First Names Drop Coconut Oil

Austin’s First Names are a group we’ve been keeping our eyes on the last few years, and they’ve just dropped this delicious new single that I’m totally digging. There’s this heavy psych wall that sets the mood, but its soon peeled back to reveal the melodic guitar shuffling that rides throughout the verses. Honestly, one of my favorite pieces about this number is the high-pitched vocal work; it reminds me of our friends in Colourmusic, stretching the boundaries of what we deem as perfectly melodic. And just in case you missed those heavy riffs from the opening, they splice them in and out of the song, working with this huge wall of fuzz to balance the whole jam. Dig it.

Automan Share Are You Happy Without Me Single

Kingston psych pop outfit Automan are pretty new on the scene, but this single definitely caught my ear, so why not toss it your way? The verses in this song definitely seem to have this sort of dry British sense of humor, scathing but also with a bit of a smirk. For me, it was the ridiculously solid chorus that truly sold me on this song; there’s something about the delivery that just kind of hangs out on the corners begging for you to be hip enough to let great pop moments shine into your life.

The Minders Release Psychedelic Backdrop

I wonder how one of the bands that sprang out of the early Elephant 6 era could completely miss my radar when they dropped a new release! I aim to rectify that by sharing the Minders newest release in streaming form below. As the title alludes, there’s tons of psychedelic nods throughout, though I’ll be frank, as the album feels a lot sunnier and poppy than you might be led to believe. For example, listen to “Let’s Go Driving!,” which feels like a reimagined Dead tune, spun with sunshine and hooks. Of course, there’s also the more sullen vibes you get on “Astoria,” though I’m a sucker for the buoyant hooks of “Magic Anorak.” If you’re looking for classic indie pop sounds, then dive into Psychedelic Backdrop.

Playful Pop From Martian Subculture

It is yet another hot as hell day here in Austin, TX and I have yet another tune to hopefully brighten and soothe your incoming heat stroke. This new track of (ending) summer is called “All Emotions Are Equal” and comes by way of Limerick based outfit Martian Subculture. The man behind the music, Evan O’Malley, has a very Tame Impala way of doing things having record all of the musical parts on his own. What differs for me, and what I enjoy much more about this than TI, is O’Malley’s ability to create a super catchy, short pop ditty without all that disco influence. As things go, I am expecting we will all be hearing a lot more from this project in the future.

Stream The Hermits Self-Titled Album

We love putting out really amazing albums, really amazing ones. Just this week we’ve got the Hermits self-titled album dropping on a beautiful green cassette! It’s filled with these scuzzy pop songs that are bound to get stuck in your head from the minute you press play. You don’t believe me? Listen to “Ruby Red Summer,” a song so good it will ruin the rest of your day…as you’ll likely listen to nothing else. The band celebrate the release of the new LP this Thursday over at Cheer Up Charlies with The Oysters, Nevil and Being Dead. But, if you’re not in Austin, then by all means, stream the LP below…and head HERE to grab it from ATH Records. If you miss the album release, they’ll also be part of our ATH vs SOTO party on Sunday, March 10th at Hotel Vegas.

More From Hearty Har

Right around a month ago a band called Hearty Har from L.A. hit me up with some songs they were looking to get out into the world. Well, now song number two entitled “Radio Man ’56” is ready for your ever awaiting ears. This one is a great blend of Bowie style, mid-70s themed psych pop music. I’m also once again impressed with the tightness of the band and the overall quality of the performance. Well done once again.

ATX Spotlight: Hidden Ritual Share New Jam

unnamed-9A quick search tells me that we have somehow never shared any music from Austin based group Hidden Ritual. Today I fix this error by giving you their new track “Rat”. I’m immediately reminded here of some earlier Wolf Parade sounds if they went straight lo-fi pop. Hopefully that makes a little bit of sense to you music fans out there…. Either way, enjoy the track and share some love for Hidden Rituals.

This track appears on Always due out on October 21st via Monofonus Press.

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Psych Pop Gem From Palm Honey

unnamed (5)Prior to writing this post I knew zero about Reading based Palm Honey, but I’m looking to get to know them starting right now. Let’s get to know them together with this enticing new single “Bones”. I’m reminded a bit of early MGMT stylings with quirky pop sounds and hints of psych rock. I’m expecting Palm Honey to be a household name here soon.

If you dig the tune, you can pick up a physical copy of the track on 7″ vinyl right now via Music Glue.

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More From Echo Courts

unnamed (3)North Carolina based Echo Courts caught my ear last month with new single “Set Me Free” in all its psych pop glory. Well now the band has just released another new single entitled “Control” in preparation for their upcoming debut LP. This one is even brighter and sunnier than the previous single and I’m sure it will be making your end of summer playlist. I told you more of that would be coming your way right?

Debut LP In The Garden is coming on August 19th via Negative Fun Records.

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Another New Elephant Stone Tune

elephantsCan’t really tell how many times I’ve offered up my thoughts on an Elephant Stone tune, but one can be assured that I’m definitely a fan of the band. They’re still holding onto elements of their psychedelic start, but you can also hear that the band’s been building their sound for some time, fusing more pop elements into the mixture. But, just because you throw in a little pop, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little psychedelic freak out in the middle. Just enjoy the warmth of the vocals here, then prepare yourself for their new album, Ship of Fools.

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