I’m probably most familiar with Gabriel Birnbaum due to his work in Wilder Maker, who I’ve written about quite a bit. Now, Gabriel is doing a little solo work, and he’s just released a track off his forthcoming LP. Going through this track repeated times, I’m drawn by the contrasting guitars, fighting with one another throughout. One guitar has this almost feathery strum, giving off a light-hearted vibe; the other guitar takes on a more forlorn tone, bending around Birnbaum’s voice at every turn. No word just yet on when the album will be finished, but what a wonderful first entry we have here.
It’s a shame that my Best of Indiepop list is already up and running, as I’m sure I could squeeze in Nah somewhere in the mix. It begins with a fairly sugary opening, bubbling bass line and vocals from Estella to charm over those lightly jangling guitars. But, as the song continues, Sebastian jumps into the mix, proving himself the perfect foil to his musical partner; I love how his deeper tones contrast against the softer notes. The second track on the new single is equally as charming, much in the same fashion as the first, playing upon the vocal relationship of the two songwriters. You can grab the single and check out a video for the lead track HERE.
Soccer Cousins have now released three singles, and they’re all pretty special. They dwell near the boundary line between indie rock and emo, but this new single has them sitting pretty firmly in the indie rock side, almost right next to the Thermals. The guitar notes bend around the lyrics, almost playfully teasing you. Then the “ba da ba ba bahs” enter with a more emphatic guitar ring in the chorus, and you’re absolutely hooked on it. This just goes to show you that in this end-of-year madness, there’s still some gems lurking, so don’t overlook this one.
Looking towards 2019, this Pedro the Lion album is high on my list of anticipated releases. We get a new single today, and while I love the noisier elements in the background, I’m really struck by the vocal tones. It’s every bit David B., but he’s really pushing his limits to the highest part of his register. I can’t help but to recall American Football or something off Jade Tree when I listen to this track, and that’s not a knock by any means. Just another step in the glorious evolution that is Bazaan; look for Phoenix to drop on January 18th via Polyvinyl. There’s never a bad day when you get a fresh Pedro tune, especially full-band Pedro.
Chicago act Dehd have a pretty solid pedigree, but we needn’t focus on that when they’ve got this stunning new track to enjoy. The track really has this sound that seeps into your soul, and I get that that sounds strange, but those guitar chords seem to weave their way into your skin as the vocals take on a heavy solemnity. All the while you feel as if the track is rolling, churning you over and over like a wave crashing upon the shore. Man, this is a serious jam for serious people. Rock it out and have a happy Friday.
Tulsa based pop group BRONCHO has picked up a ton of positive press from us over the last few years. It’s easy to write good things about a band who bring such a positive vibe to danceable pop tunes. The band’s latest track “Keep it in Line” furthers their foray into quality pop music and should firmly establish them as one of the best in the indie pop genre. Seriously, this song is so catchy and so easy to like.
BRONCHO will release new LP Bad Behavior on October 12th via Park the Van.
If you haven’t been keeping an eye on the continuous production of great singles from WIAIWYA, then hopefully you’ll turn your head with the latest, a split covers 7″ from the Wedding Present and Cinerama; they cover The Clash and ABBA…though is it really a split if David Gedge is behind both? Whatever. The ABBA cover streaming below is fairly gentle, much like the original tune; I always appreciate the prettier, more delicate, side of Gedge, which is how I’ve always come to think about Cinerama. The single comes out the first week of November, and then we’ll be able to talk about what a great job Gedge did with the Clash I expect.
We are all in on this band (my favorite people from Korea behind Son Heung-min) and if you haven’t listened yet, here is the current jam “B-Lover” by Say Sue Me in video form, super spy-style. To our friends over the Atlantic, the band is kicking off some European dates with tickets available.
The only thing I want to get off my chest is that not enough people are listening to Wildhoney! Today, the band shared a new single from the Slumberland Subscription Series over on NPR, which hopefully garners more deserved attention. Let’s get to that song though. It begins with a light ringing guitar, politely dancing through the speakers; it establishes the perfect setting for Lauren to enter with voice in tow. I love how her voice seems to sparkle in step with the crisp guitar notes. Then comes the rising joyousness of the momentary chorus. But, most importantly, we should take notice that the song’s crafted in various stages. The blissful openings soon makes way for a fuzzed out explosion, only to settle into this cascading atmospheric moment that wraps the song up in a warm blanket. Seriously. Go listen to more Wildhoney. And join the Slumberland Subscription!