Ryan Jantz has been writing tunes left and right, but as his career progresses, he seems to have perfected elements of his craft, promising a bright future. Imagine taking the style of Alex G or Elvis Depressedly and mixing it with the brevity of Tony Molina. The beat pushes the song steadily, though Jantz’s voice remains the calming force amid the pulse. He texturizes the vocals too, so they almost seem to have this faint weird warble, like something you’d hear on an early Elf Power track. He’s been working really hard, so looking forward to what’s in store on the next EP.
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!
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A quick search tells me that we have somehow never shared any music from Austin based group Hidden Ritual. Today I fix this error by giving you their new track “Rat”. I’m immediately reminded here of some earlier Wolf Parade sounds if they went straight lo-fi pop. Hopefully that makes a little bit of sense to you music fans out there…. Either way, enjoy the track and share some love for Hidden Rituals.
This track appears on Always due out on October 21st via Monofonus Press.
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Some artists get all the love, which seems to be the case for Day Wave, the project of Jackson Phillips. We posted on him earlier this year, probably way before anyone else because we’re that cool, so we’re delighted his new song is doing so well. It has all the bright moments we loved from his first single, with deep toned ringing guitars and precision programmed percussive moments; it reminds me of the frivolous joy we all got when we first started listening to the Drums. We’re still waiting to hear news of a full-length album, but for now, this project is hitting all the right notes for us.
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With all the varying genres out there, and their cohabitation, it’s hard to fin exactly what you’re looking for sometimes, except then it’s not. Today I was just thinking about how I wanted a lo-fi bedroom folk record meshed with the shadows of shoegaze, so I’m fortunate that No Museums have put up their brand new album, The Malcontents for you to stream in its entirety. It’s a pretty stripped down affair, but there’s these little experimental elements that push the songs over the edge. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be one of the best albums no one hears, so I’m encouraging you to grab it HERE (feel free to throw the band some dollars, Canadian ones).
I’ve taken lately to listening to music that’s been highly distorted and a little bit odd, so it makes sense to me that Jimmy Whispers has caught my attention after releasing his newest single. The song’s little more than vocals atop some samples that were born to sound like a carefully written pop song. There’s something a bit off in the vocals, and that’s the endearing aspect to my ears. Seeing as this is the title track to the album, Summer in Pain, I have a feeling that this might not be the most light-hearted effort; I’m totally okay with that too. Look for it on March 24th via Moniker.
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