Indiepop Delight from Seabirds

burdsThis song couldn’t have come at a better time; it’s been a frustrating week with our server being down and lost data and what not.  So, the perfect indiepop song is always going to make life grand, thus one of the many reasons I love this Seabirds tune.  From the excellent guitar work, including the casual solo in the middle of the tune, to the perfect melodic vocal touch, it just makes you feel warm all over, and I won’t complain about that. The band have just finished their debut Meet Me in the Silence, which is slated for a July release via the great people at Matinee Recordings. Make your day better and listen to this song.

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Perfect Indiepop from The Catenary Wires

CD72There’s two things at work here: one, Matinee Recordings is back at it this year and two, The Catenary Wires are made up of members of Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Tender Trap, etc.  With the first, I’m extremely happy, as the label is one of my favorite purveyors of divine indie pop.  As to the second, I think the aforementioned bands make this track alone worthy of your time. I couldn’t think of a better way to begin my week than to listen to a track where the male and female vocals fit so well that your can’t help but feel yourself swoon. They’ll be releasing their Red Red Skies CD via the label in June.

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Little Bit of Indie Pop from Electric Pop Group

10945865_10152717404482098_8307547663638596250_oThis song’s a few weeks old, but you can never skip out on posting a delightful bit of indiepop, especially on a Friday.  We all need a little pick-me-up, am I right? This is the perfect blend of cliche jangling and warm melody, which fits right in with the sounds we’ve heard from The Electric Pop Group.  The band are said to have a new record, Integration, ready for release via their home, Matinee Recordings, but a release date has not yet been set.  I’m anxious to hear the rest, as I have nothing but the highest expectations for this act.

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The Electric Pop Group Return with Great Indiepop

980571_10151702506627098_745953122_oIt’s been almost five years since we’ve heard anything new coming from Sweden’s the Electric Pop Group, but dammit if they aren’t aiming to wrap up our year with some delicious indiepop.  It’s the classic sort, at least on this song, with jangling guitars pushing the melodies to the max, then kicking out some warmth in the vocal aspect.  This song is from the group’s new record, Integration, which will see a release early next year courtesy of the ever-reliable Matinee Recordings.

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Wake Up with the Popguns

popIt’s always nice to get a little energy boost of delightful happiness through the music you listen to, which is why you should sit back and start your day off with this little sampler from the new album from The Popguns.  Pop Fiction has been in the works for the last year or so, with the band releasing a few singles from their label, Matinee Recordings, but now we get to hear a little bit more from the band.  There’s melodies, hooks and that classic indiepop sound that makes guys and girls swoon. The album hits stores on December 2nd, but you can pick it up now if you’d like to get your hands on it early.  Seems like the best gift for your friends before the holidays.

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New Indiepop Gem from The Popguns

091jacketIt seems like it’s been far too long since our friends at Matinee Recordings have unleashed something new on the masses, but they’re now ready with the much anticipated return of The Popguns.  The Brighton act had largely been quiet until the last few years, tweaking their line-up a tad, and writing their first new material in 18 years.  This single below is the feature on the group’s Lovejunky EP; the shimmering guitar work has this attraction you can’t deny and Wendy’s voice has this matured innocence to it that’s inescapable.  You’ll be able to get your hands on one of the rare cherry red 7″, numbered by hand, but you better act quick because songs like this get a lot of love.

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Download: The Popguns – Lovejunky [MP3]

Popguns Bring Indiepop World Cup Tune + New Single

popThe Austin Town Hall posse has been pretty absorbed in this World Cup.  So far we’ve watched every match (even Nigeria vs Iran, sadly), but we also love a good dosage of indiepop, or at least I do.  Which is perfect, because the Popguns (UK jangle pop greats) have offered up this nice bit of a World Cup treat, which you can download below.  It’s a nice tribute to one of the greatest sporting events in the world.  Also, they’ve got a brand new Lovejunky 7″ coming out soon via Matinee Recordings, so I tossed that in so you’ll plan ahead.

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Download: The Popguns – Red White and Blue [MP3]

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The Steinbecks Ready New Album

CD69The welcome return of Matinee Recordings in 2014 comes with the announcement that has me pretty excited over here; the label will be releasing a full-length album from The Steinbecks…the band that features the Meadows brothers of Sugargliders fame.  Kick to Kick with The Steinbecks is the name of the album, filled with jangling  goodness that is likely to make any indiepop fan swoon.  There’s a solid little bit of bounce on the track below, while the vocals seem to take on the notion of longing for personal change, adding a serious touch to an otherwise peppy song.  You’ll be able to get the record on April 22nd everywhere, but it’s available exclusively from the label HERE.

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Matinee Puts Together Northern Portrait Rarities

nothernReading over these pages I’ve written about Northern Portrait too many times to count, and as long as music keeps coming my way, I’ll keep that up.  I was really excited over the weekend when Matinee Recordings announced they’d be putting together a compilation album of the band’s sold out Eps, singles, and rarities; it’s titled Ta!.  A lot of these I wasn’t able to get my hands on, so I’m happy that I’ll have some way to hold onto such great tunes.  Fortunately for you, this might be your introduction to the band, which will make you revisit everything the band has accomplished to date.

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Bubblegum Lemonade – Some Like It Pop

bubblesRating: ★★★★½

Some records come into your life without fanfare or expectations; they exist simply as a statement by an artist. Whether or not the band, Bubblegum Lemonade in this case, has received acclaim or accolades isn’t important, but what matters is the strength of said statement.  In the case of Some Like It Pop, I don’t care what anyone has to say, this album is brilliant from start to finish.

“This is the New Normal” winds its way carefully into the opening moments, with a bit of strings and a tinkering bit of bells.  Before you know it, you’re swept away in this gorgeous sensation of warm pop.  The melody stands out instantly, but the mood of the song is greatly affecting; Laz adds a nice “ba ba ba baaa” to the mix to really emphasize a musician at the top of his game. And hits just keep coming.  “It’s Got to Be Summer” again opens with a bit of  playful tinkering, but at the 18th second of the track, you won’t find a musical sensation more compelling. What’s striking to me about Some Like It Pop is the attention to detail at every turn.  Where the group went for straight indiepop on their last outing, this one is filled with touches and brushstrokes of genius songwriting that ultimately reward the listener, like when this tune trails off in its closing moments.

And things don’t always go as one would expect from Bubblegum Lemonade.  On “Don’t Hurry Baby,” there’s a lush arrangement, leaving you with this dreamy balladry that will leave a lasting impression.  There’s even a chugging guitar riff beneath the mix that adds a bit of rock n’ roll propulsion to the affair.  And it moves into the album’s standout, “Dead Poets Make Me Smile.”  The title of the song alone wins, but dammit if the song doesn’t win on every single level, rolling along with the back beat of the drums and the jangling guitar.   Other songs like “First Rule of Book Club” have this wry sense of humor, but they also seem to be timeless pieces of music; it’s not draped in nostalgia or boasting some new direction, it’s simply perfect.

The closing statement from Some Like It Pop, “Mr Dreaming’s Bland House,”  is the album’s longest tune, and also a final statement that serves as the perfect summation for the record.  Melodies swirl throughout. Drums are spot on with their emphatic punch, though never over-intrusive.  And the vocals have this perfect wash of fuzzy coating, including a nice dose of backing vocals.  It all fits together so well, that you almost immediately start the record over.  It’s understated in the perfect way, making the entirety so much more endearing.  You’re not going to find a better pop album out there; they just don’t exist, so follow my lead to the blissful land left to us all by Bubblegum Lemonade.

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Download: Bubblegum Lemonade – Have You Seen Faith [MP3]

 

 

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