We’re a few weeks away from Horn if You’re Honky, the brand new record from Girlatones; it’s one of the records I’ve been most looking forward to in this busy Spring season. Their newest single has this sprightly bounce to it, using these playful guitar lines and precision percussion to give the song a hop and a step that will surely lift your spirits. The warmth of the chorus adds in a layered melody and pop sensibility that’s so brief and delicate that it slides into your subconscious begging to be played on repeat. For my two cents, the track helps illustrate the variance on the new record, which actually has me more excited. I’ve loved every single thus far, and none of them sound exactly alike, so we’re all in for a collection of 10 solid hits! Horn if You’re Honky drops via Meritorio and Lost and Lonesome on March 20th.
Opening a song with the chorus seems dangerous, unless you’re Girlatones; they’re a fearless pop outfit from Australia with loads of experience in writing hits. Their newest single jumps right in with this bouncing bop; you can’t listen to those first 15 seconds and not be in head over heels with this tune. The verses don’t let you down either, shimmering like some of the best power-pop you’re likely to hear this day, or ever. Oh, and just a little melodic left turn at the 1:10 minute? You didn’t see that coming did you! Horn if You’re Honky already has my favorite tune of the year, so add this to another reason we’ll be pumped for its release by Lost and Lonesome/Meritorio Records on March 20th.
In quiet circles around the Internet, folks are on the edge of their seats waiting to hear the new Monnone Alone LP; the former Lucksmiths guitarist is held in high regard, and Summer of the Mosquito largely lives up to those expectations. The record is fill with mostly sunny numbers, apt for an LP with such a title…though you might find a melancholy tune hanging about. Regardless…people will fawn over this for some time, so I wanted you to be one of the first to hear it all the way through. Stream it or Buy it from these folks: Lost and Lonesome (Australia), Meritorio (Spain), Emotional Response (US), and Royal Mint (Finland). For an added bonus…you can click after the jump and read my thoughts on each track!
Mark Monnone’s been teasing us with a single here and a single there, but now we finally have what we knew was coming, the announcement of the second Monnone Alone LP. It takes just 8 seconds for the song to hit you smack in your pop face, dropping this huge riff to match Monotone’s voice. Interestingly, the delivery here of those vocals almost has a snarky punk attitude to it, which for me, bridges the gap between power-pop and indiepop, making the song all the more appealing in my ears. Summer of the Mosquito will be out on May 10th via all your favorite pop labels (too many to name).
Sometimes a song is just too good to skip by, and if you’ve covered that song, shouldn’t you feel obliged to cover the video version? No? Well, this single from the Smallgoods is one of my favorite tracks of this year, and this video is pretty special. It begins with two explorer types, lost in the wilderness, frustrated with one another. That is until they see a satellite or star drop from the sky, dropping them knowledge via geometrical laser work. They awaken to find food and booze, and exuberance takes over; I love the go-to stick antlers move. Lost in the Woods will be out sometime in June on Lost and Lonesome (seems like the perfect home, eh?).
When I think of Lost and Lonesome, I think of the finest purveyors of pop music in Australia (well, one of). But, like ourselves, they have broad stretching tastes, and today they share a new track from folk songwriter Lucy Roleff. Upon my first few listens, I marveled at her voice; it has this ability to rise and almost quiver as it reaches higher notes, yet always controlled and personable. Great voices, however, need a little extra something sometimes, like the glorious arrangements that give this almost a woodsy feel. Left Open in a Room will be out on May 15th for all to enjoy.
It looks as if the Smallgoods were not calling it quits, they were merely on a hiatus, and now, seven years later, that has come to an end; the band just announced their return and a new album to come this June. It’s been about a dozen years since their last proper release, and they’re still writing these soaring pop tracks that seemingly survive on melody alone. Don’t get me wrong, the sonic texture is bright and meaningful, but the slight tonal changes that rise and fall are pure bliss; it’s like the best indiepop and power-pop mash-up you never knew you needed…one might even call it the twee Nada Surf (and I mean that respectfully). Lost in the Woods will be released in June via Lost and Lonesome.
We alluded yesterday to new music from Monnone Alone, the latest project of Mark Monnone of Lucksmiths fame; today we have one of those new tracks to share with you. Surprisingly, it’s a pretty rocking number, almost like a barroom brawl with fuzzy guitar chords. But, it is Mark Monnone, so he’s going to spin everything he does with the best pop sensibility around. Just listen to the breakdown around 1:22 mark, building this swelling roll of poppy guitars that bring the song right back home to a sense of exuberance that seeps through your speakers. This track appears on the very limited lathe-cut 7″ being released by Emotional Response/Lost and Lonesome/Meritorio on February 22nd.
We’ve previously shared this great number from Monnone Alone‘s forthcoming LP, but with a 7″ version on the horizon, why not share the video version that just dropped. The video was shot by Lehmann B Smith, and it involves dangling Mark down a sewer drain, until he arrives on the other side of the world to meet the glowing lights. Plus, why not just celebrate the incredible hooks present in the song; it bounds and dances about, churning guitars spinning melody after melody through your speakers. You can buy the new 7″ featuring this tune from Lost and Lonesome, while we patiently await this new LP.
I’m absolutely in love with this new Melbourne Cans single. For starters, the whole track’s an homage to Peggy Sue, the classic figure of American rock n’ roll. Even better, the band tease you for a full minute and a half, letting Ian Wallace offer up his haunting croon with minimal instrumentation behind him. But, then the drums kick in, the song grabs a bit of swagger and bounds off into joyousness. As it progresses I adore the slightest little curl of notes at the end of Wallace’s syllables; it fits well with just the faintest hint of a backing vocal. Prepare yourself to be charmed; the band release Heat of the Night via Lost and Lonesome on July 13th.