I feel like it’s getting to the point where any time that I see a new release pop up from Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten that I should just expect greatness. Luckily, when it comes to news of a fresh 7″ from Cozy Slippers, I was already up to date on the band, having been a fan of their Postcards EP (Jigsaw 2018). Their return has those early jangling notes turn more into a woozy dream vibe; they still have the same sharpness, but they meander just a bit on the edges, which actually opens the song up for one of those classic vocal performances. There’s an earnest to the lyrical delivery; it almost feels as if you can hear it as an homage to Jett or Harry in their hey-day…it sparkles but brims with bravado. The new 7″ will be available this Friday via KUS.
It’s Tuesday in the middle of summer, but rest assured, you’ll likely regret missing this show over at Cheer Up Charlies tonight. Flying Fish Cove head into town on the heels of an excellent LP, and a follow-up EP, offering some of the best indiepop vibes this year. I’ve not seen the band live, but have been following the group since their early EP on Jigsaw Records, so my fingers are crossed…especially after putting At Moonset in my Top 10 Albums (so far people!). They’ll be joined on either side of their set by a couple of local heavyweights in Linen Closet and Housewarming. Doors are at 9!
Having been some three years since I last heard from Seattle based Tincho, I was excited when they sent me some new music a few days ago. The new song, “I Got Home Today”, features a fairly straightforward tack on indie rock with chill guitars, quiet vocals, and a nicely executed progression. Think Beach Fossils if some of that washed out, shoegaze effect was lost and replaced with a cleaner, bright sound. It’s good stuff.
Tincho will be releasing a debut album sometime later this year. Stay tuned.
Some bands slide under the radar, but luckily I was able to stumble upon Seattle’s Jayomi, as I’m totally in love with their Wet Burrito EP. The track below has this bouncing indiepop goodness with those dancing guitar lines that glisten in the front of the mix; you should be tapping your toes within the first 20 seconds. Distortion kicks in and it sounds like the band’s going to bound off, but they pull off, letting the guitar trickle down for the ceiling so as to drape some dreamy vocals across your lap. It’s like the perfect blend of the dream/indie pop world, with the rest of the EP leaving you with bits just as promising.
While the Pacific Northwest has always been a hotbed of great music, I feel as if Seattle has been picking up the Portland slack as of late; lump La Fille in as just another hit-making pop act. Just recently the group dropped this crunchy pop tune, part college-rock and part power-pop; it probably doesn’t hurt that Michael Lerner of Telekinesis recorded the act. If you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, then you’ll feel right at home with this cranked up loud in your stereo…just beware of those huge hooks. The band release Alright Already March 15th.
I’m trying to listen my way out of what’s going to be an incredibly horrible day. At this moment I’m at a real loss for words, so all I can do is turn the tunes up really loud. The Regrets are doing me just a little bit of a favor, at least giving me some escapism with their hook-laden riffs and anthemic stylings. There’s a little bit of swagger and pop sensibility lurking, especially if you spend a few minutes “Under a Sideways Moon.” The group just released their stellar sophomore EP via Jigsaw, so listen below.
I know that at some point, it was fairly sacrilege to say you listened to the Dead…mostly because that led to worse things like Phish or even Leftover Salmon. But, there was a period from the band that I still think upon fondly, mostly as its rooted in the way rock n’ roll grew up in America; it seems like Seattle’s Advertisement were taking note. Their latest track will trick you from the start, almost coming off like a discordant angular guitar tune…that’s just a few riffs. Soon, that all fades away for a deep family band feel. Guitars trade lines back and forth, piano tinkers throughout, yet it’s all so tightly structured that you cannot help but to be captivated. For my two cents, I always appreciate the family style approach to songwriting…and its pulled off excellently in this number. Look for the track to appear on a new tape for Smoking Room Records, with some October shows to celebrate across the States.
Seattle based artist Matt Berry has long been making a name for himself on the West Coast with a variety of musical projects such as Happy Diving and Big Bite. Never satisfied with the status quo, Matt has a new project called The Berries with a debut album coming out soon. The premiere track from this new work is called “Security Blues” which features much more of a slowed down, country inspired sound in sharp contrast to the usual rock n roll vibe from Berry. This song certainly has some rock tendencies to it, but I like the veer towards the Americana genre.
The Berries will release Start All Over Again on October 26th via Help Yourself Records.
It seems like in this day and age, everything is old and new all over again. For the most part, I’m okay with that, giving me a chance to unabashedly shed praise on Scarves. They’ve got a new LP in the works, and I’m freaking in love with it, can’t stop listening to it today. It wavers back and forth between being an homage to classic Weakerthans sound and something you’d find on Jade Tree. While those are some obvious emo nods, and Niko has a distinctive voice, they brandish their lineage with such bravado that you can’t help but be won over by the entirety of what they bring to the table. Tune in, turn it up and don’t forget to grab the Dinner Dates for the End of Days via Good Eye Records on September 28th.
I have been a terrible human over the last week or so leaving Nathan Wanklord to do all of the posting and I apologize for my absence. If you will have me back on a regular basis, I suggest you check out this new song called “Green With Envy” from Seattle based artist Say Hi. When I say fun, this track is obviously full a lot of joy with it’s bouncing acoustic guitar and upbeat tempo throughout the track. For those of us back to work after a long layoff, it sure is making my work week better.
Say Hi will release Caterpillar Centipede on September 7th via Euphobia Records.