Drifting Pop from Margot

We’ve filled these pages with Margot songs in the past, and I think the band are embarking on their finest hour. First, this is one of 3 forthcoming singles taking on the subject of mental health…a heavy subject no doubt. But, the way the guitar chords work in combination with the gentle vocals, it feels like the band is focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel…or the dream of that light. There are moments when it feels like they’re playing with jazzier vibes in the vein of Real Estate, whilst other times it seems smooth and polished like indiepop…all good things in my book. We’ll keep you posted as more the next 2 singles drop.

Blast Off with Cheerbleederz

I can’t stop blasting this catchy as hell Cheerbleederz tune. The London trio are crafting the most classic emo/pop-punk blend, using heavy-handed guitars to crank up the volume while they turn on the melody with their vocals. It starts off brash and up-front, but then sort of takes a calm approach to wrapping up the track as the group exclaim “I think we’re all doomed.” It’s quick and its fun, and you can play it all over again. This tune will appear on the new Faceplant EP, which is scheduled for release at the end of September.

Love This New Song From Doe

It’s another blistering day here in Austin, TX and I need some music to inspire me through the next two days before the weekend. Helping with my “it’s only Thursday?” blues is this new track “Labour Like I Do” from London up and comers Doe. Many listeners will be reminded of bands like The Breeders but with a more modern, fleshed out indie sound. In the end, it’s a beautifully constructed rock song.

Doe will release new album Grow Into It on September 28th via Topshelf Records.

Deeply Intimate Song From Eliza Shaddad

My apologies for the lack of posts from RayRay over the last couple of days. As Nate and I get back into school mode, I often forget how to juggle the real world with the fun of ATH. That said, yesterday I really enjoyed this new track “This is My Cue” from London artist Eliza Shaddad. It’s a very personal, driving song similar to a slower ballad from Cat Power or Best Coast. I think you will be hearing A TON more buzz about Eliza Shaddad in the very near future.

Eliza will release her debut album Future on October 26th via Beatnik Creative.

Get Rowdy With Calva Louise

It’s Thursday, the weekend is in sight, and I’m ready to party. At the moment, the band who seems the best prepared to party with me is London based artist Calva Louise. The trio has just sent along this new track “Outrageous” and it’s a raucous and fast rock n roll song. Imagine if a band like Death From Above added a lady lead singer like Marissa Paternoster from Screaming Females. If nothing else, it’s sure to wake your ass up this morning.

Go Fawn over Margot

It’s probably easy in the guitar-pop stage of the music world we’re in to make comparisons to Real Estate, but I don’t think you’ll find a single band as on point in that style as South London’s Margot. You’ll immediately notice the way the guitars have this sharp intermingling in your ears; you’re going to feel like you’re cruising down the highway with a huge freaking grin on your face. What really sold me on the group was the softness of the vocals; they seem feathery in comparison to the guitar work, lending a dreamier quality to the sound than one would first offer up. A debut EP is on its way shortly!

New Music from Cross Wires

There’s something animalistic about the way Cross Wires pull of their brand of pop. The chords are scuzzy, and the drum work just rolls the song right along; it’s executed with such an infectious urgency that you won’t be able to pull yourself away. Soft “has” in the faint distance only make the track more memorable, stuck in your head for the rest of the day. These Londoners will release their new mini-album, Living In a Radio City, on December 8th.

Hear New Music from Honey Lung

I’m just really feeling this Honey Lung tune, so I had to share it with you all. It’s actually a pretty relaxed number, working predominantly around a semi-angular guitar chord that rings in your ears as the vocals calmingly dance their way on top. A few spots the band does employ the modern shoegaze touch to stretch the song’s vibe, but the settled moments return, definitely winning this listener over; seems perfect for letting your mind drift off into the day. They’re young London upstarts, but let’s hope they keep up this promise.

Bright New Single From Swimming Tapes

I might be a bit late in sharing this one, but who cares really when the song is so good. The song is “Whats On Your Mind” and is brought to you by London based group Swimming Tapes. It reminds me a bit of a band like Beach Fossils with it’s bright and sunny guitars over quiet, yet perfectly placed vocals. This should be an easy listen and easy song to enjoy for just about anyone.

Swimming Tapes will release new EP Soft Sea Blue on September 15th via B3SCI Records in the U.S. and Hand in Hive Records everywhere else.

New Music from Rory McVicar

I’ve posted previously about Rory McVicar, but this time around, you’re getting a slightly different sound from the London songwriter. The verses have this huge fuzzy guitar riffing in your ears, which gives the song a heavier tone…that’s slight contrast to McVicar’s early works. But, in that he’s able to connect the dots by offering up a pleasant pop croon during the choruses; this allows Rory to bring in new fans, while still adhering to what’s made him so dear to our hearts. He’s finishing up the touches on his latest LP, so expect to hear more from him in the very near future.

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