle bit of power-pop. The track has an inner hook, but it’s coated in the way the vocals are delivered with a devil-may-care attitude; it even sounds like the tune was recorded live, giving it a punch that you don’t always get with perfected studio blends. They’ll be releasing their debut album on January 29th, and if you’re asking me, this song is one helluva way to kick things off.
Having talked about Animal Daydream last year, it only makes sense that I give some love to their new single, “Citrus.” Well, that and it’s just a really great track looking back to a pure era in American songwriting…though the group hails from Sweden. Imagine finding yourself in Haight-Ashbury, slowly indulging in really warm harmonies and smooth Cali guitar sounds. It’s charming to say the least, but I love how some of the chords slide out in the latter half of the song, carrying you gently into the song’s bouncing closing moments. The Citrus EP will be one of the first new releases from our favorite label, Jigsaw Records, hitting in late January of next year.