Last year at SXSW I was pretty hyped on Annabel Allum, and that adoration hasn’t died down. She’s just dropped a new track via Killing Moon, offering us a glimpse at what we can hope comes our way at this year’s SXSW (she’s returning!). Her work has taken on a more powerful force as she’s moved into full-fledged band mode…as opposed to her earlier, folkier work. Still, she holds onto that same style when delivering her lyrics, always with a touch of wisdom hanging out there. If you haven’t gotten to know Annabel yet, be sure to check out her All That for What EP!
After making huge waves in the US with their debut EP for Sub Pop, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return with a brand new track. This song finds the band very much playing in line with what we’ve come to expect from the band, guitars working atop each other with melody always in the sights. The sharp turn just after the 1 minute marks is a special moment that sets up the chorus of “back on the mainland.” This song hints at great things to come, but no word on a new release. There is, however, a huge list of Spring dates all across Europe and the US, so keep your eyes peeled to see if they’re coming your way.
These days it seems like the best way to kickstart your day is with an energetic number, so just sit down in your chair and turn up this Deep State tune. The tones of the guitar from the start indicate a slight nod towards a more post-punk vibe, though the band eventually moves into a spunkier bit of folk pop. The exuberance is crystal clear, but I feel as this is one of the long lost tunes Built to Spill crafted on the back end of Nothing Wrong with Love. The group’s on tour right now, with a stop in Austin at Electric Church this evening!
A general rule over here is to continuously fawn over The Coathangers; they give you catchy songs, a bit of attitude and always put on a great live show. Earlier this year, we got to hear a new song “Parasite,” which is the title of their just announced EP. Today they drop a new song for your ears, this one illustrating the girl’s ability to craft naturally infectious tunes. The chorus of “easy come/easy go” is delightful, but what I love is the switch in pacing in that chorus…all before Julia slides her fingers down the neck of the guitar. The Parasite EP will be available on June 30th from Suicide Squeeze Records; you can also catch these constant road warriors on the road, pretty much from here until the end of June!
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I’ll got out on a limb and say that I thought Temples were an excellent act; I even think I would choose them over Tame Impala (as both rose to fame at similar times). Now, the band is back with a new tune, though this seems to be in that world where their psych influences crash into the pop sensibility of Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips. That’s not entirely a bad thing, as I can get behind both bits, but there’s a bit of dialing it in. We’ll see how the entirety of their new forthcoming album shapes up, but for now, I’m straddling the fence on this new stuff.
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Everyone’s favorite ethereal girl band, Warpaint, are releasing a new album quite soon and the singles that they’ve released fromHeads Upare delightful and show the group heading in a groovier direction than we’ve heard from them on their first two albums. The first single, “New Song,” is an infectious pop track, while this new song “Whiteout” is a bit of a slower burning number that still packs a bit of a shimmy within. The lighter, overall poppier sound really suits the bands’ style– the sleek guitar riffs are juxtaposed nicely by the stark drums. Take a listen below and then make sure you are ready for the new album out September 23rd fromRough Trade Records;preorder it here.
This just made my day. There’s something about Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson that’s always gotten to me. Perhaps it’s the scratchy quality in his voice, coming off like a true troubadour. He’s been quiet lately, but today he just tossed out a brand new jam from a new album that’s slated to be released later this year. This tunes got an odd bounce to it, sort of like a everything and the kitchen sink, yet somehow that voice still carries such power. No word on the actual release, but you can rest assured I’ll keep you posted as I hear more. Also…need to find out more since he seems to be using the name Jesus Jackson. Must be related to Joshua Jackson, my fave actor.
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Okay, so perhaps the indie rock explosion bubble burst long ago, but the remnants of that still remain with lasting influence of Arcade Fire and the Decembrists. That’s exactly where Loch Lomond picks up, with a combination of those two, only slightly less orchestrated. There’s still a poetic note in the lyrical content, and symphonic touches that flourish in all the right places, so the Portland act isn’t too far removed from everyone’s heroes. This song was released via Tender Loving Empire to kick off the band’s tour through the West, and it’s a great way to start off your week…so says I.
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Proto Idiot has been my jam since I first discovered the band via their 7″ for Trouble in Mind long ago. Since then, the band has been hard at work, writing and recording, often with such passion and pace that it makes it hard to keep up. The band just reached out this week to toss me this video, which is for one of the new tracks the band has been working on in the studio. The record is on its way, and we’ll have more rad tunes to share in the future, but for now, just enjoy the song and the video
For a long while now, we’ve been praising the work of Skittle Alley, and they are slowly unleashing early versions of the tracks that will fill up their new LP. It’s light-hearted indiepop, filled with jangling guitar work, precision percussion and a really warm vocal. These are the kinds of songs that true indiepop fans dream about. The French act haven’t released much information on their upcoming LP, but the songs they’ve been leaking out are nothing short of superb…get acquainted.
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