If you were reading many a year-end list, then surely you noticed Jay Som‘s album Everybody Works landing on most. Melina Duerte had originally demoed a few extra songs for the record that didn’t quite fit the flow, so she saved them for you to enjoy on a new 7″. To me, this tune sounds like a dreamier version of something Tegan and Sara would have written, with just hints of jangling guitar and a soft smoky vocal to ride it out. It should be clear after jamming this tune that Jay Som hype actually has substance; look for the new 7″ to drop via Polyvinyl on January 26th.
You’re going to love Elva, and in fact, you probably already do without even realizing it. The band is comprised of members of the disbanded Allo Darlin, and Making Marks. Today news broke that the group will be releasing their debut 7″ for WIAIWYA, and we’ve got one of the songs below for you. It’s the perfect execution of understated pop, focusing on the natural melody created by the vocals, as well as the instrumentation behind. Tight drumming keeps a slight bit of pace to keep your toes-a-tapping. And of course, combining male and female vocals in unison is always going to hit home for fans of the genre…though I’d say for any fans of great music. This here is a gift that will make your day; it has already made my day better. Look for the limited edition release to drop right before Christmas; go grab it HERE before it runs out.
This brand new Jetstream Pony is the best way to break your midweek doldrums. The band is made up of members of Trembling Blue Stars (Beth Arzy), The Wedding Present (Shaun Charman) and more; that right there is a pedigree for a certifiable hit. And, with this new gem, I’m on board; the guitars have a jagged fuzzy quality, and the vocals take on a beautiful dream-state that effortlessly floats atop the solid drumwork. The group are set to drop this song on a brand new 7″ for Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten on September 4th!
Over at the Cheer Up Charlies this evening you’ll get a chance to catch two of the great acts on our little label, Basketball Shorts and Pollen Rx. Basketball Shorts are releasing a new 7″ featuring the killer catchy jam below, and Pollen Rx are a well-oiled machine after returning from tour. Plus, you get to see Rhett and Dean, as well as Break Time in the early part of the evening’s festivities. Come out and grab the new 7″ and maybe get one of those new cool Darren tank tops from the band as well! Let yourself live a little with a great Thursday night party.
It looks like Radioactivity aren’t slowing down, and I’m oh so grateful. Below we’ve got a new single the band recently released, and dammit if its not another winner. The guitars chug as one would expect, but I love their sound, almost working a power-pop vibe. Vocals are pretty near perfect, even when they’re stretched to their limits. It’s a quick little blast, but it might just be one of my favorite songs from the group. The band is about to wrap up their tour, so hopefully you can find these from the group or Wild Honey Records who’ve released this track on a new 7″.
I’m not always sold on duos; sometimes the sound just feels a little too hollow. But, in the case of New York’s QTY, they’re doing alright by me. They open up their latest tune with a pleasant little folk-ish vocal, reminiscent of Duchess and the Duke stylings. Then, the guitars get plugged in, pedals push and the band rock out for the chorus in emphatic style. They take the upped energy and jam out as the track draws to a close…and there’s nothing hollow in that end. Look for this track on the group’s new 7″, popping up on April 28th via Dirty Hit.
The new label on the block, Grey Market, is releasing tons of tunes, and this one from Oko Tygra really caught my ear. There’s this great industrial feel to the track, as if the band recorded it in some industrial warehouse…there’s just a great darkness. But, while the mood is somber, there’s this great pop coming through in the seemingly angelic tones of the vocals. It doesn’t hurt that Jorge Elbrecht of Violens/Lansing Dreiden was behind the board for the recording, continuing the labels run of great hits. This song appears on the band’s Sealegs 7″, available now.
This tune hit my news feed courtesy of the hot site Gold Flake Paint and I just couldn’t help but posting it, especially considering it all comes via Odd Box Records. Wolf Girl will be releasing a brand new 7″ on the label this May, and those of you inspired by heavy riffs balanced with pop sensibility will be inclined to press play over and over again. There’s a light twinkle to the guitars in the midst of heavy distortion, all the while carrying a carefree attitude that embeds the song’s hooks deep in the caverns of your mind. Turn it up and have some fun!
Just when I thought I’d run a bunch of the same old same old you’ve already read about, I found this delightful tune from the Arctic Flow. They’ve got a brand new 7″ from Kingfisher Bluez, and it’s the subdued pop that I find enchanting. There’s a slight sparkle in the guitar progression, akin to many an indiepop gem, tied in with a warm vocal that calms your soul. I love how the tracks on this release are gentle and soothing; the pace of the songs here really allow for musical escapism. But, the release is super limited, so grab em’ while you can!
Not sure how I let this rocker from Peaness slide under the radar, but just a few days ago the band tossed out this rad new single. I love how the song has this driving energy, though the riffs pull back just enough to keep the song from blasting away. In the chorus, you get a playful delivery that really, spun in a quick turn that almost comes off like a delightful pop rap. I almost wish these ladies would finish up an album already, but for now, enjoy a brand new 7 inch that comes out this Friday via Odd Box Records.