Back in 2018, HOLY released All These Worlds Are Yours; it was this kaleidoscope of pop that seemed about as near as perfect as one was like to find. Now, the project is back with a brand new single, one that hopefully leads into an album at some point. This go round, it’s less an amalgam of pop influences, and more just straight pop songwriting, almost an homage to lounge singers. It most recently seems like something Jonathan Bree might offer up, being melodic and charming while also demonstrating a slight flare for fantastic. Hannes Ferm’s artistic touch is always stunning in my opinion, so fingers crossed for more real soon.
I don’t know what it is about this Sleep Eaters song, but I just can’t quit it; I think I’ve played the opening 50 seconds over and over again. It’s got this real early post-punk feel, almost as if Television decided they wanted to get gritty again for an instant. Then, we’re flipped upside down as this jangling garage bounce rolls its way right into the tune; there’s still that cool indifference to the vocal delivery, made even cooler in the brief delivery of the chorus. Bits of swagger, nostalgically huge riffs and angular guitar lines are a sure fire way into this fella’s heart; look for their debut EP via PNKSLM on later in 2019.
We’re about to wind it up and disappear into the haze that is SXSW, but alas, we’ve got more news from overseas. Cherry Pickles will be here! And, they’ve responded to our questions, courtesy of their label PNKSLM! They’ve got a new record on the way in just under a month, so go on and enjoy the tunes!
One of the hottest labels over the last several years has been PNKSLM, bringing us some of the best in Swedish rock n’ roll. We might even have a few of those bands popping up at Barracuda, say tomorrow, for free. But, for now, here’s Magic Potion…get to know them, then go see them!
At first, this new Magic Potion track seems a bit odd; the guitar sounds almost sound out of sorts, falling apart at the speakers. Then the vocals enter, steadying the ship with a slight melody; it remains a bit unbalanced, but purposefully so. That allows for the outfit to lock you into the charm of the chorus, offering warmth via a more focused guitar that’s riding shotgun with the vocals. I imagine your everyday fan of guitar pop will immerse themselves in the twangy charm this new tune offers, and if that’s the case, look for Endless Graffiti on October 26th via PNKSLM.
With summer music listening slowing as of late, you’ve got to be on the lookout for stellar tune just beneath the hip surface, like Henrik Appel. The Swede has featured here quite a bit in preparation for this forthcoming LP, and this new track is keeping him on our radar. Appel works atop a strummed guitar for the duration of the track…a light bit of backing vocals comes in near the song’s latter half, adding a textural layer that increases the song’s emotional appeal. For me, the simplest songs are sometimes the best…it’s all about execution. Burning Bodies drops on June 29th via PNKSLM.
As a local taste maker (that’s right I said it) I’m always looking for something new and unique to share with our fans and readers. Today I’ve been impressed with the incredibly unique sounds coming from Swedish by way of South America act Sudakistan. The band creates what they call their very own style of latino punk rock with a very Nordic, almost atmospheric take. Though it may sound a bit odd, I suggest listening to this new track “Two Steps Back” and bask in all its glory. This is surely the first latino-punk Swedish band right?
Sudakistan will release new album Swedish Cobra on September 7th via PNKSLM Recordings.
A few weeks ago I tried to get you into Henrik Appel, and it seems a few folks are catching onto the vibes, though not nearly as many as there should be. His music has this vibe akin to Morby or Sonny Smith, channeling a classic pop vibe, while not trying to do too much. Sometimes your bread-and-butter moves are all one needs to make a good song work, and Appel seems to have that knack worked out…he even throws in some discordant chords just to harken back to his days in the garage scene in Sweden. Burning Bodies will be out on June 29th via PNKSLM.
Henrik Appel was once part of hot Swedish act, Kilroy (among others), but he’s just now making it out into the world under his own name. Our introduction to his solo work is a pretty straightforward adventure, but for some reason, I’m entranced. The guitars have this seemingly warped effect that craft the song in a weird manner; I think of super-early Elf Power immediately. Atop the strumming Appel makes his vocals soar, coolly letthing voice ride the wave he’s crafted with his guitar. Of course, if its awesome, it appears that its coming from PNKSLM; Burning Bodies drops June 29th.
PNKSLM is on a roll this year, making a huge name for itself as a label powerhouse. I’m thinking this new LP they’re dropping from Beach Skulls might be able to stretch the label even further, as they’re possibly one of the more pop-centric acts the labels introduced us to this year. The vocals have this happy indifference at their highest point, slinking back into a seductive R&B vibe. The rest of the song sounds like the remnants of a can of garage rock being kicked around by a beach bound youngster; it’s both sunny and gritty all the way around. Las Dunas will be released on June 1st.