I’m an avid fan of Nada Surf; they’ve always found some way to connect with me personally. For me, Let Go, is my personal favorite…so it’s great to see others take notice by covering all the songs on the LP for a charity of release titled Standing at the Gates: The Songs of Nada Surf’s Let Go. There’s some heavy hitters on the list like Aimee Mann and Rogue Wave, but today we get to share with you this Ron Gallo version of standout track “Happy Kid.” It begins slowly, but takes on the song’s true spirit once it bursts forth just before the 1 minute mark. This LP will see a release on February 2nd, but don’t forget the group will also be touring the whole of the US playing Let Go in its entirety!
We’ve featured new music from Delay Trees for a few months now, but its time to fill in all the gaps by allowing you to venture off into blissful listen with a stream of Let Go in its entirety. But, stop now if you don’t love listening to really great pop music. There’s tons of touchstones on the album, from modern expansive pop tropes to the intimacy of joyfully solemn bedroom pop. Through it all, Let Go feels like the great Brit pop record that never got made; it’s the sort that walks the fine line between artistry and accessibility, filled with warm tones and melodies made to feel personal. Look for the new album as it drops this Friday via Soliti Music.
I’ve been reinvigorated by the pop music bug (I owe this to catching the Ocean Party last night), so it’s great that this new Delay Trees tune came into the old inbox. For me, this song is all about execution; you’ve got to take a simple formula and make it meaningful, which the band clearly does. It opens with vocals and a light guitar behind, then there’s a movement of elevation as the drums and keys join in to uplift the song, and listener. The chorus has this brilliant melody that’s intoxicating; it reminds me of early Travis (and that’s a compliment). This tune opens the band’s new album Let Go, which hits worldwide via Soliti on April 23rd.
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Soliti Music in Finland always passes on the best hits to us from overseas, but I had no idea they had this beautiful new Delay Trees tune in wait. The group are readying their album Let Go for everyone, so why not give the world this track. It’s as if they were telling all the fans of soft power-pop, akin to Nada Surf, that all your dreams and wishes would be fulfilled. The melody here is spectacular, and the subdued vocals fit into the churning guitars in such a way that they seem to swirl inside your head. We’ll keep you posted on the release, but in the meantime, lose yourself in this delectable hump day treat.
I swear just a few weeks ago I had a Friday tune from Seapony to share with you, and now the band are right back at it again. In listening to the band’s first few singles off their new album, it seems like they’ve upped the production, or the recording itself; the wall of gaze that lurked in earlier efforts has been pulled back for a more direct pop sensibility. Still, that doesn’t mean the band’s wistful style is gone, just turned a little left is all. Look for their new record, A Vision, which the band will be releasing themselves, on July 31st.
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While a great many of us probably think of Nada Surf as the band that wrote “Popular,” there’s a great history of the band who’ve put out effortless pop albums that never let you down. Personally, I adore their record Let Go, but I’ve always played out every release they’ve offered. Now, the band returns with The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy, which comes out January 24th via Barsuk. One of the special things about the following track is the way the song quietly erupts after seemingly coming to slow halt, demonstrating that the band still has complete control of their pop genius. If you’ve ignored the group, do yourself a favor and revisit their catalog, but only after you listen to this great little number.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/03-When-I-Was-Young-1.mp3]
Download: Nada Surf – When I Was Young [MP3]