Bristol outfit Pet Shimmers are crafting some sort of new-age pop fuckstorm; they’re taking the standard format and warping and twisting it around the backbone established by lead maestro, Oliver Wilde. Their sounds definitely are reminiscent of the sort of mish-mash of folk and bedroom pop; it sounds like the madness inside the caverns of one’s mind, but it’s being crafted and developed by a seven-piece pop outfit. I’ve been really impressed with their debut LP Face Down in Meta, and I think it’s going to sneak onto some people’s radars once they complete their tour with Sandy (Alex G); the album drops next Friday!
There was tons of music passed over during our little hiatus, but one that I was really looking forward to sharing was this delightful track from Dummy (featuring members of Wildhoney). It’s a five second wait before the band reveal their pop-heavy sounded; I love the way the “ba-ba” backing vocals are almost used as their own pop instrument rather than just a vocal. The main vocal sits back coolly in the mix, kind of hanging out while the fuzz swarms and pulses in and out of your eardrums; the song’s filled with all these little layers and textures you’ll keep coming back to sample each bit. It’s the sort of ear candy that builds the anticipation for a future release, which we’re told is slated for later this year.
Pelvis Wrestley have two things going for them: 1) an incredible band name 2) the music to back up said band name. They’ve got this great new single, “Susanna,” which they’ll be celebrating here in Austin over at Cheer Up Charlies (w/ Fanclub and Lord Friday the 13th). This new track revolves around a really heavy synth beat, propelling the song forward while Benjamin Violet hangs his pop sensibility along the vocals; I really love the rise and fall factor that coincides with the chorus on this one, particularly as it takes the song toward a soaring close. Come join the band tomorrow night at Cheer Ups if you’re in town, and keep an eye out, as rumor has it, there’s an EP on the way in 2020.
Being in a band these days is tough, and as is the case for Rhode Island’s Beverly Tender, it’s best to call it a day when you’re peaking. While Little Curly/boy is a Bird will be their final release, they’re going out with a musical wonder. The whole record is comprised of these little sonic collages, woven together carefully to craft some oddball pop quilt. “April 17, 2018” comes across like a more demented Animal Collective, but they’ll flip that in a moment, turning into the delightfully playful “We Are the Children of the Future on Earth;’ this is just one of the many twists and turns offered throughout the LP. A rarity nowadays, but this is a collection that’s meant to be listened to as a whole; it’s not meant to be partially consumed and then discarded. Immerse yourself in the fabric of this LP and you’ll be rewarded with pop wizardry; then go grab the tape from Disposable America. We wish the band all the best in their new ventures, but you can catch them on December 6th and 7th playing with Palberta.
Monday’s can be a struggle, even on your days off, so you’ve gotta be sure to get something energetic to really get you moving out the door. It’s a good thing we have the latest single from Orthy hanging about; it’s the upbeat dance number I didn’t know I needed. The guitar’s have this angular dance to them, seemingly nostalgic, while offering that frivolity that makes it easy to live your best life. I love the depth of the production on this one too, adding this rhythmic pulse to the tune, only furthering the hook of the guitars. It’s all the Monday you need wrapped in a 4 minute present. Just another reason to get hip to Orthy before the band drops Fable Living in January of next year.
Silent James first (pop)ped up on my music listening rotation back in 2017 when they released Someday I’ll Write a Nice Love Story via Discos de Kirlian. Next week they’ll release their third LP, Where Have All My Friends Gone, so they dropped one last tune our way. This one has this natural pop bounce to it; it’s this weird world where you can envision British Invasion bubblegum shaking hands with the likes of Jens Lekman. Both nostalgic and pop-forward, the group always has these captivating pop nuggets that make their music hard to ignore…don’t break that trend, listen below!
It’s clear my listening habits have already turned towards colder climes, drawing inspiration from song’s that have this natural warmth, like the below track from Sweden’s Big Fox. This song’s so sparse that you can’t help but fall in love with the little details, even the simplest little syllabic changes. For instance, the rise in emotion after the 1 minute mark that culminates in the soft whisper of the line “it’s true;” those are the sort of moments my ears live for in works such as this. This is a powerful tune, with a moving story behind it; See How the Light Falls will be released by Hybris in March of 2020.
I get that the language barrier makes the average pop fan turn away from the non-Anglophiles, but you’re missing out if you haven’t jammed to Fantasmamidi; I absolutely to listen to their self titled LP (HERE) and tell me you don’t love it. None of that really matters at the moment, as I want to turn my attention towards the band’s latest single off the forthcoming Letargo. Not to jump to conclusions, but the word translates to lethargy, which seems to have a sonic impact on this single; it’s far slower than the previous fare, though equally as special. The guitar lines have these deep tones that are accented by these sparkling electronic notes. In the vocals you have this solemn delivery, sort of like looking back with fondness on the band’s early sound. Looks like the new LP will be handled by the great Discos de Kirlian.
RayRay and I have both been pretty high upon the forthcoming album from Sprinters, but before the band drop Struck Gold this Friday, they wanted to be sure you had one more reason to grab the LP. “Missing” is one of the record’s standouts, fueled by the perfect juxtaposition between too-cool-for-school vocals and enthusiastic guitar fuzz; it all gels so perfectly that in the end, you’ll find they’ve crafted the perfect sentiment in one tight little pop number. The accompanying video is great, especially for US audiences who might not get the chance to catch the Manchester band too often; they’re clearly enjoying playing together here. Fun times and fun pop win every time; you can grab the LP this Friday from Meritorio Records.
Sweden’s Black Beach Baby only have a handful of releases to their name, but I’m hoping the nostalgic sound catches some of your ears. I think the guitars might be a slight bit soft in their presentation, which initially has that jangling pop turn that keeps your coming back for repeated spins. But, in the end, the dream quality of the vocals allows for listeners to latch onto a different emotional sentiment, ultimately keeping you around for even longer. This works in the band’s favor, as they unleash a marvelous chorus that definitely had me hoping I’d hear more real soon. Time will tell, so let’s just enjoy this ditty, shall we?