Every year Art is Hard Records try to come up with unique ways to get new music out into the world, and this year they’re doing so with their Postcard Singles Collection. The latest to be part of the collection is Hot Shorts, a Manchester act offering distorted guitar pop. This track is all about discovering the metaphors for mundane life changes, such as hair loss. Something about this song reminds me of late 90s college rock, filled with hooks and huge riffs that ring out in your ears. Pick up the Postcard Single now.
I don’t really know what it is about Gorgeous Bully, but it seems like every track they bring to the table is something I can’t put down, can’t stop playing. Here, they’ve released a new track, which is still in “demo” form, but while that comes with a certain simplicity, you can still hear the skeleton of the emotional pull. You’ve got to put together something special when you’re just offering vocals and strummed guitar. If you can, go to the band’s Soundcloud and just press play; you’ll be glad you did. I’ll keep you posted as they make more new songs…and hopefully a new LP.
It wasn’t long ago that I was raving about the latest from Gorgeous Bully, and here I am again begging you to go back and listen to the Manchester act. This new tune went up yesterday, and it’s got a different feel than some of the latest work, though the lineage is still evident. Vocally, there’s still that drawn out touch to it, but the rest of the track almost has a psychedelic Brit-pop feel, which wouldn’t offend me in the least. Not sure exactly where this fits in the release schedule since the artwork being used is from the last album, Dumb Ideals (if you don’t have it, what are you waiting for?), but when I know, I promise to fill you in.
I’ve been fortunate the last few weeks, as tons of my favorite acts have released some really incredible tracks for the world to hear, but I’m not sure any single one makes me happier than this new Former Bullies tune. I first caught onto the Mancs back a few years when they had an excellent release on CF Records, but I hadn’t really heard anything about them until this last week. They just tossed up this brilliant new single, which is a guaranteed hit for any of you fans of kiwi-tinged guitar pop…or maybe just really good jangling art pop acts. They’ve got a new album called Strangers, which will be out on the esteemed CF Records sometime in the very near future; I’m thiniking (hoping) Fall.
A few years ago I caught wind of Gorgeous Bully, a little Manchester act specializing in hook-laden pop tunes. I had completely forgotten about them until the wonders of iTunes random shuffle put them back on my radar. I hustled to their page and found that the band has recently released a new tune as part of the If There’s Hell Below Compilation; it came out right after they released their new LP, Dumb Ideals. It’s precisely the sort of tune that begs you to play it again, using simple percussion and a big vocal grab to pull you into the song’s magical powers. It’s a pretty chilled out approach, but those of you in the vein of delicious pop music will want to jump on this download immediately.
I’ve been hot on the heels of Proto Idiot since the project first crossed my path a few years back (via a 7″ on Trouble In Mind). It’s a pretty prolific act, releasing a slew of singles and albums in quick succession; now there’s a new EP. The songs on The Technique and Its Use in Daily Living are definitely in the vein of garage rock, though there’s a bit more of an artier/spastic side, not to mention some inherently catchy hooks that have you singing along. If anything is going to make your Monday kick ass, it’s going to be to just turn up your speakers (or headphones) and rocking out.
As a Manchester United fan, and a fan of the city’s musical production over the last few decades, I always like to take a gander at what’s going on in the fair city. It seems that the hip new thing is quite incredible; Horsebeach is the work of Ryan Kennedy, and he’s crafting glorious bedroom pop. You’ll hear the typical wash of atmospherics in his work, but if you listen closely there’s these intricate little guitar parts beneath the mix, akin to Mac DeMarco, only a wee bit more depressing. This is the B-Side to his newest 7″ that also features “Disappear,” so grab it if you’re so inclined.
It’s really easy to fall in love with a new act when the label that’s releasing them does such a great job of using band descriptors to describe new signings. This was much the case when Belfast label CF Records put out some information on their newest act, Waiters; all they had to do was name-drop The Servants and The Shop Assistants and they had my money. They’re crafting this melancholy pop music that’s hard to ignore upon first listen, or upon the fiftieth listen for that matter. I’m glad to have found these guys; I’ll be picking up their 12″ What For Art Thou EP from the label today.
One of our readers pointed me in the direction of Manchester’s Hot Vestry, which has rumored links to New Order. For me, I like the way the band switch up from a light-hearted approach in the beginning to a bit of a darker sound within an instant. Listening to the group’s latest Tell Me How It’s Done EP, I dug this track the most due to just that, as most of the songs have a more aggressive electronic sound. I’ll admit, I’m not one-hundred percent sold on the vocals, but this track’s pretty special, so I reckon I should offer it up your way. It’s out now via Shedhead Records.
There’s really not too much information floating about for Manchester outfit, Money, although they did get a decent response with their Cillian Murphy directed video. I’m pretty impressed with the group’s sound, with the group making stunningly dense pop tunes with various movements within their tracks. You’ve got to listen carefully to grasp, or hear rather, all the tiny touches the band put into their songwriting. Should make for a remarkable debut when they release The Shadow of Heaven on August 26th via Bella Union.