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.
If you’re not looking forward to BOYS‘ debut Rest In Peace, then it’s probably best if you acquaint yourself now, as this record is destined to end up on every year end list. I like to think of this tune as the contemplative number on the record; it opens with slow vocals creeping over your emotions like the fog drifting into town. There’s a brief burst of emphatic pop explosions, before reverting back to the subdued feeling of wonder. We stay there until the track comes to a close, bursting with volume and force before the track fades away. The LP will drop on May 11th via PNKSLM.
Clearly, I’m really loving what I’m hearing from Justin Cheromiah and his High Sunn project. This round he does a great job of balancing the quiet/loud dynamic; you can hear the tension building in the sound as cymbals quietly crash behind Justin’s voice in the verses, before their brief choral explosion. The song goes back and forth between the two, with the noisier element winning out in the song’s latter half. This youngster seems destined to release a great record, and we’ll all know for sure when Missed Connections drops on May 4th via PNKSLM.
Beach Skulls have been on my radar since they dropped Slow Grind (2016), but they’ll soon be making it on everyone’s radar, as they’ve just inked a deal with super hot label PNKSLM to release the group’s next LP. Our first listen has us thinking along the lines of beach-goth stylings of Growlers, though this feels more centralized around melody; the usage of light “aahs” in the background provide a blanket of pop sensibility throughout the various verses. It’s energetic, and just a bit hazy, which is probably the way we’re all starting off our Friday. Look for Las Dunas to drop June 1st!
There’s a natural frivolity in the music being crafted by High Sunn. People likely attribute that to the young age of Justin Cheromiah, but regardless, he’s got such mastery over his work that it’s hard not to find it endearing. Dance wildly about for the song’s first few moments, before Cheromiah slows the production with his voice cresting in a downtempo moment. Then, energy is back up and we’re bouncing through the chorus, smiling all the while. The debut record Missed Connections will be out on May 4th via PNKSLM. Just another reason all eyes are on this young project in 2018.
PNKSLM is on a pretty solid roll right now, having just released the latest from Holy, but now they’re bringing in a slightly poppier vibe with the announcement of the debut from High Sunn. The opening minute of this track flirts with catchy jangle pop, though after 30 seconds, the frantic energy sees the song pushing further. Once the vocals from Justin jump in there’s definitely an earnestness…something that can’t be detained. There’s just hints of softness in the vocals on the chorus, which holds great contrast to the general theme. Look for Missed Connections on April 13th.
Epic pop songs just don’t seem to be in fashion anymore, which I find a shame. Luckily, HOLY doesn’t seem to care about modern fads, as demonstrated by the lead single from the forthcoming album, All These Words Are Yours. In the opening ten seconds, a staggering bit of piano/synth has you searching for your balance; it’s slowly steadied by a loud guitar ring, accompanying strings and the voice of Hannes Ferm. Its 45 seconds of calming pop, all before the song erupts into this heavenly mid section that’s faintly reminiscent of J Spaceman’s work. Then moving along, just after the 3 minute mark, you’ll encounter a slight respite, almost an angelic chorale, but while important in the grand scheme of things, it’s brief. All of it is made more interesting when you find out Hannes played every note within the new LP. If you like to celebrate grandiose pop music, then consider picking up the record on January 26th via PNKSLM.
London’s Chemtrails, if you haven’t already heard, are making waves with their debut EP which was just released last week. It’s an impressive first go, and it features the band’s high-energy lo-fi psych rock. The most recent single from that debut is “Golden Tombs,” the track below, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a track that packs more a punch in three minutes than it does. Immediately, you get these tightly wound guitars that blast their way into the track, and some gang vocals that are hazy and ferocious. Take a listen below, get pumped, and then go listen to the rest of Chemtrails’ EP over on their bandcamp page.