Ciel Share Back to the Feeling

The bobbing and weaving that immediately opens this tune sets of the new Ciel single as a certain banger; it has this heaviness that’s perfect for opening up the group’s new Not in the Sun, Nor in the Dark EP. Michelle’s vocals through the verses are sort of crystalline, reminding me at times of Clementine of Cherry Glazer; it sets up the chorus to unleash a heavier punch that really claws at your speakers in an attempt to deliver a melodic punch of noise to your ears. They’ll drop their new EP via Jazz Life on October 7th, and I reckon they’ll head right back into the study to write more sweet jams like this one.

The Black Watch Release The Neverland of Spoken Things EP

My personal faves, The Black Watch, quietly released their new The Neverland of Spoken Things EP via Bandcamp over the weekend, sneaking it under the radar! It won’t officially be out until the first weeks of September, but you know I can’t hold back on posting about the band. The lead track here will appear on the band’s forthcoming LP, slated for a release in 2023, but the next two are exclusives to this release…and personally, I’m totally drawn towards “Precious Little.” There’s something about the repeating guitar line, waiting for its turn to ring out in a more traditional fashion; it almost gives the song that motorik rhythm, though spun by the webs of guitars rather than percussion. For me, where some bands would wrap it up and call the song done, the Black Watch aren’t afraid to let the guitars noodle and open up a bit, riding the jam to the end. Always a pleasure to hear this band at work.

Mt. Misery Share The Time It Takes + Drop New EP

If you missed last year’s Once Home, No Longer, then you better rush back to get a copy for yourself, as it was one of the most underrated joys I came across last year. Today, Mt Misery drop a surprise new EP, and we’ve got a nice little pop selection for you to sample below. This tune hangs just on the cusp of dreamy indiepop, utilizing some great guitar sounds that remind me of early Kings of Convenience, though strummed with a bit more of a sparkle. As per usual, their vocals have this summery warmth, like bathing on the beach (be sure to use sunscreen!) with a crisp little wind nibbling at your toes. This band should be one of the biggest ones in indie rock right now. Check out their new The Time It Takes EP today!

Human Barbie Release Wait

The first Human Barbie tune from the forthcoming EP was a real gem, and it looks like we’ve got another tune to devour today. On days like today, where it’s 7:30 and I’m already daydreaming, this tune is perfect, and it’s all down to the way Christopher Leopold is crafting his tracks. You can hear the elements of dream pop or shoegaze lurking in the shadows, but they end up coming across in a different manner, as Leopold is intent upon dragging out the tune a bit, filling it with patience that takes the song into more of a slowcore mantra. It’s got the bits and pieces you love, but you get to digest differently; Human Barbie will release a new EP on October 12th via Poor Man Records.

Joyeria Announces Debut Fim EP

While we’re all clamoring (sort of) for Pavement reunion tickets, we might have taken our eyes off the prize, which in this case is Joyeria. Why the mention of Pavement? Well, if you’re not picking up on the Malkmus-ness of what’s going on here, well, then one of us clearly needs new ears! What I love though is that Joyeria seems more than willing to kind of turn things up and get loud out of nowhere, then mellow just as quickly, leaving you disoriented as you try to decipher the wordplay. After a few singles, the project is set to release a debut, the FIM EP, which drops October 14th via Speedy Wundergound.

Stream New EP From Mall Walker

As we get slammed sometimes later in the week with new music and various announcements, we often miss out on some great tunes as we wade through the muck. One of the things I missed out on last Friday was the killer, self-titled EP drop from Austin’s own Mall Walker. Though these gents feel like they may be quick to garnish the “emo revival” label, I see a lot more grit and hardcore tendencies from the band. Sure, the EP has some post-emo inspiration ala Braid or Jawbreaker, but the hints of post-punk and snarling vocals give this a sound truly their own. Definitely not just another “emo revival” band. Check out the full stream below.

Mall Walker’s new self-titled EP was out on Friday and is available as a vinyl release from Better Days Will Haunt You. Buy yourself a copy now.

Human Barbie Share No Worries

When I pressed play on this new Human Barbie jam, I was immediately hooked. There’s something about the vibe that feels like a weighted blanket, comforting and heavy, in a sense. Then the vocals come in and offer this quieted whisper, stretching a hand out to the listener to pull them deep into the track. Fill the track with a little instrumental moment of shoegazing and you’ve got this nice little dreamy summer jam to get lost inside. If you’re into it, the song will appear on a brand new EP that’s slated for an October release, courtesy of the folks at Poor Man Records.

Bubblegum Lemonade Return with Never Have I Ever EP

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard the charming voice of Laz and his project, Bubblegum Lemonade, but man, what a way to return. I’m immediately drawn to the guitar sound, as I’m sure many of the pop aficionados will be too! Then there’s something really special about the his voice seems to rush into the verses, only to turn into a gentle melody a few syllables later, buoyed by sublime backing vocals. Plus, there’s a nice little mid-tune change around the 1:20 mark that gives a nice little emphatic bit of harmony to the song before dancing its way into a handclap-laden solo. Always love his work; the Never Have I Ever EP is out via Matinee Recordings, with a brand new LP slated to come out later in the year!

Social Union Make Electro Wave Jams

Social Union is an up and coming duo out of New Zealand who may not yet be well known in the music world, but will likely generate a ton of buzz as more people hear their new EP Fall Into Me. I am not one to post in the electronic or goth wave genre much, so when I do, you’ve got to know I am feeling these sounds. The title track stands out as tops from the 4 song EP and could easily be a song of summer for those who prefer cold, dark bars in place of lakes and general heat related things. This EP is an electronic banger that totally caught me be surprise today. You can stream the whole thing below and purchase a tape or CD from German based label Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Mon Cher Shares Better Days + New EP

Last week was shitty and disheartening, but despite the work ahead for us all, Meghan Holton’s latest single from the new Mon Cher EP promises that there are better days ahead. Musically, this feels like the best way to sort of begin our week, with the layers of this tune sort of lapping at your toes like gentle little waves, washing over and cleansing your spirit. There’s an effortlessness to the track, like its fit for whatever mood you’re in need of at the moment; there are moments where the drift turns into subdued bounce as the beat kicks in, or you can just ride back out to see with whatever layer you choose. Be sure to listen to the whole of the Tell Me Baby EP, out now.

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