Jacob Schaffer has spend a great deal of time in bedroom, crafting songs that represent his interpretation of the world as he sees it. For the announcement of his debut album, Gold Chi, he’s dropped this tune, which does hold slightly onto the bedroom recording experience. He does push the envelope a bit just beyond the 2 minute mark, before settling back into the mellow vibe he’s pursued. It’s a pretty chilled out experience, but one that holds a great deal of promise as we near the release of his debut. Looking forward to what his songwriting holds when the record drops in May.
It seems like folk/blues influences songwriters are a dime-a-dozen, but lets not dump Moses Nesh into that bunch. His style is something far removed from the modern genre, but if anything, its much closer to the origin of the style. He employsornate chord work, and his vocals are often obscured by what seems to be a desire to use the voice as another instrument, another layer to his soulful sound. Don’t worry, the chorus on this number has some clarity, reinforced by a female counterpoint that provides a taste of the sublime. One can only imagine what its like to sit in the presence of Moses, but the buzzing strings in your speaker might just bring your ears closer…bring you closer to whatever it is you’re seeking, as well as Nesh. His new album No Labor Saving-Machine is out this Friday via Keeled Scales.
He’ll be playing in Austin on May 4th with Julia Lucille at the Cactus Cafe.
I love to fawn over Aussie acts, as the world probably knows, and lately, I’ve taken to enjoying the work of Treehouse. The band is letting us share this playful video, which might be the perfect introduction to the group…if you’ve yet to have them cross your radar. Musically, “Hammer on the Door” almost holds onto a dreamy quality, allowing the guitar work to walk the fine line between heavy alternative and jangling pop music. The vocals are a touch more impassioned, always ramshackle, creating a nice dose of tension between the brooding pop sensibility and a near-live quality. You’ll be able to grab a copy of the band’s forthcoming Centre of Their World EP on 12″ vinyl courtesy of Bedroom Suck Records; it’s being released on April 28th, and preorders can be grabbed HERE.
Today Fauvely releases a brand new EP, centered around the songwriting of singer Sophie Leigh. When listening to this song, there’s really two halves of the track. On one hand, you get this stunning vocal performance, backed by carefully strummed guitar. But, the group flips it up several times, rolling percussion to pack up an increased pacing from the guitar. That chorus spins you around dreamily, leaving you with a memorable take on modern pop. Watch Me Overcomplicate This is filled with six new tracks, drawing on catchy elements of folk and pop that will leave you waiting for Sophie and her friends to drop more delightful tunes. Grab the limited cassette from Midwest Action.
Tuesdays beg for energetic pop tunes, and what better way to get you on your way then by bringing out news of a new album from So Many Wizards. While the album’s opening track opens with an angelic vocal carefully echoing through your speakers, you can hear the energy building as the guitars slowly churn. Instantly, they’re jittering quickly, pushing the song’s pace, pushing you to shuffle your feet as you dance frivolously through your room. I like the sudden draw back in style that comes during the chorus, softly pulling in a moment of steadiness before blasting back towards jangling rock n’ roll heaven. Lolipop Records will be releasing the band’s new record, Heavy Vision, on April 14th, and it sounds like we’re in store for a banger of furious pop hits.
There’s sprawling rock for self-indulgence, and then there’s Mountain Movers. The New Haven band has just announced they’ll be releasing their new self-titled album via Trouble in Mind Records. This brand new single is a 7 minute opus, stretched out over little psychedelic jams and nonchalant vocal delivery. It’s a crazy beautiful world where the likes of Sonic Youth and Spiritualized are hanging out, trying to deconstruct the modern psych tropes. Dan Greene, the song’s guitarist and vocalist, says the song is about “trouble-makers who follow their vision into unknown world despite the dangers ahead.” My ears welcome that journey into the “unknown world,” awaiting more expansive tunes to open my mind. Join me and grab the band’s album HERE, or wait until it hits your local shop on May 5th.
When I first heard the guitars on this new Bloomer track, I immediately thought they’d blast off into modern guitar pop, or in the least, offer a sunny gem. Well, the band fooled me, as they actually combine the deep vocal tones to leave you with a casual pop number that rests uniquely in solemn tones. It’s a nice juxtaposition of sound that the group leave you with, letting the track fade out with a high end vocal that gives you another new tidbit to sink your teeth into. The Maryland act is perfect for those of you wishing to sit back and let the world wash over you!
On February 14th, many around these parts will be celebrating Valentines Day, which is all well and good, but more importantly, it’s the release date of Moor Hound‘s Green EP. On this track, as well as several others from the release, you have a stripped down affair of guitar and voice, mostly involving the concept of love, and love lost. Steve Marino is clearly working his way through something, with little baubles of memory such as the “taste of smoke on your lips,” though he admits to his former love that’s it’s “hard to see you around.” Surely you’ve been there, and in if so, you’ll connect immediately. If not, well, Marino’s heartfelt tunes are ballads for the every person, stripped to simplicity for repeated enjoyment. Have a taste below, and be sure to grab the EP from Darling Records.
I’ve watched Lauren Burton bust her ass about town for the last few years, and her hard work is really paying off with her new project, Lola Tried. The four piece have crafted a wonderful debut EP, and we’ve got your first listen right here. This track has Lauren opening, looking back on the past, and while the lyrics pull from the hardened times of growing up, there’s an emphatic confidence to her voice. She’s got great control as the band fills in the space behind her, rolling drums and chords that add an appropriate amount of edge to the tune. It’s a sign of a band that offers the rougher side of pop music,filled with sincerity and hooks; you’ll be able to get your hands on the Popsicle Queen EP at the band’s release show at Cheer Up Charlies on February 16th…or buy directly from the band.
You’re a mere four days away from the release of Microwave Dreams, the newest release from John Wesley Coleman. Having been fortunate enough to listen to the record a few times before it hits the streets, I can honestly say that it holds some of the best songs JWC has written to date (and that’s a whole lotta songs!). The song has a pretty simple message, seemingly a coming of age tune with the acceptance of adulthood. It’s a message further emphasized by the accompanying video, which has Mr. Coleman out on a family adventure here in Austin; the video is endearing, which hints at some of the themes running through the new LP. You can grab that LP from Super Secret Recordsthis Friday!